How grateful I am to be able to update you on our wonderful year. We pray that this year will be even better!
In January, Emberlee started her first dance class, and absolutely loved it.
I also got my first traffic ticket and got in my first car accident!
In February, Paxton turned five. And then the whole house got the flu. My brother Abram moved
to Phoenix to work as a roofer. It was awesome to have him around.
In March, my sister Rebekah came to visit us during her spring break
April was uneventful. But May was very busy. On mother's day we talked to my mom over Skype and afterwards John had a strong impression that we needed to move to Florida.
So we took that prompting to our Bishop and to the temple, and it was confirmed that it was what we were supposed to do. So we immediately began making arrangements.
In June we listed our home for sale, sold what we could, donated what we couldn't sell, and continued preparations. We were also able to make it to …
I had contractions constantly for two weeks prior to my due date, and
afterwards had a small window of time each evening of regular
contractions, sometimes even waking me up at 3 am, waiting for other
signs of labor to begin.. I knew my body was doing a lot of work
beforehand. I was pretty unsettled by passing gobs of mucous plug for
over 2 days and i was beginning to think something was wrong.
parents had come into town and I felt like I needed some time to myself
to get anchored in a peaceful mindset in preparation for the birth. We
had dinner together sunday night, and then sent the children with them
on an overnight adventure, as my contractions had really started to pick
up, and I was nearly certain I was going into labor. John blew up the
air mattress and slept on the floor next to me out in the living room.
woke up Monday morning, realizing my contractions had stopped. Monday
was relaxing. I had the house to myself and all was quiet. my mind was
I think about my mom a lot. Not just because she is so far away and I miss her, But I am starting to identify myself to her and I notice some of her quirks in myself.
I had an unconventional upbringing.Most children whose parents are married either have their mom at home while dad is away at work, or both parents working. Both of my parents worked when I was small- probably up until I was in first or second grade. Then my dad would go through multiple jobs in a short period of time until ultimately giving up, but mom still worked.
I remember my favorite Job she had was working nights as an ER intake clerk, because she was always home when I got off the bus from school in the afternoon. It was nice to have her there even though she was usually napping. Then there was a short time period when she was in between jobs and doing temp work at the local tomato plant until she found something more suitable.
We were really poor. so poor that for a time, my dresser was a cardboard box with A li…