Did you know I have an adopted brother?

Richard's youngest brother Christopher came from Oklahoma to visit us in 2010. He was fresh out of high school and trying to decide what to do with his life. We were just about to move back to San Diego from St. George and convinced him to come with us. 
Christopher was so much fun to have around. I taught him how to cook and drive and how to check out girls at the beach with out being a creeper. We went to the hot tub every night to talk about all kinds of deep intellectual things.We became really close and helped make life bearable for me. He also became close with my mom when she came to visit a couple of time. Mom loves him like its her own son!

Christopher stayed with us for about 6 months before he decided that he wanted to join the military. {Lets be honest and say it was my idea cause it was!} 
When he joined the ARMY, he found out there was going to be about 6 months before he would leave, so he stayed with us all the way until we moved away. Christopher stayed in San Diego,worked long hours at McDonalds close to our house and worked out like a beast to get prepared. That boy was ready to go!
He left for boot camp in February and graduated last week!

I could not be more proud than if it was me graduating from boot camp!
Seriously the best decision of his life. He has a full time job, full benefits, college paid for.. what could be better?
Christopher got his order to be stationed in Korea! HELLO! That's some serious stuff!

So I couldn't go out to Georgia for his graduation, but he was in San Diego for a couple of weeks before he left the states. My mom and I went over for a quick trip to spend some quality time before he leaves.

Photo: Just a quick trip to see our soldier before he ships off to Korea http://instagr.am/p/MPua1Lpu_s/
Mom and I made him a fleece blanket to take with him... you know... a little piece of home to keep with him.
We got to spend time at the beach and go to Old Town and see a movie. 

So proud of my little brother!
Please keep him and our other troops in your prayers as they protect our country!


Desert Hills High Class of...

I may or may not be a YITTLE YINY BIT behind in my blogging... so what if I am?
 That's none of your business! So here is what you might have missed out in my life...

SOOOO... my little baby sister graduated from HIGH SCHOOL!
Excuse me! She's 5... how did that happen?
I'm not even going to mention how old that makes me, bleh.
Photo: Congrats grad!
Isn't she a beaut?

Her frackin school decided to have the graduation on a TUESDAY! Hello! There are normal people in the world that work for a living and CANNOT take 3 days off to attend a graduation in the frackin middle of the week!
So we missed the graduation of death but headed down to St.G that weekend to throw her an AWESOME party... you know how we like to do it up real nice.

I would tell you all about it, but I don't feel like it... so go check out all the details HERE on my other sister's blog. She is way more entertaining than me anyway.
  We are amazing BTW! And our parties are awesome! Only the best for our 5 year old Doogie Houser sister graduating High School.


Birthday Boy!

Can you believe that the first time I met this boy, he was just a tiny sweet cheeked miracle?

My baby Kobe has turned TWO! Wow how time flies. 
Kobe got a nice birthday buzz cut... to battle to Arizona heat. 

Come Sunday, we we're ready to PARTY!

And by party I mean, give Kobe a HUGEMONGOUS bone and let him enjoy the day!

HAHA!! He was not tryin to share that bone with ANYONE!

I love my Kobe pup... he has been with me through a lot of stuff and brings joy to my life everyday!

One Little Light in the Darkness

How will you be remembered?
If you died, what would people say about you?
Have you made an impact on the world?

My sweet cousin JaKelle went home to her Father in Heaven this week. JaKelle spent several months in the hospital battling for her life. I truly believe that those long 12 weeks in the hospital were part of her mission here on the earth. During that time, JaKelle brought together so many people, families, and communities. People had the opportunity to fast and pray and do service. For me, that time built my testimony of the atonement, of prayer, of the plan of salvation. My faith was strengthened tremendously.
Just to think that one small girl, one sweet spirit, had that impact on me... but also thousands of others!

If I died today, that would not be the case... not even a little. 
At her funeral service, I realized that this 17 year old girl was an amazing example. Every memory and thought was full of light and joy and happiness. JaKelle is a light to this world. She left behind no negative memories or feelings. She left an impact on the world. There were hundreds of people at her service, from all walks of life, and all faiths, sharing similar stories of the impact JaKelle made during her 17 short years on this earth. 
What an experience!
After the service, we each tied a message to JaKelle on a yellow balloon. My message was this:
"Thank you JaKelle for being such an amazing example to me and so many others. Your life has inspired me to stay strong, and be more positive and grateful for everything in this life. May your spirit continue to bless those of us you left behind."

I know that JaKelle returned to her Father with honor, having completed her mission on this earth. 
She will not be forgotten.
I love you JaKelle...until we meet again!

See some of her impact here: