Indulge Me

So it is now 11:00pm and I am sitting at the laptop waiting for Chup to get home from Orlando (business trip). I've said it once before and I'll say it again: Florida, you do nothing for me but rob me from my husband . . . and it hurts.

We are all geared up for fasting, temple attending and prayer for tomorrow's big surgery. I have good feelings in my soul. Don't you?

I wanted to take a moment to blog about some things that are making me feel happy right now (also make me cry too). Just little things adding to my positivity which I am directing at the staff at my favorite burn unit Maricopa. If all goes well with this post I will see what I can do about posting my Crockpot Cake Recipe. Hmmm how does that sound?

First off, these thank-you cards:

designed by Line Upon Line are so sweet. I love the silhouettes of Stephanie and Christian holding the balloon (love Nie's puff sleeves!) and the words "You Are Such An Answer to Our Prayers" cause you know what Blogdom? YOU are such an answer to our prayers. So please imagine that the card posted above is just for you from us. Personally.


my Segullah girlfriends and I put a couple essays together about motherhood and got the project published! It's this lovely book called "the mother in me" (lowercase). I am so proud of my fellow-writers and for what we accomplished together. Of course, my essay is about infertility, but someone has to represent, right? Deseret Book has it in stores now, or you can get it online if you are interested. . . please go here.

Speaking of motherhood, I just realized that the tall glass of water I've been drinking out of for the last forty-five minutes is also hosting a penny. What will a little copper do for my fertility anyone know? (Too tired to fish penny out . . .) And what child shall I blame for dropping the penny in my cup (because they're all supporting obsessions with coins currently)?

this album (by our talented friend Scott Wiley) is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard. It will forever remind me of this experience, from rocking one baby to sleep and adding four more. Claire and Jane fall asleep to it every night because their mother loves it too. It is almost sacred to us and therefore much of good report. I want everyone to have it in their homes and if I were Rosie I'd just give it away. But I am c jane and it's for sale here.

Fourth of all,

after BYU's amazing shut-out of UCLA last weekend I am loving these t-shirts from Frockly.


I just got a press release from Steph's favorite singer/song writer Mindy Gledhill. It was very touching.

Recording artist, Mindy Gledhill (and long-time friend of Stephanie’s), will be hosting a benefit concert for The Nielsons and Kinneards at Mountain View High School in Mesa on Oct. 25th (see add for details). Stephanie had been working with Mindy for several months prior to the crash, to facilitate her coming to Mesa in concert. After a few minor setbacks in the planning stages, Stephanie’s last words to Mindy just four days before the crash were, “I’ll get you here somehow!”

“Now we’re finally doing the concert Stephanie and I have been planning for months. It blows me away to see all of the generous hearts in the Mesa community that have donated their time, funds and services to make this concert AMAZING for the Nielsons and Kinneards,” says Mindy. All profits from
ticket and CD sales go directly to the Nielsons and Kinneards.

See more here.

And now I present the Crockpot Cake Recipe. Only, promise me you'll douse it with real cream. Not that fake stuff all whipped up ready for consumption, I mean straight from-the-udder cream.

1 package chocolate cake mix

1 container of sour cream (8 oz)

1 cup chocolate morsels

1 cup water

4 eggs

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 package instant chocolate pudding mix

Spray crock pot with nonstick cooking spray. Mix cake mix, sour cream, chocolate morsels, water, egss, oil and pudding mix in a bowl by hand. Pour into crock pot. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. Makes about 12 servings.

P.S. Thanks for your heads up on People magazine's blurb, and my photos on Meghan McCain's blog. In a couple months I hope Steph gets a kick out of such things.

P.P.S. I just swallowed the penny.

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