Why this blog...

I am the mother of the three most talented, intelligent and beautiful children ever to live on this earth. I am also privileged to be married to the most wonderful man! He has added three additional talented, intelligent and beautiful children to our family! I have a job that I mostly love, a wonderful education, a beautiful home, marvelous family, and I have the privilege of belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been greatly blessed in my life, but I sometimes forget that. So, I decided to create this blog as a way to remind myself of all the many blessings and miracles that surround me. (I'm also terrible at keeping a journal- so this will be something for my kids to enjoy as well.)

I hope you enjoy what you read. I would love to hear what you think!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Happy 60th to us!!!

We made it to 60...

60 months!

I am so blessed! Happy anniversary to us!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Happy Birthday!

Today is my mother's birthday.... I miss her very much. But what a blessing to have such a great mom!

And here is an article about her birth while her father served his country.

Thanks for sharing, Aunt Karen.

Love you Mom!!!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

These Turned Out Pretty Well...

Now to see what the Littles think!

Grandma Dee’s Healthier Cookies

3 Mashed Bananas (ripe)
1/4-1/3 c maple syrup
1/2 c coconut oil

Add and blend:
2 eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla

2 c oats
1 1/2  c fine ground whole wheat flour
1 1/2 - 2 tsp. baking soda
1 c Raisins or dark chocolate chips or other chips...

Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 13-15 minutes! Yummy!

Monday, January 8, 2018

A Very Good Anniversary

I am beyond thankful to hear Luke and Jon both express how very glad they both are for this day 2 years ago!

Jon wanted a dad for so many years- and Luke is so grateful to be able to adopt Jon!

It warms my heart to see them together!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

So Very Thankful!

This picture is typical Luke. He loves us and loves to play!

I am so VERY thankful for Luke! He tries to be the best he can at all times. (and he succeeds so often!) His poor health has been a challenge in so many ways- makes it difficult to get out, stay up late, do many things- but Luke still has his amazing sense of fun and wonderful sense of humor!

I am so thankful for my home, our great abundance of food, clothing, basic necessities, and I am so thankful for a wonderful job with amazing co-worker/friends!

And I am so very thankful for my children and grandchildren! They really are the icing on a delicious cake!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

An Abundance of Leaves...

My backyard yesterday morning... Beautiful and horrible all at the same time!

I love my backyard, the trees, the shade in the summer, the birds that flock there, the room to play with my little girls! But this amount of leaves = a lot of work!!!

This is my yard yesterday afternoon- after way too many hours of work...yes, I was exhausted.

But it is worth it!!! All of the work to take care of this yard is well worth the work that goes with it.

Just like life. Luke's illness creates work for us both. Sometimes quite a lot of work, actually. But it is so very worth it to have such a great marriage with such an incredible man!

Teaching is a lot of hard work sometimes- but again, so worth it in all of the great relationships and learning for both my students and myself!

Life is full of that abundance of leaves most days- but it just means that life is also full of the beautiful, tall trees that give shade and attract birds, and give me a place to enjoy my family.

I am so blessed.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

My Ash!

From this...

a 'bigger on the inside' kind of spirit...

a giant personality... 

whether sad...

or happy...

always learning...

always exploring...

having so much fun...

a great blessing to me!

Grandma Dee loves you!!!