Mother-Daughter Baking

Macaroons anyone??

OK, these are a labor of love…a labor that I likely won’t repeat, but totally loved the class and being with Haylie!! Don’t you just love bright Macaroons?  I had no idea you weren’t suppose to eat them for a couple of days…seriously??!!

The Pictures Tell the Story

Recently I read an article about how pictures can tell the story, the beginning to the end.  I think this is the perfect picture story of one of our favorite early summer activities.

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Baby girl is on her way…quilt is ready

Quilty Hearts for our baby girl…name is still a secret for a few more hours but mommy is at the hospital…so soon we will know!!

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Pattern baby Quilty Love called Quilty Hearts by @emily_dennis_

I just found scraps in my stash and added a couple others to blend.  Isn’t it darling!  I will show you more when baby girl is bundled in this love of hearts.

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The rest of the story…

I am not sure I can tie this all together the way I feel like it should be, but here goes.  Number one…this was an easy peesy pattern right!  That’s one of the reasons I chose it, however, for some reason I could not get it right.  I unpicked these squares at least 3 times each.  I kept wondering to myself, “what is wrong with you that you can’t get these hearts in the right direction and lined up correctly”.  Of course that conversation was happening as I was UNPICKING!  Well as it turned out, I think that 2, maybe 3 of the hearts still ended up being turned the wrong direction, whatever, I am over this right!!  Did I mention, this pattern choice was not my first.  I had a completely different pattern picked out and fabric bought, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  That’s how I ended up with the heart quilt also.

Well little Olivia was born and a couple of hours later Donald and Emma found themselves in unfamiliar territory, as she was being life flighted to Cooks Children’s Hospital as they discovered 2 heart issues that were going to require emergency heart surgery.

Can you see the correlation to this quilt and the life issues in front of us?  My mind and heart were trying to understand and comprehend that the Lord had everything to do with what I thought was a simple baby quilt.  Olivia’s two heart issues and the two heart mishaps on the quilt.  Is that a coincidence?  First of all, I don’t believe in coincidences.  I believe 100% that God is in the details of our lives and His hand and influence is every present.

Olivia’s heart issues were repaired and she is doing great.  She has health issues that will be with her her whole life, but they are manageable.  She has Turners Syndrome, so as she grows, doctors will always be a part of her life.

We feel blessed everyday for modern medicine, talented doctors and nurses and the knowledge that God knows us and is involved in our lives.  So grateful for the knowledge.

Here are some sweet pictures of our miss Olivia…

 

 

 

A Whale of a Day….

The greatest part of living in the Pacific Northwest is the vast variety of activities to do…from the Puget Sound to the mountains and every lake in between.  Weekends can be filled with day trips and memory making events. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfullsizeoutput_45e1fullsizeoutput_45e6OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What a perfect day

The sun was out, the wind was low, which makes it a perfect day in the PNW!

What a charming Island to spend a Saturday afternoon on.  We came for Orca’s, but none to be found this trip.  The Blue Whales did not disappoint however and what about the Bald Eagels flying over head.  Literally doesn’t get better than this.

 

Girls Weekend

I feel blessed and honored to be called mom

A surprise lunch date

Who wouldn’t love to have his arms around you???

Lets go listen to the prophets voice at Women’s Conference

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I love to see the temple

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We thank thee of God for a prophet

President Nelson’s 4 Challenges in

Women’s Session 2018

1. Participate in a 10-day fast from social media

and any other media which may produce

negative and impure thoughts. Notice and

record changes, experiences and impressions

during this time. “The effect of your 10-day

fast may surprise you.”

2. Read the Book of Mormon between now and

the end of the year and mark each verse

which refers to the Savior. Doing so will invite

blessings of increased inspiration, revelation

and miracles by bringing you closer to the

Savior.

3. Attend the temple regularly and make it a

habit. Time in the temple will “teach you how

to draw upon His priesthood power with

which you have been endowed in His

temple.”

4. Participate more fully in Relief Society and

study the current Relief society statement of

purpose. Doing so will help women to better

understand their purpose at this precise time

and their role in the gathering of Israel.

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Hillary made this 85 day reading schedule and President Nelson’s Challenge.  I washi taped them inside these Books of Mormon and gave them to the sisters I minister to.

Totally Faking Sleep

 

 

Quentin really is a ham and is very good at faking sleep…Grandpa plays along anytime too!
We took Christmas to Seattle early as it was our “Off” year.  I did want to see the kids open their quilts though.  Hillary says that he sleeps with it every night.

 

This is not a fake and just look how very sweet that is…so worth all the hours of cutting, sewing and unpicking and sewing some more!