"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Glimpse at Fort Knox

I found this on Youtube and thought you all might enjoy seeing a bit of what Justin might be going through. This all looks like things he would love. We got about a 20 second call from him yesterday morning at about 7:00 a.m. He only had time to say that he was there and safe and all of his clothes and supplies had been issued. We tried to ask a few questions but he said "gotta go I'm getting yelled at". What an experience!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Justin is Off

It's official. Justin is now a soldier in the United States Army Reserves. The recruiter picked him up a little after 11:00 this morning with nothing but the pack on his back. We hugged, we cried and then he was off.
We let him choose his favorite meal last night. Burgers! I kinda thought he might pick something a little fancier. Nope not my Justin. We doctored them up with bacon, sauted mushrooms, roasted jalapenos and tomatoes from the garden. Delicious! Then we had a special Family Night. Dathan gave Justin a beautiful blessing. How grateful I am to have the priesthood in our home.

We had a family get together on Sunday. Cousins, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents all came to say goodbye. I didn't get very many pictures. Erin will you e-mail me the ones with you, Patrick and Cal?
Well my little boy is all grown up. Keep him in your prayers. I know these next few weeks will be rough.
Erin helped him set up a blog. We don't know when he will have access to a computer but if you will jump over and leave him a comment I know he would love it.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Family 5K/1Mile Run

So many fun and exciting things have been going on in our lives I thought I better hurry and document them before I start forgetting the details.The first week of June our family decided to run in our first ever 5k. Actually Lonica and I did the 1 mile and Dathan and the boys ran the 5k. It was so much fun. We all had a great time and did surprisingly well considering that none of us are really runners.The boys were amazing. Out of a couple hundred runners, Justin and Jalen came in together taking 4th and 5th place. Johnny was right behind them and came in 8th overall and taking 1st place in his age group. Dathan amazed me as well. He hurried home from a long day at work to join us. It was awesome watching him cross the finish line.Lonica was awsome and ran the mile like it was nothing. She came in first in in her age group as well. I finished the mile without having to call an ambulance and actually finished 2nd in the women over 40 group. Yay me!
The only disappointing thing was that Jordan was not able to get off work. We had been planning this for a while and he really wanted to come. Infact, he almost lost his job over the whole incident. But hey, now that we know we can do it. There will be plenty more opportunities. It was a fun event for all of us.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

It's the Little Things

Yesterday started out rough. Jordan could not find his wallet. I had spent the ENTIRE night before puking my guts up (not fun) and was in no condition to help him look. I could tell he was worried sick. In it, was a couple hundred dollars in cash that he had just been paid. He rushed around in a panic. He called friends and the stores that he had been to the night before. His forehead was beaded with sweat when he finally had to leave the house. I was so sad.....

That afternoon he came home dragging his feet and hanging his head. Money has been tight around here and this was a huge blow. I told him not to give up, to keep looking. And so he did. About an hour later he ran into my room. The wallet had been found. With a big smile he looked up and said "Thank you Heavenly Father".

It might seem like a little thing. But to hear those words from my 20 year old son who is "not real big on religion", was a gift.

And with a humble heart I repeat. "Thank you Heavenly Father".

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Come What May

It's been a while and so much has happened in the past couple of months. Life has a way of testing you and I am learning to expect the unexpected. Thank Heaven for the blessing of family. Faith and Hope aren't always as easy as they sound. Why do I doubt? I know that I am a daughter of God. AND I KNOW THAT HE LOVES ME. Miracles happen! And thanks to the support of a loving family one seems to have come our way.