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A Piece of Heaven

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For the first time in 34 years my husband and I are both empty nesters! We are getting used to this new stage of life and have been on quite a few little trips this summer. Our favorite is the weekends we spend in Star Valley, Wyoming. In fact thats where I am now sitting in a camp chair listening to the birds chirp and the breeze blow through the pine and aspen trees. I wish I could bottle up the mountain air and take it home with me! Our kids and their familes come up often and we love watching the grandkids play with their cousins in the woods-just like I did as a child. I feel so blessed to be able to enjoy this little piece of heaven. My great grandparents helped settle this area. My grandfather was a sheep rancher with hundreds of acres of property, and my grandmother taught school. They left an amazing legacy to their 3 daughters one of whom is my mother. Their hard work, love of family, this land, and faith in God has strengthened me many times throughout my lif

Moving Mountains

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Thoughts for Today  

#GiveThanks

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 Its been 12 Years since I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma!  Today I GIVE THANKS for my life and the many more years I have been given.  A few years ago I could not even dare to dream that I would not only live this long, but be healthy and strong.   I owe my gratitude to my Savior who blesses me each day with good health,  an amazing family, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ which gives me peace and hope.  

Finding Peace this Sunday

As I gather with my family and prepare for the next few weeks of quarantine, this song has been running through my mind.  I teach children in my local LDS congregation.  Last year we learned this song together.  I loved it from the first time I heard it.  We have all weathered the storms of life, whether it be financial difficulties, family and relationship struggles, or sickness and poor health, but rarely has the whole world faced the same storm together.  Today has been set aside as a day of prayer in the U.S.  My prayer is that we may all find true and lasting Peace in Christ. There's a Peace in Christ. When there's no Peace on Earth. There's a Peace in Christ. When there's no Peace on Earth. ( Please follow our Page.) Posted by Chadchly tv on Saturday, March 14, 2020

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with the First Step"

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Still Alive and Kicking-11 years with MM   “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”  My journey in martial arts began a “thousand miles” ago in 1997 when I donned a crisp white uniform and belt. This journey has had many winding roads, starts and stops.      I was excited to join my husband and three children and start on the path my family had begun.  However it was short-lived as two more children joined our family and my green belt was set aside.   Over the years I watched each of our five children rise through the ranks. I dreamed of practicing and testing along with each one of them, but as the responsibilities of being a full-time mother, part-time business owner grew, this dream faded into the background and I hung up my yellow belt. Martial arts has been a big part of our family and has made a lasting impact on our family culture.  No matter the age of each of our children, they all had something in common with one another. It was wonderfu

10th Cancerversary!

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Happy Canceversary to me!  It has been 10 years today since I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma! My treatment included high doses of chemotherapy,  Melphalan, Velcade, Thalidomide, Revelomid, and two stem cell transplants.  This kicked me down to "barely breathing," but kicked Myeloma into a "Complete Response."   I was on Maintenance medication for about 4 years and have slowly regained my strength since then.  I continue to do blood tests and lab work every three months and scans and a bone marrow biopsy once a year. To celebrate 10 years my family gathered in Salt Lake City with the LLS "Light the Night" event. It was wonderful to have my whole family (minus two babies) together reflecting on this journey and rejoicing in LIFE! 34 years together and counting!!!!                                             We wore stickers saying, "Kelly's Kicking Cancer since 2008"                                              

Eight Years!

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    It has been eight years ago today since I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. October 29,  2008 will forever be etched in my memory as the day that changed the course of my life.      On the one hand, it was as if a bomb had exploded, taking away my health, shredding my future, and destroying my hope.  But on the other hand this is the day that my journey began, and I cannot erase the dark painful days without giving up  the miracles and blessings that have come about while climbing this Myeloma Mountain.      It has been eight years!  Four years longer than my first prognosis.       I am healthy and strong!  My lab results show no signs of Myeloma.  Is it gone?  Will it come back? I don't know.  But I am going to ride this wave as long as possible and maybe mm won't crash back into my life again.  I can't ask the "what if's" anymore.  Instead today is a time to reflect and share some of the miracles and blessings I have received during this jour