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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Here is the full obituary for our friend and daughter's former employer.
I have deleted some names for privacy reasons.

John Milton Scandrett of Bellvue, CO, died at age 44 in an automobile accident on Friday, November 21, 2014 near Laramie, WY. John was born in Deadwood, SD on July 25, 1970, and grew up in Iowa City, IA and Greenville, IL. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Greenville College, and his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He completed his Family Practice residency at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, IN. He started his Medical Practice as a Family Practitioner in North Vernon, IN and also practiced Emergency Medicine in Indiana. In 2011 he began working as an Emergency Room Physician at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie. He also served as the Medical Director of the EMTs and Adjunt Professor at the University of Wyoming with first year medical students.

John was a member of Timberline Church in Fort Collins, CO where he served as a commander in Royal Rangers, sang on the worship team, and traveled with missions teams. He was passionate about medical missions and utilized his medical skills in France, Rwanda, Haiti, Kenya, Ghana, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Guatemala, and El Salvador. He loved hiking, outdoor adventures, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his steadfast wife of 22 years, Andrea ; his children, Lauren, Deacon, Gracyn, Hudson, Christian, Benjamin, and Marin, his mother, Ruth , his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tom and Margaret; five siblings: Judy , Mark , Beth , Joel ; Susie ; his sister-in-law, Jennifer ; and 18 admiring nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Timberline Church, 2908 Timberline Road, Fort Collins, CO on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John Scandrett Children’s Fund at First National Bank (P.O. Box 578, Fort Collins CO 80522-0578).

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ASOBFALLS 11/28/2014 6:00PM

    May God be with the family .... We do not understand the 'why' factor because we do not see the whole picture.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/26/2014 4:42PM

    Such a tragedy. So sorry!

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GEORGE815 11/26/2014 4:39PM

    Thank you so much. A real hero. Something for Ferguson to aspire to.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dr. John M. Scandrett, 44, of WY, Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie, Services Pending

Dr. John M. Scandrett, 44, of Laramie, Wyoming was killed in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Laramie. Dr. Scandrett died from injuries sustained when his vehicle rear ended a tractor-trailer on U.S. 287 near mile marker 419 at about 6:25 a.m.

Dr. Scandrett and family previously lived near Scipio. He served as a physician in Jennings County for a number of years and had volunteered as the team doctor for the JCHS football program.

Services are pending at the Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie

This father of 7 was an fun-loving, highly energetic, amazing Godly father, husband, and friend. Our daughter worked as their Mother's Helper after they adopted 3 brothers from the Ukraine and nearly doubled the number of their children. At first, John didn't think she was needed, but Andrea stuck to her guns and kept Candice as her helper for over a year. Candice helped homeschool and teach the brothers to speak English. She helped run everyone to their many activities, lessons, and meetings. She was a second pair of hands in chaos and crisis and while rounding up escaped goats and peacocks. They become Candice's second family.

It was because of this family that our daughter found her purpose and went to college to become a preschool teacher.

Sadly, in 2011 they moved from our area to CO, but within a year had made it possible for our daughter go out and visit them and explore CO and WY with them. They have kept in close touch ever since.

We are now heartbroken and can't see God's will in this tragedy. Candice is using her diary entries from when she worked for them to write memories to each child of each child with their dad. It is extremely emotional and hard on her but she is determined to do this before she goes out for the funeral.

Prayers for this precious family are much appreciated and for me as I (and my husband) help our daughter through this journey of grief.

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SARAHTAIT 11/26/2014 10:52AM

    So sad. We do not understand the why of things like this...only that God has a plan and we don't understand it. Prayers for all involved.....

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2014 4:27PM

    I am so sorry for this tragedy. Prayers. So very sorry.

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ASOBFALLS 11/25/2014 10:49AM

    Oh...and we DO question God. And God allows this.
We are loved by God and our paths are perfect in His love.


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DMSPEER93 11/25/2014 10:20AM

    So sad, Heidi. Will be lifting the family, Candice, and you and your husband up.

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October is also Dyslexia Awareness Month

Sunday, October 19, 2014

As a mom of two dyslexics, this issue has been a MAJOR part of our lives, my comfort eating issues, and especially our homeschool (hence the comfort eating).
In the early years, all I could see were the DISabilities of it, especially when our son was starting 5th grade and still could not read beyond Bob Books even when we'd tried a new phonics curriculum every year since Pre-K and I have a BA in Elem. Ed.. We got him the therapies he needed to begin reading and more as time has gone on so that he now reads on grade level (even if it is slower.) Our daughter graduated college Magna Cum Laude even though she had to read each of her textbooks 3x. She is now a pre-school teacher watching for those early signs of dyslexia in her students.

The Lord has been showing me lately a new way of looking at Dyslexia. It is NOT a DISability but a UNIQUEability.

Here's a great video The Power of Dyslexia


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VALLITTLEMAMA5 10/19/2014 11:00PM

    Thanks for sharing this! What a great perspective!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/19/2014 5:05PM

    Congratulations! That is awesome.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


I haven't had a regular workout routine since May. I over-trained for a potential 5K in the spring and then lost motivation while healing. Then gardening took over. Then my husband lost his job in June. Then I lost more motivation as the weather didn't always cooperate with me being able to go out and walk or hike. Then it just became a habit to NOT work out. Then school started with our son's senior year and all that entails as his main teacher, guidance counselor, and administrator of all paperwork, transcripts, college apps and visits, scholarship apps, tests, etc. I'm also teaching 2 classes at our co-op and those take a lot of prep, computer time, and grading. Doctor change also happened this summer along with an Elimination Diet where I discovered Wheat is a sensitivity so major diet changes again and again by myself so adjusting to making 2 meals each meal again. My husband being told he wasn't wanted for a job because they were Christian-phobic. Twice. On a July 4th walk around the nearby lake and long talk with God, He showed me His plan for me after our son goes off to college in May...I will be opening my own home business for screening, therapy, and tutoring dyslexics, etc. Then garden canning, garden clean-up, and garden bed moving (to sunnier location on our wooded property) Car troubles. Mom's health scare (A-Fib) More and more excuses piled up and now it is mid-Oct. Bad habits have returned--I'm back on Diet Dr. Pepper and eating too much junk (gluten-free, but still junk!) I continued to find more and more reasons to not work out. Letters from our insurance company about lawyers looking into our assets to sue us concerning a wreck our son was involved with a year ago are in the mail.
Husband is back at work where God is blessing him beyond our hopes, son is enrolled at Automotive Institute at Kokomo Ivy Tech. Co-op classes still take too much sitting time, I'm overwhelmed and stressed by senior year stuff and my home business start up To Do List. But I've come to realize.....I am too stressed out NOT to work out...I NEED IT!!

I am on Fall Break this week and have made time for friends, catching up on SP articles, and trying to find my motivation.

I am using this Spark Article to help me get motivated once again.

I could really use your encouragement.

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POCOPRESTO 10/17/2014 6:36AM

    Sounds like you've really been having a hard time. Hang in there - good for you for making time for friends and regaining motivation emoticon emoticon I think your comment "I am too stressed NOT to work out" is really good - it's the times when we don't feel like looking after ourselves properly that we actually need to the most!

Here's hoping things get easier for you & you find the motivation to do what you need to emoticon


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VALLITTLEMAMA5 10/16/2014 10:42PM

    Like the Patch the Pirate song says, "Little by little, inch by inch. By the yard it's hard! By the inch, what a cinch! Never stare up the stairs; just step up the steps. . . "

I'm stopping to pray for you right now! Hang in there!

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DELIA38961 10/16/2014 6:52PM

    emoticon life does tend to get extremely in the way of our goals sometimes but im glad you are getting motivated again ...I love what your fortune holds when your son goes off to college it sounds wonderful

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So sorry it's been such a difficult time. **SIGH** You're in my prayers.

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 10/16/2014 2:53PM

    You sure do have quite a bit going on in your life! I'll be lifting up prayers for peace and God's presence to surround you.
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Spring 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This spring has been a strange spring for me. For one thing, everyone is working and I am home alone. This is a huge change for this homeschooling mama. 22 yo dd is working at preschool and their summer camps. 17yo ds is working nearly full time for a landscaping company.

I thought after all these years I'd love being home alone. After all the years of go, go, go. After all the years of balancing home, family, homeschooling.

I thought I'd love having ME time.

Instead I got lazy. I quit exercising. I sat and read. I sat and ate. I sat and did internet. I was just tired. Tired. Tired. Tired.

I did a bit of gardening, but not as much as I thought I would. I didn't hike. I sat. I didn't work out. I sat. I didn't eat right. I munched on chips. every day. several times a day. I got hooked on Diet Dr. Pepper again.

I did get started on my To Do List, but most of that required sitting--updating 17yo son's transcript, figuring how to get a Senior Year organized, typing stuff up for the co-op classes I will teach in the fall, etc.

I've gotten really flabby. Lazy. Tired.

So, I made a different choice.

I started small -- 1 mile. It felt good! I did it again. It felt really good. I lifted a few weights. The strength came back and felt so good. I drank more water. I skipped the chips. I have more energy.

It is true.......1 good choice encourages more good choice. Working out for 20 - 30 minutes makes me feel good instead of wears me out.

Burn out is real. Old habits die hard and must be replaced with good ones.

Spring of 2014 is almost over and so is my lazy, chip eatin', pop-slurpin' ,sittin' around, boring, tired-feeling spring.

It's time to get moving and motivated again. Summer is here!
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BLAZINGSWORD 9/17/2014 7:11AM

    How are you doing now Heidi, now that fall is here? I hear where you are coming from. My hubby passed 18 months ago and it has taken me a while to get back on track.

I, like you did the same thing, made one change at a time for better and it snowballed!

I have joy in my life and a lot of it has to do with being active once more.

You go for it girl! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/17/2014 4:40PM

    Times of change are the times when old habits start knocking on the door again! **SIGH**

But, you're back and ready to do battle. Go for it!

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Good for you for getting back into your healthy habits one by one! You are so right, each good choice encourages more good choices.

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