Wednesday, August 6, 2008

News bits

  • It is the last week of SYTYCD. Tonight is the last night to watch the performances and vote. There will be the usual party at my house. 8:30 p.m. Treats to be served.
  • Tomorrow is the finale. The winner will be announced. Usually we don't gather for results shows... BUT the finale is when they bring back all the best dances from the season. Soooo, there will be a finale party at my house again at 8:30. We will have treats and there will be some sort of game to play along with the show.  Call me if you want to add to the party in some way. I know Cat is bringing fruit pizza. It is going to be the Best Show of the season so we need to make it the best party of the season.  :) By the way for all those wondering ... Joshua. He is my pick to win and who I will vote for. I wanted the top four to be Katee, Chelsie, Josh and Will. If it had been I would probably have voted for Will or Chelsie. But... we all know how well that plan worked out.
  • In other news, I have to throw a shout out of thank you to my ding dong ditcher on Monday. WOW. My kids think you ROCK and so do I. :) Thanks so much.
  • And the other question I have often been asked -- Will I write a book?  At the very least I will publish this blog as a book on blurb and make it available to the public that way. I would love to write a book. I love to write. If only getting published were as easy as writing. If any of you know a publisher who is interested, you can send them my way. ;)
  • Another item of note - I am now making public my email address for those wanting to communicate more privately than commenting. My email address can be found on my profile page.
  • Lastly, I want to thank all of you for your comments. I appreciate all of them. I have yet to be put off by or offended by any comment on my blog or to my face. Many of them make me smile, laugh, cry, feel loved, or just give me good fodder for a much needed post. Normally, I consider myself fairly unoffendable. I have rather thick skin and can debate many otherwise taboo subjects without letting emotion get in the way. Right now, I am not really my normal self. A large part of me is raw and vulnerable. I share most of that sensitive area with all of you on the blog. I appreciate all of you who have been so lovingly protective of me because you know this. Thank you to all my commenters for being gentle and loving in your comments. To those readers who don't agree with me or my views, thank you for remaining silent on such matters.

31 comments:

careymc said...

I'm so glad you're considering writing a book or blurbing something. You are doing the public a great service, Stephanie. :) Have fun watching SYTYCD this week. My vote will either be for Katee or Joshua!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie-

Thank you for all you say. You have inspired, comforted, and helped so many. You have taught us all to feast upon your words as you have guided so many through motherhood which can so often be challenging. You have helped us appreciate even the smallest and simplest things. I just hope you know that if at some point you just can't keep up with the daily dose of good that you are allowed that time to yourself. I hope more than anything that you feel the love of over 100,000 people. We all want you to feel comforted and to take care of yourself and your family first. You have nothing to live up to. I love your words and I love your blog, I just hope you take care of yourself and know that we don't expect you to continue every single day. You may need a day here and there when you feel like crying in your bed with the sheets covering your head and at those times I hope you feel the love and prayers of so many people around the globe. You are an amazing person and an amazing writer and I would love to see a book in print some day. Thank you for all you do for so many. Take Care

Jody said...

Stephanie, I want to email you about book stuff, but I can't find your profile page! It's probably one of those "right-in-front-of-my-face-and-not-seeing-it" things. Will you double check and make sure that page is accessible? Thanks.

Sue Sparks said...

I know it's probably staring me in the face, but I can't seem to find your profile page to access your email address...showing my computer illiteracy, I know:) Will you please direct me? Thanks!

Marleen said...

Oh, I might have to take a trip to come to the amazing finale party you are throwing.

noorda notebook said...

tonight's going to be so fun! so i didn't have the ingredients for fruit pizza, but don't worry, i'm bringing a different delectible delight instead. joshua rocks, but i must say i think katee might take the cake.

waiting anxiously.....

c.

Sarah S. said...

Wish I could come across the street for your parties.... I will be looking out the window enviously! :)

e said...

waaaahhhh!!! I want to be there in vegas tonight. There is no one I'd rather watch with (ok, so maybe I'd like traci there too...). Have so much fun and let's chat tomorrow to hash through it all!
hugs for annie, saby and la la. xoxo -e

Kelsi said...

I am with you on Joshua! I wanted Will to win too! Bummer! Oh well! I wish I lived by you so I could come to your party tonight!Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Dear Stephanie,
Thank you so much for being so willing to share. You have allowed all of who have grown to love you and your beautiful family a look into a very personal part of your lives. I want you to know that you have helped make me a better mother. Certain parts of the gospel have become of more importance to me as I am raising my 3 handsome boys and my little princess. You have blessed my family with your words of wisdom and strength. I can not imagine the sorrow and pain you and your family are going through. But I hope that you know there are many people near and far that LOVE you and PRAY for you and your family. We all know you are not "perfect" but you are striving to be more like christ and that is what matters. So I say to you Thank you. Thank you for having an open heart and making something so hard and terrible help so many other people. You are a very wonderful person. Thanks you Stephanie and also John for being so willing to share. You will forever be in our hearts and our prayers.
Stephanie Have fun to night and take your own advice........HAVE FUN!!!! :) SMILE!!!! As I watch SYTYCD tonight I will be thinking of you having fun.

Mr. tech help said...

for steph's e-mail click on the "View my complete profile" link on the left. on the next page, in the upperleft hand corner is the "e-mail" hyperlink. If it doesn't just pull up an e-mail window (which it should if you have your internet perferences configured), then put the mouse over the "e-mail" link and it should show the e-mail address in the bottom status bar of internet explorer.

Janae said...

I think it is wonderful of you to publish the book on blogger! What a great record you will have for your family and for others that you have inspired so much:)

Heidi said...

How neat that you can publish on blurb for the public--I didn't know that. Good luck with publishing in print, too. I'll bet you'd write a wonderful book.

Shaundee said...

I would love to see your story in writing. I would love to share a "tangible" book with my children one day and let them read the words that changed me as a mother. Have fun with SYTYCD tonight. I am with you regarding Josh...but I actually miss Danny from last season. Danny could do things I have never seen dancers do before! Loved him! Have Fun!

www.adorn-jewelry.blogspot.com said...

Steph,
I forgot tomorrow is sammy's birthday! i don't know if i will be able to get away to make the party. but if i can, i will be there, hopefully with something yummy! as for tonight, we are going to the temple so i might miss the show. if i do, i will have to come over sometime soon and watch what i missed!

this blog is amazing. you are amazing. i love you. i am so glad i get to be your oldest friend:)
em

Stephanie said...

Sounds fun.. I'll see you tonight.

Carl and Mel said...

Don't know where you live, probaly not by me! But I would love to join you to watch SYTYCD. I love this show. I even bought tickets for the show when they come to SLC. I am so excited!! I love Josh and Katee. I wanted Will to win but oh well. Josh probaly next. I have an insider know to Chelsea and she said Josh is a jerk. So that makes me not like him as much. Oh well. Have fun watching! I love your blog!!

Marc and Megan said...

I came across your blog somehow... I don't remember how anymore. But, I just had to thank you for what you write and let you know that it is helping me in so many ways. Still, I'm so so sorry for what you're going through.

I went into premature labor with our twin girls three weeks ago. One lived for an hour, the other was considered stillborn. We held a small service for them a couple of weeks ago, and have since been trying to figure out how to travel the road of grief, while still finding hope and comfort in our testimonies. While our situations are obviously very different, I've still found a lot of help and comfort in your words and experiences. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cairen said...

Okay so i am bummed that this week is so crazy! Seth is taking a final tonight from 6-9pm so if he doesn't get home too late I really want to come over for a few minutes. Tomorrow Seth and I will be celebrating our 5th anniversary so I won't be able to come then either. So if there are any good dances save it so I can come watch them on one of your free days! If I don't make it know that I love you and will be seriously missing you guys!

Stephanie said...

I can't pick who I want to win. They are all phenomenal.
Enjoy the party.

I would gladly by your future book

Twinkletoes said...

You are always so well spoken, and your last bullet point further proves this truth! Thank YOU for sharing with us!

Mythreesons said...

Hmmmm... So I try to only ditch the boys once a week... I think I'm going to have to choose tomorrow night to ditch them. I don't want to miss the big finale party! And I'd like to bring some treats... if you want something in particular let me know. Otherwise, I made some homemade Reese's that were pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. So I'll see you guys tomorrow night and thinking fondly of you all tonight. Woo Hoo! Oh, and I'm definitely voting for Joshua. I love him!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie: I am the inadequate anonymous commentor from last week. :0) I wanted to write you back and share with you something I learned about inadequacy today.
I work with sick people, and every morning when I kneel in prayer I ask Heavenly Father if he will please help me to live my life so that my countenance will reflect the image of my Savior. Today during patient rounds I realized how much I love the people I work with, and how much joy I receive from helping them. Many of them are elderly and are lonely and scared. I find myself spending time with them just talking, or holding their hand to reassure them they are safe.
Today I visited with a very sweet elderly lady who was feeling very ill. She pleaded with me, "please don't leave me, please don't leave me. As I supported her physically, I stroked her hair reassuring her I would not leave. All of a sudden I became very aware that I was not inadequate. I was doing a good thing, and I knew that the Lord was proud of me. I was helping one of his sweet daughters. I thought about the scripture in Matthew 25:40, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethern, ye have done it unto me."
I was so excited to feel that I was making a difference and maybe I'm not as inadeqate as I thought. :0)

Julie said...

Stephanie, I think you have a wonderful witness to share. Any way to spread that love and support to other mommy's is truly wonderful. (And you ARE a great writer!)

I Just think you're really neat. Passionate, faithful, I bet you are a really great friend to those who know you.

It was really nice to hear you appreciate these comments, I sometimes wonder why I am posting to someone who doesn't know me! This isn't something I do regularly, I only read your blog and another friends. But I hope hearing that I "care", care enough to read your post every day, makes you feel heard and supported.

Just lifted you up in prayer. I am praying for continued strength and peace, only the Lord can provide this.... also a prayer of praise that you have such a supportive husband.

Julie
Sacramento

Carolyn said...

I want to be at the SYTYCD party! I made Aaron watch tonight with me and finally I asked him if he would please just refrain from talking any more through the show! I don't know who I like more - Josh or Katie. Those two are amazing. I love how entertaining Twitch is though! Courtney is cute but compared to the other dancers... Chelsie should have been in her place.

Erin said...

I know you don't know me, but I had to add to the millions here and write a quick little comment.

I found your blog through a friend of mines (Ana Pemberton), and wow... pretty much all I can say.
You have a lovely beautiful family and know that your little angel is still a huge part of your lives and now many others.

You are inspirational and amazing and your testimony is what will continue to guide you through this.

Side Note: Wish I had something great to say about SYTYCD, but I've never seen it :(

Melissa said...

My mother sent me the link to your blog a few weeks ago and I've been a silent lurker ever since. I have shed many tears for your family's loss and am in awe of the strength and faith that you have. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of even more than you think. I believe that a book would be wonderful as there are clearly so many touched by your story. I have included a link to your blog in a post because I want others to have the opportunity to be affected in the way that I have. Thank you for sharing, I hold my daughter closer to me every day because of this.

Marlene said...

BRILLIANT BLOG AWARD!
I have tagged your Blog on my blog with a Brilliant Blog Award. You may or may not have been by other bloggers and you may or may not want to partisipate. Either way, I have believe your Blog is BRILLIANT and I visit it often. Have a great day!
Marlene

MM said...

Like other, I happened upon your blog from a friend who "has a friend"... I, too, have been a silent lurker. I just wanted to drop a note to say that you write beautifully and I believe that you would be successful in any sort of writing you did.

cmomof2 said...

I will be coming tonight!!! I couldn't make it last night, but like you I was all for JOSHUA! I think he is extremely talented and just, OH, I hope he wins!!

Shanan said...

Ahhhh .... last night's show was awesome!! Go Katee, go Katee!! ;) Call if you get a minute - would love to here your take.