Saturday, September 24, 2016

11 months

She's got balance. She's got personality. She's got a pony tail sprout. She's got biped mobility. She's got WORDS! Miss Alara-lara has visibly changed quite a lot this past month. She took her first steps the week before she turned eleven months and is growing more confident in her strides. It is funny to watch baby girl test the waters because she still uses a lead foot and drags the back one instead of picking it up. She is elated when she succeeds in covering a predetermined distance and we all cheer for her. We've got a little explorer, crawling  and walking all over the house, investigating her world. Her facial expressions are also a hoot, especially her disgruntled look when she furrows her eyebrows. Ruth calls her a baby unicorn when I put Alara's hair into a tiny adorable pony tail sprout. Attempted words and phrases include, "Dada", "Mom", "All done", "Hi", and"Good girl". My baby is getting to be a big girl:sniff:: Happy-Sad.

She is waving hi and showing us the green marker she got on her hand right before we took these.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Being Silly

Gabe, Ruth, and  I were all wearing black and silver to church one Sunday so we had to take a picture. Always good to be silly with my sillies.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Peas in a Pod

 Sock buddies-they are each wearing one of David's old soccer socks. David and Lincoln make the best of friends. David will give Lincoln piggy back rides, play games with him, help him change clothes and even read to him. Lincoln is young enough that he is no longer a peer like Mac and Gabe, but more like a toy. It probably helps that he is also a boy too quite honestly. David doesn't have quite the same bond with the two girls yet. It warms my heart to see these two together though. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I love to see the temple

Testing out my new lens taking night/early morning pictures of the temple. I was trying to get a full moon shot but apparently the lights at the temple don't go on till 6 am which was after the full moon had set- bummer. Maybe I'll be able to time it better some other month. Only a few more weeks till it is dedicated and open for patrons. It's very exciting, we feel very blessed. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


I've been feeling "Happy-Sad." I tried to Google a term that could more eloquently describe the mixed emotion I have been feeling lately as one thing ends and another begins. Suggested words included bittersweet, nostalgic, and poignant. Perhaps wistful. Summer has ended and school has begun. My sweet Ruth has started Preschool 4 mornings a week, Mac is in school full time now that he is in first grade, and the older two are gone as well. It is quieter and calmer without the oldest four in the house but I also miss them. I know they will thrive this year in school. Happy-Sad

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Baby girl 10 months:

  • Has four new teeth on top (total of 6) 
  • Likes to inch around the room 
  • Can balance for a few seconds unassisted
  • Is attached to the thin blankets we put her to sleep with
  • Learned to wave and do her first sign, "all done"
  • Is still totally cute and full of personality
  • Does not let other babies bully her 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Malachi 3:10
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (KJV)

"Room enough to receive." This verse pretty much sums up the past ten months since baby number six arrived. (I actually took these pictures a month ago but haven't had time to edit them or post until now!) This past year I have felt an abundance of blessings from God, but also an abundance of responsibilities, and my cup just wasn't quite big enough to hold them all. I was constantly feeling like my head was barely above water and at any moment I would just drown. A perfect gift would have been a clone of myself so there was more of me to go around. A gentleman said it beautifully in church yesterday when he told the audience that he was "blessed and stressed by five children." And those were all adult children! For me, having children #1-3, i.e. the crazies, felt like a small family. Having #4 and #5 felt like a medium sized family. Somehow with having #6 we crossed the magical border into Large Family Land where all your food is bought in bulk and you buy red flames to put on the side of your new airport shuttle bus. I feel a kinship with other mothers of large families that I did not feel with five. Before I had children I would have told you it was a silly notion to think that you could have too many blessings. Now I am older and hopefully wiser, and understand a little better that the greatest blessings in life come with obligations of time, talents, and self. The Lord has so many blessings that He wants to give us, but only as we have room enough to receive them. Just lately I have begun to feel like I am beginning to swim again. I can handle life without flipping out or spilling over-too much. I can freeze corn and can summer peaches without the house burning down or the children falling apart. I am the third picture in the series at present.  The new blessings have slowed to a manageable trickle. If nothing else, I have gained a more eternal perspective on my life and the nature of blessings, and THAT is a blessing for which I'm truly grateful.