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35 They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts; Mosiah 21:35

"Make sure they remember joy yesterday, experience joy today, and anticipate joy tomorrow."

Motherhood Mission Statement

To provide a loving environment that is centered around God and His commandments while effectively teaching my children to love, honor, and respect all Men no matter the race, creed, or background.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015


Six.  Edward is Six!  He's Six! 
If I start doing the math, my head aches.  Time moves so quickly.
Edward loves Geckos, Lizards, Snakes, and snails.  He loves Dinosours and dogs.  He loves puppies.  He loves anything that is "real", as he calls it.  He does not like cartoons.  A typical day for Edward includes going to school then possibly OT at kidpower, or gymnastics.  If he doesn't have an after school activity, he turns on youtube to watch videos about amphibians. 
He is still just as disagreeable as ever (as proven in the pictures below).  He absolutely hates to have his picture taken.  He loves to stay at home and go no where.  Although, if he HAS to go somewhere, he wants to go to the Natural History Museum or Cool Springs.
This boy is so challenging.  He says every single night, "I love you, Mom!" However, there are many days where he will yell, "I HATE YOU!" Either I am doing something very wrong or very right.
Edward can read!  He can really read!  It took a lot of practice and he still has a lot more to learn, but he can read!  Edward has mixed feelings about school, some days he likes it and some days he doesn't.  Edward has a very best friend at school, Ethan Browning.  These two help each other get through the day.  They play together all day.  I am so happy Edward has found a friend at school.
Edward still loves to eat all types of food.  His favorites include Sushi, seaweed, pizza, yogurt, applesauce and strawberries.  He, by far, is my very best eater.  He loves to eat healthy and will let me know when he has had too much sugar.
To say that Edward has a strong personality is an understatement.  He wears his emotions on his sleeve.  I can't help but see myself in him.  It helps me realize that we are born with our little attitudes. 
Edward is the BEST older brother.  He treats Nolen with true respect.  They sleep in the same bed together.  They play together.  They run together.  They live their lives together.  I am so glad they have each other.  Edward really watches out for Nolen. 
I love this little boy with the big attitude.  He is genuine.  He is sensitive.  He is brilliant.
Edward, I love you.  And as I said today, I want to remember your face as it is at this moment, forever.  So, I wont apologize for taking 100 pictures of you.
I love you!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Concert of Honor

This Sunday, I was invited to sing in a concert to honor Marilyn Tyler.  She is an extraordinary musician whom I have grown to love an adore.  She is brilliant.  This small group of people represents some of my very dearest friends and colleagues.  So grateful to share the stage with some of Albuquerque's finest talent!

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Have I mentioned before how much I truly love and appreciate my parents?  If not, let it be known: I have the best parents on the planet!  I love them.  With my whole heart!

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Montessori Elementary School Concert

Friday night, we had the privilege to attend The Montessori Elementary School Concert.  I was reaffirmed as to my decision to send Edward to public school.  Each grade level took a turn in either singing, playing the violin, cello, or viola.  It was incredible!  The little kids all walked on with confidence and no one acted out on stage.  These 5 year olds could teach a few professionals a lesson.  HA!  (Myself included).  The performance was split in to two groups and we only stayed for the younger group.  It was so much fun to see Edward on stage an performing. 
Afterward we hung out with his friend from school, Ethan.  They are the very definition of best friends.  They are interested in the same things and love to be goofy together.  I am so glad they found each other. 


Friday, February 6, 2015

A long day grows longer.

You might be wondering if that is even possible.  I can assure you, friends, it is.  I won't bore you with the past few weeks but just today. 
6:00 Wake up.  Not pleasantly either. I realize I am not going to fall back asleep so I might as well get up and exercise because, face it, there's not much else to do at 6 AM.
So I plod downstairs in the hopes that I will find some miraculous energy.  I don't.
I ride the bike 5 miles and then do my whole upper body routine.  
7:00  Yes, that only took one hour.  Ugh.  My boys weren't even up by then.  I waste some time looking at Facebook before I decide I have had enough of the MMRV talk and close it down for the day.  Good thing because Facebook is a giant waster of my time.
7:25  The boys wake up.  Their hungry and ready to play.  I remember that I haven't been grocery shopping in three weeks, so I have zero food in the house to feed them.   I usually make a delicious smoothie for breakfast every single morning.  No strawberries today.  No blueberries.  Nothing. So just like yesterday, I get the boys dressed and we head off to "juice it up" for a smoothie.
8:30  Oh, I didn't mention this, but maybe it goes with out mentioning, in that hour, I did take a shower.  Anyhow, I text Stephen to remind him that he needs to take Nolen to therapy today because, well I have a long day planned.  He met me at "juice it up" and took Nolen to therapy.
9:00  Drop Edward off at school and realize I am in too much pain to wait out the 30 minutes until his therapist shows up.  So I drive home fast.  Get pain relief and drive back to school.
9:30  Let Edwards therapist in to his school and help her get settled before I head off to my rehearsal.
10:30 Arrive at rehearsal early with the intent to warm up and practice.  I didn't.  Sometimes talking with friends is much more therapeutic than singing.
11:00  Sing.  Terribly.  Learn another very valuable life lesson: ALWAYS, ALWAYS show up with your part learned.
1:00  Zoom home because Stephen has to go to work and Nolen's therapist is coming over for ABA therapy.
1:30 Write out my shopping list and eat lunch.  Let's face it, a smoothie can only last so long.
2:45 Pick up Edward from school.  He proceeds to tell me for the hundredth time he can't remember what he did at school.  Another stressful story for another day.
3:30 Drop the boys off to get haircuts and beg my friend to watch them while I do some much needed grocery shopping. (Remember the breakfast story)
4:30 Pick up the boys and head out to find white gloves for Edward. 
5:00 No white gloves anywhere in town.  Stop at the health food store and buy another 5 gallons of goats milk.  Yum!
5:30 Arrive home.  Finally.  I'm starving.  I eat the cold pizza in the fridge.  The boys eat gluten free snicker doodle bunnies for dinner. 
6:00 Start to think I am just about to get comfortable when I get a text message that a friend really needs to talk.  Talk for an hour.
7:00  Tell the boys it's almost time fore bed.  Call my parents.
8:30 Realize I have been on the phone dealing with another stressful situation for another hour.
9:00  Put the boys in bed. No bath.  Who has time for that anyway?
10:00  Type out long winded blogpost as I wait for another round of pain killers to set in.
10:02 Stephen's home
Good night.  It has been a long day.