Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Going off to college......:-(

Michelle begins her 3rd year at BYU-I and Jessica begins her 1st...

I don't believe any mom is ready for their children to leave home. You prepare them for 18-19 years, but when the time comes to either to go college or on church missions it pulls at your heartstrings. It pulls even harder when you hear that they are thriving and happy without you! We've taught our children to be indendent and self-reliant for the day when they go out into the world on their own, but.........the letting go takes time. It's been a month now. The girls have great friends, doing well in their classes, experiencing life like never before, happy and you know what, they haven't forgotten about home and family because they love to call and share a couple of times a week. Yes, the heartstrings will always be there, but when a mom can smile, sit back and relax because she knows her children are living up to their upbringing it makes saying good-bye a whole lot easier.

EFY and St. George Trip

Lake Powell.......

Family fun on Lake Powell in July

Something to think about........

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your action, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jessica's Graduations.....

High School Graduation! Jessica worked hard. We are proud of her!!

It rained the entire ceremony. Jessica loves being out in the rain.
Family pre-graduation celebration!

Payson with Aunt Jessica
Younger brother Ryan

Jones Grandparents

Jessica with her mom--when did she get taller?

It's tradition to get a graduation cake with your photo on it! Congratuations Jessica!!!

Graduation from School of Cosmetology

Receiving Cosmetology diploma

Ms Chapman: Cosmetology instructor


Seminary Graduation....

Best of friends: Steven, Rachael, Vanessa, Lauren and Jessica

Spring Piano Recital

Jessica, Aubrey and Ryan have taken piano lessons since they were 8 years old. They have two recitals a year. The recital in May was Jessica's last recital since she is going off to college and pursing other interests. Aubrey loves to find her own music and will practice until it is perfect. Ryan is learning the Hymns and believes he is good enough to stop his lessons. Sis. Nancy Briton is their piano teacher and is shown in one of the photos.