Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Hannah is the type of friend that I know I can always count on. We get together every time I am in Redding, she remembers every birthday, (even my kids) and special day. She is extremely organzied. She is the kind of friend everyone hopes for and that you find few of. Hannah is currently an Elementary teacher and she is so good with children. I wish she lived here so I could put my kids in her class! She is pregnant with a little boy and is due in January. I know she will be an amazing mother. Happy B.day Hannah! I love you!
7th/8th grade- the good ol' days....
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I think of her everyday. I wonder what she would be like today. I wonder what career path she would have chosen. What type of man she would have married, if she would have children? I think of how our children would have been able to play together and sometimes I feel cheated out of having an older sister with me today.
I am grateful for the many ways Tera touched my life. I feel so blessed to have her as my older sister. Tera was older than me by a year. We played together and fought together as all sisters do. Tera was spunky, fun loving and spontaneous. She was eccentric and had a love of nature and people. Her room was decorated from thrift store items and thrift store clothes made up the majority of her closet. She was unique in everyway. She even created her own backpacks, skirts out of neck ties and necklaces out of bottoms. She often had candles burning in her room while Enya or Tori Amos was playing in the background. She was adventurous and fearless. She loved to go cliff jumping, snowboarding, wakeboarding, horseback riding. Tera did not hold back on emotion, she let her emotions show, in a way that I never have and I think few ever do. She was beautiful with her blonde hair and green eyes and perfect body. She was athletic and excelled at all the sports she played- softball, basketball and volleyball. She was the type of person you wanted to hate- out of sheer envy, but it was impossible not to love her.
Another memory I have of Tera that will always be one of my favorites is having slumber parties. We would often call each other on the phone-( the upstairs phone to the downstairs phone) and see if the other person wanted to have a slumber party. We would just stay the night in each others rooms and talk until we had to fall asleep. I loved it and continued the tradition with my little sister Sierra. Sisters truly do make the best of friends.
I think of Tera whenever I do something impulsive- like run in the rain with my children, climb a hill just for fun, or push myself to jump off something higher than I feel comfortable doing. I think of her when I see something beautiful, or when I go to the beach because she appreciated the beauty found in nature. I think of her when I let my guard down and let my emotions show- show that I am happy to see someone- she had the ability to make people feel loved and special- like they were all that mattered at that moment- what a gift.
I do know that I will see be with Tera again and I that it will be a joyous reunion. I picture her running up to me, hugging me and tackling me out of excitement- and I will return her enthusiasm.
Matt, Todd and Jeff- 2000
Todd had a hard life because of choices he made as a youth. Despite his struggles, I know that he had a testimony and a love of the Lord and that he is now free of his earthly struggles. We know that we will see Todd again and we find great comfort in that.
Matt is currently in Redding to attend Todd's memorial service which will occur tomorrow am.
Baby Matt, Lori and Todd
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Here's my first belly pictures- 1/2 way there- 20 weeks to go (that sounds like forever) The nurse today told me that our baby probably weighed about 12 ounces- let's just say I've gained a tad more than 12 ounces!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
And swimming at the Wilsons with Aunt Sierra and Nana-
PS- yes- I chopped my hair off- actually my sister did it- I am liking it- she did a good job:) Thanks Sierra- I love having a hair dresser in the family!
Matt and Rob (I think Megan is jealous?)
Matt with his pants- love this face! I am so grateful I married a man that makes life fun and puts up with my many moods- Matt keeps my life interesting- I adore him and am grateful to be able to celebrate him on his birthday!
We also celebrated his b.day a few days early at his parents house in Redding-
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The idea is as soon as you get the challenge to take pictures of these items immediatley. No cleaning up allowed.
The happy couple got married August 1st at the Sacramento, Ca temple. They are adorable together and we loved Sandra right away. I am so proud of them and so happy for them- I know they will be so good to each other! Congrats~
Tera in her extra twirly, cute flower girl dress
With Uncle Trevor-
I know- I should have more pictures of the bride and groom- but I couldn't stop taking pictures of sweet Tera- so I will have to get wedding prints from someone else!
Our little family