Merry Christmas! We can't show you pictures of our foster kiddos but we can tell you about the whopper of a year we've had!
We had the twins we fostered go to a distant relative, and are now getting adopted by that amazing relative!!! We were so heartbroken to lose them, but are so happy they have a forever family!!!
Then we got 3 new foster kids, all siblings! They are very cute and very fun!! We aren't allowed to show their faces but maybe you can see their cuteness from the blurred photos!!!
This is for the baby's first birthday!
Here the baby is with cousins and auntie Carrie! Thank goodness I'm sometimes blurry with taking pictures because I can post this!!!
Then we had 2 pregnancies which ended in miscarriages. Our baby would be due any day now, and I'm surprised that the grief has returned. I guess once you experience grief it can become a constant silent companion. But with the help of the Lord we can get through it.
Here I am excited at Easter knowing our baby would be coming around Christmas. Only a few days later our dreams were crushed.
But life of course goes on, and we have tried to press forward, figure out how to fix my endometriosis, and are trying to get the paper work ready to adopt!
I had surgery to remove my endometriosis and try and find the cause to our infertility.
We can't have children, so like I said, we are trying to adopt!
This year Temples have been especially huge blessings in our lives. We go there for guidance, comfort, and to serve.
Our new phoenix temple!!!
The Gilbert temple where our friends got sealed!
A trip to serve in the Phoenix temple!!
Ken and Me with the oldest at the Phoenix open house. Sorry you can't see her cute face!!!
Ken and I serving at the Phoenix open house!
Our 2 year wedding anniversary! Here we are getting married in our Superman Shirts!!!
Our 1st year Sealing anniversary!!!!
Up next for us! Trying to adopt- taking forever. Fostering- tiring, frustrating, and the best job in the world. Our dog Rylee is doing amazing. Our Christmas tree is decorated with paper ornaments colored by the foster kids!!
Rachel is seeing an amazing physical therapist and making huge strides overcoming the issues her body has been dealing with. She's lost 42 pounds and is still going strong!! Getting off fertility medicine was the best thing! We think we have figured out why her body decides to be difficult, which is exciting, and we love herbal medicine!!
Ken is a stay at home dad and full time student! He is doing amazing in the pathway program and is now a BYU Idaho online student! He built an amazing swing set for the kids, built shelves for the charity so Rachel could organize, built a mudroom station as a nod to Rachel's love of the East coast, built shelves for food storage, learned more about happiness, morals and economics and ancient American history from his favorite books and speakers, and is the best dad and husband in the world. He mastered the art of homemade onion rings, and spiced ketchup.
We hope your year has been filled with Love and Peace and that you have an Amazing Christmas! Sorry we can't do a family photo!! Hopefully your trials and sorrows will be more light and the amazing gift of our Savior will light up your holiday season and throughout the year! Love to you all!