Monday, March 28, 2011

pingkong with Gampah

Rody and I are having fun hanging out in Mendon, Utah to celebrate my parents' 30th wedding anniversary (and missing our "Papa"/Sweet Hubby who had to stay for work/school).

Rody loves all the attention from his "Gampah, Gagam, Kesey, Byben, De-en, Bet and A-ew."

The first words out of Rody's mouth in the morning and his last before he goes to sleep at night are "pingkong? pingkong?"or "da-ee? da-ee?" (ping pong and Dolly, our lovable, old cocker spaniel)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Staying in Minnesota

Pedro graduates from law school in May. "Has it really been three years?" you ask. Yes, it has.

A few months ago, more than one person commented, "Are you glad you can see the light at the end of the tunnel?" - referring to life after graduation. It seemed strange to me because I felt like I was in the light moving toward a dark tunnel of uncertainty (no clue where we would live/work/eat after graduation). I finally came to terms with and felt okay about our decision to move to California without a job. I was very, very, very excited to live closer to family and in warmer weather.

Then, Ben, had to go and throw a wrench in the plan. Oh beautiful wrench!

Ben is Pedro's friend who passed on his resume to the partner of an intellectual property law firm in Minneapolis. This led to an interview which led to an offer to get work experience at the firm with an unofficial job offer which will most likely lead to an official job offer after Pedro passes the bar.


We feel so blessed that Pedro will get this experience in his preferred area of law. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family who have kept us in their prayers. We are so grateful for this opportunity that, if it goes as expected, will allow us to be more self-reliant and able to bless others.

So, we are staying in Minnesota. After all, our son can run out to 12* weather without a coat and not be phased a bit. As Pedro says, "He's a Minnesotan kid."

I guess with good friends, supportive family and a kind, loving Heavenly Father, this tunnel wasn't so long that I couldn't hold my breath.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A good FULL day!

Today I: greeted the sunrise, enjoyed my personal study time before my boy woke up, got ready, ate and gave Rody breakfast, made dinner for my family and the newest mother in the ward, took Rody to a ear-nose-throat doctor (tubes are on the horizon), dropped off dinner, took the car in for an oil/filter change and fuel cleaning (yay! the car isn't jumpy), made friends in the waiting room (Rody learned how to say Nick, who promised to attend his basketball games in a few years), fed us lunch, worked on CTC board business and the database for the Father Project while Rody took a long nap (thank you son!), enjoyed my afternoon not making dinner, but doing math problems and baking cookies with one of my favorite 11-year-olds and my boy, danced to primary songs with Rody, called Rody's papa twice before bed, read Elmo, enjoyed my favorite time of the day - holding my son while singing him lullabies, jogged 8 miles while watching Biggest Loser (can you believe they sent Arthur home?? - please!) and procrastinated the dishes until after a quick blog post. Watch out dishes! Here I come!


Twenty years ago, on March 2, my dad baptized and confirmed me a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I knew then that I was following Jesus. I know now that it was the best decision I would ever make. I entered the gate for the path that would bring me more joy than I could have ever imagined. I will be forever grateful to my parents who taught me what it means to take upon me the name of Christ, to keep His commandments and to always remember Him. I will be eternally grateful to my Savior, whose perfect love makes lasting happiness possible.