Wednesday, August 27, 2008

So Blessed

It seems like everywhere I turn bad things are happening to such good people. Heartache. Much, much heartache. Tragedy. Sorrow. My heart breaks for you. I feel so helpless. I wish there were more I could do to take the pain away. It's then that I have to realize God's hand in it all. I'm not saying that it's always God that makes it happen. I know that's not the case. Things happen that we do not understand. Accidents happen. But, God knows each of us and is there. His love is incomprehensible. He will never never leave us alone. That is many times, the only way to get through the many challenges of life. Only He can really take the pain away.
These things have really made me stop and appreciate my many blessings. It has reminded me how precious relationships really are. How we just never know how long we have or the people we love have on the earth. Shame on me for forgetting these things. But I am thankful to have the chance to tell others I love them. To squeeze them a little tighter. To say nice things. To serve with a smile. Because you just never know what life throws at you. And I never want to be in a position again where someone that meant a lot to me didn't know how I felt and it was too late.

I feel so incredibly blessed to be a mother. Before I had Ruby, all I seemed to focus on was how hard it was going to be or all the freedoms I would lose. Bad Carrie. Yes, it has its hard moments, but man. I would not trade those moments for anything. I cannot imagine my life without Ruby. She has brought so much sheer JOY into my life that I never really expected.

Things that have happened the last week or so have really made me stop and enjoy her. Play with her. Look at her. Kiss her. Not just look forward to her naps so I have time to get things done. Those things don't matter. It's those moments with your kids, your friends, your family that really matter.

I am so thankful for a loving husband who is so supportive and who loves his little girl so much. I couldn't do it without him. I hope you know how much I love you, Nick.

I am so thankful for an amazing family of parents, brothers and sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law... you are so strong. I look up to each of you and wish I could give you a big squeeze. And I especially love all my darling nieces and nephews. Kisses! It kills me we are all so far apart. We can't wait for Baby Caroline's arrival! She is sure to be just as beautiful as her mom and sisters!

I love each of you so much. I am so thankful for the knowledge I have that families can be forever.

Our little Sarah--you are such a precious, beautiful angel girl. Know how much we love you! We are praying for you and your family. May God fill your home and hearts with His love.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Suit Got You Down?

Did anyone else see the Australian women's basketball uniforms? Yep. Spandex unitards. What the shistershire??? Didn't get the memo. I expected them to hop over some hurdles as they dribbled down the court.

Lashes & Legs

Oh Ruby. If you only knew how many girls are going to hate on you because of your eyelashes. I swear they just keep getting thicker and blacker and longer! Lucky girl! People are always commenting on them, and I have to admit-- I think they're pretty awesome. I'm jealous.

I finally got a picture of Ruby with her ankles crossed. She ALWAYS has them crossed--bath time, eating playing, you name it. She is our proper little lady.

Anchors Away

Our old bishop, Bishop Infanger, and his wife gave this cute little sailor dress to Ruby right before we moved to Washington. I busted it out for church today, and what a cute little sailor she was! It probably would've looked cuter without the onesie underneath, but little miss has such sensitive skin that she would have had a massive rash without it.
Can you believe it? Ruby actually smiled for the camera! Usually she is so enthralled with it that she just gives a blank stare.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

What the Equestrian?

Is it just me or does anyone else think that Equestrian is the most RANDOM Olympic sport? I turned on the Olympics the other day to find a woman (who looked like a man) sitting on her horse in one of these funny little outfits and the horse was just walking. No jumping, no tricks... just walking in a half-circle. Oh, but then it got exciting--the CANTER. I think that Jerry Seinfeld's "swimming and strangle-a-guy" fits in the Summer Olympics much more than Equestrian. Plus, maybe then we'd get to see Michael Phelps win another gold medal.

Our little Ruby

Introducing the newest member of the Warner clan--little Miss Ruby Warner. There are many of you who haven't even met her yet. She was born March 16, 2008. This is Ruby when she was just a day or two old.

Ruby at about 6 weeks old.

Ruby on her blessing day. She wore the beautiful pink eyelet and lace dress that I wore when I was blessed! My mom even made it! She looked so gorgeous! What a perfect day.

Ruby at about 2 months old at Greg & Kristen's wedding in May.

Ruby at 4 months old on our trip to Fillmore for the 4th of July.
Isn't she just delicious?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Miss Lake Chelan

Last week we went up to the cabin at Lake Chelan. It's definitely one of the most beautiful places on earth. After Ruby's nap, I strapped on her pineapple swimsuit and fabulous shades. She was a complete bathing beauty. We had to at least dip her toes in the water...

Yep. She screamed. But man, it was cute.

Happy Anniversary!

It's true, everybody. Nick & I have now been happily married for 3 big ones! We were married August 12, 2005 in the Salt Lake Temple. I love this picture of our wedding day. We are both grinning from ear to ear. Pretty sure I was laughing a good portion of this pose with the photographer because I expected Nick to drop me any second. This picture also describes our life now. I can honestly say that we are even happier today than we were on our wedding day. So much has happened in just three short years that has strengthened our relationship and added so much joy. And one thing is for sure--being married to Nicholas M Warner is definitely an adventure!

I often underestimated Nick because of the 2-inch height difference between us. However, Nick is such a giant of a man with his goodness, determination, love of adventure, handyman skills, strength, work ethic . . . the list goes on. I am so thankful to be married to such a great man! He is such a good fit for me. He believes in me and supports me. He really is my best friend and I couldn't be happier! I am so glad that I get to experience all of life's crazy adventures with him!

Here are the flowers that Nick gave me for our Anniversary. Nick NEVER gives me flowers, so it was a big deal when he showed up to our house with them! I had fun arranging them in this vase.