Wednesday, August 20, 2014

So Foxy!

Tonight was back to school night for Justin. 
Which meant that he was gone all day and all night long.
All night long!
(I hope you sung that last all night.)

So when he strolled in at 8 pm, I needed to get out.
Which meant I wandered around Target and found this fox.

This picture does no justice!
If we weren't trying to be more fiscally minded
and if my kitchen wasn't the size of a pea, we would have foxtrotted on home.

Enjoy these other foxy finds.

Just because no fantastic fox decor post would be complete with out a scene form
The Fantastic Mr Fox.

Monday, August 18, 2014

true love

I snicked this picture of my dad and mom.
It was 5:15 in the morning, my dad just helped her use the bathroom and is now giving her pain meds.
When he leaves,  I am there to help her when needed.
To make sure she doesn't fall and hurt her broken arm or break anything else.
She's a sneaky one and has fallen on my watch, luckily she didn't do any harm.

I count myself lucky to see first hand how they love each other.
My dad who is obviously tired never lets it show.
He love and cares without thought of himself.
I watch as it kills him to leave for work each morning.
I watch him and know what love looks like.
If I ever had a doubt about their relationship (which I haven't)
there would be no room left for any of it.

I watch my mom struggle with the lost of freedom.
I watch how at times her mind slips.
I sit next to her at church and know that she hurts, but her testimony is strong
even if her body is weak.
I watch her eye's light up when she see my dad.
They belong to each other, they are side by side in their faith and love. 

If I take one thing from my mom's stomach cancer, from our families stomach cancer,
it will be their love and the service I see day in and day out from my dad.

I am lucky to have such parents.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Heaven is Here

My friend Megan just let me borrow her copy of Stephanie Nielson's 
a.k.a. NieNie, book Heaven is Here.

This isn't the first time I have had a chance to read her book,
but it is the first time I actually sat down and read it.
It's not that I didn't want to but I feel the Lord new that I would
need her words of encouragement now!

I have to say that this has been the hardest year of my life.
I'm not being dramatic, but honest.
Harder then Dallin's life threatening asthma.
Harder then Justin losing his job.
Harder then Evie cutting her nerve that controlled her fingers.
(which she has made a full recovery, thankfully)
Harder then losing babies.
Well miscarrying in January is part of this being my hardest year.

I'm not going to get into why or anything.
Just trust me. Hard!

I know the Lord is always their for me and like Stephanie's
dad says in the book "he is in control".
I needed her words of comfort and strength and faith.
It wasn't easy and she suffered and was depressed,
but the Lord saw her threw it all.
Just like he'll lead my family and I have no doubt that he does.

If you know someone who could use a little pick me up, a little your not alone,
a little the Lord is on your side, a little you can do hard things.
Might I suggest this book.

We are going to show our kids this video for family home evening and talk about
how we have so many things pulling at us, but we can always knell, pray and ask the Lord.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

To Pixie or To Not

At the moment I am trying to decide if it's time to grow out my Pixie?
So hard!
On one hand I love how easy it is,  most days it takes like 2 min to do my hair.
On the other hand, I have always wanted to be that old lady with the amazing long gray hair.

Okay now I want to be that old lady with amazing hair and a horse!

I know I have years before this is even any issue, but if I don't start somewhere
my dream will never come true and I'll just be an old lady mom with short hair.
(which is fine, but not my dream)
I seriously have wanted this since my good old high school days and you can't
fight what a 16 year old heart wants.

Thanks for the help blogger, it is now time to grow out my pixie.
I'll share the good and the ugly.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Oil Pulling

Have you ever tried oil pulling?
You take a spoonful of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for about 20 min.
If you try it be sure to spit the oil into the trash, not your sink.

The first time I tried it I was expecting to gag and have a fowl taste in my mouth.
Honestly it has a mild taste and if you had an essential oil like peppermint 
you can't even taste the oil.

I thought that 20 min would kill me, but if I do it with my morning jobs, 
it goes by fast.  I just set a timer and start cleaning.

My teeth felt cleaner from day one, my teeth are less sensitive
 and have less build up at the end of the day.

I had a tooth that felt like a cavity was starting and now seems completely fine.

I will admit that I have fallen off the oil pulling wagon and the other day got a canker sore.
Super lame!  I decide to try oil pulling with On Guard and it was gone the next day.
I have never had a canker heal that fast.
So needless to say me and oil pulling our back on and I have learned my lesson.

As a side note Coconut Oil is also amazing on your face and helps a bunch with acne.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter Art Project

Being married to an artistie guy is amazing.
Justin the week before Easter painted a new painting that represents when 
our Savior will come again and we will be reunited with Levi.
Honestly it filled my heart with so much love and hope and filled it with a deep longing for 
that day which seems forever away.
At times my heartaches for the babies we have lost.
I am grateful for this heartache, because it has helped me understand how strong
that longing is for someone who desperately wants a child who they can't have.
I think of Hannah praying at the wall and pouring out her heart for a child,
I know something of that heartache and I can relate to her in a whole new way.
What joy and peace she must have felt when the Prophet Eli told her the Lord had heard
and would bless her with Samuel.   

We are so very loved, a Family is Forever!

Sunday, March 16, 2014


For those friends and family who would like to follow my mom's battle with stomach cancer,
we have started a blog.  I will write about it there and most likely here as well.

  Luckily a lot will come from my mom with special insight into her personal fight, but when your mom has cancer your entire family has cancer, so you will also here from all of us. 

Here's a link to the blog 

You can also find a link in my sidebar under "Our family's journey".
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