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Birthday

My birthday has come and gone and I could have not asked for a better birthday week. It was busy and fun but low key which was perfect. I only wish I would have taken more pictures! Monday night after work my friend Jeff and Nick took me to dinner at Texas Road House, one of my favorite places!! Tuesday I taught CPR with Jeff which is always fun. That night I had a BBQ with a few close friends over at my friend Jennifer’s house. I even had one of my friends stop by who was on duty at the time which was nice.

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Wednesday I went to a movie with my friend Jennifer. It was fun to have a girl’s night!

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Thursday (my actual birthday) started off with a text from my BFF right at midnight wishing me a happy birthday. I met up with my sister, mom and nieces for lunch. Then what does a girl like me do, well, I meet up with my dad and donate blood!

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After I came home and had a few friends stop by with flowers, cards and chocolate.

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For dinner I headed over to my sisters for dinner, cake, ice-cream, and a chance to hang out with the kids.

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I feel so blessed to have so many friends and family who showered me with love. So far 34 has been good to me.

Friends

There’s a special place in my heart for the ones who were with me at my lowest and still loved me when I wasn’t very loveable.”

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The last few months I have really been thinking about my friends and how much they mean to me. I often wonder how I have been blessed with the friends that I have. For me having friends has always been important. It used to make me feel like the more friends I had the more I felt I was worth. What I have found is through the years it is really not about the amount of friends I have but really the quality. I often find myself being puzzled or frustrated at why some friendships work and others don’t, in my teen and early 20’s this was excruciation hard. It’s still something I struggle with (and I think most people struggle with) but is something I have been working on. I have had people who I thought were true friends stab me in the back. I have had more flaky friends then I can count. I have grown apart from friends that I once was inseparable from. Through the years I have grown and change on how I view the world and with that I have grown and changed on the friends I have made. The last few years have really taught me what true friendship is. I have had friends see me at my worst and yet stuck by my side. I have had friends do things for me just to show me they care. I have had friends drop what they are doing just to help me out. I have friends who call me out of the blue to go to lunch or just want to hang out. I have never felt as loved as I do now. In all my ups and all my darkest downs I have seen who my true friends are and I am in awe. My counselor that I saw for the first few years after my divorce would tell me that it was because of who I was,was why I had the friends I do. I still don’t completely buy that. I can be stubborn, moody, closed off, too open, and just a hot mess at times. I am still dealing with pain and my self worth. And yet they stay. Don’t get me wrong I still have my fair share of fake or flaky or friends who only want to be friends when it’s ok to them. But I also have some really incredible friends and I thank God everyday for them. I hope and pray that I am the kind of friend to others as they have been to me.

McCall

The first Monday in February I headed up to McCall with my friend Loni to enjoy the McCall Winter Carnival.

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This is our third year going up together and it’s always fun to get out of town and catch up.  Our first stop was the Pancake House, I LOVE this place!  The giant cinnamon roll has to be my favorite; it just melts in your mouth.

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After that we headed out to see how many snow sculptures we could find.  The weather wasn’t the best but we had fun.  Here are some of the sculptures we found.

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I have to say, Olaf from Frozen was my favorite!

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Loss

Every now and then you find out news that is like a punch in the gut.  On September 17, I found out tragically one of my good friends lost his young wife after compilations from major surgery.  Krystal Wad was only 25 years old.  If you were ever lucky enough to meet Krystal she had a warm personality and a big heart.  Every time I saw her she had a smile on her face and a kind word to say.  Krystal and Justin meet in high school and shortly after graduation they were engaged.  On May 10, 2008 they were married and on March 26, 2009 they had a little boy they named Tristan.  Krystal loved to spend time with her family and always put them first, even in her last couple of years with significant health issues.  Justin and Krystal were the kind of couple you could look at and tell they were head over heels for each other.   The news of her passing sent ripples of grief to everyone who knew her or Justin.  It was one of the few times I completely broke down at work.  My heart just broke and I felt helpless.  It has been a struggle since and I often find myself in a fog or in tears.  Food is hard to eat and it brings back memorioes from when I lost John.  My heart just hurts for Justin because I know the pain from loss and yet I can’t even imagine the pain he is feeling.  It has been amazing and heartwarming to witness everyone come together to help support Justin and Tristan.  In 3 days $10,000 was raised to help support them finically.  Today that total is over $11,000.  A group was set up to take meals out to the family and a facebook page to keep everyone updated.  On Wednesday the 24th a funeral was held for Krystal and Troopers from all over Idaho came and showed their support.  Officers included the Colonel, the Lt Colonel, Captions, Lieutenants, Sergeants, and Troopers.  After the funeral, a procession was filled with patrol vehicles; the long line emergency lights flashing as they went down the road gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes.   I was able to be a part of it and rode with my good friend Jeff (I am so thankful he was there with me!).  I am thankful I could be there to show my support and while it was hard I woudnt have missed it.   Justin is a good friend and a coworker.  I am heartbroken over the loss of Krystal and wish there was more I could do for Justin.  He wanted to pass on how thankful he is for all the love and support that has been given to him and his family.  He has read every text, every card, every facebook post, and listened to every phone message, it means more to him then he can say.    Krystal will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Its times like this you realize how quickly things can change and what your priorities in life should be.  It also makes me so thankful for the people in my life and I hope they all know how much they mean to me.  I love you Justin, you are in my thoughts and prayers and if you ever need anything at all please let me know.

J and K Ward

 

McCall Winter Carnival

Every year McCall, Idaho has a winter carnival.  Last year I went with my friend Loni and we decided to make a tradition of it.  Last Friday we took the day off work and headed up to the mountains.

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It couldn’t have come at a better time.  The valley had been socked in for weeks with an inversion that left everything dark, gray and downright cold.  It had started to feel like any happiness was being sucked right out of me and I was starving for sunlight.  On the drive up both of us started to cheer when patches of blue sky stared to appear.  By the time we arrived in McCall the sun was out and there was nothing but blue skies.

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It’s amazing the uplifting power the sunlight can have on your soul.  We stopped at the Pancake house for lunch.  We shared a mouthwatering cinnamon roll that was to die for.  I also had chocolate chip pancakes and hot chocolate in a cute cup that I wanted to take home.

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From there we found a spot to park the car, picked up a newspaper that had a map layout of the snow sculptures and set off on our adventure to find every sculpture on the list!  And in true fashion I made sure to capture our day with pictures.

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It was a day full of sun, laughter, deep conversations, and just enjoying out time together.  Can’t wait for next year!

2013

2013 was a bumpy year with hills and valleys along the way.  It was a year of growth for me and once again changes.

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It was a year full of the births of sweet little babies.

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It was also another year of another good-bye.

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It was a year where I was surrounded by good friends and even caught up with old ones.

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Birthdays were celebrated, soccer games were played and time spent with the family was enjoyed.

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Austin 1 year! 151

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I got to ride on a train.

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It was the year where I got to be part of an amber alert that put Idaho on the map when an ISP Trooper helped to locate the vehicle with in turn help to locate the suspect and victim.

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I feel for a guy who in turn broke my heart.   When I told him how I felt all he said back was “I hope you can get over this so we can be friends.”  While it hurt, really hurt, at least I knew he wasn’t the one and I knew I deserve so much better.  I had some amazing friends who helped to pick me back up and showed me that I mattered to them; I have never felt more love.

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Doug was married.

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I started to teach CPR for ISP which I love doing.

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I took road trips and had adventures everywhere I went making memories that will last a life time.

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I did a 5K with friends.

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I complete 120 miles in 10 weeks on my own.

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I got in “trouble” over and over and had fun doing it.

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I worked on passing on my love of officers, firefighters and paramedics to me niece and nephews.

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It must be working because I was hanging out with my nephews and niece in Aug and one of my nephews asked me why I still wasn’t married. I laughed and told him good guys where hard to find. He got a stein look on his face and said “that’s not true, there are cops everywhere!”

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It was a year I moved out of my apartment and back into a house that I love!

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Oh and the sunsets I can now see from my backyard, breathtaking!

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It was a year full of love from my crazy dog.

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Yep 2013 at bumps in the road but they were just that bumps. The bumps in the road that I may have stumbled on from time to time but picked myself up each time and learned from them, then move on. 2013 was a good year full of family and friends and memories I will hold on tight to.

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May 2014 be even better!

Christmas

It’s kind of sad to think Christmas has already come and gone.  It always seems like it goes way too fast.  Christmas again for me was full of family and friends.  Christmas Eve started with a lunch over at Lynn’s parent’s house.  After that the Toyns, Greg and Monika and I headed over to my dad and Cindy’s.  We talked and laughed and I got in a little baby time.

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Afterwards we headed over to my mom’s and Lynn.  For dinner we had Chill and a baked potato soup that was to die for.

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Once our bellies were full we gathered in the living room while the kids acted out the naivety scene, of my favorite traditions.  Austin has hit the terrible twos and refused to participate (we think he thought we were trying to make him wear a coat and he is very anti-coat right now).  Sadly Kylie was talking a nap; I had so looked forward to having a real baby again this year.  The kids did a really good job with it and I loved every second of it.

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Shortly after we heard the ringing of bells as Santa showed up!  I love watching all the kids as they light up. Austin was so excited but kept his distant, you can never be too careful with strangers and all.

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The kids looked cute as always in the Christmas PJ’s they got.

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The little kids and their parents all heading out so they could get to bed.  The big kids all stayed and watched a Christmas movie.

Christmas morning was here before we knew it.  I started off the day at the Toyns watching the magic of Christmas morning with them is always priceless.

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After that I headed to my mom and Lynns for breakfast, gifts, naps, movies and just being together.

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Christmas evening we had an amazing dinner to top off the day.  We missed those who couldn’t make it!!!

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The whole day I kept waiting for that rough patch that holidays brings but it didn’t happen.  My heart was full and I just felt happy.  I loved it.  I love all that Christmas has to teach us if we let it.  It isn’t about the gifts; it isn’t about how much we spend on each other or what we didn’t get.  It’s about the birth of Christ.  It’s about loving those in our lives who mean the most.  It’s about living in the moment and feeling our hearts with love.  It’s about slowing down and being thankful for the blessing in our lives.  I am so thankful for the spirit of Christmas and for being so blessed to be loved by so many.

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You know life is good.

Baby Shower

On Sept 14th I threw my BFF Jen a baby shower.

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She is finally having a little girl!!!  I am so excited for her!  Since it’s her first girl I got together with her mom and mother- in-law to give her a baby shower.  The turnout was really good and I think it came together really well.

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I can’t wait to meet this little one!  Jen is due on Oct 8th, we are getting closer!

Train Ride

On Sep 9th, the Union Pacific Railroad invited ISP and other law enforcement to ride on the train as a way of saying thank-you for helping them with Officer on a train campaign.  They had 3 different times you could sign up to ride and family members and friends were welcome to come.  I invited my friend Jen L and her little boys to ride and it was a blast!

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We ran into John and Kenia from dispatch and it was fun to ride next to them even if Kenia didn’t want her picture taken.

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It was an hour ride and I have to tell you the leg room was amazing!  The motion of the train was relaxing and almost rocked us to sleep.

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I was also able to climb into the engine of the train, it was sweet!!  I had to take a few picture of me “driving the train” to send to my cousins husband Nathan who does this for a living.  No wonder he likes his job so much.

 

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If Union Pacific did more passenger train rides to places around here I would think about doing it.  It was a fun afternoon and I am thankful for the chance to go.  I love that I could spend it with my BFF and her two little boys as well, just love these guys!

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Road Trip!

On Friday Aug 30th I loaded up my car and headed back to Pocatello to spend a little time with family and to go on a ride along with one of my D5 Troopers. On the way to Pocatello I stopped in Burley and had lunch with a good friend. It’s always fun to see him and I loved catching up with him. From there I headed to Pocatello were I meet up with my mom and Lynn over at my Grandparents house. Lynn worked on my Grandmas computer while us girls caught up and looked at pictures. For dinner we all headed out to a restaurant where we meet up with my uncle Steve and his family. It was a good dinner but my favorite part had to be all the laughing and just enjoying time together. Sometimes I wish I slowed down a little more in life and did more of this, you just never know what tomorrow will bring. The best part of the night though had to be our adventure on the min golf course. We broke up into 2 groups. The first had the older adults- Grandma, my mom, Lynn, Steve and Karen. The second group was us younger adults- Paige, Nathan, Kyler, and me.

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By the time we were done my stomach hurt from laughing so much.

Saturday my mom, Lynn and myself headed over to my grandparents again for round 2 of working on their computer. Since it was going to be a little bit my Grandparents, my mom and I loaded up in the car and went for a little walk in the mountains.

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After that we headed over to the cemetery to see visit Marla’s and baby Jeffery’s grave. After that we loaded up headed to my uncle Steve’s place for football. The first game was BYU game. I was the only non BYU fan in the house so had to give as many jabs in as I could. They had a LONG rain/lightning delay in the game so while they did that we played a few games of pool. Next was the BSU game. It was a tough game and all those jabs I gave to the BYU fans came back to bite me in the butt. All in all it was a bad night for both BSU and BYU.

On Sunday the 1st I meet up with Trooper Williams, ISP 599, at the district office.

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While I have family in Pocatello I have never really explored outside of the area so we spent the day exploring every part of district 5 that we could. We first headed over to the Fort Hall area where we made a few traffic stops before heading south. From there we went to Soda Springs, Montpelier, Paris, and Bear Lake making stop along the way. It was a great ride and I learned a lot about the area and how district 5 operates. I loved everyone second of it! It was also a lot of fun to catch up with Williams, he is a really good guy and I feel lucky to call him and his beautiful wife friends. After my ride I loaded up and headed home. It was a short road trip but it made for a great weekend full of memories I won’t soon forget. A big thanks to my Uncle Steve and Aunt Karen for letting me stay with them.