This year has been a fast and eventful one. We had a great year with many blessings. I am no longer working and am attending school full-time at Yavapai College, in the dental hygiene program. Donnie is still attending school and he is doing great, he is also volunteering at Asher's school on Fridays. The kids are all growing so fast but they are healthy and happy and the center of our world. We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and the greatest of New Years. We love you and thank you for everything that you do for us on a regular basis. Christmas was great this year, we stayed home and Santa spoiled us. Grammie and Grampie came from California to spend some time with the kids. Eden has 450 pictures that she took on her new camera that her Grammie gave her to prove it. My baby turned 1 years old this year. I can't believe that he is so big and getting bigger everyday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to my big boy. Grandpa John and the kids Asher 5 years old Eden 4 years old Rachel 18 months Zeb 9 months Eden played soccer this fall and she was good at it. There were only 3 kids that consistently showed up which is good since they only played three kids at a time. She was a bully on the field to say the least. Asher played soccer this fall and well lets just say it was a challenge but his dad got to be his coach which I think Donnie enjoyed it more than he did. It was a challenge to say the least but we are hoping that it is a better experience next year. Because Asher started school this year we wanted Eden to have something all her own so we put her in gymnastics. She loves it and she is really good at it. She had her first meet in October and the judge said that she is as strong as an ox. We hope to see her go far because she is a natural. Asher started his first day of school in August. He started at a public school and then two weeks into school we moved him to a charter school where he is doing remarkably well. We knew that he had a few issues but we have found out that he has severe ADHD, and he is a little OCD which doesn't help. We really like his new school and Donnie is able to volunteer there every Friday which is good for Asher. I tried not to cry but I couldn't help it.
July 3, 2004 Boston Temple Boston, MA It has been a fun and adventurous ride and I am glad that I have been able to experience it all with you. It has been 6 years and counting I hope that the next six years are full of such love and friendship. I Love you always and forever.
Rachel Marie Hewes came to us on the 30th day of January 2009. She made her arrival at 6:16 am. She wieghed 6 pounds 13 onces, and was 19 1/2 inches long.
Worlds best big brother
Asher LOVES being a big brother (to Rachel). He loves to help out, holding, feeding, kissing, and even changing diapers.
One of the worlds big sisters
And then there was Eden... I think she is a little jealous about not being the baby anymore. Eden likes to help out too, poking in the eye, hitting on the head, and shaking her sister. Plus I think that she just doesn't grasp the concept of gentle.
Asher, Eden, Rachel
And now there are THREE
We do love our little ones no matter what. You do have to admit we make cute kids.
Third Time Dad
Being a dad has taught me more than any other experience that I have had, and I have had a few. The joy that is felt when you feel instant love. When a child is born you love them so quick you think "is it even possible to love so much so fast".
Mommy and Rachel
How could this not be worth it?
It was a very long night and the longest birth of all three of my children, but the result was a beautiful baby girl sent to us from our Heavenly Father. I didn't think that I could love anyone else but when I first saw this little girl I knew that I loved her and that the Lord loved me for trusting me with her.
"...he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.... And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones."
"You are to be the ROYAL ARMY of the Lord in the last days."
"You are 'YOUTH OF THE NOBLE BIRTHRIGHT"
Asher had a big day on Sunday at church. He had his first day as a Sunbeam. It was also the first time that we have ever had a hard time getting him to go to Primary. Finally what got him to go was that his dad told him that they get to sing alot more songs in the big primary than in nursery. He is defenately his mother's son.
"These I will make my rulers..."
Eden also had a big day at church on Sunday, she is now in Senior nusery. Granted she spent most of the time in class with her mom. I think that the change in teachers was hard on her but who knows what runs through that little girl's head. She is defenately her father's daughter!
Trip to California
For Christmas this year our family went to California for ten days.
Mommy and Eden
While we were there we were able to go visit a couple of the areas that Donnie served in on his mission.
We recieved the newest addition to our family before we came home, DAVIDSON, thank you Carol-Ann and Will.
The newest member of the Family
The kids spent alot of time with their Grammie and Grampie and of course their cousin Dillon.