Showing posts from November, 2014

Birthday Boy!

Happy Birthday to the Hubs!
Let's take a little walk down memory lane in celebration...
well at his age, it's a LONG walk :)

This was actually just a random group of pictures hanging out in my blog archive.
His complete picture history is stored on the laptop that melted down.
Shayla assures me she will rescue all the pictures on it when she gets home.
So, in the meantime  enjoy...


Prom Date!
Rocking the quintessential 70's powder-blue Tux...

Handsome Scholarship Recipient!


Missionary on P-day!

Missionary serving as best man at a wedding!

Engaged to the woman of his dreams!
(Right honey?)

BYU Graduate!

MBA Graduate!

Business Man!

Husband, Dad, PopPop... We love you!

Out of the Mouth of the Truthist

We had the missionaries over for dinner yesterday. Shane doesn't love being the last one at home and having to be social in situations where it is just me and him and other adults, but he was very mature about it and was a good host at dinner.

 After dinner they shared a spiritual thought with us. They talked about the power of the Book of Mormon for changing lives and then asked us our thoughts on that. I didn't want Shane to feel pressured to say something so I shared a few experiences and then I looked at Shane and realized he had something to say. So I said, "I kind of blathered on there--did you have something to add?"

And he said:
"When I was 11 years old, I decided to read the Book of Mormon on my own. I read at night when it was very quiet and I could really take it in. As I was reading, it felt like a prayer. Heavenly Father was speaking to me through what I was reading and I knew it was true. All of it. That is when I got my  testimony of the scriptur…

A Conversation With the Truthist

Now that Shane is in college, I get the joy of spending quality time with him on the drive back and forth to Waterbury. It affords me the opportunity to hear his startling insights on life.
Like this conversation we had today:

Shane: "School sucks." (because he had homework and a test to study for)

Me: "It's better than being dumb."

Shane: "But if ignorance is bliss, then I am being denied my Constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness if I have to go to school."


My comfortable little world keeps shifting and I am doing my best to keep up. I am supposed to move to California. But my house hasn't sold so I am still in Connecticut. My last homeschooler started college classes this Fall and put me out of a job I have loved for the past decade or so. Shane growing up is also putting me out of the career that has required every last ounce of love, creativity, patience, energy, and gumption I could muster for the last 30 odd years: full-time mom.

So, what next?

A while back I went into New York City to attend a career workshop put on by the church. It was held in this LDS meetinghouse in the Chelsea area. A territory I was not familiar with. It is always an adventure finding my way around NYC and any new area tests my driving and navigating skills to the limits.

The workshop promised to "Make negatives into positives" among other things. I figured 30 years out of the regular work force might be a bit of a negative to overcome. And may…

Bouncing Baby Boy

Announcing the newest Gale Grandchild: Remington Colt Gale Born October 27th 7 lbs. 15 oz.
He made his grand entrance 3 weeks early--with that weight it was  a tender mercy for Mama Adrianna that he didn't go to his full term size! Her water broke early in the morning and when they got to the hospital  they saw that he was breach (feet first!) and did a c-section. So he was out into the big wide world pretty quickly and caught us all by surprise. 
Baby Remi with his Papa--so sweet!
And with his Mama on the day he went home.

Adorable Baby Yawn!

He seems pretty happy with life so far...
Welcome to the world little one! I am patiently waiting for my time with him-- I can't wait to smoosh those chubby cheeks!

P.S. If you want to see a cute picture of baby Spencer for comparison purposes, go here.