Saturday, August 2, 2014

Susie photo shoot

My Friend Susie!

For over the past 20 years I have been so blessed to have a friend like Susie St John! And if you know Susie you know just what I'm talking about!  She is the kind of friend that makes you feel like you can accomplish anything... tells you exactly what you need to hear...motivates you to be a better hard along side loving and kind and goes out of her way to lift others around her!  She looks for opportunities not only to serve and help others, which she is always doing, but she looks for those who are down, lonely, or those who are struggling.  I have seen her do this for me, for my children and for others over and over again!  She wraps you in her arms and gives you a big squeeze, and you immediately feel loved by her enthusiasm and lifted by her love for life.

My family and I are so blessed to have her in our life.....She is our family photographer, almost every picture I hold dear of my kids was taken by Susie!  She was the best walking partner ever!  She can laugh as loud as me and when we get going we can not stop!  When Kelsi and Ashley were small they loved to sit by Susie because she would play with their hair or scratch their backs...basically give them the attention they deserved that mom could not because she was so busy.  I remember being so thankful for the love and attention she gave my kids! She knew I was overwhelmed and would always step in to ease my burden!  20 years later I watch her do the same for my little girls, teaching lily and telling her how smart she is and encouraging Emma telling her she is just Amazing!  We just love when Susie visits!  We have so much fun going on adventures, talking, and laughing, enjoying God's creations!  Just so grateful for our friendship!

This last time she came she brought a little of my mom with her.  She did stuff for me that only a mother would do and for someone who is motherless it was such a blessing!  Love you very much Susie!  Thank you for always being there for me and my family! Can't wait for you to come again!

"For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink. I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me.  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me." (Matthew 25:42-45)

Summer 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July

Monday, June 30, 2014

What Happens at Girls Camp Should Never Stay At Girls Camp!

Emma's first year at girls camp was an eventful week. Of course she started packing the week before and thought she was all ready to go.  On Sunday her Camp Leader asked all the girls to please pray that night that they would be prepared and ready spiritually and physically and to ask for the spirit to be with them.  Emma was obedient and prayed specifically that she would not forget anything.  When she got up in the morning all ready to go, she had a prompting to look under her bed, when she did she saw her bathroom bag that she would have left if she did not follow that prompting!  This is not boy scout camp, a girl needs her hair accessories, deodorant and toothbrush!  Miracle #1 Hadn't even left yet and the miracles were already beginning.

We Got up to Lake Creek Camp and it was beautiful....we set up camp and then started to enjoy the ropes course and zip line!  Lily got to go up with me and she braved the 40 feet high zip line, where she had to climb a huge telephone pole, shimmy across a wire to the platform where she dropped on the zip line.  I was amazed at her!  Just as Emma's group was about to go to the zip line the Senior missionary who was in charge of the camp ground came and told us we needed to evacuate the area and that they had made arrangements for us to go the Heber Valley Camp and stay in cabins.  We had no idea why but we followed his instructions, took down all our tents we had just put up a few hours before and packed our cars and headed up the other mountain.  We were not sure why, was there a bear in the area or was the weather getting worse?  Miracle #2 all 30+ teenage girls were totally obedient, even when not knowing why we had to move and I did not hear any complaining!  Immediately they found the positive in the situation, CABINS!

We had quickly learned that one stake of 400 girls had to go home and have their girls camp canceled but because we were such a small group the Spanish Fork Stake made room for us by emptying out 2 cabins that we could stay in.  Our theme this year was "Come Unto Christ, by Following in his Footsteps!"  This was such an act of Christlike love from the Spanish Fork Stake, "Love one another, as I have loved you."
(John 13:34) Miracle #3

I came home the next day to find it was not because of  weather or a bear but the Rainbow Family Gathering was happening very close to our camp ground and a woman had been found dead.  Here is the article from the newspaper..."Girls Camp Moved to Avoid Rainbow Gathering"

Miracle #4 It is truly a miracle that we were moved to cabins because we expected rain on Tuesday for Girls camp but not record snow!  We owe it all to the Rainbow Gathering that our girls could be warm and snug in cabins and be sheltered from the low temperatures.  I don't know what we would have done if we were in tents!  And so what do you do at Girls Camp when it snows?  You go Christmas Caroling to the other cabins who shared their shelter with you giving them your secret sister gifts!

A group of about 30 YW who all loved each other unconditionally all week long, showed kindness and compassion for one another who truly walked in the footsteps of the Christ all week.  There were no clicks , no gossiping, no older girls vs younger girls, they were truly ONE!
"If ye are not one, ye are not mine"(D&C 38:27) I have never seen such a cohesive group YW before and a lot of it has to do with the wonderful YCL's and their wonderful examples!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

AFHS Cavemen Soccer

Lily's Spring Soccer

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ashley and Jake 2014