Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My kids have a fun dad...and other GREAT things

Today we woke up to glorious snow. My kids were so excited and begging me to let them out to play. What a great time of year. I really really love Christmas time. While Oliver was at school Cali and I headed over the the mall to check on a couple of things. As we walked in we quickly noticed the place was deserted. Thank you thank you snow for covering the roads and making it so people didn't want to come out today. We also saw that Santa was there and no one was in line. So we took the little kids over and they thought it was pretty awesome. Rob was the only one to sit on his lap but he was really nice (due mostly to the fact that no one else was in the mall) and talked with our kids for a long time. It was awesome.

Then when we got home Cortney watched the boys as Cali and I ran one more errand. When I got back this is what I came home to....

Cortney was out building the kids some sort of sledding ramp off of the trampoline.

We didn't have any sleds so Cortney covered them in plastic so they could slide down on their tummies. Here Oli is going down on a snowboard.


Now that is a pretty fun dad if you ask me....and luckily no one was hurt.


Then in the mail today came this book...

We had ordered the book last year on our trip to Guatemala...and have been waiting anxiously for it ever since. It was so exciting because Cortney has 42 pictures in the book (I think that was the number...and yes we counted). They mentioned him in the acknowledgments and this is what is written on the back of the book.

How exciting is that??? Cortney is now a published photographer. I think it is pretty awesome.


Okay sorry this post is getting long...hang in there.

I have been hurting. My Rheumatoid Arthritis (or RA...kind of a pain to write but not the same thing as arthritis at all....I hate when people just think I have arthritis....I shouldn't care but it isn't the same) is coming back quickly. Everyday it hurts a little bit more. I have been having a hard time sleeping and the mornings are really hard. It is just so hard for me to be patient with my children when every thing hurts. I thought I could be strong, that I could tough it out until it was time to get pregnant. But I am not even like and eighth of how bad I was before...I can't go there again. I can't. It is too scary. So everyday I have been meaning to call my doctor. I don't know how to explain to him what I need and then say....oh by the way I don't have insurance or a job, can you help me?? Ahhhh.

Well my doctor and I have a long relationship, I mean you become pretty close to someone when they are literally (or figuratively) saving your life. I called his office yesterday and left a (long) message with his receptionist. I almost started crying when I got off the phone. I just felt overwhelmed. It isn't easy to ask for help.

Anyways today he called me back. He is amazing. One of the biggest miracles in my life. In our phone conversation he said:

1. He wants to see me this week...free of charge.

2. He doesn't want me to hurt and he can get me medications...for free (or cheap)...right away...that will help me almost immediately. (and that I can get pregnant on when the time comes)

3. What goes around comes around. He said "I have been in your situation before I know how it is to need help".

What a great guy...and what a blessing. I am constantly reminded that my Heavenly Father...knows me, loves me and REMEMBERS me. Prayers are answered. When I got off the phone I was almost in tears. I can't wait to be feeling better.

19 comments:

Douglas and Connie Jones Earl said...

I LOVE YOU! MOM

Angelique said...

Aaahh..This post made me cry. (No, it's not because I'm pregnant.) I'm so glad you have such a kind doctor. You guys are in our prayers.

Sweet ramp Cortney! And I can't wait to see the pictures in that book--hopefully, ours is in the mail.

khepworth said...

Me too-teary eyed. What a great doctor you have. I so know the feeling of no money & no insurance. Not the greatest feeling.

That is so awesome about Court's photo's being published. And I love the "wrap them in plastic" and send 'em down the "hill". Is that a board you are using? I guess the plastic slide didn't work too well? Court is a fun dad!

khepworth said...

Sorry, I mean Cort (as in the boy form) not Court (this would be the girl form).

lindsay>boo said...

That is so exciting Cortney has his photographs in the book. He really did take amazing pictures there.

I'm so sorry you've been hurting, Ashley. I'm so glad though you have an amazing doctor who is helping you out. Our family is thinking of you and yours.

HEATHER D said...

Ashy, I have tears running down my cheeks right now. I also know how it feels to be in constant pain all day every day and I feel for you. I think it is so AMAZING that people have such a warm and caring heart (doctor) and knows what you are going through. We pray for you guys and know that something good is around the corner
hdw

{natalie} said...

hi ash. i'm so sorry you have been feeling crappy. your doctor sounds amazing. that is so wonderful that he is going to take care of you. you deserve to feel good.

those sledding pictures are awesome. isn't cort's head cold?

Berta said...

Congrats to Cort for this GREAT accomplishment! Well overdue. I would LOVE to get a copy of that book - it looks exquisite!

Ash-babe - you know this 'pulls at my heart strings' when I hear you're hurting. I want to do the typical 'mother-thing' and make it go away! Bless your heart - your doctor IS heaven sent - no doubt about that. Such good news for you too - to be able to take this medicine and feel good again. I'm so sorry you have to go through this - you're in our prayers. Love you! See you soon.

Camille said...

I am glad you have a wonderful doctor. I hope the meds start working asap.
Cortney- wow. I am so glad you took my pics before you had your official published works- you might just have to raise your rates now! That is so cool though!

lanita said...

You got me teared up too, girl. I'm so happy and grateful that you have this wonderful doctor. It's these little angles that are placed in our lives at just the right time that help us remember that we're not in this alone.

A big congrats to Cortney. So very cool.

And one last thing....we have a man who is fairly new in our ward, Rick (I think Eric is his real name) Haag. He and I got to talking recently and I told him I was from Moses Lake. He claimed to know Moses Lake, and I asked "how in the world?" "Because I dated someone from Moses Lake way back when, and I bet you know her." Yeah, it was your mom, Connie Earl. I nearly fell over in my chair. It's such a small world! Can you believe that? Too funny.

Cindy said...

Congratulations to both of you. Cort for his pictures in the book and you for your great doctor. Both are answers to your own prayers and those offered up for you. Keep us all posted!

Melissa B. said...

Ash, I have never had to scroll so far to leave a message. I am so glad you have so many people who care for you. I too am all teary for you, I am so sorry you hurt, and am so excited you have such a great doctor. I can't wait until we can get together again.

Kimmy said...

love you, ash!

duke of earl said...

arthritis doesn't really hurt that bad...

jk.

We love you Ash

*ethan* said...

cort is the best, that is sweet that he got that many pics in that book....... any of me in there, he and i have had more then one photo shoot you know!

hope you feel better

Christensen's said...

I seriously wish my kids had been over for that. It looks like they had so much fun! I was so glad to hear that you have an awesome doctor! I hope that you are feeling better soon. If not, I am always glad to help. And I am planning on Friday morning!

Peggy Dee said...

Can't wait to see the book. Way to go Cortney! I am so glad you have a kind doctor. You deserve it. You know you can call any time day or night for help or advice, right? Love you

Laura Lei said...

17 comments? Wow.

Anyway, Cortney is the coolest. I am pretty sure we never thought of making a ramp off our tramp...too bad...it looks like fun.
Also, that is so awesome that he is a published photographer. Of course, it was only a matter of time before he became famous. I just hope that someday I can have an original Cortney Boice Photo hanging in my home.

I am so GLAD that you have a good doctor. What an amazing man. You're in my prayers, I love you.

Mandi said...

That is awesome about the book. Big accomplishment. And I am so sorry about your RA, I obviously don't know how you feel, but I know it is painful. Hang in there.