Pueblo, Baseball, and the Browns

My sister, Nikki, inspired me to catch up on our blog because she has recently done her August month post. Gotta keep up with the Browns 😉

It has been such a busy summer! Josh and I have been working like crazy BUT we also managed to have some fun as well. Josh and I visited Nikki and her family, the Browns in Colorado at the end of August. We wanted to be able to visit them this year as well as catch a Rockies game and visit the Denver LDS temple. It was so fun to check off another MLB game and visit another temple on our life-long goal of attending a game at every MLB stadium and visiting the nearest LDS temple. Sadly, the Rockies lost but it’s always fun to go to a baseball game. Thanks Mitch and Nikki for coming too! We really appreciated their hospitality. We were able to stay and hang out with them and their 2 super cute kids for a weekend. I think their 3 year old daughter, Ashlyn, has a little crush on Josh. 🙂

Coors Field
Group selfie
Waiting for the game to start
Us 🙂
Seesters.!!!
Again, waiting for the game to start 🙂
We tried to do a selfie outside the stadium. You can see my hair 🙂
Coors Field in all her somewhat glory
Mitch and Nikki at the Denver Temple
Joshy and me at the Denver temple
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Josh and Ashlyn playing in the park
Davy and myself playing in the park.
Josh always made Ashlyn laugh
Not a great picture of Davy, but he was sleeping while I was swinging him
The kids dressed up like Star Wars’ characters because they knew Josh loved Star Wars 🙂 They make me so happy!

Another Story About a Ring

Josh and I have married exactly 2.5 years, May 22, 2017! It has been wonderful and I’m grateful for every day I get to spend with him. Josh and I are currently reading the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) books. Josh grew up loving those books but I had never read them or saw the movies until being married to Josh. I first watched the movies about a year ago and I wasn’t that impressed, probably to the dismay of Josh because he loves the stories. He asked me to read The Hobbit, the prequel to the LOTR series with him and I reluctantly agreed. We ended up finishing the book pretty quickly because I really liked it. After reading the Hobbit, I agreed to reading the actual LOTR series. There have been some slow parts but overall I have really enjoyed them and we just finished reading The Two Towers. After we have read certain parts and the book, we watch the corresponding movie part and I have really started to love the movies as well. We have even watched a lot of the behind the scenes video clips about making of LOTR. I guess I have been converted. #Nerd

I decided to write a little bit about our wedding rings because of our 2.5 year anniversary AND our reading The Lord of the Rings series. When Josh and I were dating, we decided to ride the train up to Salt Lake City to explore and go shopping. One of the stores we visited was Charming Charlie, because I really like jewelry and I really like Charming Charlie. As we were browsing jewelry, Josh sneakily brought up the topic asking about what kind of wedding/engagement ring I liked. I told him I wanted a yellow gold ring with a pearl center and diamonds surrounding the pearl. I think he was surprised a little at my specifications, but I was 27 and I had a while to think about what I wanted. 🙂 I told him I’ve always loved the beach so I wanted a pearl and I love the process of how pearls are created. Essentially, “Natural pearls form when an irritant – usually a parasite and not the proverbial grain of sand – works its way into an oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating, called ‘nacre’, is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed.” (Pearls.com) I think there are a lot of parallels to life with that process… I also wanted the ring to look like the shape of the sun because I’ve always wanted a Celestial marriage and my middle name is Brighten. My parents gave me that name so I would remember to brighten the lives of those around me. So, I’ve always loved the symbol of the sun. It’s even on the flag of Uruguay, where I served my LDS mission (a story for another time) :). Josh was amazing because he found a beautiful ring with those specifications in 2 weeks, which was 3 weeks after we had the conversation in Salt Lake City. He was able to propose on the 2 month anniversary of our first date, August 23!

Josh has a metal allergy, which he told me during that visit to Salt Lake City, so he was limited with what types of rings he could have as a wedding band. He told me he just wanted me to pick. I wanted to make it special and different because I think titanium and tungsten rings are kind of ugly in general and basically the only options for him were titanium or tungsten. After a lot of research, I found this really cool online store based in Hawaii that made custom titanium rings with wood and gems. I wanted his ring to resemble mine as much as it could so I chose a really light Hawaiian wood to outline the ring  and to match the gold in my ring and then asked them to do a strip of crushed pearls in the middle. I also asked them to engrave a scripture reference from the Book of Mormon that says,

“And they were married, and given in marriage, and were blessed according to the multitude of the promises which the Lord had made unto them. And they did not walk any more after the performances and ordinances of the law of Moses; but they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God, continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord. And it came to pass that there was no contention among all the people, in all the land; but there were mighty miracles wrought among the disciples of Jesus. And it came to pass that the seventy and first year passed away, and also the seventy and second year, yea, and in fine, till the seventy and ninth year had passed away; yea, even an hundred years had passed away, and the disciples of Jesus, whom he had chosen, had all gone to the paradise of God, save it were the three who should tarry; and there were other disciples ordained in their stead; and also many of that generation had passed away. And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people. And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God. There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites; but they were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God. And how blessed were they! For the Lord did bless them in all their doings; yea, even they were blessed and prospered until an hundred and ten years had passed away; and the first generation from Christ had passed away, and there was no contention in all the land.” 4th Nephi, 1:11-18.

I also asked them to engrave the phrase,”I love you like crazy.” We liked to say that to each other and we still do like to say that to each other. 🙂 I was nervous about how he would like the ring because he didn’t give me much input and I obviously really wanted him to like the ring. Fortunately, this ring story has a happy ending and he did like it. 🙂

A Little Bit of March Birthday Madness

The past few weeks have been very busy for Josh and me. It seems like every night we have something going on. Josh started a new job and he has been really enjoying it, he even gets to ride the train so he doesn’t have to fight terrible 1-15 traffic. We’re both grateful for that one.

My near and dear cousin Naomi turned the big 3-0 last week and so Josh and I threw her an early birthday surprise party at Buffalo Wild Wings during a BYU basketball game. She loves BYU athletics. It was a lot of fun and we had a good turnout. We were pretty sneaky and she was very surprised. 🙂 Happy Birthday Nomi!!

Party with the birthday girl at Buffalo Wild Wings. Thanks to everyone that could come!
My dad was able to take a picture anyways.
Birthday girl flashback- we went to a Tim McGraw concert this past summer! Happy Birthday Nomi!! Love ya!

The next week my dad invited us to a concert by Kenneth Cope.  He is an LDS, Christian singer who also was an LDS missionary companion to my dad in Switzerland/France. A lot of people haven’t heard of him but I grew up listening to his music and he partially inspired me to learn to play the guitar. I even had one guitar lesson from him when I was 12. It was so neat to hear his best songs and such a beautiful and inspiring concert. Josh didn’t love it, but I’m grateful he came along :). #compromise

I have a picture of Kenneth Cope teaching me the guitar, if I can find it I will post it. 

Some neighbors invited us to play games the next day. Josh and I played ping-pong and for the first time since we’ve been married and I beat him twice. It was amazing! The last time we played which was when we were dating…I lost…barely. There was a bit of fluke between games and he beat me once but it was just fluke. The important thing was that I won .:)

Scouts have gone really well this month, we just finished the Fix-it badge. Josh is so good with the little Webelo scouts. We have a nice group of 2 boys :). I’ve really enjoyed having this responsibility with Josh.

Josh has designated Friday nights as date night! Since we’re so busy we’ve had to designate one night for our dates. Two Fridays ago, Josh made me yummy homemade sushi and we went to the LDS Provo Temple and Waffle Love. It was a great night! He spoiled me this last Friday and took me to Red Lobster because I LOVE fish (Josh calls me a shark) and because we’ve been doing pretty well at sticking to our budget. We’ve been married for a little over two years and we’re just starting to figure this out. 🙂 I ordered shrimp and lobster and it was divine! Thanks Joshy!

On Saturday, my extended family had a birthday party for my wonderful grandma who just turned 85. We went to the LDS Ogden Temple and afterwards we ate at Chuck-a-Rama to celebrate. It’s my grandma’s favorite restaurant. Josh and I finished a little earlier than everyone else at the temple so we went and helped my sister babysit my brother’s daughter, Kendra Fae. I love that little girl. You’ll see my ode to her at the end of this post. She just started wearing a head shaping helmet because the doctor said her head was too flat. She looks like an adorable little football player. Back to the event at hand, it was great visiting with family! My grandma and Naomi share the same birthday. Happy Birthday Grandma! Josh and I were pretty exhausted afterwards but we stopped at a local thrift store so Josh could look for some various things for work. We ended up finding Yahtzee for $2. What a deal.

Happy 85 Grandma!
Eatin’ at Chuck-a-Rama
Trying to get more people in the picutre. 🙂
Kendra playing model for me-  Soooo precious
Kendra playing model for me. Such a cutie!
I’m an obsessed aunt. “Are you ready for some football?” 
Such a sweet baby!

Well, off to more adventures… Remember to fill out your March Madness brackets 🙂

 

 

 

Fall-A-Palooza

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” -William Cullen Bryant

Josh and I had a busy, busy week last week. But we had a lot of good times! We started the week by doing a little decorating. We painted pumpkins- I don’t like the messiness of carving pumpkins. We decided to paint four pumpkins and paint a scene from each city we have visited during our baseball/temple tour. I painted Seattle and Baltimore and Josh painted Phoenix, and DC. I have also been wanting to hang something decorative on our door and so we found a big D at Hobby Lobby. Josh had the idea to paint it with chalk paint so we can decorate it for each season/holiday. #socute/clever. My mom scheduled a time for my family to visit the Payson temple. I love visiting the temple.  After the temple, Josh and I brought our classic Halloween dessert, Ghosts in the Graveyard. It is a mixture chocolate pudding, oreos, whip cream, fudge cookies, and gummy worms. We had double dates with both of our brothers this past week. On Tuesday we went to Corn Belly’s corn maze and fair with Josh’s brother Zach and his bride-to-be, Maddie. That was fun. We walked through a haunted inflatable iguana. On Saturday we went up to mountains with my brother Joseph and his wife Quincy. We had a dutch oven dinner and roasted s’mores. I feel like this past week was an ultimate celebration of Fall. Happy Fall!

Payson Temple outing 🙂 Stefi is there too.
Ghost in the Graveyard- annual Halloween dessert
Fall dutch oven cook out with Joseph and Quincy 🙂 #cutecouple
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Fall campfire selfie
Double date at a corn maze with Zach and Maddie (Josh’s brother and Josh’s brother’s wife to be)
We found another one.
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Zach and Maddie Timeout
Fall decor- Chalkboard D with Halloween doodles
Pumpkin Painting- We painted 4 pumpkins of all the major league stadiums we visited.
Baltimore
Seattle
Washington DC
Phoenix

 

A Lil’ Cup of Brown Sugar

Last weekend was SO great! My little sister Nixie and her husband Mitch and their kids David and Ashlyn came to visit!

Mitch and Nikki and have been training for a marathon the past 6 months. Super impressive and super crazy! They signed up to run the Cottonwood marathon. Nikki tried to recruit me to run the 1/2 marathon with her and when I said no and no one else would run with her, she decided to run the full marathon.

Before the marathon Saturday we went to the Payson temple with my mom and the Browns. That was really nice. On Saturday, we drove to Salt Lake City to see them finish. I was very proud of them. As I was waiting at the finish line and saw most of the runners with pain etched in their faces I thought, nope, this isn’t for me. 🙂 In March, I ran a 10k and that was pretty touch. I’m kind of a pansy runner. Mitch and Nikki finished but they couldn’t walk very well the rest of the day and apparently a few days after that. Josh, Stefi, and I played with the kids in the afternoon while the Browns slept. I love those munchkins. Being an aunt is awesome! In the evening, we had a football party and Josh made his delicious chicken wings and we had Fat Jacks cheese stix. It was a heavenly food spread! We watched BYU vs. Utah and we were all rooting for BYU. Sadly, they lost. Mitch’s birthday was later that month so we celebrated early with them and Davy decorated his dad’s cake.

It was a super brief trip but it was SO awesome to see the Browns and have everyone together. I miss those guys and wish we lived closer!

 

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Payson Temple
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Attempt at selfie in front of Payson Temple
Nikki finishing the race!
Nikki sprinting in
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Mitch finishing!
Mitch toughin’ it out
Super determined
The cute Browns
Nana being an awesome grandma and letting David decorate his dad’s birthday cake.
The almost finished cake
Nana and David working together
Cake close-up
David’s sassy smile (yep not smiling)
David helping Ashlyn as we walk to the park
David helping Ashlyn as we walk to the park
David helping Ashlyn as we walk to the park. Such a good big brother
Aunt Stefi being an awesome aunt
Uncle Josh helping Davy bat and Davy not wanting help
Determined face
Watching BYU vs. Utah- Party! Sad game.
The kids not watching the football game
Wings and Cheese stix!

 

I’m Still a Mormon

A few years ago, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) had an “I’m a Mormon” campaign so people of other faiths could better understand the people who call themselves members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or on a more casual note Mormons. The LDS church leaders asked all the members of the church to create a profile on Mormon.org that shared a little bit about their life and their faith.

Some of the more famous Mormons or Mormons with unique stories, like Brandon Flowers or Lindsey Sterling, were contacted to make little introduction videos you can watch here. When I was in college, I worked part-time at the LDS Church and helped with the Mormon.org website to approve appropriate profiles. It was fun reading through all the stories. Mormons can be great people.

My own story is pretty common and average so I created a profile. A few weeks ago, I was going through some old emails and found the link to my profile and I decided to share it again. The profile is a little outdated and has references my maiden name (Mohrman), but my feelings about my faith are still true and present. I love my faith.

Josh couldn’t remember, but believes he created one as well when he was serving as an LDS missionary in New York, but we couldn’t find it.

We love being Mormons!

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Josh and I were married in the Provo LDS Temple so we can be together forever!

Happy reading!

https://www.mormon.org/me/8MJ4

On the Road- Arizona

In our intro to this blog, Josh and I mentioned our goal to visit every Major League Baseball stadium and the nearest LDS temple. We talked about this when we were dating and it has been awesome that we get to this together. We went on our first trip last year to the Washington DC and Baltimore Area. What an amazing trip! This last weekend we went on our second trip to Arizona. It was great because Josh’s favorite team is the Arizona Diamondbacks.

My parents gave us some of their extra airplane and hotel points for my birthday so we could go down relatively cheap. Such a nice birthday present. We flew out bright and early Friday morning. Last year when we went to Baltimore, Josh told me it would probably be my last time having to drive us around. It’s a little scary driving in a new city. But…Josh hasn’t turned 25 yet, so I drove again. We survived 🙂 and the experience went mostly without a hitch. I had a bit of a adrenaline rush when a big moving box fell out of a car in front of us and I had to serve and cut off a driver to avoid the box. A semi-truck hit the box after me, which was probably the best because it didn’t do much damage on a big truck. After getting our car, we decided to visit the Gilbert LDS temple first. It is so beautiful. It looks like the Payson, Utah temple. After that, we tried a pizza place called Sal’s Gilbert Pizza, it was featured on “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.” It was really tasty and I really liked the garlic knots. Highly recommended. After resting some we walked over to Chase Field to watch batting practice and tried to get a ball. We weren’t successful but we did eat at one of the field’s restaurants that overlooked the field. Super cool. Josh had nostalgia because his family would come watch games when they lived in Mexico. Josh found some really good seats for us, but I was kind of scared because they were at the edge of the highest deck. I had to take some deep breaths sometimes during the game. 🙂 I’m kind of a chicken and scared of heights. The game was a blowout. The Diamondbacks lost big time to the Rockies and didn’t even score. 😦 Fortunately, the game and atmosphere was fun and we were excited to check another ballpark off the list.

On Saturday we slept in, that was really nice after getting up at 4:30 a.m. the previous day. Josh planned out our Saturday and we went to a lot of different places. We stopped by and took pictures of the Phoenix and Mesa LDS temples. We ate a sub shop called Mike’s Jersey Subs. I was really excited when I found out they have a shop in Utah too. It was yummy! We did some fun and random shopping afterwards. We love thrift stores :). In the evening, we had dinner and visited my dear friends Elder and Hermana Crum. They were are missionary couple I met in Uruguay and helped me so much while I was beginning my mission. I tell people that they helped save my mission. I was really glad that they were able to meet Josh. I love them a lot.

We flew out first thing on Sunday. It was a really quick trip, but so much fun. Everybody needs a little weekend break 🙂

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In the airport, getting ready to leave.
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Gilbert Temple selfie
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Gilbert Temple
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Sal’s Gilbert Pizza- Highly recommended
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Creative Chase Field shot
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Batting practice
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Chase Field
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View from restaurant in Chase Field
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From our seats
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From our seats
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Fireworks after the game
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Panorama of Chase Field from our seats
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Phoenix LDS Temple
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Phoenix LDS Temple
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Mesa LDS Temple- About to rain, when does it ever rain in AZ?
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Mesa LDS Temple selfie
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Mesa LDS Temple
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Josh said we needed a picture with a cactus 🙂

 

 

 

A Castle on a Hill & A Home Run

I first wanted to mention we had our second softball game of the season Friday night and Josh hit a home run with me on base. It was great game and we won our game!! He’s awesome!

I know my birthday was a week ago, but I had one more request for Josh to celebrate my birthday and he kindly obliged. Josh took me to Manti to visit the LDS Manti Temple. It was so beautiful. It’s interesting because Manti is such a small town, but it has a huge building on the side of the mountain as you drive into town that looks like a medieval castle. That huge building is the temple. My cousin Naomi loves Manti and has some really good friends down there so we invited her to come along. We had fun hanging out with her and meeting her friends. We also stopped by a really good pizza place that had ZERO decorations and no menu posted. It just has white walls, kind of funny. It has been around a few years, but apparently they never saw the need to spruce it up. 🙂 Manti is an hour and a half away so that is pretty much how we spent our Saturday, great day!

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Manti Temple
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Josh, me, and Nomi

 

 

Rising from the Ashes

I have been researching how to write catchy headlines for random fun and I found multiple websites that list all the cheesy “click bate” headline formats, like “How Having an Great Weekend is Better than Taylor Swift” (Josh LOVES Taylor Swift’s music…actually he doesn’t :)) or “10 Ways to Have an Great Weekend” or even better “What Doctors are NOT Telling You about Having an Great Weekend.” I decided to avoid the “click bate” title all together. Haha.

Josh and I really had a great weekend. Sleeping in on Saturday does the heart good and then to relax and have fun after that is the cherry on top. Josh found an old 80’s tennis racket in a thrift shop when we visited Colorado. He cleaned it up and restrung it and has been wanting to play for weeks. After running some errands Saturday, we played tennis for a few hours. It was a beautiful day and I even won a couple of games :). Josh usually wins most games.

On Saturday evening we went up Provo Canyon and had a dutch oven picnic. Josh built a fire from scratch (he is such a good Eagle Scout). We made a cherry, berry cobbler and roasted sausages. It was so relaxing! We couldn’t believe how many people were outside all day, but I couldn’t blame them,it was a perfect spring day. After our picnic, Josh started to teach me how to wood burn. This new skill is going to be some work on my part, I am not very a patient person. We are going to be starting a few project gifts, yay! More details to come.

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Provo Canyon
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Dutch oven chef…Josh!
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Provo Canyon
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Campfire relaxin’

On Sunday, we had the amazing opportunity to attend the Provo City Center Temple Dedication. Wow! It is the 150th LDS temple dedicated. Three total sessions were held and we decided to go the noon session so we could sleep in. Best of both worlds. The meeting was beautiful. I really liked how the theme of the session was “rising from the ashes.” The temple was once a tabernacle that had tragically burned down 5 years ago. Many people were devastated when the tabernacle because it held so many memories from people’s lives. A few months later, the Prophet and President of the Church announced that the former tabernacle would be salvaged and built into a temple. It was a miracle. A lot of people used that example as a representation of life, when tragedy happens in our lives we can rise above the trial and become better and more beautiful. I believe this idea is true. I am so excited to live only a few blocks from this temple and I am SO blessed to live by so many temples.

If you’re curious about temples or don’t understand what I am talking about you can read more about LDS temples here. 

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Provo City Center Temple Photo Credit: history.lds.org

 

 

 

Happy 15 Months!

I can’t believe it’s been 15 months since we’ve been hitched. Time flies so fast when you are having fun and Josh and I have had lots of fun! I am so grateful for my Joshy.

Josh and I spent this last weekend volunteering at the Provo City Center Temple open house. We were both ushers. It was a really good and really hard experience. We had to stand for 4.5 hours and direct people through the tour. There was a continuous stream of people the entire time. Josh directed people up the stairs and filtered people for the elevator. I rode the elevator the entire time picking up and dropping off people. We were exhausted afterwards but we were glad we could help with our temple.

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Provo City Center Temple Photo credit: Unknown

We decided to train for a 10k race on March 12. Josh has been training me since I’ve never ran that much. He’s a great trainer. Running kind of stinks but it’s good to exercise regularly again. I hope I can run the whole race. We are running the Rex Lee Run for cancer research. I am glad to run for a really good cause.

We’ve also been playing racquetball pretty regularly as of late. Josh never played before and we’ve been playing with my brother and dad. Josh can play tennis so this isn’t too much of a challenge for him. It’s been fun playing again and being more active.

Life is good and a blessing. Even though it is hard sometimes, I’m so glad to have my faith, my Joshy, and our family.