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Elder Cayden White - Best One Year of his life so far....awesome mission down and one to go!

Elder White Fall 2018 in Connecticut
Nine baptisms in one day! The start of an ongoing process drawing closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. 

Cleanest mission apartment. Yeah!
Serving with Elder Duvalois at the Boston Temple.
Cambridge, MASS Elder White has been serving in the Boston, Massachusetts Mission since Dec. 20, 2017 when he reported to the Provo, MTC.

He has LOVED his mission and the opportunity it has given him to serve, learn and grow in the gospel. Currently he is serving in Hartford,Connecticut and enjoys being back in a big city.

He is a zone leader and trainer.

We are grateful for the choice he has made to serve a mission and dedicate two years of his life to learning more about the gospel and inviting others to draw closer to Jesus Christ.
Recent posts

Happy Girl on Way to School

My little Makenzy is pretty happy most days. Big sister Maddy sure has done a great job of being the morning hairdresser - love the curls.

Say "Yes" to the Dress......She's getting married!

When my great-grandmother's dress wasn't going to work I went on a short lived hunt for the "IT" dress twenty two years ago.

And I found it.

It was beautiful. Big train, Sheer insets. Beautiful beading, But whoah, those poofy sleeves. Even Anne of Green Gables would have been over the top impressed with my poof sleeves.

"Anne took the dress and looked at it in reverent silence. Oh, how pretty it was--a lovely soft brown gloria with all the gloss of silk; a skirt with dainty frills and shirrings; a waist elaborately pintucked in the most fashionable way, with a little ruffle of filmy lace at the neck. But the sleeves--they were the crowning glory! ... Look at those sleeves! Oh, it seems to me this must be a happy dream."

Oh yes, the sleeves made the dress. The sleeves themselves could have been made into two more dresses by themselves. I wanted a beautiful dress and I ended up with almost 2 1/2 dresses because of those sleeves.

Tip - do not go dress shopping…


This little girl chose to be baptized a member of the LDS Church.
 For us as parents we understand 8 is young and many may think is a socially forced "choice." But we teach our kids baptism is the first step and a lifetime of learning follows. 
Getting baptized is the step to say "yes" I am committed to learn about God and live my life as He would want. We encourage them to question, we take them to visit other churches, we discuss "what if this all wasn't true?"  Long and short, baptism into our faith is not a blind choice. Questioning is encouraged and we are o.k. if her faith or the other faith of our children wavers at times. They ultimately have the choice to continue in the faith of their parents. Either way we will always love them. 
But for now, it is very sweet and tender as our last child was baptized.
December cold called out for the warmth and novelty of a hot chocolate bar and  accompanying sweet treats.

First Place

"Surgery Summer" gave her plenty of time to think of how she wanted to do her room. 
She was on a soft food diet when she finally felt well enough to do something, so she made her candle holders. She hobbled into the store and plopped down in a motorized scooter when she found the perfect accent pillow. Thanks to funds from Aunt Vivian. She hobbled around on crutches when we found the "peaceful picture." She was bored from being home day after day recovering when she found the perfect desk to refinish. It was the day of the move, when I had the final deadline to drill the holes for the rope handles.
One of the many feelings we all felt!

First Day of School 2.0

Freshman.  2nd grade How he really feels about it! 5th grade

Beautiful first day! 
I am so glad to be back on a traditional schedule. Although there are benefits to both schedules, traditional just feels right. Long, lazy summers then school in the fall.

I am a bit of a nerd. But fall and going back to school was one of my favorite times. New boxes of crayons. Sharply pointed pencils with a full, round erasers emitting a slight "pink" rubber smell.. New stiff, shoes. Reams of paper with no writing in it.

I am not a parent that relishes sending my kids off. We never quite have enough time together. However, there is something to be said about a schedule and moving forward to the next stage.

First Day of School 2015

After 15 years of sending kids off to school, I cried.

Not for a preschooler. Not for all day kindergartner, or elementary, or the first day of high school. But for my college student.

Because I wasn't there to make a "yumma" breakfast on the first day. I wasn't there to say, "oh, you look so cute in that outfit." Nor was I there to remind her it would be o.k., it was going to be a great day. I cried because it is a whole new chapter. Like most of the books I like, by the end, it has a happy ending or a great life story. But I am not quite at the end. So instead, I cried.