Monday, December 15, 2014


Her name is 
Grace Estelle.

Birth Story is a nothing short of a miracle.
Like God's grace.
Details coming soon.
IN the meanwhile,
let's just say we are grateful for this tiniest bundle.

Sacred Granddaughter #1

This is the newest little grace from heaven:
Born 12/14/14
in Saudi Arabia
to our sweet Danielle and Mr. Idaho.

No name yet...
but we're in love.
Oh man.
We are in love!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Birth Story: Ryker Scott

See this little visitor from heaven?
He's the newest yahoo in our family.
Born to my oldest son David Scott and his beautiful wife, Tisha
in Boise, Idaho.
This is his birth story:

I get the privilege of being invited to attend births as a doula and always always enjoy those exciting, wondrous births--each birth is a complete miracle--but you can imagine my delight at being at the birth of a grandchild! Oh man, it is just the BEST thing ever!
I was especially grateful to be invited by my daughter-in-love, Tisha to attend her labor and delivery of this very-much-prayed-for-child last month.
The due date was originally Halloween--but it came and went like most first baby due dates go and rather than wait for him to be born and go, I decided to just book the trip and {crossing my fingers}
I'd make it for the birth or at least be there to help if he came before I got there!  {Babies are so tricky!}
So I booked the flight and got to spend a couple of days with our sweet kids before they became parents for the first time.

I arrived on Saturday, it was actually Tisha's birthday and we went to a fun little restaurant, Bardenay, in downtown Boise. The weather was great--hard to believe it was November! {A change was coming though as they got record snowfall on Thursday & Friday of that coming week.}  We made a run to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods and drove around the tree-lined ,fall-colored city streets and then headed to their home in Kuna.
Sunday we went to Church--where our sweet Tisha endured many many many many exclamations of "You're STILL pregnant?"  "Aren't you DUE?"  "Are you ever having that baby?"  Tisha just smiled through it all like a Champ.  
Later that day, we went along the riverwalk and took some pictures:

Aren't they so....I don't know. Just lovely.
My son has been so blessed with this sweet woman at his side. We love them both so much.
And they've been so so ready for this baby to come to their home...they've been patiently trying to become parents for years.
Many prayers went heavenward for them.
I can't even tell you how many prayers have been offered, how my own heart has pleaded for their cause. It has been a long journey. to say the least.

So we just enjoyed each other--David Scott and I stayed up way too late in the evenings to catch-up--I haven't had him all to myself since before he got married nearly 7 years ago...and it was so fun! I laughed so hard, I hurt! He is the funniest person I know.  We stayed up talking and sharing music, youtube videos, scriptures, goals, all of it--one topic segueing into another until exhaustion crept in and we had to go to bed.

Tuesday morning we went with Tisha to her last doctor's appt. He placed a foley catheter to get her cervix opened.  I'd only barely heard of a foley catheter and holy smokes! was it great for Tisha!
Worked like a charm.
When we showed up Wednesday morning for the full-induction, she was already 6cm dilated!
We arrived at 6:07am and got started...St. Luke's Regional Medical Center is awesome! It's where I got my training as a Doula years ago--it's a progressive hospital and it shows! The care is evident and the technology is so so spot on for patients.
So while we waited for labor to really get going, we all took turns guessing Baby Boy's weight:
Dr. W: 7.8 oz.
Nurse Natasha: 9.0
David Scott: 8.2
Tisha: 8.5
Gramza: 8.11
Nurse Noreen: 9.2
Around 8:30, Dr. W decided to break was clear--n' that's always good.
About an hour later, Tisha made the executive decision to get an Epidural ASAP.
Once that was done, I decided to ask the almost-parents a few questions for Baby Ryker;
"What do you want to teach Ryker someday?"
David Scott: "How to field strip an AR-15." {laughs}
"--to love music"  "that we love him no matter what" "to love education & learning" "to love to learn about other cultures".
Most of the time was spent laughing--David Scott scored big time when he married someone who loves to laugh at his humor.

Around 2:15pm Tisha could feel the baby moving down and lots of pressure--which is always a good thing! The Epidural wasn't cutting it, so fortunately for Tisha, the Anesthesiologist on call, was a friend from church--so he got right in and gave her another med that kicked in and did the trick.

About then we all started making guesstimates of what time Baby Ryker would deliver:
Tisha: 3:55pm
David Scott: 4:30pm
Gramza: 5:00pm

First babies can take some time making their way down the birth canal--Tisha was always composed and smiling. I haveta say, she was a model patient. She did all that was suggested to help her body get through labor and delivery, with a smile on her face.  Her only request was pillows. Lots n lots of pillows--probably 6-9--under each shoulder, neck, back and legs...looking like she was laying in a bed of marshmallows.

As the end of her birthing experience was nearing, I wrote down in my doula journal:
"I am reminded of the day David Scott was born: that was a long, hard birth...and here I am, at his wife's side as their firstborn comes into world. Amazing."

Life gives me little gifts once in awhile.  Is it like that for everyone?, I wonder.  these little graces that flow from heaven, sent to wash over us with joy and peace...sometimes we don't see them coming, you know? But they come...and man, does it feel wonderful to witness a miracle. To see that life really is a circle of events that connect us to each other and to Heavenly Father.

So finally it was time to PUSH! My favorite part of labor IS the delivery!
I let our girl know that, while it's common for nurses and doctors to "count" thru the pushing contractions, I've learned that it's not what's best for ME to do as the doula--I whisper in her ear, encouragements to breathe, to relax her face, to let her jaw relax, to focus on where/how to push.
I do not "count"...I support.
That's how it went--David Scott counted and Nurse Noreen counted--I whispered, supported, wiped a warm brow and beck with a cool cloth, and held a leg...we only had to do that for an hour and a half and before we knew it, little boy was born!

The cord was looped around his little neck and under his arm, but once that was taken care of, he let out a nice cry and had a story to tell! SO cute! What was so so cute was Tisha's reaction to it all: she just giggled and laughed--which if you knew Tisha, is exactly a very "Tisha" thing to do.  While David Scott and I got a bit choked up, Tisha just beamed with joy!!
The most beautiful look in the world is that kind of joy in a new mother's is incomparable.
Time of Birth: 5;23pm,  Wgt.: 9lbs. 2oz. {thanks, Jen!}

So here's the latest of our newest joy:

Isn't he just delicious?
Welcome to the world, little Rykes...we've been waiting for you!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Salt Lake Temple Wedding Pics

 The whole gang minus Dean: Tisha, David Scott, Joseph, Diana, Judson, Dara, Arianna, Dani (several mos. pg) & Isaac, and Garrett & Brad.
With the newlyweds in the middle, and Kent & I on the sides, we are flanked by "our" missionaries, 
L: Eric & Sarah R: Michael & Stacy

Back row: Sil Jennah, Cousin Abi, Fmr Mission Comp Kaitlyn, SIL Colby, FMC Taila, SIL Tisha
Front row: Dani, Ari, Dara, the Bride Diana, FMC Julia, FMC Joyce, SIL Laura

me & my girl

Thursday, November 6, 2014

We're Already Dancing!

Besides the Wedding, 
We've been busy:

Been making them alot lately.
(My apologies to actual florists.)
My friends have been bringing me stems they like,
and I'm putting them together for a modest fee.
I'd like to take a class someday and learn how to really do it,
like a Pro-fesh-on-elle.
But. Until then...I'm a WIP.

I'm also refinishing kitchen cabinets with my business partner, Susan.
It is so busy, we have to limit ourselves to TWO kitchens a month.
We are super busy!
Here is a BEFORE:

And the After:

Here are two Afters:



And did I mention I'm still staging and un-staging homes?
Yes, I am!
At one point this past August, we had 16 homes staged.
Most of those are sold now,
but we have recently staged some beauties!


We also got to see these awesome yahoos at the wedding:
David Scott & Tisha--who is due any day with their first baby!
In fact, I'm flying to Boise this weekend so I don't miss it!

Mr. Idaho and Dani & their boys + Dani is due with their 3rd in December. I'll be flying to Saudi Arabia for that birth too!

My niece, Abi, came to the wedding from upstate Georgia, to join in the fun!
Sucha a fun girl!
"Pearls are always a good idea."~ Abi
(be still my southern heart)

Diana's former missionary companions, sisters, sister-in-laws, and cousin, Abi.
We had a baby shower for Dani and Tisha at the hotel, 
the night before the wedding too!

(Abi helping make the bridesmaid bouquets)

I haveta say the wedding was so chill. 
Yes, there was lots of running around,
late nights, and all that goes with a wedding--
but seriously, the hardest part was 
packing up and saying "good-bye" to
 all of the kids who don't live here anymore.
We had the best time together!

And here's some of my Yahoos on Halloween:

Oh and we also celebrated Dean's Bday....wayyyy back in August:
He's stable right now. We see him about every other weekend. Mostly, he's quiet, but smiley.
He did not go with us to Utah for the wedding, and that was hard, but he was here for the Open House so that was good. He looked so handsome too.

I've been busy.
Sometimes it's alot to keep up with, 
but as the saying goes, 

So we're dancing!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Diana's Wedding Video by David Perry Films

Our daughter's special day captured in a uniquely beautiful way:

Formal Introduction by Mr. David Perry:

Last year I took my family on a LDS church history tour. While touring the Peter Whitmer Home near Palmyra, NY I met two sister missionaries. I had just filmed in the Sacred Grove the door before and showed them that clip on my iPhone and they started following my work.Fast forward 11 months and I'm filming Sister Johnson's wedding! Even more interesting is that Judson (Elder Stoddard) was a missionary in the same mission at the same time. It's really amazing how when we follow God, He leads us to wonderful places :).