Monday, July 5, 2010

A new member to my family.....

This is my incredibly beautiful sister-in-law, Massiel...

She is married to my brother Sam and they were expecting their first baby...

Ginny, my other incredibly beautiful sister-in-law, took this picture of Massiel just 24 hours before she gave birth.. she also took the rest of the pictures for which I am very grateful since I am not able to go see the Guatemala Baby for a couple more months and I love to see pictures, even though I look at these and cry because I want to hold this little baby so bad, I can at least see her thanks to Ginny and her camera/labor & delivery coach multi-tasking skills..

And this is the so, so adorable Guatemala Baby, as I call her, or her legal name is also:

5 lb 14 oz 19 inches

I just can't wait to go see little Sophie and I know she can't wait to see me too, I am sure of it!
Sam and Massiel are going to be great parents and I welcome them to wonderful world of parenthood. Little Sophie is so blessed to have joined our family, she will be loved by so many aunts, uncles and cousins! And we are so blessed to have her healthy and as cute as can be.
I love you already Sophie and I can't wait to hold your little baby fingers and stroke your little baby toes!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

THE Mom & Dad

This is my Mom and Dad...

They are really amazing people and do really amazing things for others.
My Dad is THE hardest working man I have EVER known. While growing up, I watched my Dad's work ethic and he still amazes me and everyone else with how hard he works and does not complain about it. Through his example, I have learned to work hard myself and I will always be grateful to him for his example.
My Mom, who is a Mother of 8 has taught me, through her example, of how to be a good housewife, and mother. She is an amazing Mom and I am so grateful that I have been blessed to have watched her while growing up, so that I have the knowledge of how to be a good mom to my own children.
My parents are both recently retired, finally have no children or hobo's living in their basement and have made the decision to leave all us crazy, obnoxious and loud 8 children, daughter in laws, son in laws, grandchildren, Hobo's, Russians, and friends to serve an LDS mission. I will miss talking on the phone to my Mom every day, complaining about my problems to her. It will be very strange to have them gone and I don't even know what to expect. I will be sad, I will miss them like crazy, I might even go crazy as times.
BUT.. that being said, they are serving the Lord and this is not about ME! It's about a much higher being who has called them to serve and they WILL serve and they WILL be wonderful, amazing missionaries and might even bring more Russians home to live in their basement, maybe even one to marry the other one...
SO, they will be leaving October 18th, for 18 months to....


I really don't know much about Ukraine and I don't think they do either, but I am sure they will learn quickly and any person who has the pleasure of working with my Mom and Dad in Ukraine sure will be lucky.
I love you Mom and Dad, and I will miss you so much! I am grateful for your amazing example and you will be amazing missionaries.