Tuesday, April 8, 2014

you & me are more than friends... we're like a small gang:

these 2 gems came to me
"photo shoot time!"

I gently reminded them
"i am NOT a photographer"

obviously....
that didn't matter

I.
love.
 their.
 sisterhood.



















the main purpose of this trip
Syd + Jo = MORP w/other gender BFF
where....
our shyness came out....
& posing didn't come as natural
however... w/ my spectacular photography skills
I DID manage to get my dear friend Marja & her guy in EVERY photo...
cuz that's how good I am!
so while all the coy-ness & shy-ness was coming about
@ least on the female end...
these 2 boys?
they were pure entertainment
I loved being around these kiddos....
miss daughter?
her thoughts?

Mom... go away
Mom... stop taking pics.
Mom... he's my bff.... so, stop. it. now.
this daughter o mine
has amazing friends
from different back grounds
different "cliques"
different states
different styles
&
she amazes me with her determination to LOVE someone for the inside
not the outside
tho these kids...
pretty freaking adorable if you ask me.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Did you know
the church is making changes
for those who are missionary age
however unable to serve a "regular" full time mission
I had a wonderful chat with the man in charge
he calmed my thoughts
& gave me his support

this will be done


we are hoping this helps our guy
we are ready to continue on with life
moving on to the next step

peace of mind
or @ least a small step in the right direction
is always a welcome feeling


this kid has a lot to offer
i hope he's given the chance



Saturday, March 1, 2014

a star

taken from the Gilbert AZ TC Celeb. FB page
i know that
had we not moved here
my daughter would not have had this opportunity


nor made 
these girls feel 
THEY 
and 
their friendships
are worth 
a million
in a place where 
being worth 
a million
is only known in dollar signs
and she would never have had the opportunity
to dance in the rain
with thousands of youth
in front of our prophet

and come home 
cold
drenched
laughing
happy

and ready for a hot bath
after which she came down
sat @ the kitchen table
with a bowl of cereal
with stories of the evening


all this happened
after the previous night
in which she performed - singing
in her 
oh so small
high school choir concert

which may not be as amazing 
as her former school's choir

however the charismatic teacher
obviously
loves his job
&
adores his students

& made Sydney 
the "leader"
for the night
(obviously because she is a beauty)
not for her coordination skills
though she and I laughed @ the thought
of her tripping up the stairs, 
down the platform
and off the stage..
only because it's something
she inherited from
me..
her mom.

(singing w/ pink back lighting.... pink.   ????)
 we are 
keeping our heads high
and taking unknown paths
to unknown places
............surrendering
and hoping 
and praying
there will be answers to unknown possibilities 
soon.

what a weekend it's been for this girl of mine
a weekend she'll remember 
always and forever

love her



Thursday, February 20, 2014


although my martha s. side of me has slipped into oblivion
along w/ any creativity...
we still rocked our val day dinner w/ the kiddos.



 in case the obvious isn't noticed...
my fam does not enjoy having their photo taken...
case in point...
1.  2.  3.  4.  fake smiles.
 and this guy was in a rush to get to school
but not w/o mom taking a quick snap of his cool val box.
what you can't hear:
MOM!  SERIOUSLY???!!!  WE ARE SO LATE FOR SCHOOL!
(note: facial expression)
and although his box rocks:
what i really wanted to capture was this ensemble he put together:
because
"it's valentines day."
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for those of you on instagram
do you follow natgeo?
you should.
it's a lovely departure from the bragging rights that go on there.
andrew & i find new adventures going on in other parts of the world with their daily art featured on instagram
(it is art...  i love it!)

and if you don't want to follow them
my friend takes the most amazing photos of her surroundings.
she sees beauty in everything & everyplace she may wander
(hope you don't mind rach.....)

just adds a bit of relaxation 
and life
to your day.
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new hair color for this gal... 
and i kinda love it.
now... if i can be brave
and go shorter.....
?????????????

Monday, February 10, 2014

valentine 2014

this years valentine.
as requested:
not too mooshy.  
not too lovey dovey.
just....
awesomely andrew.
(my boy never ever stops moving.............thus the fuzzy foto)


better w/ age

this dad of mine turned
70
this past week.
when I called to wish him a happy birthday
with out a "thanks Jo".
nor a "hi"
he only replied w/ his gifted dry sarcasm:
"Jo....that's not very nice of you.   how would you feel if I called you just to remind you how old you were!!!?"
I just laughed @ the old young guy.
he knows he has 29 + years on me!

Love this man & the example he set for his 11 children
their spouses
and their children.
never have I known a man more dedicated to serving others
regardless of religion, race, financial background, or past mistakes.
recently a friend of the family who we become close to in Louisiana
passed away
he was a dear friend to my parents.
their children approached my dad, in tears of sadness
--- all the while, praising this father of mine
for his unconditional love towards their family
and for being like a second father to them.
I am so proud to call him my DAD.

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this father-in-law of mine
also had a birthday
&.....
depending on who you ask,
when you ask,
and why you ask
his age shall go unannounced
he is just wonderful....
loving
quick witted
and maybe a tiny stubborn.
but so full of love

he adores his family
he is an endless example to my Mike
how to love & cherish your wife and children
how to take life's battles one by one
and
how to love your family unconditionally
 we LOVE being able to be a part of this couple's daily life again
they are amazing!
and have so much love for my family!


and this cute girl is named for her papa......
and she is just as snarky & quick witted as her name sake


 love these people!
 Love that we got to show (with Grandma) their papa the new Gilbert Temple
 and love this.