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

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 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.