Wednesday, June 29

My Sweet Cousin

This is my cousin Katie.  I don't know her that well.  But we happened to be the closest family to her appointed hospital for some major surgeries she'd be undergoing this summer, so we took the opportunity to visit her and her parents before heading west.

She just went through a jaw extraction.  There were constant storms during the time she was released from the hospital, and she was in so much pain.  But she endured it as well as she could to come down and greet us.  One thing that I learned about her is that she is a fighter.  She is called to go through so much just to be able to eat normally, to breath, to speak.  She is intelligent, strong as can be, and a blessing for so many.

I am grateful for my cousin Katie.

Monday, June 27

We've Made It

It has been an incredibly long and tiring journey, but a good one.

We were able to visit one of Daniel's younger sisters, his parents on their mission, our future neighborhood,   his oldest sister and her family, and his youngest brother.  Our experiences with each were very enjoyable to say the least.

A few highlights that I'd like to note with our trip are as follows.

My husband's family is wonderful and kind beyond this world.  Unassuming, non-judgemental, respectful, loving.  I'm SO thankful for each one of their examples, which are leading me to become a better person just through knowing them.

Each child is precious and unique.  I loved getting to watch and know my little nieces and nephews better.  Kennedy, animated and matter-of-fact.  Adorable as can be, and just growing right up!   Susanna, wanting to have fun and spend time with everyone, learning new skills and having such a zest for life.  Amelia, there are no words to explain this little spit-fire cutie.  Her parents have their hands full and she's beautiful as can be.  These are only a few of many.  But I love and treasure them all and look forward to getting to know them much better.

We're here at my parent's home.  My children seem to be enjoying their time here thus far-although Angela seems pretty insecure with all the change going on, and each of them has melt-downs here and there.  But I'm happy to be here close to most of my siblings and nieces and nephews (four new nieces that I don't know yet).

It was beyond fun video conferencing for family scripture study with my sweetheart.  After the kids talked to him for a while it was my turn.  Can I just say, that when I married my husband I struck gold?  I love that man ~ and we have way too much fun together to have eight years in our back pocket (most of which has been spent just getting to know each other and learning to live together while raising little ones).  Oh how I love him!  He is the first man in my life who has always loved me openly and outwardly.  His influence in our family has been healing, exciting, interesting, and wonderful.  And through him, I have a great and large extended family whose examples are always present in my mind as I do my best to raise my family and live life to the fullest.  I'm grateful for each of you!  How far I have to go in order to emulate those characteristics that I see.  One day at a time. I'll get to where I'm going with the Lord's help.

Wednesday, June 15


Hardly anyone in my family has blogs (siblings).
I know I'm not the best blogger.  But I feel like it's pointless to write sometimes because the ones I talk to most never read my blog.

Anyhow, maybe when I move and get settled, into a routine and get some order in my life, I'll start blogging regularly.  Right now, everything is crazy.  There is no order.  There is no routine.  I finally have a plan as of how to go through the house and get ready for the movers to come.  Four kids makes it pretty much impossible to keep up with the mess, unless you never get behind.  But add in sickness, a busy day, or whatever, and you're behind.  Then there's my NEED to create.  And I can't leave projects unfinished.  So I work until they're done, feeding and changing, and playing with my kids in between.  Once I'm that far behind, it becomes way too much, unless I have my husband's support at home.

He's always working, and when he's not working, he's winding down usually with his computer in front of him.  I've learned to accept my limitations when I'm handling the load alone.

But things change.
Daniel has almost made all revisions for his dissertation recommended by his advisor at this point.  Which means he's just about DONE other than defending.  I know eventually things will be back to "normal" again.  He will be on a regular work schedule and our family will finally be on a regular schedule.  The school thing still screws everything up for me.  I've had the kids home and little for so long it seems like.  So switching from dropping off, picking up kids from school to having them home all day throws me for a loop.

The only thing about moving to NM, is that Dan will most likely become top of the list for deployment.  I figure it's probably my turn since most of my friends have been through it multiple times.  I'm just glad we'll be close enough to extended family that I will be able to travel with my kids pretty easily when I need to.

I realize this post is me venting, and has no order...exactly where I'm at right now.  I've needed to get it out for a while-and I tend to close off to everyone when big changes are happening, so maybe this will help in digging myself out of this never-ending rut.

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying my growing children, their imaginations and cuteness, and spending quality time whenever possible with my husband.  Five days till we say goodbye to Ohio for good.

Life is good.  I am blessed.

Thursday, June 2

Sewing Again

I haven't really sewed for my son at all.  Until yesterday.  Unfortunately, it seems that most things I make, whether or not in "boy" type material, have a girlish look to them.  But Hyrum loves them, and that's all that matters.

His favorite is his 'H' hat.

I also sewed a baby dress for my newest niece, and a red dress for Ang.  Need to make some adjustments, then there will be pictures to follow.

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