Abby is better known as "Mono" to these kids... comes from the nickname Conrad gave her as she would play the piano with him, when he was just starting to talk. Being the youngest of ours at home, Abby has had a different childhood then some of the rest... a bit more chaotic with little ones underfoot. Yes, they can drive her crazy but oh! how she loves them and the joy they bring. Her arms are always open for hugs. Today Conrad could not help but notice that she still looked like her self portrait she created years ago. After Abby got over the shock, she was kind of amused. Kind of.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Josh spoke at church today, using the topic from Carole Stephens Conference talk, "We have a Great Reason to Rejoice". He spoke about blessings and thankfulness with a focus on keeping our covenants... being kind and loving one another, serving one another... we do these things because we love God. It was a very good and thoughtful talk. I are all very proud of him. Afterwards, we went to his grandparents to visit and have lunch. It was a good day to be together.
This morning, Lindsey also spoke at her church and we ran over there to hear her speak on tithing. She did a real good job and I am so thankful to be her mom. We got to sit by Tyler and hold Lucy... she is a cutie!
First day back and Josh is settling in just fine. I always wondered how it would be for him. Biscuits and gravy for breakfast. Everyone popped in here and there to see him. I liked to see him with the grandkids.... we have doubled our numbers. Phoebe has not left his side... at one point she told him how handsome he was in her cute little quirky voice. She has always loved to have her legs and arms scratched and she quickly learned that rubbing them on Josh's face was a good option for that. Josh's personality and mannerisms are still the same, yet he has been transformed into new and improved in so many wonderful deep ways. We sent off a boy and he came home a man. We are so happy he is home.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Josh is home from a two year LDS mission to South Africa. Arrived at the SLC airport on November 17, 2013 at 10:45pm. What seemed like a long two years, disappeared in an instant as we welcomed him home. He has been missed. I have a feeling Kelsie and Josh will be inseparable once again. Welcome home!
The night before Josh was coming home from South Africa, Kelsie and Abby planned a sleepover with Conrad and Phoebe in the family room. We played and watched Monsters University, all the while counting down the hours until Josh comes home.
Katie planned a family Ninja party for Conrad's #6 Bday. He showed us his awesome ninja moves all night long. Since ninja's eat chinese food, everyone brought a homemade chinese dish and we ate family style. He wacked the pinata and everyone shared in the candy gathering. Opening presents, he knew where we lived on the globe and where South Africa was too. This kid loves to learn! Sushi for dessert and a foosball tournament ended the night :)