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Monday, November 9, 2009

passing time

The days keep passing.

The kids and Ray just went for a bike ride to the park. We do love that about Utah. We can walk and ride are bikes on flat ground. If we were back home we would have to go up and down my hill, and well that is just not ok.

We have made an effort to be active everyday go for a walk or bike ride we would like to go swimming but have not gotten around to that yet. This has been fun for me and the kids. Of course they are active everyday but well I am not so much.

I also started a CNA program this month. It is a prerec. to my nursing program so I have to do it. It has been fun to go to class with Elizabeth.

We had a fun impromptu dinner/ gamenight last night. Everyone just kind of turned up. I made Potato Bar for us to eat and the grownups played Apples to Apples while children watched Harry Potter down stairs. It so reminded me of when Tammy and Todd lived in Eagle River and we would go over on Sunday nights and have dinner and Games. Only this time I am the big sister. It was alot of fun. Thanks for coming over.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween

Elizabeth and Miles were Horten hears a Hoo. (So Cute)
I Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween

Saturday, October 31, 2009


What have we been up to..... We got Library cards and home school fun.

What have we been up to .... We went to the Zoo

What have we been up to had Gabbys 6th Birthday at Pirate Island....So Fun!

What have we been up to we went to Grandma's Funeral and got to see the Globe theater
I spent a summer working here when I was in the 8th grade!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Home

We found a home!!! We get to move into it on the first. It has 4 bedrooms and a play room!! There will be room for everyone! Even for mom and Dad to stay when they come to visit. It is not a great big house it is actually a duplex but it had everything we will need. To be comfortable. We are so excited!! So now I can serch for good deals on furniture! I love shopping it has come at a good time with PFDs around the corner! What are you going to spend the yours on. I hope you get to do somthing fun not just pay bills.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Have you ever heard the story of Goldy Locks and the 3 bears. I feel like Ray and I are Goldy Locks going to all the little house apt. Houses and Duplexes in the happy valley from Spanish Fork to Pleasant Grove. Looking for the one that is just right. We have seen many. I know that the right one is out there some where.
Wish us luck.

Friday, September 11, 2009

We are here!!!

We have just rolled into Springville And guess who was here Grandma!!
Ya we are here!! We are here!! Ray drove through the Salt lake Crazy roads! I closed my eyes :)
So when we get more settled I will write more.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

We are no longer lost.

We are in Spokane WA we got here on Tuesday night. We had no trouble crossing the with out the correct documents I know the lord was watching over us. I did drive the trailer across which I have never driven the trailer before so I pat my self on the back for driving all the way to Spokane and through the city.
We have had a great time with Great Uncle Al He is Rays Grate Uncle He just turned 89 and is as spry as any 70 year old. He took us the the YMCA to go swimming and the Kids got to climb a rock wall. It was a very cool YMCA.
We were going to be out of here at 9:30 this morning but Mac ran into a problem with his O2 bottles so we stayed so Ray could do the heavy lifting. We are hopeful to get into Utah some time tomorrow or maybe Really late tonight but probably not.
I am Looking forward to the driving part of our adventure to end and the living part to start. although you really don't stop living when you are driving. We are still doing school reading writing and math every day in the car. and we have got to talk about the changer landscape and climate and geography so that has been fun.
Uncle Al is a wonderful mentor he has lived a wonderful life serving in WWII and has an amazing amount of knowledge that the kids and us love to listen to. I hope we can spend more time with him before we go back to Alaska. He has away with the kids that is uncanny I don't know if I can put it into words but we love You Uncle AL Thanks for letting us stay with you.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


OK So we are not lost but Ray's Planner which is his brain sense his head injury. was LOST OR STOLEN or both. We did not discover that it was gone until we had traveled 171 miles from our last stop. Frantically we search the cars the trailer but to no avail. We then used the gas guys phone to call Dawson Creek to our last stops but no luck. Now what to do? He has no picture ID no past port. We moved on until we go to Prince George we stopped here. At 5:00pm the kids were stunned. We are stopping already? the cries of delight where heard from behind us. they are out playing on the campgrounds play equipment.

We filed a police report of the LOST/STOLEN "Brain" planner of Rays and called the bank to let them know. now we can only cross our fingers that we can get across the border and someone will be a good sole and turn in our very important "Brain". So please pray for us.
On a lighter note here are some pics of our adventure this is us in Toke. Grandpa Mac bought us a cool bike rake for our bikes but it was breaking our bumper so we had to put them on top of his trailer anyway.

This is the Kids in Toad River

And yet another potty break.. You know that Garth Brooks song about stopping every hundred miles to call his girlfriend. well we are stopping every 100 miles to Pee..

Grandma Oborn got the girls Polly pockets for the trip they are a hit and there clothes also look good on Kyles toes

Sleepy Gabby

Wish us luck on the rest of our jurney Only 1700 miles to go

Saturday, September 5, 2009


OK I have some fun pics to post for you but the internet conection I am using is soooooo slow that it will not work so I will just say that we are on are way and are in Dawson Creek the end of the ALCAN it has been well....Fun? We have had three blown out tires 2 on our expidtion and 1 on Macs trailer. I have been well irritable. I think that is the nice way to say it. but I think we are all going to servive the jurney. We have seen buffolo herds and all the other fun animales that you would expect to see. I will wright more soon when we get a better conection.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

We are home

The Kids and Ray on Worthington Glacier
Gabby caught a fish!!

Fishing is Fun!

A boy and his Dad

We went for a Hike while Grandpa Mac and Ray went halibut fishing

Berry picking We had blue Berry pancakes for breakfast the next morning

Did someone say a boy and his stick

We camped right on the water it was so great.
It really makes me miss the glory days on the boat.
Every time Ray and I go to any port town we walk along the boat docks and think
of how great it would be if we could just sail away.

Monday, July 27, 2009

a wedding

Joe and Mom

Nic Ririe Kyle

Grandma and Gabby (she was the flower girl)

Eve Lily Gabby and Katie

The cake Tressa made it was beautiful!

There was dancing! How cute are they?

The cake

The first dance

The wedding party
Joe and Tot
best man is Joe's best friend Lee
The ring boy is Tots little brother
the maid of honor is tots little sister
and then there is Gabby the flower girl.
It was a beautiful wedding I hope Tot and Joe all the best.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


I am in Utah and it is hot!!!
I miss my family like crazy, I am looking at nursing schools down here. I don't know if I have Finlay lost my mind or if I am Finlay finding my path. the next few weeks will tell.
I am having so much fun with "the girls" and their cute little baby's.
I will post pics if I ever get batteries for my camera.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Priesthood blessing

Our heavenly fathers priesthood is here on the earth today. I know that. I don't kind of know I really know. The kind of know that can never be denied.

on 6-7-08 my life and that of my families was changed forever. I was witness to a true miracle.

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon. A good day my husband and my children had returned home from a baptism of a close friend. Ray my husband was asked to stand in the confirmation circle the next day all was well in the world.

Until it all fell apart. I found my husband lying in our driveway on his stomach I could not find a pulse he was not breathing. All of my medical training told me at a first glance that he was dead. I called 911 as I ran down the hill to him. I started CPR with my aunt we performed it for 8 min the worst 8 min of my life. The call went out to my family that Ray was dead that I was performing CPR.

The EMS arrived at the same time as my mother and father. The Ems worked on him for 15 min giving epinephrine and shocking his heart with a defibrillator 4 times.

As my father walked up my hill our eyes met and I told him Ray needs a blessing. He put his hands on his head and called his spirit back. This was not a showy act. but a simple blessing given in faith and with the power of the priesthood.

The Emt's got a heart rate back at this point and Ray was transferred to the hospital.

As the Doctors where going over his cat scans. our bishop and my father gave Ray a blessing. I was told that Ray was going to be brain dead that I should consider organ donation and make him as comfortable as possible.

Could this really be happening to me to my family. what about our 4 children how could they grow up with out a father?My family gathered around me I was given a blessing one that told me that the lord could not work with fear, that you could not have faith and fear in the same body.

As I looked at my eternal companion all hooked up to tubes and in a coma I felt the lords angels around me.

My 4 brothers-in laws and my father gave Ray a blessing the next night. One that told him he had his agency that the lord would give him a choice to finish his mission on earth or fulfill his mission in heaven. that our lord would counsel him but the choice was his.

My family left me alone with Ray as the monitors hummed we talked well I talked and I know that he listened. We had an Eternal marriage. No matter what choice Ray made for our family it was going to be the right one I had peace in my heart. I slept for the first time in 3 days that night. while Ray was still in coma.

when I woke up Ray was opening his eyes and responding it stimulation. The doctors were cautious they did not know how much brain activity would come back. More cat scans where done. NO Brain damage was seen.

How could this be? the Doctors could not say. But we know.

Today 1 year latter Ray is driving a car and taking caring his family.

I know that the priesthood is on the earth today as it was when the lord walked the earth. I know that only his will can be done and if it was not his will then Ray would not be with me today. but through the priesthood we are a eternal family and that is the lords plane for us.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

a picture is worth a thousand words

So if a picture is Worth a thousand words does it count as your words if you did not take the picture?

I have been looking forward to this day with batted breath. Really I have been holding my breath for the last 365 days.

I took a deep breath at 12:08PM today as the time came and past of Rays anniversary of his heart failure. To celebrate our family and what Ray and I have been calling "Rays not dead day" We had a "relative" small family Hot dog roast. last night and up at our house. It was a lot of fun the sun finally came out and graced us with its presence.

The sun stayed the night and continued to shine through our window when we woke this morning. Ray and I cuddled up and talked about how lucky we were to still be able to hold each other and how close we came to not having well...what we have. Happy.

We took a family vote and decided not to go to church and celebrate our happy day with the lords big church. the great out doors.

We drove up to hatcher pass with the intent to drive over the mountain. but the road was closed.
So the kids and Ray took a hike up the mountain while I waved and cheered them on from up about 1/4 way up.

I sat on a big rock I need to get into better shape. I contemplated this as I watched my husband who just 365 days ago was technically dead. run up the side of a mountain.

The lord works in the most wonderful ways.

My camera blinked the low batteries sign and turned off. So no personal pictures to share sorry.

Friday, May 29, 2009

My Deck

These are pictures from my deck. Have I told you about my deck I know that you have seen my deck in pictures. what I don't know is if you know that my deck is a gateway to a magical place that only my children can see.

Yes, I can bask in the glory that is the sun and mountain view and read my books and it is quite a splendid some grownups might say it is magical.

But when I sit out on my deck and bath my very white legs in the sun hoping that they will not look so pale when I go down to Utah in a few weeks. I can get a glimpse of the real magic place that is my deck.

I can hear the giggles and voices of my children as they explore this kingdom that I am no longer privy to in my grown up state.

the land of Hogwarts is most definitely out there in the trees of our front yard. and sometimes its a land of dragons and dragon riders.

How wonderful a place that is my deck.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

He got me flowers

He got me flowers!!!
Do you know how he got me flowers?
That's right he went to the store
How did he get to the store?
He drove his truck !!!
That's right he drove by himself I was not in the car.
and that makes me a free woman!!
This week is his last week in therapy and I do not have to drive him.
I can hardly believe it!
Our lives are never going to be the same as they were 1 year ago.
But this milestone is huge for us to be getting on with our life.
I love you Ray
thank you for being you.