Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bee Graduates

My youngest sister graduated from High School last week.  Timpview :)  She's the last of the Tanners to do so (though the rest of us not at Timpview).  We went to dinner with my whole family, even my dad and his wife came up for it.  When your parents are divorced you don't get to spend time with the whole family very often so this was important to me.  Only Chandler and her little boy Jaden were missing (she had to work).  My family graduation dinner happened TEN years ago!  My parents were freshly split and I picked a restaurant that I never ate at so that I wouldn't have the painful memories there of a newly broken family trying to hold it together to celebrate for me.  Yeah, it was that bad.  My graduation present was a keychain and the next day all my friends went on a senior trip without me.

Anyways...Brittain's graduation dinner was slightly warmer and less awkward.  I'm so proud of her and the amazing person she is.  Her personality, her individuality, and her morals are unshakable.  She's so unbelievably talented and has so many friends.

Seeing so many graduates lately has gotten me thinking ahead to when our girls graduate and move on.  I know that we will only have so many years with them at home in which to help shape and influence them.  To teach them and protect them.  It really makes me not want to waste time or energy on unnecessary things.  To make the most of moments together.  Even before they graduate they are going to start having their own lives.  Friends, sports, school, and so many other things will take them away from home and away from our protective influence.  Away from the people who want only to keep them safe, pure, and happy.  That's such a scary thought and I have new resolve to be better with the time I'm given with them.  To help them build confidence, resilience, a strong sense of self and of right and wrong. And to help them build a relationship with their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that will help them stand strong against anything they encounter outside of our walls.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Carol Austin Reunion 2015

I've been so bad at keeping up with things, the new house and other things have just made it so hard for me to sit and record things!  I really need to keep up for the sake of our yearly book though, so hopefully I can get some things on here in the next couple of days.  Also, I have no idea where to start for a post of our new house.  I feel sheepish posting about it for some reason.  We've just been really blessed.

A few weeks ago we went up to Heber to the Carol Austin Reunion.  This is a get together for Jack's immediate family and his mom.  His siblings take turns planning it and this year was Pam's year.  She found this huge house you can rent up in Heber (it takes a lot of space to fit all of the Austins), and we spent a great few days reconnecting and having a fun get away.  The house itself was.....interesting.  It was enormous, but not open at all, so there were so many hallways and bedrooms that you could get lost! Not to mention the fact that it was decorated in medieval style (round table and all).  It made for an interesting weekend with all of those kids.  I lost Berlin at one point and we had the whole family searching for her.  What made it scary is the yard dropped off on all sides into forest, with no fence.  Turns out she had snuck into the bathroom while Jack was showering and he thought I knew she was in there.  There was also an indoor pool and hot tub and a racquetball court downstairs.  Pam had some fun activities planned, like an egg hunt for the kids and the tradition of making movies and then watching them together.  Many of the bedrooms had lofts for the kids, lined with bunk beds.  Our room had a big bed for Jack and I and then two little beds for the girls, it was so cute.  The scenery was amazing and it was so fun to be up in the mountains.  Jack and I even broke away to explore the little town and get some pie one day :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sister Austin is Home!!

Jack's little sister retuned home from her LDS mission!  She served for eighteen months in Columbus Ohio, teaching people the gospel of Jesus Christ, and was missed terribly by her family and friends.  We are so proud of her!  Amanda is the SEVENTH and final child in Jack's family to serve a mission so it was a pretty neat experience welcoming her back.  We met her at the SLC airport with big signs, one for each of her nieces and nephews spelling out her name, and OSU colored balloons (she served on campus for part of the time).  It was so neat to be at the airport with so many other families welcoming back their missionaries.  The love and anticipation created such an amazing atmosphere.  After the airport we had a big family dinner at Los Hermanos and she was released at the church by her house.  The blessings that have come to Amanda and her family and those she served and taught have been tangible.  I'm so grateful for missionary work and the saving grace of Christ and His gospel!

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