Thursday, August 26, 2010

Count your many blessings

Wow!  August is almost gone, school is almost here, and I've only had 1 post this month.  Sorry it's taken me so long to update our blog.  (I know you've all been waiting on pins and needles, hehehe!)  Well, let me start off by telling you all the most exciting and important news of all.  As some of you know, Clint was laid off from his job back in December and has been looking for a job ever since.  Well, after much prayer and fasting from us and you,  Clint got a job.  He works for a company out of Utah called Step Saver, Inc.  What he does is deliver salt for water softners to businesses such as hotels, casinos, car wash's, hospitals, etc.    The president of the company just talked to Clint and he wants to promote him already. (After 2 1/2 weeks) They want to hire  another driver and within a year they want to have three trucks  here in town and he wants Clint to manage them and be in charge of sales.   When Clint was training in his first week, his trainer was telling him that they are expanding right now to California and when that's done, their going to be looking to expand to Reno.  Clint told him to put him first on the list to be transferred there.  We've always had it in our plans to get back to Reno.  My parents are there, and we'd like our kids to be closer to them as they are their only grandparents still living.  Anyway, that probably won't happen for awhile, so for now we are just so happy for Clint's success so far.  We are so thankful to all of you who fasted and prayed for us.  
Before this job came along, we felt like we were at the end of our rope.  One day a man from our ward came to our door and told Clint of this job.  He said that the guy who had it before just walked off and quit, so they needed someone immediately.  They called that same night and the rest is history.  It's amazing what happens when we live faithful.  As I think about those past 8 months that he was not working, full time,  (he had some side jobs that he was doing for ward members and their friends and family.)  I realize that the Lord blessed up so much.  Don't get me wrong.  I realized that all along the way.  I'm just so grateful for my Heavenly Father for helping us and blessing our lives.
Some of our many blessings were;  No one got sick.  (Not even allergies or colds).  Clint always had some kind of side job to do, whether it was retiling a bathroom, or extending someones driveway, or fixing a sprinkler line.  We always had plenty to eat.  Our bills were paid every month.  and there were so many more blessings.                                                                                                                                     

Thursday, August 05, 2010

New updates from the kids

Abby and Dallin have updated their blogs.  If you would like to see just click on their pictures on the side of our blog.  If you are not invited and would like to be just leave a comment with your email or email us at  Thanks!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The best way to end a month

Well, we ended July with a bang.  On the 24th, our stake had a breakfast and games to play for the kiddos.  That was fun and unfortunately I forgot my camera so sorry no pictures of that.

Then the next weekend, we were invited to go camping with our friends, The Reece's.  We all had so much fun and the weather was SO nice.  We never were cold and the high's were in the 70's.  We went to Pine Valley, just north of St. George. There was something for everyone.  Clint and the boys went up first and set up camp. (That was nice for me.)  Then the girls and I went up the next morning, when we got there we went fishing.  Dallin caught a fish, Elsa and Abby caught one too, with Dad's help.  They were so happy about it except when it was time to take a picture with the fish, Elsa did not want to even stand next to it let alone touch it.  But she loved to fish.  Calvin tried his best to catch one, but they always got away from him.  Maybe next time.  He loved it too, although it was a bit discouraging.  (Hopefully not enough to never try again.)
While we were fishing, the kids were playing and I thought I might go round them up.  On my way to go get them I saw The Reece's son flagging me down.  He was so close to two deer.  It was awesome!  Then I went to get the kids and told them there were deer, and to be very quiet.  I should've known that was impossible for a bunch of kids to be that quiet.  As soon as they were in hearing range of the deer, the deer were outta there.  Atleast they got to see them.  We then went back to the camp, ate dinner, roasted marshmallows for smores, talked a little and went to bed.  The next day, we went to a different lake and played.  Some of us rode in the canoe, fished, and swam.  Abby didn't have her suit on, but that didn't stop her from getting a little swim time in.  All the kids LOVED the canoe, and Dallin and Calvin took it out themselves to purposely flip it over.  We warned them that it wasn't all fun and games, but do you think they listened to us?  They ended up needing some extra help getting it back to the shore.  They had fun though!  Crazy kids!  It was pretty hot out there, I found myself putting my feet in the water to cool off.  Then the Schwann's man  drove by and Bro. Reece ran out and flagged him down.  I don't think I ever saw a man run so fast.  They bought a bunch of ice cream bars, cones, and sandwich's and we all had a nice refreshment.  Then we went back to camp, ate lunch, then went to a pool a few miles down the road.  It was fun!  We then went back to camp, helped the kids make bracelets and necklaces with beads while dinner was being cooked, ate dinner, talked, ate cobbler, then came home.  I think we wore the kids out because it was sure quiet on the way home.  We had fun and can't wait to go camping again. 
Abby was so excited that there were actual cherries.  She put them on her fry bread.
This was Abby and her new friend, Haley.  They were getting out of the rain.