Monday, November 21, 2011


Day #20


There really is nothing to say about this other than
I love my SLEEP!!!!!

I used to be a night owl and I can stay up with the best of them,
but recently I have been getting tired as early as 10!!

Maybe it is getting older.
Maybe it is chasing a crazy 4 year old after working all day.
Who knows, but I have come to really appreciate a good night's sleep!

I also enjoy laying down with little man on the weekends
and taking marvelous naps!
Don't judge... you are probably just jealous! ;o)

Grandma Latham

Day #19

I am so grateful for my Grandma Latham!
She loves puzzles, card games, and of course her Coke.
She can recite the alphabet backwards too!
Doesn't she look amazing for 98?!?!?

My dad was adopted at the age of 5 with his 3 sisters and brother.
Grandma Latham is his biological grandma.
We never treated her like that though.
I always knew my dad was adopted, but I never put 2 & 2 together until I got older.
We would visit her and grandpa every summer and have a blast.

I feel horrible saying this, but Jon and I saw her right before we got married and after that we haven't had the chance to visit her.
Luckily this weekend we were able to go with my parents to see her.
She is the same wonderful person that I remember.
She is fully of spunk and so sassy.
I feel so blessed that she was able to stay apart of our lives after my dad was adopted.

I know I know... I suck!

Day #18

Hurricane Tiger Football!!!
State Champions!!!

Oh what a day! We left early Friday morning to head up North for the game.
It was supposed to be cold with the possibility of snow so we brought everything we could to keep us warm, including ponchos.
After dropping JT off with Jon's parents we headed up to see my Great Grandma Latham.
She will have a post of her own.
We met the rest of our group to eat and off to the game we went.
As soon as we got to Rice-Eccles Stadium it started to snow.
So we bundled up and put on our ponchos.

I stayed warm until the last minute when I got up to cheer after we won!!!!!
This championship was a long time coming.
After losing to Juan Diego 3 years in a row, Hurricane was able to play
Desert Hills... who just happens to be from down here.
It was an amazing game and our boys played their hearts out.
I am so glad we were able to experience this with all of our family and friends!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Little Things

Day #17

It really is the little things in life that make us happy.
To me it isn't about money or material things.
My favorite things are the small gestures.

JT came into the room the other day to let me know he was a cowboy.
He gave me a big smile and said take a picture.
I love my little man so much.
He is the most handsome cowboy around!!!

One more little thing that made me smile.
Little man woke up bright and early this morning and helped himself to breakfast.
Well his kind of breakfast.
Once daddy caught him he told me to get in here and take a picture.
This is what I found.
Remember the "little things" make us smile!

His cars must have been hungry too!

Home Sweet Home

Day #16

I LOVE our house!!!

I fell in love with it the minute I saw it.
Jon couldn't believe that I would even want to go look at it.
As soon as we walked through it he was hooked.
The rest is history!

There is so much more I want to do with it.
Of course it all takes time and $$$$.
Someday it will be exactly how I would like it.
And then I am sure it will be time to move!


Day #15

Dang... it is hard to remember to post everyday!
I will get caught up NOW!

I am so so so very thankful for the temple.
I am blessed to have married Jon for time and all eternity.
I have also been blessed to be sealed to JT after his adoption.
That day was one of the most amazing days in my life.
If words could describe it I would.
The feelings I felt that day are something I will NEVER forget!

Whether our future children come to us through adoption or biologically.
The temple will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Can you believe little man ever used to be this little?

Monday, November 14, 2011


Day #14

I am so thankful for prayer.
I am grateful to know that when I need to talk to god
he is only a prayer away.
So many times in my life I have taken it for granted.
NOT anymore!!!!
We might not always have our prayers answered in the way that we want,
but the Lord KNOWS exactly what we need.
Hopefully one day we will understand what he is thinking.

I am also so thankful to be able to teach
the power of prayer to my little man.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Anniversary!!!!!

Day #13

We celebrated our 12 year anniversary!
I can't believe it has been that long.
Jon is the most amazing guy ever.
I love him more now than the day we were married.

He is the best father EVER!!!
He stays home with JT while I work.
It has been such a blessing to have him home.
It is exactly what JT has needed.

I can't imagine life without him.
I Love You Jon!!!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Time Out For Women "TOFW"

Day #11 & Day #12

I spent the last 2 days at TOFW with my grandma, mom, and sisters!
It was the most amazing 2 days!
They have amazing presenters and musicians.
Their messages touched my heart and lifted my spirit.
It was exactly what I needed to hear.
Funny how the Lord knows what we are struggling with.

One of my favorite talks was from Sister Wendy Ulrich
"Your Personal Plan For Happiness"

1.Stop worrying about weakness - work on strengths.
2. Don't try to get motivated to exercise - motivation follows action.
3. Stop trying to find friends - develop the skills of friendship.
4. Don't try to feel happy - try to feel grateful.
5. Celebrate failure. Failure often means we are taking the necessary risks to grow, stretch, and serve.
6. Don't get help for your problems - instead help someone else.
7. Don't endure to the end - life is to be enjoyed, not just endure. Savor everyday delights.

**The key to happiness is having the spirit with you**

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Growing Hair

Day #10

Today I am so thankful that hair grows.
JT got a hold of my brother's beard trimmer.
The following pictures are the results of his mischief.
He looks so much older without hair.
I hope it grows back fast!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hope & Faith

Day #8 & Day #9

"Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; Hold fast; Hold out. Patience is genius."

The past couple of days have been totally life changing for me.
I have really tried to have the FAITH that everything
the Lord has planned for me will work out in HIS time.

And guess what...
when I have leaned on my FAITH the most...
my HOPE has been renewed.

I am so excited to see what the next few months have in store for our family.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Date Night

Day #7

I am grateful to have a date night every so often with my man!
Thank you to my mom and dad for watching the monster.
It was just what we needed to forget about everything and relax.
Tonight consisted of...
Red Robin
Best Buy &
Shoe Carnival
We talked about Christmas presents for JT.
We discussed the future.
We enjoyed each other without little man yelling or whining.
It was amazing!!!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Smiles & Heat

Day #5

Smiles from my little man.
This morning was a bit hectic and JT pushed every button I have.
The amazing thing is...
no matter how insane he makes me, all it takes is a little smile
and I forget it all!

Day #6

I am so thankful for our cute little gas stove.
Our heat pump decided to quit working.
Having some back up heat is a blessing.
Luckily I work for an HVAC company and it will be fixed tomorrow for sure!

Friday, November 4, 2011


Day #4

I am so thankful for music and a few specific songs.
One of my adoption friends posted this video a few weeks ago.
I have listened to it everyday since.
The lyrics explain exactly how I have been feeling.
I feel like something is missing in our family and as much as Jon and JT are my life...
I won't be complete until my family is done.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Oops... Day 2 & 3

So I never promised that I would be perfect at posting every day.
This probably won't be the only time that days are together! ;)
That being said... here is day 2 & 3.

2- My boys...

They are my life. I honestly wouldn't be the same without them.
Jon and I have been through so much and our relationship is stronger than ever.
JT is cRaZy... but I can't imagine my life without him.
He is the most amazing little man ever!!!

3- My parents...

If you don't know my parents... you are missing out!
They are the most amazing people in the world.
The best parents that anyone could have!!!!!
It is mainly because of my parents that JT is in our lives.
I am so so so grateful for everything that they do...
and they do whatever they can for all of us kids.

I love you mom and dad!!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Give Thanks...

November is National Adoption month, but it is also Thanksgiving. So for the month of November I am going to post every day something that I am thankful for.

Day #1

I am so thankful for Halloween! Not really the holiday, but being able to share it with my sweet little man! There is nothing better than hearing a sweet "Trick or Treat" when you have waited FOREVER to experience it.