Wednesday, December 10, 2014


This week marks my very first week working with Chris at the denture clinic. I haven't worked out of the home since I was 20 years old. I've always devoted every second to being a mom. Thankfully I can still do that. My schedule allows for me to work while the kids are at school.

It's definitely going to be an up road climb...but with all the help from Chris, and our technicians, I'm up for this challenge....and super excited about this new chapter of life. My mom always said "there's a season for everything." Moms are so darn smart.

Looking forward....

It's good day to turn 37. I've always loved having a birthday two weeks before Christmas. As a kid it meant more presents. Now it means getting older. But when you have kids that relish getting you gifts, and a husband who works hard to make it a day that brings a smile to your face, it becomes a day of feeling cherished. I'll take that.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

It's that time...

Bet you can't guess what we are doing today....goodness gracious I love christmas.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A real gift...

We've decided to try something different this year for Christmas. We are taking the kids on a trip early next year and decided that in light of this, we would not buy as many Christmas presents. When we presented our plan to the kids we expected some resistance but instead they all agreed happily. Wow we lucked out.

Halee gave a family home evening lesson Monday about remembering the true meaning of Christmas. That Jesus Christ is indeed the true gift to all of us. She passed out these little cards and the kids were all really excited. Connor told me today that he gave his to a friend at school. His friend set it out on his desk to look at. Connor could see it meant a lot to his friend. 

I've come to the conclusion that sometimes it's a gift NOT to give. Sometimes when we are willing to accept less... a wonderful lesson is learned. And a real gift is recognized. How grateful I am to Heavenly Father for giving the savior to our world. A gift I will forever cherish.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

A new chapter...

Yes I know. I've been a terrible blogger. You see I have this thing called college that seriously puts a damper on free time. I embarked on the quest of going back to school back in June...and things have been interesting to say the least. Chris and I prayed and pondered whether it would be the right decision for our family and came to the conclusion that YES it would be. It's all online, and eventually the hope is that I can graduate and work along side my hottie husband as a Licensed Denturist. Like I said, that is the I have to make it a reality.

I've never seen my husband be more supportive. I always knew he was amazing but in June when I first started it was extremely overwhelming at times. Lots of tears and even more late nights that turned into early mornings and I pretty much lived on Mountain Dew just to stay awake. Thankfully the hardest terms are behind me and even though I still have a long way to go...I know I have the support to make it happen.

Now if I can just tell my brain to keep up, all will be well.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

You go miss Minnie...

Halee is one creative child. She did NOT get this from me. I'm so un crafty it's pathetic. She loves Pinterest and made these Mickey/Minnie ears for a disney themed dance. Halee will be that mom that goes all out on making halloween costumes for her kids one day. 

I feel my saviors love...

This is one of my favorite photos. A reminder that the savior has a love for all. No matter where you are, or who you are.

A very special thing happened to me today. To our family. A knock came at our door around 9:30am. Chris answered it and I could hear from my room a young lady crying and begging for help. I heard her saying "my mom left me all alone at my house." And "I need to get to church...I need help." And "I don't know what to do...please help me?" I rushed into the room to find a woman about 30 years old, much younger mentally, and very afraid and alone. She had an oversized coat on and carried a bible.

As I listened to her something happened to my heart. It opened up and I felt an outpouring of love and compassion for this woman I had never felt for any other stranger. My heart literally swelled. I would have done or given anything to help this sweet, scared woman. I hugged her. I vowed to help her. I reassured her. Chris brought her to her church where she felt safe, and no longer afraid.

It was an experience Chris and I both think did not happen by chance. It's easy to get caught up in life. Or should I say "lifeless" things. I needed to be reminded that the saviors love is the greatest love that has and WILL ever exist. I felt a little taste of his love when my heart opened up today. I felt the love for this woman that the savior feels for me. 

I needed that. And someone knew that I needed that.