Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dear Friends And The MTC...


This is our glimpse of Sister Precious at the Provo MTC.  Thankfully I have a very
dear friend who is a nurse there.  She wasn't in the day that Sis. Precious checked in,
but the moment she was back to work she tracked our beauty down to make sure
all was well with her.  I sure do appreciate her and the love and support she has offered
my children, especially Sis. Precious.  When we were saying our good-byes on the curb
of the MTC...I told Sis. Precious that if she got really sad or needed anything to find
Nurse W. and she would take care of everything.  I sure am grateful to that dear friend
of mine...And I am REALLY grateful for the the sweet photo of our Missionary Girl!

We left Provo this past Monday.  It was extra hard for me to leave this time, most likely
because I was leaving The Aggie Boy and Sis. PreSh behind.  It made me really happy
to be so close to them.  It made me really happy to have the Aggie Boy pop in
and out of our little rental house for a few minutes a random moments.
As we left Monday we knew that Sis. PreSh was going to call us the Tuesday morning
before she flew to her mission.  The time was set...between 4:30-7:00am.
As I went to bed Monday night, I was sure to check my phone...and turn up the ringer.
Well...I awoke at phone missed calls...I wondered what had
happened to our Missionary.  Just then the phone rang...and she quickly asked why we hadn't
answered...she had called 10 times;)  Turns out she had called the home number instead
of the Cel. number.  Anyway...what a wonderful visit we had!  She sounds great!!
She shared many experiences with us...what she had learned...what she was feeling.
And we shed tears together.
It will be hard not to talk to her for the next few months.  Until Christmas to be exact!
But she is ready for this experience. 

Once she arrived in Sacramento she email to say she was there and it was really beautiful.
I am grateful for Sis. Precious!  I am grateful she has chosen to serve!

p.s. speaking of dear friends...Sis. Precious had a friend from school as her companion
in the MTC...Sis. Briggs!!! What a small world!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 2

July 2.
It came faster than I thought it would.
Her check in time to the MTC was 1:00.
We spent the morning having breakfast together...
Closing suitcases...
just soaking her up for the last few minutes that she was ours.
  There were other good-bye's that hurt her heart a little.
But never did she waiver in her position to serve her mission.
It is something that she had planned to do her entire life.
And then the time came... The Farmer gathered our small family together,
 we shared our feelings about our Precious. We shed lots of tears.
The Farmer then set PreShie apart as a full time missionary.
It was a very spiritual time for our family.
And then we loaded her bags into the car...and headed to the MTC.
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We, along with many other families,
then unloaded our very most valuable possession onto the curb of the MTC.
We held as tight as we could to our Precious, for as long as we could.
And we cried.
  Not because we were sad, but because we will miss her.
We are so blessed to call her ours.
  Gratitude brought this Mom to tears...
that she would pause her life for a time of service humbles me.
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I know that The Farmer's heart broke a little on the curb of the Provo MTC.
He and PreShie have a very special connection.
But he was brave...mostly for me I think.
And then it was time.
Time for her to walk away from us and walk toward an amazing adventure.
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And we stood and watched her go.
The most "bitter"...yet..."sweet" moment a parent can have.
Oh how we will miss our PreShie Girl...what joy and excitement she has brought to our family.
  I can't wait to hear about her adventures a full time missionary...she is going to be amazing!!
And then...
we went to Sodalicious to drown our sorrows...
and for the record...
It didn't work! ;)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dreamy Provo...

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We find ourselves in Provo again this year...
it is always a much needed "rest" mostly a mental and emotional rest from our day to day lives.
This year is no different! It also seems that each year as we come to this beautiful place,
we are having new experiences. Last year, we were counting down the days until the
Missionary Boy returned home to us. And this year...we are counting down the days until our
beautiful PreShie becomes Sister PreShie and begins her journey as a Sister Missionary.
Tomorrow is the day...the MTC day.
 Two years ago, the Summer before the Missionary Boy began his service, we were also in Provo.
  I wrote about what it was like to sit and watch families take their missionaries to the MTC,
they drive away. I considered myself lucky because the Missionary Boy would have his
 MTC experience in Preston England, and I wouldn't have to be one of "those" parents who did
the drive through at the MTC. But that's the beauty of life...I am now one of "those" parents and will
have that experience that has already been had by so many. What I have learned since the
The Missionary Boy served his mission, is that I will survive;) and they really did let him come home!
 I know...silly...but there were days that I wondered if he would ever come back.
  So this time...I am going into this experience with a little more strength.
 Or atleast I think I am.
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The days here have been a perfect delight.
 Our family together...beautiful morning walks...connecting with old friendships...
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Welcoming missionary friends home...checking in on the Trucker Boy...
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Yummy food...lots of laughs...
late nights just being together...
trips to the lake... and dreamy sunsets...
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It's the best I tell you...The best!

Friday, June 27, 2014

San Carlos...The Boys...

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A couple of weeks ago, "The Boys"
 meaning all of the men in our family,
spent a few days in San Carlos Mexico. It was a much needed break for all and a great time
for the father's and son's of the family to spend some quality time together.
 They enjoyed lots of laughs...lots of yummy food, fishing...and some great spear fishing...
  What more could you ask for???
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Friday, June 20, 2014

San Carlos Video

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Days Are Passing Tooooo Fast!!!

The days are passing way to fast! 
Two weeks and she will be entering the MTC in Provo, Ut. 
She is ready! I love her passion for life... 
I love her humor... 
I love her compassion... 
I love her wisdom... 


Thanks to Aunt Kim for another fantastic photo shoot that was not only productive... 
but VERY entertaining!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

May...AKA..."Birthday May..."

May is a full month for us. We celebrate to big birthday's within a couple of days. 
 From the time The Darlings were babies...we have tried to make birthdays extra special! 
 I was in the hospital giving with a newborn baby Rooster, while we not only celebrated the new
addition to our family... buy also the birthday of The Farmer. 
 The Rooster and The Farmer are two peas in a pod...The Farmer often looks at him and says...
"that's just what I looked like when I was his age." 
 Or...when The Rooster finds his way into a little mischief... 
The Farmer understands all too well. He was a boy that was mischievous too.'s pretty great that their birthdays are so close!


 (The Rooster and Grandma Christine) 
 The Rooster began his day with his favorite breakfast, waffles with fried Spam...
yep...that's right! 
The waffles were topped with LOTS of whipped cream. 
He opened a few gifts...some cologne so we would smell delicious...
some pop tarts...some oreo cookies...and some really awesome socks! 
 Later in the evening he got his "gift" from The Farmer and I. 
 After he left for school, I got busy and started lunch for the cousins and friends at school. 
It has been a really fun tradition that we have enjoyed since The Aggie Boy began high school.
 The Rooster chose Spaghetti and Meatballs, salad, vegetables, garlic toast 
and a Pastel del Tres Leches for his cake.


Lunch with the kids is always so fun! It is something I really enjoy! 
 Grandma Christine was sweet to go along with me...and I might add...
very beloved by her grandchildren. Later in the evening The Rooster opened his 
official gift from The Farmer and I, which was Scuba Certification! 
 He and The Farmer will get certified together and very soon...
taking some wonderful trip together to do a little "diving."