Sunday, December 29, 2013

Birthdays and Concerts

With the busyness of Thanksgiving, basketball starting, Christmas and everything in between I never did post anything about our November birthdays and our Christmas concerts.  I didn't get many pictures taken either.  I will post a few...

Makenna turned 12 on the 15th.  She was very excited for this day to come.  She was able to move up from the younger kids Sunday School at church to be with the older kids.  She and Maddi get to go together and they do a lot of fun activities.  Makenna has grown a lot this last year.  She has found confidence in herself and is able to stand up for who she is and what she believes - even if others don't like it.  I am very proud of her and all that she does.  She is very smart and makes excellent grades in school.  She is on the student council and one of the editors for the school newspaper.  She continues to love music and art.  She got the lead role in the play for the Christmas concert and also made it into the SDSU Elementary Honors Choir.  There are over 750 kids that tryout throughout the state and she was one of the few that made it.  She also loves to bake and has spent many Sunday afternoons in the kitchen making yummy treats.  She played volleyball this fall and is doing basketball this winter.  She seems to enjoy being a part of a team and working hard.

Maddi turned 13 on the 21st.  She is officially a teenager and very proud of it!  She is loving Jr. High and being with the older kids in school.  She ran cross country this fall and did great.  She ended up on the varsity team, took 28th at regions and lettered.  Not bad for a 7th grader!  This winter she is playing basketball.  She also does very well in school and has made excellent grades.  She loves being a part of the youth group at church.  She, too, stands up for who she is and what she believes in.  I am very proud of the young woman she is becoming.  She loves anything sports and nothing girly :)  She is 100% tomboy.  She is a daddy's girl and loves being around her dad.  She got her hunting license this year but has not had much of a chance to shoot her deer.  Hopefully she will get a chance to shoot one next week before they head back to school.

We also celebrated Michael's birthday on the 24th.  He is not a picture person so I have nothing of him.  We did make him fried pies and celebrated after he got home from work.

Next came Thanksgiving (which I posted about - but forgot to post this picture.  They are so Michael's kids)
They weren't allowed to gnaw on those until I left the table - makes me sick to watch it!
Then came the Christmas concerts.  I mentioned above that Makenna got the lead role in the little play the 6th graders do for the Christmas concert.  She also had a solo.  She did a very good job!  All the kids did.  It was a really fun concert to watch and listen to!

Taking a bow at the end
Maddi also had her concert.  I didn't get any pictures because she never came home from school before the concert and I forgot my camera :(  They did a good job too though.

I am very thankful for my family.  My children amaze and teach me on a regular basis.  They humble me and love me unconditionally.  I am so thankful for the area we live in.  While some days it may seem isolated and inconvenient, it is a wonderful place to raise a family and the communities that we are involved in are filled with so many wonderful people!  My kids go to an excellent school with wonderful teachers and they are able to be a part of so many things.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Fun on Christmas

This Christmas was a fun one for me.  I started out the season kind of down and depressed.  I'm not sure why.  I was struggling with things and the thought of Christmas coming with all it's busyness didn't help me feel any better.  However, things changed.

Blessings came when they weren't expected.  It reminded me that I was being watched out for.  Watching the kids get excited for Christmas also helped.  With each day their energy grew and they became more excited!  We baked treats, played games, and they talked about the fun of Christmas morning.  I love watching them when they are so excited.  It makes me tired - but a happy tired :)  By the time Christmas Eve got here, my spirits were lifted and I was ready to celebrate!

On Christmas Eve morning, the kids got to open their presents from each other.  They got up early so they could open them before Michael left for work.  I didn't get any pictures (lame I know).  Olivia had Zane's name and she got him a box of Packers only football cards.  Zeke had Makenna's name and he got her a bracelet kit.  Dillon had Zeke's name and he got him Garbage Pail Kid cards (Zeke collects them).  Zane had Maddi's name and he got her baseball cards.  Makenna had Olivia's name and she got her a stroller for her dolls.  Maddi had Dillon and she got him a Luke Bryan CD.  They were all pleased with their gifts and spent the morning organizing cards, listening to music, giving babies rides in the stroller and making bracelets.  The elves also came so when they woke up Christmas Eve morning there was a big box wrapped up with a note telling them it could not be opened until after supper on Christmas Eve.  They started asking around 10am if we could have supper yet! 

One exciting thing for Olivia was a letter from Santa.  She had written him earlier in the month with questions about his reality.  She had heard that maybe he wasn't real.  She wrote him a letter, drew him a picture and put 2 pieces of candy in the envelope for him and I "mailed" it.  Christmas Eve when I went out to put a treat in the mailbox for the mailman, there was a letter for Olivia from Santa!  She was so excited!  She carried it with her all day and read it several times!  He told her he was real and that he already had her presents picked out.  He told her since she had been such a good girl this year he had an extra present for her!
One more year of believing!

It was a long day for them.  Even though they were busy, time seemed to go so slowly.  Some drove me crazy at times but overall they were very good at dealing with their impatience.  Michael got home from work early and that helped.  He brought the Wii upstairs and they played some games.  Then they all helped get supper ready.

After we ate they opened the box from the elves.  It contained new pajamas for everyone, popcorn, M&Ms and a new movie.  We all changed into our new pajamas and watched the movie.  After the movie we took our annual pj picture in front of the tree.

Some of the kids wanted their own pictures...
Olivia was in love with her new Hello Kitty pajamas.

Zeke was being silly :)
But not as silly as these two!
We read the Christmas story from the Bible and then finally got them all off to bed so we could finish our Christmas Eve duties.  Boxes were brought in from the garage, stockings were stuffed, the last few things wrapped, and Santa's cookies eaten.  Then Santa delivered his presents to each room (he always leaves a little present under the trees in their bedrooms) and went to bed!  Before the kids went to bed they were given strict instructions that they could not come out to the living room until they were called (we would have and have had some out at 3 in the morning).  I took a picture before going to bed.  I was so excited for them to come out in the morning and see!

Joyce made these beautiful stockings!
Olivia was the first one out of her bedroom when we called them Christmas morning.
 The others weren't far behind though.  They checked out their stocking first and were pleased with all the loot inside.
Then it was on to opening presents.  Once that started I got zero pictures.  They had fun though and I loved listening to and watching their reactions with each present.  They each take turns so we can see each reaction. 
The rest of the day was spent playing and putting things together!  Zeke got a green machine for Christmas so Michael and I got that assembled for him.  Unfortunately with the fresh snow he has not been able to go out and use it yet.
Olivia got a new princess crown headboard and chandelier.  We put the headboard on and made up her bed and then put the chandelier up.  She was in princess heaven!

The girls got new things for their room - chairs, blankets and wall hangings.  We went down and worked in their room to get it the way they wanted.

Zane got a new telescope that Michael put together for him.  He was gone before I could get a picture of him with it though...
Dillon was our only no assemble person.  His highlight was a ticket to the Vikings game this weekend!  He loves the Vikings.  Michael's mom got all the boys (Michael included) tickets to the game.  His sister got them a hotel room.  They will head out Saturday and come back Sunday after the game.  Santa made sure Dillon had some Vikings apparel to wear to the game :)

We spent the day together and had a great time.  We played the new games that we got, talked to family on the phone, made supper together, ate lots of treats and food and then settled down with a movie at the end of the day.
I love time like this with the family.  I love laid back time together.  We had nowhere to be and nothing else to do except be together.  I wish there were more days like that but we learn to treasure the days we have. 
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


December so far has been a whirlwind!  Basketball is in full swing so most of our evenings are spent going to and from practice with games and tournaments spread throughout.  The four oldest are playing basketball this year.  Maddi is in jr. high now so we are even more immersed than we were last year.  It is fun to watch them play though.  I am one of the coaches for Makenna's 6th grade team and Michael helps out with the boys whenever he can. 

We have also been busy at school.  The kids all had their Christmas concerts.  Those were fun to watch!  Makenna had the lead role in her play and she had a solo.  She did a great job!  Zane is a percussionist in band. It is his first year and he seems to enjoy it.  The kids also did a talent show at the elementary school.  Makenna sand a song and danced.  She did a great job!  Zane sang with one of his friends.  He did a great job too.  Zeke did some magic tricks with two of his friends.  They were fun to watch.  Unfortunately I forgot my camera so I didn't get any pictures of their performances :(  I have been subbing quite a bit so I get to go to school with the kids and see all that they are doing.  I even got to go caroling with them this week!

Church has also been keeping us busy.  I teach the 6-7 year olds and Michael works the young men.  Zane and Dillon are in scouts and Maddi and Makenna are in Young Womens.  We had to speak in church a few weeks ago and the kids and I sang a song for the musical number.  I am glad to have that done with!

All of that added to the busyness of the Christmas season and I feel like the days are just flying by so quickly!  There is lots of baking to be done and surprises to wrap.  Of course in order for that to happen I have to finish getting the ingredients and surprises!  Hopefully I can find a relatively empty day here soon to relax and do some of those things.  I know the kids are waiting for sugar cookie day so we can bake and decorate!  I'm so glad they have extra time over Christmas break to relax (yeah right) and have some fun!

Sunday, December 1, 2013


I love Christmas.  I love the spirit that comes with the season.  I love singing carols.  I love buying gifts for my family and friends.  I love seeing the surprise and joy on their faces.  I love baking Christmas treats.  I love looking at my tree with all the mismatched ornaments that the kids have made over the years.  I love watching them put the decorations on the tree and talk about where they came from.  I love being able to talk about Christ and share the story of His birth.  I love telling and listening to Christmas stories filled with love and kindness and service.  I love seeing the lights and decorations.  It is just a beautiful time of year!

This year however, I have had a harder time feeling that.  I'm not sure why.  I am trying to find that Christmas cheer so I can have it for my children.  They, too, love this time of year.  Over the last few days I have had many thoughts running through my head and many emotions running through my heart.  I decided to try to write it all down.  I'm not sure I got it down the way I would like to have but I will share it anyways...

Walking down the street, looking through the storefront windows. 
Families gathering together, friends greeting each other with hugs and hellos.
Filing into the cafe for some warm food and lively conversation.
The window fills with reflections of years gone by,
Memories of time spent surrounded by the love of family and friends.
Memories of laughter and stories, hugs and winks from loved ones.
Jingling bells bring the warm memories back to the present of cold loneliness.
Stepping back from the window the smile fades into a longing sigh.
Turning for home the joyful sounds are muffled by the flood of emotions.
Tears stinging in the cold, the footsteps become quicker as home draws closer.
Quietly a song drifts from a nearby church, "Silent night, holy night."
The footsteps stop as the words continue to drift through the air.
"Shepherds quake at the sight. Glories stream from Heaven afar."
Peace begins to fill the sad soul as the words continue,
"Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born"
Heading towards the church, a smile forms as the choir sings again,
"Christ the Savior is born!"
Stepping into the lighted church, warmth abounds and love surrounds.
Loneliness is replaced by wonder and awe. "Who was this child who came for me?"
A once empty heart is filled,
"Joy to the world, the Lord is come.  Let earth receive her King!"
Bowing now in pure humility, a prayer is said in silence.
"Let every heart, prepare Him room."
Indescribable joy fills every inch of a once sagging body.
Stepping out into the night with new found knowledge,
Knowing that Christ is always there with love and understanding.
Testimony bringing warmth on a cold, clear night
"Hark the Herald angels sing. Glory to the newborn King...
with angelic hosts proclaim, Christ is born in Bethlehem!"

Christmas can be such a beautiful time of year, but it can also be a very lonely and sad time of year.  There are those around us that we may or may not be aware of that are struggling and lonely.  We all go through hard, lonely times in our lives.  Sometimes we do it surrounded by those we love.  Other times we struggle through alone.  One thing that we can all be sure of though is that the Savior is ALWAYS there for us.  He will never leave us alone.  As we make room for Him in our lives His peace and love will fill our souls and we will know that all will be ok.  We can play a part in that for others.  If we will open our eyes to those around us, we can  help bring that peace and love into their lives.  We can be that hug that they need or those words of encouragement when it gets tough.  We can help proclaim, "Joy to the world!"  We can be that quiet song that fills them with comfort, that warmth that surrounds them.  I hope this Christmas season that I can be that to some one else. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Happy Thanksgiving!  I love this day!  For one, Michael usually has the day off and we love having him home with us all day.  He also always smokes our turkey.  There is nothing better than a smoked turkey.

Look how beautiful it is!

For another, we get to bake.  I love baking and the kids love helping.  We bake rolls.  Two batches this year - 8 dozen.  One batch to keep and one to give away.

Those are beautiful too aren't they?

We also get to "bake" fried pies - apple, cherry, lemon, blueberry, apricot and strawberry rhubarb.

And pumpkin rolls.  I made several.  One to keep and the rest to give away. 

I love pumpkin rolls!

We also get to spend the day thinking about the many blessings we have.  We all write in our thankful book and look back on past years of the things we were thankful for.

This year we also did something different.  We wanted to teach our children that there is a least one thing, even on a bad day, that is good that we can be thankful for.  Heavenly Father blesses us each and every day.  So I made a thankful tree.  A big one.  We put it up on our wall in the living room for everyone to see.  Then I cut out a bunch of leaves from my scrapbook paper.  Every night we each took a leaf and wrote something from that day that we were thankful for.  Something personal.  Not "I am thankful for the grass" or "I am thankful for air" but something with more meaning.  "I am thankful for a high five from a friend" or "I am thankful for a ride to the bus stop when it was cold" or "I am thankful I got to help Dad today." Specific blessings from that day. The kids really got into it.  They looked forward to it each night and seemed excited to be able to share what they were thankful for from that day.  There were days where they had to think really hard and couldn't seem to come up with anything.  On those days Michael and I would help them see things that maybe they had overlooked.  Michael and I also wrote on the leaves.  The kids liked reading ours too.  Over the weeks our tree grew and took up most of the wall.

I am so glad that we did this.  Some days life is hard so it was good to sit down at the end of the day and focus on the good that had happened even if the overall day was a frustration.

Monday, November 11, 2013


Today was a Monday for sure...  It started out with me subbing.  In the high school.  I have never done that before!  No big deal right?  Wrong!  In high school I was a very shy, unconfident girl.  High school was hard and I disliked most of it.  So when I got the call last night to sub there, I immediately reverted back to that shy, uncertain girl with sweaty palms and shaky hands.  Luckily it was for PE and things were pretty laid back and the kids were pretty good at doing what they were supposed to do.  It was also nice because the day started out with entertaining the elementary kids in the gym while we waited for the assembly to start. 

Anyways, so while I was adjusting to being in the high school (which by the way ended up not being so bad) I got waved down by the secretary telling me that I needed to call the elementary school.  She said something about Dillon falling and hurting his arm and maybe it being broken.  Yay.  So I called the school.  Dillon had fallen at the assembly and was not able to use his left arm. His elbow was swollen and they thought I should probably take him to the doctor to have it checked. 

He is my tough little boy.  He doesn't complain or cry.  If he gets hurt he'll mention it once and then not say anything about it again.  I guess he did mention it to his teacher when they got back to school but it was when everything was crazy and they were trying to get kids off the bus and in the classrooms.  Then he never said anything else about it.  During lunch they noticed that he wasn't using that arm and was keeping it tucked in close to his body.  The principal pulled him aside and asked him if he had hurt it.  He told her he had.  She asked him if he could move it.  He said yes and then grabbed it with his right hand and moved it!  (So Michael...) She asked him if he could move it without using his other hand and he couldn't really.

The high school was nice and they let me leave early so I could go get him and take him to the doctor.  On the way to the clinic I asked him why he didn't say anything else to anyone.  He said he didn't know.  He said it only hurt when he moved it so he just didn't move it.  I asked him what he did at recess knowing that every recess he plays a very intense game of football!  He told me he just played one handed.  Then, with a huge grin on his face, told me that he made a one handed catch and made a touchdown!  This is the same kid that went a week last year before we figured out that he had broken his arm and then still played basketball with his cast.  He is one tough little boy!

Anyways, results came back clear.  They aren't 100% sure but it looks like there is not break.  There is swelling and obviously pain.  He couldn't straighten it to get the x-rays taken.  They put it in a splint and wrapped it and then gave him a sling.  He has to leave it on through Thursday.  Then we can take it off and see if he can move it without pain.  If there is no problem then we can leave it off.  If there is still a lot of pain then we have to put it back on and go in for more x-rays.
While I was sitting in my last class I wrote this poem about Dillon.  He is such a sweet boy.  I love all my children but he has always held such special place in my heart.  There is a bond there that I can't really describe but it has been there since the day he was born.
Tough as nails this little boy
He never cries or makes a noise.
A broken nose or banged up knee,
He never says a word to me.
He just keeps going on with his day,
Whether it be off to school or out to play.
Gentle as a lamb this little guy,
With a kiss and a hug whenever I cry.
A helpful hand that reaches out
Always to be counted on, without a doubt.
A tender heart so full of love.
A special gift from Father above.
Tough as nails yet so gentle too.
My dear, sweet Dillon, I love you!

Sunday, November 3, 2013


We made our traditional Halloween sugar cookies this weekend.  It was a few days late but Saturday was the only day that we had time to do it!  We ended up making 14 dozen cookies.  We had a few friends over so I had 8 little helpers doing the decorating!  They all seemed to have fun and loved being able to taste test their work!  Here are a few pictures:


We sent some home with our friends, took some to the neighbors, ate some :) and saved some later.  Michael has enjoyed them for breakfast and lunch too (and snacks and as a side dish at supper)!  I love making sugar cookies with the kids.  It is one of those times that there is no fighting, everyone is happy and getting a long and good memories are made!

Friday, November 1, 2013


After a day or two of rain it was so nice to see the sun come out on Halloween!  It was a beautiful night for trick-or-treating and the kids had a lot of fun.

We started out our night with our traditional spaghetti dinner.  Michael's family did that when he was growing up (he doesn't know why) so we do it too.  It's fun to keep those traditions alive, even if we don't know why we do them!
This year with the kids being older and having more friends around we kind of all went separate directions for trick-or-treating.  Two of Zane's friends picked him up after supper and he went out with them.  Makenna went home from school with one of her friends and they went together.  Dillon had one friend come home with him and then we met up with two more.  They went along with the rest of us, but ran ahead so they didn't feel like they were with us!  Maddi was nice and stayed with Zeke and Olivia as they went from house to house. 

I think we hit every house in town.  The kids were really in to it this year.  They came back with their bags full!  They had candy, pops, popcorn, chips, cookies, fruit snacks, crackers, toothbrushes, pencils, rings and play dough.  They had quite the haul!  I didn't get a picture of them with their candy because they didn't want to pile it up this year - they wanted to keep their own, do some trading and not put it in the sharing pile.  Michael got the Almond Joys, I got the Snickers (some of them anyways) and they got the rest.

Here are pictures of them in their costumes:
Olivia, our dancer

Zeke, one of our rodeo clowns
Dillon, our number 2 rodeo clown
Zane, our third rodeo clown.  None of them planned this out loud either!  Dillon got his costume from his friend at school.  Zane and Zeke each came to me on their own and asked to be rodeo clowns.  I thought they would all be upset when they found out that they were all the same but they were ok with it!  I think they are pretty cute!
Makenna, such a cute little nerd.  She had already changed out of her costume by the time I got home so she had to put it back on for pictures.  She had some high socks on that stuck out of her shoes that were cute too but she didn't want to go through all the work of getting them back on again.

Maddi, the cowgirl :)  She was such a good sport hanging out with the little kids.  It paid off though - she got a ton of candy! 
I dressed up as a tired mom in sweats and a sweatshirt :)  Michael dressed up as a dad that works at a feedlot.  He even had genuine cow poop on his clothes to make it more believable!  We go all out here out our house on Halloween!  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Closer to Christ: Day 11

Question:  How can I improve my thoughts?

Read: Doctrine and Covenants 6:16 Yea, I tell thee, that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart.
Doctrine and Covenants 121: 45-46 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven. The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.
Alma 37:35-37  O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God. Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever. Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.

Ponder: Do I strive to keep all idle, unclean or negative thoughts out of my mind?  Do my thoughts affect my attitude?

What problems, concerns, worries, plans or ideas consume the greatest amount of  your thinking time?  Try today to "Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly."

When negative thoughts comes, replace them with thinking about the Savior

Ok, so the part about keeping my thoughts clean is not a problem for me.  However, the negative things gets me sometimes.  There are days that I really struggle to keep my thoughts happy and swimming above water. There are days that I feel like I am drowning in my worrisome thoughts.

My thoughts totally affect my attitude - and not just with spiritual things - with everything!  My thoughts either bring me up or take me down.  They either allow for success and happiness or they pave the way for failure and depression.  Thoughts are that powerful!

This has been perfect for me today and I wish that I would have read it earlier, but my thoughts were elsewhere and I procrastinated.  Today has been a downer of a day for me.  I'm not sure why.  I exercised this morning with a friend even though I wanted to just go back to bed.  I enjoyed it.  I love our conversations as we walk!  The day went down from there. 

My thoughts today have been on Christmas.  I know! It is Halloween!  But with six kids I have to start planning early to get it all done.  I love Christmas!  I love thinking about each of my children and planning what to get them.  I love seeing the surprise on their faces.  I love the spirit.  I love the focus on Christ and service.  I love being together.  This year though I feel different.  When I think about the upcoming holiday I get down and depressed.  Finances are tight and even though we put a little aside every month to help with Christmas, it won't go very far this year.  I know the things are not what is important, but it is still part of the fun and excitement for children on Christmas morning. 

I won't go into all the details, but that is where my thoughts have been.  So I have walked around the house today sad and down.  Not even chocolate made me feel better!  I have, however, tried to turn my thoughts to prayer.  I have tried to go to my Heavenly Father for comfort and guidance.  I have asked for His help on what I can do to make Christmas special for my family this year.  Maybe you think that is something not prayer worthy, but I think it is.  He is there for all of our worries and concerns, no matter how small they may seem.  I am not asking Him to provide us with a wonderful, present-filled Christmas, I am asking Him to help me make it special for my six children who themselves are very giving and aware of others who may be lacking.  Children who love to go and pick names off the Christmas tree at Walmart and get a present for a child who won't have any.  Children who love to draw each other's names and do special things for them.  Children who are willing to give up part of their Christmas to help a family that may not be having one.  They deserve to have something special themselves!  So my prayers have been to lead me in a direction to make it special to them.  Will He help me?  Yes, I believe He will. 

Anyways, maybe that was completely off topic for today.  I was just trying to point out that my thoughts totally affect my attitude and my day.  If I can keep focused on the Savior, if I can keep my heart turned to my Heavenly Father in prayer, if I can do those things, then I can get through my days with a better attitude and happier thoughts.  So often, when I do do this, I am able to remember the blessings I do have and the negative is replaced with gratitude and happiness.  It also allows me to remember all that He has done for me and it grows my faith to help me know that He will continue to help me.  He will "direct me for good".  He will lead me in the way I should go.  He will help me lead my children in the way they should go. 

How can I improve my thoughts?  By starting the day out with prayer, by ending the day with prayer, and by keeping a prayer in my heart.  By remembering my blessings, by surrounding myself with good - good music, good books, good friends.  By loving others and serving them.  As I go about doing good, my thoughts will be positive, my heart will be filled with the Spirit and my life will be pointed towards the Savior.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Then and Now

Yesterday I went out and took pictures of the kids.  Some of them were similar to ones we took about three years ago.  I thought it would be fun to do some comparisons!
Maddi then...
and now...
Makenna then...
and now...
 Zane then... 
and now...
Dillon then...
and now...
Zeke then...
and now...
Olivia then...
and now... 
It's crazy to see how much they have grown and changed over the last few years!  Time really does fly and they grow up so fast!  I am so grateful to be the mom of these six beautiful children.  I would not trade it for anything.