Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Emma's wedding

Emma and Stephen were married last week.  The couples getting married look younger and younger to me as I get older and my children do too.  Stephen is a good match for her.  I hope that they will strive together to help each other be their best selves.  Love you guys!  Congrats!

The ring ceremony was in full sun, so I improvised with the best shade I had available.

There dog has two different colored eyes.  Pretty fun.

I wish I'd gotten more with Jeff and Emma together.  It was just so busy that I didn't think about it.


Waiting for their temple exit.

I love this picture for more than one reason.  I know that Emma loves her brothers, and because when I got married.... I have a brother that loomed over me like this.  "Little" brothers are the best.

Look!  I had someone take a picture for me... the one picture I'm in from the entire day.

The Brasher bunch is growing by leaps and bounds.

Grandpa made his very special chocolate cake for the reception.  Ada was toooooo excited.

Jacob has grown into such a great guy.  Love him so much!  Mary, I'm so sorry about your shoes!  You made it through the day and I love you guys!

The littles had a different party in mind.

Samuel is full of spunk.  He's so fun.

Sam caught the bouquet (which was arranged by Emma) after a close catch by Matthew.


This was a post from two years ago.   I held off for them and for me.  But I think it's okay to remember Cora now instead of grieve.  Cora sent her sweet sister, Vivien, to heal hearts and remind us of the eternal perspective.

I've been holding off both so that my sister had time to grieve and also because it's just a hard thing.  A week ago today, my sister Sharon and her husband Brad went to the hospital because Sharon's water broke.  Their sweet baby girl Cora Kathleen was born too soon.  She lived for about 14 minutes in the loving arms of her parents before passing away.  She was tall like her parents and had brown hair like her mom.  You can tell she was a fighter, because she fought so hard to stay here despite being so little.  My heart breaks for Sharon, Brad and their kids.  My heart breaks to not get to know this sweet and active baby.  My heart breaks for my parents for the loss of their grandchild.  My heart breaks in a selfish way for me as well.  I've always wanted to have a baby at the same time as my sisters... When Sharon got pregnant and my baby was still tiny, I couldn't wait to share this time together. We can still share it, just in a different way.  I'm so glad that they were blessed to have her.  I'm so glad that they got to hold their child and love her while she still lived.  I'm so glad to know the Plan of Salvation and know that there is more beyond the grave and that we can be together as families for eternity.  I love you guys and that sweet baby girl Cora.


Dear Friend

I wrote this about three years ago and never published it.  I think I'm ready.

I just wanted to tell you that you've already won.  Did you know that?  By choosing to come to earth and get a body, you've already won.  Anything that we achieve beyond that is just awesome icing on the cake.  Anything that we get after this life will be better than anything we've had before.  You've won.  And more than that... you're awesome, basically a suburban superhero

There is no way I could ever be disappointed in you.  There is no way that God would be disappointed in you.  I bet when you chose to be a spirit instead of an intelligence, God was joyous.  I bet when you decided to get a body rather than stay a spirit, God was joyous.  Now, unless you commit murder you are set.  Anything from here on out is progress... that's why we're here... to be ANYTHING more than we were as intelligences.

I love you, my kids adore you, and I'm glad I have you in my life.

Draft pictures.....

 I found a bunch of draft posts that I didn't post last year for some reason.  I'm going to post a couple here. This was Evelyn being very possessive of Uncle Seth Sept 2016.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wax Museum

Ada has been working on her final project.  Their grade did a wax museum.  Ada really wanted to be Sacagawea.  When she was approved, she walked around on cloud nine for days.  She told me what pictures she wanted on her poster, She wrote and memorized her own blurb about her. Our neighbor lent us an indian costume, Ada looked adorable. She googled her own resources (I helped her sort through useful and not useful).  She was nervous at first and had her paper out in front of her, but as she went she got rid of it and trusted herself.  I was very proud of her. (She's also been doing this thing lately that when I take pictures of her, this is the face I get.... no matter what mood she's in.  I promise she was ecstatic.)