Sunday Best!

St. George Temple
Our spiritual journey is the process of a lifetime. We do not know everything in the beginning or even along the way. Our conversion comes step-by-step, line upon line. We then remain steady and patient as we progress through mortality. At times, the Lords answer will be, You don’t know everything, but you know enough—enough to keep the commandments and to do what is right.
-Neil L. Andersen
Hope your Sunday was the Best! Love, Joy

My Family!

Life really is awesome! Yes, there are ups and downs, but it really is awesome!

Falling asleep the other night I thought to myself,”My whole family is here right now.” We haven’t been together for 2 1/2 years. Riley joined the army and left for boot camp for 5 months. Alex left on his mission and was gone for two years. Kelsey left on her mission and was gone for a year and a half. She returned this past Thursday. I am so happy to have my whole family together. After the thought came to my mind the other night, I said a prayer thanking Father in Heaven for the gift of family, and for my children’s safe return. I am so grateful for the love we share.


I love them!

She’s Home!

We picked up Hermana Kelsey at the airport today!!

What a great day!

I’m so grateful to Father in Heaven for blessing our family with wonderful experiences and safety till we can be together again. I am so proud of our daughter for serving the Lord, and blessing other peoples lives.

Life is good!

Totally “Fort Worth” It!

Kelsey, the day we dropped her off at the MTC. Now it’s time to come home!
We are so happy and proud of our girl.
Hermana Kelsey 19:3 -email-
18 months and 3 weeks!
Returning with Honor on Thursday!!!
Dear family,
Yesterday, Hermana S. (the Relief Society president) had Sister P. and I get up in Relief Society to bear our testimonies, because we are both leaving. I thought I would be okay, but I got like 3 words out and then started crying. I love being a missionary, and I am going to miss it SOOOOOOOO much! I was thinking back about the time when Sister Q. was going home, and she got up to bear her testimony her last Sunday, and I cried for her because I knew that she wasn’t going to be able to do this anymore. And now I am there, so instead of crying for someone else, I am crying for me. It’s been tough. But I’m sure I’ll survive. It’s just hard.
Mom: I am so excited to get a mom hug!!!!!! Sister P. and I were talking about it the other day, how like everytime you feel sad or upset of something, you just go hug your mom and everything is okay. So I’m excited to be giving you a hug very soon. And I will hug you first! 🙂 It’s crazy that I’ll actually be seeing you soon. It still feels surreal. It probably won’t hit me until I am actually seeing all of you. It’s gonna be CRAZY!!! Anyway, I’ll see you soon.
Dad: I love talking about faith. Faith is one of the most simple things there is in the gospel, but for some reason it is on of the hardest things for people to understand. In every religion there is a different understanding of what it is, how we have it, how we show it, etc. I love that topic though, because like you said, there are a TON of stories in the Book of Mormon and the Bible about faith. Today I was reading in the Bible and Elijah and when he healed the son of a man. It was by the faith of the the kid’s parents and the faith of Elijah that he was healed. It was a super cool story. I don’t really know what else to say, so I will talk to you later. 🙂

Well, I think that’s it for now. See you soon!! 🙂

Love, Kelsey

Sunday Best!

There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children…what matters is that a mother loves her children deeply…-M. Russell Ballard

Hope your Sunday was the Best! Love, Joy

Most Quoted!

Last night Alex was opening a can of chili or something.

He was using my “Pampered Chef” can opener, the one that opens cans from the side, so you don’t have the sharp lid. When I first bought it, I was so excited that I wouldn’t have to worry about people cutting their fingers on the lid.

It has been a good purchase, other than the fact that I have to keep teaching people how to use it. As of late the other thing that’s not been fun, is that you have to twist and twist the handle so the opener goes around the can several times before it’s a clean cut, and you can actually open the lid.

So Alex is trying to open the can and we hear: “Pampered Chef my eye, would a pampered chef have to work this hard to get a can open?” We all just busted up laughing.

He continues to be a funny, quotable guy!