A Baptism... Homecoming ...An Engagement and Some Soccer ... Ok lots of Soccer

This is the post that almost wasn't.... I'm doing it for myself.  I never want to forget how I feel right now.   My life is busy... Complicated ... Fun... Crazy.. At times Chaotic... And everything I ever hoped it would be ... And so so much more!!!   The past six weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions  and I'm pretty sure it's impossible for me to put all my feelings into words... But here's just the smallest part of what I feel.

#6 kiddo Lance got baptized ... He is the self proclaimed "Super hero of Joy" and for sure continues to be that in our lives

What a great day with lots of family and food and an amazing 8 year old that smiled ear to ear all day long.

These 7 people and their amazing Daddy bring me so much joy.

Manti high school had homecoming week and my student body president son had an eventful week .. Even creating a county-wide scandal when he made a video for the "pep assembly" filmed at the rival school. The homecoming game was against the local rival school ( that his dad attended )  and it created quite a stir with the north end of the county.  (A story for another day ). But in the end it all turned out great. (except we had to give up Sandy and Pete.. a Sanpete County "Hillbilly" thing ).  Manti Won the game and Jace took a beautiful date to his final Manti High School Homecoming Dance.

The Aggies Beat BYU at BYU!!!!  For the first time in like 37 years....  and even though I can at times be a BYU fan..  Thanks to my Mom..  and That big "A" on old main in Logan, Utah ...My blood always has and always will run "Aggie Blue" !!

Then there's this "little Girl"...  I Blinked!!

And she grew up!!  Into the most beautiful and amazing young woman!!  And now I'm planning her wedding !!  And It's one of the most exciting things I've ever experienced, but so VERY SURREAL...  How did this happen?!?   I'm pretty sure she was 12 last week....  But not really, it just feels like it.  And this guy she is marrying...  He's amazing..  and I think he was 14 last week...  Okay, maybe not, but, I knew him back then too.  And I never imagined in a million years he would one day marry my daughter!!  But he is, and It makes me so happy and excited and grateful that they are together ... This guy lives with his family about 1 block from my front door and has for a few years now, actually even though his family and mine both moved across town a few years back...  from both of his front doors...  in both locations...  he has lived about a block from my front door.  So literally they are getting married to "the one next door" (almost).   Last May he returned from a 2 year LDS mission and I saw him, talked to him, waved to him .. he's my neighbor, and I always liked him.  Then one day last July my daughter casually says to me..  Teancum wants me to go to the fireworks with him.....  I look at her with a puzzled expression and say "who... really...  like with a group of friends ?"....  Never ever has she mentioned his name... and as far as I knew they had barely ever even talked to each other..  in-spite of being neighbors nearly their entire lives...  But then that night he came to pick her up for the fireworks... and I knew, right then and there ....I knew, this wasn't the only time this guy would be coming to my door....  I can't say I knew that very night that they would get married...  But I knew that it was the beginning of something...  Call it "mother's intuition"... or a "feeling" or whatever you want to call it...  I knew... it was the beginning of something...  And for sure it was!!!  They have an amazing future ahead of them. 

Last week they got engaged

And she opened her "Temple Time Capsule" that she made in Young Women when she was 12..  and he was there as we looked back..and laughed about what she wrote.  and realized... he knew her when she was 12 ....and all those same young women leaders who wrote letters to her ...were part of his life back then too.  And then all those years of wondering if our family is really where we are supposed to be and doing what we are supposed to be doing....  They disappeared....  Because...  obviously ... WE ARE!!

And finally
...  Soccer...  6 soccer games a week Since Mid-August... 3 boys on 3 different teams.. Last night was the final game of the season for us..   I don't have all the pictures I wish I did for soccer..  But this little team of 1st and 2nd graders played their hearts out all season and played in the Championship game last night..  Ending up 2nd place overall..  The best thing about soccer and coaching soccer is seeing how the kids learn and improve over the season, this team was the perfect example of this..  I guess I am a "Soccer Mom" of sorts. My boys love it and because of that.... so do I.

And just in case I start feeling like I'm getting old, with a daughter getting married.   I still have a little fireball at home with me everyday..  a constant reminder that I'm still young enough to chase a 2 year old around all day and stay up until mid-night or later to talk about the important things that go along with dating and being engaged.  The bags under my eyes are getting bigger and darker....  But my life is full & Joyful!!


  1. Oh my gosh, Helen! What an event-filled post! I don't even know how you do it - managing a household from a 2-year old up to a beautiful daughter getting married! Wish I was there to help you (is that creepy?). Love the updates! Your family is so precious.

    1. Thanks Mel !! And not creepy at all... I totally wish you were here to help me. Like I've said before, it would so awesome to be your neighbor.. Don't worry though I know you and your blog will be helping me from a far.. you are already :-)

  2. Wow what a fun time of life! Your family is so awesome! Your such a great example to me, I hope my boys grow up to be like your sweet boys!

    1. Thanks Ashley.. Life is fun and every stage brings a new adventure. You have lots to look forward to with your cute boys.. So glad you are my friend and neighbor.

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    1. We are not wasting any time.. it's December 18th !! Just got the dress yesterday and wedding plans are well underway. Send me your address so I can send you an invite. Thanks for reading the blog, I'm sure as the professional writer you are you could give me some great pointers.. we'll have to talk :-)


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