2014 Events Recap

The year 2014 was not my finest in the blogging realm. I wanted to be sure to at least recap in point form a few of the highlights from last year, it was both a tough year and in many ways a beautiful year too.


-Noah was Baptized in Feb and many family members came from all over to attend
-we went on a Family Vacation to Mexico for the second time and it was beautiful
-we expected and then lost a baby by miscarriage in the Spring
-Our oldest son left to serve a 2 year mission for our church (on the same day I miscarried)
-our kids got older (Dylan 20, Josh 13, Brigs 12, Noah 10 and Lola 5)
-We celebrated our 14 year Anniversary!
-We experienced the most stressful move of homes ever, but thanks to our ward and dear friends it happened and we got through.
-We lived for 10 days with our AMAZING friends the Schafers who didn’t blink when our new rental home wasn’t ready and expected us to stay with them (PS. it was wonderful!).
-Josh rescued an abandoned kitten from sure death, we fell in love and then found her a new forever home with my parents who adore her.
-Nathan and his parents celebrated my Birthday in Arizona without me because the kids all got sick and I couldn’t bear to leave them (he had several massage appointments, I did not. LOL!).
-Dylan Baptized a Mother and her son on his mission.
-The children were in Shakespeare class and a play called Stone Soup
-We had family Christmas in Calgary and it was incredible to be together.
-We spoke with our missionary for an hour on Skype and felt elated because he’s so happy and busy and loving the gospel so much.
-Nathan was called as Ward Mission Leader and has been busy busy

Happy New Years!

Sadly our hard drive tanked and I lost several of my more recent posts. Oh well, Onward!

Happy New Year to each of you from our family. We have been blessed immeasurably this year in many ways. 2014 has been both difficult and a gift, through our Faith, Family and Friendships we can get through anything.

Lola Playing Dress Up – Frozen

I love these pics of Lola pretending and playing in our backyard before bed tonight. She was happily prancing and singing all the songs from Frozen in her Elsa dress. I had to only grab my camera and pretend I wasn’t there most of the time. I love watching her play, I love her little girl arms with marker on them and her hair all tousled. Childhood is such a beautiful thing.



Homeschool Graduation – my girls

Last Friday evening we had the honour of attending the Homeschool Graduation of these gorgeous, talented & amazing girls. Shae, Tanisha and Ellen who were all my Young Women at one time and are most dear to me. What a delight to come together to celebrate their achievements and also to hear of their dreams for the future. As a homeschooling parent myself it was a beautiful experience to see so many in our community and church family gather to celebrate these remarkable girls. I just adore them and had so much fun snapping pics of the evening for them.

Moments

I love this darling girl, she is most precious to me. In moments like this when she’s growing, and I can see the beautiful person she is ever becoming I have a heart full of gratitude.

Sick of Sickness

So I’m exhausted of sickness, truly. We have been battling illness since our extended family came to us visit 4 weeks ago (I blame Nicole’s kids – HAHA kidding). It started with flu and sinus colds but turned into the most horrible awful bronchitis known to man.

Finally after every last child and myself have had it (and I’m starting to come back to life) my sweetheart Nathan is in Bronchitis land. He’s so sick, my heart aches seeing him with high fevers, night sweats, coughing, aching, you name it. The boy is sick. **UPDATE: Nathan has Walking Pneumonia

I am looking forward to one week in the near future when everyone in my whole house is well. This has been utterly exhausting trying to care for my whole family 24/7 while I needed care too. Not to mention all of my Sister-in-Laws keep posting adorable instagram photos of their current projects, sewing, cooking, and cute wardrobe choices – I’m like…Great I suck.

Stick a fork in me, I’m done.

Noah’s Baptism Day

A few pictures from Noah’s special day. If you know our Noah you definitely know that this boy is a deep thinking, deep feeling soul. He’s shy very often so he wanted to have a more personal Baptism with less onlookers there, however in the moment he was excited and grateful for all of the support and attention. It worked out perfectly! Noah is actually 9 years old, usually children are Baptized in our church when they turn 8, however we felt that Noah wasn’t quite ready and we wanted him to understand the covenant he was making. It was perfection that we waited, I’m so happy we did because as my children keep teaching me over and over again, they all come to things in their own time and when they do it’s Magic! It just clicks.

Noah was deeply concerned about going under the water, so he was overjoyed when Nathan said that he could wear goggles to be Baptized (whatever made him feel comfortable), and I have to tell you that when he walked into the Baptismal font with goggles (thanks to his Auntie Nicole who went last minute to hunt some down!!) it was the most adorable scene I’ve ever witnessed. Oh I love that boy!

We were so fortunate that Nathan’s side of the family was able to come and be a part of this special day with us! Noah’s Auntie Katie made a special Baptism towel for Noah with “CTR” on it (Choose the Right). He loves it!

Noah was Baptized and Confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints by his Daddy. When Noah was changing after he was Baptized he said to Nathan several times “I feel so happy!” “I feel so happy to be Baptized!”

A Few Special things on the Program:

Opening Prayer : Conor Muirhead (Noah’s Uncle)

Baptism Talk : Nathan Muirhead

Song: Baptism by the Sister Missionaries (Sister Hale, Sister Nelson, Sister Jones and Sister Evangelista)

Testimonies: Jim Muirhead, Ted Murray, Daria Muirhead, Catherine Muirhead,

Talk on the Holy Ghost : Kim Kara (a special friend in our ward)

Closing Prayer: Nicole Larsen (Noah’s Aunt)

We are so grateful for everyone’s love and support of Noah! Thank you to those that came so far, and also for our family that couldn’t come but sent messages of love for him. Thank you all, it was a special day in the life of our family.

Here’s a link to the LDS church website if you would like to know more about Baptism and our Heavenly Father’s Plan for his children. I can tell you that for me living the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings me such happiness and joy, it’s the foundation of my life and my family. If you’d like to read more about my own Baptism as a child, I have recounted some fond memories on my Mormon.org profile here>>

My Son is Going on a Mission!


Our oldest son Dylan (otherwise known by his friends here as Tavis, his middle name) surprised us on Christmas Eve with the news that he had prepared his papers to go and serve a mission for our church! This essentially means that he will be leaving home for two full years to serve others by teaching them the gospel of Jesus Christ as a Missionary. He will serve and teach, devoting all of his time to this purpose, he will contact us by letters and email, and a phone call at Christmas and Mother’s Day. This is purely a volunteer mission, he simply loves God and wants to serve others.

As you can imagine this is a huge event in the life of our family. We are beyond proud of our son’s kind and loving heart. He is such an amazing person and it has been the delight of my life to be his Mom. I will miss him exceedingly and so will our entire family. I am comforted knowing that God has a plan for him to teach and serve others. I pray each day that he will encounter kind and loving people, that he will be safe and blessed and that he will share the love our family has with those he teaches. We will find out in a few weeks where in the world he will be going (until then we’re on pins and needles with endless guesses as to where he will go). Here’s a wonderful talk/article on how Missionaries are assigned to a specific mission area.



I love the gospel and I love Jesus Christ. It is such a blessing and a privilege to have a son who does also, and desires in his own heart to serve in this all encompassing way.


Our family belongs to the LDS church (sometimes referred to as the Mormon church). If you would like to know more about our faith and our Heavenly Father’s plan for his children I would encourage you to check out LDS.org. It’s a great direct source for all kinds of information about our faith, and love of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father.

(*My darling Little Boy and I back in the day, I can’t believe how he’s grown!)

To read my own personal testimony you can look here. I have shared some of my own personal feelings and beliefs that are most dear to my heart.