Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Eli's Birthday











I love this family more than I can even begin to tell you. They have the biggest hearts and have the most incredible kids. Life is not easy for them, but they are my joy! I was able to take the boys to the birthday party of Eli. He was happy that day and we just can't help but love him to pieces. Grateful for a fun day and the blessing of association with this incredible family!!!

Monday, February 12, 2018

My Grammy turned 89

A few weeks ago we were able to attend a birthday for my 89 year old












grandmother that we all love so much. She has fun teasing and being teased and is always a good sport about it. We love her so much and are grateful for her example.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Some days are harder than others...

     Let me be very clear...I have tremendous blessings and A LOT of good in my life. However, some days when communication just isn't working and I have to figure out what a 7 and 9 year old want without them telling me, just gets too much. I think of all the things that I communicate every day, what I want to wear, eat, when I'm tired or not feeling well, when I think something is unfair or....the list goes on and on. Recently we spent time with my family. They are so considerate and supportive of us and our family, but sometimes just being around other kids (especially ones that are younger than ours) that communicate clearly or want to be held or whatever it is, just gets painful.

   By the time we got home and settled in, I was fine but I just needed a breather. These incredible boys of mine give me a fair share of love and challenge at the same time. God blesses us as we've walked this road together and learned along the way. Grateful for your love and support.

Monday, January 29, 2018

We love skiing!








One of Zac's favorite things to do is to go skiing. He introduced me to the idea when we were dating and we have had so much fun sharing this hobby with our kids. The boys have really loved this pastime. So grateful for the fun things we have been able to share with these cuties!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Girl's Weekend




I've been lucky enough to be a part of some really great experiences. One of which, my sisters were good enough to invite me to. It was a night of reflection and change presented by Emily Freeman (one of my favorite authors) and Hilary Weeks. The music was beautiful and the messages were the kind that really helped me think through some of the things going on in my life and helped me to keep an eternal perspective. I love things like this that help you see outside your own thinking and really change you. I was so grateful to go with two of my sisters that always make things fun and we had a great time!!!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Owen






Here's the thing about my Owen, he is just my baby. He doesn't like to be held or hugged. He isn't very social, but man alive, I love this kid. He is so smart and has the most fun personality. He is a little harder to play with than William in certain ways, but once you have his attention, he is so lovey and so sweet. I can't believe how much he has grown in the last few years, and I am so flippin' proud of how far he's come, how he handles life and the amazing kid that he is! I love this crazy kid and that laugh just melts me every time.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Spiritual Experience

   This last weekend was our Stake Conference. I was so grateful to go and that the boys did well, because I was able to be touched by the spirit in a way I was definitely not expecting. We were a ways through the Sunday morning session of Stake Conference when a young man was asked to share his testimony. You could easily tell by the look on the young man's face that he was not expecting to share anything that day, however he went to the podium and shared the most beautiful and genuine testimony that I had heard in a long time.

   He spoke openly and honestly about how he had talked to friends of his that didn't understand why he was a member and why he believed. He said that they brought up a few of their concerns about the church and those questions really made him think. He also talked about knowing that the church was good. That they taught you to be a good person and that he truly thought that the church was good. He talked about knowing what was expected of him and what he was needing to do within the church. But, he wondered if it was just a "nice church" or what he really believed.

   He went on to talk about knowing just within the last couple of weeks that he had a testimony. That he really believed it. He was so sincere that I couldn't help but cry. When he finished that incredible testimony, he turned and gave an equally sincere embrace to the visiting authority who had called on him to bear his testimony. I was so touched. I think it's normal, (for me anyway) to think about the church I give so much time, energy and work toward. I was grateful to recognize, just as this wonderful young man had, that this isn't just a "nice church", this is God's work and I am lucky enough to be a part of it.