Saturday, December 12, 2009

I am thankful for. . .

Hot showers and soap..Ice cold water on a hot day... Sonic and a Diet Cherry Coke . . .air conditioning in the summer.. Heating in the winter..Clean air and sky after a rain

Smell of fresh baked bread...Smell of fresh cut grass..Sunlight, moonlight and star light..Beautiful music..Living prophet..My Savior

Life..Love..Forgiveness..Laughter..Freedom..Repentance..Colors..Restful sleep..Any sleep..Sunrises, sunsets..Modern technology

Advances in medicine...Wholesome Entertainment...Knowledge..Testimony..Faith..Prayer..Personal revelation..

Dishwashers and washing machines and vacuum cleaners..Running water..Indoor Plumbing (that works) Working Garbage Disposals. . .

Fresh stores..Friends.. family..Christmas spirit..Tender Mercies..mountain and ocean views..birds singing..ocean breezes..rain drops..snow food .

Reliable Transportation... Restored Gospel...blooming flowers...random acts of kindness..comfortable bed..good books. . . Kind Teachers. . .Loving Bishops . . . Inspired Stake Presidents . . . .

Knowledge of Eternal Families . . . Games with family . . . Home Cookin. . .

Saturday, November 7, 2009

{Thanksgiving Day 4}

I am thankful for the wonderful weather we have in Phoenix at this time of year. Aside from the 3 months of "hot, hot" we have in the summer. The Fall, Winter and Spring make it all worth it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

{Thanks Giving}

{3} My Savior

As I came across this video I was reminded of how truly grateful I am for my savior. I am reminded of the time when my dad was in ICU for six weeks and I put the worries of the world aside and drew closer to my Savior and the things that were most important - my realtionships with my family and friends and those I love and my relationship with my Savior. I can testify to you that without a shadow of a doubt that he is real. There have been many times that I have felt his loving arms around me. The morning that my Dad passed to the other side. The veil between Heaven and Earth was so thin and I could feel his presence and I could hear him say "It will be okay"
Words simply cannot express that gratitude that fills my heart knowing that we have an older brother and Savior who loves us more than we can comprehend. I will be forever grateful for his atonement. Because I know that no matter how far off the path I may wander he is patiently waiting for me to come back. I know that he knows of every single struggle i go through. Every pain I feel. And I know that he knows that joy that often fills my heart. He knows me and he knows you. He knows we are not perfect. But he was sent before us to help show us the way. Each day if I stop for moment I can see the Saviors hand in my life. Right now I am reading a book by Emily Freeman titles "21 Days Closer To Christ" It is a journey that will help to strengthen my personal relationship with the Savior. It has been said that the only way we can really know another person is to "Walk in his shoes . . . think what he would think . . . learn what he knows . . . say what he would say . . . and do what he would do . . "
I hope that as I live my life I might try to my pattern my life a little closer to his. I might serve and help others and show true Christ like love in all that I say and do.

I can only imagine

What it will be like
When I walk
By Your side
I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When Your face
Is before me
I can only imagine
I can only imagine
Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel

Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all

I can only imagine
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

When that day comes
And I find myself
Standing with the Son
I can only imagine

When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship with You
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine
I can only imagine

Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine...
I can only imagine

When all I will do

Is forever, forever worship with You
I can only imagine...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Giving Thanks . . . . .

Cheerfullness brings sunshine to the soul
and drives away the shadows of anxiety
Happy Tuesday !!! Or at least that's the way I want it to be. Do you ever look around at peoples lives and think "Am I the only one going through struggles?" Well, today started out as a pity party for myself. Sure I could paint you a pretty picture of how I wish my life would be right now but I am going to be honest. I was just overflowing with disouragement.

This morning I woke up discouraged.
Wishing my kids would be more self motivated
Wishing my kids didn't think I was the bad guy for asking them to do their part
Wishing my house would miraculously be transformed to spottless and organized overnight
Wishing I could figure out how to accomplish the never ending "to do" list
Wishing I could get to the gym every morning without making an excuse
Wishing all this halloween candy would disappear from my house so I would stop being
tempted to eat it.
Wishing my sprinkler system was fixed and I didn't have to hand water 4 times a day
in order to get a pretty winter lawn
Wishing I didn't procrastinate things
Wishing I would have taken math my freshman year of college
Wishing the economy would turn around and my scrapbook stores would be busting at the seams with customers spending lot's of money
Wishing my husband made lot's of money
(but I would never tell him that - so you better not either - cause that would really hurt his feelings)
Wishing I could figure out how to get caught up on my bills and pay for
CNA school in the next two weeks.
Wishing I didn't have to juggle the bills the way I do.

Wishing things could have been different with one of the companies I work for.
Wishing I just knew how to let go and didn't allow my heart to be broken.
And what's a party without the cake ?
the icing on the cake . . .
Wishing my freezer would not have died in the middle of the night with a freezer full of food. Just a few hundred dollars thrown in the dumpster.
And now my sewing machine is not working and we have things that need to be done by tomorrow.

 So you see - bet you are glad I didn't invite you to my party. Not a good place to be. Not even a place I want to be. SO let's figure a way to get out of here.
You know as I type these things and as I was feeling lot's of these overwhelming emotions these last few days. I know it is not a place I like to stay. Because when I am there it is very obvious to me it is the adversary trying to beat me down.

In reality I know I can only do what I am capable of doing. And in reality I know that without a shadow of a doubt that "all will be well". We will figure things out. I cannot allow the adversary to discourage or get me down. I know I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and will catch me when I fall.

Then as I sit in the quiet for a moment after all the kids are gone to school (see how lucky I am - quiet is a beautiful thing) I am reminded that I am blessed in so many ways. And if I will just recognize my blessings I will be able to feel that peace I long to feel.

I thought Heidi had an amazing idea and I have decided to join in trying to really focus each day on the things I am grateful for. Counting down everyday until Thnaksgiving all the things that I am thankkful for.
I know I am 3 days late - but I will catch up - don't worry.

Gratitude is a feeling of appreciation and thankfulness for blessings or benefits we have received. As we cultivate a grateful attitude, we are more likely to be happy and spiritually strong. We should regularly express our gratitude to God for the blessings He gives us and to others for the kind acts they do for us.

My list is long and I could go on and on . . . . .

{1} Priesthood Blessings
As I sit and reflect on the changes this past year I am grateful for the evidence of the Lord's hand in our lives. Last year at this time Morgan was struggling with seizures and I never thought I would ever return to life as we know it. As President Ogden layed his hands on her head and gave her a preistood blessings the Lord promised she would return to full health. With all the struggles she had been through the previous year it was hard to beleive in that reality. But I had faith in the priesthood that President Ogden held and I knew at the time of the blessing that the spirit testified to me that the promises were real. It was very evident that the Lord was involved when Morgan met Trent and we found out he was studying to become a Physcial therapist. Now here we are - a year later. Morgan is happily married to the most wonderful young man. We could not have asked for anything better. She is healthy and expecting our first grandbaby in May.
We have been blessed. Have you ever been given a blessing that really impacted your life ? If so be sure to write it down as one of those things you are grateful for.

{2}My Hardworking Husband
Dear Don - Thank you for doing all you do for our family. There has not been 1 day in our 22 years of marriage that you have not gone out and worked hard to provide for our family. For this I am so grateful. You have always taken your responsiblity as a provider very seriously and worked really hard. You are always the first to volunteer to coach our kids teams and go on field trips.
We have 6 very lucky kids. I am so grateful that in this economy you still have a secure job. Thank you for loving us and taking care of us . . . . .
(I will have to put this note under his pillow becuase he doesn't read blogs)

Okay just have to share one more thought that just arrived in my inbox
"Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important—and what is most important almost always involves the people around us. Often we assume that they must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. Wrote William Shakespeare, “They do not love that do not show their love.”3 We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us."

Hmmmmm. . . . . . I think someone upstairs is trying to help me out here. I feel so much better already and I know that I really am blessed and we are all going to face challenges, even on a daily basis. But we can do it. And we can grow from them. I must remember what I tell Marge each night as she has to try and stand with my assistance to get into bed - we say "I can do hard things" and I just keep telling her and I know she beleives me. "We can do hard things" - Life is hard - but we are gonna make it.

Okay I am off to register for CNA school. Don't know how I will pay for it. But I have a couple of weeks to figure that out.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Loved this quote . . . .

I loved this quote that was in my inbox this morning.

"Life is a sea upon which the proud are humbled, the shirker is exposed, and the leader is revealed. To sail it safely and reach your desired port, you need to keep your charts at hand and up-to-date. You need to learn by the experience of others, to stand firm for principles, to broaden your interests, to be understanding of the rights of others to sail the same sea, and to be reliable in the discharge of your duty."

--President Thomas S. Monson, "Great Expectations", CES Firesides for Young Adults

Thursday, October 15, 2009

So just in case you haven't heard . . .

I am going to be a grandma !!!!
Morgan and Trent are expecting a baby June 5th (Coleton's Birthday)
I am so excited !!!
I am so grateful for families and being part of such an amazing one. I love them all so much. Morgan was able to call everyone and give them the exciting news. She got to call my grandma and let her know she was going to be a Great, Great Grandma. She was thrilled.
My mom and Don's parents are both overjoyed to have their first Great Grandbaby.
I have been thinking about my dad lately and how much he would would have loved being a great grandpa. He loved those babies. You could often find him sitting in his chair with a baby on his lap. I am comforted to know that my dad is spending some precious time with this little spirit that is about to embark on this journey of mortal life here on this earth. I could not ask for anyone better to give direction and counsel than my father. It brings me peace knowing that my dad will have the opportunity to see my grandchildren off before they come here to earth.
“Next to eternal life, the most precious gift that our Father in Heaven can bestow upon man is his Children.” David O. McKay.
I believe that the greatest treasure that one can possibly inherit is gaining the continuation of the family unit in the eternities. So grateful for my knowledge that FAMILIES ARE FOREVER and I have a wonderful family that I will spend eternity with.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Keep Them In Your Prayers . . . .

My heart is heavy today as my brother-in-law Rob (married to Don's youngest sister Melissa) leaves with his unit for his second tour of duty in Iraq. Rob is part of the Arizona Army National Guards Alpha 2-285th Assault Helicopter Battalion. Rob loves serving his country and takes such pride in what he does. He is a "Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot". He is passionate about flying and serving his country. But I know his heart is breaking today as he leaves his 2 year old son Matthew and his pregnant wife for a year. But they are counting their blessings because of the timing of everything. Robs unit will be stationed and train for 8 weeks at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Rob was granted a leave that will allow him to come home for the birth of their 2nd son on October 23rd. He will then come home again for Thanksgiving before leaving for Iraq the 1st of December. So that is a wonderful blessing that he will be able to hold his baby and snuggle with Matthew once again before being deployed for a year. Matthew loves his daddy so much and is sure going to miss him. This is where Uncle Don and his cousins need to step in and make sure Matthew stays busy and has fun doing lot's of "boy" things like he does with his dad. He loves his big boy cousins "Coleton & Logan" and love him.

I know that the recent death of one of their fellow soldiers is weighing heavy on their minds as they prepare to leave their families and so I ask you my friends to pray for them. For every single one of our service men and women who are serving our country. For their sacrifice, their love and dedication to what they do. Pray that they will be safe and protected and pray for peace. Please keep Melissa in your prayers and she goes this year alone with her two little boys. Pray for all the families that waved good-bye to their loved ones this morning. Pray that this cute little boys daddy's will return home safely.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Conference Weekend . . .

The CKC Convention went wonderful. I truly enjoyed teaching my classes. I love teaching and helping people be creative. I met some of the most wonderful women this year. Sometimes I am certain the Lord puts you in the right place at the right time to connect with the right people. I met some gals and renewed some friendships that I know will last a long time. I tried to explain to Don some of the connections I felt and sometimes I think it is hard to explain. Sometimes you just connect with people. Many times you just strike a common cord. We are all moms raising our families and trying to just to make it in this crazy world.
I stopped by Joann's on my way home last night and picked up some fleece while it was still 50% off. I like having little project to do while watching conference and so today I made some cute little doggie blankets for all our four legged friends. Then I got some fleece so I can make Marge and Tom each a lap blanket. With the cold weather right around the corner I want them to keep warm so they don't crank the heater up. I think they will love them. Here is cute picture of them. I think they look amazing for 93. Marge suffers from Alzheimers and doesn't walk anymore. But we are both excited to see each other each evening when I arrive.
Hopefully I will have pictures from Karleighs homecoming tomorrow. David and Karleigh looked smashing on their date to the homecoming dance and they had a blast.
We had Jade and Marquett for dinner tonight and they were so fun to have over. We just love those little kiddos.
General Conference was so uplifting and inspiring this weekend. It is something our church does twice a year where we come together and hear our church leaders, men & women that I truly believe are inspired to give us guidance and counsel. As someone who makes mistakes daily and is working everyday at becoming the person I know I need to be I am so thankful
for the hope, peace and answers i find through my faith.

Well I am off to take the kids to visit Morgan and Trent before taking them back home. Then I am off to spend the evening with Marge and Tom. Have a great Sunday evening.

Friday, October 2, 2009

TGIF . . . .

What a whirl wind week I have had. Filled with lot's and lot's of things to do. Good things. Monday the kids did not have school so we went homecoming dress shopping and then took the boys to browse the Halloween shops. Then off to a family dinner for swim. Tuesday I was at a store in Gilbert called Scrapology doing i-top demos. Wednesday my mom went with me to Prescott. I had an appointment at Seasons in Tyme and then we went with Cheryl to lunch at a cute and yummy Mexican food place. It was fun to just sit and visit. Karleigh had two swim meets this week I had the opportunity to just sit and relax and watch both of them. If your are a mom you know there is nothing greater in this life than sitting and watching your kids do something they love. It is awesome to watch her grow and develop as a swimmer. It is so sad that swim season will be over in a month. Misty has been such an amazing role model for Karleigh and has helped Karleigh to strive to be her personal best. It is AWESOME !!! This week is also homecoming week. SMHS homecoming always reminds me of Marissa and often when I attend homecoming festivities people always bring up Marissa's name. One year in High School Marissa was in charge of homecoming and she did an amazing job and people to this day still talk about it. I hope in the future she will be able to come home for a homecoming and participate as an alumni. Or maybe she will just move back to the beautiful valley of the sun one day (hey, you can't blame a mom for hoping) But this year Karleigh is our girl. If she could be on 3 floats at one time she would - Choir, Swim & Sophomore Class float. it is going to be a fun afternoon and I have to miss it (insert very sad face here) I am teaching at the CKC convention in Glendale (which I love doing) So this is where it is so obvious that there are so, so many good things going on. Yesterday we set up the booth. Heidi is the gal in charge this year and she is doing an awesome job. Jodi came from Mesa to help and we had some wonderful helpers that made our day go so smoothly. One of the things I love most about the scrapbooking industry is just being around people I love. I am headed to teach all day and then help Scrap Happy at the Crop all night. It is going to be a wonderful day full of fabulous people. Make it good one - I am going to.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Life as we know it . . . .

is a tad bit crazy, crazy, right now. So much to do. But it's all good. I hate to admit I have fallen off my exercise wagon. But I am jumping back on. Haven't been to the gym in 5 days - yikes !!!! So looks like I might be back to day 1 on my 21 day challenge. But isn't that the beauty of it ? But I have been really good with keeping away from carbs so that is good. It is my challenge and I can start and stop it as much as I want. So I will be back to the gym this week and back to my routine. Lately - I have barely had time to sleep - let alone work out. Luckily I go to Marge & Tom's and most nights get 5-6 hours. Have I told you lately I love those two little old peeps. I do ! In fact I really love what I do. Actually - I think I really like to take care of people. So much so that I think in my spare time (ha, ha, ha, ha) You can all stop laughing now. I might want to go to nursing school. Really - I think I might have to hire an exploratory committee to evaluate my 24 hours in day and see of they can figure this one out for me. Because I think it is something I really want to do. So between my scrapbooking job (which I love and kinda pays the bills), being the mom (which I love), being the wife (which I love), taking care of my older friends (which I love and is helping pay the bills), cleaning the house (which I would love a housekeeper - ha, ha, ha, ha, - another one of those laughing moments), paying the bills (which is more like juggling the bills), being the taxi driver (you would never believe how many miles I put on my poor little van each week), being the cook, the gardener, the nurse, oh yeah and the Enrichment Leader (which after the broadcast on Saturday I no longer know what I am called) . . . . etc. I think I am going to go back to school !!!! The reality is - none of the above stated jobs can go away. So I must figure this one out. I don't know - we will have to see !!!! But the security of having a good degree in a field that will always need workers is a good security in the economic times we face.

Fun day ahead - Getting the kiddo's off to school. High Schooler and middle schooler are already off. Just waiting to take the little guy in just a it. Then I am off to Scrapology in Gilbert to do an i-top demo. Then back home to gather kiddos from school and then off to Karleigh's swim meet. Then baseball practice for the boys !!!! Good thing it is Tuesday. If you know the Paolacci's you know what that means - PIZZA NIGHT !!! Sardella's Buy one get one free !!!! Happy Day.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Love this new find . . . . Just had to share

I found this amazing website

Receive daily motivational text messages on your cell phone!
With all of the stresses and obligations that you have in your daily life, start every day off on a positive note with a motivational and inspirational quote sent directly to cell phone via text message - 7 days a week 365 days a year.

I got all my kids signed up and I am excited about it - with all the craziness out there in the world this is such a positive way for my entire family to start their day. I love it !!!!

Today's quote was by Elizabeth Harrison "Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize"

Love how that quote made me feel this morning. It has inspired me to try and have a more positive attitude today and not let any negativity creep in. Only positive thoughts and positive words today.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” From "A Return To Love"
I am taking the 21 day challenge with Rhonna and I want you my friends and family to join me. Pick something you want to work on and come along for the ride.
check out the challenge here . . .
Day 1 – 9.9.09

Back on track to create the body “I WANT TO LIVE IN”
As of today I have lost 18 lbs and there is so much more where that came from. After delivering 6 babies with this body and not taking the time to take care of me for the past 20 years. I am ready to be fit and forty. To feel good and truly enjoy this next phase of life. There are so many things I want to do and the first is to feel good in my own skin. To be confident and comfortable no matter what situation I am in.

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside. You are a great power for good. You will make the world a better place. Lift up your chin; walk tall. God loves you." D.F. Uchtdorf

The past couple weeks I have gotten off track here and there, then I received an email from Todd Chambers from CHAMBO and he spoke of accountability groups. This is exactly what I need. I am almost over my cold and I am ready to head back to the gym. Promised my friends I would be there in the morning.

21 days will go by no matter what. So, why not take that 1 habit you want to make or break & do it. Change. Be that power for good that you have the potential of being as you change for the better. You will make your world a better place. By the end of the 21 days you will have succeeded!Take each minute, each hour at a NOT give in to your old habits. This is worth it, trust me. You can do it. I believe in you! - Rhonna

Friday, August 28, 2009

{Creative Escape}

Good Times - Good Friends - Good Food
I LOVE my people !!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bad, Bad, Blogger

Well I guess I will post an August re-cap next week. Since I can't seem to post more than once a month. But life is good - I am finding balance - creating boundaries for myself - loving my job - loving my family - loving my kids - (did you know I have 6 amazing kids and a wonderful son in law) loving my church calling and feeling blessed !!!!

This weekend I am heading to WILD HORSE PASS to spend the weekend with Janna, Connie, Carol, Karen, Jamie & Mom at CREATIVE ESCAPE. Plus many more friends will be in attendance. A weekend with Heidi and other creative minds. Life if good !!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

{Summer At A Glance}

Well I honestly cannot believe it is already August. Where has the time gone ? Summer is officially over in two weeks. My laptop died last night and so I have no computer access for a few days. But this morning I am sitting at the hospital with Brittanie (one of my foster daughters) who is needing to have an outpatient imaging procedure done and they gave me no time frame - uuuggghhhh - I hate feeling as though I am wasting time as I sit in a waiting room. So I found out the hospital has a library and I came and found myself a computer. Checked webmail (which I don't love - I am really dependant on my outlook) But I figured it might be a good time to update my blog. Since I have been such a slacker I figure I could just do a summer re-cap. June & July were busy, busy months for us. Summer started with Karleigh heading off to girls camp. Then Dylan going on a varsity scout trip.

We had two Sunday's in June were Don and I were able to join the youth (ages 12-18) in our ward (which included Dylan, Karleigh & Coleton) serve at Randolf Ranch - it is a facility for handicap adults in Casa Grande. What an amazing experience we had. To feel of the love these people had. They ranged in age from 30 - 70. When we got there everyone was assigned to a resident and we would go to the house which they lived in to pick them up and then bring them back to a large cultural hall. There we sang primary songs with them and enjoyed just being in their presence. Many were in wheelchairs and could not verbally communicate, some were also blind but you knew that lives were touched. We may have been there serving them, but in reality we were the ones truly blessed. What an amazing experience to serve Heavenly Father's children in this capacity. How I wish we could go more often.

We were thrilled to be able to go to Carlsbad beach and camp. It was just moms and kids on our campsite this year. I invited my sister in law Karen and her 3 kids, my friend Angie and 2 of her kids and my friend Marcia and her son. Dylan had two friends come also so we had 4 adults and 13 kids. We had a great time. I have pictures on FB but when my computer gets back up and running I will post more here.

As soon as we returned from the beach Don and Coleton headed to scout camp for a week up in the mountains which was alot of fun for them. Mylie and I surprised them one day (with a 3 hour drive) and delivered homebaked cookies. They were sure surprised to see us. Unfortunately we were hit with an afternoon thunderstorm when we were coming out of the mountains. But how fun to just pick up and go.

As soon as Don and Coleton returned home I headed to Florida for the week for CHA. The summer trade show for the scrapbook industry.

Now we are all home and it is such a good place to be. I like being able to get back into our routine and have things calm down a bit before school starts - which is 2 weeks from today. I love being able to go to church in our home ward yesterday and start my week out with my cup full. How good that felt.

Last night we had everyone over to celebrate Mom and Morgan's birthday's. Poor Morgan was not feeling well. She must have caught a bug. So they had to eat and run - literally. I love being with family. As crazy as it is - it is okay because we are together (an missing Marissa like crazy)

With the new school year upon us we have new schedules that need to be worked out and myself like most other moms out there are searching for that magic word called "balance". I have a child in every level of schooling this year. Elementary, Middle, High School & College. Oh wait - I don't have a preschooler (thank goodness) So with after school schedules and all different start times it is a challenge to fit everything in and find the "balance" that I am searching for. As the financial needs of our family increase so does the demand for me being able to earn that second income as a "work at home mom". So the quest for balance continues with mom duties, household duties, wife duties, work duties, church calling and in the midst of it all finding time to take care of me. I would not trade any of it.

But I am confident it can be done. I am not alone. I have a Heavenly Father who will help me every step of the way.

I was so incredibly touched when I read this on my friend Heather's blog this week -

"I simply can't even imagine how anyone could deny the presence of God. It doesn't matter what religion you are...but to simply deny Him completely...I just don't understand it.!!!! EVERYWHERE! We decided that you would very literally have to make a conscious effort to ignore the signs that He exists in order to deny Him.This week, as painful and as difficult as it has been, has been overwhelmingly draped with signs that there is a God and that He is aware of me and loves me and that He will never ever leave me alone...especially in times of great trial. No, I have seen His hand TOO many times in my life, too many times during this week alone, to question for even a even a MOMENT whether or not there is a God. I just know it. No doubts, no questions."

This week I too experienced a trial that I knew the only way to get through it was through faith in my heavenly Father that if I offered sincere prayer - some how, some way this certain situation would be okay - and it was.

How blessed we are to have a Heavenly Father who loves us and watches over us. I am so grateful for this knowledge.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Come see Heidi at Scrap Happy

Okay friends one of my very favorite peeps is teaching at one of my very favorite stores on July 18th - there are only a few spots left so if you wanna go you better call now - Scrap Happy Sisters

Monday, July 6, 2009

What A Beautiful Family . . .

I just keep staring at this photo and realizing how much I love these kids.
I bet my dad is so honored to be their grandpa and I know he watches over them.
Then I just keep staring at Marissa and noticing her beauty and I just keep missing her.
Geeze I love this girl. Why do they have to grow up and move away ? I could be okay with the growing up part - but this moving far away business is almost too much for this mom to handle some days. I miss you rissa.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Celebrate Today !!!

Love days like today ! A chance to be with family and friends. Back yard bar-b-ques, swimming, fireworks and just enjoying time together. This afternoon we will head on over to my brothers house. This has somewhat become a tradition the last couple of years. There is a community next to their house that does a big fireworks show and I really just enjoy being able to sit back and relax. I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends and spend a moment to reflect on the gratitude you have for your country and those men and women who stand ready to protect our freedom's. Thank you for all you do and the sacrifices you make.

Monday, June 1, 2009

{Been a bit busy}

Well my crazy month is officially over and summer has begun. No time to blog right now - I have a house to get back in order from a month of neglect and rooms to switch around. (becuase Morgan's room is available and Dylan is moving in - he hasn't had his own room in 12 years - so it is his for the taking for 1 year till he leaves on his mission)

Morgan and Trent's wedding was wonderful. They are so happy and so in love. They are off to Florida for a weeklong honeymoon.

Dylan is my 3rd graduate. He shared his week with Morgan. What a nice brother. He is so awesome. These are now my two big kids at home now.
Marissa was here for 4 days - how lucky are we - we love that girl.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

{These 3}

Next week "SHE" is getting married. "HE" is graduating from high school and little pooh is graduating from 6th grade. Where did the time go ? Somebody "STOP THAT CLOCK"

Monday, May 18, 2009

{12 days . . . but who is counting}

So it has been a busy week but I feel like we have accomplished alot.

Morgan and Trent got all moved into their apartment (well Trent is moved in Morgan is home until the big day) It is about the cutest apartment I have ever seen. Oh to be young and so carefree.

Enrichment Night was a success - a beautiful program put on by many wonderful sisters.

Memory Mixer class at Scrap Happy. (no more classes until after the wedding)

Seminary Graduation - Congratulations Dylan !!!!!

Okay - so the next 12 days of my life are a tad bit crazy. Coleton's promotion is in 4 days. Dylan's graduation is in 9 days. We have end of the year field trips, programs and HIGH SCHOOL FINALS !!!! Oh yeah and we are twelve days away from Morgan and Trent's wedding. So many little details to finish up. Just trying to stay organized. I will try and pop in before and let you know how I am doing.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Peak into Prom . . . .

This past weekend was Dylan's senior prom. He had a great time. He went with Raquel and they had a great time. They are both such characters so there is never a dull moment around the two of them. Raquel provided the pink and black glasses to top off their attire and for any of you that know Dylan - he was happy to play it up and wear them. They started with a roof top dinner (provided by the moms of course) on top of the Davis' house. They have a beautiful spiral staircase that leads up to a roof top balcony. They got to barrow the Bryce's Black Escalade (matched their outfits). They doubled with Tiffany and Coy. And the four of them had a blast. A senior prom to remember.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Craziness going on here . . . . . .

Heading up north (about a 4 hour drive) to go visit a scrapbook store today (good thing I love what I do - got the best job in the world)

Morgan’s wedding shower tomorrow . . . . .

Dylan’s Prom tomorrow . . . . . . .

Hubby is gone on a campout . . . . .

Having to farm out little boys . . . . . cause mom is too busy to tend her own kids . . . . . .

31 days till Coleton's 6th grade promotion

32 days till Dylan’s graduation . . . .

32 days till Marissa comes to visit . . . . .

35 days till the wedding . . . . .

Calgon take me away . . . . .

Sunday, April 19, 2009

{Tender Moments}

I had a wonderful time at Mesa CKC this past weekend. (besides being attacked by massive allergies from all this beautiful wind we are having) I had the opportunity to work with two fabulous friends - Brenda & Heidi. They seriously rocked the pickle booth and I got to teach classes. The classes were small and sweet - all the gals were fabulous. Then thanks to about 10 fabulous gals our booth was torn down and packed up by a little after 6pm and I got to go to the adult session of our Stake Conference at church. I really wanted to make it to the Saturday night session and I did - thanks so much gals.

It was an emotional weekend for me. Eight years ago John Ogden was called to be our Stake President. What an awesome man of God he is. I grew up with his kids and he was a bishop when I was a teenager - so we go way back. He watched me grow up and was a very influential leader from my youth and now he has been a very influential leader in my children's lives. He has been the most amazing stake president for the past 8 years. He has been an amazing role model and positive influence on my children and our family. You can truly feel of his love whenever you are around him. I know he cares so deeply for me and my family. As he does all the members of our stake. He came this past fall and gave Morgan a beautiful blessing when she was really sick and the blessing promised she would return to full health. He then had the opportunity to meet with Morgan and Trent on Thursday night to help prepare Morgan for entering the temple. It was his last interview as a stake president and it was very touching for all of them. It was like he was able to see the blessing he was able to give her come full circle as she now prepares to marry her eternal companion. He has been to girls camp, youth conference, boy scout camps with Marissa, Morgan, Dylan and Karleigh where they have been blessed to hear his testimony and feel of his spirit. He is one of those people who have been put on this earth to bless peoples lives. I am positive that he touches the heart of everyone he meets. He has a beautiful home on Bainbridge Island and when Don and I went to visit Marissa he let us stay at his home. It made it for a very beautiful visit with her and Christopher.

Today he was released and he will be serving as the mission president of the England Birmingham Mission. How blessed those missionaries will be to have him and Judy presiding over them.

Since our stake presidency was re-organized we had two visiting general authorities. Elder Glenn L. Pace and Elder Wilford W. Andersen. It was an honor to hear the words they had to share and feel of their spirit. Their counsel was so uplifting and their testimony of the savior was touching and real. What a marvelous spirit could be felt today. We have a new stake presidency - President Wayne Lewis, President Steve Fuller and President Roy Hatch. Three very wonderful men of God. My cup has been filled and I know what I need to do. We all know what we need to be doing - Elder Pace just reminded us to get to work and do it. Stop making excuses for how we wish we could be living our lives and just get to work and "do it".

I am thankful for the knowledge of a Heavenly Father that loves me and the blessings that are so abundant in my life. I am thankful for my savior and for the sacrifice he made for me. I am thankful for my husband and the love and support he gives to me and our family. I am so thankful for our children and for the trust that my Heavenly Father had in me to entrust me with 6 very amazing children. I thankful for my family - for wonderful parents, siblings and in-laws. I am grateful to be able to raise my children close to most of their cousins. I am thankful that I am surrounded by wonderful friends. I am thankful for being blessed to work in the industry that I do and be able to rub shoulders with those I do. I have met some of the most amazing women ever and everyday someone touches my life in one form or another. Thank You. I feel blessed.

{41 Days}

Yep that is what the calendar says - visit them at

Friday, April 17, 2009

April 17th . . . . .

Okay I know I need to really catch up. Life has been a bit busy. Last month I went to Boise to visit grandparents, Portland to teach at CKC and then to Olympia to visit Marissa. Spent spring break in Flagstaff with Janna and kids and have been busy planning a wedding, planning for Dylan's graduation, got a new calling as enrichment leader, etc . . . . . . . So not a lot of time to blog. But I promise to catch up soon.

I am teaching at CKC Mesa this weekend and enjoying just being able to be creative. I love seeing all my scrap friends and catch up with them. Life is good.

Monday, March 2, 2009

{I have been inspired . . . do something creative everyday}

This is from Lisa Day's Blog:

I realized that what I love is feeling creative. And spending time with my family. And feeling the happiness that comes from both of those things together. I want to have more of that in my life without the deadlines or the stress or the feeling like it’s not good enough.

So, I am presenting you with the creativity project.This is simply doing something creative every single day. When I say ‘creative’ I don’t mean make a project everyday (although you can if you want!). I mean be creative with your thoughts and your actions. See everyday as a new adventure. Start each morning with the thought “what can I do that’s fun and creative today?”. This can be anything from reading a Dr. Seuss book, playing in the sand, making something or even coloring with your kids. BUT, don’t just stop there once you have figured out what you want to do for the day...ask yourself “what else can I do to make this even more creative?”

Imagine the creativity you will unleash inside when you have to find something fun and creative to do everyday. Imagine the energy level you will feel. Imagine the memories you will be making. And the creativity you will be instilling in your children and others around you. Imagine the chain effect this could have on so many areas of your life. 

I want to invite you to start your own creativity project and unleash your creative potential. I will be sharing my creativity here and starting a photo album and links to other people who are taking on this challenge here, so let me know if you going to play along with me and I’ll add you, so we can inspire the world (dreaming big here!) together to have more fun and be creative.

I am taking on Lisa's challenge. Working right now on a cute & simple photo book to leave with grandma and grandad. Let me know if you are going to join this challenge and I will also make a list on the side - then we can check in and inspire each other daily.

Friday, February 27, 2009

{To Grandma's House I Go}

Well it is getting into the wee hours of the morning and in about 5 hours I will be catching a plane to visit my grandparents in Boise, Id. I predict it is going to be a bit chilly (compared to our 80 degree weather right now). I haven't see my grandparents in over a year and a half. I made a promise to myself that every year for my birthday I would make a trip to Idaho. I love them and cherish every moment I get to spend with them. I will be back Tuesday evening for a brief 24 hour period. I am sure to catch up on laundry and straighten the house. Just to touch base with the kids before I am off to teach in Portland and then to spend the lovely weekend with my hubby and visit my oldest daughter Marissa (miss her like crazy) Well it's almost time for my 3 hour power nap. I will touch base from Idaho.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

{This is getting a little crazy}

This is getting a little crazy . . . .so many awesome prizes and we are just one game piece away from so many BIG prizes. Since Don is a buyer at the corporate office we have to play the associates game - but there are still great prizes. So I have tried to mix it up a bit and I hit an Albertson's while in Prescott yesterday and I am trying to go to different ones around the valley.I figure I have to buy groceries to feed the all the mouths in this home. I am sure there isn't another Albertson's employee with this many kids and so we buy alot. The more you buy, the more game pieces you get, the better chance to win big. Wish us luck!!!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

{CKC Potland Here I Come}

So excited to be teaching at CKC Portland
March 5-7, 2009
at the Oregon Convention Center. As soon as I have a sneak peak of the classes I will let you see.

So in love . . . .

Just a sneak at the amazing engagement photo's my sister-in-law Jamie Harper took of Morgan and Trent over the weekend. I guess it's not too hard to get a good photo when they are so cute and so in love . . . . .

Girl Scout Cookies Anyone

The cookies have arrived!!!
If anybody has not had a chance yet to order Girl Scout Cookies, Alli says " What is your favorite cookie? Let me know, and I will get them for you!"
Let me know if you would love some cookies and I will pass the information along to my cute little niece.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

For Marissa . . .

I love you and miss you !!!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Disney & the Beach

Last weekend we did a quick turn around trip to Disney and the beach. Since Dylan and Morgan had gone the previous weekend we just took Coleton, Logan and Karleigh. Karleigh brought her friend Megan and we also took Jade. It was a great weekend. We had a wonderful time and even got to spend some time with some of our favorite cousins while we were there.

The Happiest Place on earth

Look who we ran into - we love these guys

Don and the boys enjoyed a good game of football

Coleton was so excited to take Jade down to the water for the first time and explain to her that this was the ocean. She was so amazed with it all.

I think Karleigh and Megan just love taking in the beauty of it all. What great girls.

Monday, February 2, 2009

{Babies Don't Keep}

It is so hard to believe that 21 years ago I held this precious baby in my arms for the very first time. I became a mom. How precious those moments were. And little did I know they would go by so fast.

Cleaning and Scrubbing Can wait till tomorrow
For babies grow up
We learn to our sorrow.
Settle down cobwebs, Dust go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby 'Cause babies don't keep.
Every word is truth. She didn't keep. She grew up.
Oh how I miss her and I pray that the path she chooses will lead her back home to her family one day.

Friday, January 23, 2009

{We Have Arrived}

Janna and I arrived safely in sunny California (NOT) It is dark, cloudy and rainy. But we usually go from the hotel to the convention center and never venture too far so we are fine. But it is definitely curly hair weather. I am excited to see everyone and all the new product releases. I know that things will be fine at home and I am going to truly enjoy this nice little get away with my buddy Janna. I'll be back . . . .

Thursday, January 15, 2009

{Miracles Happen}

Do you believe in miracles ? Do you believe in answers to prayers ?

Let the music begin . . . . just humor me and sing at least one line of the song from Princess Diaries "When You Believe". This is the song that has been going through my head for the past couple of months as I have sat and watched this relationship between Morgan and Trent evolve.

Miracles happen, miracles happen

You showed me faith is not blind

I don't need wings to help me fly

Miracles happen, miracles happen

I can't imagine, living my life without you now

Not ever having you around

We found our way out (on you I can depend)

Don't have to look back, to realize how far we've come

There are million reasons

I'm lookin up I don't want this to end

Nothin Nothin should ever bring you down

Knowing what goes around will come around

You showed me faith is not blind

I don't need wings to help me fly

Miracles happen, once in a while

When you believe (miracles happen)

You showed me dreams come to light

That takin a chance on us was right

All things will come with a little time

When You believe

There is no question we found the missing pieces

Our picture is complete

It's fallen into place (it's fallen into place)

This is our moment, you and I are looking up

Someone is watching over us

Keeping me close

Closer to you everyday


Nowhere on earth i'd rather be

No one can take this away from you and me

You showed me faith is not blind

I don't need wings to help me fly

Miracles happen, once in a while

When you believe (miracles happen)

You showed me dreams come to light

That takin a chance on us was right

All things will come with a little time

When You believe, When you believe

The soul is a shining light

When you believe

The heart has the will to fight

You can do anything, don't be afraid

We're gonna find our way

You showed me faith is not blind

I don't need wings to help me fly

Miracles happen, once in a while

When you believe (miracles happen)

You showed me dreams come to light

That takin a chance on us was right

All things will come with a little time

When You believe

Morgan met Trent through a Young Single Adult group this past fall. They chatted on the phone often and right after Thanksgiving they went on their first date. Let me just tell you it was about that time I was praying with the most sincere heart that a miracle would take place. She was given the most amazing priesthood blessing by President Ogden that promised she would return to FULL health and have no lasting effects as long as she did what the doctors said. So I knew I had to have faith that all would be well.

Then Trent came along. Soon I would find out he was the answer to a mother's prayer. The Lord must have been saving him for us. I liked him immediately. There was something very different about him. He not only brought a smile to Morgan's face, but he brought a smile to my face. I felt safe knowing she was with him. They began spending everyday together and she knew, we all knew he was something special. He is almost 24, served a two year mission for our church in Mexico, works full time for Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy and is in school to become a Physical Therapist. He immediately took on a concern with Morgan's foot and the fact that she was still in a walking boot. (something her physical therapist has been trying to get her out of for months). I don't know exactly what he did, but before I knew it she was back in two shoes. And then he even got her into tennis shoes and now she is even starting to jog. They love each other so much. We love Trent. He brings out the very, very best in Morgan. They enjoy so many of the same things and both have a very strong testimony of the gospel. He is the perfect fit for our family. I trust him with my daughter and I never worry when she is with him. The last couple of weeks I have just been so amazed at the fact that he has really come into our lives. I KNOW now that he IS an answer to many prayers.

Here is the sweetest part - he called Don this week and asked if he had some time to talk with him. Tuesday night Trent asked Don if he could have his blessing and his permission to ask his daughter for her hand in marriage. He wanted to spend the rest of eternity with her. Of course Don gave him his blessing because seriously, it is exactly what we were hopping for. They love each other so much.They will be married sometime this summer once they coordinate schedules with both families. Trent also comes from a big family of 6 kids. 3 boys and 3 girls. He is the youngest. He is from Colorado where most of his family lives. So let the plans begin. I am so excited for the next couple months and really want to focus on making it very special and very memorable for both of them.

I don't know the exact details because it was late when she got home. But I do know that he picked her up after work and took her to dinner. During dinner a lady brought flowers and a fortune cookie to the table. In the fortune cookie it said something to the effect of "spending the rest of your life with the one you love" and then he pulled out the ring and popped the question. Love romantic, thoughtful guys. Did I mention he cooks (they have spent many evenings in the kitchen cooking some wonderful dishes) he sings (she always wanted to marry someone who loves music as much as she does) and he is very athletic and loves sports just as much as all the other men in this house (which the Paolacci boys love -he fits right in) Well here is the ring . . . . it is absolutely beautiful.

I am so excited for their "Happily Ever After to Begin" don't ever stop believing - miracles happen . . . . . . . . . . . .