Saturday, July 12, 2008

On The Road Again

Our ox has been in the mire. Mike faithfully reported to work on Monday in Salt Lake City and my girls went to girls camp all week, so my help from them was zero. I also have a 2 year old boy full of spunk, but the incredibly gracious help from my mother in law who took Harper from Weds-Thurs morning really took some weight off, and Amber Horspool who cleaned my stove and took Harper today for me. Packing a 3300 sq foot house with 7 people's stuff in it is no easy task, but I'm almost done. I haven't slept, I haven't really eaten, but it's amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.

We won't be posting for a while, I don't know when we'll have internet. I'd write in the morning, but I still need to get the truck loaded and find a place to put our van for a few weeks/month, and then Harper and I will be on the road for a 13 hour, non-stop, fast paced 55 mile per hour drive to Salt Lake City. I'm also so greatful to Kj and Kev for opening their home to Mike while he's up there waiting for me. Thanks guys! It means so much, you have no idea.

See ya soon °Ü°

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Most Glamourous Wedding Album Of All Time

ions Bubba and Pam! (yes, I intentionally left a space in the word Congratulations. Watch til the end to see why)

Also...getting married next to the parking lot of a Waffle House is almost as glamourous and classy as getting married next to a Home Depot...almost.

Please do enjoy the music by 98 Degrees, and make sure you have a kleenex handy for the tears that are sure to flow.

Update! The video was pulled down...too much glamour for the world.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

And On A Serious Note:

I miss my boys. The weather is warm, the breeze is still cool. I am so used to the sound of them playing in the backyard, but it's so quiet right now. They've only been gone for 4 days, but still, I count them as days that I don't get to giggle with Jonah in the morning about how crazy Harper's bed head is...or days that I don't get to snuggle with Casey while we watch Ghost Hunters re-runs. Still, I'm greatful that they're with me. I'm just greatful for my kids. Something happened lately that has caused me to really think about them, and I've come to the realization that I have really cool kids. They're good kids. They really are.

Tiff asked me tonight if Mike and I would help her financially if she gets into a bind when she moves out, or gets married or whatever. "Of course we would" I responded. She half smiled and said "even if it's lots of times? Even if I was too scared to ask you?" I nodded yes again. "I know you would" she whispered, and continued on unloading the dishwasher. I love that she has a sense of security when she thinks about us. I love that she knows that we're here for her.

There are a million things I call my "favorite" but there are 6 things I call my "treasures". They all live in my home with me. My 5 plus my sweet husband. I love that they feel comfortable in our home, and that their friends feel welcome here. We may not have the tidiest house, but we certainly have a happy one.

On Sunday, we watched a video that our bishop brought to show for our 5th Sunday combined lesson. He showed 3 ten minute talks by a couple of the general authorities and one by the prophet, and my favorite one shown was a discussion that went through the Family Proclamation line by line by Boyd K. Packer (click and you can read/watch/listen to the 10 minute talk I'm speaking about) Mike sat by my side as we listened, and when a topic we'd been discussing lately was brought up, he'd squeeze my hand, just to make sure I knew he was also listening.

We've spent a lot of time at the temple lately. There are questions we need answers to, prayers to be said, quiet thinking and pondering to be done... We are learning lessons. We are being humbled. We're learning to accept help, how to be generous with the meager things we do have. We've certainly learned the value of good friends and supportive family members, especially those family members who are not members of our faith. How lucky we are to have friends and family who listen to the promptings of the spirit, who call us to just ask if we need anything. (especially on days like TODAY when we're praying for a miracle) How lucky we are to have this:

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Susan Nelson -----> Bono...ROCK!

MyHeritage: Celebrity Morph - Black and white photographs - Vintage photos

Alli -----> The Ever Annoying Celine Dion

MyHeritage: Celebrity Morph - Genealogy sites - Roots

Shauna O. -----> Meryl Streep

MyHeritage: Family tree - Genealogy - Celebrity

John Oblad -----> Tony Blair

MyHeritage: Celebrity Morph - Family reunion - Descendants

Kenzie -----> Raven Symone

MyHeritage: Celebrity Morph - Family photographs - Roots

Harper ------> Namie Amuro, Queen of Japanese Pop!

MyHeritage: Celebrity Morph - Geneology - Roots

Harper -------> Condoleezza Rice

MyHeritage: Celebrity Morph - Free genealogy - Yad Vashem research

Mike -----> Apolo Anton Ono

MyHeritage: Celebrity Morph - Geneology - Free family tree