3.17.2014

Chase turns 10 today!

What a day--Joe and I feel absolutely too young to have a 10 year old--He is AMAZING!!! We love him so much. His birthday wishes were for a flash drive and a lock box--I think to hide things from his brother!! He is incredibly kind, good, funny, and smart.  He loves to research things and get to know all the interesting facts about--well--pretty much anything.  Yesterday he and his brother were having a wrestling match--I have never seen him so into something--they were both giggling so much!! This boy has an incredible testimony of his Savior Jesus Christ--he loves going to church! And even if he is bossy and a miser with money--he is such pure sunshine. 


Chase wanted to write a letter to you Jewel--he wouldn't even let me help him type it! We always think of you--especially on the boys birthdays! Words cannot, nor ever will, express our gratitude and admiration for you. We hope we are living up to who you wanted us to be. 
We love you always, 
Amanda and Joe




Dear Jewel,


Today I'm 10! I just got a bunch of presents! Like a chemistry kit, and my very own Flash Drive!
It has been years since we last saw each face-to-face but it's good to image each of us seeing each
other. So far I had lots of fun with my "new" parents Well I even got a lock box! I'm having fun
Being a Keddington . So aren't you glad I'm with other nice people. I'm a 4th grader in
South Summit Elementary School. My teacher is Mrs. Marchant , she's  Strict but pretty nice.
She's #1!


Love, your Old son CHASE


P.S. I love you!

8.29.2013

Back to School!


Can I Carry You?

© Brad Anderson
I guess that I can hold you
one more time before you grow.
And tell you that I love you
so that you will always know.
Please let me tie your shoe again.
One day you'll tie your own.
And when you think back to this time
I hope it's love I've shown..................

Today was a little  lot bit hard for me--they didn't want/need me to walk them into school--they have grown so much--and I am so proud of them--but why did they have to grow so fast!!!

Chase starts 4th grade today--WOW that happened way way too fast!
Jimmy starts 2nd grade today--he has grown up a lot this summer--not just physically but mentally/emotionally too.
Joe--started TEACHING 6th grade this year--what a whirlwind this last year has been for all of us!
Me--what do I do with myself now--I have dreams--but I am not sure I am brave enough to start them!

I LOVE MY FAMILY!

for the record I cried for a solid 30 minutes before I got up this morning--I will miss these guys--and they both gave me kisses BEFORE we left the house this morning!

3.20.2013

Big News!!

My Baby learned how to ride his bike today!! STOP growing up!!  We also measured how tall he is yesterday--4 foot 6 inches--I know he is still only 7 but he seems to be growing up way WAY too fast!

3.13.2013

Wow

My goodness am I a slacker or what--I need to apologize to some very important people in my life whom I had promised to keep this old thing updated--I truly am sorry and will try to be better!--

Life has been so very busy lately--the boys started back in public school in January and I feel like we have been running in over drive ever since!  They are both doing great!! It was a very hard decision for me to put them back in school but ultimately it was the very best thing for them both--they have magnificent teachers who love them to pieces and are doing such a wonderful job. 

Chase is in 3rd grade and LOVES school!! He is still not very social with the kids--but loves learning and chatting with the adults--He is doing so well--in fact they pulled him out of Special Ed because he is above grade level academically!!  I am so very proud of him--look how far he has come in 5 years! Never could have imagined how far!!

Jimmy is the life of the party--shocking I know--he is doing well in school--still struggling a bit with his behavior--but ultimately is a really good kid! He loves his teacher and is quite the charmer amongst all the 1st grade girls--he doesn't like me to tease him but he has quite the following! He is funny--brilliant and just has ever so much energy!!

Joe is enjoying his new job--and is hoping to be accepted into a masters program in the fall--we are all enjoying having him around more and though it is not the easiest thing in life to literally start over we are glad for the oppurtunity! 

We are very excited for spring and summer and plan to spend as much time as possible hiking and camping this summer--oh how we have missed the mountains! 

As for pictures--my poor camera is broken--I hope to have it fixed soon!!

12.07.2012

Candy Cane Tree 2012

 
They are getting so big--I can't believe how much they have grown this year.  Time is speeding by way way too fast!!  I just love this tradition! I love looking at all the pictures from previous years! Find them here.





ketchup =]

I am going to attempt to catch up on all the blogging I haven't done in the last few months! Oh boy has it been crazy!!  So for our first feature we are going back to Sept??  I think-- before we had even decided to move to Utah we decided to check out the Indianapolis Zoo!! It was AMAZING--probably the best Zoo I have ever been to.  We loved it, well really we loved pretty much everything about Indiana. Here's the pics since we all know that is what we want to see any way ;]










10.15.2012

the plan.....

We had a plan--a plan to move with Joe's job to Indiana--we were very excited by this plan.   We love love love our church family there! We found lots of little farms that we could see ourselves living on and working for the rest our lives! We  purchased things and worked and tried to make this plan work. Our plan was set----then----our house wouldn't sell in GA--Joe's job kept getting more and more demanding--it started to turn cold and our little home (a camping trailer, one of the purchased items) just isn't built for a full winter in snow!?!?!?! 
That is how life always seems to go--just when you have a plan, it CHANGES.  SO we did the unexpected--we moved to Utah--and it feels right--not perfect--but right! With all this going on I haven't had much time for this blog--but maybe we need a change here too? We are excited to be by our families once again and excited the boys will be surrounded by sooo much family!
We are taking it ONE day at a time--hoping and praying for the best!