Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jake's Utah Weekend!

About a week ago, Jake had the chance to fly to Utah for a quick weekend with his fam! Since Jason was having his surgery on Monday, the 3 siblings that live out of state flew in for the family to spend time with Jason before his surgery.

They spent the days watching old family videos, looking at old pictures, and reminiscing!

What a group!

Jason, Jake, Josh, and Jeremy (Jason's boys)

Lisa, Jason, Jake, Kim, and AshleyJason & Jake

Jake had the best time with his siblings, parents, Josh, Jer, and Gram! It was so great for him to spend time with everyone! Jason, we love you, miss you, and are thinking about you and Steph every minute of the day!! Stay strong and keep on keepin' on!!!!! Can't wait to see ya!!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Jasons Story

Jake's brother, Jason, has an unbelievable story. 3 1/2 years ago Jason went in for a routine surgery, but a mistake during the surgery changed his life forever. Jason is an amazing example of having a positive attitude. Below is link to the Channel 2 News in Utah story that they did on Jason and his story. Please watch!

Jason is having a major surgery tomorrow (Oct 20) that could possibly change his life again, except for the good this time. If all goes well and as planned, he may be able to eat and drink again, without throwing up. Anyone who knows Jason or Stephanie (his wife) and his story will be thinking and praying for Jason. He has started a blog to tell his story and share his thoughts and insights on life. His complete story from him is on his blog. Reading it will change your perspective on life.

Jason has taught us how to be truly grateful for the little things in life and to not take a single day for granted. We love you Jason and Steph!


I absolutely love Fall! The weather here is a bit chilly, but very sunny! It's beautiful! All the trees are changing and leaves are falling! I am so excited to get out my fall sweaters and long sleeve shirts!
Jake's sister and nephew (Ashley and Dallas) were here visiting and we took all the kids to the Whitman's Farm! They had hayrides, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, corn mazes, and a "corn box", it's like a sand box, but instead of sand it's corn kernels! It's the cutest place! Unfortunately, the day we went it was a little rainy, but we still had a good time!

Jake, Eliza, Kira, Alexa

Alexa, Eliza, Kira, Dallas

The "corn box"

Dallas and Jake

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Writings on the Wall Blog Debut!

Hello everyone!!! I have started a blog (finally!!!) for "Writings on the Wall".
Last November I started this business out of my home and have loved every minute of it thus far! I'm ready to get the word out even more now!

Writings on the Wall is unique, personalized and one of a kind home decor. These signs allow you to put a personal touch on any gift! As cliche as it sounds they truly are the perfect gift for any occasion! Through the blog you can see sample signs, fonts, quotes, colors, etc, and place orders through e-mail!! You can use the quotes that I have provided or e-mail me your own idea! I love making these signs because every one is different and unique since I can create any name and any quote! I look forward to hearing from you!! Spread the word!! The website is http://writings-byemily.blogspot.com

Friday, October 10, 2008

The art of being happy lies in the power to extract happiness from common things

Ok so Jake is the only person that won't be surprised that I'm this excited, but I just got gas for $2.99!!!!! I never thought I would see that number again!! I am so excited!!!! Jake says I'm obsessed with gas prices, but oh well!! It's a good day!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Back home again in Indiana!

I just recently went home for a quick visit! It was so great to see my fam and friends!! There are 3 b-days in my family in Sept and Oct so we had lots of birthday parties! My sister's kids didn't know I was coming so it was fun surprising them! I was able to see my niece Kaley play in her first basketball game, where she had the whole family in her cheering section! I was there for the Relief Society broadcast and it was great to be able to go with my mom and sisters. Afterwards 10 "girls" went out for dessert...well it was supposed to be dessert, but we all ended us getting so much food considering it was 10:30! (Sorry again Katie :) It was so much fun!
And the rest of the week consisted of shopping all day and fun dinners at night! I miss everyone already and can't wait to see them again!
For anyone interested...I hear New York City is a really cool place to visit.... :) My nieces and nephew, Heidi, Riley, Kaley, and Molly
My niece Bailey- couldn't you just eat those cheeks! :)
Molly was also a fan of the flower hat!

Bailey and I share the same birthday!

Nieces Taylor and Halle- Bailey checking out her first birthday cake!

Wes and Bailey! I think she liked the chocolate cake!