Thursday, November 20, 2008


You should all try to catch Travis tomorrow morning on ABC 4 News at 6 AM to hear him and Rocky discuss their bet about the Utah/BYU game. So funny.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

It's Almost Christmas

So I've busted out the good old Christmas music. Along with the classic *NSYNC "Home for Christmas" album, The Forgotten Carols, Sarah McLachlan and the Christmas Box CD, there is an Amy Grant song that has really been resonating with me. Possibly because I am pregnant, but there is a line that makes me stop and think every time.

"Do you wonder, as you watch my face,
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am,
For the mercy of your plan."

Mary truly sacrificed the ultimate of all sacrifices. She gave her son, her CHILD. She watched him suffer and die. She watched him be spit on and mocked. She really was willing to sacrifice all she was and all she had for the plan. Would I do the same? I don't know if I could. I hope it is never asked of me. I have such respect for her. Respect sounds like such a stupid word. I am in absolute awe of her. Thinking of how she must have felt. I hope one day to be able to tell her how inspiring she is. What an incredible person I think she must have been. And Joseph. Such an incredible story in so many different ways. I'm so glad I was raised with it and that I believe in it. I think Heavenly Father must have immense respect for women, based on the trials they have been handed throughout the history of the church. I also thinks He expects us to only speak of women with the utmost respect.

As I feel this new baby kick around inside of me, I think of my children, and how I feel about them. I don't know that I could watch the things she had to watch during Christ's short years on earth. I don't know that I could live through that. But how grateful am I that someone could? That someone stepped up for the call, and gave the ultimate sacrifice for the gospel.

I believe with all my heart that she was someone very very special. I hope I can live up to being a fraction of the mother and servant that she was. And one day, I really hope to meet her.

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's Getting Cold!

Finally, I feel like we're in Utah. We are some of those annoying people who love the winter and the cold. The other day the kids wanted to play outside, so I got them all bundled up and off they went. They were a little disappointed when they found out mom likes to experience the cold from INSIDE the house, but they got over it. Emory is nuts.
And tonight we had Family Night. We told the kids we'd go buy them a few new puzzles because they love them and have been doing their dinosaur ones for about eight months now, and then we got ice cream and came home and worked on them. Trav tried to help Jaxon put his impossible Spiderman puzzle together, and this is how Emory ended up. She gets bored fast.
And here's the little orphan child. She picks her own pajamas, I promise.This is how Jaxon spends 99% of his life. In head stand form. I have to tell him all the time that he shouldn't do head stands on the back of the booth in a restaurant. Today I got him out of the tub and told him to go get dressed, and found him naked in his room doing headstands. I guess he likes gymnastics though.
We left the kids with a sitter the other night and went out to dinner, and when we got home this is how we found Emory. I guess we forgot to tell the sitter to remove the princess dress before she went to bed.
Life is good here - not much to report. Just looking forward to the holidays and the end of Trav's first semester in his PhD program. We think it may take us awhile because he may have to take a semester off after each one he completes. Who wants to be in school at 30? Not me. But we are heading to St. George for Thanksgiving and looking forward to seeing family, and after that only two weeks before finals. Our schedules revolve around the university calendar around here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Katie Says...

Go Utah! Fun game tonight.

Dr. Bierer Says.....

It's still a boy! Phew. We were a little worried it was going to change again. But I saw it for myself this time. Yay! I can't wait to have another baby!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

We had a really sh**ty week last week. Can I say that? Of course I can, it's my blog. But just in case there's any doubt, it was a sucky, horrible, wish it never happened week.

It started on Wednesday when we learned that my Grandpa Burke was diagnosed with prostate cancer. This in and of itself wasn't too bad because prostate cancer has a low mortality rate. We were concerned most with whether or not it had spread to his bones, but within a few days he had a scan, and it would appear they caught it in time. So after about four months of therapy and radiation, he should be cancer free and fine. The four days in between the news of the cancer and the news of the scan were not fun ones.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love this man. I was born on his 51st birthday, and he is a very special man. He has dedicated his life to the gospel. His favorite calling in the church is "Reverence Ranger" in the primary. I love him. We've celebrated our birthday in Nauvoo and in Toronto while he was serving missions. We've never been apart on our birthday, and I'm grateful we're going to have at least a few more.

Then on Friday we received the news of Trav's uncle. It was sudden and shocking and very very sad. We spent a few days over the past week with his family in Sandy. They are strong and faithful, but still suffering. It doesn't feel right and is so very sad. It also kicks Travis back to memories of when his dad died, which adds a whole new element to the sadness. We went to the viewing on Tuesday night and attended the funeral on Wednesday. It was one of the most uplifting and also saddest meetings I have attended. He was a good man, and the common theme through the entire week was his ability to make everyone feel important to him. Gordon, we will miss you so much.

After such an emotionally exhausting day, Trav got some much needed cuddle time with the little princess, who was running a fever. I think it was a small blessing so she could comfort her daddy.
But on top of all the bad news, we also had some good things happen. All three of Trav's sisters flew in for the family events, and two of them brought their kids. We went to the Air Force Museum in Roy (which I haven't been to since fifth grade) and the kids had a great time.

These boys had such a great time. This was one of the huge blessings of everything. They are never all together. Here's Carter, Jaxon, Blake and Cody.
And cute Peyton in the pilot's chair. After this, my camera died, so we'll have to wait for Mel's awesome photography skills.
We also went to the Kangaroo Zoo in Bountiful early Wednesday before all the bad news started for Morgan's (my cousin) birthday. The kids had a great time. My aunt rocks.
My kids were really cute and fun until about six that night. Then the little one melted down and almost killed me. But it was fun while it lasted.And then of course we had Halloween. We celebrated first at Grandma's Halloween party at work which was so cute and fun.
Here's Belle and Captain America. This was the only two minutes during which he wore his mask.
This makes me smile.
Crazy Amy was Juno for Halloween. She makes me giggle. She made me pee on a pregnancy test for her. Sick.
We also celebrated Grandpa Kurt's 53rd birthday on Halloween. He's getting old. But we love him.
Little crap is so dang cute.
Travis and I have pictures from our wedding hanging over our bed. The other day I came out of the bathroom feeling sad, and was overwhelmed by how grateful I am that we are sealed together for eternity. Like someone told Rosemary (Gordon's wife) at the funeral, he is your eternal companion and NOTHING can change that. I am so grateful for that knowledge, and that this man chose me, and made it a priority to get to the temple.

Yes, these are scanned pictures, so the quality is not great. We got married a few years before everything went digital. And yes, I was blond at one point and we did at one time look this young.