Mission Papers—–CHECK!

Johnathan’s papers are in!  Now the wait for that magical, large, white envelope that will tell Johnathan where he will spend the next two years in the service of the Lord.

Stay tuned for the next update 🙂

Updates…..

So again, things are kind of crazy here!!  Two weeks ago, I broke my right thumb, which makes typing, cooking, laundry, shopping, dishes, writing or signing my name all very interesting.  I have a new found respect for those with minor disabilities!  Oh! Did you want to know HOW I broke it??  Well don’t laugh!  I was playing basketball with the young men after mutual one night…since three of them were mine.  And yes, I know I’m pregnant…but I have played with each pregnancy.  I try to be careful and not to play too hard.  Apparently I am still fast enough on defense to get my hands on the ball, but too old to do it fast enough to turn it the right way!

I had stopped Jacob at the top of the key.  He was passing the ball to his teammate at the bottom of the key and I stuck my hand into the pass at just the right time to receive the full force of the pass into my thumb.  So blogging has been a little difficult.

We did baptize Spencer!!  Hooray!!  Darren did a marvelous job and the program was wonderful.  We also ordained Daniel that evening and had Grandma and Grandpa there for the visit.

Johnathan should have his mission papers in…..we are still waiting to hear from him that they really are in!!  And he gets home in a little less than three weeks………but……..
Here is the big news you are waiting for……..we are having a BOY!!  Can you believe it?!  Me either!!  I guess I am destined to spend the rest of my days in the scouting program and raising priesthood men!  No name yet….still working on that 🙂

I am getting a little more excited that we are really having a baby.  I know once he is placed in my arms….I will melt, just like I have with each and every one as I marvel at the entire process!

Finally Posting!

Dear Friends and Family,

I’m sure you are wondering where we have been!  Well, let me tell you…things have been kind of wild at our house.  But the biggest reason we haven’t posted in so long is because we are going to have a baby in August!  Yes, you heard right.  No, we were not expecting this.  We are all in shock and disbelief but the children are very, very excited.  We are only about 3 1/2 weeks away from knowing if our baby is pink or blue.  Morning sickness if finally over.  I have a little more energy and a lot fewer clothes.  No pictures with this post, because I do not have a cute little pregnant belly.  After this many children, it is rather large 🙂  But just know that we feel very honored and blessed that the Lord would chose to send us another little person to join the party.  I truly thought we were all done.  But as usual, the Lord’s plan is always very, very different from mine.  I really cannot wait to see how this new personality will blend with those already here.  Always an adventure at the Lund house.

For the rest of us, Daniel turns 12 this week!  He is excited to get out of primary.  Spencer will be baptized at the end of March, and he’ll receive his first set of scriptures.  And Johnathan is in the middle of filling out his mission papers.  All in all, we have a lot of exciting things coming up….stay tuned!  We’ll write more often now 🙂

21—Really???!!

Have we really been married for 21 years??  Is that even possible?  Monday Drew and I celebrated our 21st—yes!!  Our 21st anniversary.  21 years is a lot of life to live together.  So much has happened to us in that time…..we have shared so many memories, joys, heartbreaks, trials, blessings.  He truly is my bestest friend in the whole wide world.  I really don’t know what I would do without him.  When I say that to him, his response is, “Live a happy, normal life….”  But the truth be told, Drew, it would be so very difficult for me.  You are my emotional stability.  You bring me down to earth when I am flying away with all the things I want to do and accomplish.  You build me up when I just don’t think I can continue to face the world and all I feel it expects of me.  You love me when I’m obnoxious, hold me when I cry, tease me when I’m annoyed, and correct me when I’m out of line.  No, Drew, life wouldn’t be happy or normal without you in it.

Thank you for being such a wonderful father, a magnificent husband, and just for being my very, very best friend.  I appreciate you more than you know.  And I cannot wait to see what the next 21 years holds for us!!

All my love!

IT WORKS!!!!

I haven’t felt much like blogging lately…….but today is different.  It is different because of THIS:

I have new cook tops and they work!  Over a week ago, we had the tile cut because it was just a hint too small.  The tile was cut and the appliance guys were supposed to hook up the new cook tops the next day.  Well, they could not do it because the old ones were old enough that the wiring was not compatible.  “You’re going to need an electrician,” they said.  Fine.  Well, he couldn’t come until Friday and then couldn’t fix it until today…..Monday.  The kitchen drawers were all over the living room, because the old cook tops had to be disconnected by the electrician, so they sat under the stove top propped up on buckets because the wires were attached.  We were an entire week without a cook top and drawers all over the livingroom.  Luckily, I know how to work the oven and several crockpots at one time.

Here is an up close view:

You can kind of see on the left where the tile guy is going to have to fix that….he’ll be coming later this week.  But they work!!!!  I have a stove top again!!!  And it doesn’t look like this:

And now, THAT is where it belongs:

Garbage man comes on Thursday–just in time to make room for Christmas!  Yea for small favors!

Prophets and Apostles….

THIS is why I love these men!!  What an amazing testimony and understanding of his assignment!!  I love the humility and the love that just emanates from them.  WOW!  There’s an interview with Elder Holland on lds.org.  I’m off to listen to that one now!

Do you see what I see??

I have a photo blog, What Karen Sees, that feeds directly to my email.  The author is Drew’s aunt.  I love her and think she is an AMAZING photographer, along with plenty of other talents!!  Anyway, this morning’s post was just over the top!  I LOVE Christmas lights, much like Karen.  Click on the earlier link to see her post, or click HERE to see where it leads…..This is the most incredible and beautiful display of Christmas lights I have ever seen and I cannot even imagine having the opportunity to have seen it in person!!  On Holdman’s website you can also see his 2008 Christmas lights display 🙂  Enjoy it!!  Happy Holidays!!

Scripture Power!!

Spencer:  Mom, I want to have scripture study with you.

Mom:  Really?!  Sure!!!  Go and get your scriptures!

Can’t pass up that request!  So Spencer and Joshua and I sat and read aloud five verses and talked about the Savior and what those verses meant.  Precious, precious memories.

Joshua also said this the other day:  Mom, it was really hard for me to wait up in heaven.  I didn’t want to be the last one born.

Scripture power, keeps me safe from sin.
Scripture power is the power to win.
Scripture power, every day I need
The power that I get each time I read!!

Precious, precious!

Here are our door decorations…..the only outside lights I have right now 🙂 
And below are the little boys helping me set up the Christmas tree.  Friday after Thanksgiving Spencer was relentless in hounding me to get the Christmas decoration boxes down.  I finally did get them down, but still haven’t put them up yet.  Drew got up the outside lights and the little guys did the tree…Now Alli will put the lights on today and we’ll begin decorating the entire house!!  I love Christmas!!!  And with Playlist, I can create my own Christmas music and not pay a cent!!  Now we just need some scented candles or pine cones so it smells like Christmas too 🙂  Happy Holidays!!

(I don’t know which child took this photo….I just really liked it and thought it was funny that it was all hat!)

Serious Shutterfly Promo!!

I don’t know how you can choose just one…….aren’t they gorgeous?  I can’t decide if I love one photo or multiple photos??  What do you think?  I think I love this one the best!!!
 But these are good too:
I love holiday Christmas cards!!!  I love receiving YOURS and hearing about your family and seeing your beautiful children and families.  (Here is a link to look at a few more from Shutterfly.)  It is such a fun time to get caught up with all of you. 
Wondering what to do for Grandma and Grandpa??  How about a beautiful desk photo calendar??  You might need a few for the aunties and uncles, too!!  So much to choose from and love! 
Happy Holidays my dear friends—from our house to yours.  (I can’t wait to see which ones you choose.)  You can receive 50 free holiday cards of your very own from Shutterfly too!!  (Check it out!)
And it isn’t too late to be thinking about what those graduation announcements should look like!!