15 September 2010


This picture of our family was taken about nine months ago, just before our youngest turned two. I'm awful about family pictures. Photos of the kids - plenty of those - portraits with us all, though, I'm not so diligent.

I am posting this one today because I love it, but also because lately I have been surrounded by people with marital problems, relationship problems, family problems. We are far from perfect. Not every moment at our house or in our lives is complete bliss, but, we are a family. We are sealed together forever. We will work together, play together and learn together. I am grateful every day to a loving Father in Heaven who allows me to fix mistakes, grow as His daughter, and be my own person. In a world that seems to be full of contention and discord, I am secure in the knowledge that my family can be forever.

10 September 2010


Josephine just loves her mother. She shows me every morning when I TRY to take her to school. She won't just jump out of the van and skip merrily to class. No. I have to walk in the building with her, deposit her to her classroom, where her patient and understanding teacher then peels her away from me so that I might escape. Some of her older sisters went through a phase like this, but, not to this extreme or for this long.

The first help in this situation of cutting the apron strings was a friend from church. "E" is in kindergarten at Josephine's school, though not in the same class. Her family lives not far from us. So all last week, Josephine (and Charlotte) were able to ride to class with "E" and her Mom. The first day, Josephine refused to get into their van, but, the second day, she hopped right in and didn't look back. "E" walks home in the afternoons with our little ladies, Charlie and Joey, so that helps, too.

And then, after about a week of riding with "E" in the mornings, Joey announces that she is ready to ride her bike. Charlotte was thrilled, since she has patiently been waiting for her little sister to brave the bike ride. One step at a time, I suppose. Go, Josephine, go!

07 September 2010

Mojo 155

Mojo Monday had to wait until Tuesday this week - Labor Day picnics trump cards, sorry! (No pun intended...)

First the sketch from Mojo Monday and my entry. Yes, it's a Mother's Day card. Hey, you can never be too early for your Mom, right?

04 September 2010

Date Night

We have five kids. Five kids can get all piled together pretty easily. It's important, but, not always easy, to single them each out for a little time away from the pack. That's what happened this weekend, though it was all by happy accident.

Rachel had a get-together for the youth in our ward. Samantha had an invitation to go four wheeling with her friend at the lake. Charlotte was invited to a friend's house to watch the Camp Rock II premiere with more than a half dozen other friends.

What about Josephine and Jay? We made it a date night. Ice cream and playing at the park. All smiles!

02 September 2010

On The Road to Recovery ....

James has been "down" since January of this year with a back injury and the resulting treatments, physical therapies and surgery. It's been a hard year. Last week, though, he had his follow up with the surgeon and got great news - his vertebrae are fused! James can now get off of the couch he has occupied for the last seven months and join us in living life.

James and his exercise partner, Jay Michael.

On the down side, I had to iron a shirt for church for him for the first time in seven months; I haven't missed ironing....

Now he'll have seven weeks of physical therapy and exercise then, after another doctor's visit - back to work! Wow. He will back to his old basketball playing, rough-housing with the kiddos self before long.