Thursday, February 28, 2008

Birthday Girl

Courtney has to LOVE this picture, but I keep looking at it and BUSTING up laughing... I just love it!!
Wow, I cannot believe my little sister is turning 19 today... where has time gone?? She's turning 19, and I'm sounding like a grandma saying this haha! Anyway- Today's blog is a Happy Birthday Shoutout to the firecracker at the end of our family, HAPPY BIRTHDAY QBERT!!

Courtney is the kind of girl that comes into your life, and you never forget her. She is a fiery little ball of energy with a little bit (ok, she can have a lot) of sass. One of my favorite things about Courtney is the way she is never afraid to just let loose and have a good time. She is one of the most caring people I know- especially when it comes to caring for people who need extra care. She has always taken special interest in anyone or anything that she feels she can help. Whether it is an old neighbor who needs someone to talk to, someone who is handicapped and needs a friend when everyone else is picking on them, or just a dog at the pound that "spoke to her." Courtney has brought home more helpless animals than anyone I have ever known, we used to tease her and call her Dr. Doolittle. She has a huge heart and has a way with people that few people can compare to. AND... this girl was made to work magic with children. I know she is the favorite aunt by FAR, and I will never compare to her on that note. Sure love you girl! Hope you had a great day!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Well, we had our official ultrasound tonight and we have confirmed that we have a very health (very active) little girl. She was moving all around but we got a good look and the technician said to go ahead with the pink purchases. We got 3 cute shots of her face- she wouldn't let us have another profile shot, but thats ok. Everything else looks great. We saw the four chambers of her heart which was pretty cool, and her heartbeat is normal. AND... good news- we got some good shots of her bum as the Dr. said she was boxing out- an early basketball player. She must hear me yelling during Charles's basketball games for those guys to get some rebounds!! I see some real potential here :) We couldn't be happier!! There's the latest for us!!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Ok, Ok...

Ok Lori, I guess I will find things to write about in my exciting life :) School has kept me really busy the past couple of weeks, and Charles has been swamped with work- so our lives have been just roaring with excitement. I have a couple pictures from Valentine's day, Charles got me some really pretty roses, and I made him a cookie bouquet. For our Valentine's night, we baked a Papa Murphey's Pizza (Gourmet Veggie... our favorite), and stayed home and played a game together. It was such a fun night. We borrowed Settlers of Catan from Kyle and Alissa, its a really fun game we just learned. I beat Charles five times!! The sucker just kept coming back for more... :) It was really nice to have a quiet night at home during such a hectic time.

Last weekend Charles's parents came up for his cousin Steven's wedding in Salt Lake. We are SOO excited that Steven and Allison are finally married~ they are by far one of our favorite couples to hang out with. Charles loves it because Allison is a perfect audience for him. She is the happiest, smiliest girl you will ever meet and is just a blast in any situation! I'm gonna throw in just a few pictures from their wedding and say CONGRATS! We are so happy for them!

Anyway, it was a fun weekend with the Himmer's here. Charles's mom wore me out!! Haha... we went shopping friday while Charles and his dad had a business meeting. She bought us the cutest little dress outfit EVER!! I have been looking at it all week, wondering what I will do if the ultrasound on Tuesday shows different than the last one, haha! But we shopped for a couple of hours and then on Saturday, we got down to business with the house. Spent a couple of hours at Lowe's going over things and picking some of the little details. Charles died laughing when we got home because I looked like I was about to die and his mom was still her regular ball of energy! I'll blame this one on the pregnancy...

Anyway- that's the rundown on our last couple of weeks. I'll be better about keeping this updated :)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Wake up call...

So I was just telling one of my friends yesterday that I really don't think my stomach has grown much over the past few weeks. Well, this morning I went to put on my last pair of jeans that still fit me. I wore them LAST WEEK and they fit fine. Well, this morning, I couldn't even zip them up, so I guess I realized the baby must have hit a growth spurt or something. And I realized... its only just begun- kiss those clothes goodbye...

Saturday, February 2, 2008

A Giant Among Men

All week I have been thinking about President Hinckley and his passing. I can't help but feel what a great loss it is to the whole world that such a great man is no longer with us. At the same time, it is near impossible for me to be sad about it. I have thought back on the things that I have learned from him as Prophet and there are so many. One thing that has always touched me is his deep love for his dear wife. What an example they are to what we should strive for as husband and wife, sealed for all eternity. I was forwarded a poem this week that I really liked:

I imagine he’s running to Marjorie now,
Yes, running, not waving his cane.
I see him embracing his father and mother
While they keep repeating his name.

I see him now meeting his forebears,
Brother Brigham and Joseph are there.
Sweet reunion of prophets, united by service
That only such noble men share.

I see him embraced by the Savior
While Father says, “Good and well done.
So faithful in stalwart endurance, I welcome
My noble, most excellent son.”

I then hear the ripples of laughter
As he says the reception’s just fine,
But he hopes that he’ll get an assignment or two
Since there’s no need to waste any time.

I can hear his clear voice in the stillness
At the close of this sweet Sabbath day,
Have faith and move forward – there’s work to be done.
President Hinckley would want it that way.

Anna M. Molgard
January 27, 2008

Watching his funeral many different tributes touched on the contributions he has made to the world and to the church. He has done great work and will surely be remembered for that. I will remember him as something different though. I will remember him for all that I learned from him. I learned from the spirit he brought with him as he bore testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I gained my testimony that we have a living Prophet on the earth as I listened to him speak, and felt the spirit confirm to me that he was a Prophet of the Lord. He taught me to love the scriptures. He challenged me to be a little better, and stand a little taller. What he taught most to all who saw him serve, was how to be like Christ. He taught how to love everyone despite religion, race, culture, etc. He taught by example in a way that makes everyone who sees him want to be their very best and serve the Lord's work more fully.