My heart is full. My wonderful friend Mindi has a friend who's daughter has been waiting for a liver transplant (I hope that wasn't too confusing). Mindi had encouraged me to follow Lulu's story a few months back.
I have never met Lulu or her mommy, but somehow, I feel like I have known them forever. Her mom is a very inspirational writer about the struggles of being a mother with a sick baby. Keeping positive and always making it known that things are in God's hands. I tear up on almost every post she writes, mostly because she touches my heart and inspires me to think of things in a Heavenly perspective. But also for her wonderful endeavors in reaching out to others who are suffering. I am sure that she could rally the troops for anyone's cause.
I remember back in January, Mindi called me the day after Lulu received her transplant. I was overwhelmed with joy.
In a heartwarming story, Lulu's family was able to meet the donors family. When I read about this family's experience with organ donation, I thought my heart would explode.
When I had to stand in line at the DMV last week, and yes the stories are true about how long the wait is with the new changes, I checked my forms at least five times to make sure that I had checked 'yes' in the box to be an organ donor. Not only should you check that little box, but you should make it known to your family. I have seen way too many families go against their dying family members wishes to donate. Because ultimately, your family is the deciding factor when those awful decisions have to be made and you aren't able to speak up.
Be a donor and save a life or two or three or more.
budgets stink! especially when your budget gets cut in half and you are left with the smaller half. though we are nervously excited for the future, we can't help but stress about our budget. jed is, and has always been, very meticulous when it comes to our money. a very great quality, though annoying at times. fortunately, his ability to save has allowed us the opportunity for the changes we are currently undergoing.
with an extra body on the way, and an almost two year old, we have had to start looking for an additional bed. i have been scouring ksl classifieds for months looking for the perfect bed for my little guy. i know that there are beds out there for a great price, but i am still extremely picky. i know that if i keep waiting i will find the perfect bed. something that will last and is a beautiful piece at the same time. my problem is that i am in love with pottery barn. which is way overpriced even when my budget is at its high. you can find used pieces for a third of the price or less, they just tend to sell faster than i can get a hold of them. my dream bed for chase retails for $750, not including the mattress-YOUZAH!!! the other issue we keep running into, is that we feel bad that we have never bought bayli a new bed. she inherited my old daybed. yes, it pretty much is the same one that all the girls growing up in the 80's probably had. the lovely white metal frame molded into heart shapes with hideous gold knobs. she isn't bothered by it one bit, but we are.
now that the hunt has become a little more intense, jed is starting to look too. if you know jed, quality and price are his leading factors. so after he scoured through the few beds that were possibilities, he came up with a brilliant idea. "why don't i just make them?" at first, i was hesitant with his idea. he is extremely stressed and strapped for time with the new business. plus, will they end up costing more than a used find? but, then i thought, this is jed. he has proven time and again that he can make something beautiful on a lean budget. also, his quality of work will prove to be even better.
his next brilliant idea was "why not make three." he just keeps finding ways to make his honey-do-list increase in size. get to work honey, times a wasting!
oh and honey, while you're at it, do you think that you can make one of these for way less than $1700? i know that your grandma won't mind.