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Friday, February 26, 2010

An Oklahoma Wedding

Nick and I attended a wedding in Oklahoma last weekend. My friend, Jason, who I have known for about 11 years now, got married to Stacie Hinkle (now Schleis) who he has been dating for a few years now. I am really happy for them! I had never met Stacie before, so it was nice to meet her face to face. Jason and I talk every once in a while, so I had heard lots and lots about her! She is a very sweet person--just perfect for Jason.

Here are the newly announced Mr. and Mrs. Schleis coming back down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. Their ceremony was in the church that Stacie went to growing up. It was simple, sweet, and beautiful. I felt blessed to be able to share in this day with them.

I had to take the opportunity to pose for a picture with Jason. This might be one of two times that we have actually taken a picture together. So happy for you, buddy! I have never seen you so happy or so in love!

Now, of course, this wouldn't be a true Sadler Life blog without a picture of us. Here we are before the ceremony started, playing with the camera as usual! I am so lucky to have such a wonderful person in my life who loves me so much! Nick, you are the best and my very favorite person on the planet!

Monday, February 22, 2010

News Update

I feel as if there is a lot to write about here, but I will try to be as brief as possible while sharing what we have been up to these past few weeks. Where to start?

Texas Snow

Texas got enough snow in one day to qualify as a blizzard. This happened on the day that I was leaving for Utah and Colorado which means that I didn't get to see it, so Nick sent me pictures that he took on his phone. This is one of them: our front yard was covered in snow. I completely missed the entire thing! While the snow was swirling, I was sitting on a runway waiting to take off. Because Texas is never prepared for this, they had to pull out the de-icer, so I slept and waited. We took off when I should have been landing in Denver, but I still made my connetion! Thank goodness.

Eric's Last Chemo

Holly and Eric Glem (my sister and brother-in-law) picked me up and we went to lunch and then to The Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City for Eric's last chemotherary session. It was great for two reasons: 1. This was the LAST one. 2. I was totally interested to see this process. I know that sounds crazy, but this has become Holly and Eric's life routine for now. I'm in Texas, and while we get to hear about everything that is going on, it is something else to be there and expereince it with them. Seriously though...both Eric and Holly have handeled Eric's Lymphoma so posivitely and humorously. It was really nice to spend the day with them learning about the whole process. I was glad to share that day with them.

Stefanie's Baby Shower

Holly, Lisa and I drove from Orem, UT to Grand Junction, CO for a few days of family fun! We threw a Baby Shower for Stef on February 13, 2010. This is the last month that she can fly home, so we put it all together, invited lots and lots of people, and had a really nice time. A big thanks to Carol and Uncle Dan for opening their house to us that day. It was the perfect space for this event. Lots of Matt's family came, along with lots of our family and some of Stef's friends who are still in Grand Junction. She was suprised by a group of girls that she went to college with who now form a singing group called The Tonettes. They delivered her a singing Valentine. It was so nice. She got lots of cute things, and even a crib and car seat and stroller! We had a great time, and I was reminded (as I often am) how lucky I am to have four of the most amazing. the most beautiful, sisters on the planet. I am so excited for this little one to join us!

Old Friends

Another highlight of my trip was that I got to see some of the people who have been so very important to me in my life. The picture on the left is of my best friend, Kristina, her son, Carter, and me. Kristina and I have been friends since our freshman year of college, and I so miss having her close. She came with her beautiful boys and husband to meet us for lunch before the Shower. I needed to see her more than I realized, and I miss her so very, very much!
The picture on the right is of me and one of my oldest friends, Cami! We haven't seen each other in such a LONG time, and when she invited me to come over and visit while I was in Utah, I knew I just HAD to! Lisa and I went over to her beautiful home and spent hours catching up! She has such a beautiful spirit, and it was really a blessing to be able to sit and talk with her. I loved it! We even got to chat with her mom! We had lots to talk about since Cami and I have friends since we were four!

Home Again

As always, it was wonderful to come home to my handsome husband! This was the longest we have been apart since we got married, and we really are the biggest babies about it. I am a lucky girl to have someone who loves me so much.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Book #6

The Red Tent
By: Anita Diamant

Yes, yes...I have read this one before, but like all great novels it deserves to be read OVER and OVER and OVER again! This was my third reading, and I fall in love with the story and the concept of this novel every time! There is such a quiet strength and power in the women who weave and shape the life of Dinah--the only daughter of Jacob (Isreal) in the Bible. Diamant tells the story of the life of Dinah as it "really" happened. She grows up in the shadow of the red tent where women bond together monthly and give birth and become sisters and friends. She carries this power with her as she loses her true love to her brother's murdering hands. She carries it with her as she gives birth to a son destined to be a great man in Egypt but not destined to remain her son. She carries it with her as she follows in her mother-aunt's footsteps and becomes a great midwife. She carries it with her as she finds love again and learns to forgive and to let go.

If you are at all interested in a historical fiction novel that weaves messages of feminism and the power of the female spirit, then read this book!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I Promise...

...that I will post about more than just my books! There will be a long post with pictures and updates from my trip home, the baby shower, and snow in Texas!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Book #5

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
Louise Erdrich

I don't really know where to begin when writing about this book. Appropriately, I am listening to Chopin as I write this post. The main character loves Chopin and plays his music as her tribute--as her gift and her passion--for God. She begins as an apprentice nun (Ceclia) but leaves the convent before taking her final vows. She falls in love with a German farmer where she resides and eventually lives in sin because she will not marry him. Berndt buys her (Agnes) a piano through which and because of their passion will play for days. She looses Berndt and herself as Agnes through a tragedy (I'm not giving it all away! Read it!) and becomes Father Damien Modeste. Hiding her identity as a woman, she presents herself to the reservation Little No Horse during a famine, and proceeds to live her life as a priest and works to convert the people to the Church. She/He tells her story through because of the appearance of another priest who is there to investigate the life and possible miracles worked by a nun, Sister Leopolda, because she is being considered for Sainthood. This nun's story and the story of Father Damien/Agnes are wound together tightly despite the disgust they feel for one another. The characters are very real. The mistakes, the ideas, the emotions are real. The love the priest shares with the people he/she serves is wrought with pain and humuliation and humility and devotion. I am pondering still words, "'The buffalo were taking leave of the earth and they all loved,' said the old chiefs and hunters after years had passed and they could tell what split their hearts. 'The buffalo went crazy with grief to see the end of things. Like us, they saw the end of things and like many of us, many today, they did not care to live.'" (158).

Erdrich, Louise.  The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse.  Perennial.  New York, NY. 2001.