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.

Homeschooling mama to 4 amazing kids and part time professional photographer.

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.


Homeschooling mama to 4 amazing kids and part time professional photographer.

Troy and Remington

My sweet, sweet boys.?? I have long wanted to focus on more ARIZONA pictures so I thought I would take a few of Troy and my nephew Remy while out on the lake during a family fun day.?? Worked out perfectly that Troy’s rash guard matched the kayak that Papa bought for the kids.?? We spend quite a bit of time at this lake during the summer so precious memories to capture.?? Troy and Remy are best buddies so I was glad to capture them together too.


Homeschooling mama to 4 amazing kids and part time professional photographer.