I have been enjoying pretty good quality of life this past week.  It was nice to have a week off from my Xeloda pills.  I was able to enjoy all the yummy food at Thanksgiving, and I really enjoyed visiting and spending time with family.
     I went with my Mom and sisters to see the movie Twilight on Saturday, and we also went to lunch and did a little bit of shopping.  It felt wonderful to have a normal day out with the girls. 

Monday was Caleb's birthday.  He is now 6.  The day of his birthday we went down to Temple Square to see the Christmas Lights.  Because it was a warm night, it was really crowded.  I also was in a lot of pain after only walking a little bit.  We are going to look into getting me a wheelchair so when we have activities like this, I will be able to more fully enjoy them.  I just get so tired so fast, along with the pain, I think it is time to have one.

The lights were so beautiful, and it is always so wonderful to see the Salt Lake Temple where Dan & I were married.  Dan dropped me and Caleb off at Temple Square, and then went to find a parking spot.  Caleb & I had a tender moment discussing temples and how families can be together forever.  I was so glad I had a chance to explain to him that if I die, that we will be able to be a forever family.  Caleb is the one who expresses the most worry about me dying than all of my other kids.  So, I really was grateful to maybe ease some of his fears and worries. 

This is my girls with a couple of their cousins.  This year all of my siblings and their kids were able to go.  We were quite a big crowd.  Every year, before going to see the lights, we all go eat pizza at Litza's Pizza.  My parents started this tradition while my dad was going to school at U of U.  It is something I look forward to, and love the reminders of the true meaning of Christmas.  The beautiful nativity's and temple grounds really puts you in a good holiday spirit.  Plus on the drive home, we stopped at Krispy Kreams and got some hot fresh donuts.  YUM!

Mary and Joseph with the baby Jesus was absolutely stunning in the reflecting pool in front of the temple. 

12/4/2008 07:13:10 am

I love seeing you out and about! You look so great! I am so grateful that you were able to enjoy Thanksgiving. I also love the pictures from Temple Square. What a fun tradition. I love the tender mercies that we get like the moment you had with Caleb. What a blessing. We continue to pray for you and your family. We love you! I can't wait to see the posts after your trip! I am so excited for you! Have a great time!

Dawn Kern
12/4/2008 08:55:49 am

Hi Amber,
You don't know me but I live in Perry Stake. I check out your blog often because you are such an inspiration to me. You are amazing!
I was reading your comments about your temple square visit and just thought I would tell you, if you don't already know, that you can borrow a wheelchair on temple square if you head back that way again. You go to the Joseph Smith Memorail building and ask at the hostess desk.
Thanks for being such an example to me. You are in my prayers!

Susan Paprocki
12/5/2008 07:56:41 am

Hi Amber:

You do not know me but I found your site via the BreastCancer.org. I read your blog from beginning to end and I too am so inspired by you and your spirit. What a great family you have. If there is anything I can do for you and/or your family, let me know. I live in Illinois, but I will try to do whatever makes you feel good (prayer, a gift for your kids, you name it).

Jamie Hadfield
12/5/2008 08:14:17 am

Your tender story about you and Caleb talking about families being together forever made me cry. I have a lump in my throat. So touching. Have fun at Disneyland. I'm so happy for your family and hope you enjoy a very fun trip. Love you and pray for you, Jamie

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