Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

Anna loved seeing Daniel Tiger, her favorite TV character, from a distance. As soon as we were up close and personal she grabbed me tight and got pretty nervous. It took a few seconds for her to get up the courage to give him a high five.  While she was nervous to be up close she loved seeing Daniel Tiger from a distance. She definitely takes after her mom. I was never a fan of mascots or anyone wearing a mask.

Monday, September 28, 2015

The End of an Era

In August of 2014 I wrote about Zach being called as Bishop of the Millckreek 5th Ward. Now over a year later, the week we closed on our house, Zach was released. A year ago I was just sure I would feel relieved and excited to be moving on but I was surprised at the mourning process I went through. We both felt sad walking into church that morning. Relieved, anxious, unreal, and sad. 

The Sunday he was released I was asked to share my testimony. I sobbed most of the way through with a very full heart. I recalled the first time I heard someone pray for the bishop and his family, and how overwhelmed with love and gratitude I felt. I shared how blessed we had been and how this was truly one of the happiest years of my life. I know that happiness comes from service. I was truly heart broken to be leaving this ward. It was the first time I had really felt so deeply connected that I was sad to leave. I walked into the roll as the bishops wife scared, intimidated, weak and insecure and left feeling loved, full, happy, and strong. I know that the Lord will never give us anything we can't handle and I can say, with confidence, that I am grateful for the year we got to spend serving this ward.

What I didn't say over the pulpit was how amazing the couples were that served with us. I truly and sincerely look up to them so much. I was grateful that as Zach's counselors they were so loyal and supportive. They were friends we could turn to, talk to, laugh with, and get advice from. We truly felt strengthened by them. I am selfishly happy that we all moved at the same time to homes that are within 5-15 minutes of each other.

I have enjoyed sitting next to Zach for 2 hours of church each Sunday, having his help with Anna before and during church, getting to see him every night, and now getting to team teach Temple Prep with him in our new ward. The last year has made me very grateful for the time we get to spend together now, before our time gets a little more divided with a 4th member of the family.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Grow Baby Grow

About 25 weeks and again at 31 weeks. Clyde is growing healthy and strong right along with our excitement to meet him!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Swim Lessons

Anna took an aqua-tots swim class this summer and loved it! She learned how to put her ears, chin, and eventually face in the water, blow bubbles, climb along the wall and out of the pool, kick her legs on her tummy or back, roll over, scoop her arms, and retrieve rings at the bottom of the pool just barely out of reach. I enjoyed watching her confidence grow in the water and to be able to swim around with her twice a week.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Get Away

Zach's company held a weekend retreat up at the Hyatt Escala Lodge in Park City. The company hosted a dinner Friday night and then we got to spend our first night in 2 years alone. We celebrated by watching TV and sleeping through the night with no interruptions or worries about being woken up. I felt so well rested. We left, after filling our bellies at the best breakfast buffet I've ever seen, to spend a little time at the outlets before collecting the baby we missed so much. It was a good weekend indeed.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Damian Jurado opened for Jason Isbell at the Depot and it was a fantastic concert. I fell in love with Jason Isbells newest album and every song was so much better in person. Each member of the group was incredibly talented and they each got a chance to shine in solos throughout the concert.