Seriously, I love this time of the year! The lights on the homes, the trees seen from the windows, the decorations all around. Unfortunately, our home will be the scrooge home. Yes, it is so! We have no room for a tree. No room for a tree you say? Everyone has room for a tree! Nope, we don't! We live in a construction zone. It is true. Our home has been under re-construction for 26 months now. At one point we moved out for 15 months and stayed with friends the disrepair of the house was so bad. To put it nicely, we bought a lemon. It would have been easier to level the house and start from scratch, but we didn't have the money to do that! We are just doing what we can. Little by little. Room by room. Day by day. When friends or coworkers ask, "When will 'they' be done working on the house"? I respond by saying, " 'They' is Drew and he works on the house in his spare time". So, at this point, we are back in our home and have been for 11 months now. We have 4 1/2 months left to get this house done before our son returns home from his mission and needs a room to sleep in. (The room that everything is stored in right now.) I am sad that there will be no tree in our home this year, so I will enjoy looking at the beautifully decorated trees of my friends. I may not have a tree in my home this year but I will have two wonderful men (my hubby and 17 year old son) to share the Christmas season with, tree or no tree. And, on Christmas day, I will get to hear the sound of the third man in my life who is serving a mission in Madagascar. Although, the Christmas tree adds to the festivities and is a reminder to us of the season it is not the true meaning of Christmas. I will look forward to next year when I will have a whole and safe house to live in thanks to my awesome husband and his hard work. We will have a tree up next year, as a reminder of what the spirit of Christmas is about. But seriously, even without a tree, our Christmas will be great because we have a family that loves each other and respects each other and we as a family love the Lord with all of our hearts. Isn't that what Christmas is all about? Seriously?
This is our family right now. We have one son who is in Madagascar serving a mission. He has 5 months left. Our other son pictured here is a senior. Our time with him is winding down. This blog is for these men in my life. I love them with all of my heart! They mean more to me than words can describe....sometimes I am speechless (in a bad way too). That is all part of life. At the end of the day we love each other for each other, good, bad and not so pretty!
I am the mother of two awesome boys! One has recently returned from a mission for our church in Madagascar. Soon to be a Freshman in college.
The other is a Freshman in college and will be venturing out on a mission in the next year.
They have both brought me a lot of happiness and made me laugh! I am so blessed to have them in my life! They have had to go through things in life that some would feel are not fair, but they have not complained. They go through life with a smile on their face. They are a great example to me.
I am also the wife of an amazing man!!! Seriously! He does it all! He complains even less than my boys!!! I could not ask for a better companion than him. He is a great example to his sons. He works hard all week long, comes home and begins his work on our home and then continues to serve at our church. Yet, I do not feel neglected. He is there when I need him. He brings me lunch every day at work, he helps out at home, he loves me for me....what more can a woman ask for? Yep, I got him!!!
Can he be serious? Nope!
Our freshman....in college.
The Hubby (and his pal)
His only flaw....he doesn't know how to smile...hahahaha
OUR FAVORITE THINGS......
In the summer we LOVE to go to Lake Powell with my sister and her family. We have a blast there! There is never a dull moment whether it be from the kids, storms, bats or giant mice. We are constantly entertained by something or someone! Here are a few of my favorite memories.....
The Balloon Launcher
Many items were launched in 2005. Grapes, rotten tomatoes, live fireworks. ( I was the target for the fireworks.)
It was higher than it looked, especially for a scaredy cat like me. And by the way, I told Drew I was jumping, but didn't. He did!
My favorite place to be on a hot day! With one of my favorite nephews! (When he's in a good mood that is!)
A fun past time...watching others get their butt kicked on the molecule! Oh yeah!!!
Yep...the ride of my life....it hurt!
Bracing for the Storm
B-I-L and Hubby being pelted by the rain. The toys had to be secured!
The Many Faces of Hubby
Ok...he doesn't have many faces, in fact it's like pulling teeth to get a real smile out of him, so this makes this shot great!