Sunday, August 27, 2017

Kaden is ordained a Deacon

Kaden turned 12 on August 24th and that means he is now going to be attending the young men's program at church.  This also means that he is now old enough to receive the Aaronic Priesthood and become a deacon.  It is awesome to me how young the men are when they get to begin their service in the priesthood. They are entrusted with the power to act in the name of Jesus Christ at a very young age, but it allows them to learn how to serve and think of others.  He will begin passing the sacrament next Sunday which is an amazing privilege and I am excited to see him participate in this sacred ordinance each Sunday.  I am so grateful I get to be Kaden's mom.  It is a little hard to believe he is already 12 years old, but it has been such a treat to see him grow and develop and it makes me excited for his future.  I know he will be influence many for good.  Congratulations Kaden!

(we were able to have the ordination at Grandma and Grandpa's home due to grandma just having knee surgery!)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Happy 7 months!

Well tomorrow Briella will be 7 months old tomorrow! Wow! She is such a joy and we just have enjoyed every minute with her.  We especially enjoyed her first trip to Utah this past month and her 1st 4th of July.  There is so much to tell so for now I am just going to post a couple of pictures from the trip.  The highlights were Levi's campout birthday party, Mady's birthday and baptism and the many hours Kaden, Sarah and Brandon were able to spend on temple square.  It was a trip we will all never forget.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Baby #6 day!

We will be heading to the hospital in just a couple of hours to deliver our sixth baby! 34 years ago today my dad  passed away in a car accident. I am sure he is watching over us as we welcome this new baby into our family.  We have had a hard time deciding on a name for this baby girl but I think we have finally settled with Briella Jean (my dad's mom's name). (It may change after we see her but it feels right.)

We are all very excited, especially Sarah, Mady & Val! I am going to try and update when I can on how things are going. I feel like I journaled well when I had Kaden but I have not been that good since then.
I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a mother and that I've had the chance to bring these special spirits into the world.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

My boys...

Had a date night with Kaden which was long overdue. We attended a baptism of a new member in our ward who also has an 11 year old. It was very neat to be there and get to play the piano and be with Kaden. Then we stopped at one of favorites, Jason's deli! Can't believe he will be 11 this week! Love him!

Levi is 26 months and all about mom:) but he loves to be with dad especially when he's doing handy man stuff. Such a cutie!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mady's date at grandma Joyce's

Madyson had the special privilege of going with her grandpa to her great grandma Joyce's last Saturday (Aug 13th). She was able to learn the tricks on her special deviled eggs. Grandpa said she ate six or seven before they even got home! She had a wonderful time!

Monday, July 11, 2016

12th Anniversary! So in Love!

This is a pic our friend took on the 4th! I just love it!  Love him!
Brandon and I had a wonderful weekend celebrating our 12th anniversary.  For the past couple of years we have not been able to take our regular away date.  2 years ago he was in New Mexico at the top of a mountain with the scouts.  He sent me the sweetest letter in the mail and I will never forget that.  It reminded me of all the letters we wrote on our missions.  And then last year we were all in Nauvoo, Illinois on a family church trip, which was also wonderful and memorable.  But it was nice to get a away this past weekend since it'd been a while (for our anniversary anyway).  We are lucky enough to have awesome friends who kept our 3 little's, since Sarah and Kaden are visiting family in Utah.  We went and ate a super delicious dinner and stayed at a super nice hotel!  The next morning he drove me to the only Mimi's Cafe we know of in the area now (since all the others have closed) and that was also delicious!  We had planned to go car shopping for the rest of the day but had a long talk about it and decided it would be best to keep the van a while longer.  That evening we went out with our good friends (Axelson's & Chad/Christy) to dinner.  After we sat down and had started visiting for about 15 min we heard an extremely loud boom outside!  There had been a storm going on that afternoon/evening and so we all assumed it was just lightening.  Well it was lightening but come to find out after a bunch of people had seen it happen, we found out our van had been hit by the lightening we heard!  It was definitly a memorable night and we are grateful no one was hurt.  We know we are being watched over and that we will most likely now be doing some car shopping!

Love this guy so much!
Wedding pic from our Utah reception, July 24th, 2004!

Brandon had the pineapple upside down muffin at Mimi's! YUM!

 Here is the van on the tow truck.  There was actually not a lot of physical visible damage.  If you look closely at the tire you can see the black on the rims.  The light fixture on the back window was shattered and we had to disconnect the battery to get the horn to stop.  So we aren't really sure what the lightening did besides that so we will see what the mechanic says!

I feel truly blessed to be married to a wonderful loving person who takes such good care of me and our children.  He is such a blessing in my life and I'm so grateful that he is mine forever!