Sunday, December 14, 2014

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Picture of Sue B. and I climbing in September!  Snow had fallen and we hiked on some pretty scary boulders!  Glad we got down safely!

Ok, today is my birthday and I love birthdays!  I have kind of a weird relationship with my birthday because I want it to be perfect (kind of like Mother’s Day) and then I get frustrated when it is not. When I was a child, I used to get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about my upcoming birthday and I have wondered why I don’t get butterflies anymore. I realized today that birthdays for me no longer mean getting excited about the gifts others will give me.  In fact, as much as I love gifts, I would rather be the giver than receiver. But what makes me the happiest on my birthday is the card. I love when someone shares a loving message with me. This year, my birthday has been remarkably sweet. Last January, when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I thought that was it. So to get another birthday feels like an incredible gift, feels like I’m getting a bit extra from life!

My friend, Sue Buehner wrote me the most touching card that I wanted to include in my blog.  She said:  “How can I ever forget January 23rd 2014, standing in a circle with friends in prayer.  That was the beginning of miracles.  That evening you had visitations from angels dressed in clothes that you would recognize.  The following morning, bright and early you headed to the hospital and friends headed to the temple.  Prayers were heard and answered.

While sitting in the celestial room, we prayed.  I happened to have a little extra time that day and opened up the scriptures they fell open to 2 Nephi 27:23…

For Behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men (women) save it be according to their faith.

And that He did…you were amazing! Your faith and miracles have strengthened my own.  I have written in my scriptures by this verse, Joanie will always represent a miracle to me whenever I see her.”

Sue Buehner has been the most caring, loving, supportive, kind, empathetic, Christlike friend!  I love her dearly.




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