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Feb. 15, 2009

FEBRUARY 14, 2009 Did someone say I cant fix the dryer? na no one would say I cant right!? Cause if you did your so very very wrong! So the dryer belt finally broke! Just so happens we knew it was going to, so we had a belt here waiting to be installed. After a long battle with the dryer it finally surrendered and gave way for a new belt! I have the battle wounds to prove it was a hard fight to win! It is working quietly to prove I won the fight!!!!! I am the ALPHA! rofl! or should it be "I am woman hear me roar!" I had to use primitive tools (read did not have the right ones so I improvised) felt much like a cave woman must have felt at times when using a bone for a screw driver! I looked up directions on the web! They were not exactly accurate, but gave me enough info to figure it out and get it done! The new belt is much happier on the dryer where it is busy doing its job, instead of sealed in a bag, wondering its fate. I promise it will get lots of use, lots of love and appreciation also! Honestly I was pretty darn nervous. I had serious doubts as to weather or not I could take the dryer apart to get the new belt on. It was touch n go a few times. Most of my tools are at the new house, waiting for more plumbing work to be done! I did have to make do with what I could find. NOT EASY! I thought since I have written about so many things I have learned to do over the last few years I better write about this to! Its right up there with fixing my van! Learning to change a battery! Fixing the washer! and learning to plumb! Its been an interesting week for sure. I have learned a lot. This next week will be very busy. We will be sorting and packing more. I already have some done. But not all. I still have to go pick up the boxes that were given to me. I am also going to be doing some part time work I hope. I got this months gas bill! OUCHIE! it is unreal. $717.00!! Today being Valentines Day I made the kids dinner. Our new tradition is to have a nice dinner together. Usually something that Larry and I would have had together. This year we had steak, sauteed mushrooms, and baked potato. We made cookie dough ice cream for dessert! I was able to go see L today. He is doing pretty good. I am amazed every time I see him. He has changed so much, he is much more open with his feelings, and honesty. Willing to talk about anything, not clam up any longer. I went to the doc again this week. We did some med changes. I am back on the Fentanyl patch. We decided to try it again. Last time I used them I had a strong reaction, but have since found out the ones I had were part of a batch that was recalled. So trying that again. He also changed my muscle relaxer. The one I was on was causing migraines. And then I had a cortisone shot in my hip. OUCH did that ever hurt. It was worse than a hep shot! But it is helping, right in the spot it was done. He suggested another between my pubic bone and hip. He does not do them himself, it would be the pain clinic to do it. I want to wait and see how well it works before going through it again, decide if its worth the pain. At this point I am thinking it would be, and possibly on my shoulder also. The patch is helping also, and not knocking me out this time! I prefer the patch, its a continuous dose, but with out the "high" so many narcotics give. So I am functioning fine. The Muscle Relaxer is helping. But instead of making me sleepy it wakes me up and I cant sleep at night. So I cant take it at night when I need it most. But that's ok I will deal. I prefer less migrains. And they were getting bad from the Soma. Over all I am happy with the med changes so far. Its only been a few days but I am not sleepy all the time and my pain level is down some. Not gone, but that will never happen.But I can tolerate it the way it is with this combo of meds. I am changing blog spots. This one will be kept up dated for a short time. Or I may keep this one and have it only be school stuff. I am undecided so for now it stays now. new link is http://huffinfamily.blogspot.com/ there are pics of the dryer and I from our battle! and to keep up with our new home: http://fixinaswego.blogspot.com/ It time to get kids in bed Morning comes early and we have Church tomorrow! Drop me a note, let me know how life is! Keep in touch Love ya all!It time to get kids in bed Morning comes early and we have Church tomorrow! Drop me a note, let me know how life is! Keep in touch. Love ya all! "There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be 'full-time moms,' at least during the most formative years of their children's lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part- or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else."M. Russell Ballard~

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Feb. 15, 2009 - LDFR friend
Posted by Anonymous (69.131.12.97)


All I can say is, you are doing great. I can manage some stuff, but overall, big stuff is left for dh.

Karie
www.kariessliceheaven.blogspot.com/
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Twinkling in the sky I look to see what it may be

Stars are bright tonight lighting the sky

As I watch I am reminded of days from long ago

And I wonder what the future will hold ?

Twinkling in the sky so bright

So many reminding me of you

Reminding me of love gone by

I wonder will it be again?

I look closer, taking in the sky as far

As my eye can see

So many stars,

each reminding me of you.

Each bringing a memory

Will there be more?

Or are the memories done?

Are twinkling stars all that’s left?

Are we living with false hope?

Will we make more memories

Under the stars?
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Jan. 4, 2009

2009
So its a whole new year! I am hoping this year is better than last, brings more happiness and less stress. We had a good Christmas. We are glad its over. We have renewed our Y membership and enjoy swimming. I am hoping it helps me improve my Fibro. Me and Nanna will be going early every morning and working out. Plus swimming a few times a week for us all. The kids are enjoying it LOTS. the oldest can walk and swim without me. So it gives them something else to do. Boo wants to use the weights and is excited about being old enough to without mom there. Bubba will have to go with me to use them. Bubba turns 12 this week!!!!!! He interviews with the Bishop for the Priesthood Tuesday! He is excited(so am I) He has his 1st Boy Scout camp this month also! He is looking forward to that, I am glad. Boo turns 15 next week! I can hardly believe it. They grow so fast. This will be a cool year for us. Sir N turns 8 this year! So we have a baptism to look forward to also! Nanna turns 18 this year! The kids are all doing good. I was able to get an adapter for my camera so I am back in the picture business! YAHOOOOOOO I can take pics again! Unfortunately Nanna loosing my camera meant no pics of Christmas, they were all on the camera still and not on my computer yet. You should all be happy(and surprised) to know she did survive loosing my camera! I did not totally loose it on her! Boo has 8th grade graduation this year! The home school group here does a big graduation ceremony for the Seniors and 8th graders. It will be fun. We get to put together a poster board for him to display and he will get a diploma awarded. They have a fun reception after. Family is invited, so if anyone can or wants to come please let me know. It is in April. I know he would love to have family there. He has 2 older sisters and an older brother in Utah he would love to see, and love to have them there if they can! oh and for those that are interested " L" has completed his SOTP therapy! He passed at the lowest possible scores! LOW is good, high is bad! So we are very happy about this. He has learned lots about himself, I have learned lots about him, and about offenders in general. There are many many misconceptions floating around about them. I have been surprised many times in all I have learned. Anyway, he completed and is putting together a support system for when he does get out. Thats not easy as most people dont want to. He has to have people who are willing to look at his triggers, behaviors and if they see something they think is off put him on the spot about it. They do not even have to be people living near. Friends or family hat live away but talk to him, or me that may notice just from calls can be included. The more people the better. He is very open and honest about all that has happened. He is also truly sorry for hurting everyone that this has touched. He could use more support than he is getting, if anyone is willing let me know. You know how to reach me. We love ya all FIND JOY IN THE JOURNEY NOW! PRESIDENT MONSON SUNDAY OCT 5TH,2008 GENERAL CONFERANCE This is now my motto to live by. I have spent 2 years struggeling, I felt like he was talking directly to me!
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Dec. 20, 2008

~~ Only 4 days to go!~~
Christmas is almost here! We have ad lots happening here. Mom had a heart cath a week ago, they unblocked a main artery in her heart, put a stint in, it was blocked 90%, they go in again Monday to do it again on another main artery in her heart. So her Christmas gift this year is truly a gift from God, life! and the kids and I get a gift of keeping her! cant beat that!! She already looks and feels lots better since having it done. I cant wait till she is totally recovered from it all. She should be so much better. The kids are good. We are on Christmas break now! we have not managed to make candy yet, trying to get the peanuts shelled, then we will make the candy. Peanut clusters, brittle, fudge, sugar cookies, and gingerbread cookies. We had our ward Christmas party. Bubba, Sir N, and Chubby were 3 wise men, Loo was part of a family, she had a speaking part. They were adorable and did great! I am so happy Loo is doing so good with her anxiety and able to do these things now! I think its great. I took pics, I will put them on to see! we have been so blessed this year. We have has anonymous people buy gifts for the kids for Christmas. I have no idea who but truly am greatfull for those many people helping Santa and the families in need. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, I hope the Spirit of Christ, the reason of the celebration is with you, that its filled with family and love. Merry Christmas from our family to all of you. FIND JOY IN THE JOURNEY NOW! PRESIDENT MONSON SUNDAY OCT 5TH,2008 GENERAL CONFERENCEThis is now my motto to live by. I have spent 2 years struggeling, I felt like he was talking directly to me!

Dec. 20, 2008 - Christmas treats
Posted by Anonymous (69.131.12.97)
I think a lot of us are slow this yr to get treats and such done. I finally started mine last Sat and am almost done. We also have just started with the shopping last Mon. Don't think we're going to have a bit Christmas this yr, but maybe we're not supposed to.
Karie (LDFR)

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Nov. 20, 2008

~~~Almost Turkey Day!~~
Posted in mom

Yes we are counting down! We have a calendar on the wall and each day gets a Thanksgiving,fall or something along those lines sticker! I love this time of year. The baking, smells, time with kids and family. We will bake pies and turkey and yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes! The kids each have a dish or pie they make on their own, the younger help with everything. It is so much fun! And smells so good! It really brings us together (makes a mess) This year we cheated and bought some pretty Thanksgiving paper plates! Sick of dishes! But you know I thought it was deserved! This time of year makes me feel so many thngs.It brings up so many memories. Not all good but I try to focus on the good. It amazes me how deeply the memories touch me this time of year, I actually feel them, not just remember them but feel them. I smell them, its almost as if I can reach out and touch the past at times. I can be looking out the window, watching the leafs fall from the trees, and the smells will come along and I feel as if I am transported back in times, not just one time, but into many times. Times as a child. I remember so many Holiday meals around the table of my grandparents. I miss them terribly this time of year. Times as a teen, and many as an adult. Washing a hams writing, Maranda licking the pies, so many things! The many meals I have made in my home. That's the hard part I think. Making me miss my husband, and family that are not here with me,knowing that the future holidays may never be the same, not knowing what the future holds there. Feeling the past, living in the now and hoping for the future. We will be doing our traditional writing of all we are thankful for on the Table cloth again, I think I will post it here. I would truly love to hear from everyone and hear what your thankful for this year! Please comment, write back or something. I want to know what others are thankful for.

We are all ok. Kids are doing awesome in school! I am so proud of them all! They are amazing. Even with my being sick so much recently they keep doing their school without me even and just do great! They are also growing unbelievably! I truly love them and am blessed to have such awesome kids! I am trying to get some new pics on here for you all to see. They are changing so much I am amazed daily! I am ok, my health issues are still there but hopefully will resolve someday. My kids and mom are very supportive through it. Sir N is amazing! I think he should probably be up a school year, but I am keeping him where he is to make sure nothing is missed. He is so smart. It only takes the kids about 2-3 hours to do 2 days worth of lessons each day, thats what I have them doing. They will get several days off next week for Thanksgiving!! They deserve it! Well I am trying to update pics so check in ALOT to see! We love all our family and friends out there

OH My little sister and BIL had their baby early, very early so if you could all PLEASE keep them in their prayers I would appreciate it. The baby needs it. She will be in the hospital until Feb. My sister was just released from the hospital andher and her awesome dh will need prayers also to get through this please.

FIND JOY IN THE JOURNEY NOW! PRESIDENT MONSON SUNDAY OCT 5TH,2008 GENERAL CONFERANCE This is now my motto to live by. I have spent 2 years struggling, I felt like he was talking directly to me!
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Feb. 4, 2009

~~Buying a house!!!!!! Oh Ya Oh Ya! Happy Dance~~
Only this time I am buying! I have been talking to the owner and looks like its a go! Its an older home- very older, needs work but most I can do my self! Its on 1 acre! Has a chicken coup! A fenced in pasture! I am psyched! We will be in the country again! But not far from the town. Church will be a drive again- around 45 minutes. So that's a bummer but done it before I can do it again! The kids have not seen the house yet, they will sometime in the next week hopefully. Not sure of a move date yet, but am hoping for the 14Th. I am still having to come up with the moving costs, and not sure how I will swing that. A Uhaul would be the easiest way to move but that's $$ I don't have at the moment. If We try to do it in trucks and trailers from ward members I really cant see it happening easily. With 9 people to move its a lot of stuff. I will be thinning but still its a lot. But it will work out somehow! I am looking forward to having chickens again, and a big garden. Plenty of room! No neighbors 2 feet from me watching everything we do! The house has a big garage, and a shed. There are 3 bathrooms. And potential for 5 bedrooms. I will be doing some remodeling to the upstairs. It is currently an apartment. I will change that and make all the rooms bedrooms. It has a cellar full of canning stuff!!! A Dishwasher! 2 Fridges! so with the fridge I already own I will have 3! No more trying to cram it all in!! When I do my big shopping every month its always a hassle to fit it all in. Even with my deep freezer, I fill it all so that will be nice to have extra. The cellar will be a good shelter in case of a tornado! It has a wood burning stove!! Lower gas bill here I come! I am so tired of the $550 a month gas bill now, and we still get cold! It has 2 separate heaters, one down and one up. The porch is already stacked with wood to burn! It will finish out this winter with left overs. And there is lots of dry wood, trees down on the property that we can cut and stack for next year! I am excited, it is a little scary to take on the responsibility myself. But that's OK, life's like that. I have dealt with so much in the past few years by myself, things I never thought I would. I can do this. It will need painting badly, and new carpet in a few areas. I can do all that. The carpet I have never done but I guess I will learn. I do have to replace a pipe, and some plumbing under the sink ASAP. But its small repairs that I can do easy. Right now my biggest obstacle is getting our stuff there! I am praying on how to do that, ways to get the money I need for it. So far everything else has worked out. Kinda stumped now but I know the Lord will provide a way somehow. I just need to find the somehow. So thats our exciting news this week! We are moving! I am buying a house! And I am excited! When I go nect time I will take my camera and snap some pics to post! If anyone comes up with any great ideas on the moving let me know what you think! Moms heart prodcedure Monday was not able to make any repairs. they need to do further testing. One stent that was put in has partially caved in. And the aneurysm is right below an artery going to the brain, making it harder to treat. They are doing more detailed tests on the 10th and 12 to decide what to do. She is looking at a major surgery for the aneurysm and possibly open heart for that. We wont know for sure until the 3rd of March. Thats when she will meet with the doc over test results and decide on plan of action. So we are continuing to pray all goes well. Its in the Lords hands, hopefully he guides the doctors to know whats best. Love the Huffins! "There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be 'full-time moms,' at least during the most formative years of their children's lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part- or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else."M. Russell Ballard~

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Feb. 5, 2009 - New home
Posted by Anonymous (69.131.12.97)


I think it's exciting for you. I wish you well in this new venture!

Karie
LDFR

Feb. 6, 2009 - A blog contest
Posted by Anonymous (69.131.12.97)
Would you be ok if I posted a url to someone else's blog who is having a contest on your comments? You could also enter her contest. The idea behind it is to find as many ways to post her contest and then make as many comments per posting her url. (hope that makes sense). If you are not interested, then that's ok. Please leave a response on my blog yes or not. :)
Karie
www.kariessliceofheave.blogspot.com/