Friday, December 4, 2009


It is amazing that every time I hear of someone getting the second chance at life, how it jut floods my heart with so many tender and sweet emotions. It is almost like it personally happens to me all over again. Our little friend Madison is getting her new heart this afternoon. I still am amazed by those that give our children this gift.

Kaidence, Camden and I were able to "personally" meet her parents and twin brother on Thursday. We know them through their blog. What a kind family and how blessed they are to get a new heart for their little girl so quickly. Please keep them in your prayers this day, as well as those that lost their little angel.

Thank you to all of you that read this who have given this gift to another. Our hearts ache for you. Please know that you have given the most amazing gift. As a mom of a little girl who is alive because of another family like you, I can tell you how words are so inadequate for what you have given. It is hard to express because the most sincere and heart felt 'Thank You' just doesn't seem like enough. It will never be enough. But know that every time my little girl gets to do something like riding a tricycle, laughing with her brothers and celebrating another birthday.... You are ALWAYS in our hearts! My heart is full of such love and gratitude for you, although we have never met.
Each night as I listen to the heart of an angel beating within my daughter I am humbled, blessed and amazed by your gift.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I need some opinions and figured that this would be a great place to turn. Our family car decided that it could no longer drive Sunday evening on the side of I-15. Needless to say we are in a rush to sell Mikes Dodge Dakota so that we can purchase another family car. We have been looking at Toyota Sienna's. My question for all of you is how well do they do in the snow. I have always driven a 4 wheel drive vehicle and so the thought of a front wheel drive scares me a little. Also, we have the WORST driveway in the winter. I have to use 4 wheel drive to get in it when it snows. It is always pure ice. I have been told that front wheel drive with snow tires should do the job, but will it really? Will it work well on those beautiful mornings when a storm hits and I have to be to PCMC early in the morning with yucky roads? I know that the Sienna's do come with AWD, but they are so hard to find and we are buying used. We have found one of both. And just wanted to know if those that own this vehicle (I think maybe 3/4 of Utah) has had good luck with the Front wheel drive. Will you respond and let me know asap, since we need a car badly.

It is between a 2006 Front wheel Drive 40,000 miles
A 2004 ALL Wheel Drive 65,000 miles. (is 65,000 a lot of miles for Toyota?)