Here I Am!

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Hello there! If you are still around after my two month absence, I want to say, thank you for not giving up on me. I have to say, it has just been one thing after another. The part of June and the entire month of July, Nathan worked a.lot. We didn’t see him for a good month and half. Also in June, Nathan’s dad, in his fight with cancer, took a turn for the worst. He got out of it a month later. But it was scary that month. In August we started school and had two of our girls with birthdays. At the end of August, Nathan’s dad had a CT scan with disappointing results. That same week, Nathan’s youngest sister found out she had a cyst in her brain that was causing her horrible headaches and migraines. They had to do brain surgery right away. In September, Nathan’s dad started sloping downhill again. Darn cancer. Nathan ended up flying last minute to Washington to be with his parents and help them get some family business situated. Then we all went out to Washington to spend about 10 days with grandma and grandpa. Nathan and I continued to help his parents work on family business items while the girls had fun exploring the gorgeous surroundings where Nathan’s parents live. It was so good to be there with my in-laws. It was extremely hard to leave them. Here are some pictures from our trip. Some you may have seen already if you follow me on Instagram.

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It was a five and half hour direct flight from Atlanta to Seattle. So when we got off the plane, we made a stop at the LDS Seattle Temple (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). It was gorgeous. Just the perfect reminder for us that families can be together forever, just what we needed at this time of family trial.

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When we got to grandma and grandpa’s house, the girls were in heaven. Nathan’s parents live in such a magical place. The girls played in the yard.

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They painted and colored for hours. Leave a book of artwork for grandma and grandpa to keep.

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There is an orchard in the backyard with apples and pears. We were able to pick hundreds of dollars worth of fruit for free. Yum!

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The girls loved being able to go in the backyard, pick fruits, and eat it.

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We watched beautiful sunsets next to mountains.

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Nathan took the girls out for their first 4-wheeling ride.

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Gorgeous apples made into apple crisps that evening.

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There was also garden with peaches, tomatoes, peppers, onions, herbs, grapes, raspberries (gone by the time we were there), blueberries (also gone), squashes, and zucchinis. This little girl ate all the tomatoes she wanted, her favorite food.

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Girls practiced shooting basketballs.

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We had a whipped cream flight on our last day there. It was the highlight of the trip. Delicious and fun.

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Well, we had a lovely visit and didn’t want to come home. Now that we are home, we are getting back into the routine of things with our usual school, work, dance classes, and piano lessons. Things are still up in the air with Nathan’s dad. Some days are better than others. His sister is recovering pretty well from brain surgery but still suffers from short term memory loss. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for his family.

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I am trying to catch up on things and get back into making/crafting things. The holidays are fast approaching. I would like to be on top of things and enjoy the holidays if I could. You will be hearing from me soon. :)

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» Tell me… Where is your favorite place to visit? Where do your children like to go on vacation?

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3 Responses to “Here I Am!”

  • Kristen @ It Comes Full Circle

    Hi Tiffany! It’s nice to see you back on the blog. Sorry to hear about all the hard things you guys have been going through. Looks like there was lots of joy, too. :) I love the pretty Washington pics! Welcome back!

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  • Brett

    So glad to see you back in the blogging world! I am praying for your family as y’all go through this hard time.

    On a different note, I was so happy to see a picture of the Seattle Temple, that is where I received my endowments and Washington will always hold such a special place in my heart!

    And again, Congratulations on adding another little girl to your family! I can’t wait to see pictures, I’m sure she will be beautiful just like all your other little girlies!

    Well wishes to the Bird family! :)

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  • Deb

    Such a sweet blog. You guys are the best medicine Randy could have had. Loved all the photos and the memories they invoke. Congrats on another lucky female to be added to the brood. Much love to all.

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