Monday, July 31, 2017

The Invisible Arms of Prayer


One afternoon, several years ago in Provo, my brother Derek came over. He had just gotten the devastating news that he didn't get a job that he was really hoping to get. Our usually animated conversations turned into one-word questions and responses. We were both sad that this prospect for the future, his hopes and dreams, had been crushed. I listened. We listed all the things that would have been bad about the job (as one is wont to do when things don't go our way!). We tried to 'reframe' his future, trying to think of other, equally exciting opportunities. I convinced him to watch a short clip from Studio C, a sketch comedy group love that we both share, and the laughs helped dissipate some of those hurt feelings. Derek went home feeling lighter, as did I, grateful that I could listen and help in some small way.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Delaney at 5


Delaney turned 5 this month!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Visiting the Gabrielsens

The last stop on our trip was to visit my sister Bethany on the way home (kind of) back to Indiana. Haley came down from from Idaho, and Whitney was still with us. We went on a great sisters walk the morning we were there. Love my sisters!!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A quick pit stop at Mt. Rushmore + Early Morning Driving


When we knew we would be driving to Montana this summer, I thought it would be fun to take a pit stop at Mt. Rushmore since it was pretty much on the way from where we live.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kalispell, Montana with the Justin Flakes



We had a great time visiting my brother Justin while we stayed a few extra days after our family reunion at their home in Kalispell, Montana.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Joel Flake Family Reunion

Some of my sisters: Haley (Sibling #6), Me (#8), Bethany (#5), Heather (#4), Sarah (#2), and Whitney (#7) Missing our sister Cassidy who was sick!!

My immediate family (my parents, my 10 siblings and their spouses, and all the grandkids) got together for an awesome family reunion while we were out West. We rented out a lodge near my brother's house in Montana which was so fun.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Going to the Sun


I haven't climbed many mountains in my life, but I did get the chance to climb a mountain in a car once. The road is aptly named "Going-to-the-Sun Road" in Glacier National Park.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Shooshi and Pineapple Heads

This is what is called a "shooshi" at our house. A skirt turned upside down as a sort of headdress.

Monday, July 10, 2017

2 Road Trip Organization Hacks


We just got back from our annual trip out West. It was so wonderful and fulfilling to visit family!

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Day our Family turned 8 years old

written for June 19th, 2017
Today is our eighth anniversary. Eight years ago, I woke up on this day in our newlywed apartment with my mom. A special, sacred day, the beginning of a new life, it was a day to celebrate. I wanted to look my best for you, and Mom and I waited for the makeup and hair artist to arrive.