Apr 5, 2012

Where to start?!

Hello?  Anybody there?  Is this thing on??  I don't even remember how to get on blogger!
After much cajoling and pleading from my kids, I think that I may find some time to blog again.  Life, it gets in the way of blogging! : ) 
Ah, so much to catch up on, I won't even try to do it all.  The kids have grown, (after all it has been 2 years! What, 2 years?! You lazy bum!)
My mind has been on Joseph lately, He graduated, went off to BYU-I and LOVED it. 

Joseph with his brothers and sister after graduation.  Caden had already stripped out of his suit. 

He turned 19 on January 31st and anxiously awaited the most important mail he is ever to receive in his life.  IT came 3 days later and the family all joined us in the big open.  Unfortunately I only have video, so no pics of the reading of "THE" letter.  He will be leaving July 4th to serve the Lord for 2 years.  His destination: 

Teresina, Brazil. 

He couldn't be happier.  He really wanted to go foreign.  He has waited his whole life, (his words) to serve a mission.  His best friend, and cousin leaves in 3 weeks for Salt Lake City.  They are so excited to be out at the same time. 
Tonight we are headed to the temple with Joseph.  I am beyond excited for him to take this important step.  I am crying as I sit here. : )  He is the Best big brother that parents could ask for.  He is patient, kind, intuitive, and a wonderful example for his younger brothers and sister.  He is the kid that comes out to the car and brings in the groceries and sleeping kids without even being asked.  Man, I am going to miss this kid!!
Joseph, I love you.


Petit Design Co. said...

aww! Congrats to Joseph and you for raising such a good kid. Miss you guys!

~Erica and her gang~ said...

Oh Lisa, what a great time in 'LIFE" for your family right now :) Brazil how exciting :) Welcome back. I have been out for a bit too!!

Sharalea said...

Congratulations, Joseph!! What an exciting adventure he (AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY!) is about to enjoy! You are such an awesome Mama & your family is beautiful! Welcome back :)

And for Joseph:

Boa sorte! :) Vai ser increivel!

Erin said...

That little boy who used to try to trick me into giving him popsicles and icecream when I babysat....
I can't believe how grown up everyone is (it makes me feel slightly old)! He's going to be a GREAT missionary! I am very excited for you Joseph, this is a decision that will change your life forever and bless you in ways you can't even imagine!!!!

Meghan said...

I think the world stopped spinning when you posted this! :)

I need a boy like Joseph. I think that's how Trip was for mom- just a good boy to the core, always helping out.

I'm so excited for his mission and the people whose lives will be touched because of him.

I know you are one proud Mama, and rightfully so. :)

Mike & Lila Family said...

I knew, not giving up on your blogging would pay off someday! :) congrats on your missionary and condolences on the next faze of life... the kids starting to grow so old they are off to college and missions and marriage and babies.... you are great parents and that is why your son has 'waited his entire life' for his mission. you have helped him love and trust his Heavenly Father, I look up to you. xo ... can't wait for more!!

Ariana Nelson said...

CONGRATS on you son being called on a mission! That's so exciting! I can't wait for that to happen... someday :)

Christian and Katie said...

I am so excited you're back!!
Congratulations on Joseph's mission call! I had chills reading it! He will be an incredible missionary...he's been raised by goodly parents :)

Jen said...

Welcome back! And congrats to Joseph...he will be such an awesome missionary. So excited for him and your family for the blessings you will ALL receive for his service!

Kristen said...

Welcome back! He is a great kid, you have every right to be proud!

Becky said...

*sigh* and *sob* I am tearing up just thinking about what you must be feeling. I love you.

Beccarigg said...

Lisa!! Is so good to have you back in the blogosphere! Although I totally understand how life can get in the way of blogging. Lately I seem to have less and less time for it, but it is wonderful to catch up now and again. I can't believe Joseph is going on a mission! He was just 14 when I met him, has it been 5 years already?! He will be a wonderful missionary and I'm sure your family will be blessed for his service. Hugs to you and your family! We love and miss you guys!