Thursday, May 19, 2011

Body Builders

My boys are the strongest in the world. This whole photo shoot started because we had just had a very big meal and a few of us had big tummies to show for it. Then we digressed into a show and tell with the boys. I love how cute they are. Some of my boys are so modest that this was very hard for them. They were very brave to go shirtless and show off their muscles for the good of future posterity. You can tell we are not too worldly as the boys don't really even know how flex. That or I have sadly neglected their education. I promise I do feed these boys although a few of them look like they just came from a concentration camp.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Drew's Adoption

Drew's adoption was great. It felt very formal compared to the other adoptions we have done. I guess that is a good thing. But at the end the judge got more friendly and relaxed. I think I always worry that something will go wrong and they won't let me keep my baby. That didn't happen so I will stop worrying about it. I love Drew so much and am so grateful for all the joy he brings to my heart. The Big 5 have really had to step up to the plate and help out with Drew. They have done such a wonderful job. I am so proud of my children. What lucky parents we are.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Here are some pictures of the Twins Baptism Day. Annie Laurie got to be baptized twice because David forgot to say her name. Brian only got to go under once. He was a little disappointed he didn't get to do it twice too. It was a full day. We had adopted Drew the day before and then right after the twins were baptized we went to the temple where Grandpa Jensen sealed Drew to our family forever. It was a very busy day, but one of the best. While we were walking out of the temple to get some pictures we were stopped by almost everyone that was visiting the temple. One sweet woman grabbed my arm and with tears in her eyes told me she had never seen anything so inspiring than our little family dressed all in white walking in the temple. It was very inspiring and a great reminder that family is what it is all about. I forgot my camera in all the rush to get to the temple. I will get some pictures from Grandma Mower and post them later.

Monday, May 16, 2011

My Strings Section

Doesn't everyone look great? I am so proud of my kids. They are practicing really hard and are so cute with their determination. They played in their first concert on April 30 and all did very well. Everyone was playing only the open strings. They are working on the D major scale now so that they can learn some notes. They can almost play 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'. We have so much fun practicing together. Sahara can't wait until she gets her own "instment". I loved how her hair turned out that day. Definitely my little Fluffy.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I know I have been absent from the blogging scene for awhile and I surely won't be voted the best blogger everbut here is the cutest picture . I have to share it.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


The Esther that was helping us was not Esther that is on her mission. It is Esther Michela. She knew Aunt SandraLee and Uncle Chris in Maryland. She became a good friend of the family and is now visiting my Mom for a month on the farm. She was a wonderful friend to come and help out. Thanks Esther!!! Sorry for the confusion!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Here we are selling fun and excitement for the Cache Valley area. We are all selling fireworks in the Macey's parking lot and the Ridley's parking lot in Hyrum. We opened the stands the Friday before the 4th. There was not much business for the first couple of days. I was able to help out for most of the days. I was down in Layton on Tuesday, but other than that I was out there helping an extremely good cause. My parents were doing this to earn some extra money to help pay for some of the adoption expenses with getting Julianna.(Or as I would say Nana) Sarah, Katie, Mom, Esther, and I split up between the two stands. Grandma and Grandpa Jensen even came out to help. They were incredible!!!!! I was so amazed to see two of the people I love and respect most in this world behind a wooden counter convincing people of the best buy for their money!! It was AWESOME!!!! David even came and helped out for several hours. Such a supportive husband and Son-in-Law. I don't think I have ever been so tired in my whole life. Working 10-14 hours a day in a 24 foot stand in hot weather for 6 days was hard. It was a sacrifice of time, energy, and family time. But it was a sacrifice I would do again. I got to spend quite a bit of time on the slow days catching up with Mom. On the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th of July there really wasn't much time to socialize. We were kept busy all day long with customers. I am so glad that I am not normally a working mom. It was exhausting and I really missed the time I have with the kids! Who would have thought! It was an experience!!! We had signs up all over telling about Mom & Dad adopting 19 children so that people would come and know they were supporting a good cause as well as getting their fireworks. In the evenings all the little kids came and stood in front of the stand and waved at the people in the street as they drove by. It was so CUTE!!!! We even had some very generous people who just donated money to my Parents. They came away with $1,300 in donations and about $7,000 from the the sell of the fireworks. It was such a blessing! Isn't the Lord good? He was watching out for us as we sold fireworks!!

Isn't she CUTE!!! Definitely the cutest of us all!!!

Gracie just couldn't last as long as the rest of us. She fell asleep in the middle of the Hyrum Fireworks show. I don't know how. It was so loud. We were right by the field where they were shooting off the fireworks.