Stay-at-home-mommy to my sweet three kids, professional chef wannabe, list-making fool.
Ethan (Birthday - September 7, 2005)
About Ethan: The best big brother to his two little sisters; loves tigers, zoos, doesn't meet a stranger, and just started the second grade!
Sara Katherine (Birthday - March 7, 2007)
About Sara Katherine: Little mama to her baby sis; loves all things pink and princess, but loves to play in the dirt. Excited to have started kindergarten! She is a wonderful artist! Prissy; persistant; percocious, precious.
Clara Elyse (Birthday - January 10, 2010)
About Elyse: Loves to play with her bubba and sissy. Loves to color and draw (on my walls and carpet when I'm not looking - ugh.) Has the best sense of humor!
"Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life in the service of God will find eternal life."
"Follow your bliss." Joseph Campbell
"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired." Robert Frost
"The Lord will bless us and watch over us, sometimes dramatically. At other times, He will leave us to cope with the challenge rather than removing or diverting the challenge. He will not let us be tried beyond that which we can bear, but He will chose to push us at times. We can expect to be tested." Spencer W. Kimball
"Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?" Christoper Marlowe
"If a June night could talk, it would boast that it invented romance." Bern Williams
"Children are made readers in the laps of their parents." Emilie Burchwald
"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation stand still."
"The secret of happiness consists not of having, but of being, not of possessing, but enjoying. It is a warm glow of the heart that is at peace with itself." David O. McKay
"The Lord is not interested in our abilites or inabilities as much as He is interested in our availability. If we show him our dependability, he will take care of our capability." Spencer W. Kimball
"Patient endurance permits us to cling to our faith in the Lord and our faith in His timing when we are being tossed about by the surf of circumstance. Even when a seeming undertow grasps us, somehow, in the tumbling, we are being carried forward, though battered and bruised." Neal A. Maxwell
"Among the greatest blessings in life is to be safe with someone." Hugh B. Brown
"The greatest battles of life are fought out daily in the silent chambers of the soul." David O. McKay
"In order to exercise your faith, do something every day that scares you to death." Mary Ellen Edmonds
"Work like the devil; he's such a good example." Marion G. Romney
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
I wasn't expecting David home until late Monday night or possibly even Tuesday, but the crazy man drove 17 hours on Sunday and made it home about 9:30pm Sunday night! He wanted to totally surprise us, but he was afraid I would shoot him (literally shoot him with our pistol!) if he walked in unannounced late at night, so he called about 15 minutes before he got home. The kids were still awake so we were all able to welcome him home!
It was a long six months, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been or really as bad as I imagined it would be. My mom was here for a week here and there to help break up the monotony when it was starting to get bad. She'd help with the kids and the house and whatever else I needed and took care of baths and breakfasts and lunches, as well as giving me free reign of my days to run errands kid-free or attend the temple and stay as long as I wanted. She's a good woman. The two weeks we were able to spend with him in D.C. were such a gift. I have a really supportive church family here and some good friends from Boston and law school in the area that included us in their family outings and activities and gave us things to do on the weekends! We got a lot of snow this winter and I didn't have to shovel my driveway once as some kind neighbor would always come with their snowblower and clear it for us. The base has a great program here for families of deployed spouses and we enjoyed monthly excursions at fun, different places that were completely free. Between the busy-ness of school and the kids' activities, church callings and activities, the time did just pass on by. I thought I would be afraid to sleep in the house (with a basement!) by myself as I would get scared in New Mexico when David was gone on TDYs, but I wasn't scared one night here in his absence, and that is a blessing.
Things I am looking forward to now that David is home:
1. Not having to curl up with just my Kindle at night when going to bed!
2. Not having to sit with three kids during church by myself. That was ex-haust-ing.
3. Getting back into better meal planning. I got lazy while David was gone.
4. Grocery shopping by myself without having to watch the clock to make sure I get back to pick Elyse up on time from pre-school.
5. Not having to carry any more heavy stuff up and down our basement stairs!
6. Having David back to help answer the incessant "why" questions that my kids barrage me with and having him help settle disputes and arguments!
7. Being a complete family again. Single parenting is so hard, and I've realized in the last six months that the Lord set up the family unit exactly as he needed it to be. It's important to have a mother AND a father as there are specific things each give to their children. I have friends who single-parent all the time due to choices that were not their own and they are my heroes, and I know they have the Lord's blessings.
My family. All I have ever wanted to be was a good wife and mother.
Sunday afternoon naps
Digital photography (how did we ever survive on 35mm film?)
Good books, though I don't read nearly as much as I used to these days.
Cookbooks. I read them like novels.
Organization, of anything. I like order. The cans in my pantry are stacked by type of food (beans in this row, canned vegetables in this row, soups in this row), the files in my filing cabinet are in Alphabetical order, and things fit in my purse the same way, all the time. Madness, you say? I find that it makes my life easier when I know exactly where things are.
Being the one to get them out of their cribs in the morning/after naps
Rocking my babies to sleep
Hearing Ethan sing literally ALL the words to the Alabama fight song (I honestly don't know how he learned them all because we didn't make it a point to teach it to him)
The way the hair on my arms stands up when I see the video montage they play before kick-off at Alabama Football games