Wednesday, April 2, 2014

We've done some coming and going over the past few weeks.  I'll try to highlight a few of the things we've done:)
The night before Grant left for Spring break, we all went to's an indoor sky diving place. I must admit, it was a blast! Everyone was cool with doing it except me...but I took several deep breaths, and it was so much fun! This was celebration for Grant's 16th birthday, which actually happened on his trip and without his parents:(

 Grant went on a cruise with his best friend's family.  Initially, Bill and I said "no way!" We kind of like to go on trips with our kids, especially big things like this.  After much contemplating, we relented.  We love the Steele family, and knew they would take great care of him.
 Here they are jumping for joy as they entered the gang way to the Oasis of the Seas.
 Sadly, Grant turned 16 without us:( The Steeles continued our family tradition of decorating with wrapping paper.  Grant doesn't seemed thrilled.
 Celebrating at dinner...Grant's not a huge fan of the dining room menu on most cruises.  I am sure he was itching to get out of the dining room and find some pizza! (Kyle's mom, Petrina, is Grant's 2nd mom...he loves her!) Thanks Steele Family for being such a great influence on our sweet son!,
 While Grant was gone, I flew back to Las Vegas with Christine, who had been here for her Spring break.  We then made the 3 hour drive north to Cedar City to visit William, NaKya and Addie!
 Here is our precious little Miss Sunshine! She is a blast!
 She is a people person. I sat on the floor mostly and she crawled over and around me. She loves attention. I could not get enough of her.
 Precious, precious baby.  Of course I am biased, but she really is a beautiful baby...beautiful skin, eyes, smile, disposition...the whole package.  She's a perfect blend of her mom and dad:)
 Sadly, I had to return home...this is an unsafe picture I took while driving...dumb, I know. I was driving through my favorite stretch of road, the Virgin River Pass, between St. George and Las Vegas. I was bummed because they are doing construction and the road narrowed to one lane...and I had to drive slow...such a bummer.
 When I arrived home, this visitor was waiting for me! Actually she had arrived a couple hours ahead of me and was sound asleep when I rolled in.  Jennie stayed for 4 days and we shopped and lunched and dinnered and pampered ourselves and saw a movie and was some great girlfriend time.
 This past weekend I spent in Seattle with these two little love birds. Tyler and Mallory (Tryon).  It was a wonderful weekend.  I was happy to be's fun to travel for these special occasions.  We have known the Tryon's since moving to Texas, almost 16 years ago.
 The happily married couple (30 minutes)
 Another happily married couple (26 years)
 A most beautiful place!
 I ventured to the water in Seattle and to this wonderful place to eat.  I ate the most incredible clam chowder and a grilled salmon BLT! So very good!
Proof that I was actually in Seattle.  I think this qualifies as a "selfie".

Friday, March 21, 2014

I am missing this young man! (and so is Bill) He is the center of our lives these days...being the only child at home:)  Certainly he is enjoying being out from under our ever watchful eyes.  He is on a cruise with his best friend, Kyle Steele and his family.  I've had a couple of dreams about him...most likely, he hasn't thought twice about home...I hope he's enjoying every minute! We did receive these two short messages from  Petrina...Grant's mom for the week. She is wonderful! He'll be home tomorrow night! Yay!

Hey Becky!
We are Cozumel and everything is going FANTASTIC!
Love to all!
we are at the grocery store in cozumel! Saw your facebook post and agree we should do a cruise together for sure!,
Everyone happy and healthy!
Love ya!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"There shall be music and flowers and joy in your home and peace and love in your heart."

These are the words that were spoken to me by the Lord, through Patriarch Olsen, when I was 15 years old.  They have always been a powerful reminder to me of the home I needed to create.  Of course, over the years and even today, there is discord.  But as I sit here at my computer, checking email and the dreaded Facebook...I can hear Grant singing. There has always been music in our home.  Indeed, all of our children LOVE music.  What a blessing their talents have been to our family, as well as to others.  Lately I have been asking Grant if there is a juke box playing in his head.  He sings all kinds of random order.  Old songs and new. Country and Hymns. Rap and Hip Hop...obviously that juke box is on the shuffle mode.  I am certainly going to miss his singing one day...I try not to think about life as an "empty nester"...Not looking forward to that day.  In the meantime, I will soak up his positive energy and pray that music will always lift, motivate and inspire him, as well as our other kids.

Friday, February 21, 2014

'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can’t satisfy?

And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise?


I loved this song the minute I heard it. I am sure I'm not unique in that I have had a few disappointments in my life...actually some pretty significant ones. However, as I have grown and matured, I have seen the "blessings" that have come from some of the struggles.  One "moment" in my life that seems to have affected me for as long as I can remember, is my parent's divorce.  I am 50...holy cow that's a lot of years:)...and I still feel the affects of the decision made by others so, so many years ago.  It's not that I live in the past, I just know that the scars remain.  I can still vividly remember a boyfriend, with all the tact he could muster, saying to a sensitive 18 year old me, "because your parents are divorced, is that an option for you?"  I was sad and crushed.  Most likely, and in part because I was young and immature, that question was the undoing of our relationship.  Because my parents were divorced I had decided early on that I would do all in my power NOT to ever inflict that kind of pain onto others. So, that disappointment really taught me a lot about relationships and what was important to look for in a spouse.  A huge blessing which came from a painful experience.  

Several years ago Bill was being "sought after" by FedEx in Memphis, TN.  He'd interviewed and our entire family was booked and ready to fly out to look for houses...only to be told a day or two before we were to leave, that they had decided to hire someone "internally".  It was a major disappointment.  We were stunned.  But as we had learned to do, we soldiered on.  A few weeks later Bill interviewed for a job locally with EDS.  The opportunity came out of nowhere.  It was a much better opportunity than FedEx.  A huge blessing came after a major disappointment. 

Heavenly Father really is in control.  He knows everything and I need to remind myself of that often.  I am still trying to figure out the blessings or "mercies" from my mom passing away so young and when she was finally loving her life here in Texas...that is a puzzle for sure.  But again, Heavenly Father knows what he is doing.  

I hope I can continue to remember that "the trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights, are our mercies in disguise."  One day all of these things will make sense.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. 
-kenji miyazawa

I read this on a blog I follow.  And I LOVE it! Life is good, but occasionally we run into pain.  I hope to remember these words when those painful times come...and they will.  They always do.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I miss this little girl today. A lot.

Living so far away from her is for the birds! At this point, we won't see her until the summer.  That's just too darn long. I(we) am trying to figure a way to visit her and bother her parents before then.  We'll see if I(we) am successful.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ok, so I am totally plagiarizing...I took the following quote from a blog I read because it is exactly how I brought tears to my eyes when I read spoke truth...

"I don't know where I will be in 10 years.  
I know that wherever I am, as long as Bill (the writer wrote her husband's name here) is by my side
and my children still love me- It will all be right."
Bill and I often think ahead a bit and ponder on where we will be and what our lives will look like a few years down the road.  We do hope to retire someday and serve another mission for the church...we'd like to be living closer to our children and grand child(ren) and travel to a ton of new places.  We also wonder what the lives of our children will look like in a few years.  What career paths they will take and what personal choices they will make.  Will everything look as I (we) have envisioned them?  Perhaps things will look a little different in the years to come, perhaps not.  But at the end of the day, as long as Bill and I are beside one another and our children love us, then life will be good.