Thursday, January 17, 2013


Packing- my LEAST favorite thing to do.  Maybe ever!

So very glad that Kyle is quite good at it and has incredible patients while I think and rethink about what needs to go in the suitcase.

This trip's packing has been a little challenging.  2+ years of school curriculum takes up quite a bit of space, especially when Abby's next couple of years are heavy with supplemental reading (I could only get a few on Kindle).  We also have a few of those "last minute" items that are still coming in the mail.  A few more school books, my bathing suit, etc.  I do hope they make it here!

But, unpacking is always fun and handing out goodies that we brought back is a favorite for the girls.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


One of the most blessed parts of furlough is family!

Hearing their stories from the past couple years you've missed, telling OLD stories that still include you and watching your children deepen their understanding of family.

This furlough, family time was a little more bitter-sweet than the last.  Probably because my kids are getting older and I feel bad for the relationships and memories that they miss out on.  Maybe partly because my Grandmothers are getting older.  There's a little bit of disappointment that I won't be around to welcome new nieces/nephews into the world this next year.

But, all these "frustrations" warm my heart in a way . . . . I LOVE the fact that I have a big, loving family who work hard while we're home to make memories for my children.  LOVE the fact that the family is expanding and new little personalities will be met on the next furlough.  And, LOVE the stories that we will take back with us and retell over the next couple years!