Monday, August 22, 2011

Justin's Mission Call!

Senior Prom May 2011
Eagle Scout Feb. 2008
New puppy-Dec 2007
Summer 2006
I have hoped and prayed for this day for many years! As you raise your children in this crazy world with all of the negative, evil influences surrounding them on a daily basis, it is no easy task to raise a child with high morals and a love for God, home, and family. At one of the most selfish times in their lives, giving up two years to serve God and others is truly no small feat. I also realize and give credit to the many people in our lives that have helped us in raising and influencing Justin's life. As many may know, we are lucky to have Justin with us. When he was born, his pulmonary valve in his heart was critically too narrow. Thanks to modern medicine, and the skills of dedicated Doctor's, he is with us today. When Justin was in about 2nd grade, he told me, "Mom, I know that Heavenly Father preserved my life for a reason. I know that I have great things to do." At the time, I was very touched at his perspective of life at such a young age. I too know that Justin has great things to do, and I know that him serving a mission is part of that. I'm excited to send him off. I will miss him like crazy, but look forward to the adventure that awaits him! On Aug. 17, we invited family and friends over to open his mission call. He is the first grandchild and oldest cousin to serve a mission. His little cousins were super excited. As he read the words, "Elder Justin Curtis Stringfellow, You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Georgia Atlanta Mission," my heart was touched, and I knew immediately that the Lord knows each one of us, he knows the desires of our hearts, and that he wants what is best for each of us. I am grateful for the blessings in my life, and the tender mercies of a loving Heavenly Father.

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Day of School

School started on Aug. 24, and I wasn't quite ready to have my summer over! I felt like with the wet June that we definitely got shorted! Nikell is in 1st grade this year. What will I do with my time? (Plenty!) Kylie is in 5th grade, Alex is in 9th grade, and Justin is a Junior this year. They really are growing up so fast. It's a joy to see them grow, and hopefully make good decisions in their life. I am so thankful to be a mom! The girls adore their brothers, and they couldn't resist getting
in the picture with Alex.

We live close to the school, so weather permitting, they ride their
scooters to school.

Justin has been driving for almost a year now. It is no longer
cool to ride the bus.

He is about to be taller than Scott!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summer Boating

We bought a boat in early June, and we didn't take it out until almost July because of the cool, wet June that we had. But once we took it out, it was a hit! We had a lot of fun with it this summer, and the kids loved tubing, and learning to wakeboard. These pictures are at Willard Bay, which ended up being one of our favorite places to go! This trip we took Aunt Karen, Uncle Travis, and cousins Logan and Abby. Thanks to Uncle Shad for getting us interested in boating!

Logan and Kylie kicking back!

Justin and Alex on the tube. Alex was usually the first one to
get thrown off!

Logan and Alex

Nikell and Justin

Abby, Kylie, and Logan

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Aspen Grove

We started our summer out by going to beautiful Aspen Grove in Provo Canyon. Aspen Grove is a family camp with groups for the kids, and a lot of fun activities. We stayed in rustic cabins, and had a great time with our family. This was our 3rd time going, and something we always look forward to!
Kim, with Kylie, Abby, Adrie, Macy, Nikell, and Logan

McQuen, Justin, Hailey and McKay Newell, Alex

Kylie with Indian

Scott and Kim


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Kylie's 10th Birthday!

Kylie with her friends eating cupcakes!
Earlier in the day, she spent the day at Lagoon with her sister and cousins.

Kylie's new bike, and Little Pet Shops.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Alex's 14th Birthday

Alex's birthday was May 25. He always looks forward to it because he knows that school is also coming to an end! Alex wants to bike ride on the new Legacy trail, so we got him a nice bike that hopefully he will take on it!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Girls in the kitchen!

Nikell and Kylie helping me make brownies. Kylie wants to be a chef when she grows up!