Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Long lost family

In April i attended a Nikken event in Austin, TX. It was an awesome event, but i had the opportunity to meet my mom's cousin Ben while I was out there. My mom has two cousins - Ben and Glenna whom I'd never met either until this year! Isn't that crazy??! Yes, it is. I have some pics on my phone so I'll post those soon. Ben is about 64 years old... Single guy, retired architect, Banjo player. He wants to buy an RV and start traveling north America. How cool is that?! Anyways, as soon as I saw him I knew he was a Stockton (I think I have a lot of Stockton in me too... He could prob pass as my dad looks wise).Hopefully he will pass through Utah on his upcoming adventures!!

Where to begin...

This past year has been an exceptionally powerful one for me on many levels. December of 2011 pushed me to my limits and so earlier this year I had to slow down...way down. In February we decided to send me to the Nevada Clinic in Henderson because I just wasn't able to get my steam back (and my thyroid was enlarged on the right lobe which had as concerned). This was such a blessing from above!! After doing testing we discovered my thyroid levels were at rock bottom and this was affecting all my other endocrine systems including adrenals, pituitary, pancreas (blood sugar), etc. My body had gotten so weakened that my Epstein Barr and cytomegalovirus were flared up also which wasn't helping. My body was in break down, shut down, it's pouring down mode. Ive concluded that the main reasons I got into this little pickle of a mess were 1) stress... Lots of stress (chicken pox, food poisoning, speaking in Spanish at church on Christmas, making all christmas gifts on sewing machine and blah blah blah... You get the point). 2) not eating enough. I have many food sensitivities so at times I'd just say "oh, I'll find something later" and I'd snack on something little. This was wrecking havoc on my blood sugar levels and other things. 3) I ran out of my thyroid (armour) for 2 weeks... Bad idea! And lastly, 4)as a mother I was caught in a vicious cycle of not taking care of myself (taking one too many for the team) which was making us all suffer. When mom is tired, the house is not an efficiently running machine as you can imagine. Well, There you have it ... The above mentioned components are guaranteed to subject one to a minimal melt down. Fortunately, I've been blessed along the way with friends, family and a kind and loving Father in Heaven who have aided my path back to wellness. Some days I still regress un poco, but for the most part, I'm back to being the energized woman, mother, wife that I want to be. But I recognize that I'm no longer invincible ... The hardest lesson of growing up!

Welcome back...

to the world of blogging! I just published my last blog and after i published my plan was to end blogging; however, it turned out to be such an in-depth family journal with photos and all that I decided to keep it going. So... Here we go! Round two of blogging. I intend for this blog to evolve over time, but for now, it will be an outlet for me to share moments, stories, events, photos and anything else that I deem blog worthy, but not in any order (at all)! Cheers to another round!