While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

Sunday, December 30, 2007

As I look back over this year, I want to take a moment to reflect on the things that have happened and the goals I've accomplished.

When I started out this year I was very much an expectant Mother to my fifth child!!! Yes I'm not even 30 and I had baby number 5 -- what was I thinking?? Well, now I can just say that I've been there done it and I'm getting on with the rest of my life. I've very much enjoyed having this child and he's been an absolute joy to have!! I can see his eagerness to get big so he can play with his brother, Thomas!!! And Thomas is also excited for his brother, Ethan to get bigger so they can play more things together, like cars, blocks, and oh yeah, can't forget the wrestling!!

Here he was about two weeks old, and exactly two weeks after he was born I turned 29!!
My husband had his sister pick up these beautiful roses!! ( He was working all day and wouldn't have time to do it all -- she's so nice to help him out!!) I was talking on the phone with my parents when Chris decided to take this picture. I didn't feel all that well yet, so I was still pretty sore from having my son.

After we had my birthday Kaylee had hers three days later and turned 8!!

My oldest daughter was baptized by her father and my husband and we enjoyed having the time to spend with friends and family for that event.

Yes, Chris looks bad in this picture --- but at this time I had my camera for only two weeks and was still getting used to using it, and I was still recovering from a C-section and was about 4 weeks out. But it was a sweet, sweet day!!

The very next day we had our son Ethan blessed. And lots of family witness that as well.

I was able to meet up with some old roomies for a much needed "mini-vacation" in June and went back to Idaho where we all first met. It was fun seeing all of us together with our broods of kids. (14 in all) between three families.

So while we were there we got to drive by the Rexburg Temple that was under construction. What a glorious day it will be when they temple is dedicated and can open for temple work to be done.

I'm wearing the red shirt facing the temple.

We had numerous visits with my parents this year, and we enjoyed my sister Victoria staying with us for a few weekends here and there. It was so much fun!!!

In May Katherine turned 7 : and we took in some snacks to her classroom!!

Heidi turned 5 and was so excited that she got to start school!!

That same weekend my parents were up and we got to attend the graduation of my youngest sister from High School.

We did a get together at my house afterwards and it was the first time in two years that we were all in the same location.

This year I was also able to grow a little garden that consisted of Tomatoes and cucumbers -- I enjoyed the harvest and love fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and we ate a lot of salad!! YUM!!!

My husband and I have now been married for 9 1/2 years and we're loving every day of it!!! We have our good and bad days, but by the end of the day we always say "I love You" ---

For Christmas this year I made a pair of pajamas for each of my four older children and I even created a pair of lounge pants for my husband -- I even put in pockets!!! I'll get pictures of those later.

2007 has been good to us, I feel blessed by all the friends that I have and the people that I know. Since I've started keeping notes on here, I seem to retain more of what happens and have a place to put the pictures that make me laugh and mean a lot. Even though I may have the blues --- I always have something else to learn from that experience. If I didn't keep track of my happenings from this year where would I keep my memories? Yes, I know that I have the memories, but it's even better to have a place to keep them alive.

Hope that 2008 will be just as prosperous with family gatherings and that our research in our family history will keep opening new doors!! I want to read the Book of Mormon through cover to cover by my birthday -- which is April 24th!!! I want to eat healthier and cut out most meats, and very limited "sugars". I want to start working out on a daily basis, I want to learn more about sewing and create some more "things" for my family!!! I want to be a better friend, mother, wife and sister --- by listening more to others and letting them know they are cared about and loved by me. These are a few things I would like to do this year.



  1. OH what a fun blog to visit! I have been meaning to get on for a while! What a sweet new baby you have! Congratulations to you and your husband and lovely children!

  2. What a lovely blog! And what a sweet new baby in your family! I shall have to visit this one regularly!


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