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My First Overnighter. . . 

Well, I ventured out for a quick overnight trip to Kanab and survived!

Vonna’s daughter Alexa got married on Friday, and at the last minute, Sterling and I decided to go. I didn’t think I’d feel up to it, but on Wednesday I decided to try it, and it was definitely worth the effort!


The trip down on Friday was long but enjoyable—the weather was absolutely beautiful, we listened to a book on tape, and we stopped often so I could stretch and walk around. In addition, as we drove, I was able to lay back the seat and stretch and squirm to find comfortable positions, so it wasn’t too bad.

We arrived in Kanab just in time to see some of the Kanab employees before there weekend began—it was so nice to see them! It’s been way too long. . .

And although our time down there was brief, it was also delightful to finally see family. . . most of them I haven’t seen since before my accident.  Vonna and her family did a fabulous job; they’ve spent weeks planning for this special day, and everything was amazing—the decorations, the dinner, the ceremony. Vonna and Sean were the perfect host and hostess, and everyone was so happy to be able to be there to celebrate Alexa’s and Matt’s wedding. . . they’re a darling couple!

We called it a night earlier than we normally would because I was so tired, but the sweet hugs I got from brothers and sisters and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and my parents and aunts and uncles and cousins were wonderful.


We headed back home Saturday morning, and again, the drive was long but enjoyable. I was glad to get a little longer travel under my belt. At one point a couple of weeks ago, I had actually considered trying to make it to the European convention later this month—I miss being with demonstrators so much! This weekend confirmed in my mind that, despite my optimistic attitude, deciding not to go was definitely the right decision. I was happy to be back home after only an overnight away—I’m not quite ready for airplane rides and long days walking and standing. I have my sights set on Leadership though. . . cross your fingers for me!


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Reader Comments (15)

You are doing amazing but I am sure a trip to the UK just now will be a step to far, we will miss you but look forward to seeing you again when you are back to full health xxx
November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle last
Wow you are brave and I would love love to see you at Leadership! I have a new thing to show you with the Mosaic Punch! Did you know you can make a cracker with just that punch and no other tools except maybe a ruler. I so love that. Good to hear you made it to the wedding and are venturing much further. The bride was very beautiful ...loved her dress!
You look fantastic! hope to see you soon enough.
Love to you and your family
Debi Pippin
November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebi Pippin
With your positive attitude and the amazing strides you've made in your recovery, I have no doubt that we will be seeing photos and posts from Houston in January. Continued prayers and blessings!
Mary Beth West
November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Beth West
Yay Shelli on another big step in your recovery! You are a great example of persistence and hard work, and wise enough to know your limits! It's fun to see Vonna (so beautiful!!) and it's hard to believe that little girl from the old Stampin' Up! catalogs is married! Has it really been that long? Congratulations to the bride and groom!
November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Davidse
Shelli, fabulous to hear you were able to make it to the family wedding, now you need to make sure you have a restful week to recover. Hugs Janet Mills NZ Demo.
November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Mills
You are doing amazing and your optimistic attitude throughout your recovery has been inspirational. How is little Liam doing? I'm praying for him.
November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristina
Shelli - thank you for sharing. You are amazing and I especially appreciate your allowing our Father to use you and this painful journey to show so many your strength not only physically but also spiritually. You are a beautiful woman in so many ways. By the way, love your haircut!
November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
Oh.my.goodness.! Such bravery! I am so glad for you that you were able to make the overnight trip to Kanab. I know that it did your heart and soul good to be able to accomplish that feat. I remember joking with my husband several years ago that it was they (husbands) who were the cause of our frequent UT infections for refusing to stop along the way!
Vonna was beautiful as Mother of the Bride, as was her sis standing beside her. The bride herself was stunning in her dress as well. They ARE a darling little couple.
Also good to know that you decided to stay on this side of the pond a while longer, too.
It appears to me that you will be working your holiday magic before you know it! Excellent progress on your recovery, indeed.
Take gentle care...
November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Steel
Hello Shelli,
It's great to read you are slowly getting back to your 'old' self. Not being able to do as much as you want is really really hard. It will be sad to miss you at convention, but I'm sure you'll send a worthy representative. So, take it slow, one step at a time. No use rushing if it means, that by taking two steps forward you'll have to stumble three back...
Take care,
Ramona (Germany)
November 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRamona
Shelli - I am delighted to read that you are doing/feeling well enough to try this type of outing. I am sure Lavonne and her daughter greatly appreciated that you did decide to make the trip.It was no doubt a stretch to do this, but these steps also give you feed back as to how well you are doing, and maybe reminders not to overdo of course.
Hoping that you do make it to Leadership - I have attended every Convention since 1994 + every Leadership since they began, and I know it just would not be the same without you. I think all demonstrators would agree with me that you are the glue and the heart and soul of Stampin' Up! I hope you have a smooth journey forward as you continue with your recovery! Pennie McCallum
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPennie McCallum
Shelli.. I am so amazed and glad about your progress and very excited that you are trying to get to Leadership! It will be great to see you there! I'm sure your presence at the wedding was appreciated by all. Continued prayers for your speedy recovery. Take care..
November 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Hunt
So great to see Vonna again! Remember when you two sisters would come to our tables at convention and share new techniques with us? That was in the early years!
So happy that you are healing… Leadership just wouldn't be the same without you, Shelli!
Love you!
November 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Morgan
Shelli you must take it easy so we can enjoy your smiling face at Leadership! So excited to be going !!!!
November 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Ann Anderson
Exactly - take it easy so that you have the best shot at making Leadership - it would be so wonderful to see you there :-)
November 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Wills
I just promoted a couple weeks ago and earned my first Leadership and I am super excited to go! It would be great if you could make it but don't push yourself too hard because it will make your recovery take that much longer!! I'm speaking from experience.
November 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamee H

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