Thursday, April 26, 2012

proof that money isn't where its at people!

I just want to start by saying my heart really goes out to Pilar Sanders.  She is the beautiful (estranged) wife of Deion Sanders and they are residents of our town.  My Reagan goes to school with her son Shedore.  I regularly see her at the school at parties, field trips, and picking her ten year old up at the end of the day.  She seems like a very hands on mom that genuinely loves her children.

Sadly, She and Deion have been engaged in a HORRIBLE divorce battle that got so ugly this week that Pilar was arrested and spent the night in jail, Deion had charges of assault brought upon him, and they were one of the lead stories on the national news.  I don't want to add to all the news that has already been out there. 

What I do want to remember, however, is how this family LOOKED like (from all outward appearances) that they had EVERYTHING.  Deion was just inducted into the Hall of Fame, he played two different professional sports, they shared a 23,000 square foot mansion here in Prosper and everytime I drive by I see at least 200,000 worth of cars in the driveway.

But they sure don't seem they live such a charmed life this week.   News reports claim that he had an affair.  Pilar found out he wanted a divorce on TMZ. - not from him.   Reagan said she overheard Pilar on the phone outside the school talking to someone (while she was waiting for her son).  She said that Deion is trying to avoid giving her anything of their multi million dollar fortune.  Both of them have lost their reputations and have been humiliated.  They both have been disgraced.  Their kids are caught in the middle.  It is one of the saddest things I have ever seen and I just had to write about it to remind everyone out there.  Things aren't always what they seem and money is certainly not the source of true happiness.  I'm adding her name to our family prayer jar of people we are praying for right now.  And her son, Shedore.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

headache free

Well its been a long hard road but we finally made it and as of 1:30 yesterday, April 9, 2012, Brent is FINALLY headache free. 

So many thoughts are rushing through my mind.
The biggest of which is gratitude.

Gratitude for our friends and family who have fasted with us, prayed with us, brought us dinner, treats, helped with getting kids where they needed to be.  I am grateful for visiting  teachers and home teachers.  Emails and texts and phone calls of encouragement (I have saved every single one of them in a file).   I'm grateful for Priesthood holders who at a moments notice were worthy to administer to Brent and make beautiful, peace-filled promises of comfort, "instant relief", and healing.  I am grateful for skilled surgeons.  Not just Dr. Batki who did the surgery yesterday but Drs. Weiner, Herzog, Konen, Biddiwalla.  They have all gotten us here where we are today.  Next Monday night we are writing thank you notes.  Lots and lots of thank you notes.  Because we are all so grateful for so many beautiful people.  We are most grateful for our loving Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ who we have felt carry us though some really rough patches.

Miracles  happen.

We are living proof.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Fasting for Brent

Here is an email I sent out today to everyone that I could think of in my contact list.


Beloved friends:

I have to start by telling you that as I scroll through my contacts, trying to decipher who to send this to, tears well in my eyes and my heart is so full. As I click on your name to include you in this email, I am reminded of our little army of angels that has weathered this storm with us for the past six years. Some of you are from our old ward. You took in our children, fed them, distracted them with fun activities while Brent was initially hospitalized all those many weeks. Some of you are my book club gals that have held my hand and listened each and every month as I updated you on the latest thing the doctors were trying. Some of you are our new friends that we have made in our new ward family here in Prosper. Regardless of how we know you, you are included in this email because you have consistently inquired about Brent's health and whispered words of encouragement along the way. We love you and appreciate each and every one of you!

That being said, Brent is having surgery monday. It is a BRAND NEW procedure. He will be the tenth IIH patient to have this surgery and they have had a lot of success. It's not a sure thing by any means. There are some risks involved. It is pretty invasive - but we are cautiously optimistic and it is the most promising straw we have had to grab at since he was diagnosed.

Our family is fasting this Sunday on Brent's behalf. We are fasting for the surgeon, Dr. Baktik, who will be operating on him. We are fasting that Brent will recover well from the surgery so he can return to work as quickly as possible (He just started a new job three months ago). We are fasting that if it be the Lord's will, he will be headache free.

We invite you to join us if you choose. I know it is EASTER this weekend so if it does not work for you, we would love your prayers in his behalf.

The irony is not lost on me that all this falls on the Easter Weekend. Regardless of our outcome next week, I want you to know that I ABSOLUTELY know of the love our Savior has for each and every one of us. This has been the hardest trial we have experienced in our 23 married years but we have felt His guiding influence and witnessed tender mercies along every step of the way. We bear testimony of the reality of his Atonement. He absolutely strengthens our backs and eases our burdens as we exercise faith in Him. We know that the power of Priesthood blessings is real. Miracles happen. We have seen them. We have felt the power that comes from righteous men and women who join together in fasting in the past and we know we will feel it Monday, as well.

Thank you so much for the good men and women that you are. We are so blessed to have you in our lives. We learn so much from your compassion and example. We love each of you. Very much.

Shahna