Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Reason to Celebrate

 Photo by Lara Hinckley

GW and I have a lot to celebrate this week.  We are so happy for the tremendous successes of our sweet Jess, and reveled in all she has accomplished as we watched her, along with the 2014 class, graduate from Provo High School.  A year ago, finishing high school appeared to be a long and difficult road ahead because of her ever enduring and seriously painful Endometriosis. Additionally, a heavy load of hard classwork stretched out endlessly before her. Jess was a normal active teenager, but also wanted to be involved in extracurricular activities such as Winter Percussion, and two choir groups. She also wanted to apply for the part-time custodian job at the school where I work so she could earn some extra money. So much to do and so little time in which to do it for our beautiful seventeen-year-old young lady.  

The persistent prescription pain pills would no longer help the imperious anguish caused by Jess' Endometriosis. She so wanted to be a pain free functioning human being, everyone does. Who wouldn't want to have a fulfilling life, despite challenges along the way? Five years ago we almost lost our Jessie because of a ruptured appendix, which didn't manifest in the usual acutely painful manner. She carries serious scar tissue from that fight for life, but that hasn't stopped her from achieving her goals. In the end, there came a point when her doctor put Jess indefinitely on birth control pills to control the cycle of pain. It has been a miraculous thing to see the change in life experience for her, functioning pain free for the fist time since her ruptured appendix. As a parent, I have tried to help our kids be as successful and happy as possible. I can't think of anything more rewarding, and fulfilling than their successes and happiness. I'm so grateful for the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  He has truly carried our sorrows and burdens. We are very humbled by the miracles that have taken place in our family. The future is a long road laid out before each of us, and Jessie will have other bridges to cross along her life pathway. Hoping, praying, helping and watching her achieve this educational mile marker has been priceless!

Ceremonies held at UVU

Party at Lagoon!