Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Weekend After

The week after our loss we had planned a shopping trip to Great Falls. It was supposed to be a shopping trip for baby stuff, but now it was just a chance to get away and for some retail therapy. The trip down was also quite the experience.

So we left Friday about mid-morning. We had decided that we should stop by the Temple and try and get some sort of understanding about what had happened. The trip to Cardston wasn't bad at all. We arrived in Cardston around noon and asked the people at the front desk if we could just go in and sit and think. We were told that we would have to perform some service before. So, grudgingly, we performed some service and went to a special area to reflect on the recent events. Unfortunately, we weren't in the best frame of mind and had a bad experience. After we were there for about an hour, we decided it was time to leave. It was at this point that April told me she had some bleeding and that we should maybe go to an emergency room. So we head to the Cardston Hospital, 2 blocks away. After waiting for about an hour to see a doctor, he decides to run some blood tests. So after another hour he decides to prescribe some medicine and assures us that the 2 pharmacies in town would have it. We go to the first pharmacy and the technician informs us that he has never seen this particular medication and he phoned the other pharmacy and they do not have it either. Great. So we go to the Church bookstore to get a few books that might help. We find a few items and are waiting at the counter with no one bothering to help. There are a few people chatting right beside the counter an we thought that they were other customers. It turns out that one of them is the cashier. After standing there for about 10 minutes she decides to serve us. This puts us in an even worse mood. We finally head out of town and head for the border. We get to the border crossing and are slowly pulling up only to find that they closed about 10 minutes earlier. We can actually watch the US border guards leaving the office and driving away. Great! So we head to Coutts. We get there around 6:30 and are waiting in line. we get up to the window, and we get flagged and told to pull over to the side for a search. GREAT. After about 30 minutes they come back and say we can leave. We get back on the highway and head for Great Falls. After a while I notice that the gas is getting low. I head for the nearest gas station according to the GPS. We get there and they are closed. GREAT. Head for the next one on the list, and they are also closed. GREAT!! At this point the gauge is reading empty and the little gas light comes on. We head for the next gas station on the list and it is about 10 miles away. We coasted down every hill, and tried to preserve as much gas as possible. With a bit of luck, we make it to the next gas station and fill up. We leave the little town and head back on the highway. No sooner than we had gotten on the highway when we saw the lights from Great Falls. GREAT!!! By this point I am ready to check in to the Hotel and crash on the bed.

The rest of the trip went off without a hitch and we had some great retail therapy. It was nice to get away from all the reminders of Kai that were still fresh in our minds at home. The following weekend we had to bury Kai and say our final farewells. It was tough, but with our wonderful families beside us we were able to get through that tough day as well.

Over the past 2 months we have been shown a great amount of love and support from both families and friends. We appreciate all that everyone has done for us during this time.


  1. so sorry to hear your trip started out so rough. love you!!

  2. I'm sorry it wasn't a pleasant beginning to your trip! I'm glad it got better for you. We are always here for you and love you both! Don't ever hesitate to ask for anything, even if we live far away!