Sunday, December 16, 2012
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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Tender memories were shared as November 24th would've been Grandma's 81st birthday. It was so much fun looking at old pictures and remembering the life of the wonderful woman who started it all. We missed Grandma, but had a blast getting together for our annual Vernon Family Christmas Party. Santa was a big hit with Tayson as soon as he brought out the present, Brielle on the other hand....not so much. Poor girl screamed in terror and shook for 5 minutes after the "incident". Hence no pictures of the sweet little girl with Santa....apparently my Dad got some good ones that I'll have to steal though and post later.
|Great Grandpa, Papa, and Ellie|
|Megs, Tays, and my cousin Britney|
|Ellie and Aunt Shayla|
|Tays with the Big Guy|
|Trav and I|
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Thanksgiving this year brought much to be thankful for...... health, life, family, work, blessings, the gospel, and so much more that can't be put in to words. Cancer taught me so much and I'm thankful for the person it has made me today. I'm grateful for the two amazing grandparents that we lost this year for all that they taught us and the large role that they played in our lives. It has been a big year in our home with heart ache, learning, and most importantly JOY. Thanksgiving was a fun and relaxing day spent in Hoytsville with my family. We had great food, great company, and lots of fun.
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Monday, November 26, 2012
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
This is unusal for me, but I had a gentleman approach me about having a guest blogger. He paints an interesting perspective as a spouse of someone with cancer. Without further adieu, a guest post from Cameron Von St. James:
Coping with My Wife's Cancer
Although my wife, Heather, knows that it was difficult for me, I have only told her the details once of how I coped with caring for her following her mesothelioma diagnosis. Perhaps this information will help her, and anyone else going through a similar situation, understand more.
Our only daughter, Lily, was born three months before we learned of my wife’s difficult diagnosis. It was hard for us to transition from a time of such joy to one of such insecurity and fear. I was shocked when the doctors told us that Heather had mesothelioma, and I was completely overwhelmed.
However, the doctors almost immediately began questioning us about future treatment options, effectively leading me to thoughts that were more constructive. This was just one of the many times that I was forced to make incredibly difficult choices with my wife even as we faced incredible emotional upheaval.
My first emotions were extreme and difficult to control. I found myself becoming angry quite often. In fact, many times I had difficulty expressing myself without using profanities. With time, I learned how to control my anger and dismay because I knew that my wife and daughter needed me to be an unyielding anchor for them. Instead of showing Heather my doubts and insecurities, I practiced being confident and hopeful despite my difficulties.
Many times, it was difficult to find the time that I needed to accomplish everything at work and around the house. Learning to tackle the most important needs first was a huge accomplishment. I also realized that I needed to accept the offers of help that I was receiving from family and friends. Looking back, I have no idea how we would have survived these days without their help.
Heather has said that she does not know how I coped during what I consider to have been the hardest two months of my life. Immediately after her surgery, Heather went to stay with her parents in South Dakota, who had already been caring for Lily. During this time, Heather focused on recuperating and preparing for her next round of mesothelioma treatments. However, I was only able to visit them once.
Visiting them involved an 11-hour drive. I began on a Friday night after work, despite a snowstorm, and was forced to sleep in my car for several hours while waiting for snowplows to clear the roads. After a brief visit on Saturday and Sunday morning, I had to return home for work on Monday.
Although being so far away from my family for two months was quite trying, I feel that it was necessary in order for me to continue to work while Heather and Lily received the care that they needed. This is just one example of the many difficult decisions that I was forced to make. However, I am very glad that we still retained the ability to make these decisions during this time.
There are two main things I learned after Heather’s mesothelioma diagnosis. The first was to accept offers of help from family and friends; the second was to be grateful for the ability to make decisions, no matter how difficult they may be. Through all of our struggles, Heather is still here and still healthy over six years later. I hope that our story can be a source of hope and help to those currently battling cancer.
Posted by BreeAnn and Travis at 12:32 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Glenn David Allred (1936 - 2012)
Glenn received his education at UofU, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and then worked for the majority of his life at Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory.
He was well-known for making the world more beautiful through his artistic and creative talents: painting, sketching, sculpting, glass etching, casting, pottery, wood carvings, photography, etc.
An avid astronomer, Glenn shared his love of the heavens with the community and countless people throughout the world. He served others through various callings as an active member of the LDS Church and as a member of the Richmond Lions Club for more than 30 years.
Glenn loved people. Throughout his life he had a special connection with everyone around him. It didn't matter if it was a lifelong friend or a store clerk, he always had time to stand and chat for a while. Many hours of the final years of his life were spent with doctors, nurses, health care providers and other patients. Thanks to these people for their tender care. They all became Dad's friends.
Glenn is survived by his wife of 57 years and three children, Christy (Doug) White of Richmond, Mike (Janet) Allred of Hyde Park and Tyler (Deanna) Allred of Tremonton; brother Blaine (Jerrie) Allred of Pocatello, Idaho; and sister Diane Chapman of Tucson, Ariz. He loved his 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Trav's Grandpa Allred was truly an amazing man. We loved him so much, but are glad that he no longer has to battle this cancer that eventually took his life. From the first time I met him, I instantly felt loved. A gentleman who spoke at his funeral made the point that Grandpa Allred was a "builder of people". I love that because he was. He left people better than he found them. He always let them know how special, how beautiful, how amazing they were. He made sure everyday that you knew that someone loved you--particularly him. And he did this not only to his family (although I'm sure we got to sample it much more often than others), but to a waitress, a cashier, to anyone he met. Oh how I will miss this man, his reassurance of love and his hugs. I hope that I can become a builder of people. Love you always Grandpa Allred.
Posted by BreeAnn and Travis at 5:01 PM
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Well, the twins are now two years old. I can't believe how quickly they've grown up. They are the joy of our lives--most days. Here's an update on each of them:
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Sunday, August 5, 2012
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