Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Grandma taking it all in with cousin Sidney.
May the Lord bless you and keep you Grandpa.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I wanted to take the chance to honor my grandpa for a moment. He's the only grandpa I ever really knew growing up. My father's dad died when I was 5 or so. I will always remember my grandpa's love for BYU as well as the love and support he always showed me in my educational and career pursuits.
Yesterday I had the chance to go help dress him in his temple attire with my mom. I was glad I was there to support my mom as she had a chance to finally say "goodbye" to her dad. It was such a neat experience to see for myself how true the scriptures are when they state that our body is just a tabernacle of clay for our body. Without our spirit it is just an empty vessel. I was grateful to dress my grandpa in the clothes he loved wearing the most. I will never forget his desire to serve the Lord whether through church callings or through going to the temple. I know he is happy now to have strength to spread the gospel on the other side.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Afterwards we enjoyed breaking a pinata. Kim and Emily did the honors. Once Kim knocked the pinata down, Jason took a sledge hammer to it...quite effective in getting the candy out for all to enjoy.
Kim, Jack, Emily, and Flat Sofia (Emily's niece's school project)
Kim successfully knocked the pinata down, then Jason destroyed it with his sledge hammer.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Chase playing his favorite game--waiting to the very last minute to catch the stroller rolling down numerous little hills all the while with Gabe inside. Definitely not a mother's favorite game :)
Thanks to the workers at Thanksgiving Point we were able to find the horned owl that is nesting by the waterfalls. So cool!
Friday, May 7, 2010
So, after a crazy week of me getting sick and Chase trying to get little errands done, Chase officially left for Ukraine yesterday morning. His flight was at about 8:45 am, so I drove him to the airport at around 5:45 am. He sadly got through security in like 5 minutes so he spent about 2 hours waiting at the airport, but what can ya do when your wife has to be to work by 7:15 am?
It hadn't hit me that we'd be parting ways for 6 weeks until the night before he left. Reality finally did set in that night though as we tried to soak up the finals hours we had. I'll be honest, every so often I tear up as I think about the fact that he's gone for 42 days (well 41 as of today), but then I think about our friends the Fishers who faced being apart for 5 months and think, "I can do this!" Luckily, we experienced a definite tender mercy this week in finding out that Chase's apartment will have internet (come next Tuesday), something we assumed he wouldn't have causing Skype to be nearly impossible.
I have to express my gratitude to those who called or texted yesterday. Thank you for thinking of me. But please, pray for Chase. I know I'll make it through these next few weeks because of my busy schedule and friends and family nearby, but I worry more for Chase who will be alone in Ukraine. He emailed me today the following that just broke my heart:
"Sveta's uncle picked me up from the airport and he drove me to my apartment so that I could drop off my bags. We then went to exchange money and then go buy groceries. He left at about 2:30 my time and that is when it hit me: I was alone. Have you ever felt that way? Surrounded by millions of people but feel like you are completely and utterly alone?"So please pray that he meets welcoming people in the international branch in Ukraine that will invite him over at times and will make his trip more enjoyable. Pray that he will have a chance to see old friends from the mission. Pray that his Russian will return quickly to him. Pray for his safety. And pray that he will confidently be able to learn the Ukrainian laws in order to be an asset to the firm he will be working for.
I am so grateful for my sweet husband. I am grateful that he offered to give me a blessing yesterday morning. I am especially grateful for his thoughtfulness. I came to find out yesterday that he planned ahead in order to make our parting less difficult on me. Before we said goodbye he handed me a note to read that informed me that there would be surprises throughout the day to help cheer me up. During my second period I received this beautiful bouquet with a note wishing me a happy Mothers' day with sweet words to lift my spirits.
Then I was informed that I had to be home by 3:45 pm in order for Danielle, our cousin, to pick me to take us both to get pedicures. I've secretly been wanting one for awhile so I'm glad Chase read my mind.
What a sweetheart! I really lucked out when I married Chase! It's gestures like these that make 6 weeks seem forever long to be apart. But let the countdown begin...41 days and counting!