Things every night

So this week we had something going on every night. Weeks like this keep us busy and also make us grateful for our little family routines and traditions. Monday night was probably the most “normal” (is that even a thing?) night of the week. We had family home evening. Sarah taught a lesson about the sacrament. We’re almost done with all of the lessons in the little nursery manual that we use. Eliza reminds us every week that we have to do family home evening. We always have an opening song and she leads while we sing. Eliza almost always … Continue reading

Learning and Growing 2

So this week was week two of potty training for Eliza and we had a much better week! She is pretty consistently going in the toilet for #1 and she had a major breakthrough on #2 this week. We have some bigger rewards for her when she does #2 and on Thursday she finally decided that she would get up the guts to try to go. She told Sarah that she needed to go and then just went into the bathroom to “have some privacy” and took care of business! She was tickled pink with herself! She could hardly contain … Continue reading

Something every night

We had something going on every night this week. All of them were good things and we had a good time doing them. On Monday we had our normal family home evening. It was pretty good. Eliza is getting better and better at singing. When we have family home evening she has to go get her little children’s songbook and open it up to sing. We almost always sing “I am a Child of God” or “I Love to See the Temple.” She knows those two songs pretty much by heart and will sing along with us for some of … Continue reading

Two Kids Teething

We survived Sunday. Go us! This week has been a bit rough with both Eliza and James both teething and  both of them with the sniffles. Eliza has been waking up in the middle of the night several days this week and will just cry inconsolably and have a bad cough. She doesn’t run a fever or anything (although she did learn that word this week and asks us to take her temperature). James has been having a rough time cutting his bottom two teeth. Today just before church he was screaming and screaming and didn’t like taking his pain … Continue reading


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our life and how awesome it really is. I hope you’ll forgive me for just writing some of my feelings publicly. I’m sometimes not very good at showing how grateful I am to the Lord for my blessings. I really have so many blessings that I’m sure that I could go on and on. I just want to list a few: I have an amazing, strong, beautiful, talented, smart, good wife. I have a place to live and spend my time. I live in a place where people are generally good and friendly. We … Continue reading

Houston . . . Not a Problem!

Last weekend, we drove to Houston. The land here is so green and beautiful. We even saw an LDS church building along the highway! As we entered Houston, there was a beautiful sunset in the west, and the moon was huge and bright as it rose in the east. On Saturday morning, we had the opportunity to go to the Houston, Texas temple! It was so beautiful. The architecture and landscaping were lovely, and we had a wonderful experience inside. I’m so grateful for the temple and to live close to many temples! After our visit to the temple, Adam … Continue reading

San Antonio Temple

Yesterday we went down to the San Antonio, Texas Temple for the first time.  Our stake had set up a stake “Temple Day of Service” and encouraged us to come on Friday and participate as a stake in serving in the temple. We called ahead last week and reserved a spot on the 6:30 session. Google maps, which I guess should not always be implicitly trusted, told us that it would take one hour and twenty-eight minutes to travel from Austin to San Antonio.  We therefore left at 4:00 which we thought would give us plenty of time to get … Continue reading