Help outfit Michael, Sarah, and John

Friday, June 23, 2017

Happy Birthday to Iryna

Happy Birthday to my beautiful girl, Iryna! She is now 13 years old - a teenager! She asked for homemade doughnuts for breakfast and fish sticks with french fries for lunch with chocolate brownies for her cake. We love this girl so much. She is an important part of our family. Iryna is kind, empathetic, hard-working, strong, and wants to do what is right. She has a lot of faith in her Heavenly Father and frequently prays for His help as she battles her daily struggles due to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She is a warrior and we are so happy to celebrate her big day today. We love you, Irynka!

Iryna likes to eat apples, grapes, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. Her favorite cereal is Raisin Bran. She loves to play baseball with her brothers and basketball. Iryna enjoys helping others and wants to work hard. She has a testimony of Jesus Christ and often feels the Holy Ghost.

Sunday, June 04, 2017


Silas and I were having a conversation a couple of days ago. We were talking about Michael, Sarah, and John in Bulgaria and how in just a few weeks we are bringing them home. 

Silas asked, "What about their mama?" I replied that their mamas weren't taking care of them. "What?!?! That's not what mamas are supposed to do." 

I love that Silas knows the role of what mamas should be doing in caring for their children. He seems to have forgotten (at least for now) how his own mama didn't take care of him, as she left him in the hospital after being born. I am thankful to be a mama to five (and soon to be eight) and it is such a privilege to me. And I am further thankful that Silas has attached to me as his mama. :-)

Friday, June 02, 2017

Temple Trip with the twins

My dearest friend, Shellie, mailed me this Matryoshka shirt! Isn't it cute? So thoughtful of her.

Love these kids!

Tyler and I took Anna and the twins to the temple last weekend. We had a wonderful time together! We took family names and did baptisms and confirmations. I love being in the temple with my family.

We finally planted our garden! We planted peppers and tomatoes and herbs.

Anna loves Maggie Moo. 

First swim of summer!

So thankful for this man of mine. He's the love of my life!

We are getting Rosie all fixed up, by cleaning her out, steam cleaning the carpets and seating, and putting in a rear view camera to help me back up! So thankful for Tyler working hard to get Rosie ready for our new kids coming home. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Birthday to Keith!

My son is 13! How did that happen? Keith is such a wonderful boy. I am so thrilled to be his mama. He had a GREAT birthday, with a school bus theme. He asked for dairy-free macaroni and cheese with dairy-free cake. I did my best to accommodate him and he was a happy boy! My dear friend, Danee, took Keith on a bus tour and he was in heaven. He loved his gifts. At the end of the day, he said that the day went too fast, and then he cried. So sad. 

Keith, you love all things vehicle-related. Your favorite food is macaroni and cheese. You enjoy riding your bike and playing make-believe. When you grow up, you want to live with Iryna. You are a sunshine in my life and I am so thankful for you. I love you. ❤️ 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday was a wonderful day. We went to church and Keith received the Aaronic Priesthood! It was a wonderful thing to witness. We're so proud of him.

Anna and Tyler baked me a pineapple upside-down cake and Tyler made pineapple fried rice for dinner.

We played dominos and had a nice time. I'm so thankful for the opportunity that I have to be a mother.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Beach Day

Last Saturday, Tyler and I drove the kids to the beach for the day. I just needed to get my toes in the sand, you know? The weather was sunny and HOT and the ocean was frigid and cold, but we had a great time! I can't wait to take Michael, Sarah, and John to the beach after they come home. It's so hard just waiting for them to be here.

Barkley was excited to be outside with us, but he thought the water was TOO cold.

I told Anna that she looked like a Geisha, with so much sunscreen on! She's really into all-things-Japan, so she liked that idea!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sneaky Sheets

The other day, we were putting away laundry as a family. I was showing the children how the fitted sheets tend to end up with socks or underwear or shirts inside of them, and that they need to look through the fitted sheet to make sure it's empty before putting it away. I came up with the term of "sneaky sheets" if they were hiding something inside of them. This term has stuck, because the kids keep telling me about what the "sneaky sheets" or "sneaky backpack" or "sneaky basket" is trying to hide from us. My kids are so fun. 


We are all folding laundry. Iryna folds a towel and then looks at me and says, "Mama, watch and learn."

A friend from church gave us a bag of boy clothes. Keith LOVES his new yellow shorts!

We went over to see Paul and Kai's family. They have lots of snakes!

 I was amazed that Anna was willing to hold a snake! She is so brave - much braver than I am!

My three sons enjoying a ride on a lovely pink scooter!