The greatest trust that can come to a man and woman is the placing in their keeping the life of a little child”

-David O. McKay


Monday, June 1, 2015

So for the last two months we have been working on our living room. We decided it was time to paint and then we decided why not do some columns and new trim while we were at it?  It's been so busy but I am loving the look of everything! It was so worth it! We learned so much with all of this but I am glad we did it!



Before

 After




Before

After

 Another view of our column we built


In our hallway and living room we removed all the old trim and replaced the frames around all the doors. This is the after.  I forgot to do before pictures of the door frames.




Matt and I painted this picture together.  I have never done a painting before but Matt has. It was fun creating it together. I love it!










Friday, May 1, 2015

Why I'm grateful for infertility

I can honestly say that I'm grateful that we have gone through infertility.  Don't get me wrong though, it is the hardest, saddest and most depressing thing I have ever gone through in my life. I'm sometimes very jealous that other couples can choose to have a baby and actually have a baby. Being grateful does not take away my pain of not being able to bear children. I very much hope that someday I can be pregnant or that we can adopt again.
I'm grateful for infertility because it brought us this little guy. We would not have him in our home if it weren't for being infertile. Adoption is one of the most important things in my life and I would not change that for anything in this world. 

I'm grateful for infertility because it has taught me to trust in God. Before our son was born I was very bitter and resentful of everything that dealt with children. Everything was a thorn in my side. I couldn't go to baby showers without going home and crying. I couldn't handle hearing about others being pregnant. It honestly was too much to bear. Over time though I learned that God was in charge of everything in my life. I didn't have to stress about when we would have a baby and be okay with the knowledge that Heavenly Father was ultimately in control and was hearing our prayers.
What I've learned from this trial has far outweighed the heart ache of it. It may hurt still very much but I've grown. That's why we're here on earth is to grow and progress. Infertility is my road to growth. I've learned that many answers to my prayers have been not now, not yet.


I have learned how truly precious each child that comes to this earth is. I've learned that each child is a miracle. I've learned that life is just hard but we can choose how we react to it.



Monday, February 24, 2014

McKay

McKay is about the cutest kid ever! okay so maybe I'm a little biased since I'm his mom but really, he is super cute!

McKay is growing so fast and I feel like I just can't keep up with all his changes! It's such a fun and busy stage to be at. I love it. He has learned how to count to 10 and now wants to count everything in our house. He does super good at it. He also likes to spell his name and will spell it over and over.  He is such a smart little guy.
He's just learning that you can pose for pictures and so it's been fun catching that cute little face!
 You can't really see it so well but I made him a little bow tie.  So easy and fun to make! He got the cute hat from his aunt and uncle for Christmas.




This is a favorite of mine, that cute little smile!

Here's our little cowboy.
He is the funnest two year old ever!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Family Vacation

We had a family vacation with Matt's family. It was loads of fun. We went sky diving, surfing, hiking, swimming, shopping and ate lots of great food. Unfortunately we left our camera at home and really don't have proof of any of these things.
Okay, really we did do it all.  Ogden is the place to go I tell you. There is a place called iFly which is a sky diving simulator. It was so much fun! I'm glad we all got to do it. Matt and I took turns watching McKay. McKay liked watching everyone flying.
The surfing was also a simulator of a wave called Flowrider. Matt, Marisa and Casey got to do it.  My bad back kept me from getting to do that one. Maybe someday when it heals [if it does] then I want to go try it.
At least I had Matt's parents and McKay to keep me company. It was actually pretty fun to watch them do it.
We played a lot on arcade games, bowling, and mini golf.  We also drove through Ogden canyon and hiked around a little bit.  Matt was wearing sandals and I accidentally stepped on one and broke it. Oops! luckily there was another pair of shoes for him to borrow. It was all just lot's of fun.
After we got home it literally took me two days to recover and get me and McKay back on track. Fun times! I love Matt's family! glad to be a part of it.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Family reunion!

We just got back yesterday from an awesome family reunion with my family! We went to Paris Canyon to camp and Bear Lake to play in the water. It was a lot of fun! We had some experiences that weren't quite as fun either.



 At 2 am I woke up cause I was freezing so I woke Matt up to help me find my jacket; he was by our suitcase. I'm not really that demanding to wake him in the middle of the night to get things for me. :) okay, maybe sometimes I am.





 While we were finding a jacket we heard a lot of sticks snapping outside of our tent. Let's say at 2 in the morning any sound right outside your tent is pretty scary!



 Matt woke up my brother in law Devin to help him check out what the noise was. It was a moose!



Matt, Devin, my sister Jackie and I with our kids got out of our tents and stood behind our car to give the moose some space. We went and woke up my parents. It's always better when there are more people to be awake with you in the middle of the night. My dad and the guys went and checked it out again and sure enough that moose was still there. It wasn't going anywhere.

We spent the rest of the night with my brother in law David and sister April in their pop up tent trailer.
Over the course of the next few days we saw that moose every day. It just so happens that it had a baby with it. Glad we didn't provoke it! It wasn't nearly as scary once we were in the daylight but that moose sure scared all of us good in the middle of the night!

Day #2 we went to Bear Lake. We parked our cars on the beach and as we were driving across the sand we got our car stuck three times! Twice on the way and once back. It took getting towed out by my brother-in-laws to get our car out of the sand. It was a lot of fun once we made it and I have a nice sunburn to show for it.

All in all, it was a blast and good fun to be with my parents, siblings and their families. I loved it!




Friday, July 19, 2013

Adoption




Adoption is always on my mind.  It is a part of me and my family. I love it, I live it everyday.
The last few days it's been on my mind even more as it's the two year anniversary of being placed with our beautiful son.  Two years today actually. It's amazing that something as big as adoption has only been a part of me for the last three and a half years, as we were in the process of adopting for 18 months prior to being placed with our son.  It feels like it has always been a part of me. Always there.
The thing I think of most today is my sons birth mother.  She is never far from my thoughts.  I can't know how it felt for her to place him with us but I can imagine how hard and difficult that must have been for her and probably still is.  We weren't able to meet her but I feel connected to her in such an intimate way for we share her son. He is ours together and we are connected.  That is what adoption is to me. A bond of a child and the birth parents and adoptive parents. All of us create this little boys life.
I love it. I am so grateful to be a mother and I am so very indebted to the woman who helped me become one. I love my son.


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Anniversary Adventures





Seven Years!


Yesterday was our seventh anniversary. It was a lot of fun and always full of adventure. On Friday we went to Boise and left McKay with his aunt and uncle. We went to the Boise Temple, which was a great experience. Then we went to a Barenaked Ladies concert. It was outdoors so we got to sit on some grass in 102 degree weather. A little hotter then I would have liked but you know, we don't have any control over that. We also went to see Man of Steel after the concert. It was a late night full of fun things.
Yesterday when we were coming home we ran out of gas on the interstate. Yup. lame. I had seen before we left that we would need gas at some point of our trip and then I forgot about it. I was starting to fall asleep when Matt said something was wrong. I instantly remembered the gas. Oops!
The last time we ran out of gas on the interstate was 7 years ago on our wedding day. What are the odds? Happy Anniversary to us. At least last time it was because Matt's car had a gas leak somewhere. This time was completely our stupidity of forgetting to get some.  Anyways, we rolled to a stop, which just so happened to be near an exit and Matt ran to the gas station. As I was sitting in the boiling hot car I heard a loud pop.  I looked behind me and there was a van and their tire had blown. They pulled in front of our car and started working on their tire.   Matt got back with the gas [after having to buy a $20 gas can] and then we gave some of the people a ride to the gas station so they wouldn't have to wait out in the hot sun.
It was an adventure and in a very random way we were able to serve others. It felt good.
It's been a fabulous seven years and I'm excited for many more to come! Next anniversary we'll try to make sure we have gas in our car. Lesson learned [maybe].

Friday, February 15, 2013

Update on our lives




Hello world! I haven't been on here in a year! it's amazing how fast time flies. Here's an update of what we're up to lately.

This is an older video but It's pretty cute of the little guy.  Matt is so creative at entertaining McKay and I love it!
Matt for whatever reason had taped some newspapers together and then taped them to the ceiling.  McKay thought it was the funniest thing in the world.




For the fun of it Matt grew a beard. He never had before and has wanted to for a long time. It was a definite switch up but was kind of fun.  He actually just shaved it off recently and it's taking me a little time getting used to his clean shaven face again.  Matt recently got a new job, Okay back in July but it's still fairly new for us. He's enjoying it a lot and mostly cause he gets to draw pictures everyday.  He's a drafter\Engineer.



I have been busy and our house shows it.  I have projects everywhere and so every room in our house looks like a tornado hit it. We are re-painting \ re-decorating our bathroom and when I get it done I'm so posting pictures. Besides that I just try to keep up with a toddler and all my projects and I am loving life! I have been greatly blessed with a wonderful family.


 Here's our latest creation. We found this frame a year ago at the D.I. and I fell in love with it but I just didn't know what to do with it.  Well I finally figured it out and here it is!


It took my lovely husband who painted the background and the trusty Cricut which I used to make the stencil and some paint for the frame and ta da! I am in love.

Well that is what we're up to.  Maybe in another year I'll post again. :)

Monday, February 6, 2012




This is the little boy we fell in love with! it seems like 6 months have flown right by! where has the time gone!


This last weekend we were able to have McKay sealed to us and also to have him blessed! it's been such a full weekend for us full of family and friends surrounding us to help us celebrate this great time in our life! Heavenly Father has been good to us.


Families can be together forever
Through Heavenly Father’s plan.

Heavenly Father had a plan for us and it wasn't what we expected. We never in our wildest dreams expected to adopt a baby. the thought never entered our minds. I'm so happy that Heavenly Father knows what we need more then we know what we need. I would never have it any other way.
This weekend we got to make our family eternal. We went to the Idaho Falls temple where we were sealed to each other


I want to share my life with them through all eternity.
YES! I do want to share my life with Matt and McKay and any other future children of our family! I want to be with them for eternity and I know that I can!



February 4th 2012





He was done with all the pictures, hugging and attention and in a great need of a nap but he staid as happy as he could be! this was his end of patience.
I still think he's cute though, even tired :)


















We are a happy family :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

We're finalized!

Today I just feel joy and such happiness to be able to say that I'm McKay's Mom. I have been his mom this whole time and I sure love my little boy but I'm now legally his mother! what a joyous thing that is!



We went to court yesterday and finalized our adoption! that means we are now legally his parents.
The whole experience was something new and also amazing! I've actually never been to court before [that's okay by me!] and so it was something different for me.
To finalize means that we went before a judge, answered questions and said that we wanted to be his parents. We signed a paper which the judge also signed and then we were done! such a simple action for such a big meaning.
I'm so happy and very much looking forward to raising this precious little boy!
Heavenly Father has truly blessed us!Us with our judge. After she signed the papers she said that she was coming down to hold that baby! which she did! she was a very nice judge. :)


Happy to say, here's our little family!


All our family that came to support us!



Here's my favorite little boy in the world!

Adoption is amazing and I'm so glad and grateful that we get to be a part of it. It has been such a blessing to me and I'm proud to say that my son is adopted. I never truly knew much about adoption and I'm glad that Heavenly Father lead us in this direction and what a miracle it all is. We absolutely love our birth mother and her selfless sacrifice. She has changed our lives forever.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Man I haven't been on here for awhile. I do want to try to be better. You know, that whole resolutions thing that at least for my sake I give up a week later. Here's goes for now though :)

Christmas was so much fun and to have McKay here has added so much to it! Even though he didn't unwrap much [he had a lot of help] he loved the bows and shiny things. In fact I think I'll miss Christmas even. The tree was his favorite and looking at the lights would get him to stop crying always. I'll miss the tree. :)
He liked the ribbon and paper a lot!


Now that the holidays are over we are looking forward to our finalizing the adoption! We can't wait for that day to come! All this paperwork really is coming to an end! It's been such a long process but one that I would do all over again every day if I had to! It's been sooooo worth it!
[for those of you who don't know, finalizing means we go to court, answer questions before a judge and just make it official on paper!]

Along with finalizing that means we can be sealed together as a family in the temple and also have his baby blessing done. We are so looking forward to what this year is bringing us! it's starting out great!



This is the face I wake up to everyday! He is always super happy to see you when he first wakes up! I cherish being a mother and having this wonderful little guy as a son! it's seriously better then I imagined!

McKay has started rolling over a lot and scootches [is that a word? no? I'm using it anyways!] backwards around the room. It's pretty funny!

2011 was such a blessing to us. We have had the best year! Looking forward to what 2012 brings us!

Monday, October 31, 2011

So I have a new addiction and I think there are many people out there with the same addiction. It's called Pinterest. It's a place where you can find all sorts of amazing and fun things and then "pin" it to your wall. Addicted.

I blame my sister in law for getting me hooked. She told me I would like it and wow did she know.
Anyways, there are so many creative things on there and I found the cutest thing that I knew I just had to make. A penguin costume for McKay.





He did not go trick or treating but I had to make it anyways, it was way too cute! We had a family Halloween party with my family and so he got to wear it there. Matt and I were also Penguins - had to match right?

It was a fun time and he's the cutest penguin I've ever seen!




















Hope everyone had a fun Halloween!