Saturday, November 29, 2014

In Everything Give Thanks


Full of food, love and family. [esp. food. but also family and love. but mainly food.]

It was a party up in here, from 7am to 2am. 
So many Goodwin traditions that I love and will carry on!
Big breakfast during the Macy's parade and NFL.
A friendly game of football outside.

Cooking all day, finally with Christmas music. 
Decorating the house for a party of a billion. 

Family walking through the door with food and smiles

An amazing spread of all the traditional TGive dishes.

Round the big table stories of gratitude and love.

Catching up with one another while shoveling pie into our pie holes

Hilarious games until the wee hours. 

And of course, Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

And all we were missing was a couple of siblins. [no, that's not a typo.]

And here is what I am thankful for, in short. 
Because my actual list is 209384092384 pages long. 
I'm always trying to find more to be thankful for. From a warm blanket to a bright future

Family and the gospel is all that I will ever need to truly have a thankful heart. 

"Verily I say unto you my friends, fear not
let your hearts be comforted; 
yea, rejoice evermore
and in everything give thanks;"
D&C 98:1

Monday, October 27, 2014

Golden Birthday!

Oh how long of a time it has been. 

I find this event in my life to be post-worthy.

So here's how it goes. I was entering info on a website and it asked for my age. I had to enter 24. And I was like, holy crap. I am officially older.

The festivities of my birthing remembrance began on Sunday the 19th of October. The Curtis fam gave me the most wonderful family birthday party :]! The decor, the food, the games and the people. Splendid. 

My mother-in-law Sue and I spent the afternoon cooking my favorite dinner! How I love to cook.  Recipes listed below :]. 

Friday, the 24th, was the official Golden Birthday! I cannot even begin to describe the perfection of the entire day. +Zane decorated the entire bedroom with everything gold you can imagine. It was the best way to wake up! He stayed home from work and spent all day with me, helping me at work and making me feel so special and loved.
+Sue set up an hour long full body massage for me and oh my, it was sublime+Catherine and +Peggy [mom] planned a birthday party for me and from hundreds of miles away! Hip pizza joint + my lovely ladies + a gorgeous carrot cake = is this real life?! Wonderful gifts from family and friends. And it doesn't stop there. 

After the dinner I came home to the most beautiful surprise. It was seriously like from a chick flick [even though I totally hate those]. These pictures can't do it justice! Zane gave a perfect ending to my perfect Golden Birthday.

I am so lucky to have all of these wonderful people who make me feel so loved!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Life Itself

It's been four years and I can't believe it! 
It feels like it was 2 years ago at most. I really can't put anything that happened into words. I would never wish what happened to me on anyone, but I would absolutely never have it any other way for myself. I am here only through miracles and my family, closest friends, prayer, and most importantly my Heavenly Father and my Savior. I wouldn't have the amazing life that I do if it weren't for my AVM. 
I want to thank a few people listed below. 

Lauren - You were meant to walk into our home on this day 4 years ago. Thank you for staying with me through everything, even now! Thank you for going to the bathroom with me while the nurse did unspeakable things hahah. 
Cath and Kris - Thank you for flying all the way back home once you heard about me. Thank you for being in the waiting room 4 years ago. +Cath, We are sisters for a reason. +Cath I will never forget when you told me that you "told the Lord I would do anything for Him if you lived."

Mom and Dad - Thank you for bringing me to this earth, and keeping me here! I could not have survived without you 4 years ago today and each day following. I hope I can be as good of a parent that you both are to me. Thank you Mom for writing that blog for everyone to read about our progress. It was amazing.
Thomas - I know it was hard and you were young. Thank you for standing at the edge of my bed when things were... not looking good for me and it might've been my last day. I remember that moment when you had your head down and held onto my feet. Thank you for taking Lumocity quizzes with me every day haha!
Phil and Jessica - Thank you for coming all the way up from Portland to help my family. +Phil, I think you were meant to get that job in Portland for this very event 4 years ago today. I specifically remember you guys standing together, next to my bed, when I had a seizure and was scared. I'm so glad I had you there.
Nana & Grandpa Lyle, Gram & Grandpa Bigelow - You're my best grandparents. I thank each of you for helping my family, my mom especially, get through this. You guys are my pals and I will never forget all that you do for me!
Bishop Williams - Thank you for running over to our house 4 years ago as I lay lifeless and helped us get to the hospital in those crucial hours of my life. Thank you for visiting me in the ICU and watching Bachelorette with me :].
Felida Ward - Thank you for praying and fasting for me 4 summers ago. I would do the same for you! I remember bearing my testimony to you, thanking you, and I'm grateful I was able to.

Hannah - Thank you for driving across the west to be with me when I needed you the most. [You are my wedding]

Bryan Johnson Family - Wow. You guys are family to me. Thank you for helping our family so much, welcoming us into your amazing home, and making the terrible situation a heck of a lot easier. 
Dr. George Shanno - I don't remember much, but I do remember you standing by my side and knowing exactly what was happening and what was crucial to keep me here 4 years ago today. Thank you for staying extra hours each day for my family and I and for being a great friend. I am so glad that your mom survived an AVM too!

There are so many others to thank, please know that I am grateful!

I would not have been reunited with my amazing husband if it weren't for this gift from Heavenly Father. Yes, it's a gift to me. Heavenly Father knew that I was not finished on this earth and had more for me to do. One of them +Zane, was marrying you for time and all eternity. It has changed the way that I live each day and in every way. When you live through something like this, you will always try to make every minute count.   

The initial scan is on the R. A month later is on the L. My healing was a miracle!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Spoiled Alert

I am officially spoiled. 

In the space of about a month I got to be with my sister +Catherine, brolaw +Kristoffer, bro +Phillip, and MOMG aka Momma G [as she goes by] aka Mom OMG you're here. +Phillip's trip to Orlando was last minute for him and perfect timing for +Zane and I. 
Dogs and cats cannot be friends here.

We planned a small getaway to Orlando as a congrats for +Zane ending his double boards torture! We had dinner, got jiggy with it and had a sleepover in a ginormous hotel. +Zane and I spent the next day in Universal's Islands of Adventure, solely for the purpose of Harry Potter Land of Those Who Read Those Books. Gobsmackingly awesome
Welcoming her into our home

Then it was time for MOMG! It was the perfect week we could've had! And, we got to share it with +Zane. Such a rare commodity.

Also I've decided that Zane is Superman. When he puts his glasses on it means that he is working and studying and in robotmedstudent mindset. When he takes his glasses off he is super hot and [doesn't have a cape but totally should] hangs out with me and is like way super fun. 

So many beaches, shell hunting, swimming with strange sea creatures, baseball game, yum food, movies, Disney World... need I say more? [Neeope. Too lazy.] 
She makes everything 82 times funner [so glad that's officially a word seriously get with the times librarians]. 
Plenty of adventures and relaxing to match. 

Until then, family members. 

[If it's slow, turn off HD. Ignore the random captions!]

So sexy in those scrubs

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


I wrote about 8 pages in my journal about my +Cath & Kris weekend. So this is literally the long story short[ened].

Absolutely the most wonderful exciting busy amazing every other good adjective ever. 
You can look at all of our amazing pics of our journey in paradise on my FB page! Cath and Kris were in Orlando on business all of last week. I drove up after work on Friday to Orlando and I had to go to the beautiful LDS temple. The temple is the best place to be on earth. And Disney is the happiest place on earth! And being with my fam esp. my sister is the funnest place to be on earth :]. Lots of good earth things happening for me

We met up at their beautiful hotel! We were SO HAPPY AND GIDDY! Lots of talking, hot tubbing and sleeping. We had such a wonderful Disney day! We thought it would be insanely crowded [Mother's Day weekend]. We had an awesome game plan and hit up the big rides first. We hardly had to wait in lines! Lunch at Be Our Guest was literally magical. Literally. We of course had the best experience on the rides, walking around, laughing so hard people were afraid of us, and being together. It was fun for the California Disneyland couple to come with me to the East Coast California aka Florida Disney World

After a perfect day, we drove back to the Land of Curtis. Also known as Lakewood Ranch. Sunday was beach day! I was so excited for them to see our little home :] and see the best beaches in the nation! Beautiful weather, perfect water temp, cool breeze, huge smiles. We meandered [yes we legitimately meandered] in the Siesta Key Village and had Peruvian lunch at The Cottage! Perfect for Kris; he served his LDS mission in Lima! We hopped [not literally but that would've been hilarious and totally something we would do] over to Lido beach. We found a huge and awesome sand bar in the middle of the ocean! Lost of seashell hunting with a hint of frizzby, which I am terrible at. My b, Kris. Also +Kris was a trooper for being with two Goodwin girls all day! We walked around St. Armand's circle and stopped and Kilwins. Amazing ice cream and chocolate popcorn. Sunday evening we got to be with +Zane yay! Zane was unfortunately far too busy at the most important time of school to hang :[. The four of us had pool time [duh] and beach volleyball! Cath has a killer serve! Then some dinner and a movie to end the day perfectly. Monday morning we all had a much needed sleep-in. 

We decided to go to Anna Maria Island; I really wanted them to see it even though we were short on time. Gotta risk it to get the biscuit. Whatever than means. [Also I don't think I've ever seen a biscuit.] Walked on the pier and then crossed the main way to the best part of the island; the beach! Then it was time to pack up and head to the airpot. I couldn't believe it was already over! It was the most amazing and seriously special time for me. I miss them so much! A lot of our weekend reminded me of growing up together. We've now officially been to Disney Paris, Tokyo, California and Florida together! This was only the second time in like 20 years that we have been together in Florida! We have always gone to the most amazing beaches together.

 I'm so glad they got to see where Zane and I have been living before we have to leave. Our home is now happier and cozier now that my sister has been in it :]. Thank you Cath and Kris for coming out when you both have crazy lives and for all of your gifts! Cannot wait to see you Cath and Kris this Christmas!

Big Thunder Mountain ride- Tokyo Disneyland
Big Thunder Mountain ride- Disney World 


Siesta Key Beach

Lido Beach 

Disney World
Tokyo Disneyland

Disney World 
Tokyo Disneyland

Lakewood Ranch


Siesta Key Beach

Anna Maria Island
Cape Canaveral

Lido Beach