You Learn As You Go

Dismals Canyon

Jared found this amazing canyon where you can go and see glowworms at night. It is the only place on the earth besides one similar canyon in North Carolina and then in Australia that these glowworms live. We booked a campsite so that we could do a day tour of the canyon and the nighttime tour to see the glowworms, called dismalites. Our campsite had a private waterfall! It was beautiful and we had so much fun. The canyon was amazing during the day and completely magical at night! I am so glad we found this little gem!

Mother’s Day

Jared and the kids took me to the pool for breakfast. It was so cute and so nice. We had the whole pool to ourselves too. I love that I get to be these kids mother. They are the best and I am the luckiest!

Yesterday I took Lydia and my mom to a paint class and lunch at a cute, little French Bistro. It was so much fun and we were all surprisingly better at painting than we all thought.

I am so thankful that I was chosen to be Lydia and Liam’s mom. They bring me so much joy! I am thankful for my mom and mother-in-law. We are so blessed.

Arabia Mountain

I don’t know how we have never been here before. I read something about Arabia Mountain the other day and knew we had to go check it out. It was a beautiful hike and a fun day. We loved the little red succulents that grow in the craters on the stone mountain. It’s been a bit dry so they were not at their best, but still really cool.

Feed My Starving Children

We had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with a lot of people from my school to fill food kids for Feed My Starving Children. Worldwide 6.200 children die every day from starvation related issues. We had the pleasure of packing meals to feed 299 children for a year. This organization was so awesome to work with. I teared up several times watching precious children that have been fed by this company and saved from starvation. The kids got to try several different jobs and worked so hard. It was a great experience and really made me grateful for all that I have.


Jared flew to Utah for the weekend to see Grossmutti and his family. I decided that if he got to go to Utah the kids and I needed something fun to do. We took Nan to Chattanooga and had a blast. We took a river boat tour and both of the kids got to really drive the boat. They thought that was pretty cool. My poor hair though! I just got it cut and it is super short, maybe too short and being on a boat for hours did not fair well for the hair-do. Haha. We walked around town and across the pedestrian bridge to have lunch. It was a great weekend. We sure missed Daddy, but were glad that he got to go see Grossmutti.

Spring Break

Since we were in Washington DC last weekend, we did a staycation for Spring Break. Jared needed to be back at work and rest. The kids and I went to Six Flags a few times, went to the park and Catch Air. We also celebrated Easter with family a week late.

Greenville, SC

Happy Easter! We spent the day driving home while listening to General Conference. Our last stop before home was Greenville, SC. This is one of Jared’s favorite cities. We stopped for a few hours before finally making it home. This was not our typical Easter. I have no pictures of the kids in their Easter outfits (that they wore last week). The Easter bunny came early; I don’t have pictures of that either. I have enjoyed, however, just being with my little family listening to conference and thinking about the Savior.

Colonial Williamsburg

We decided to start heading home today. Since Jared is on pain meds I am the only driver so we are taking the drive home in chunks. Today we drove to Colonial Williamsburg to explore. It was fun. Lydia loved leading us around following the map. Jared was really sore after walking around the town today so I gave him his meds and drove as far as I could and stopped for the night.


Harper’s Ferry

Jared was feeling great so we ventured out to Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. We loved this cute little town and all the history here. We had a great day walking around and exploring. We took things slow for Jared’s sake, but we were able to see a lot of the town.

After spending the majority of the day in Harper’s Ferry, we met up with some friends who happened to be in town from Oklahoma. We met them in D.C. and spent the evening visiting Ford’s Theater, the Jefferson Memorial, and Fisherman’s Warf.

It was a great day. Jared is exhausted. Shoot, we are all exhausted.

Surgery Day

Jared has never been put under anesthesia so he was pretty nervous. He had a blessing from our home teachers before we left and I think that helped calm his nerves a bit. The nurses and doctors were all amazing and let the kids and me stay in pre-op with him until the wheeled him back. Surgery was successful and everything went well. The kids and I went back as he was coming to and he was cracking us up. He kept telling me that he was “breathing ugly” and saying other crazy stuff. I helped him get dressed and signed him out. We will spend the next few days doing whatever he feels up to. We may be chilling in the hotel or may venture out if he feels like it. The doctor did encourage walking a lot so if he feels up to it, we’ll go sight seeing. I’m glad that it’s over and that he is now on the mend. Hopefully recovery will be easy.