Yes today is our wedding anniversary. We were married in Laie, Hawaii in the temple, 19 years ago. We held out and had everyone who could... come to Hawaii for us since Todd and I were attending BYU - Hawaii. That was a wonderful day and time. Todd and I reminisced before I had to come back to St. Jude's about how this time has flown by. When you are growing up at your parents home the time seems endless. Now we are married longer than we lived at home and the time seems like a blink of an eye. It has been a very happy time filled with challenges and it looks like we have some more challenges to face too!
Yesterday was a great day after we found out our good news, but when I woke up that morning I couldn't hardly face the day thinking that we might have bad news. Devree had been so miserable on Monday and I just couldn't face the thought of being upbeat for the both of us if we got bad news again. As I was putting on my makeup in the bathroom I had been crying for most of the morning, silently, because I don't like to upset Devree when she already has so much on her plate. I thought "You know I just have to FAKE it till I MAKE it. If that includes faking being happy, then that is what I will do and hopefully it will be infectious and Devree can feel the happiness and be happy too!" So I started to sing "Zip-a-dee-do-dah" but my voice cracked. I had to start again. A little bit stronger and it worked! Devree chimed right in and she was Happy or she was faking it too and pretty soon we didn't have to fake it anymore. We had joy and happiness in her hearts.
My friend Debbie Fauvell heard about Devree and called me on the phone right before we had to leave Nevada. She sent me a glorious book and I am recommending it to everyone. If you think you have challenges, you haven't seen anything compared to this author. The book is "Hard Times and Holy Places" by Kristin Warner Belcher. Deseret Book published it. The author said some really wonderful things that hit the nail on the head. I just about highlighted the whole book.
I am jealous of all of you that get to hear Elder Bednar speak. He is one of my favorites. Todd supposes that possibly President Brewer will be released in our stake since he has been in for 6 years. He has been there as long as we have lived in Dayton.
For those of you that have Fast Sunday this Sunday we are fasting that Devree will beat this cancer for good, that she will have an easy time through chemo and that her right side will come back with her hearing.