A face without freckles is like a night without stars...

Starr is me, I am her, and she is I. She is so much more than she thinks she is. If you asked her, she would say she is just a mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. However, she has been told many times, that she is more than that. Her loving Heavenly Father reminds her all the time, that she has gifts and talents to share with the world, and that like unto her name, she should let them so shine before others, that they may light the day, like the stars light the night. She is passionate, loyal, and gentle all at the same time.

Often when people see her they don't see a gentle, quiet and fragile woman; however, they are wrong. Deep down inside that's who she is, and only those who are truly looking, will see who she really is. If you happen to make it through her exosphere, consider yourself to be a blessed individual. Not many make it there, but when they do, they have a permanent place. Her caring ways, allow her to see things in the world a bit differently than others, unique to a fault.

She truly sees through a darkened glass, and can see beyond the darkness, and find hope throughout the world. Beyond her large, thick exterior are gems within her that are priceless, that are only valued on a spiritual level. Buried within the layers of her atmosphere are different pieces of her puzzle, and even she has yet to put all of the pieces into place. May you enjoy each piece she writes; they truly are the picture into her puzzle.

My Children

I am the mama of two all encompassing children, who own every ounce of my heart and soul, even the part their dad holds onto gets kicked out at times when one of the two does something magical to melt my heart. LillyRose is our precious big girl now, who is a whopping 6 years old! From the moment she wakes in the morning until her head hits the pillow at night in one way or another she reminds us that she holds a status the rest of us don't: Miss Diva Wildfire. Her independent nature, and natural ability to question the world around her has given her the actual gift of life, as every family member knew when she was born at 2lbs 6oz, a fighter since the day she was born.

Our son Abraham Jr. is our love bug. He has eyes that melt every inch of any woman's soul, Look out Ladies! At 5 years old, he is such a smarty pants and I LOVE it! His father recently said he had a genius on his hands, I didn't dispute him or his shining pride I felt emanating from his smile. My son is like the coals beneath a beautiful fire, and often times these parts of his personality help me through my days and "ignite my own fires within myself." Like his sister he too came into this world a fighter at 3lbs 6oz, and his tantrums prove to us that life wouldn't be as interesting without him.

My Children "run" the show, even though we would never admit that to them! That would result in utter defeat in our battle of parenthood. Our days revolve around their schedules, routines, likes, dislikes and even the amount of dishes in the sink when mommy has friends over! My oh my! ;) Together they make up the valves within our hearts, and are the blood circulating through our veins. We are extremely blessed to be their parents and though parenthood has tested us in ways we never imagined, I know we'd be lost without it.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Life in Virginia

Life In Virginia

We just wanted to sit down and write all of you to let you know how we are doing, and what we have been up to! Since moving to Virginia we have done many new things such as: meet our new ward, attend the WA DC Temple, Visit WA DC national monuments and Cameron passed his new Mortuary Affairs Training with HONORS!! So proud of him! Our latest adventure even took us to the Smithsonian National Zoo! We had a great time seeing the Lions, Panda’s and Monkey’s! LillyRose enjoyed the kid zone where she met a cow named Rose!

Cameron is now adjusting to his new unit in the Army (111th Quartermaster Company). He often works in the motorpool and the office. His newest accomplishment is driving a REALLY big truck and trailer!  His unit is scheduled to deploy in August, however, we get to keep him around a little longer until after Abraham is born! Our best guess is that Cameron will deploy with his new unit for the first time around Christmas time or New Year’s. We ask for your prayers during this time, to help us transition through our separation, fears and adjustments. Deployment is such a special part of our lives and we certainly cannot do it without the support of our loved ones. Cameron will need your letters, emails and prayers of safety while he fights for the freedom of each of us.

Starr is working on her new craft room where she has been busy making bows, bow boards and crafts for sale at local events as a small vendor. Her goal is to make back the money invested into her materials, and extra for savings or paying off debts. If you don’t visit Facebook often, she was recently in a car accident, and is recovering well. We ask for prayers in our behalf surrounding the legal circumstances of this issue, because she is nervous about the outcome. Starr is now 28 weeks pregnant and is really feeling the effects of pregnancy, however, we are SO HAPPY that she is still at home with our family and not on bed rest and that Abraham is growing nice and BIG!

LillyRose is growing so quickly! She is now 27 inches tall, 19lbs and 9oz and walks all over the place! She enjoys watching her sign language video once a day, playing with her light up ball and working on learning how to use the puzzles that daddy got her. She enjoys surrounding mama’s feet in the kitchen while mama cooks and cleans. Her favorite food is strawberries and she loves Yogurt! She has a hard time drinking milk, but enjoys water and juice. She enjoys being outside and watching daddy’s birds eat from their feeders. She says “dada” “mama’ and shakes her head yes and no! She is growing with Heavenly Father’s help into a very Happy, and playful child! She has four teeth that are showing and two more getting ready to pop through! When daddy leaves she gets sad and cry’s for him, but recovers well with loves from mama. She is well nurtured and loved!

Our family is going through many changes and we know that Heavenly Father is right there helping us through those times, and we know that hard times are there to make us stronger. We also know that our love as a family unit is the most important priority in our lives, and have found that through stressful times we have remained steadfast to that love for one another, and we have experienced much joy because of it!

Starr and Cameron are working on creating a family unit that reflects what the savior has taught and each new experience has given us moments of reflection and peace. We enjoy spending time at home renting red box movies, and learning about each other’s strengthens and weaknesses. We are working on making Family Home Evening a priority and have started watching a church video once or twice a week that we got from the temple on topics for FHE, such as: Keeping the commandments, how real friends help you keep the commandments and that the commandments keep you safe from the “storms of life.” We are currently reading from the D&C and are trying to “get back to basic principles of the gospel” during our time of transition. We are learning how to become parents and find that though difficult, it is also one of those priceless gifts that Heavenly Father gives us to help us grow.

 Arlington National Cemetary

Cameron's Graduation from Mortuary Affairs Training, WITH HONORS!!!!!

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