April 20, 2014

A Giant in our City... and much more.

Well, I feel like we are finally settling a bit.
We have lived here for almost SIX months! I can hardly believe it.  I feel like we are where we should be, but there are still so many unknowns.  We are only renting the house that we are in now, as we get our last house for sell.  It is finally ready, and I hope it goes quick.  After that, then I feel like we can decide whether to buy the house we are in, or find somewhere else to settle our home... hopefully for a long time.

Sydney is in Boston, and due very soon!  This will make me a Grandma at 38, but I guess I shouldn't expect any less with the situation.  I married Jon at twenty or twenty one (I can't remember!) and Syd was already around.  Then she married young, and became pregnant young... so there you have it - a 38 year old Grandma!


Kinley just went to Senior Ball last night, and I can hardly believe how fast time flies!  Okay this picture isn't at prom, obviously - but see how cute they are?


She has big plans to go to UVU this fall.  She has grown into such a beauty, and I couldn't be more proud.  Estavan is a great guy, and has always treated our family with lots of respect.  They both work hard getting good grades and at their jobs.  Where did the time go?


A few weeks ago, we went to general conference in Salt Lake City.  It was a beautiful Spring day.  Jon was in New York on business, which was sad.  I would have gone with him, but I had just returned from Florida at the national Help Me Grow conference.  It was a great trip with lots learned and more plans going forward.  I stayed with Barbara and Karen Hill and enjoyed every minute.  Lizzy just left on a mission and we were able to see her in the airport - mostly on accident - but a convenient slip up, because we were already there leaving to Florida.


Today is actually Easter, and it was a beautiful day.  We enjoyed lots of candy and food.  We are all sick with a cold, so we just laid around mostly.  When I began making dinner, Jordan ran in with his chef outfit on ready to help!  He loves to cook or jump in whenever there is any chore to be done.  He's been struggling a bit in school with his attention, but I feel like mostly it's because it's a long day for a barely five year old, and the math is getting too hard for him.  They are now adding and subtracting double digits at the end of kindergarten.  He will redo kindergarten, he went early because he was so bored at home because all of the kids were gone.



I've been working quite a bit with Thanksgiving Point, getting ready for their gala in August.  I am the chair this year, and we have a lot of work to do.  The golf committee has a lot of great guys on it, including Jeff Rust, that will help me to make this year a success.  The Ashton's are great, and they made Thanksgiving Point into a non-profit because they can't fund it forever, so the funds raised are much needed to keep this amazing place open.  The new children's museum is my favorite, but the tulip festival is amazing as well...along with so many other things. We will be having a giveaway for passes there over on my other blog MyMommyStyle.com starting tomorrow.

Our youtube channel is coming along nicely, lots of work - but so much fun!  Here we interviewed Drew Manning with Fit2Fat2Fit.com.



Mostly, I am juggling a bunch of things - but I don't know how else to be.  I look like this a lot of days!


Last week, Jon and I went to the Jazz game with Mary Crafts-Homer and Rick.  She had tickets to sit on the second row, and it was amazing!  I felt like I was actually in the game, and couldn't even imagine one of those big dudes falling on me!  They are huge! It was crazy looking up at them and realizing how short I was.  The 100 club also had unbelievable food at half time and a dinner before hand.  They were Josh James tickets, and it was such a fun time!


A few days before that, I was invited by Thanksgiving Point to sit at their table in the 
"Giant of the City" event, with lots of fun people, including Barbara Barrington Jones.  She is a light to so many people and I always enjoy her.  Mitt Romney spoke, and he was SO great!  Governor Mike Leavitt was honored, and it was a fun event!












Basically, I am going back through my facebook to get the latest updates, so if you want to look me up there, I am way to actively involved there...haha and not as much on pink-moss anymore.  
Here is that LINK. I'd love to be your friend there!

Have a great Easter!
xoxo
Janae

April 8, 2014

A big Announcement - and no, it's not another baby!

We are going to keep this simple.

Myself, and the other girls (my sister and cousin) are starting a youtube channel!  We will have a new episode every monday at 2:00 MST!  We put our first one live, yesterday - and you just need to check it out.  Actually, it is REALLY uncomfortable for me to watch myself, but my goals outweigh my fears.

I want to create a place to strengthen women and families.  Not through my knowledge, but by sharing lots of peoples stories.  So tune in!  Remember to subscribe to our channel -  you will not be sorry.  We have so many fun things coming your way!

I also started training for my first (and last) marathon today, and I thought I was going to die.  I have a really funny story about that - but I'll have to share it later.  For now, you can head on over and laugh at my video.  I'm spending so much time on My Mommy Style.com that I don't have as much time for pink-moss - unfortunately.  So head on over there :)

xoxo

LINK TO MY OTHER BLOG


or just watch it here :)

February 20, 2014

Today was Crazy

Today was crazy.

It's amazing how setting your heart and intent on something that is important to you and sharing your vision with others, can swing doors open almost faster than you can run through them.

When I was growing up, I planned to go to college.  I thought about it, talked about and planned for it.  I wondered which friends I would move away with to experience a lot of "firsts" with.  My parents just expected that it would happen, because both of them had graduated.  My Grandparents actually saved for decades to be able to help send their children and grandchildren to college.  I didn't even look at college as an option, it was just what you did.

And then, I graduated high school.  I remember being nervous and excited all at the same time.  I was ready to jump out on my own and experience the world but I also knew that once I left, I wouldn't be returning ever again.  This is the part that freaked me out.  I loved my family and being the oldest child, I felt as though I was setting off on a great adventure into the unknown.

I remember saying goodnight, and goodbye, the night before I drove away for good.  I remember them asking me if I was nervous, and I started to cry.  I knew it was a big deal - and just as I had expected, nothing was the same ever again.  I miss my childhood sometimes.  It was a beautiful blessing.

I drove away with my cousin and one of my best friends, Ally.  We had grown up together from birth.  We acted more like sisters a lot of the time, because we became close enough to be annoyed with each other.  My only sister is 8 years younger than myself, so Ally was the next best thing.  We brought pots and pans, as if we would know what to do with them.  We piled all of our decorations and clothes into her car, and set off for college.

College was great!  So great that I barely knew how to handle all of the distractions I was faced with.  One of the biggest distractions - actually THE distraction - was Jon.  I met him right away, and my life would never be the same.  I have told that story before, so I will jump ahead and say that after a few years of playing hard, and kind of going to school, I dropped out.  I was pregnant with Kinley, and beginning a new chapter in life.

I often felt guilty about throwing away my chance to finish my college education, sometimes I still do.  I would love more than anything to finish what I started - at some point, if it made sense.  But no matter what, I have always known that the second I was ready for a career, there would be one there waiting for me.  This is kind of a weird thought to have, without any formal training, but just the same - I knew it.  I didn't know what I would be doing or how it would all work out.

I went ahead, and raised lots of kids.  Step kids, foster kids, biological kids and adopted kids.  I lived my life and made the best out of the situation I found myself in.

Now, after a crazy chain of events, I'm finally here.  My youngest child is five years old, and I have so many opportunities, I can't even barley wrap my brain around them.  I worked and built RBM Building Services with Jon for 20 years, behind the scenes, and then over time when I had the chance, I started developing talents.  These weren't really thought out, I just started practicing things that I loved to do.  And then, when people needed those talents, I would share them for free.  The more I shared my talents, the more others saw my abilities *or at least what I was working on* and gave me other chances to use them.

So in a weird crazy way, I have brought to realization my perfect dream job.  I am only part way there, but I am on my way.  I believe if you keep working really hard at things you love, you will get better and eventually you can make other people's lives more complete, by doing what you love.  Now that is beautiful.

So here I am.  Right smack dab in the middle of my future.  I don't know exactly where I am going, but after days like today, when every thought was answered with a very direct path set in front of me, (time after time after time) it's hard to ignore.  There is a bigger picture than us, the challenge is to hang on long enough to see what blessings are already there for us to grab hold of.

xoxo
Janae
Thank goodness we have great friends and family to enjoy along the way.