Life hasn't slowed down too much for us since June....
it seems like we have had event after event that has kept us both on the road...
and on our toes;) Every activity has been wonderful...and a complete joy...but it has
really been busy!! The begining of school came and went...we did our traditional activites
like we have for many years...but without The Boy. That was sad.
The Rooster and PreShie take the bus each morning for the JSA...it is always a bit
of a guessing game when it will arrive;) Some days we are out waiting too early...and
other days...like the last several....we miss the bus all together...but here is the interesting thing...
we are out on the street each and every morning....AT THE SAME TIME!!!
(no...I am not bitter or angry!!!! hahaha)
PreShie began her Junior year...she and The Boy will be going to college at the very same time!
(we didn't plan that one too well...did we???)
She is happy...involved....taller than me...and has a great sense of humor:)
It is going to be a great year for PreShie...I just know it!
The Rooster started his 9th grade year...he too has had a little growth spurt lately...
He isn't too happy about having to actually go to school every day...but he is giving it
his best shot!;) The Rooster loves to Golf...is a great friend to all...has the most darling
laugh....and is a delight to have around! He carefully selected his shoe wardrobe for this year...he said "the brighter the better" since it is the only thing they get to choose to wear each day. He choose several colors of Vans...and some other "big" shoe that has bright colors too! Who knew that backpacks and shoes could be sooooo important!
It is really hard to believe he will be in "high school" next year!
The Darlings "home away from home!"
This year our back to school dinner was combined with our family theme for this
school year and our traditional father's blessings.
The theme that The Farmer and I choose this year is....
"Fill Up...Go On....And.....Pray Again...."
This is a quote taken from the history of Daniel Webster Jones...
The Farmer's Great-Great-Grand father who played a great role in the early colonization of
the LDS church. He settled...under the direction of Pres. Brigham Young...the Lehi
area of Arizona, and was also one of the Rescue Riders for the Martin Willy
Handcart Company. He was quite a man! We talked about what it meant to "fill up" and how
we as a family would put this theme into practice this school year. I sure do appreciate those
who have gone before us and given us such a great heritage to live up to. What I have learned
about myselft because of great ancestors, is that we come from people who can do hard things
and do them well. I really am grateful for their examples. We had these stars made
for each family member...but the artist Kurt Knudsen....(who happened to be our neighbor years
ago when we lived in Utah)...and the theme is etched in the center of each star, as well as
the year. Each is different...and each hangs in our kitchen for us to enjoy and remind us everyday,
of our family committment to....
"Fill Up....Go On....And....Pray Again!"
This boy...The Rooster...was just overcoming a combination of an eye infection...and
severe allergies...his eyes were nearly swollen shut...you can see in the photo..
that there is still some swelling...Poor Guy!!!
Of Course we had a special star made for our Missionary Boy....
It sits on his missionary shelf in our kitchen.,..the Darlings call it....
I know you have heard all these stories before...but I want to tell you again so you know...for sure
how very much you are loved! It wasn't easy for your Dad and I to get our children...
after many years...your brother...The Boy....arrived on the scene...and a very short 9 months
later...we found out that you were on the way! Wow!!! I guess we thought it would take
another several years for us to get another baby...but no....you knew the "family party" had started
and you didn't want to miss a thing! Your arrival was pretty scary...and after a stay in the NICU...
you were ready to come home. When your brother held you for the first time all he could say
was "Babe" and boy did he love you and watch out for you. I know he was pretty anoying for
the last couple of years;)...but he sure did worry about you and wanted to protect you and keep
you safe...that was important to him. When you two had to stay good-bye it was pretty
darn hard.... on both of you. So, Mi Hija...you at 17....
You are a beautiful young woman..inside and out! I am so grateful for you! Your Dad is
perfectly smitten with you...and he will jump whenever you say jump! You are alot like
him. You look like him...you are creative like him...you think like him...and you too understand
each other in a very special way. I love that you talk to us...that you tell us your hopes and dreams,
your fears and your joyful moments. You have a wonderful sense of humor...you are really,
really funny! You are trust worthy.....you are honest, even if it will get you into trouble;)
You have a great head on your shoulders!
You are a fantastic photographer! Your pictures are really special! You most certainly have a gift
You are always finding a way to create....I love that about you. The thing that has touched me the most about you lately is your intense loyalty to your
brother The Rooster. I love that he trusts you and confides in you. I love even more,
that you are willing to protect him. I love that you
love him! He is lucky to have you around and he knows it. You totally hate feeding the dogs...
even though you have done it for YEARS!.....why do you still complain and tell me that you
"hate those dumb dogs...." every single night as you are feeding them!!!! WHY????
Just for the record...they love you. And can we talk about Kitty Meow Meow??? Oh wow!
you sure do love him....he is known as the fattest cat in town...thanks to the bowls of milk
that you give him each and every morning...and sometimes in the night too! He is one wacky cat!
I love that you still wanted a playhouse at the age of 16....and that your Dad actually built
you one! And boy did he build you one!!! You are so fun to talk to....you are very
passionate about life....you have fun no matter what you are doing....and you have a smile
that lights up a room! We did worry the other day though...just a little...when you announced...you
were never going to move away...you would just go to college online while living at the
"red house"...okay...that scared us just a little;)...hehe....
Here is a few of the little names we call you....
Queen.....Queenie....Toria....Wicky....Blicky.....Wicky Lou..and most importantly
PreShie.....this of course comes from Precious. One of the ladies who worked for us when you were
a baby named you Precious....and it stuck! What I love is that even the Bishop calls you PreSh!
Wicky Lou....we love you sooooo much! You are a joy beyond measure!! We love
everything about you! Thanks for being our little PreShie Girl!
(Just a few little notes about your birthday this year....)
*A group of your friends came to our house at 1am to sing Las Mananitas...a
birthday tradition in Mexico....
*A special "friend" gave you a build-a-bear "cheerleader" and you really liked it!
*Aunt Kelly and Jan made you lunch at the high school since I was out of town...
*Aunt Mary made you and the cousins..and some friends...a birthday dinner
(again..since I was out of town)
*You said it was a great day...and you really had alot of fun!;)