Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Reasons Why...

One day at a time for the last thirteen years these people have encouraged me to become a better person. I'm not sure they would say that, but that's my reality. My moment of clarity was real simple, "if you keep doing what you're doing, you're gonna lose your kids." Ok.

Today, I have a great life. John is an amazing husband. The kids make me laugh. And because I want sobriety more than I don't, I'll keep coming back.

Flower, Joe, Marie, Jack
Dec 2009 - Heidelberg Germany

Joe, Flower, Marie, Jack
Oct 2007 - St. Charles, Missouri
taken the day before Jack left for his mission to Russia

John (red shorts) at the finish line of the MS150
SO proud of him!
Aug. 2007 - Columbia, Missouri

Jack, Joe, Flower, Marie
Aug 2007 - Nauvoo, Illinois

Jack, Flower, Marie, Joe
June 2007 - St. Charles, Missouri

Jack, Flower, Marie, Joe
Summer 2007 - St. Charles, Missouri

Flower, Marie, Jack, Joe
Dec 2006 - Honolulu, Hawaii

February 2005 - Washington, DC

Marie, Jack, Joe, Flower
July 2005 - Washington, DC

Outside our house in DC - 2005

Flower, Jack, Joe, John, Marie
Summer 2004 - Nauvoo, Illinois

Jack, Marie, Joe, Flower
Aug 2003 - St. Charles, Missouri
our house on Lindenwood Ave.
December 2002 - St. Charles, Missouri

Flower, Jack, Marie, Joe
Jun 2001 - St. Charles, Missouri
taken a week before our trip to the temple

John, Flower, Jack, Joe, Marie, Julia
Easter 1999 - Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Marie's First Holy Communion

Marie, Flower, Jack, Joe
Spring 1996 - Melbourne, Florida
Family is where it's at.


  1. Congratulations, Julia!! What a wonderful milestone. I love, love, love this post. It is so beautiful. The pictures are perfect--and I can't believe how quickly things change and everyone grows up! Wasn't it just yesterday I was at your home on Lindenwood Ave for a wonderful 4th of July barbeque? So glad I've known you and your family these past years.

  2. Love seeing this so much. The moments (the hairdos!), all worth it. Love you!

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  4. 9/10 Pictures of Joe = Fat
    3/10 Pictures of Joe = Tool
    0/10 Pictures of Joe = Good

    But I did get thinner as the pics went on...

  5. Those are good reasons! Congratulations!

  6. I love the pictures!! You have a beautiful family. I especially love the St, Charles pic on the porch. There are some fabulous memories there:) You are amazing!

  7. Great pictures! I love when they are all little babies. Your family is so great. Thanks for sharing, L