Sunday, August 23, 2009


Time. I miss Grandmother. Yesterday marked the 1st anniversary of her passing. My thoughts were full of memories of her. I longed to call her phone, (long since disconnected, I know because I would occasionally call to hear her voice on her message) and hear her sweet voice again. I miss our phone calls. I had a lovely day, I remembered to do my 'yoga breathing', I ate some Grapenuts, and looked through several pictures of her. :-) Thankfully, this is not the end. I know I will see her and be with her and my loved ones again someday. I am so thankful for a merciful God and His blessing of family.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Practically Perfect in Every Way (Mary Poppins that is)

I have this little drawer in my kitchen that is 'my' drawer. My wallet, phone, and keys are supposed to go in it, but over the last several months it has become a catch all. In fact, it caught so much that I finally had to ban my kids from opening the drawer for fear something might jump out and grab them. They were of course, so curious as to what could be in there. Today, I was curious. I grabbed a bag and emptied the drawer. I was shocked, I have lived here for nearly three years and didn't know I had a magic drawer. This drawer, I found is a cousin to Mary Poppins' carpet bag. You know the one, it housed a large mirror, a standing hat rack and other sundries. I should have taken a picture of the contents. (Nothing too exciting: gum, keys, random buttons, Pampers Point codes, coupons, money (the coin kind), hair bows, and more.) I am not sure I would have believed it had I not seen it myself. This recovering junk drawer excited me! I have opened it and closed it no less than 5 times today just to admire my handiwork. I even welcomed my husband home with a kiss and a tour of my newly organized drawer. True story: I couldn't find my cell phone tonight for about 10 minutes. I looked in all of the usual places and was stumped. Lightbulb. It is in the drawer where it belongs. It fits now. :-) Maybe I will tackle another drawer tomorrow...

Friday, August 14, 2009

New Arrival

We just purchased a playset from one of Katryn's friend's family who had outgrown it. As soon as we told the girls it was finished being set up, Lindsay ran out of the house full speed, smile and eyes bright enough to rival the sunny day, yelling at the top of her lungs "YYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! Finally, we have swings and a slide. :-) News travelled quickly, the neighborhood kids were over within 20 minutes, but for those first 20 minutes, it was their personal park. Each one, Katryn, Lindsay and Mackenzie full of joy. (So was I) Nothing quite so fun a watching children on a swingset in the middle of summer.

10 Months

Another month has flown by! Nathan is still growing and smiling nonstop. He is so much fun. He loves to show affection by head-butting and snuggling. He is incredibly sweet and is trying to pull himself up to stand. Nathan is still army crawling (he is so fast, I don't think it occurs to him to try it any other way). He has a radar for unprotected air vents. As soon as we walk out of a room, he bee lines it to a vent to lift the cover and pull out the vent, hair flying all around in complete satisfaction.

He is also a big fan of the "Johnny Jump-Up"

Nathan is our little sweetheart. :-)


On Sunday, August 9, 2009 we also had Mackenzie and Nathan blessed. This is a blessing where they are presented to the Lord and given their names that are recorded in the records of the church. This is their full names given to them at birth. Then they were given special blessings by their father of things he hopes for them in their lives. It was beautiful.

Katryn's Baptism

On August 8, 2009, Katryn was baptized by her father. She was baptized by immersion as was our Savior, Jesus Christ. Shortly after, her Grampa, through another priesthood blessing, gave her the gift of the Holy Ghost to be a guide and a comfort to her. It was a beautiful and special day, and Katryn was radiant. We are so proud of Katryn for her decision to follow in Christ's footsteps.
Katryn and Eric just prior to the Baptism

l to r, f to b: Lindsay, Katryn, Mackenzie, Nathan, Great Grandma (Cleora), Grampa (Marc), Gramma (Valerie), Eric, Kristin

Our Family

We had some very special people there to support Katryn in her decision to be baptized. Gramma, Grampa and Great Grandma were able to come from Arizona to be here for the occasion. Katryn's best friend, Justine also came. Family friends who came: Christy Congdon, The Murray Family, The Green Family, Kristen Johnson, Tracie Ogzewalla, Elder Jackson, Tim Lanier, Robbie Lyman and Becky Lyman. Thanks to all our family and friends who could not be there, but sent their well wishes and love. It was a wonderful day for our family.
Katryn and Justine

Katryn and Christy

The Green's (Matt, Kristen, Alli, Emily, and Natalie)

Katryn is eight years old, which we believe is the age of accountability. Our Heavenly Father knows that we must learn what is right and wrong. When we have grown enough and learned enough about right and wrong, we become accountable for what we do. Being accountable means that we must take reponsibility for what we do wrong, and that we are blessed for what we do right. We are baptized after the age of eight for this reason.