Monday, November 15, 2010

Top 10 Things I am Thankful for

The top 10 things I am greatful for. But the way, I know that greatful is actually spelled G-R-A-T-F-U-L. But, I don't care. Because, I Think it is Great and should be spelled as such.
Fall Decorations. Love them. (They aren't usually all on my counter)
Water! Love it, last year It would have been Diet Coke but,
I have rediscovered my true love
A Stocked Party via Coupons!!! Love Coupons

Alex's People. Pictured here are Cody & Patricia who have become a part of our extended family. Every day "RiT-a", As Alex calls her, picks him up from schools and takes him to his therapies and droped him of safely at home. Always with a smile on his face.
He has been blessed with amazing teachers, speech, OT and Hab. providers. His people are a blessing to me because I don't have to run around like a chicken with my head cut off anymore.
Okay, so I still do, sometimes, just not nearly as often.5
Crafts with Tyson are so fun. I love how he is impressed with the projects we do. This idea came from my sister Wendy. He loves this Turkey. It goes to bed with him every night.
My "Cute room"
Thanks to garage selling and a little more time on my hands I finally have a nice quite place to sit. This is my favorite spot in my whole house.
Garage Sales. Here's my latest find this fancy stroller 10 bucks ;o)
Supportive Family
. Tons of them are not pictured as I have a huge group of Siblings, In-laws, Aunts, Uncles Gma's and even an adopted Ganny Janny. 9
, a Man that I am still Silly in Love with.
We have both changed a lot in the past 7 years.
But, he still continues to bless my life every day.
The Temple! Love this picture too, a fabulous gift from my Mom for my Birthday this year.
(If you look closely you will notice the image in 3 of my 10 items.)
I took this idea from the inspiring Nie Nie. But, first, a confession. When I first saw her blog, before her accident, I was like, so what. She's cute and talented just like hundreds of other moms.
But, I was wrong. After listening to her post-accident accounts and feeling the spirit of her messages, I have discovered what makes her exceptional.
Her unfailing love for living, God, and family. These attributes have been proven and have strengthened through her experiences. While others may have been destroyed, she contines to thrive. What an amazing example she is !

The reality is, we all have had, or will have our "accidents" in life.
Like it or not, who we really are and will become, is greatly determined by how we choose to handle our part.
Lisa, another amazing woman, reminded me of this very concept. She reciently shared her friends words on her blog,
"When I knew this was our trial, (or accident)
I wanted to make sure I did it well."
I hope that when all is said and done I will be able to run home with open arms to an all knowing and loving Heavenly father and say all in all, I did it well.
Thank you for the blessing each of you have been and continue you to be in my life. There are so many things to count when we really take the time to be GREAT-FUL for all that we have been blesses with.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Loving life

First, I must apologize. I have seriously neglected the responsibility of maintaining this blog.
However, I am happy to say that the fact is, I have been super busy loving and living my life.
With that said, this IS WHAT YOU HAVE MISSED...

We survived a long & Hot Summer.

The boys are back in School. And they are LOVING it!photo from

Alex had a fabulous 6th Birthday at Bounce U
Tyson had a fun Peter Piper/ Sponge Bob style 4th Birthday party on Saturday, September 26th ( return to see photos on a future post)

Halloween was our BEST EVER!
There photos were taken at my parent's ward's Halloween Block Party.
Special thanks to the Daws for sharing all of these photos.
Our FamilyMy beautiful Sister Wendy in here GI Jane CostumeHalf of Matthew, My Dad "Papa", Jake & Jodell
Alex the Devil & Tyson the Angel

And finally, Yesterday, "WalkTober 31st, as my Dad named it, we completed our 1st Autism Speaks Walk with 23 of the most wonderful and supportive family members you could find!
Here's the group Beautiful Wendy with Tyson & JakeAlex, Bekah, Ty, Wendy & Michael w/ Jeffry the Toys R US giraffeAunt Lucy, Jarad & Ian Sweet Westin, Michael, Griffin & LincolnTy & Alex Loving their Aunt DAlex walking with his cousinsLincoln catch a ride from his Dad Brian
Happy Feet love it!

Most of us rode the light Rail to this event. As I waited to get on the train, my eyes teared up. Looking at so many members of my family wearing t-shirts that I had designed.
Shirts that were carefully ironed on by my sweet mother and dear friend Jamie. Finishing at 11 pm the night before.

When my Mom noted the little tears, I told her, this is a dream come true. To feel that kind of love and support from our family was so special.
Autism has been a huge challenge for our family. Walking together chanting Just 4 Feet... JUST 4 FEET.... warmed my heart, as I realized the blessings that have been poured upon us.
From amazing teachers, therapists, respite,& hab workers to family members who have held our crying children when Matthew and I have had nothing left to give.
Thank you for being there and helping us not only get through the walk, but also get through ever single day.
Love you all!
Sarah Foote