Almost one year ago (Oct. 22, 2008), I wrote a post about the power of a hug. I had just received a hug from someone that I didn't think I would ever receive one from again in this lifetime. WOW! What a difference a year can make. Over this past year, we have witnessed many tender mercies, and even miracles in our home. Those of you who know me, know what I am talking about.

It hasn't been an easy year, but through the ups and downs, I am learning and growing so much. I'm learning to be more tolerant, and to not sweat the small stuff. I'm learning to be more patient. I'm learning that I don't always have to prove my point, even when I'm right. But most important for me, is I have learned to trust my Heavenly Father and have faith in him. I have been taught my entire life about faith, but I don't think I ever knew how to really HAVE it. It wasn't until I finally reached the end of my rope, that I fell to my knees one day and completely submitted myself to the will of the Lord and admitted that I was powerless. As soon as I laid my burdens at His feet, the miracles began to happen. Don't get me wrong, we still have our share of challenges, just like most, but I am more capable of handling them now because of a patient Heavenly Father who never gives up on me. I am so thankful for His love, and His gentle hand as he guides me along. I'm grateful for His tender mercies each day that let me know he is always there beside me. I'm grateful for the Savior and his atonement, that allows me to repent and work a little harder each day to become more like Him. I am thankful for the power of a hug....I get them on a regular basis now!

WOW!! What a difference a year can make.



My beautiful daughter Madysen is turning 14. Where has all the time gone? She is such a joy to have in our home, and I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father for blessing our lives with her.
Her kind and gentle spirit is such a great example to all of us.

Madysen has been serving as the Beehive President this past year in Young Women's, and she recently made the freshman volleyball team at Bonanza High School. She loves to sing, and has a beautiful voice! We are so very proud of her!!





Hello fellow bloggers, it's good to be back after a fun filled holiday season. Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, and will enjoy a prosperous New Year.

Ok, now on with the story. So last night we went out to dinner at Macayo's with all the kids because it was Tyler's last night home before he headed off into the BIG, WIDE, WORLD.   Just before ordering, Mooch excused himself to go to the restroom.  Anyone who knows Mooch, knows that there is never a dull moment.  He returns back to the table and proceeds to tell us embarrassing story #1,300,654.  

As he walks into the restroom he is followed in by a rather large black man who goes to the urinal right next to him.  Now I know what you all are probably thinking:  large black man, urinal next to Mooch....Mooch is probably a little intimidated, right?  No, not the case this time....ok, well maybe, but Mooch would never admit it.  As Mooch walks up to his spot he looks down and sees a rather large............ wad of chewed up gum at the bottom of the urinal. Disgusted, he starts to speak, "I can't believe..." and right as he starts to speak these words, which were going to be followed with "anyone would ever spit their gum into the bottom of the urinal", this rather large black man spits his gum into the bottom of his own urinal.  But now the words "I can't believe"... are just hanging out there in the air waiting for the rest of the sentence to be finished.  Mooch is at a loss for words but he knows he has to come up with something....this is so embarrassing....."I can't believe....umm...I can't believe....that...umm....I can't believe that I didn't wear a coat".  I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT I DIDN'T WEAR A COAT?  What kind of urinal talk is that?  My husband.....gotta love him!!!

p.s.  All that being said, my studly husband passed another 2mm kidney stone today.  Thats 3 in 2 weeks.  Aycarumba!!!  Anybody got any good ideas for a name for this one?


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