Friday, April 18, 2008


Tanya invited me to her doctor's appointment yesterday. There was quite a bit of good news such as the doctor said she could come off bedrest-Yeah! It was so awesome to hear the cute little guy's heartbeat, (we are trying to decide on a name) which made this whole wonderful experience feel more real.
After the appointment, I enjoyed hanging out with Tanya and Kari (her mom). Kari took us both out to eat (thanks so much!) then we ended up going shopping. Although we couldn't find any clothes for Tanya, I ended up with some adorable little outfits.
Kari gave us his first little outfit. Isn't it adorable?
Tanya picked out this cute little ensemble.
I love baby clothes which only added to my excitement about this whole thing.
What a wonderful day!

Monday, April 14, 2008


For those of you who are wondering-it's a BOY!
Tanya showed us some of her ultrasound pictures-he is such a cutie!
He's due the end of July.
and YES we are so EXCITED!
It is so much fun getting to know Tanya.

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Today we received the best surprise! We were chosen to be adoptive parents!! We met Tanya and her parents at their home today and enjoyed getting to know each other. Admittedly, we were a little (perhaps a lot!) nervous, but thankfully, Tanya came prepared with questions for us - I wish we would have written some down too. They were great questions like, "How did you meet?" "What was your favorite date?" "Why would your spouse make a great parent?" She even had me whistle her a tune. It was so much fun. We have quite a few things in common such as a love for horses and BYU football! One of her questions was who we support: BYU or U of U - and she probably would have kicked us out right then if we didn't answer correctly:) I was amazed that we could laugh and cry together and share such a wonderful experience together in such a short amount of time. We have truly seen the hand of the Lord in our lives today. We look forward to meeting her whole family in two weeks!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Finding Mario

Friday night was my mission reunion. I served in the Switzerland Zürich mission under President John Holbrook. I enjoy seeing my mission president again and seeing my mission friends. The big surprise was I saw Sister Wiesner from one of my wards. Brother Wiesner was the ward mission leader we worked closely with and their family celebrated my birthday, which touched me at that time.

At my mission reunion Sister Wiesner asked if I would like an update on any of the members. I specifically asked about Mario, who Elder Sheffield and I taught and saw baptized. (He contacted other missionaries in Zürich, showed up to our ward services and after the 3 hours of church we taught him the first discussion and asked him to be baptized - there is gold in Switzerland!) My last day in Switzerland I escorted Mario through the temple. Unfortunately, he moved shortly after I returned home so the contact information I had didn't work and I lost contact.
Elder Sheffield went back to Switzerland and met with him and his new wife. Unfortunately, his wife was not supportive of the Church and he stopped attending his new ward. I have tried a number of times reestablish contact with him, but they have not worked.

Sister Wiesner told me that he is now active in the church and that she would work at getting me back in contact with him! The other thing that made me very happy is she referred to him as a friend of the Bishop who baptized him. He asked me to baptize him, but following advice from the MTC, I told him I would be happy to, but thought it would be good for the Bishop to baptize him. One of my teachers in the MTC told me that having members baptize helps form stronger friendships between members who can be supportive after missionaries leave.

What joy! I hope to find Mario again.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Where did March go?

Wow, I can't believe that it's April. March seems like a blur.
Why? Just one word-SCHOOL!
All of my attention has been focuses on completing my last 2 classes. Actually 90% has been worrying about and then writing a research proposal for my Nursing Research class. After I submitted that assignment yesterday, I felt like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. Now I have just 1 really small assignment left and I will be done. Sometimes I wonder what I will do with all of my free time. The first thing I need to do is deep clean the apartment-something that has been neglected for the last few months. Mostly, though, I am looking forward to reading something besides nursing text books. It has been almost 2 years since I've felt like I can sit down and indulge in a good book without having schoolwork hanging over my head.

One exciting thing that happened in March is my little sister Katie got married on the 14th. It was wonderful to see them sealed in the temple-they looked so happy (although in the one picture I have of them I would say they look more dazed). It was also a lot of fun spending time with all of my siblings and their cute families.

The happy couple: Aaron and Katie
(see what I mean when I say they look a little dazed?)
Jamian, me, Emilee, Katie, Amy, Becca, Mom
Grandma with the Grandkids
Ethan, Zachary, Chloe, Eliza, Bennett
adorable Eliza with her daddy Troy

cute Zachary with his mommy Amy

We had fun making Zachary look "pretty".
Shh don't tell his dad we put a bow on his head.