Saturday, December 2, 2017


Sometimes I have really moved about how close I am to a temple. So lucky and there is no place like it in the world. Great reminder of what is important and what direction I want to head in my life. And I love when I bring my ancestors names there.

I am so surprised how much I have grown to love family scripture study. Jason and I have been married nearly 18 years and I would say the last year was the best we have done in making apart of our family. It’s so wierd and unexplainable the family unity and peace it brings even if we all just read one verse. (That’s 7 verses if you need help with the math)

I just love this picture. These two were babies together (see lower picture that P and K googled of themselves) and time really does go by and they are even better older than I could have imagined. Who would guess when M (see what I’m doing there? Less google-able ;) were roommates that our kids would know each other too!

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

my poor poor blog

okay, well I am so sorry instagram has sort of replaced you.  and i'm way overdue printing blog books.   I think I need to do 3 years at this point.  plus i missed the dang 30 percent off coupon windo.  And I kinda only talk about church stuff at this point which might be boring my audience (hi, mom!) to tears.  So do I abandon you?  Or make another valiant rally?  Hmmmm...

But christmas season is upon us.  And light the world campaign starts tomorrow.

whats new?  Well jason wants to get a real tree this year!  wow, can't even remember the last time we did that.  plans are for saturday.

my parents are coming for christmas.  also can't remember the last time they were with us on actual christmas, but i think it might have been us in california 10 years ago???/I don't even know.

will i or won't i send christmas cards this these are questions of the century people.

also, for some reason i have a big aversion to baking and passing out treats i think i'm going the store bought route this year.

soccer is over hip hip hooray.  although i sure love watching them play.

football is over, oh yes, now luke needs to be reintroduced into the family structure since he was gone so much and no that doesn't mean just playing video games all the time (we tried that it was a bust)
currently he also has no texting ability on his phone (dad is the technology whiz and did that).  but dang he is good kid!  even though he is not perfect (ask him why texting is gone) he is a bright and shining light in the world.  same with darby too!  All the kids actually!  But becomes more apparent in the bigger kids.

ps. love high school pickup .  its like a free for all no rules and no honking and everyone just does it and no angry drivers.  dude.  where has this been all my life?  elementary and jr high need to take note!  also, it has not crossed luke's mind to be embarrassed about mom picking him up he is just glad i'm not making him walk!

we get to see hamilton on saturday! i'm super excited.  the story is and founding of our country is really quite moving and the play is really quite brilliant (judging from all the songs we have stuck in our heads).  sure wish the kids could go (and that there was no potty language in it)

lately I just really love my small untidy house.  i'm so dang grateful for it and our awesome crappy cars that won't quit.  I have learned that if I just really bust my butt and clean it for a few days i love it more and so when i see the mess right now I know i can get it better when i want to.  that was not today.

also, have been talking to the girls when i pick them up from school i want to see smiles!  why do they save all their grumpy for me??? I know they weren't like that for their teacher.  so stop scowling at your mom!  life is good for heavens sake.

ps.  rusty is so pretty.  wish it didn't cost a million dollars to groom him but oh well.  beauty doesn't come cheap ;)

and on that note i'm going to go curl my hair before luke's football banquet.

good bye world.  mama's gotta go do herself up!

i had a few quiet moments to myself while i was eating lunch today and watched the more horrible cheesy christmas love movie on netflix and it was painful and awesome!!!!!!

best time of the year!!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


6 am family scripture Volunteered at school
Baked a cake
Visiting teaching
Made chili
Did crazy hair day
Got kids ready for Halloween party
Sewed some basic costumes
Temple recommend interview
Ward Trunk or treat

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

answered prayers

yesterday I had two incredible things happen to me.

first one that happened is I went to lunch with my PTA friends and a new parent who wanted to get involved and asked her to be president and she said yes.  Okay yes we technically had a president but only in name.  But this girl is going to be amazing!!!!!!  and guess what that means, my prayers all those dang prayers were answered in the most fantastic way.  Because not gonna lie I was kinda wondering if God was leaving me hanging.  But He didn't!  and I should not be surprised!  Because why wasn't my prayer not being answered when I wanted it to?  First of all because this mom didn't even go to our school or live here and He knew she was coming so I just needed to hold my horses!  Seriously its so great and amazing I'm pinching myself!

Ok the next the thing was super amazing  FYI yesterday was jam packed holy heck how am I going to do it all. And actually it seems that I have had more of those days lately than not and you know I don't like those kind of days, I prefer to not be as schedule but dang it life is demanding it from me so I'm just holding tight!  And with God's help I have gotten everything done!  (at this point in the story I am realizing that I talk a lot about church and God on my blog but guess what? Thats just me and what I love)

So the big kids (i.e.: Luke and Darby) had a temple trip tonite with the other youth. Jason was meeting them there, I had soccer practice with Baylie and needed to leave my house at the latest at 4:45 and taking Paisley and Ivy with me (duh).  I just had a few minutes and checked all our family search accounts and none of us had any family ancestry names ready for baptism (if you are wondering about this, lets have a chat and I can explain it but not doing it here at the moment).  Okay so nothing, and I have like 5-10 minutes.  Should I go get ready for soccer or do I try one more thing?

I didn't to try.  So I said a prayer, and this was my prayer.  Dear Heavenly Father, my kids are going to the temple tonite and if any of my family wants to have their baptism done I need your help to find me.   In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.  Simple.

So I'm looking at my family tree.  Trying to poke around.  nothing there nothing here.  Then I spot a name that I love and whose work I have done.  Edmonia Hines.  I click on her and she has a bunch of new information now, her 1900 and 1910 censuses are there!  (Censuses are good especially the 1900 one).  And guess what?? Guess what Edmonia helped me find.  All her children!!!!!!!!!  I was so excited.  But then guess what the next thought was after I added them.

What is this isn't right?  Whats if I just can't find the duplicates and something has already done them?  Whats if this will just be a waste of time?  So I hesitated.  Hmmm....what do I do?  and I have like 2 minutes at this point.

But then I remembered something I recently read from Elder David Bednar.  THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES IN THE WORK OF THE LORD.  I had prayed and got such a clear definite answer, why am I doubting that?  So I reserved and printed the temple name cards out just as I was running out the door and yelled for Darby to cut them and bring them!  (Thank you to my good friend Laurie who took them to the meeting spot) And my kids did the names!   Guys I hope you realize how amazing this is that I found these names that quickly after my prayer!  Like a total hand of God.

And then I went to soccer, went to the school art nite, dropped off the girls quick while Baylie babysat (desperate times!) and ran out of the nite time relief society visit!  Whew!  What a day.

Then late I talked to the kids about the temple and Jason too.  Luke's comment was when I asked him how it was that everything just seems smaller when he is there.  Lifes problems, school stuff, etc.  And that is true.  Everything just seems smaller.

Which brings to me the theme of the week which I heard in women's conference from my favorite Sister Marriott.

Some things matter, some things don't.  A few things last, but most things won't.

Now the trick to only worry about the stuff that matters and lasts!!!