We’re Baaaaaaack!

Hello, everyone! Wow, we disappeared for a while there, didn’t we? So, I’m not going to be able to catch you all up on six months of our lives because that would be overwhelming (and probably a bit boring). I will do a quick catch up on the last couple of months through video and pictures, though. Enjoy!! So, those videos were primarily from the month of May. Now, we move on to June!                 Of course, you can’t expect me to get through this post without talking about the same sex marriage vote, right? Of course, I’m thrilled!!! We’re all thrilled! It’s about time. And, let’s see…it’s been a week and the world has not ended yet. As a matter of fact, nothing seems to have changed. Oh, except for the same...

Catch Up and Random Things Post

So much to catch up on here, dear readers (ie., the family members still hanging in there and a few faithful friends). 😉 Here’s a speed round catch-up for you… Thanksgiving was spent at Josh’s aunt and uncle’s house in Boulder. Loads of fun and loads of food. Then came December with some Christmas type decorating… Taye made a wonderful video for all of you. Christmas was peaceful (we celebrated on Christmas Eve because I had to work on Christmas). There were Christmas jammies, a yummy Christmas brunch, a yummy Christmas dinner, and some presents. The day after Christmas, I was off to Maui for a lovely wedding! Maui was gorgeous, but the people I hung out with were by far the best part. Love and miss you! Annnnnddddd now for some...

Parenting With Honesty, Cold Lakes, Walmart, and Painted Pianos

Parenting. Tough job, right? Most people have a hard enough time making good decisions for their own lives, let alone for someone else. And me? I chose to be in charge of four other people. Sometimes I think I’m as crazy as that sounds. Truthfully, when I started having kids it was mostly because I wanted to be  able to say this: As we all know, there is no manual for parenthood. The best that any child can hope for is that their parents will just do the best they can. The best they know how. What happens when flawed people (and we’re all flawed) become flawed parents? Seems like a big mess to me. And sometimes (at least in our house) it is a big mess. And sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it’s a beautiful mess. I have really great kids. Many people have told me over...

Insomnia, Marriage Equality (yes, again), Just Stop It, and Maybe Now I Can Go to Sleep

I can’t sleep. I want to, but I can’t get my mind to shut off. See, sometimes I get overwhelmed. Overwhelmed, scared, sad, weighed down. Most of the time I am happy. Full of joy. Loving. Wanting nothing more than to enjoy my life and my family. Sometimes, though, I make the mistake of reading something from “the other side” of the gay rights/marriage equality debate. I did that tonight. I did it because Jaten told me about a blog post from a man, a man whom I am sure some of you have heard of…I will not mention his name. I will never read a word he writes again…because it makes me sad and sick. The thing is, as I read it, I realized, yet again, that Jaten had read it. She read it and she processed it. And I feared, as I do, because I am her mother, that she may...

Out of Religion and Into the Light

I have often described my altered view of the world over the past several years as “only seeing the world in black and white and now having a full Technicolor view.” Has anyone ever seen that movie with Reese Witherspoon called Pleasantville? Yes? It was kind of like that. You see, I was an exceptionally committed Mormon wife and mother. I served faithfully at church. And in all honesty, I found joy in many, many aspects of that life. I loved studying about Christ. I thought it was a wonderful way to live, to be like Christ. I loved the LDS church’s focus on family. I worked with the youth a lot and I thought it was wonderful that our youth had so many leaders concerned for their well being. I loved the LDS people and still do. They are, in general, “peculiar”...

Visiting the South, Gratitude, Ending Slavery

We made it out of Florida, baby! Woo-hoo! All the way to South Carolina! All is well, all is well. We are staying at an RV park between Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina, so we’ve visited both places. Both are beautiful cities. We’ve been to Charleston before, but never to Savannah. We have more visiting planned this week, but here are some pictures of our adventures so far. In both Savannah and Charleston, the kids and I walked around downtown. We were able to see some historical sites, beautiful churches, gorgeous trees/streets, shop at Old Town Market, and enjoy an old time candy shop. In case anyone is wondering, it is SUPER fun to navigate a Suburban through downtown Charleston with four kids chattering away in the back. Super fun.  I highly...