Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

This is to all my dear friends--happy new year to you all! It is good to have new years and new beginnings...and hopefully, having this surgery right away will get us going on the path we need to go on. Tonight Spence and Brian and Michael, my 2 sons, (we don't believe in that son-in-law stuff!) gave me a blessing. It was very comforting and touching...and gave me some good "food for thought." I was especially grateful that Spence blessed the doctors and my family in that blessing--I know that will give extra help and strength to everyone.

It has been a good day. We are trying to do things (like laundry, ironing and clean up) which will make the next several days go smoother. Emily, our daughter, offered on Thursday to help us put away Christmas--a brilliant idea!! While we were at the hospital yesterday, doing some lab work, the kids took down everything...and by last night, everything was back up in the attic. That was absolutely fantastic!! What a tremendous help that is to us--usually it's my job, and it drags on for weeks after Christmas. :)

I also have a new "do." (even less hair.) My hair is starting to grow, but the little wispy things left from my old hair, were looking kind of say the least. We had a family council and unanimously agreed to let Keri, my daughter-in-law (again, forget the in-law stuff!) cut off all the wispys! She did a great job, and now for the first time in our lives, my hair is shorter than Spence's! Sometime, if I get really brave, I'll show you a picture. :)

So...a new year, 2011. May it be a good one for all of us. May we all have the strength to meet whatever challenges may come our way. May we especially feel and show and express gratitude for all our blessings, large and small. I feel especially tender tonight about my family. We are not perfect, but we love each other, and I am so grateful for the time we've had together. It's been an awesome time!


  1. Dear Louise:
    Happy New Year to you and your family. I am the honorary 'first faster' given that I live in France... so am thinking of you and my energy/prayers will be with you tomorrow as well. It will go fine... How long do you expect to stay in the hospital? Big hug. Love, Sue

  2. All our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you. Please have someone update your blog for a few days. Love, Nancy

  3. Sounds like every preparation is underway, including a blessing. We are also fasting for you and specifically praying for the surgeon, his team and especially your family (besides you). We love you and expect to hear nothing but success as designed! Love, Becky

  4. Somehow I didn't see this post yesterday. Now I realize I had to open the new 2011 tab to view it! Duh!!!
    You are so courageous as you enter this important stage of your battle. I know you are well-armed and that the blessings from Spence and your sons shored up by all those fasting and praying for you are sure to give you the strength and will to come out victoriously. Yesterday at my meeting an LDS couple asked if they could put both of us on the Newport Beach Temple list, so you're covered here as well.;) I am thinking of you and praying for you constantly and especially early tomorrow morning. Love you so much, dear friend! Love, Deb

  5. Dear Louise and Spence,
    We continue to be amazed at the strength you give others...the buoying up you do for all who are following and supporting you during this tough time. Have just read your New Year's Eve post and are impressed to tell you that you are our heroes! We have been supporting you with our thoughts, prayers and fasting today especially. We,too, asked the Lord to bless the doctors and nurses who attend as well as your family. It is so difficult to remain on the sidelines while a loved one faces a challenge. We are confident that you will have a speedy recovery and that you will reap the blessings of your "brightness of hope" and the faith of your friends and family.
    Much love....
    bob and darlene

  6. Louise you are such a great example to all of us.
    You are a head of us, because our Christmas is still up. It will come down this week.
    God Bless you and all your family, the Doctors too.