"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Monday, April 28, 2014

prom 2014

I remember walking into the bathroom and finding this little twenty-one month old girl sitting inside the top drawer of the bathroom counter with her face shmeared with all ... and I do mean all ... of my "makeups" .... which was the only word she would say over and over when I caught her.

It hurts my heart to see little girls turn into beautiful young women.

It makes my heart leap just a bit, too.

We sewed a dress. We jewelry shopped. We youtube-d hair do's. We splurged on a manicure. 

But in spite of our best efforts, believe if or not she was still prettier inside than out.









































Wednesday, April 23, 2014

easter in too many pictures -- 2014

The kids were a buzz of excitement Friday night.

I couldn't figure it out. Easter is a pretty simple holiday for us. 

I tucked in boys who, yes, still love to be tucked in. Christian said, "I'm so excited about tomorrow. I just love getting to be outside with the whole family being together."

Thank heavens for complying weather because I couldn't agree more. It was great to hit the pause button on busy life and just be.

The day began with a cleaning of our church building with a few other families, a fun family breakfast at a local restaurant and then home for a day of festivities.































Our Sunday was very relaxed and focused on the reason for the Easter holiday.

The kids and I have been practicing with the ward choir. The boys used to protest but as their friends have joined them, they've found fun and joy in serving. Newel has joined when we needed the numbers but is mostly thrilled to watch babies so we can serve together.

Following church services, the kids were thrilled to have missionaries over for dinner. Those young men always lighten our day.

And then we wrapped it all up with cards and flowers delivered to our favorite spot in the world.


Like any family ... fun comes dotted with little tiffs and disagreements and our holidays are no different.

But this ....



This, makes all else melt away.