Saturday, August 18, 2012


It's hard to believe Josh is in the MTC. We are so grateful for the support and love we had for his farewell and as he left. I have started a blog for his mission. It's called Heart and Seoul. To read his letters and keep up on his news go to We miss him a LOT, but know his missionary service will bless our family. We feel like the angels are watching over him, and our family as he serves.

 My heart was so full as I watched him walk away, I felt like it might break. It was such a bittersweet moment letting him go and trusting Heavenly Father to watch over him. I held it together pretty well until I couldn't see him anymore, then I really lost it. I'm trying daily, to pray harder, do better, be positive, read my scriptures and trust that Heavenly Father has a plan for ALL his children, mine included!!! I know He does. I know my boy will be an AWESOME missionary and we are already feeling the blessings of missionary work in our family.
 Jen was in a serious car accident earlier this week. She and 10 others were taken to the hospital in ambulances. She was hit head on twice and we think once from behind.  It is nothing short of a miracle that she and the others survived, let alone, walked away with pretty minor bumps, bruises, and cuts.
 Jen said the first thing she did when she realized she had been hit bad was feel her teeth. When she knew they were all there, she thought she must be alive and ok!!! Even in the hospital she still had that beautiful smile of hers!!!!!!

 This is not something parents want to see. (In the background you can see the second car that hit her on the passenger side, it is also in really bad shape)

 We are thankful for seatbelts and airbags, for the restrictions that save lives.
 It's amazing how something that happens in such a split second can change lives forever. The gravity of the accident still is sinking in but the overwhelming emotion is gratitude. For life, for miracles and for angels.

 Someone sent me the above picture with the angels in it. It wasn't our accident, but still very pertinent to our situation. Jenica was given a blessing and in it she was told that angels took her out of that car. That she has a purpose in this life and that she is blessed. We feel that one of her angels is in the MTC. Because of his service, we know she and her friend and the other people involved were safe and protected. I can't help but think my sweet grandparents were there too and I have felt them very strongly these past ten days. I love that on one of  the windows that is left in her car, the word "love" is still there that was written by her friends earlier that day. I love it. She is loved.

My sweet aunt said that while her son was on his mission she was going crazy counting down the days till he got home. Instead she decided to count "up" her blessings. I have been trying to decide if I should do a  "countdown" and I know now that I will also be doing a "count-up".  On this day we had many many many to count. We are blessed, grateful and humbled.