Happy 21st Birthday to Baby Boy

Happy 21st Birthday to my son Elder Dylan Tavis Muirhead!! Dylan changed my life when he arrived, I’ll never forget him as a little boy he was so precious and also mature beyond his years. He always just loved to be with me, and that pretty much has never changed. I’m so grateful to have a son that loves to laugh and talk with me, we have so much fun together and are always laughing.
I am so proud of the choices he has made, he felt a strong desire on his own to love and serve others on a two year mission for our church. It’s hard to be away from him (he’s been on a mission for one year this month) and yet hearing how happy he is in the service of others 24/7 and sharing about God is such a gift. If I was with him today I know he would plunk down next to me on my bed and ask me to tell him about the day he was born, and what he was like as a little child. I can’t put into words what he means to me, he’s one of my favorite people that I’ve ever known, talented, compassionate, loving and strong. He’s a hero to his younger siblings, and has become a dear friend to Nathan and I in his adulthood. Happy Birthday Baby Boy, I love you so much! Mom

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.

My Baby Graduates High School

Our baby boy Dylan has graduated High School and in honour of the upcoming event his Aunt Liz flew out to Victoria to take his Senior Pictures. (I HIGHLY recommend having a talented and adorable photographer in the family!!)

Liz thanks for taking Dylan out for a fun photoshoot and making him feel special. He LOVES these shots, as do we all. You are awesome personified.

And now….my boy whom I love more than you can even imagine:



Dylan turns 17 – Trip to Victoria

This month my big baby boy turned 17! Can you believe that he’s that old already? I’m dying here.

As part of his Birthday gift we wanted to spend some time with our boy and make memories with him. We decided to take him (and Lola) out to visit Victoria in British Columbia. The three little boys stayed in Calgary with their Nana and Papa for several jam packed days of crafting, movies, cousins, frogging and fun!! (Thank you again Mom and Dad for taking them – they are still buzzing about all the fun they had with you!)

We arrived late at night but that didn’t discourage us from going out. We checked into our little hotel room on the Inner Harbor and walked downtown (Lola in tow) to check out the city. We found a waffle place that was open late at night and had delicious waffles around midnight.

Our adventures over the next few days included Whale Watching, exploring the island, shopping, eating at many delicious restaurants (The Blue Fox for Breakfast, Haultain Fish and Chips), walking the beaches, spotting an adorable family of seals bobbing in the ocean near us, and Zip Line/Bunjee Jumping.

I loved our trip, the entire time I felt emotional thinking about how my son is growing up so quickly. Soon things will change once again and trips alone with him won’t be happening. I’m so happy that we took this opportunity to vacation and enjoy him, he is so funny!! I hope you enjoy the little video I’ve put together to remember our adventures.

My Boy is 16 Today!

momdyl 16 years ago today I went through 23 hours of horrific labor to welcome my Dylan into the world. My little man was precious from the start with a wisdom that was evident from the first time I laid eyes on him. I knew that he was special. In the first 6 years of his life it was just he and I, two buddies in everything we did. Being a single Mom wasn’t easy, but thankfully I was blessed with an angel boy who was just easy to care for, and a true delight.

I can’t believe my baby boy is 16 years old, I still think of him at the stage in this picture (one of my faves of all time). I wish I could still tote him around the house on my back, he was so cute and fun as a little boy. Now he’s much much taller than I, with gorgeous looks, loads of muscles, and cool hair…but to me he’ll always be my little buddy.

Happy Birthday Dylan – I love you immensely
XOXO Mommy

We had a Happy Halloween

Halloween was such a blast this year. The kids were so excited for the big day to arrive, it’s always such fun to see what everyone dresses up as. For my boys it was the year of the Super Hero! Dylan dressed as Fred Flinstone, Joshua was Movie Batman, Brigs was Original TV Batman, and Noah transformed into Spiderman with the help of his big brothers. We originally thought he would go as a dragon, but once he saw Joshy and Brigs only a superhero would do!!

Dylan came home from school on Friday and asked if he could decorate the house outside. We had a blast turning the front porch into something Halloween Special. Covered in cobwebs, spiders, ghosts, bats, a fog machine, laser and strobe lights. It was a little work of art! People were driving by and slowing down to have a peek so the kids were pretty excited to have such a cool looking house. This year the weather was so warm and pleasant, we needed no jackets! YAY!!

In the end the boys got way too much candy, but they feel asleep with big smiles. What more could a Mommy want?!

Attached are a few links to some short video clips from our Halloween. I hope yours was just a magical and fun!

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Little Joys of Motherhood

img_7174.jpg There’s something deliciously sweet about being a Mommy right now in my life. I’ve been deeply touched by the bond that I have with my boys, I feel so blessed to have them as mine. I started thinking about just a few of the treasures I have daily right now, and it somehow has worked itself into a blog post. Don’t get me wrong, somedays are tough and I feel like I’m going crazy. It’s only natural in a home so full of testosterone, however I am looking at my role as mommy differently lately. Please indulge me as I try to capture a small amount of what I feel.

Dylan – I can’t believe the blessing it is to have a relationship like this with my teenage son. I marvel and wonder what I ever did to deserve such an amazing child. You and I have been constant companions since the day you were born, my little buddy who was my one and only happiness in my life at one time. We went through alot together and now I know that all of it was worth it. I wouldn’t change a hair on your head kid! At this moment in life you are full of such humor and keep me laughing. I adore each moment that I get to spend with you, you make me feel so valued and respected. I know that many mothers do not have the joy of being truly respected by their children. I hold this as blessing from God, that you talk and share with me and that you still allow me to kiss your cheek and hug you. Thank you for being mine.

Joshy – You are growing up before my eyes, tall tall kid! Each day you are so full of vibrance and life! You make me giggle, you notice things that nobody else would (like when I wear a new pair of shoes, paint my toenails or wear new perfume). You always tell me that I’m beautiful, but it’s you who is beautiful in your loving and tender heart. You try to impress all the girls with your muscles, but I know you still think that “I’m your girl”. You are the KING of comedy around here, with the best one liners I’ve heard. I’m proud to be your Mommy.

Brigs – My little Tiger, my feisty little man. I’m so proud of the things you are doing! I know you are going through alot of changes right now, change isn’t easy for you. And yet I see a light and happiness in you this year as you try new things. I’m so encouraged by your happy face when I drop you at school in the mornings. I want everyone on the planet to know how darling you really are, you’re a sweetheart. I am also proud of the bravery you showed while going through your surgery and recovery this summer. At times I didn’t feel brave but you did so well son. You have so much determination and strength, I love that about you.

Noah – Little ray of sunshine. I could just eat you up, you darling! I sometimes feel near tears when I look at you, my little baby boy. I know that you are not a baby anymore but you still afford me the luxury of cuddle time and kisses. I love that you always want “Eyelash Kisses”, and that you’re talking a mile a minute about everything interesting to you. I love the inflection of your voice when you say “So Mommy! What do we do next?” and “I’m hurt, I want to talk about it”. I love that we get time together in the morning when the other boys are off to school. It’s sometimes the best part of my day because I feel like I really get to know you. You dazzle me with those brown eyes, and I can’t imagine loving you an ounce more than I do – I’d keel over! :)

Thank you for being my children, I love you and I’m so happy to know how fortunate I am. It’s like the heaven’s opened up and poured down the four most adorable children into my home! I am one lucky, lucky mom. XOXOXO!