2 quilts

The Chevron quilt was for a friends baby. I love how it turned out! The other quilt has been in the making for about 3 or 4 years! Brook gave me a charm pack for my birthday. I pieced it together and Brook quilted it for me (I hate that part). Thanks Brook! It was worth the wait. I love it!

Happy 40th


Where does the time go? You would be 40 today. I often wonder what your life would be like today. I know you would have done great things. But it wasn’t meant to be. You are forever 23. I miss you. Happy birthday Andrew.

Go, Elder and Sister: A message to hesitant pre-missionaries

Originally posted on all our lemmony things:

Today is my 5th birthday.

Not “birth” birthday, of course–I’m 23, not 5.

No, five years ago today I left the old Kayla behind and became someone different. Someone trying to be a little better.

I became a Latter-day-Saint.

A few weeks leading up to today I told my husband we should have cake to celebrate (kind of a silly tradition). He made cookies instead–and I sure don’t mind since sugar is sugar *and his cookies rock*. I also spent some time flipping though my old journal, remembering entries I wrote while I was being taught by my missionaries and looking over pictures from the day I was baptized alongside my family.

And now that I’m settled down from a sugar rush that I managed to get before lunchtime and my husband is off running an errand, I got the desire to write to you–the 18, 19, 20-something-year-old young…

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Books read in 2014

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Julian Chapter by R.J. Palacio An Echo in the Bone By Diana Gabaldon
My Name Used to be Muhammed: The True Story of a Muslim who Became a Christian by Jeff Benedict
The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Fault in our Stars by John Green The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Savior in Kirtland by Karl Ricks Anderson
If I Stay by Gayle Forman


                                                                                                                                                                                                        Andrew {age 8} and Matt {age 1} 1982

 I can’t believe it’s already November!  This is always a month of reflection for me.  Andrew and Matthew were both born in November.  This will be the 15th birthday without Andrew and the 11th without Matt.  I think about them and remember when they were here and wonder what their lives would have been.  If I’m not careful, I can still go to that place of grief and overwhelming saddness.  After all these years though, I prefer to find the joy in the happy, fun and crazy memories of my brothers.  I miss them!  During this month of thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the time I had with them. 

 Happy Birthday to you!


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