Nauvoo, Illinois

Wow, I am so behind…I was talking with Trent the other night about this space and we both agreed it is such a fun journal. So these next couple posts are probably more for us then for you but feel free to enjoy.

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This past summer my sister, Faith, had the incredible opportunity to be a Young Performing Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s 3 months full of dancing, singing, performing and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in Nauvoo. It’s different from a full time proselyting mission in a lot of ways but a truly remarkable experience.

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Nauvoo holds a really special place in our families hearts as we have traveled here numerous times and had some truly sacred experiences. It was so much fun to bring all of our husbands back to see such a special place.

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Our oldest sister, Mary-Martha, was 7 months pregnant during this trip and let me tell you, she was such a trooper. I was so impressed by everyone patience and good humor as we traveled 20 hours across the United States. We had such an incredible time with endless inside jokes and hours of fun.

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One night our phones all went crazy with a tornado warning. All the girls stayed inside while the boys went to go watch the weather! It got pretty crazy but luckily the tornado missed us and we just experienced some wild wind and rain.

Faith did such an amazing job in all of her performances and it was so fun to see her again. I am so blessed to have the most incredible family and siblings. Trent kept commenting on how impressive it was that we were all so nice to each other on such a long journey, haha. It was such a great trip and I will cherish these memories forever!

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Bear Lake, Utah

Bear Lake holds a special place in our hearts. In high school, right when Trent and I were first getting to know each other, he invited my sister and I to come on a family trip with him. To this day he still has no idea why he invited us, Heavenly Father is so good. We went with his family for two summers in a row, we laughed, we made memories, we actually had our first kiss here. Bear Lake is the place where I began to fall in love with this darling boy and his wonderful family.

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We were so excited when we began to plan our Bear Lake trip this year with Trent’s family. Trent and I got off the plane from Mexico the night before and then headed up to Bear Lake the next day. We were a bit exhausted, but it was totally worth it. We got up there later in the evening and had a delicious dinner at Cafe Sabor. It was so fun to be surrounded by family and enjoying the gorgeous scenery up there. The following days were filled with boating and playing on the beach. It was actually quite a cold weekend when we were up there but despite the cold, we all jumped in and had a wonderful time.

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One of my favorite parts of the trip was enjoying Juanito Bandito and Disney’s Tarzan at the Pickleville Playhouse. Juanito Bandito is one of the most hilarious and creative productions I have ever seen. Many of us were crying we were laughing so hard. Trent and I loved it so much we have talked multiple times about returning just to see the show. If you go to Bear Lake, we highly recommend a stop at one of these shows. You won’t regret it.

I’m still working on surfing and thanks to Trent’s sister and brother in law, I’m getting it! Their Brigade Surf Boards are my favorite and I love it every time we go!

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The week went by much too fast, as trips often do. Can’t wait to go back soon!

Winter Day

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Since the snow looks like it MIGHT be officially gone for good, I thought it was about time I blogged this wintery day with my family. Trent’s family has a farm up in Midway and it is always a good time up there. I have countless stories and memories from this beautiful place and we’re so lucky to be able to go there so often. In the summer it’s perfect for four-wheeling and exploring and in the winter, nothing beats the sledding and snowmobiling. They have a lane that runs right through the middle of the fields which makes a perfect slope for sleds. Nothing beats flying down the lane at crazy speeds, until you crash…We love having a place to go to adventure and create wonderful memories.

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Our family had a free Saturday in February (which never happens) and decided to spend the day up at the farm. I am so lucky to have all of my siblings still living in Utah. We’re not sure how long that will last so we soak up all the family time we can!

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We spent the day adventuring around, getting cold and wet, and simply enjoying each others company. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people and be able to call them family. We were missing Grace and Ben who were traveling this weekend. I’m so grateful for this incredible family of mine! Dad drove the suburban up and down the lane packed with people and sleds. We rallied the snowmobiles, had snowball fights and talked endlessly.

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I don’t know what my parents did to ensure that us siblings would be the best of friends, but it worked. My siblings are my greatest examples, lights, companions and cheerleaders. I definitely scored in the family department! Now on to more adventures and memories in the making!

To Mom:

All our lives our mom has supported us sisters with our instruments. She spent endless hours practicing with us at the piano, weekly early morning drives to lessons and countless performances to attend. There were tears and bouts of defiance, all handled with love, summer camps, different competitions and family events. I don’t know how she did it. She continued to encourage us even when she probably wanted to quit herself. So when she asked for a music video for her birthday this year, how in the world could we say no?

We planned, plotted and picked a song. Practiced, recorded and filmed. With the help of Dan Allen and his willingness to share is recording talents as well as Sam Featherstone and his amazing video skills, it all came together perfectly. It was an incredible experience and a video we will cherish forever.

Happy Birthday Mama. Thank you for everything.

Birthday Adventures

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Sometimes I’m a little reluctant to join Trent on his adventures. I worry about all the things I probably should be doing or I get a little nervous because I’m just not as brave as he is. Trent sometimes has to really talk me into these things. However, I am always so grateful that I went once we’ve gone. I love the car rides traveling to and from our destination, I love the wonderful conversations Trent and I have, I love the gorgeous views we stumble across and I simply love being with Trent. Every adventure we go on brings us closer and closer together and I couldn’t be more grateful.

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This Saturday we went and explored Guardsman Pass up Big Cottonwood Canyon. The snow really hasn’t been great this year but we’re trying to make the most of it. We explored the trails, found big clearings to play in and had so much fun! There are so many gorgeous cabins up there and the scenery was spectacular.

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I’m not very good on a snowmobile but I’ve loved learning more and more with Trent as we go more often. He is incredible on those things and they mostly scare me to death. It’s fun to have a way to travel to unknown spots in the mountains and explore places no one else has been. I’m hoping for one more big snow storm this year so that we can go at least a couple more times before the season is over.

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It was Trent’s birthday on Friday and this adventure was part of the celebratory weekend. I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful husband who is always finding the fun and the good in life!

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Happy Birthday Sweetheart!