Sunday, August 31, 2008

My baby girl, Annie

Even though almost 2 years have passed since this picture was taken I can not stop looking at this darling picture of my beautiful little Annie. I can't help smiling when I see her smiling right back at me in this one!! She is so full of life and happy and such a good little girl, always happy to help and filled with love.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Nebraska '08

In late July we headed to Nebraska for Nate's grandfathers 80th birthday. It was great to see all the family and have a nice relaxing few days back there as well as get some cute pictures of the girls and their daddy!! Gracie and Nate even found a goose to chase. Although the drive to and from Nebraska is very long and arduous the girls did very well and watched movies and colored and even Nate and I had a very enjoyable time as I read aloud, one of our new favorite past times.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Donate to Stephanie and Christian Nielson

Stephanie and Christian Nielson parents of 4 small children were involved in a private plane crash on August 16 in eastern Arizona. Both Stephanie and Christian have severe burns on a large portion of their body and will need significant medical attention for months to come. For more information regarding Stephanie and Christian visit Stephanie's sisters blog All proceeds will go to their recovery fund

A Whole New Outlook

10 months have passed since I have written on this blog and a lot has transpired but I have decided that now is the time for me to turn over a new leaf and begin posting more often. Not for anyone other than myself. Writing has always been an outlet for me and hopefully it will be again. Two weeks ago I got a call from my sister breaking the news of a friend who was severely injured in a plane crash. Many of you know of this crash as well. It is a situation which is on many of our minds and constantly in our thoughts and prayers. For me, this entire situation has caused me to reevaluate my life and the life of my small family. I have 2 small children near the ages of hers. I think often of her young children and what it must be like to be in their situation and I constantly find myself fighting back the tears. Then my thoughts move to my own children and husband and how I want so desperately to have the best relationship with them I can possibly have because you never know when something might change that. Life is so unpredictable. I have spent much of this morning making personal goals, goals for my relationship with my husband and goals for our family to strengthen our family so that we can be as strong as Stephanie and her husband and their kids. I have no doubt that her family will make it through this trial of hardship due to the strength they have and love they have for one another.