Jess is Here!

Deaths and births… the cycle of life!  Announcing the birth of my second grandbaby, another little girl, named Jessica Noelle!

Santa Jess

Mom and baby are both healthy and happy and were able to return home in time for Christmas.  Interestingly, their picture was included in a news article about the hospital changing names.  It’s interesting because I was also in the news at a very young age in the same newspaper!
Baby Jess in News

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Baby Amelia

Baby AmeliaThis is Amelia!  She is my fourth daughter and last child.  My husband jinxed himself when our first girl was born and he said, “I wouldn’t care if we had ALL daughters!”  Well, that is what happened and now he claims he is estrogen challenged 🙂  Amelia was a great addition to a family of sisters and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

What a blessed family we are!  Raising four girls has been a glorious experience for me.  If I could wish for one thing for my daughters, it would be that they could experience all the joys of motherhood that I have had.  There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than being a mommy.  Unless… it is being a grand-mommy!

Here are Amelia’s first few years, as documented by Sears…


Amelia -3moSIX MONTHS (with Sarah)

Amelia -6mo+Sarah-2yrNINE MONTHS

Amelia -9moTWELVE MONTHS (with sisters)

Amelia -12mo+SistersTHREE YEARS

Amelia -3yrFOUR YEARS

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Baby Sarah

Baby SarahThis is my third daughter, Sarah, on her ‘birth’ day!  She was born 3-weeks early.  Dean was gone out-of-town on the night that I went into labor.  Not wanting to have this baby alone, I called him and told him to get back quick!  My brother was staying with me for this very reason, but I still didn’t want to go to the hospital without Dean.  So, I delayed going… and my labor had actually slowed by the time Dean arrived the next morning.  We decided to walk around the block to jump start the labor… bad idea!  Halfway around the block I could barely walk.  We quickly drove to the hospital and Sarah was born within 45-minutes.  The doctor didn’t make it to the delivery and the nurses were not happy with me!

It had been 4-years since the birth of Sarah’s older sister.  Time to visit Sears for pictures again 🙂

THREE MONTHS (with family)

Sarah -3mo+FamilySIX MONTHS



Sarah -12moTWO YEARS (with Amelia)

Amelia -6mo+Sarah-2yrTWO & HALF YEARS (with sisters)

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Baby Darci

Baby DarciThis is my second daughter, Darci, in her hospital picture on the day she was born.  My only baldy!  What a beautiful baby; my easiest delivery and healthiest baby at birth.  She was the only one of my daughters to NOT have the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck at birth!

Just like her older sister, I began taking Darci for regular pictures at Sears… each time purchasing the discounted package.  She is my tallest gal and the one that looks most like her gorgeous daddy 🙂


Here are Darci’s first few years of life, according to Sears…

THREE MONTHS (with Lindsay)

Darci -3mo+Lindsay-2yrSIX MONTHS

Darci -6mo1aNINE MONTHS (with Lindsay)

Darci -9mo+Lindsay-2,5yrTWELVE MONTHS

Darci -12mo1TWO & HALF YEARS

Darci -2,5yr1TWO & HALF YEARS (with Lindsay)

Darci -2,5yr+Lindsay-4yr

Baby Lindsay

Baby LindsayThis is my first daughter, Lindsay, on the day she was born.  She had so much hair it looked like a wig!  The cone-shape of her head was due to the device used to assist her in a quick delivery.  It was a traumatic birth, but all turned out well.

I started a tradition of getting her picture taken regularly at Sears.  This was long before the day of digital cameras!  Sears offered discount photo packages.  Then once they took the first picture or two, and after the baby was “warmed up,” they would take a billion more pictures (seemed like) and try to sell them to you.  Of course the baby’s smile was much cuter on the later pictures, but I could only afford to purchase the discounted package.  Arms or legs might extend beyond the edge of the picture, but these photos are precious to me.

I am so glad I did this… and even with my subsequent daughters… in order to have a good record of growth!  So here is Lindsay’s first few years of life, as documented by Sears 🙂


Lindsay -3mo3SIX MONTHS

Lindsay -6mo1NINE MONTHS

Lindsay -9mo1TWELVE MONTHS


Lindsay -18mo1TWO YEARS (with Darci)

Lindsay -2yr+Darci-3moTWO & HALF YEARS (with Darci)

Lindsay -2,5yr+Darci-9moTHREE YEARS

Lindsay -3yr1FOUR YEARS

Lindsay -4yr1FOUR YEARS (with Darci)

Lindsay -4yr+Darci-2,5yrAnd lastly… below is Lindsay’s first daughter, Claire, who was born about two months ago!  My first grandchild 🙂



The Graduates

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Congratulations to my youngest daughter, Amelia, for her graduation from Lehi High School on 30 May 2014.  She graduated 2nd in her class of just over 600 students!  She has a scholarship to Brigham Young University, which she will begin attending in the fall.  She wants to study Accounting.  Also, she will be submitting her “mission” paperwork in the fall.  We are so proud of her.  Watch out world, here she comes!


Amelia comes from a long line of graduates… as shown below:

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Amelia receiving her diploma in 2014… and sister Sarah receiving her diploma from Lehi High in 2012.


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Older sister, Darci, graduated from Lehi High in 2007 and from BYU-Idaho in 2011.


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Oldest sister, Lindsay, graduated from Lehi High in 2006, then served a mission to South Dakota before graduating from BYU-Provo in 2012.


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I graduated from Juab High School (Nephi, Utah) in 1980, from BYU in 1986… and again from Brigham Young University in 2006.


Dean -KgradDean -High School GradDean -BYUgrad2Here’s a picture of Dean when he graduated from Kindergarten!  Also, his graduation from Santa Maria High (California) in 1979… from BYU in 1985 (no picture)… and again from Brigham Young University in 1987.



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This old picture is in front of Juab High School when my mother graduated from there in 1959.  Here is her high school diploma and her seminary diploma!  Below is  a picture of her graduation from Stevens Henager College in 1960.

Donna -College Grad2.

Also, I have no picture, but my father graduated from Payson High School in 1959.  Here is his jr. high diploma, his high school diploma and his seminary diploma!


Lastly, below is an old picture of Dean’s father when he graduated from dental school and a picture of Dean’s mother in her nursing uniform!

Fred -College Grad

Gwen, Nurse



Half Century

3rd Grade 1970-71I cannot believe I am now 50 years old… young!  This is me in 3rd grade during 1970-71.  I remember I woke up that morning and told my mom it was picture day.  She was angry because there was no time to fix my sleep-disheveled hair.  But, she made the groovy striped vest I am wearing.

We went to Disneyland to celebrate my 50th birthday!  Actually, Dean had a business trip to California so I decided to go along and we took Sarah & Amelia as well.  It was 3 days of motion sickness, lack of sleep and lots of fun!

The talks in church last Sunday were about “seasons” in our lives.  It seems we’re always looking forward to the next season… I can’t wait until this baby is born, until this baby is out of diapers, until this child goes to school, etc.  Well, I am enjoying the time we have with our 2 youngest (teenaged) daughters right now!  We loved the long drive and time spent in California with them.  Before we know it, they will be off to college and then… just around the corner… is the wonderful promise of grandchildren!!

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