Monday, January 31, 2011

thank goodness for modern medicine...and cadbury mini eggs

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how Brooks wasn't feeling well and I really knew something was wrong because he was just not himself and pretty unhappy :(
After getting tested, and coming out positive for RSV (a respiratory virus) we knew it would just have to take it's course...no antibiotic could help.
(except for some Ammoxycillin which helped with a little infection in his right ear...poor little guy!)

A huge part of the sickness is that Brooks was really congested and had a lot of mucus build up...which made it hard for him to eat and sleep much at all. That week he had a few sleep overs in Mommy & Daddy's bed.

But THANK GOODNESS FOR MODERN MEDICINE...we took him to his first hospital visit for a "deep suction" where the nurse threaded a catheter down his nose and sucked out the mucus...those boogers didn't even see it coming ;) It helped IMMENSELY with him being able to get a full night's sleep again, which I know helped him heal-up faster. He slowly but surely ate more too :) We went back 2 more times, and now he's doing better than perfect! For journaling sake I snapped a few pictures...

{he had his eyes glued on the sweet nurse while she listened to his little heart}

{Brooks wiggled his toes and wasn't quite sure about the band-aid-looking-thing that measured his breathing...again, modern medicine is amazing.}

{this picture captures how sad our little guy was...}

{after the deep suctioning...happy and RELIEVED to be in Daddy's arms}

{The table-paper definitely cheered him up too! He's such a trooper...laughing and playing even though he was sicker than a dog. I just think he was glad to not have that "spaghetti noodle" down his nose any more}

And THANK GOODNESS FOR CADBURY MINI EGGS!!
(random, I know...)
I jumped and did a little heel-click in the store when I saw these bad boys on the shelf next to all of the Valentine's candy (okay, maybe I didn't exactly jump)...and in this case, I am not going to complain for one second that they brought out holiday merchandise 3 months early.

Cadbury Mini Eggs are my weakness...I can eat a whole bag in one sitting (well, one day).
yowza.

{Brooks checking out the goods...and goes for it!}

If you haven't tried Cadbury Mini Eggs...DO IT. You're life will get a whole lot sweeter.
(and heads up, they have them around Christmas time too! brilliant)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

"My Burden Was Made Light"

When Adam and I first saw this video (one of many our church puts out) a few months ago we were deeply touched, to say the least.
And watching it again today brought back the same feelings. A man named Chris Williams tells his story of how he was able to forgive a teenage drunk driver who killed his wife (pregnant at the time) and two of his children in a car accident. It makes me cry every time...tears of sadness and tears that come from being inspired by a man who chose to follow in Christ's footsteps and forgive.

It may be kind of lengthy...but if you're like me and you love being inspired to be better, and seek to be uplifted in seeing the Savior's love work in peoples' lives, than you'll watch it and at the end wish it was longer :)

Hope everyone had a beautiful, rejuvenating Sunday...here's to a new, fresh week!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

3 sushi rolls + Red Mango+ 2 ridiculously good looking boys =

A PERFECT BELATED BIRTHDAY EVENING OUT!
{playing peek-a-boo!}
{we're.better.together}
{the big TWO-THREE}
Little B isn't quite old enough to have sushi yet...can't wait for him to try it!
He knows the good stuff though...patience Daniel son ;)

Then we were off to Red Mango to satisfy the hunger in my dessert-stomach (yes, it's totally separate from my regular stomach)
Adam's choice: parfait of original yogurt, granola, mangos, pineapples, bananas
Haley's choice: cup of madagasgar vanilla yogurt, mochi, mangos, blueberries
Brooks' choice: a few bites of Mom & Dad's...and the red spoon
It was a practically perfect night...I just should've got the large instead of the regular fro-yo ;)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"A Day of Contrasts"...but mostly Very Sweet

Today was our sweet nephew Bennett's funeral.
While is was a day filled with tears shed for a little boy that died so young and for his family that misses him more than anything...it was also a day celebrating the beautiful, happy life that he lived.

This picture of Bennett, below, was drawn by a family friend of the Kjars (please excuse the reflection of the lights in the room)...isn't it absolutely beautiful?? My heart fills with the Spirit when I look at it because I know that Bennett was called home by his loving Father in Heaven and his brother, Jesus Christ. You'll see this picture again at the end of this post because I want to remember (and to remind anyone reading this) that while Bennett's passing is a tragedy as he is dearly missed by his family and loved ones, it is also a beautiful thing because he is Home.

The program were read by throngs of loved ones last night at the viewing and today at the funeral...it was filled with loving words and sweet pictures of Bennett.
{cover}
I loved that on the cover was written:
"There's one more angel in heaven!"
{inside}
{back}

Bennett's two lovely, older sisters (Emma & Gracelyn), cousin (Kalia), and two friends (Lauren & Brianne) started the program with a tender song called "I Know He Lives"...it was sung by cherubic voices :) Emma & Gracelyn then read adorable, heart-felt "love letters" they had written to their baby brother. So sweet!

The beautiful hymn "Be Still My Soul" was played softly, yet passionately on the harp by Sharla (Adam's sister and Bennett's aunt). A perfect song for today.

Then it was Mandy and Dave's time to speak. They walked up to the pulpit hand-in-hand...and they stayed together as they spoke. They do everything as a team...they raised their sweet son Bennett together...and their joint message touched every heart in the room.

They said that a favorite family tradition of theirs is story time...Bennett loved story time! So they told us a story... I know I will not be able to give it justice, but I'll share a few of the parts that touched me deeply. They talked about how they were married on September 11th, 2001. It was a day of contrasts for them. Such beauty, happiness, love, and hope for their future together...yet despair for the all of the lives lost that day. And today was oh-so similar.

Many times during their remarks, my heart stung with pain in seeing their sorrow...yet most of their talk was filled with the numerous reasons they loved their little boy and what he did to bring such joy into their family's lives. They shared with us some tender, sweet memories they have of their little boy. Mandy and Dave smiled as they told us how he loooooovvved helping his Mommy sweep the kitchen floor (he would drag a broom around all the time) and be a big-boy by assisting his Daddy with the dishes. After they put him to bed, he'd say "Nigh-nigh...nigh-nigh..." and melt his beautiful Mama's heart. He was just starting to sing a few of the words to his very own "Bennett Song" that Mandy and Dave would sing to him (each of their children have "their own song"). And Bennett also recently started folding his arms for family prayer, how precious.
Overall, Bennett was a PURE JOY.

They both bore tender, heart-felt testimonies that they know Christ's Atonement is not only for sin, but for every kind of suffering. Our Savior has been there, and He will be there with the Wilkinson family as they go through some dark times ahead. They know that Christ rose from the dead...He lives, so that we may all live again. Mandy and Dave's faith is awe-inspiring!! They know that the covenants they made to each other and the Lord on September 11th are what gives them hope in this time of anguish and loss, and what will keep their family together, forever. They will see their son again. But for now, He is home with a loving Heavenly Father.

After the lovely, intimate service we proceeded to the cemetery.

{Adam was a pallbearer, along with Luke & Ben (Adam's brothers & Bennett's uncles) and Mark Stoddart (Bennett's uncle)...missing Danner (Adam's brother & Bennett's uncle) there, he is serving a mission in California and was dearly missed today}


Dave gave a beautiful, spirit-filled dedicatory prayer over his beloved son's grave.

And then we were all reminded of Bennett's love for balloons! :) So we were all able to write a note to little Bennett on a balloon and, in his honor, release them into the sky all together.

{adorable cousin Kalia}

{Grandma Kjar holding her balloon...loved her message: "Reach the *STAR*s..."}

{so much love on so many balloons...}

{our message to our nephew we adore so much}

As they rose into the sunny sky, everyone was in awe as we saw about seven bald eagles soaring above us. What a sight. Absolutely stunning.
{I loved the little "Kjar" bears around his sweet, tiny casket}

Back at the church, the Wilkinson's ward did a great service of making a delicious lunch for the [large] family of Bennett.
SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE THAT LITTLE BOY.
{There were multiple TV's around the church that had a slideshow of adorable pictures of little Bennett...loved it}

{I personally know Bennett had a little sweet tooth :) These cupcakes made me smile imagining him with frosting on his cute face}

While much heartache was felt today, it was also filled with joy as we celebrated the life of sweet Bennett and his homecoming to his loving Father in Heaven.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My 23rd + an Angel with a Camera

As I get older and wiser (haha) I realize that birthdays are much less about the PRESENTS and much more about the PRESENCE of those I love who are celebrating with me (be it in person or by phone)! [I've heard a similar quote said about Christmas, but I think it applies here too].
And on my 23rd birthday, I've never felt more grateful to be able to spend my special day with the two men I love most...my awesome husband, best friend, & eternal companion ADAM (he proposed to me on my birthday:) AND my energetic yet tender, ever-smiling, sweet son BROOKS...doesn't get much better than that!
{birthday breakfast with candles and all!! I made about 10 wishes...}

Well, last night (on my birthday EVE) Adam came home with an early bday present for me :) I have this very bad habit of leaving my photos on my computer/CDs & not printing them...but Adam got some of the family photos we had taken this past fall printed!!!!! He bought frames for them and everything!!
Isn't he the sweetest? :)

{They'll be going up on the wall today! yay!}

I want to share some of our family photos with you for a few reasons:
#1 - They remind me of what's most important in life...my family
#2 - I smile from ear-to-ear when I look at them because the boys in them make me the luckiest [birthday] girl in the world
#3 - They were taken by an ANGEL with a camera :)

Heidi Elliott Porter of Monkeyface Photography took these photos...she's a friend of Adam's from high school and so she knows the Kjars...and when she heard of the Wilkinson's tragic loss of their little boy she wrote me this on facebook:

Sending love your way and theirs! I can only imagine! Please let us know if we could help in any way. Even if they just want some pictures of the funeral or some other way I could attempt creativity. So grateful for the gospel!

She's going to give of her AMAZING talent (for free) and capture precious, tender moments at the funeral that the Wilkinsons will hold dear. She is giving them such a gift.
See, I told you she's an angel :)

You can check our Heidi's fabulous photography website here.
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