Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September 27th 365 challenge


My big little girl... opening the gate all by herself (don't worry, this isn't out of the yard, just from the back portion of the back yard into the section closer to the house...).   So happy for nicer weather.

September 26th 365 challenge


Monday evening we went up to the temple site for Family Home Evening.  The sun had just set and we walked around the stake center, the pond, the temple, and just had fun.  This was one of the pictures I took while we were walking.  It's so exciting to think that the temple will probably be done this coming spring!

September 25th 365 challenge


New Stake Center... and, as we found out Sunday, where we will meet weekly for church after November 6th.  They reorganized the wards surrounding the temple and new stake center and this included meeting times and locations.  We are very excited to get to meet each week in the new building and to see the temple even as we sit in classes... :)  No more driving farther every week to see the temple, we will see it both before and after church each week!

September 24th 365 challenge

5 boys, all intrigued by something... what could it be?


Want to know what they were staring at???   lol... join me in smirking, 80's friends, plus my brothers...

Yup.  He-man...

Friday, September 23, 2011

September 23rd 365 challenge

Happy first day of Fall!

Pumpkin pie sounded good.

September 22nd 365 challenge


Liberty is so good for prayers.  She folds her arms and bows her head and gets ready for prayer.  At least for as long as she feels like- she does say AMEN before everyone is done sometimes.  For family prayer, she kneels.  No, I didn't take this picture during a prayer... so I asked her to fold her arms when we weren't praying.

Poor girl was confused... but happy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September 20th 365 challenge


Apparently a water main broke on our street, so we were without water for a while, and after it came back on, this was the view out our front door for a few hours...

September 19th 365 challenge


Liberty-zilla versus the spaghetti...

September 18th 365 challenge


Timothy and Christopher measuring our floors.  We were home sick from church.

September 17th 365 challenge


Are you ready for football?  Liberty is.  So is Dad.  But was BYU?

September 16th 365 challenge


Christopher and the puzzles.  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

September 15th 365 challenge


Christopher and his "Crazy" face.  :)

September 14th 365 challenge


Nathanael used to do this same thing.  Liberty was so thrilled to find 2 plugs at once and making them both fit in her mouth... she did it over and over again, just giggling like crazy.

September 13th 365 challenge


Homemade calzones... some leaked!  They were good.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

September 12th 365 challenge


OWIE!  Liberty fell off the couch.  Face first.  

testing, testing...

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Kansas City Missouri temple- September 11th, 2011

Woohoo!  There's the parking lot for Stake Conference next month!

 There's the Church sign, no longer needing a board to keep it up!

The temple president's house, a little more completed.

Just another beautiful day in Kansas City.  Not a whole lot of 'big' things to show, but the windows on the sides are almost done, the stake center is looking more 'complete', especially with a parking lot we can use, as well as the temple president's house.  I love the blue sky and clouds.

We remember. 10 years ago this week...

I already had a post like this this year.  Our memories of September 11th come so soon after losing a son, I remember thinking, wow, my own grief seems so insignificant now, because now a nation is grieving.

On September 11th, 2001, I was at home in a little suburb of Cincy with my 3 children, still recovering from the birth and loss of a son a month before.  I was on the computer monitoring a parenting chat room when someone said to turn on the TV, something had just happened in New York City.

I turned on the TV in time to see the second plane hit the World Trade Center.  I called Tom at work (he was at Walmart, as electronics department manager there in one of the stores in Cincinnati, Ohio.)  He wanted to know what was happening.  He eventually got the TVs at Walmart turned to coverage of the terrorist attacks.

I sat at home and cried while explaining to Michael, 4, that bad things were happening.  Benjamin, 2, and Emilie, 1, were not capable of understanding even that much yet.  We saw the plane hit the Pentagon, or at least the immediate aftermath.  We heard rumors of a 4th plane, and how the White House would be next.  I saw the first tower fall and turned off the TV and went for a walk with the kids.  I just knew that so many people had to have died because they didn't have time to get out of the building, even with the incredible efforts of the firemen and emergency workers, and how many must have died in that moment.  I knew the second tower would fall.

I had a brother in New York City and during this time was following the news on our church website to see if the missionaries were ok.  They were.

We followed the news the rest of the day and the week, how the plane went down in Pennsylvania.  (a few years later, when we lived in PA, we drove near the site)  We saw people jumping out of buildings rather than be burned alive.  We saw the rescue efforts.  We heard the stories of amazing heroism.  I saw the city around me rise in love and united efforts to support our country in this time of sorrow. 

I know we all have memories of this time.  Remember.  Remember how you felt, and then how you reacted, not just that day, but praying for our troops and our leaders, helping our neighbors, waiting for news of friends and loved ones, for the months and now years afterward.

It was a time of pain, and horror, but I think our country emerged as a stronger nation because of it.  To bring it home, I know that our time with the pregnancy and life of a child who was going to die, was unimaginable to some.  However, our family is stronger because of it.  Each of us is a better person.  I think that September 11th, 2001 was the same way for the most of the country.  I think that most of us became better because of how we reacted to the tragedy.  United We Stand.

September 11th 365 challenge


Liberty looking outside as we drive home from church via the temple.

September 10th 365 challenge


Superhero group photo.

September 9th 365 challenge

Nathanael doing laundry.  He was actually happier than he looks!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 7th 365 challenge


Miss Liberty Crazy Hair.  I think I need to try and do more with it now that she suddenly has more hair...

September 6th 365 challenge


My handsome 14 year old boy.  Who got college information in the mail the next day after this picture... is his mother ready for this?  No, not really.

September 5th 365 challenge


Check it out, Mom!

Kansas City Missouri temple- September 4th, 2011


The windows are all done on the south side.  Looking good!

September 4th 365 challenge


This is the street view of the temple.  The weather is beautiful this week!

September 3rd 365 challenge


Okra...  growing it this year in our garden.  We fried some tonight (the 3rd) and Liberty was eating it so fast she had a mouthful!

September 2nd 365 challenge


3 friends... I was going to post something else until I realized this was the only picture I took all day!

Friday, September 2, 2011

September 1st 365 challenge



So, the season has started, and right now the only way Tom can watch most college football games is on our computer.  BYU included.  We are looking at other options.  Tom taught Liberty to say football last night.  Sounds kind of like "Batman" and "Apple" but that's ok.

August 31st 365 challenge


Christopher makes me smile.

August 30th 365 challenge


Liberty wanted to make her own comfy spot on the chairs?