Ready for Baby!!!

My new grand baby is due in about a week and a half.

I have been sewing my guts out!!!

Ok, maybe not my guts out, but I have been trying to fit sewing into my schedule and…”slow and steady, wins the race!” I got it done.

Janet and I went on a fabric hunt about two months ago. Trying to find the perfect fabric for our sweet baby. When we saw this fabric with the cars all over, and especially the advertisements for cars, we had to get it. You would have to know Riley to truly understand why, but let’s just say, he loves cars and he is constantly buying and selling cars.

No kidding!photo 3I paid a lady to machine quilt the quilt, but I put the edging on it, and did all the rest.

I love how it turned out!photo 4photo 1I am so excited for the baby to come!! Maybe he will like cars like his daddy!!!

Out on a WIM #50

Hello to my most wonderful family ūüôā
How are you all?? It sounds like you are all very busy and enjoying the rainy yucky weather.. Speaking of which… I uh got sunburned today in the sunshine! I wish I could send some of this sun to you in a mason jar or something.
Ok all these babies!!!!!!!!!!! MAN!!!!!! I wish I could there for the babies. That is one thing that gets me.. I am kinda hungry… Yeah for babies!!!!!!!!
What are some things that you want me to tell you about when we Skype?? I want to have an outline for our sype sesh….
Well…. This week was¬†ummmmm….. Great? Hahaha this week was a big challenge. Lets just say I learned a lot and was tested quite a lot.
I was actually sick all this week with a head cold or something. It was pretty bad. Also all of the people we are teaching that were progressing are kinda falling through. And our Branch is having some struggles. There is some gossip going around and our BP resigned basically.. WELP! The lord will provide a way. That has been the motto of my life for the past little while and will continue to be for my whole life.
Anyway we found out that Sister K. is leaving at the end of this transfer for true. And so we are trying to cram in 7 weeks of training in one week!!!! WOW!!!
This week we taught somone while they were in the shower….. And also someone hit a possum and were hanging on to it by the tail and hanging it out the window of their car…. Hahaha only in this place. ūüôā
Something wonderful: The highlight of my week was yesterday. In the morning we went early and were helping our inv. to get on buses and stuff and T. refused to go to church and his g-ma said if he went to church he’d be kicked out of the house… Pretty much Satan is working real hard. But it was a rough morning and I was sick and the Branch was having a hard¬†sunday. Anyway needless to say I was feeling a little heavy in my heart. But I was trying to look for the good in what was happening. Anyway I asked my District Leader to give me a blessing and the moment the elders put their hands on my head I was flooded with peace and it was such a special blessing. I am actually feeling loads better now. I have such a great testimony of the priesthood. I am so grateful to be surrounded by righeous males holding it.
Anyway this week I read an article called the 40 day fast and it was amazing. It reminded me about what I have been taught about aligning our wills with Gods and changing ourselves for the better. I know I have come a long way from who I used to be and I know I have much further to go. But I am grateful for the experiences and blessings I have had all throughout my life. Thanks everyone for your love and support I can feel it. Somedays it is hard to keep going but there are so many great things in life.
I love the gospel and I am commited to always keep learning and moving forward.
Sorry this compute is being silly so I won’t be able to write each individual but just know that I love you all so much and I hope you have a great week ūüôā
Love always, Sister Emily

It’s Been Five Years!!! Happy Blogiversary!!!

20070616_174349Five Things About My Blog!

1-I love having a blog. It is a way to share my personal history. It is a history of my family. There are times I can’t think of anything to say, and other times I have lists of future posts I want to write.

2-Sometimes I wonder if anyone is reading. Hopefully, it is a fun place to visit. I’m so happy when I see that others have been to my blog. I hope when people come to visit they’re glad they came. I hope I can put a smile on their face.

3-It is not a popular blog, but it is mine. It is how I feel and my experiences. It is a testimony to my love of life and God, my love of family and home. It is all about our joyful nest, and it is a happy place to be!

4-I am amazed at which posts are the most popular: The Candy Bar Poster, My Cold Hot Water Bottle, My Favorite Planner, Family History Forms, The Grapefruit Poem, and More!

5-I wonder sometimes how long I will do this. I have been writing a blog for 5 years. I think I will do more posts, write more stories, and share more history. I think I will do better at sharing my helps for parents. I will continue to share myself and my life, my family and my love of Father in Heaven and my Savior.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you will come again sometime. Leave a comment once in a while, I would love to hear from you.

Happy 5th Blogiversary!!! 


Tuesday Adventure!

ErinAndrewMTCWe visited our niece Erin who entered the MTC today! Isn’t she beautiful? She is going to Finland!

Then we went to the Oquirrh Temple. It is a lovely temple. I love to go to the temple.

It you look close in the picture you can see my darlin. He must have been playing “Where’s Waldo” or something. Funny!¬†photo 1

We went to lunch and ate some yummy Mexican food. Mmmmm!

Then we went to the thrift store. It is a fun place to find a deal and maybe even a treasure!DeseretIndustries

Next we came home and my darlin helped me sew for the new baby coming in a few weeks.

Of course the best part about my Tuesday Adventure was being with my darlin!!!

Out on a WIM #49



Oh…….. hi.

Ok so pretty much I have five words to say.
Alright I will stop being dramatic now… But this week was wild!
I’ll tell you about it in a minute. So first of all, yes Sister G. told me Happy Birthday from you. Thanks! MOM! Forgive yourself right meow. It’s fine. I had a great birthday!!!!!!
I am glad you liked the pictures Sister B. had. Sorry I have not been sending pictures like I used to. Next week I will send some for sure ūüôā Well hopefully. I am also glad the temple went really great! I miss that wonderful place so bad.
 Zone Conference was SO good! I love all of the missionaries they are like my besties. And I felt the spirit so strong and it always gives me the boost I need. It was magnif.
Today for P-day we went to the beach with the Zone and played football and volleyball. And then got smoothies and it was really fun.
There are so many neat things about this place. There is animals all of the place. We will be cruising down the road and then all of the sudden there’ll just be like a big morbidly obese (only not really because the animals here are starving) cow in the middle of the road. It is fun! Kinda!
There are too many fun things!
The companionship is great! I love Sister K. Haha she is an energetic, loving, hard working and very out there sorta person. I really enjoy her. She is checking all really quick and I am sure learning a lot. It’s funny how that works. Anyway all is well. Still trying to do my best. I am learning a little Dutch! I understand what she says and all but I am still working on speaking it… Maybe one day.
I have just been loving random scriptures all over the place but the chapter that comes to mind is Mosiah 4. This encompasses a lot of different qualities I am working on. It is always a nice thing to be more humble and loving and to recognize God in our lives.
So this week the Elders got one of the bikes stolen.. It is actually a funny story… One of their investigators brothers who is like 10 took the bike and then a random Rasta man came over and pushed the little boy off the bike and rode off with it… Hahahaha anyway… i tell you.
We had this big Celebration¬†on Friday¬†which is celebrating 25 years of the church here. It went really well. It was so fun ūüôā Singing, poetry and food and stuff. NICE.
Ok side note: We are at the church right now and I am sweating my guts out because there is no fans or AC in the computer room.
Ummm… My birthday was really nice. The Elders had a baptism on that day and me and Z. (the one getting baptized) joked that it was both of our birthdays because she was being born again.
Holy cats if only I could tell you all the crazyness that is happening.
Anyway that was basically our week. We are still working with a couple of people towards baptism. And struggling to get people to church.
It was a great week for true.
Funny thing this week: D our awesome inv. was praying and said he was grateful for the “book of mermaid” Hahahaha never heard that one before. I have heard Book of Normon, Book of the mormons and so on but that one was new ūüôā
Alright well I love you my wonderful mother. Thanks for all you do. You are so great.
Have you watched “because of him” Mormon Message????? SO good. It makes me cry. I am so grateful for our Savior just like you said. He means everything to me. I love you ever so much! Stay excellent.
Oh what are some things you want to hear about when we skype?? so I can get prepared!
Have a great week! Thanks for all the love and support from everyone. I love you all with all of my little sister Emily heart!
Love always, Sister Emily

Sunday Best: Happy Easter!

“Because of Him,

we have second chances, clean slates, new beginnings, there’s no such thing as the end,

because of Him.”

I know that my Redeemer lives. I love Him with all my heart. I know that because of Him I can be my best self. I am so grateful for His life, His sacrifice and atonement, and His resurrection. He is the Son of God, and my brother.

Hope your Easter Sunday is the Best! Love, Joy

My Baby is 20!

My little “Bonus Baby” is having a birthday today!! What a wonderful darling baby. She is truly a blessing.

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2 Years Old

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8 Years Old
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18 Years Old_MG_9428aNow!IMG_9463 (2)I am a blessed Mama. I hope my sweet Sister Emily has a wonderful birthday. I won’t be able to call her or hug her today. She’s on her mission for 7 more months. I sent her a package and a letter and a card. I will get to talk to her on Mother’s Day in about a month. Yay! So just for today, I’ll thank Heavenly Father for my sweet “Bonus Baby”, for her life and the wonderful opportunity to love her, and know her, and be her Mama!!!

Happy Birthday “Bonus Baby”!!! oxoxo

Family History Friday: Treats & Sweets!

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Have you ever wondered what your ancestors had as a special treat?

I remember my Grandma Norma wrote in her history that a special treat for their family was sharing an apple, sitting around the kitchen table.

When I think of that image I smile. How simple and precious.

When I was a little girl I would get to go shopping with my mom. I remember it was always a special treat if she bought me a little box of animal crackers. You know the brand, it was Barnum’s Animals Crackers. I loved them! Still do. They came in a little box with a string handle, and different animal pictures all around the box. I always felt so special and they were so delicious.

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It is National Animal Cracker Day today!

When my children were little they got them for a treat too. I was also thinking about how I still feed Animal Crackers to the daycare kids. It is a memory a lot of us share. I looked up what people ate in England for desserts and treats and found out that sweets have been around for a long time, I just don’t think they came in a little box with a string handle.

I’m so lucky!

Happy Family History Friday! Love, Joy

It All Worked Out!



I rode the train to the restaurant where we were eating lunch. It was a nice lunch with my co-workers. I had to leave early. It was the day my “Bonus Baby” was going through the temple for the first time. It is a big deal to members of the LDS church.

I had recently been given an assignment in my ward to be the Primary President. I was feeling quite overwhelmed, like always, and I had been trying extra hard to stay close to Heavenly Father. I felt like I needed inspiration in many areas of my life.

In my rush to get back to my car and head home to meet Emily to go to the temple, I got on the wrong train. It didn’t take long for me to realize I was going the wrong direction. I panicked and started to think. “What can I do? What should I do? Should I ride until it comes back? No time for that.”

I knew right away I needed to get off.

If I got off the train, I would have to walk for many blocks to get where I needed to be, but at least I would be going the right direction.

I got off the train and started walking. I immediately started having thoughts come to my mind. As I walked, there were a few times I felt concerned for my safety, but only for a minute. I prayed the whole time asking Father to help me make good time, be safe and get to where I needed to be. The life lesson was clear:

1-If you are headed in the wrong direction, stop heading in the wrong direction. Do whatever it takes to change directions. You can always stop going the wrong direction.

2-It may take a while to get back to where you were, but it is worth it. It may take you through difficult places, but you can do it. It will take more effort than you would have had to put in if you weren’t going the wrong direction, but it’s still the thing to do.

3-You “can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth” you! (Phil 4:13). Focus on the light. Focus on the goal. Keep moving.

My goal was to get to the temple with my baby. To be close to God and have the spirit with me. I made it, and it was a wonderful experience.

I heard a quote that is so powerful to me:

“But if we‚Äôre facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. If it takes a year, or sixty years, or five lifetimes, as long as we‚Äôre heading towards light, that‚Äôs all that matters.”-Joseph Goldstein

Another favorite:

2 Nephi 31:19-21

19 And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.

20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

21 And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.

What direction are you facing?

Waiting on Someone Else!

This last Saturday was a wonderful, fun, and beautiful day!

It was the day my “Dream Come True” daughter and I planned a baby shower for Janet. Janet is having a baby in May and we are so excited, we can hardly stand it.

We planned and planned, and bought, and sewed, and decorated, and baked. It turned out wonderful!

I think it was perfect.

I have been wanting to write the post, but I only have a few pictures to share and I have been waiting for the picture takers to send me their pictures.

Well, they are busy and maybe they forgot. Then I get busy and then I forget.

So here are a few pictures of the wonderful, fun and beautiful day!

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