Friday, December 19, 2008

Married For A Decade

Can it really be 10 years that we are celebrating today? Are we that old? j/k Maybe it's because sometimes I still feel like we're newly weds. Then again that could be from being apart from each other for a year and year plus at a time. This year has certainly had it's tears of joy and it's heartaches. I'm glad that we can go through both and it has only strengthened us as a couple.

I'm so grateful to have you by my side again. It's been wonderful to watch you with the girls and hear their laughter when you play with them. I've loved watching you tuck them in and see you check on them as they're sleeping. It's been so nice to enjoy family dinners with you and go on walks when we're through. It's been a wonderful thing to hold your hand again. You wouldn't believe how much I missed something so simple.

I'm so glad my brother Tim and his family will be watching the girls for us this weekend as we head to the of our favorite places. I love you Darryl and I'm so happy to have spent the last 10 years with my husband and best friend.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wow...for me?!

My friends Blaire and Drew gave me this award.
Thanks for not letting me be a quitter!!
Here are the rules for receiving the fabulous award:

1. You have to pass it on to 5 other fabulous blogs in a post.
2. You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions in the post.
3. You must copy and paste the rules and the instructions below in the post.

Instructions: On your post of receiving this award, make sure you include the person that gave you the award and link it back to them. When you post your five winners, make sure you link them as well. To add the award to your post, simply right-click, save image, then "add image" it in your post as a picture so your winners can save it as well. To add it to your sidebar, add the "picture" gadget. Also, don't forget to let your winners know they won an award from you by emailing them or leaving a comment on their blog.

I’m addicted to...

01. My Cannon. It just came yesterday and we are just getting to know each other.

02. Posting to my photoblog. Trying to find that one picture a day that might actually
be good.

03. Face Book. Where else can you see what everyone is up to, even your kindergarten

04. Twilight. Ok this one is probably shared by many but some don't want to admit it
Here is my admission.

05. My FAMILY. They are my everything. I'm so grateful for them in my life.

my 5 blogger awards go to...

01. Laurie Layer. Because she is my most favorite Twilight fan and she's not afraid to admit it.

02. Amy Kauer. She is a dear friend and is the" jill of all trades". She is always sharing or learning a new talent.

03. Sarah Arnett. Love Sarah's sense of humor. Her posts are always making me laugh or it's something I can relate to.

04. Jamie Chiara. Jamie could be writing in newpapers or magazines. Her posts and pictures are always amazing.

05. April Clark. Because she says it like it is. Loved her Not Quitting post and it has inspired me as well as Blaire and Drew. I'm so grateful to have such wonderful friends who don't let you quit.


Thursday, October 30, 2008


So we finally made it to our destination..*actually about a month ago at the end of September is when we officially arrived. We live in the town of Evans a little city connected to Augusta, Georgia. If you're into golf it's where the big Masters tournament is held.

I must admit when we first arrived in Georgia it was oh so different then Washington state it took a little getting used to. Besides the fact that it was still near 90 degrees and very humid. Have I mentioned the bugs yet? Well there are a lot of them. Everyone has a "Bug Man" who comes and sprays regularly. We've had some issues w/ ants but my personal "bug man" has kept them at bay. Guess we'll have to hire one here soon.

Ok, this is probably sounding really negative but I have to say I am really enjoying our Georgia adventure so far and am loving it here. We've already visited my family in Florida two times..that definitely beats flying all day and paying for expensive plane tickets. It's only about a six hour drive. My sister and her family moved to Fort Benning this past summer, so now we're only 3 hours apart. I'm so excited to see and spend more time with her and her family. Our neighbors are nice and the ward is friendly and there's plenty to say about all of the southern hospitality. I feel like Paula Dean might just jump out from behind one of the bushes. It's still hard to be the new guys though. I'm loving the weather now..I won't say very much more about that I promise. It was so hard when we lived in WA during the rainy months when my parents would talk about their Florida weather.

I've had some friends ask about our house and where we're living. Sometimes it's better to picture things when you have a picture. We're just renting right now with an option to buy. We didn't get a chance to go house hunting before we moved and we thought this might be the best option to see what is down here. Basically I just looked for a good school and went from there. We definitely don't live across the street from the base anymore (a very nice luxury in WA). You're usually hard pressed to find a nice neighborhood so close to an Army base like that. So Darryl has a 30 minute commute to work. We sure miss him especially @ lunch time. So this is where we are living for now. There are definitely some pros and cons to this house so we're also working with a realtor. We're loving our new Georgia adventure..most importantly we're loving Daddy being home with us and in a position at work where he'll be teaching and non deployable. We miss our dear friends in WA terribly. There will always be a special place in my heart for WA but especially the friends we met there and will keep always.

P.S. I'll be sending our new address via email..don't forget to check :O)

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Of course when you look out your front window and see this...AKA Powder Works Park. Just opened July 08'.

Or I could walk a block to the new middle school and start playing this...

You know something like this was bound to happen....

Just when your world seems perfect...a new adventure waits on the horizon. We miss Dupont and Washington but most especially the friends we hold dear in our heart.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Fall Colors Already

So usually around this time of the year in Washington state it makes me a little sad to see fall colors already out and the leaves already falling. This year I'm so glad to see a little bit of color early before we move to Georgia. Hard to believe we've lived in Washington for 6 years. That is the longest Darryl and I have lived in one area. I think the longest Darryl has lived his whole life.

We've had so much going on this summer I haven't been able to acknowledge this moving thing very much. And all of a sudden here we are just a few weeks out. There are so many people and things we will miss about WA I can't even start to name them all. There are so many places I would still like to go before we leave..I just hope we can fit one or two in.

So here's a big thank you going out to Mother Nature here in WA so we can savor a little bit of fall and WA before our move.

Monday, August 18, 2008

"The" Movie Update

Ok I just had to share..just in time for my birthday weekend.

Movie News Flash!

So, many of you have heard that the release of the sixth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has been moved from this Thanksgiving to next summer. First and foremost, please know that this schedule change has absolutely nothing to do with Twilight, me, or Summit Films (so enough with the imdb death wishes, okay?). This is Warner Bros. decision, and it was not motivated by anything Twilight-related.

Now for the good news! Though we're all sad to have to wait for Harry Potter, this open spot at the theater creates a cool opportunity. The good people at Summit were thrilled to let me know that now Twilight fans are going to get their movie three weeks earlier than scheduled. That's right—Twilight will be released in theaters November 21st! Let the merry-making commence!


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Back In The Saddle Again!!!

I'm in blogging mode much to catch up on.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Welcome Home Daddy

The plane has landed, the countdown clock is complete, and Daddy is safe at HOME in our arms again. Reunited as a family, the moment will forever be etched in my mind. We've waited so long for this day. And now it is finally here. Words cannot describe the outpouring of emotions we feel. After 15 months Daddy is finally home!

The outcome...priceless. What happened before hand, not so much how I pictured it. As I look back at it now I'm starting to see the humor in it. Hopefully I'll find it even more humorous as time goes by because in the moment it was kind of frustrating. Let me just fill you in on some of the details. Darryls return date has always been somewhat of a mystery to us, so I figured we wouldn't find out the official time he would arrive until right before the big event. This did seem to be the case as we were finding out the day before his arrival, that the plane would be landing at 6am on June 10th. Hmmm I'm not so much of a morning person so I figured setting the alarm clock would be easy enough. Evidently it wasn't, luckily I woke up on my own at 5:30am, not usually what happens. I knew I wouldn't have time to take a shower and get the girls ready so I figured I'd better get a move on. I must have been still half asleep and frustrated at my shower dilema because as I was running out of my bedroom to wake the girls I slammed my little toe into the wall. I thought it would be just a stubbed toe but the pain ended up not going away and I couldn't put an ounce of weight on it. So here I am no shower, broken toe, trying to get the girls ready, sounds like a fun morning.

We drive up to the gym where Darryl's Brigade will be reunited w/ their families, and there was not a parking space to be had. So I just decided to park across the street. Let me just say that was the longest hop of my life (but definitely worth it). We didn't make it to see the live video footage of Darryl's plane landing and the soldiers getting off the plane Top Gun style, but we did make it in time to get a seat and wait for about an hour for him to be bused from McChord to Fort Lewis. Cora was getting so impatient. As they lined up in formation the band played a few songs, a few words were said and they were released to their families. I decided to stay put in one place w/ my toe the way it was and let him find us. Meanwhile Cora was sobbing holding onto my leg because so many other families had already found their soldiers. It seemed like an eternity before Darryl found us. My dear friend who took these wonderful pictures finally saw him and waved him over to us.
As soon as Cora saw him she took off in a full sprint wrapped her arms around his neck and I can't remember when she finally let go. All my worries melted away at this toe, no shower, missing the plane touchdown, he was in our arms, finally here, nothing else mattered and that's how it should be. I can't thank my friend enough for being there with me, finding Darryl amongst the 315 other soldiers who all looked very similar, and taking such precious photos of a special time for our family.
That night I got on my knees and prayed with many thanks to Him for bringing us together again. My heart is so full.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Our "Vacation" to AZ

Here we are only one day to go before Darryl gets home. Could we been any more anxious or excited...I don't think so.
I wanted to post about our AZ trip before the big homecoming. My memory isn't what it used to be and I've learned if I don't write things down right away it's crazy how fast I'll forget it. Good thing for journaling.

The girls and I decided to take a trip to AZ to visit my sister and her family before they move back east to GA and it was a nice way to break up our wait time before Darryl gets home. Our good friends and neighbors the Hofers also just moved to AZ so we were excited to see their family again too. Trips are always fun to look forward to and I've had them spread out throughout this deployment which has helped us manage through.

The flying part by myself with the girls isn't my favorite thing to do, and this trip didn't help my attitude about flying solo w. them. A poor decision I made from the start was wearing white pants on the flight. What rational mom does this? I was setting myself up for something "really wrong" to happen. We are flying into the Tucson airport and I forget that it is surrounded by mountains, which means a lot of turbulence. Cora gets motion sickness and I forgot to go thru what to do if you experience this on the flight. Hmmm....good thing all she had to eat and drink all day was apple juice and pretzels. After she was finished I showed her the white baggie tucked in the seat pocket in front of us and told her what it was for. Just a little too late w/ that instruction. Oh well. At least we were renting a car at the airport and no one was going to be there to see us (and smell us) get off the air plane.

We ended up renting a Ford Edge. We definitely couldn't miss it in a parking lot because it was a nice burnt orange color. Fitting for AZ. Cora still talkes about that car and everytime she sees one that looks like it or even a car w/ the same burnt orange color she says there's our car. When Daddy gets home I want one of those. Sorry Cora we're getting another Van.
As we started our drive down to Sierra Vista Cora was so excited to see Cacuses. That is not a spelling error, she really called them that the whole time. I turned on the radio and to my surprise...Dust in the Wind came on the radio. Perfect timing as we're making the drive from Tucson to Sierra Vista...really just desert in between.

On this trip we also discovered Shay has alergies in the desert just like her Daddy. Her nose was running the whole time and the drainage would go down into her tummy and the poor little girl would have her tummy get upset almost everynight. Needless to say we were doing laundry everyday. Good thing my sister lives on post where they don't have to pay for water.

My cute little nephew van ended up getting a serious case of the hives when we were there as well. Poor little guy. They honestly covered his body from head to toe.

More and more this vacation was sounding like one out of the National Lampoons Vacation movies.

Aside from all this we did have a great trip and it was wonderful to see all the cousins play together. Lisa's husband JC watched the kiddos so we could have a sisters' night out. Thank you JC! We went and saw Baby's Mama but I think we were laughing more at the theater than the movie. We always have a great time together no matter what we do. We had a "Survivor Finale night" w. our dear friends the Hofers. So much fun to watch it w/ friends then by myself. We went to see these cool underground caves the "Colossal Cave" in fact and it reminded Lisa and I of one of our favorite movies Goonies.

I'm so glad we took this trip. I love to travel and see beauty in all places and landscapes. Coming from green WA it was amazing to see the desert and all of its beauty and especially the awesome sunsets. It was a great trip and I am happy to report after some dramamine and more instruction we didn't have any mishaps on the flight home. Until our friend picked us up from the airport and Shay started getting sick in their new van...shoot. All in all we loved our trip and would do it again for sure *especially because we'll be traveling w/ Darryl on our next trip!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

She's got talent

My sister Lisa that is. We just went to visit with her and her family in Arizona
and had a great time. But that is another post. This post is for me to commend her artistic ability and showcase one of her talents so that it can be in my journal and on my walls. I've always wanted to have visual talents. Unfortunately If I want to do better in that area I will have to take a lot more art classes because it doesn't come as easily as it does to my sister Lisa. Here are some pictures she drew of Cora and Shay. I have included the photos she used to draw her pictures. When I went to have them professionally framed last month the guy behind the counter was really impressed and said she should do this for a living. Hmmm..just a thought Lisa. I love you so much and I am grateful you have shared your talent with me. Thank you for these gifts that will be treasured all my life. (If we ever have a fire, *knock on wood* which I hope we don't, I'll be grabing them off the wall on the way out.)

Friday, May 30, 2008

Giving Thanks

Solo Point at sunset.
I thought it was kind of fitting with the name, sunset, at the end of Darryl's deployment.

Ok I know it's been a while, and I've been informed by some that I am way behind and will be lost in the blogging world if I don't make some updates.
So maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit.

I just have to beam. Take a look at the countdown clock over in the right hand corner. I can put partial blame for my lack of posts lately due to cleaning, preparing, getting ready for Darryl's return. I can't even believe it's almost here. I haven't really let myself talk about it too much because I get so emotional when I think of him in our arms again. We just cannot wait. It's been a l-o-n-g 15 months without him.

I was talking to a friend the other day and she mentioned my blog and how a lot of my posts concentrate on the being "grateful" theme. I was thinking about this, and really during this time in our lives I couldn't be more grateful to a loving Father in Heaven who has watched over Darryl while in a war zone both spiritually and physically. I thank him every morning and night and always in my heart. I'm grateful He's watched over and protected our family here at home as well. There were many nights when I would end up scaring myself because of a noise or thought that had come into my mind, and then prayed and was able to feel better and go to sleep in peace. I'm grateful to family and friends for their thoughts and prayers in ours and Darryl's behalf. There were so many moments when I felt my energy and stamina were renewed and I was able to not only press on but to do so positively. We were so happy to have visits from Darryl's sister Rebecca and my sister Lisa and nephews last summer. To my parents who let us come and visit during Darryl's R&R in October and then let us stay through the holidays so that we weren't at home alone. My undieing thanks go out to friends that checked in on us, had us for dinner, made dinner for us, brought us treats, helped w/ yard work, helped w/ the computer, and were just there to talk to, laugh, and cry with (and of course blog with). It made all the difference in the world. All of those gestures never went unnoticed or unappreciated.
This definitely has been a season of thanks and gratitude for me. May that virture always be a priority in my life.
* Stay tunned for reunion pictures!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Deception Pass

I wanted to post part II of our tulip fest before we head to AZ to visit my sister w/ more adventures and pictures.Here are the girls and I at Deception Pass. A bridge that spans this beautifully colored water, that I had read is the most photographed location in WA. Before we witnessed this site, I found it hard to believe. Especially with landmarks such as Mt Rainier and Mt St. Helens. Seeing is believeing. This stretch of land was amazing. The nature lover in me was so excited to see such breath taking scenery. The water and the islands were just beautiful. I definitely would like to go up there exploring again on the trails. Or maybe some bungee jumping. Doesn't that bridge look perfect for that?

Shay did not want to be held that day. Not a great place to be wiggling and squirming out of my arms. The scariest moment of the trip was when we were walking over the bridge, cars on one side of us, and huge death drop off the bridge on the other side. Shay just couldn't be content in my arms. She was wearing a wind breaker jacket that was a little slippery and I had to litterally hold on to her for dear life. We didn't make it too far across the bridge before we were headed back to a safe place. So long, to my calm mellow baby who always wanted to be held. Say hello to my soon to be two year old who is ready for adventure and has an adventurous big sister to lead the way.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Tulip Adventure

Can I just say that I was in tulip heaven these last 2 days. We've lived in WA since January 2002 and this is the first spring I've been able to go up and witness the beautiful ribbons of colorful tulips up at the Skagit Co. Tulip festival.
Honestly, I'd like to think I might have been one of the many landscapers in the premortal existance. Not that I'm great at it here on earth, but to me, not a lot compares to natures beauty. So here are a couple of my favorite "still" subjects. The shots with my cute little moving subjects are yet to come. They definitely were not as cooperative as the flowers but you do what you can.

It was so hard to pick my favorite shots out of the plethera of pictures taken. I think these couple will be emailed off to the Costco photo dept and adorn the walls of my guest bathroom. This room is on my list to paint before Darryl comes home. I better get on that ASAP. (That feels so good to say). I was going to go for the beach it will be my tulip room. Hope he doesn't mind the flowers.

So when we heard that the weather on Friday up in Tulip land was going to be less than favorable, we ventured out just before dusk to see if we could catch a glimpse of the tulips. The best part to me was that we not only got to see the tulips but the tulips and the sunset. Two of my favorite things...together!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Favorite Things

Now that our flowers have been blooming Cora is so excited to check on their progress every day. I am so glad she shares my passion for flowers, plants, and trees.

Some of her other favorites right now:

Movie/Song~ Enchanted, esp. the song "That's How You Know" She could sing and dance to that song all day and not even watch the rest of the movie. *(Ok, that is my favorite part too and we all like to sing and dance together w/ Shay as our backup singer/dancer).
Food~ pizza
Color~ pink like our tulips
TV Show~ Kai-Lan (sp?)
Toy~ Little Pet Shop animals
Activities~ cartwheels, playing games on Noggin, hitting the ball with her Dora bat, swimming in the indoor pool on post

Cora is growing so fast. She sees it too. She'll often make comments that her feet are growing and how she can see her self without the stool in the mirrors around the house. Cora, you are one of my favorite things for sure.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Beautiful Day

What a gorgeous day. A 10 in my book. The girls and I were down in Olympia for a birthday party. The party was right across the street from the Capitol building. I think it is so neat we live so close to Washington's state capitol. I love seeing this building nestled in the trees from the highway as we pass. Seeing it up close today with the cherry blossoms was a treat. I grew up in the Maryland/DC area so it reminded me a lot of the Washington DC monuments and the cherry blossoms in the spring. Just beautiful.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

When Life Gives You Lemons

Gosh, it's hard to even put this picture amongst the rest I have on here. But things like this in life happen. Rough week last Friday, but it could've been worse.
It's always good to see the bright side of a situation right. Thank goodness no one was hurt. Now it's just dealing with insurance companies and such. A lot of little light bulbs went on for me after this incident. Why is it we learn so much more from the trials in life. I wish we could do all of our learning when everything is hunky dory. (Did I just write that?:) All in all I look at it as we really don't know when our time here on earth is finished. It can all be taken from us so fast. You always get those emails about living in the now and to tell the ones you love that you love them. As a certified procrastinator, this message came through crystal clear after this incident. Live in the now...the best you know how. Don't put off tomorrow, the things you can do today. Time to make the lemonade.

The Sunday after the accident we stopped to enjoy a little sun. It was nice to see the blue sky.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Spring Has Sprung

I know I'm almost a week late with my title. For some reason I kept looking at the calendar thinking this Thursday was the 1st day of Spring. Oh well, at least I didn't miss Easter. Look at this beautiful patch of blue sky we saw this morning. I wanted to post an update for Darryl on the status of Cora's princess tree. I think I've mentioned before that is how she is monitoring the time when Darryl gets home. She knows once the blossoms have come and gone, then the leaves, then Daddy. She has watched out her window everyday faithfully since the first buds appeared. Just in the last few days it has really started to blossom. She is so so happy. The cutest thing is Cora trying to teach Shay the song Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree, hand motions and all. I'll have to try and get that on film for Daddy. *Good news from our FRG Leader yesterday, looks like his return date will be June 5th instead of the 25th. Of course subject to change few days before or after but that was wonderful to hear. Of course we're really hoping and praying he makes it home before the 11th of June for Cora's birthday. Horay for spring!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Reflections on Easter

This is one of my favorite paintings by Greg Olson titled "He is Risen". Today I wanted to write about some of the thoughts and feelings I experienced this Easter. Our church meets at 1pm so we have ample time in the morning to do things. I started reading the March Ensign and the first article was written by President Hinckley on Testifying of Christ. With President Hinckleys recent passing, when I read this article it was as if I was hearing him speak his special testimony of the Savior. I truly felt the Spirit testify to me that the things that I was reading were true.
During church I felt the Spirit again during the talks and especially the music during sacrament meeting. My friend sang one of the special musical numbers and it is one of my favorite songs, He Came For Me. Playing now. The version I am familiar with is sung by Hillary Weeks. Music has always held a special place with me and it really helps me to feel the Spirit. This song especially. I have a special memory of listening to this song with my brother and sister that I treasure.
I teach the 3 yr olds in Primary and this was another time during my day when my testimony of the Savior was strengthened. Their childlike faith was so wonderful to see as I explained to them about the resurection of our Savior. They were so interested and genuinely expressed their love for Him.
This past week I focused a lot on myself. Easter helped to put things back into perspective. I have truly relied on the Savior this year without Darryl. I feel I have grown closer to Him and have felt His love. I know that by going through these experiences on earth it helps us gain knowledge and understanding. I love the Lord and I am grateful for this time that we celebrate that He lives and He is there for us always.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Look Daddy it's Almost Easter

The sun was peeking in and out today. So Cora took the opportunity to teach Shay how to Easter Egg hunt for the big Dupont Egg Hunt tomorrow. I don't think Cora remembers but for Shay's age group they literally just place them on the ground in a roped off area and let them loose. Cora still had fun teaching her. I think we'll even try our own Easter egg hunt at our house tomorrow.
Cora had fun coloring eggs today with her buddy Evan. She made a very special one for Daddy. It sounds like she's planning on giving it to him when he gets home in June...I might have to intervene on that one. For some reason I don't think Darryl will mind. We'll take a picture of it though. It's definitely the thought that counts.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

One Year

Today marks one year from the day Darryl left to go to Iraq. I can't believe we've come this far and made it to this milestone. In a way it is such a huge relief and I couldn't be happier. We have just about 3 months to go. I've been fighting the other emotions that I've been feeling which is the tired, worn out, are we there yet, types of feelings. I figure it's ok to feel all of them. The hardest part or the biggest speed bump that I think I have to overcome is that with Darryl's first deployment at this point he was home. Not this time. My brother Tim called on Sunday and said "don't look at where you've come from with the time that has past. Just look forward. Three months, piece of cake."
These are the latest pictures Darryl has sent. They were taken this last week he was out traveling. One of the biggest lessons I have learned during this deployment has been to learn to see things from another's point of view. As I sat home worried for Darryl's safety as a moving target, he was having totally different feelings about his sanity. Being on the base over there day in and day out in Darryl's words can start to feel like a prison. It's so restrictive and the walls start closing in around you.
Darryl was excited to travel to see new faces and people. Seeing these pictures also helped me to remember why he is there and that there is great purpose in helping these people. To hear Darryl describe these children after not seeing his own for such a long period of time was so sweet. He spoke of the way this father and grandfather were so proud holding their sweet little daughter/grandaughter up in the air so Darryl could see her. Truly children and love can break all barriers that make us different. I am so proud of Darryl and my heart is so full. He is a good and honorable man. Many look up to him and see his good example. I'm grateful for his service to his country and to the people of Iraq. Hang in there honey!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patricks Day

Shay not so happy on the green adorning holiday. Speaking of green. How come I have the hardest time finding our green clothes come today. We're not Irish but I loved this bow that my friend Sara picked up for Shay. This was the item that sparked our green clothes frenzy this morning. Hopefully after Shay takes a nap she'll be in a better mood to enjoy the green rice krispy treats I made for family night.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Pot of Gold?

Totally appropriate nature shot for the upcoming St. Patrick's day holiday. Cora was so excited when she looked out the window and spotted a rainbow. This is the
2nd day in a row we've seen one. Yay for nature and for rainbows.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

3 Little Ladies and a Bug

Watching these 3 the other day enjoying the sunshine and a lady bug was so refreshing to see. It really brought me back to the "good ol' days" of my youth when there were no worries or cares in the world. Just friends, family, and fun.
Ahh the days of our youth...definitely to be treasured. How fun to watch our own children enjoy these carefree childhood days and recall our own.

Friday, March 7, 2008


So this past week I kinda felt like this picture. The weight of our little lives on my shoulders. Darryl was off on a mission to fix computers somewhere in Iraq. He was not able to say where. I hate when he travels over there and it seems like he's been doing that an aweful lot lately. I knew we wouldn't get to talk to him for the duration of his trip, so that made the week even harder. Thanks to friends and various activities I was able to get thru and focus on other things. An email was sent to me earlier in the week by a friend where you type in your birth month and date and a scripture comes up. So here is mine.

Matthew 11:28
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

What a perfect scripture to put things in perspective.
So last night Darryl was finally able to call and said it was a successful mission. It was so good to hear his voice after a long week. Now I'm looking at that picture from a whole new point of view.

*Funny thought..might ruin the mood of the post..but I was looking at my birthday scripture thinking that would have been very appropriate for my "birth" day espcecially from my Mom's point of view.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Song Inspired Memory

I was listening to some songs tonight that I haven't heard for such a long time. Almost all of the songs we listen to lately include various Disney tunes, primary songs, or songs with some cartoon character in them. I actually came across a very special song that I first heard right after I found out we were pregnant with Cora. I Can't Count the Stars by Julie de Azevedo. To give a little bit of a back ground we had done in vitro a number of times with negative results. As we waited for news from the Doctor for the results of my blood test I think I ate a whole bag of starbursts I was so nervous. The nurse called and it was so nerveracking...she told me it was positive. I couldn't believe it and I actually asked her if she was joking (only because all of the previous times we had heard a negative answer). She said she would never joke about something like that. I couldn't get a hold of Darryl on his phone so I decided to drive on post to tell him the news in person. As I was driving this song played on my CD and my spirit just soared. In all of our years of trying to get pregnant our dream had finally come true. So many prayers, fasting, shots, and surgeries brought us to that moment. Such a wonderful memory. This song made it even more special. Glad I came across it tonight.