“To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. They are so precious. Let them know. Call upon our Heavenly Father for help as you care for their needs each day and as you deal with the challenges which inevitably come with parenthood. You need more than your own wisdom in rearing them.”
Thomas S. Monson

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Salt Lake City Fun

We needed to go down to Salt Lake for an appointment to check on Joseph. He is doing great. His weight has caught up to his height and he is growing taller, which was very exciting for him.  He dreams of catching up to his sister.

We learned a lot more about his disease while there.  We learned things to watch out for and things to do to help him stay in remission longer.  I fear the day that his meds no longer work, but his Doctor assured us that there are other options. It was such a relief to see how well he is doing.  I am so proud of him and his positive outlook on his illness.

After his appointment I took the kids to lunch.  It was still too early to check in to our hotel, but just down the street was Wheeler Farm, where my sisters and I spent time on field trips in grade school when we lived in Utah.  It was hot and I wasn't sure the kids would really enjoy it, but we went anyway.  It was fabulous!  There were lots of animals to love and touch.  We met a calf who was 2 weeks old and we met two who were about 6 weeks old. We saw donkeys, bunnies, chickens, pigs, and roosters. Annalina especially enjoyed the horses.  The next day we checked out of the hotel and the kids asked if we could go back to the farm.  There was a walk/run going on as we got there and wouldn't you know it, it was the "Crohn's and Colitis" awareness walk.  A bunch of the horses were at the fences being brushed down for a summer horse camp the following week. We got to meet them, pet them and learn more about them.  It was a great way to spend part of our day!


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