“Our homes are to be more than sanctuaries; they should also be places where God’s Spirit can dwell, where the storm stops at the door, where love reigns & peace dwells." ~ Thomas S. Monson

Monday, June 20, 2011

~Happy Father's Day...DAD'S

Had a wonderful Father's Day Dinner...
at the Bigler's
thanks mom for the pics

Friday, May 20, 2011

~Kids Accomplishments

Ashley ~ working :) as a cashier, drive thru window or cleaning ... she is always happy!
Kelsey ~ received Cords to wear at graduation for
Senior Secretary/ASB!
"Best Take Home To Your Parents"
The yearbook reads.. "This was the category for best to take home to parents. The concept here was to recreate that awkward first meeting when you bring the person that you are dating home to your parents. Of course, both the winners are Mormons hahahaha."
Austin ~ made Junior Class Representative/
ASB for 2011-2012 & has 1st half of his permit done!
Garrett ~ Sound Wave & Show Choir for 3 years!
Outstanding Student (Student Council 3 years) &
Medal- 8th Grade Class President!
Blake ~ received a Citizenship Award
"Blake is one of the most kind-hearted & friendly members of our class. He comes to school each day eager to be with his classmates & be a positive influence on them with good citizenship. As you can see, his cute smile & beautiful, big brown eyes can warm anyone's heart. All the students enjoy being around him." Mrs. A.

~Garrett is 14!

Garrett had Pizza with buddies at school.
At at Five Guys Burgers & Fries!
Dessert at White Lime!
Brother's & Sister's
Garrett's Ordination :)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

~Blake's Breath

Blake was playing with his friend & another little girl.
Blake- Mom I need some gum.
Me- Why?
Blake- My breath smells.
Me- Why does it smell?
Blake- I've been eating Doritos.
Me- Does it have anything to do with you playing with a girl.
Blake- Oh my gosh, NO MOM!
Blake's friend- Can I have some gum? My breath smells too!
Gum and cologne is all they will ever need :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

~Dear Ashley

WooHoo!! This is your last year as a teenager! My FIRST BORN! Oh how I remember clearly when you were born. So early & tiny... MY PREMIE BABY. We all were worried for you. You were one strong baby & continue to be. I loved how you were the one baby of mine that NEVER slept in your CRIB or CRADEL. I held you all the time. You nuzzled in bed with daddy & I (due to your apnea monitor). Well, really until your sister was born-17 months later!
Ask anyone ... I never let you go.

You were the most beautiful baby. Big eyes, adorable smile, sweet personality, loved to play house, little bossy, a dreamer, very spiritual, enjoys nature, helpful all the time, loves people, very girly, never liked to get dirty, had to be perfect, shy, dancer at a young age,
pleaser, always giggly, ...

♥Now as you continue to grow from a Young Woman into a beautiful Adult ... I am amazed at the daughter that I have. Even though we may but heads at times it's hard for me to cut the strings ... I know I need to let you fly on your own ~
knowing you will always visit the NEST!

♥Thank you for being you & accomplishing so many things in your life already. You are a hard worker. I am proud of you & thank you for teaching me how to be a better person by your countless examples.
Love ~ MOM XO :)

~Our Grown Up Baby Girl!

My sweet 19 year old daughter...I love you ~ Dad
Thanks for always being nice & kind to me. Happy B-day ~ Austin
I love you xoxo :) :) ~ Garrett
You are the best sister I could ever have. I love you so much ~ Blake
You are so sweet to share your things with me :) ~ Kelsey
Waiting for her Missionary
Work & School in progress...
Always remember to be unique!
Remember you are loved...always & forever
Cherish the friendships you have!
Always follow your dreams.....
May all your wishes come true!

~Starving Child

Blake rushes in the door from church. No time to change clothes.
He's starving he says...looks too happy to be starving!
He makes his own sandwich! Now this is how you make a sandwich ... with CHIPS! Yummy. The "chunks" on top of the chips is cheese he cut all by himself :)

Monday, January 31, 2011


A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, & respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for Eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm & wind, sunlight & shadows, joy & sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of Heaven on Earth. ~ President Thomas S Monson
Standing on (Shelli's Ancestor's) Bigler Home-Land (property) in Nauvoo. To the right of this pic they had a beautiful view of the Mississippi River & behind us they saw the Temple 24/7 from their home ... so close!
The kids pretending they were the house! Now the property is a Stake Center in walking distance to the Temple.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Whair's My Hair?

Blake was OVERDUE on a HAIRCUT!
He was a little FREAKED OUT & SILLY on how much hair got BUZZED! He wanted it cut even though he said the
My little guy is such a cutie! I can't stop kissing him :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

~Christmas 2010 & New Year's 2011

Christmas Eve at the Mahkorn's
Fun to see Pa (kids Great Grandpa Renfrow) & his FAKE tattoos!
Time for bed ~ & New Pj's :)
Putting Oatmeal/Glitter & Carrots for the REINDEER & Goodies for SANTA!
Me waiting for kids to go to sleep. Shh
CHRISTMAS DAY at the Bigler's.
Blake and Hailey playing with Grandpa Don's TRAIN SET!
Making & Eating SUGAR COOKIES!
Nathan & Stephanie's cute kids (Saide & Brayden)
New Year's Eve at our House
Shawn & Craig playing Wii (just dance)
YULE LOG that Nathan made for the White Elephant Gift that everyone LOVED!
Ashley & Boyfriend Taylor
Craig & I
Grandpa & Grandma with a few grandkids