My Family

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

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Family Pictures

Friday, April 25, 2014

"That's William Penn to You"

This morning, I got to go to Kaydon's class this morning. He had to do his Colony Presentation. He wanted me there. I wanted to be there! When his teacher introduced him, she said, "Kaydon Jorgensen is ready to present." He said, "Um, that's William Penn to you." My kid is rad. This kid, who could barely read last year (in fourth grade), stood up there and read like a high schooler! I could not be more proud of him. He has come SO far! He isn't too fond of human beings, but he loves his mama. He rocked his presentation!

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Sometimes I wonder if I really, fully enjoyed every moment of my babies when they WERE babies. Now, they're taller than me! Things were really chaotic when they were little. I had a double stroller. It carried Braxton and Kaydon. I had a backpack, which toted Colton. I had Jackson, who held tight to my shirt or pants. I had a medical pole, which I pushed with my right hand, which I pushed the stroller with my left. I made it through those times, but I am not sure if I really fully enjoyed them and embraced them. Sometimes I feel like I just endured them... I just made it through. A co-worker had twins in December. I love these babies. I love my own babies, too. But, I love just holding these babies and making them smile and laugh, cuddling with them, bouncing them, talking to them, smelling them... you get the picture. They came to visit yesterday. I ate it up!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kaydon and Hailey

Papa and Grandma got Hailey a couple of years ago. She is T.R.O.U.B.L.E. She has eaten their clothes, their shoes, their furniture, their appliances, their cell phones... the list goes on and on. She has been kicked out of TWO doggy obedience schools. PetSmart is NEVER happy to see her. You get the picture. This dog has problems. But, they love her anyways! Kaydon, though, as a way with her. Hailey loves Kaydon. Kaydon loves Hailey. When Kaydon is there, Hailey is her wing man! Hailey LISTENS to Kaydon. That dog doesn't listen to anybody! It is so sweet to watch the two of them together. Like, I actually like her a little bit when I watch her with him.

Friday, April 11, 2014


Those of you who have known us, stood by us, loved us, prayed for us, sent well wishes our way through all of our "stuff," to you I say thank you. My boys are resilient, and thank goodness for that because most of their lives, their mama has sucked it up big time! I seem to have a hard time choosing the right. I like to make the same mistake about 97.8 times BEFORE I decide to choose the right. Because of my lack of choosing the right on the first try, my boys have been dragged through it. Last night, I sat on the porch and watched my big boys play soccer with each other. My boys are hilarious. They are strong and healthy. They are smart. They are articulate. They are fun. They are good. I marveled for a moment at how they have become such good boys. It's certainly not because of me. I am certain that it is because of prayers, good primary and young men's teachers, good bishops, good friends, good grandparents, good uncles, good great-grandparents, a good auntie, good people (strangers), who along the way have smiled at them, have given them $1 for helping in their yard, have encouraged them, have taught them through example to be good, good young men. Yes, they beat each other up. Yes, they tell each other to shut up. Yes, they yell at each other. But, down deep they love each other. They have always had each other and they always will. They love their mama. They are good to me. They comfort me and protect me. They teach me. They train me. They direct me in their own ways. I am immensely, and eternally grateful for the friends of mine who have never left me, who have inspired me, wiped my tears, hugged me, loved me despite my flaws. To each of you, thank you. I owe you big! These boys have been carried by our Heavenly Father more than even I know. He has held them in the hollow of His hands daily. They have been surrounded by angels regularly. This I cannot doubt. I am so thankful for a Gospel that teaches us that we have a Father. That our Father hears us and answers our prayers. These boys have been my very greatest joy, my greatest inspiration, my biggest reason for carrying on when I certainly felt like giving up. I am eternally grateful to be their earthly mama, the one who gets to hug them and love them every day. I am so grateful.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Freaking Date Night (For Real)

Josh and I don't get dates. Everything thing that we do, we do it with our children. Saturday night, Josh's dad bought us tickets to see the Blue Man Group. I have been so excited! We met his dad (Papa), his girlfriend (Stephanie), his sister (Nichole), his girlfriend's daughter (Bailey), and her boyfriend (Isaac) at Trolley Square to eat at the Spaghetti Factor. I have NEVER been to Trolley Square. Ever. Josh and I were dressed up, walking around Trolley Square like two grown-ups. It was amazing! After dinner, we went to Kingsbury Hall to see the Blue Man Group. Josh and Papa have seen them before in Las Vegas. Obviously, the only show I have ever seen is The Wiggles, and I prefer not to talk about it. This show was amazing. Amazing. I loved every part of it. After the show, as Josh and I were walking to the car, we were talking about how the kids would have loved it and how we can't wait to be able to take them to see it. It's funny how even on our once-in-a-blue-moon date night, we miss the kids and can't wait to share with them what we experienced. I love my guy.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Get Air.

A couple of weeks ago, Josh drove us to Get Air. It's a trampoline park. I've never been to one. As we left the car, I reminded the kids that if they were going to get injured, to go big so that we could at least send it in to Aflac! That's just the kind of mom I am. But seriously, how are there not more injuries at these places! The kids had a blast! Two hours of sweating and screaming! Josh was sad that he couldn't play. Neck surgery + Trampoline park = Disaster. Pretty sure. Although there were no broken bones, EVERY SINGLE CHILD OF MINE LIMPED OUT TO THE CAR. I could not stop laughing.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Soccer Season Begins

Brooklyn's soccer season began on Saturday. It was FREEZING. The wind was blowing and it was raining. This Mama was COLD. Josh parked the van so that I could sit in the van, with the heater on full blast, and still be able to see the entire game, and even yell from the car window. Brooklyn arrived with her mommy and we met her out on the soccer field. I informed her that I would be watching, and cheering, from the van. She would have none of it. I even tried to sneak away at one point. She chased me down. Guess where I watched the game?? ON THE FIELD!!! Anything for my girl. Her team won 2-0.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


We have a place to call "Home." Last night, we took the boys to see it and to meet the owners of the home. I was so grateful that the boys were excited, that they fell in love with it immediately, that some of their fears and sadness dissipated, that they were smiling and up for the challenge. We took Brooklyn on Friday. That was the first time that we met the Noels and saw the house ourselves. She loved it. She loved that it was red, that it had bunk beds, and that they gave her jelly beans. The last month has kind of been a blur. It has been stressful and sad and scary and has caused great anxiety. Once I slowed myself down and told my Heavenly Father that I couldn't do this, and that I needed it His help, step by step, things calmed down. Josh had a successful surgery and now we have a home. Next is a marriage, then a move, then a transition to new schools and a new ward. It's all very exciting and challenging, and so full of promise. Now.. the home. It is owned by a senior couple, the Noels, who are going on their third mission. They are going to Washington State. They will be gone for two years. The home is red, with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. The backyard is a dream come true for little boys, especially my little boys. We have been promised that the ward is amazing, and the young men's program is big and wonderful. All around, you hear farm noises. The next door neighbors have chickens, turkeys, roosters, donkeys, sheep, cows, and horses. It's in the middle of no where. We are the furthest street west. The backyard is the Great Salt Lake. I will need to become acquainted with the area. It's quite a drive to a grocery store, a gas station, a bank... anything really. It will be a slower paced life, with a lot of family time. It's just right.