Here she is, in all of her 7 lb, 14 oz glory! 

And what a good big sister!


It's Here!

We have a new daughter!  She was born early Friday morning and we named her Scout. 

Pics and such to come soon...after I find the camera cord.


It Doesn't Add Up

When I moved to Moscow in 2000, I started school at the University of Idaho planning on majoring in math.  That plan fell through and I ended up going in a totally different direction that was probably a lot more fun (credit for mountain biking and rock climbing - can't beat that!). 

But even though I didn't get a math degree, I still know that having contractions for 26 days + being 4 days overdue should equal a baby, not in yet another day of waiting. 

And waiting...

And waiting...



James and I went to the Student Achievement Awards for the University of Idaho tonight.  He had been nominated for two of the awards, but they don't notify the winners ahead of time, so we didn't know if he had won or not. 

He did!!  James won the Richard Gibb Award, which is given to an outstanding non-traditional student. 

Congratulations, James! 



I woke up this morning feeling a lot better - emotionally and physically.  We talked about the power of God yesterday in primary, and how prayer can help us feel that power in ours lives.  Thankfully, I did as we directed the kids to do, and it has made all the difference.

And a big Thank You! to the friend who left a treat on my porch today - a great surprise to find after our shopping trip this morning!



Some things in life are tough, and that's to be expected.  The difficulty I have, presently, is trying to figure out what it is I'm supposed to be learning right now as I am experiencing some rather unpleasant realities.  This morning as I was waiting for Maiby to finish her breakfast, I was looking through the Ensign and came across a great statement about trials.  It's the article entitiled "He Will Take Upon Him Their Infirmities" by Elder Jean A Tefan.

In it, he references a scripture in Alma 7 that is about Christ.  Verses 11 & 12 read: "And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. 

And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, tha the may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities."  Elder Tefan then goes on to say that he read those verses in a time of trial and shifted the hurt and fear that he was experiencing to Christ. 

That is something that I have always had a hard time doing - I have been very independent since I was a small child, and it's hard to admit sometimes that I can't handle certain things (and I find that especially true when facing trials).  When I am suffering, more specifically right now, it's hard to remember that others have been through the same kind of thing.  But I am so grateful for the knowledge that I have that Christ has been through it - he experienced this pain and suffering for me.  I am so thankful for His willingness to do that, and as I try to turn to heaven for the help I am seeking, I know I will find it.


What Makes Them Think It's Okay?

I am SO upset!!  Someone stole my dryer!

Don't people know that there are unwritten, but CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD rules when using a shared laundry area?  And that one is you don't steal a dryer that is currently in use?!!  Why would someone think it's okay to take my wet clothes out of a running dryer and put their own in?

It's not my fault they missed out on the 3 good dryers.  I took my laundry over and had to empty 2 washers in order to use them, but the clothes had been sitting for a little while - a little bit mildew-smelling.  So I put one in the laundry basket on the washer and one on the cleanest washer.  And, as always, set an alarm so I would pick up my stuff on time.  Then I went down and switched my laundry PROMPTLY (one washer was still spinning when I walked in) and used 3 dryers so I wouldn't have to go back after 1 cycle. 

But apparently someone had other ideas.  And I don't appreciate it.

If I were a big more vengeful, I might put their DRY clothes - that's the proof that they stole my 50 cents (the cycle had run its course when I went to pick up my stuff) - into the sink and fill it up. 

(un)Fortunately, I'm not that vengeful and venting here and later to James is the only payback I will give.

Piece of Junk!!