“All the news that’s fit to print”

I just realized that the last time I wrote was in March. I have great intentions of being a regular blogger, but life gets in the way (or maybe it is just laziness?) The biggest news in my life is that spring is here! Although summer continues to hold the top spot in my ranking of favorite seasons, spring is […]

The hidden power of friends

Twenty years ago or so when I was past the first flush of being “newly married” and living away from family or the friends of my youth, I discovered that I actually needed more than just my marriage in the way of a social life.  In short, I needed a close friend or two.  I remember praying more than once […]

Tom’s birthday and other stuff

This week was Tom’s birthday.  I remember the first birthday we celebrated without him – he’d been gone just barely two weeks.  I was still in a state of shock.  We had dinner with family and brought along a lemon cake that Tom had a fondness for.  Last year, grateful to have one of Tom’s signature recipes, I invited all […]

Tom’s Birthday – A Trip into Unfamiliar Baking Territory

Anyone who knows our family knows that Tom does the majority of the real cooking around here and he definitely makes the better food – it’s further along the gourmet scale than my specialty Tuna Casserole. So when it comes to birthday dinners, Tom’s not all that jazzed about me doing the cooking. But I still wanted to do something […]

Promised Pictures …

So, I promised pictures of a few things, like the garage and the driveway. Here they are … Next step – build a workbench. We (meaning Tom and I) are having a difference of opinion about what kind of workbench we should have. It may be awhile before we get it done … I tried to get a picture at […]

16 years – where did they go??

It’s the morning of the 28th and I’m remembering 16 years ago at just about this time, when Spencer Carlyle Wood made his appearance in the world. It was a long night and an exhausted day, but we were all so happy to have him here! He was cute, creative, and funny as a little boy. And he grew up […]

Happy Birthday to Me …

So, I’m officially 24 years old (that’s not a typo, is it??).  It’s feeling good to be back in my 20’s.  I’d forgotten how carefree and happy I was.  Why did I ever leave my 20’s?  I had it all figured out back then – I knew how to be the best mom and the best wife and keep my […]

It’s Official – Spencer is 15 years old!!

So, yesterday Spencer turned 15.  That seems awfully old for a mom as young as I am!!  Unlike some people (don’t look at me!) Spencer didn’t assume that just because it was his birthday he didn’t have to go to school or seminary – of course, he was probably hoping for lots of attention from the girls and didn’t want […]

Johanna – Here’s the Latest

I don’t even know where to start – and my sister, Erin, has already done a terrific job documenting all the significant events in our extended family – so…  I’ll try and talk about some of the things our family has done lately.  I took Andrew and Haley out to Utah a few weeks ago to help my mom with […]

Johanna – My 40th! Birthday

So, I’m officially 40 years old now!  It was a crazy day.  I spent the whole morning like so: 7-9am – clean up the kids rooms and the upstairs bathroom (with help from the kids) 9:30am – take Andy to piano lessons 10:30am – take Haley to her soccer game and co-coach the game (we won! and Haley made a […]