Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I love my father in law so much! Nathan's car was in need of some minor repairs before we make the big drive to Utah next week, and since Nathan's in Utah, the responsibility fell on my shoulders. Not to worry - here comes my father in law to save the day! Jim has been awesome. He has met me at the mechanic's and driven me back and forth to pick up the car as well. Once I got the car home, I realized that the mechanic didn't entirely fix the battery problem - well, the battery was drained, so I guess he didn't fix it at all! I mentioned this to Jim and this morning he showed up at my house with my brother in law, Ben, and got the car started and took it away to be fixed again! What a blessing that is for me right now when I've got no extra time to deal with car problems! I know Nathan appreciates it too. Thanks Jim!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day

This is the first Valentine's Day in 12 years that I didn't shave my legs. Nathan's in Utah. We secretly sent each other a package of Valentine goodies and we both received them yesterday - the same day! Instead of feeling sorry for myself today, I decided to share the love and deliver homemade Valentine cookies to my parents and my siblings. I haven't seen much of my family lately, which is a shame since we're leaving soon. We get to spend some time with Nathan's family next weekend because Ben and his family will be in town. Well, it being Valentine's Day, I'm going to write what I'll miss most about some of you people!

Mom - Everything, of course, she's my mommy! But I'll mostly miss the way she takes care of my kids when she has them. She shows them a good time and cares for them like I would care for them.
Dad - His sense of humor and hugs. He says, "I love you babe!" when he gives me a hug. I also love that he still calls me A.J.
Hailee - Her knowledge about everything. She has a lot of interesting interests!
Nate - His enthusiasm for everything he does. He also always likes to help.
Sommer - Her phone calls. She might think she calls too much, but she's the one that I know the most about.
Jeremy - His concern for all the kids. When we're all together, he seems to be keeping a watchful eye on the little ones.
Cody - He gives me hug every time he sees me - this has been the case since he was 2 years old.
Katelyn - Her youth. Hanging out with her keeps me young. She's the one that gives the oldest sister fashion and make-up tips!
Brian - He chuckles at just about everything I say. Maybe he's got a great sense of humor and laughs at everyone, but it makes me feel like I'm funny anyway!
Jim - His advice. Also his willingness to help when we ask for favors.
Peggy - Her patience with the grandkids. Nothing is ever too much when it comes to them. Oh, and her cooking - yum!
Ben - The topics of conversation become more interesting (and more humorous) when he's around.
Elisabeth - She's so easy to talk to. I could talk to her for hours.
Suzi - Her dedication to her family. She dives in and throws herself into what her kids are doing - all without a husband. Hats off to Suzi!
Terry - I already miss him. He's serving our country in the Middle East. I admire his bravery.
Jason - His beard.....no, I won't miss that! He is a hard worker though, and has been through a lot. I have seen a better man emerge through it all.
Melissa - She's the newest adult member of the family and I love how she's fitting right in. I'm also impressed with the fact that she's worked with troubled kids.
Natalie - Her sweetness. I think that would come in handy being a teacher!
Justin - His sarcasm.
All of the kids - (Jane, Lucy, Luke, Andie, Gavin, Amelia, Reese, Jackson, Mason, Nicholas, Noah, Ansley, Aubree, Kyler, Alissa, Olivia, Logan, Malachi and Maddie). I feel about them the way Dorothy feels about the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz - I think I will miss them most of all!

I will miss everyone - but not for a couple of weeks. Right now I really miss Nathan!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

My So Called Life......

It's 11 pm and this has been a different time of day for me lately. Before October 8, 2007, my husband and I would just be turning off the television and heading off to bed together to sleep, or whatever......... Nathan's been commuting to Utah for a new job. The rest of us stayed behind to sell our house - or not. Since the real estate market in Phoenix is in the Great Depression, we gave up the idea of selling a few weeks ago and put the house up for rent. We've had a lot of nibbles, but no one has taken the bait yet. I've been doing a lot of praying and have gotten back into the habit of daily scripture reading. It's amazing how my prayers and scripture reading directly co-incide with the amount of phone calls I get about the house! My faith has definately been tested the last few months, and for awhile, I think I was failing that test. But recently, I'm beginning to feel like I understand how faith works when used with diligence and patience. It will all be over soon. We are moving February 29, much to the dismay of our families. We bought a house in Utah in a neighborhood that we have fallen in love with. The many LDS children and better schools will be good for our kids. Most importantly, Nathan and I and the kids will be under one roof - what a blessing!

New Blog!

I decided to create a blog for our family. My friend, Emily, helped me out. We're taking a big leap and moving to Utah in two weeks, so this blog is primarily for our family and friends who will remain in Arizona. Hopefully I'll be good about posting pictures and keeping the fam updated with what's going on with us!