Sunday, April 26, 2009

Joey's Toes

Exhibit A, shown above, is a photo of Joey's toes.

Consider now Exhibit B, an outline of Joey's foot compared to an average-sized foot. The blue line sits at the base of both Joey's and the stranger's big toe for better height comparison. (I stole this pic from the Internet. NOTE: If you ever want to make yourself sick, Google images for "toes").

If you've seen Joey's feet (and toes) in person you don't need this illustration to know that she has very short toes and small feet.

There are undoubtedly a few positives to Joey's toe/foot size:

1. When she puts on flip-flops, they just stick on her feet in between those toes of hers. It requires no toe muscle coordination to keep her flip-flops on.

2. She can buy girls' shoes, which are much cheaper than women's sizes. You may have seen some cute child-sized shoes in this blog that she recently purchased.

3. She saves a lot of money on toenail polish. Refer to Exhibit A for toenail size.

Although I think Joey's foot size is not without challenges:
1. She has in fact been mistaken for a little person before.

2. Toe rings are out of the question.

3. There is a slight hoof effect when she wears certain types of shoes.
That's all I've got.
Guest blogger Wendy H.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Courtesy of the Cranfords

You may remember these cupcakes' debut blog appearance in February of this calendar year. Mmmmmm....

Tonight, KW(C) taught me to make them. She's teaching me to be domestic, among other things. I get the better end of any deal when she's around.

Thanks, Katherine and Matt for an enlightening and enjoyable evening, even when I was shoved into another room alone. There is plenty of space for all of us to be in the kitchen.

I brought home more than cupcakes. I brought home essence of.......Memories.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Salty Tears of Happiness

At Primary today, Marlie had a special Easter lesson. Her teacher taught her about the Resurrection. Marlie gave a synopsis of this lesson to her aunties. She was well taught. She loved what she had learned. During the lesson, Marlie said she got so happy about what the Resurrection means that she cried "salty tears of happiness."

Today, I didn't cry any salty tears but I felt a lot of happiness inside of me.

Watch this. It's the "good news."

Character is determined by what you do on the third and fourth try.

After a long day, one of my favorite people was totally exhausted. She was back to work at a job she had been fired from twice before. Hopeful that this would be her chance to be successful, she anxiously waited for someone she depended on to arrive for an appointment. The objective of these meetings are for setting goals to improve her self-reliance. Goals include physical, spiritual, work, emotional, and financial improvement.

Previously, during these appointments she had a light appear in her countenance that she believed she could accomplish all that she should do and wanted to do. Although she had not found success in her life many times, she still trusts that her day will come. My friend made special arrangements far in advance to be at her meeting. After a nine hour work day, she sat near the door awaiting the arrival of her "mentor." She was ill and exhausted.

The "mentor" never arrived. My friend had wasted her time and efforts. Her chance at attending this meeting to set goals had been taken away. The mentor made a mistake and, without knowing how my friend's day had gone, apologized and felt bad about not showing up. Unfortunately, my friend had counted on the mentor giving her a ride home. Instead, she sat at the bus stop in the wind and rain. In her nicest dress, she sat on the ground and rocked back and forth.

Lesson Learned: Many times, I may unintentionally hurt people around me. So easily, I imagine that if I am not where I am supposed to be it won't make a big difference. The things I do can easily be done by others. When I am a few minutes late, am unprepared, don't offer everything I can, or skip things all together I don't know what I am doing to someone else. Also, I don't know what I am taking away from myself. I hope that through neglecting my own responsibilities I don't leave someone sitting in the cold.

My friend deserves to have her day. She deserves to find all the success there is. She deserves to have hope in her future. Her efforts and desire to change her own life should not be deterred by another person not fulfilling their obligations. I don't want to be a speed bump in someone else's progress. I don't want to be the person who causes another to have a "third or fourth try." Most of all, I hope I can have the faith of my friend to always go for the third or fourth try.