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User Image sorellamy Posted: Jan 17, 2018 7:49 PM (UTC)

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Because things have been so boring around here we decided to throw a move into the mix. Mom flew into town to give me a post- “your truck fell off a mountain and you’re alive” hug and I let her know we would be packing, cleaning & staging my house while she was here. She was in. Bless my angel mother. Our house hit the market today. We plan to move to Utah (Utah Valley) next weekend(ish).
User Image sorellamy Posted: Jan 8, 2018 3:05 PM (UTC)

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Day 3 in the same clothes. 😆. While we waited to hear word about the truck recovery (and all our things), we left the motel to walked around the town & hiked up to the Miners’ statue of Christ where you get a view of the whole city of Silverton. Enzo remarked that probably Silverton is the biggest city ever. (😉). We prayed again and thanked Heavenly Father for sparing us. Luckily we found that The Brown Bear Cafe was open! The day before we’d thought everything was closed but the one corner grocery store. (Where we picked up mine & Enzo’s hats for $5. Enzo fell asleep in the Search & rescue truck & left his beanie. It was cold & we had to walk everywhere we went so we felt it more.) We had each meal at the cafe & it was so nice to do a normal thing & sit with people around us having normal, everyday conversation. We were somber & reflective & embraced the normal.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Jan 8, 2018 2:21 PM (UTC)

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As we walked a mile down the road to the main road to find cell service & assistance, we kept waving down snow mobiles on the lower main road. They passed us by, 4 at a time. We’d wave at them & they didn’t even look up or hear us over the sound of their engine. The last batch did wave at us through the trees as they passed & we got closer. I was feeling a bit panicked by this time. Why weren’t they seeing us? Was everyone going to pass us by? Would they pass this way again or did we just lose our chance? G had a strong feeling to ask God that the right person would find us. He asked. As we neared the fork of the main road, a blue truck slowly passed our road as we waved to it with both hands like we had before. He then stopped, backed up & headed our way. We were so relieved to see he was a San Juan County Ranger. Enter Dave Andrews. He’s one of the most seasoned rangers & knows his stuff & also the area well. He patrols almost 280 roads. And that day, he was on our road, at the exact minute we needed him. He told us to walk down the road until we got cell service because it’s spotty all the way along. When we find it- he said don’t move two steps in any direction. Stay put! After we listened in exasperation to our insurance hold music for several minutes, he gave us local Search & Rescue & the police department #’s by memory. Was it a coincidence he was there? Maybe. We choose to believe that God knew he’d be there when we were there & needed help.

Neal A. Maxwell once explained: “You and I may call these intersectings ‘coincidence.’ This word is understandable for mortals to use, but coincidence is not an appropriate word to describe the workings of an omniscient God. He does not do things by ‘coincidence’ but … by ‘divine design.’ Thomas S. Monson said: “There is a guiding hand above all things. Often when things happen, it’s not by accident. One day, when we look back at the seeming coincidences of our lives, we will realize that perhaps they weren’t so coincidental after all.”
User Image sorellamy Posted: Jan 3, 2018 7:04 PM (UTC)

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I will miss listening to him speak. He had the best stories, the kindest heart and who could memorize & recite poetry like him? His life was one of dedication to the lord, service and hard work. So many of his quotes have become a part of my repertoire when I’m living life & reflecting. This is a new one to me, shared by a friend, & i just love it. Thomas S. Monson will be missed for sure. ❤️
User Image sorellamy Posted: Jan 3, 2018 7:39 AM (UTC)

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Our truck slowly slid toward the cliff, the back turning clockwise until we were perpendicular to the road. G said I can’t believe this is happening as the truck turned. Enzo asked if we were going to die. Then gravity sucked us over & we started to crash through trees going straight down. G started praying for help & I cried out “Please send angels to help us!” We can’t get over how we slid perfectly straight backward. Had we turned, we would have started to roll & catch momentum possibly falling all 1000 ft. Each tree that caught us seemed to soften the blow and at the end, there was virtually no impact.
Between Search & Rescue, Recovery & the police they shared:
•Had our tire not caught the tree on the right, the momentum of the crash on our tailgate would have spun us sideways, causing us to roll. The tree was 3 inches from the edge of the tire. The next group of trees was another 100 ft down. The two trees were growing exactly the width & length of our truck. •Had we gone down forward, we would have hit the trees head on & started rolling down. “I will go before your face.  I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.”
•There is no question angels were sent to bear us up. Physically & emotionally. I was level headed & felt carried in the split second decisions i made. I was calm. My two boys were virtually unscathed. As we waited in the S&R truck an hour after the accident (while G walked back up the road to show S&R and the cop where the truck was) I asked my boys how they were feeling & what the scariest part was. They were both just bugged i kept asking questions. They said they were fine. And at the motel they happily watched Suite Life on Deck. They paid no attention to me and Garrett talking, hugging & crying. •My nephew, serving an LDS Mission, sent this quote to us: “One of the things that will become more important in our lives the longer we live is the reality of angels, their work and their ministry. I believe we need to speak of and believe in and bear testimony to the ministry of angels more than we sometimes do.” - Jeffrey R Holland
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 31, 2017 4:37 PM (UTC)

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My family was in a terrifying accident Thursday morning when our truck slid on ice & then slid off the road backwards, crashing through trees down a 1,000 ft cliff. The aspen tree in the back of this photo caught our tailgate & we climbed out the drivers door before it could go any further, up the mountain side, crawled over the road of ice & walked down the mountain to find cell service with the clothes on our backs, my phone & purse. Miraculously, we’re all ok. We’ve cried a lot, prayed a lot in gratitude, talked through our experience, hugged each other & cried & prayed some more. I woke up this morning in my own bed for the first time in 2 weeks & was laying here overcome with gratitude. After i patted G and said- “Aren’t you glad we’re alive?”, I found this thought in my reading: * * * *
“Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us…Fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith”. - Thomas S Monson
And i think that’s the best way to walk into 2018.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 25, 2017 3:26 PM (UTC)

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This is real life. Alex was sick, Garrett was in bed still & the 3 of us picked up Bailey at a cousin’s & headed to church. We’ve had a really rough week with Garrett and it sort of made everything else fall to the wayside. I didn’t wrap a present until yesterday. I didn’t really finish shopping & my Christmas cards are still sitting in a bag in the closet. I did have a few extra minutes here & there but my mind wasn’t able to access the time to finish the things i needed to. I feel like my body has been moving because it’s Christmas & things need to be done, but my mind isn’t in it. It’s preoccupied with Garrett & his current situation. Getting meds, icing & heating his back, making food, calling a doctor, making sure he rests his brain or massaging his locked up back, or thinking about the future & what the neurologist will do about his aneurysm. Other times my mind goes back to the traumatic fall on the mountain, looking at my kids’ faces when Garrett had no memory or was unable to respond, or when he was throwing up or when he slipped back out of the truck so he could curl up on the icy rocks. Or the drive down the mountain when I was deciding what we would do as a family if Garrett had permanent damage to the brain. We were all so surprised & bewildered to see that our capable husband & father was completely incapable. I’m sure it takes a little time to process such things & I’m confident we’ll be just fine. The timing was hard because life doesn’t stop for something like this. The Christmas spirit we had was whisked away & i was trying to get it back. I felt hollow & numb & nothing Christmas was resonating with me. Finally today at Church, i felt it. And again tonight when all the cousins acted out Luke 2 and we all sang together. I really am grateful for a Savior that was born, lived & died for us. Because of Him we can have joy in sorrow and He truly can turn our heartache & pain into happiness & gratitude. He is the light of the world & can bring light to dark places in our lives, hearts & homes. I’m feeling the Merry in Christmas & I’m very grateful for that. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas wherever and however this Christmas finds you.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 22, 2017 2:37 PM (UTC)
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In AZ now & it’s been nonstop DR & Lab appointments.
Yesterday evening the doctor’s office called & said to come down immediately. The doctor told us G’s Fall was a BLESSING. He’ll be fine from the concussion- just give it time. The CT scan found a calcified aneurysm deep in his brain, meaning it was not from Garrett’s fall at all. (The doc ordered another scan for today, CTA- with contrast- to get a clearer picture.) The fall led us to find the aneurysm. Some people live years with an aneurysm, undetected & one day it ruptures & they’re gone. G’s is now detected so we will be able to do something about it. The neurologist will let us know what that will be. We feel very grateful and see the Lord’s hand in this. It’s been a roller coaster of a week and I find myself counting our blessings at each turn.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 21, 2017 2:59 PM (UTC)

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Enzo: Mom, my life’s dream is to climb that mountain.
Me: Really?
Enzo: Just kidding
Meaning he really wanted to climb that mountain & he would, but he had other dreams too. Enzo has always wanted to climb mountains. It was an impressive feat for sure. All the boys + Maebelle went. Enzo got to the second highest point - the clump of rocks below the summit. Adam rolled down the entire slope. Alex ran up a good part of the way. They were all exhausted by the end. This first picture captures the whole mountain, but for perspective, the other pictures were taken at the small frozen spring just to the right of Enzo’s shoulder. Our truck is the tiny white rectangle among the mountain rocks.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 20, 2017 7:32 PM (UTC)

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Our VRBO in Silverton was so cozy & had the best views. I got up early, turned on Christmas music, got the fire going and breakfast ready for the fam. The wood burning stove with metal on the walls behind it heated the house like you wouldn’t believe. We played go fish & Jenga every spare minute.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 20, 2017 5:21 AM (UTC)
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We went adventuring all day. The family made lasting memories! ... and then Garrett lost his. We had a real scare when G slipped & fell on ice, got knocked out & threw up. The family pulled together & got G off the pond & out of the mountain pass. Bailey’s concussion training came in handy (love that level-headed girl!!), my (untapped) 4 wheeling skills were needed, and the boys have never traveled so quietly or been so cooperative & helpful ever. We are so happy & relieved G’s back to his old self today. He remembers all of us & is making his usual jokes. Silverton EMT said concussion for sure so he’s taking it easy. Tomorrow we go in for a Dr’s appt & a CT scan to get him checked out. It really was a beautiful day that ended in a rough way. I sure love my family & am grateful for all the blessings we enjoy.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 18, 2017 1:57 PM (UTC)
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We surprised the kids & stopped off in Silverton for a couple nights on the way to AZ. We were hoping to give them a white Christmas & Silverton always has snow this time of year. Not this year. We’re determined to have a great time even if it’s just cold instead of white. Enzo was impressed with the firewood piled in the mud room. And Alex awed is all in the Jenga play of the night by simultaneously pulling two bottom pieces without making it fall. *Alex’s explanation of WHY IT WORKED is my absolute favorite. Last frame/video.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 16, 2017 4:10 PM (UTC)

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Garrett & I have been in charge of the family church party this year. It’s a good way to get to know people! I’m excited to all gather tonight and celebrate Christ’s birth together. We’ll sing carols, have dinner & then chat while the kids decorate cookies & watch the nativity video. Of course Santa will be there. **I’m hoping Enzo is more hyped to see him this year than last. 2nd picture is last year’s encounter with St. Nick.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 14, 2017 3:23 PM (UTC)

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We got a dusting of snow & this time it stayed on the street. After the leaves are gone & the grass is yellow, I’d take a blanket of snow until spring. 😂
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 14, 2017 12:51 AM (UTC)

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Enzo wrote the sweetest card to his friend Lawrence who lives next door. He was so excited to run it over, i forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card. “Thank you for being my friend. I have so much fun playing with you. I hope you have the best Christmas ever. Merry Christmas.” Love, Enzo
It makes me happy he has a boy to hang out with!! They ride bikes, go to the park, climb walls & trees, play tag in our backyards, & do all the boy things together. We’ve never had a friend next door for any of my kids. I’m so happy it happened here for Zo.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 13, 2017 2:00 AM (UTC)
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Last week G sent me pictures of a frozen over creek near Aspen. I’ve never seen one & couldn’t wait to go. Saturday he took us to find it. The boys were so excited to stand on the thick ice.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 12, 2017 5:03 PM (UTC)

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Progress of a client’s Home Update!! The homeowners moved in 15 years ago & hadn’t painted since. She wants to move in a couple years. We made it lighter & brighter with wide appeal to future homebuyers. She wanted gray. I helped her choose a gray that would happily exist with all her fixtures & finishes. Now she can enjoy it until she chooses to move. Also, a quick change in furniture placement was everything.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 11, 2017 2:15 PM (UTC)

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Enzo kept us busy with stories on our drive: “At the fun run, Zander cried. I guess it was too much fun for him.”
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 10, 2017 3:20 AM (UTC)
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On our way up to cut firewood. The boys love when I say “STOP” (insert eye roll) then jump out for a couple shots. My mom & uncles tell me my grandpa used to walk off for a couple hours while his family was en-route to wherever. Always in search of the perfect shot. Of course he was an actual photographer so he had more reason to. But the kids in the car with mom. 🙈. I don’t feel too bad for mine when I run across the street for 2 minutes & then we’re on our way.
User Image sorellamy Posted: Dec 10, 2017 2:11 AM (UTC)
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My lumberjacks. Garrett cut up a fallen tree & the boys carried each piece to the truck to load it. There weren’t many smiles on the drive up, but everyone agreed it was a good experience by the time we loaded up to come home. We stopped for Mexican food on the way home which made it that much sweeter. I love my boys & am so glad we are finding new outdoor experiences.