Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I am grateful!

I have had a bit going on lately - camp, trying to get Becca into Doerre, dossier preparations, huge combined YM/YW and I'm the only Presidency member in town.

In order to enroll a child in public school, there is a list a mile long that you have to give to the registrar. One item is a copy of the child's social security card. I couldn't find it. Anywhere. I have been looking for months. I have the number, just not the card. So I called the registrar back before school ended and asked if the number was enough. NO, she informed me and since I had until August, I had time to get a new one. OK, thank you very much.

So I have tried to get a new one. Interesting thing about SS cards - they aren't easy to get ahold of. Birth Certificates are not identification enough for a SS card. You must have a school ID or passport (or certified doctor's records for very young children). Sigh. I need a school ID to get a SS card so that I can get a SS card to get my daughter into school to get the school ID. Sigh. That piece of lovely news came in the mail today. Didn't even phase me. For those of you that don't know, Jason and I have been running around to police departments and county courthouses, trying to assemble a group of documents called a dossier. It represents us to the Ukrainian government so they will feel comfortable handing us a little boy. So we have gained an appreciation for bureaucracy. Consequently, it came as no surprise that I didn't have absolutely the right documents.

I decided to try another approach. Those missing SS cards had to be somewhere in this house!
I cleaned out both of my desks. I cleaned out my bed side table. I went through all my files. Nothing. So back to my knees, because believe me this isn't the first time I have prayed about this! I decided to read my scriptures to calm my mind. There was only one place I hadn't checked and a teeny voice told me this during my prayer. There is a table that holds my printer. It is also unassessible. There is a couch in front of it. I know we keep our mortgage papers in there. But I moved the couch and searched through the dust, the computer files, disks, my old passport (that I just filled out a form telling the government I had lost - it's from 1981), old mortgage papers, and my old planner which contained, you guessed it, my daughters' social security cards.

With everything else going on in my life and in the world, I am so thankful that Heavenly Father told me where to look for the missing SS cards. I am so grateful for these little signs that show me that He cares about my life and my concerns. I am so grateful!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Water Balloons

After cleaning the house today (it was badly needed after camp and crashing all weekend), the girls played with water balloons with their friend, Sara Hathcock. Very fun!

Girl's Camp

This past week Becca and I have been away at Girl's Camp.
It was hot and fun. We hiked. We stayed up too late. We ate weird food.
We sang loud, strange songs. Becca certified!
And now we are home with our beautiful beds and wonderful showers!

These are my cute girls - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Sammi made this for Jason!

This is the first Father's Day that Jason has been surrounded by FIVE daughters!
Last year we were in California picking up Joy and the girls were here in Houston.
Happy Father's Day Jason!!

Linda was here!

Our friend, Linda Herrington, came to visit us for four days. We had a lovely visit.
She made camp shorts for Becca and I

and loved on the girls.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Swimming in the Rain

We went swimming this afternoon and a good heavy shower moved in really quick.

The girls just wanted to keep swimming!!!

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Joy's Blessing & Party

Joy was blessed by her father today. It was so beautiful and sweet!

Afterwards we had a gathering with lunch and opened presents!
Very fun! Joy enjoyed that part. :)

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Turpin Family Party

Gary had a meeting here in Houston, so we scheduled Joy's blessing to take place while he was here. Sandi and Gary extended the trip a little and stayed with us for 4 days and then with Danielle for a few days. We had a really nice visit. Grandma and the girls were able to have fun and do their nails. Gary was able to attend his meeting. And Joy was blessed!
While they were here, Nancy and Jack Hecker, our wonderful neighbors, invited all the Turpins over for swimming and a BBQ. We had a wonderful time! Thanks Heckers!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Happy Birthday Joy!

Baby Joy is one year old today!!
We had a small little party. We love you so much little girl.
Happy Birthday Joy!!

Becca's Home!!

Becca went to visit her Grandparents in Iowa for nine days. She had a blast and was totally spoiled! We are so glad that
she is home again.

Becca and Grandma made clothes for Patches (ugh!). They are so cute!

Pictures of Patches jacket - she has three outfits.

Becca at the airport

The family with their new Iowa shirts!!!

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for taking such good care of our Becca Lynn.