My Family

"Life will knock you down. You can choose to stand up again."

Monday, July 16, 2018

Always Known

I love, love, love this!

It has been a rough few weeks... actually a rough few months... okay, it's been a rough SEVERAL years! For all of us, really. Classrooms to go through. Lessons to learn. Courage to practice. Heart break. Fear. Frustration. We all have these feelings and emotions. We all have things in our lives that are hard! Like, really hard! We also ALL have Christ. He knows us perfectly. He hears us. He loves us so dang much. More than we can comprehend.

And, when we look and listen we all have really great weeks and months and years. There are always, always joys along the journey. Always.

Joys like Jackson bringing me home ice cream.

Joys like making my children dinner every night.

Joys like hugs from Colton.

Joys like knowing that Kaydon is learning and growing at scout camp this week.

Joys like exercising my body each day because I can.

Joys like walking in on Jackson and Braxton talking to Lila about possibly baptizing Ja'Mari and ordaining him to the Aaronic Priesthood.

Joys like people offering to help support Jackson on his mission.

Joys like having a job that is good and stable.

Joys like smiles and hugs and positive affirmations.

So much joy!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Happy Freaking Weekend!!

Oh my goodness! I am so dang thankful for this weekend to be here! I have felt so much peace and so much comfort and love for the last two days... since my boy gave me a blessing.

I get to go down to Utah County tomorrow and have some girl time with my T, Melissa and Lakeita to celebrate my T's birthday! Oh, how I love her so big.

I have a fantastic sale going on today on my group site. I will be having Friday Dealios... I love that I can share the goodness with people who have been so supportive!

Still no mission call! The computer shows it is "in progress." Awwww!!! We are excited and anxious. We will be having the call-opening at Layton Park on the evening that he receives it. R goes out of town next Wednesday, so we will FaceTime him in if he is out of town. We will also FaceTime in Logan and Skipper and Grandma and Grandpa Nef and whomever else we can! This boy of mine is so ready and so prepared. I just love him!

Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Where's My Sign?!

I must have a sign on my body somewhere in BIG neon letters that says, "Please! If you have mental illness that you refuse to get treated, pick me!"

For real... I just haven't found the sign yet. I'll keep looking for future safety!

My T. Oh, my T. This girl knows everything about me and still loves me. She is strong and courageous and full of her very own trials, but never ceases to love me. She sent me this quote yesterday:

When I got home last night, my Jackson gave me a Priesthood blessing. My son. My baby boy. He put his hands on my head and gave the most beautiful, pure, powerful Priesthood blessing. Then he went back to the bishop's house with Braxton to plan for future Priest activities because Jackson has been released as, and Braxton called as, the Priest Quorum First Assistant.

These boys continue to amaze me and make me so proud every single day. I love them so big!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I Did It!

I am seriously thrilled at my accomplishments!

I am so grateful for the rewards that I received from Younique Corporate for meeting my personal goals. I am so grateful for every single person who supports me and my business by liking, sharing, watching my hot-mess Facebook lives, purchasing, etc. I am so thankful for this opportunity to get my boys and I out of debt and spread some self-love!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Jackson's Ordination

Yesterday, my Jackson was ordained to the Melchezidek Priesthood, and office of an Elder in the LDS Church. It was beautiful. Our family was there, as they always are, to support him.

Jackson and Kaydon both spoke in Sacrament Meeting... which is always awesome. My kids are so good at public speaking. They talked about their Trek experiences. I love listening to their talks because I learn far more about their experiences when they have to write it out and REALLY talk about it!

After Sacrament Meeting, we all gathered in Bishop's office. We were waiting on Pops and Nana, so Brother Randall asked that we go around the room and bear our testimonies. I was the first one... of course. Then Kaydon, Colton, Grandma, Papa, Brandon, Bishop, Brother Randall, Tina (Grandma Tina), Randy, Braxton, then Jackson. It was beautiful. The Spirit was strong. Jackson is so loved. Pops and Nana came. Nana bore her testimony. Then, the men in the room who hold the higher priesthood surround Jackson with their hands on his head while Pops ordained him and gave him a blessing. It was extraordinary.

I am so thankful for the men who surrounded Jackson. They are the men who have molded him and taught him and trained him and loved him. We are so blessed to be surrounded by love. Oh, this boy of mine! We finally have the Melchezidek Priesthood in our home. What an incredible blessing!

Friday, July 6, 2018

B Money

This boy came home from work last night just as Colton was asking me to cut his hair. Braxton kindly told Colton to get the stuff out to cut his hair. I went out of my bedroom, where I ran to for some solace from the day at work. I heard Braxton taking care of the haircut for me. It looked so good!

Braxton is my kind-hearted, always thinking of creative ways to show people he loves them, kiddo. He leaves me cards or notes, makes crafts for me to put in my room, tucks me in and kisses my cheek, takes Colton on a walk or a drive to give everyone a break... He is always thinking of ways to make people feel better.

I know that in his own mind, he is preparing himself to be the man of the house when Jackson leaves on his mission. I hate that my boys feel that pressure and responsibility, but at the same time I love it. They are independent, hard-working, mindful boys who are aware of their surroundings and their circumstances. I am so proud of every single one of them!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

V for Victory!

Yesterday morning, Kaydon opened my bedroom door - where I still lay in bed - and asked me to go hike Adam's Canyon with him. I told him that Jackson had to work and we wouldn't have a car. The truth was that Jackson didn't have to be to work for four hours and I was just scared to do something that I haven't done since the stroke. So, I got out of bed and told him that I would drink my protein shake, see if we could get out of the complex (parade) and go. And we did.

Kaydon is my boy who RUNS up the switch backs and then runs up the high peaks. I told him that I would be much slower than usual and that I needed to pace myself and listen to my body. (note: second stroke on Father's Day) I figured it was driving him nuts when I had to stop and catch my breath after every two to three switch backs. He told me it was just fine! And, up we went. All the way up to the top. I was overjoyed! I was SO happy that I did it and that I felt great! It was so beautiful... it always is! The views are incredible. The sound of the stream is so soothing. There were about 10,000 other people up there, too, but I didn't even care!

I am SO full of gratitude for a body that works well enough to take care of my daily needs. I am so thankful for my children who push me and support me. I am so thankful for freedom, flags, and the most beautiful place to live. I am so thankful for hard things and for victories - big and small!