Thursday, February 12, 2009


I have been trying to think of what I might do or give to my mom for her birthday. I finally came up with this. I hope it brightens your birthday mom and lets you know that I have tried to value all of the many blessings that you are and have given me in my life!

This is a list of qualities or memories that revolve around my mother. There is one listed for every year of my moms life. Happy Birthday Mom! I Love You!

Making sugar cookies with Mom and selling them to earn money for Disney Land

Mom has strong organizational skills. While all of us started keeping track of our life and brain on a computer, she has steadily kept track of the rest through filing systems and archiving. I really appreciated her experience when she came to help me during the first weeks of starting my business, she organized my filing system and that saved me throughout my time as a business owner.

Gardening in the yard at dusk, I was the Miracle Grow girl.

Thanksgiving in The Baron Barn

Home made Play Doe

Amish horse and buggies along side the car in Missouri

My missionary open-house dutch oven dessert party in the back yard

Mom has always taught us the value of keeping ourselves put together. Her talent for doing hair was just one way she taught us all at an early age how to groom ourselves. I remember how much I valued the hours spent just focused on me while she cut or permed my hair.

Mom was the mastermind behind us having a carnival in our back yard to earn some money.

I’ve always admired what a great visiting teacher mom is. I especially noticed this after I was in Relief Society and have a Visiting Teaching responsibility.

Christmas Tree Hunting

I came home from Hawaii a few months before my wedding. Mom and I worked side by side for those few months preparing for the wedding. We worked in the yard, chose my wedding dress, picked out flowers, and had a great time…

Catching Lizards in Southern Utah

Mom used her skills she gained with Hunt Mysteries to help my sixth grade class with our school play.

Mom has always been an excellent cook. She taught me how to follow a recipe as well as create my own recipes.

Concert Choir Tour

Mom taught me how to keep a clean house. We all had our different jobs and responsibilities that went along with keeping the house clean. We were not always perfect at the time, but we were taught and this has been a blessing in my life.

Day trips to the canyons


Mom helped us learn how to give. I remember doing the 12 days of Christmas as well as Sub for Santa around Christmas time.

We were taught the value of family relationships by Mom’s whole family. Growing up with mom’s siblings and their families gave us an added abundance of Love and support in our life.

Walking along the Jordan Parkway and talking about life and it’s vicissitudes

Draper Temple Open House

Mom always presented a full and delicious meal every night. Sundays would almost always be a roast with all the fixings.

Walking in the wind in Fredonia with my girl friends, mom, and Heather.

Hiking the National Parks and exploring the riverbeds and trails

We have all been taught how to grow and harvest a garden. Mom taught us how to maintain and use the fruits of our garden.

Flying to Texas with mom and dad for Jays temple sealing. Exploring a cave, walking along the San Antonio River Walk, and eating barbecue in Dallas Texas…

Mom knows how to have a party! Halloween parties, Family parties, Millennium Party, Christmas parties, Party! Party! Party!

Mom was in a Family Home Evening group. She filled two file boxes full of folder games for Family Home Evening. I remember the Garbage Mouth and the Heart of Gold games :)

Dressing my Rhea in a white dress together on the night we let her go…

We have always known that the gospel is important to Mom. Going to church and living the gospel was just a way of life for Mom.

Young Women’s Camp

Silver Dollar City

My mission president called home a couple of times to make sure all was well at home (because letters weren’t regular.) He got up at Zone Conference shortly after one of the phone calls to my mom. He asked us to guess who’s mom said “You tell her to keep her pantyhose on…” I said that it had to be my mom. I was right!

Mark Twain and Hannibal

I called home to tell my mom that I had met a guy (Leif) after I rambled on about him, she said “I’ll get the yard ready!”

Camping throughout Utah. Mom taught us how to maintain a luxury campsite.

Mom taught me how to make a menu for a family, a lesson that has been valuable throughout my single and married life.

Cruising to Mexico with Mom and Dad and Jared

Mom always sent wonderful care packages when I lived away from home. Her favorite holidays are Halloween, Valentines Day, and Christmas! But every holiday is fun with mom!

The 4-H Club

Chelsea and Ashley Spencer

Mom is a Master Gardener. Anything that she puts her mind and touch to in a garden setting will flourish into a beautiful array of color and delight.

Carthage Jail

Getting on the plane to Boston to be a nanny…

Joy School

Florida Keys and the Gulf Coast with Mom and Dad and Jason

Mom showed us her ability to give Christ-Like service to those in need when she took ShirleyLou Davis under her wing.


Young Women’s Camp


Stringing popcorn and cranberries as a family to decorate an old-fashioned Christmas tree.

Mom has the ability to make anything she puts her mind to beautiful. Whether it is a simple Sunday dinner or a grand wedding reception, with mom’s creative touch, it is going to be beautiful!
I Love You Mom!
Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Week's Worth Of Updates

Goodness! How long has it been since I posted!?? I have been very busy and just trying to keep my priorities straight. But I will write a quick run down and see if I can give details later.

I have been working on my book. I LOVE! They are definitely my kind of scrap booking! I am really excited to see the final product. I just have to upload a few more pics and it should be ready to send off.

The kids are requiring a lot more of my time. Now that Caleb is growing up he requires a lot more. He is eating around 2 meals each day and nurses a couple/few times too. He doesn't nap as long and he moves around a lot. Thanks heavens he is a Pure Delight!! His laugh is so contagious and he will laugh at the drop of a hat. Ohh it is so fun!!!:) Jakob is doing really well too. He is growing up right before my eyes. He can read the word Dinosaur! He loves to learn anything and everything. He is going through a snugly stage. So these are precious times!

I am working on my Holistic Practitioners Certificate. It is a lot of fun! I'm on the anatomy section, so that's not near as much fun as the other stuff. But it's all very interesting to me. I'm hoping to be completed with the program by the end of summer.

Leif is extremely busy. It's hard to imagine him being busier. But he will be. This is only the conditioning period. It's good that things will lead into each other rather then suddenly going insane!:)

Tomorrow is my moms birthday. I have a post that I am working on that is dedicated to her. So if you're interested scroll down and find where it fits in the scheme of things. It will probably come right after this post.

We had Young Women's here tonight. We made pizza, brownies, and started sewing pajama bottoms. I have a good group of girls. They really brighten up my week. I spoke in Sacrament meeting on Sunday. It was our Young Women's Presidency's week to speak. I want to try and post some of the thoughts about my talk. I'll try. It was about valuing your divine potential.

Well, Valentines Day is around the corner. Jakob is old enough now that we had to make valentines for his preschool class. We had fun! He decorated the cards and I cut out little hearts and wrote every ones names on them. Then he wrote his name on all of them. They were all so cute and original. I wish I could have saved some of them. He had some with tanks on them, others with airplanes and missiles. Then he had some with rainbows. He even had one with a rainbow that had a door in the middle to get into the rainbow. Priceless...

Tomorrow I am going to get my hair done. I am finally going to get some color weaved into it. I hope it turns out to be worth the money!

We also have Leif's brother, Seth's, wedding this Friday. He and Valen will be married in the Las Vegas temple. We are going to take Brittany, one of my YW girls to sit with the kids while we are in the temple. Then we are coming back to SG for dinner at the Olive Garden. It should be a neat day. We wish them well!

Well, we all have colds. I just tried to talk and I realized that my voice is down to a squeak. So, let's hope after some sleep it will be better:)

Life is good!
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