October 2017



Bible Study?? *?? Archery?? *?? Gymanstics?? *?? Soccer?? *?? Lucy and Edie time?? *?? Mom’s Birthday Party at Valle Luna?? *?? Art?? *?? FAIR?? *?? ?? Fuel Pull Cycle?? *?? Day trip to Orme/Dugas?? *Halloween * Cut 8 or 9 inches off Tori’s hair



Let’s see???Tanner is 12 weeks into his junior year of high school now.?? Time is flying too fast.?? He is playing soccer and doing archery still.?? Also hunting and fishing with Papa more this year.?? His last dove hunting trip he gave Papa and Dusty a run for their money.?? I think he shot about 8 dove.?? He also bought a fish tank this summer with his own money.?? He put a bass from Bartlett Lake in it and named him Jaws but that ended up being too labor intensive since Jaws was a carnivore and ate every other fish we put in the tank (except one blue gill).?? He has been driving a little more independently – going to soccer games or practice on his own occasionally or running to the store or circle K for me.?? He spends a lot of time on the computer.?? He plays mainly MineCraft and Overwatch with Noah.?? He is about 5 feet 9 inches now – his legs are longer than Jim’s though.?? I wasn’t sure if he was going to dress up for Halloween but the night before decided to be a dark storm trooper and worked on his costume himself.



Loving Bible Study!



On Halloween night, Tori was tucked in bed and we were reading Jesus Calling for Kids together.?? The devotion was centered on hearing the Holy Spirit.?? This led to a lengthy discussion between the two of us about how God speaks to our hearts.?? She was asking me if I hear God audibly and mentioned that she knew that Moses did because he heard God speak through a burning bush.?? I explained to her how I hear God and talked to her about how and why things were different before and after Jesus came.?? The night before the devotion was on Jesus as the Good Shepherd and how the sheep know his voice.?? I explained that as we get to know God more and more, we recognize his voice when he speaks.?? She then explained that she can relate to that because she usually knows what I am going to say because of how well she knows me (and that is true???she does predict accurately my words on a lot of topics LOL).?? Anyhow, after discussing this for awhile she says, “Mom???you know how I have been asking you about being baptized for the last month??? Well you know how it was about a month ago that Troy was locked in the car and we all gathered and prayed and then instantly Troy got the door open????? That is when I actually knew that God DOES show up for us and that is when I decided I wanted to be baptized.”


I nearly cried on the spot.?? God used such a scary moment in my life in such a beautiful way for my child.?? Just.?? Wow.?? And now???my girl knows her reason.?? She made a choice to be baptized because HE convinced her.?? God did.?? He convinced her that He is a God who shows up.?? (That story is in the August 2017 entry).


Beth Simpson wants to be baptized too so I called Kristi and we are going to try to work out a Sunday morning baptismal in December and then have lunch with our combined tribe.



This summer while camping with our friends and family, Troy developed quite an attachment to our very long time friend “Caffy”.?? He discovered that she has a prayer necklace with a single prayer tucked inside.?? He thought it would be great if she would pray for him and wanted HIS name in her necklace.?? She obliged.?? She recently told me that he may graduate from high school before she takes his name out LOL.?? He loves to sit on her lap on Sunday mornings and just make sure his name is still in there.


Ty at the AZ state fair – he won at the price is right game and was given a Fry’s Gift Card for 10 bucks.

Someteddy has been wearing his costume since August.?? He even wore it to bed one night.

Day trip to Orme Dugas

Cut about 8 inches off her hair.

Love the signs she posts regularly on her bedroom door.

September 2017



Tanner’s first soccer game of the season?? *?? Shopping for Christmas card pictures?? *?? Family Camping Trip?? *?? Troy eye Dr. with Cassidy?? *?? Bible Study?? * Archery?? * Soccer?? *?? Our 23rd anniversary!?? *?? My 1 year TrimAnniversary?? *?? Ty with Kristi Day?? *?? Dr. Griego for Jim and I?? *?? Tanner fishing day for Graham’s birthday?? *?? Papago Park pictures?? *?? Picture shoot of David and Aimee


Fishing day with the guys!


Troy had his eye dr appointment with Dr. Cassidy today.?? Dr. Cassidy said that he needs to stop eyeglasses for awhile because his eyes are so relaxed with his glasses that now he is crossing even worse WITH glasses.?? He said his right eye is wandering now but I still think his left eye is worse.?? He said it is good if it is both because that means he is using both.?? He wants him in sunglasses outside.?? He MAY go back to glasses and patching but he sees pretty good without the glasses.?? He only wants me to patch for 10 minutes a day if I notice an increase in the eye issues.?? He wants to wait until Dec at least before making a surgery decision because he was going to do just a vertical surgery but right now it looks like he needs a horizontal surgery as well and he would rather combine those surgeries into one if it proves necessary as opposed to doing two more surgeries.?? He things he will have a better idea of what is going to happen if Troy is not wearing his glasses for a couple months.?? Sounds like surgery will still be at the beginning of the year though.



I went up to Camp Verde for the day to take David and Aimee’s family pictures and got a quick pic with two of my four guys.

Oh our kids!?? Our friends joke and say that we have a central command center set up for school.?? Our desks our in an L shape.?? This is intentional so that I can see all computer screens in our home (protecting children from the dangers of the web you know – also so I can see their school work and they won’t see me sneakin’ up on em’).?? Anyhow, the kids all have skype because they use this with their cousins.?? One day they discovered that they could skype message each other during school.?? I don’t think they realized that I was also getting their messages.?? Just made me laugh.


I bet you can easily pick out which message was moms!?? LOL.?? And to this I say…

While going through my bookshelf, I picked up my toddler bible and thumbed through it feeling nostalgic.?? I had forgotten the inscription.?? My dear Aunt Beck purchased this for me when I was two years old.?? What a treasure to have from her.?? What she said, how she said it, her handwriting, the gift itself…all precious to me.


August 2017



First Day of School?? *?? Driver’s License!?? *?? 5 Zs over for the day?? *?? Lake Saguaro Day?? *?? Grammy time?? *?? Jim Cardiologist?? *?? ??Gynamstics?? *?? Archery?? *?? Texas Roadhouse for Dusty’s Birthday *?? Bartlett Lake day?? *



Dr. Nowlen called about Tori’s heart monitor and said that all looked good.?? Out of the 11 or so times she reported, he didn’t think anything looked unusual.?? He did note that her heart did something???maybe skip a beat???.I didn’t really catch that???sometimes but he isn’t at all concerned.?? He wants her to wear a heart monitor for one day only next July so I made a note to schedule that appointment in April of 2018.?? He just wants to make sure nothing has changed.



Ty slapped Tori on the stomach for who knows what reason.?? She is crying.?? Troy then comes in to the room and says, “Anyone who hurts Tori I punch!”?? Then he says “I’m sorry Tori” and tries to comfort her.?? Meanwhile his hair is a mess and he has cookie butter all over his face.?? Big words from such an adorable little guy.

Things I overhear:

Troy:?? Caterpillars have EARS??? I didn’t know that!



First day of school was earlier this year – August 7th.?? Tanner is a junior, Ty an eighth grader, Tori a fourth grader and Troy a first grader.


Homeschooling giggles…

I woke up the kids for their first official day of school. Tori says, “Mom can we get ready for school?”


“Troy! Let’s go put on our jammas.”

LOL. They both slept in clothes last night. Just that peaceful, easy feelin’ right? Praying the rest of this day feels just that relaxed.


Troy:?? Mom!?? You’re like my teacher!



Got his driver’s license on Friday, August 11th!!!!?? He said the test was really easy.


His day with Kristi – they love to have their “own” day annually.


Went to cardiologist and Dr. took him off brilanta.?? All is well.


Monday, August 14th
Today was a crummy day.?? I woke up off kilter and then took Troy to the store (Fry’s at Dove Valley).?? When we were leaving he darted in front of me and I clipped him with the cart and he fell.?? He got up and complained that I hurt his legs but he didn’t cry.?? I took a time out to get after him for darting in front of the cart (this was not the first time I had to say on this trip).?? I picked him up, talked to him, and then showed him the scar on my ankle from when I got clipped by a shopping cart.?? I set him back down, headed for the exit and glanced over at him and my heart stopped.?? He was totally dysmorphic.?? He looked like a klingon from Start Trek and it all happened in what could have only been like five seconds. It was beyond bizarre.?? The incident that had happened a moment earlier with his fall didn’t even enter my mind.?? I was convinced he was having an allergic reaction to something in the store.?? I rushed to the pharmacy to see if I could get Benadryl and I felt a sense of panic rising because he looked SO wrong.?? But he was acting totally normal, said he was fine, said he was in no pain???.nothing. They advised I take him to the ER at HonorHealth Deer Valley because it was literally next door.?? I did that and made him sing the alphabet song to me in the car so that I could make sure his breathing was fine.?? They checked him out briefly and concluded that it must have been the fall because they didn’t see allergic reactions signs.?? They did a neuro check and he was, of course, charming all of them left and right.?? Then they sent us on our way and said I could ice it if he let me.?? I started to cry so many times when I looked at him today because he just doesn’t look like my boy and it has had me just freaked out and suffering from PTSD today.?? He is still not back to normal.?? He doesn’t look as bad but not good either.?? He is going to sleep in my room so I can check on him during the night.


One funny???at the hospital he wanted to hear his heartbeat.?? The Dr. listened first and was telling him all the places on his body where she could hear his heart.?? He had a funny look on his face and then told her, “I just have ONE heart???but it is a big heart.”

We both laughed and she said, “I bet that is true.”?? It is.


“Mom I am just fine!” – He keeps telling me.?? My sensitive little guy knows I have been anxious about him and is trying to help.
Tori made me laugh with all her observations today.?? She noted that I had a “cry voice” when I got home from the store.?? (I didn???t notice my voice sounded weird but she was right).?? She was also shaking after she saw Troy.?? Scared her good too.?? This evening we brought food to Grammy and she told me that we couldn’t leave until Sweetie’s sink was cleaned out and she showed me exactly how Sweetie does it.?? Then later she told me that if I was going to return Papa’s shirt (the one she had to borrow after spilling Grammy Rene’s caramel pie on her outfit) that I would have to put it up right.?? When I inquired she let me know that Sweetie color codes her closet.?? Who knew??? I called my mom, (who is camping in ShowLow at Fool’s Hollow) and she cracked up that Tori had taken note of those things.

Tuesday, August 29th

JESUS – you are the WONDER in the WILD.?? I love that line in one of my favorite songs of 2017 and boy was I singing it today.?? We had a bit of an epic adventure.?? I am normally a pretty cautious person by nature. I was raised by an adventurous, thrill seeking, extrovert though and that has shaped me more than my personality would otherwise indicate.?? Because I am a photographer and fall season is shortly upon us, I wanted to do some scouting today.?? I love the gorgeous AZ desert and I wanted to find some spots not too far from my home that would celebrate the beauty of our great landscape not far from the city lights.?? I packed up the kids, water, sunscreen, and Tanner packed his fishing pole and tackle (because…hello…scouting + adventures = fishing holes if one is crossing their fingers hard enough).?? So we head off into the wilds.?? It was pushing 110 degrees…in August…and I was scouting somewhat off the beaten path desert locations.?? We were a couple miles down a road remote enough that we had not seen a soul the entire time when…low and behold…and let’s all sing…”You grab a line, I’ll grab a pole and we’ll all go down to the crawdad hole…honey baby mine.”?? So we stopped.?? We pretty much had too.?? Tanner would have considered that a crime to press on.?? Troy was happily coloring in his five point harness carseat (because he is still too small for a booster) and Ty wanted to stay in the air conditioned truck with him.?? Tori, Tanner and I went down to the fishing hole (and yes…Tanner did spot some fish so we had to give it a few minutes).?? To shorten this, eventually Ty decides he wants to visit us and Troy doesn’t.?? I yell to Ty to leave the door open because my cautious nature was surfacing.?? My car was on.?? The a/c was on.?? All good.???? It shouldn’t automatically lock…but what if???????? And guess what??? That is exactly what happened.?? Ty forgot and shut the door.?? Ty walked away and seconds later the door locks.?? Ty yells down to me that the car locked and I felt hyperventilation coming on.?? Our hydration, sunblock, cell phone, and MY YOUNGEST child were locked in the car.?? You would think at six Troy could escape this situation but I knew he couldn’t.?? The five point harness on his carseat is so secure that we always have to get him in and out of it.?? I spent the next 10 minutes trying my best to get him to at least unclasp the top strap (because he couldn’t reach the door lock without unlatching it and the windows where child safety locked).?? He tried and tried but could not get it undone.?? Tori is sobbing beside me and I was trying to be calm in evaluating our situation but I knew we were in a real pickle because I had no way to get help and no one had come down the dirt road.?? After probably 10 minutes of deliberating and working with Troy, I knew I was at a decision point of having to attempt rocking a window.?? I realize that to my husband, father, or brothers…this wouldn’t seem like an emergency…just an unfortunate expense.?? For me though…I didn’t know the proper method for rocking the window without injury to myself or Troy so I was on the verge of panic.?? (It has since been explained to me via Dusty and Daniel how I could have rocked the window).?? So before I started my attempts (which would have been the wrong route by the way), I gathered the kids together, we all held hands and we started praying.?? We asked Jesus to provide a solution for us.?? I was so scared to rock the window because Tanner had me thinking that I may not be able to break it and what if I cut my arm, or an artery, or the rock or glass hit Troy????????? What if???I couldn’t break it?????!!!!


About 10 seconds after we said amen, I hear Tori yell, “Troy got it!!!!!?? He got the top harness undone!”?? And just like that he popped the door open with a smile on his face.?? And then he let me know that he should be called a hero now because hero’s save people and he saved us.?? We then had a talk about how Jesus saved us and helped Troy.?? Troy said, “I was not scared.?? I have the Loord and the Loord is in my heart.”


So see???Jesus was the wonder in our wild today?

(Update???Troy and Ty are both saying the wind shut the door!)