Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Catching Up!

...We took a last family trip to Idaho...
Things sure are weird around our house these days!

First of all, we are enjoying our new, BIG home, and are working to finish settling in. Part of our "settling in" includes getting used to not having our angel Morganne around. We sure are missing her peaceful presence and loving strength! I can't go into how I feel too much, or I'll start to cry! (again)

We drove up to Idaho to see our families, attend reunions, and drop our Miss Morgie off to stay with my parents as she serves the Lord as a service missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! We don't yet know what all she will be doing, since her assignments will be made through her new bishop, but we'll find out soon. So far, she's been asked to serve as a Nursery worker in my parents' ward. A perfect fit for her! :-)

Needless to say, though our lives are not the same, but we all know she's where she should be, doing what she should be doing. It's been REALLY hard for me to let her go, but she is excited for this new phase of life.

I was bawling like a baby just before this picture was taken...
We had a great time with our families It was especially nice to see family we haven't been with is a LONG time (my brother, Wade and his awesome kids, and my sweet sister Abby), and to meet the beautiful new babies in my husband's family and attend our new nephew's baby blessing. Lots of love, hugs, and visiting all around!

Adorable Aunt Abby finally got to meet our Davy!

Since our Morganne will now be reading this blog to know what we're up to, I just thought I'd add a couple new pictures and a cute video or two. Hold onto your hats! (Or stop reading now...)

Wade and Granna lighting fireworks

Libby and Wade making their handprint for the new fire pit.

RAIN! We Arizonans were in shock! (The Oregonians, not so much...)

Chillin' with uncles and cousins (See brand new baby Sophie laying on her daddy, Uncle Karl?)

Uncle Kevin and cute Ava

Grandma with a baby, chatting with Aunt Lisa, cousin MacKenzie, and Aunt Kenzie

Daddy introducing Davy (Grandpa's namesake!) to Granny Pike

We had lots of fun getting together with our dear friends, the Dye family!
(Even though the Idaho wind about blew us away...)

Soon after we got home, we decided to take the kids swimming when a dust storm came up. Almost all the other parents and kids left the pool, but we thought it was fun to swim in the wind!

Three little swimmers

A blown-down tree! (Chilean mesquites have shallow roots, because the wind wasn't that bad!)

But then, we saw lightning, and got out of the pool and went home. We've had lovely monsoon weather ever since, and are enjoying it thoroughly.

Two milestones happened yesterday to two of our kids. First of all, Lliam got his LEARNER'S PERMIT!!! (And I let him drive part of the way home. We were both terrified! LOL!)

And then, later in the evening, Grayse lost her top front tooth!

Grayse Dawn has a new hole in her head!

And just before bed, Davy showed us a new trick. See the video here: 

He turns 9 months old tomorrow, but he's ready to get moving! 

All is well, God is good, and we are so grateful for all our many blessings! Soon, the chaos of another school year will begin, but for now, we are just trying to adjust to our new lives. We love and miss you all!!! 


Love, Mama Rachel


  1. Looks like we have a bit in common in circumstance this week... My oldest just moved out (although 24 and getting ready to get married!), and my 16 yr old recently got his permit also. oh joy. =)
    love the pictures~!

  2. What a really fun post of family and love of family. I loved the pictures and was a very fun post.
    Blessings and hugs!

  3. You are so brave Rachel. I can't imagine what it will be like to send my kids off! I was a mess dropping them off for school on their first day this week.

    This missionary age change is awesome in many ways but hard on the mamas!


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