Family Pictures

After 6 years of marriage and 2 kids later........We finally had family pictures done!!! My sweet cousin LaraLee Daniels was our photographer and I think she did a really good job considering Ashlyn wouldn't stop whining and Marshall was hungry. Now hopefully my mom and mother-in-laws can move on to something else to harass us about for a while. (I mean this lovingly! I swear!)

Marshall's Blessing

On September 19th Marshall was given a name and a blessing by his daddy. We had originally set Marshall's blessing date as the first Sunday in September but because of Grandma Colleen's funeral the day before, Gary and I felt a very strong impression that we needed to push the blessing back a couple of weeks. I am so glad that we did.
It was one of the most spiritual events I have experienced. I am still in awe at the sight of my amazing husband tenderly taking my special baby boy in his arms, being surrounded by the men of our families, and by the power of the Priesthood blessing Marshall with strength, wisdom, and so many other things that Marshall will need to make the right choices to follow the path that the Lord has prepared for him.
Marshall will be 3 months old tomorrow - I can't believe how quickly time has flown! I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to raise this special baby boy - there were times during his pregnancy that I didn't think I would be able to do so during this life. I think that knowing that makes me hold onto the little moments longer and savor in them. I love being a mom to my two adorable children - there is nothing better.
Ashlyn has been keeping me very busy since she has started her 2nd year of Preschool - we read and read and read and read some more! She is a huge help with Marshall (sometimes a little too helpful) but I wouldn't change her one bit. I love her personality - sassy and all - she is so much fun! The other day she wore her black pants with her black boots to school - she told her teacher, the babysitter, and all of her friends that they are her work clothes - just like her mommy's. She makes me so proud!

Here are a bunch of pictures from the party after the blessing

5 generations of Gary's (Great -Grandpa Gary, GrandpaGary Dwaine, Gary, and Gary Marshall)

My brother Jason, Marshall, and I

My mom, sister Sarah, Marshall, and I

Uncle Kent and Marshall and with Jake

my side of the family

My awesome sister-in-law Ashley and my adorable nephew Jake with Marshall and I

Marshall and Ashlyn with Grandma Bonnie, Cheryl, and Russell

My brother Glen with Jake and Marshall. I love my brother - it is so fun to watch him be the cutest daddy to Jake!
I couldn't get away with posting some fun pictures of the kids :)