about us

Welcome to the chronicles of our family of six, mostly from my (Jeannie’s) perspective. Here you will find my take on parenting mishaps and triumphs, the many antics of our four silly children, recipes I never want to forget, and thoughts on the events that have shaped my faith and the misadventures that have made me laugh. We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, are advocates for adoption and foster care, and have children with serious medical conditions: Viral Induced Asthma and Complex Congenital Heart Defects. Life for us is crazy, but full of love and laughter.

I started this blog in September 2008 after realizing that I had no system for storing our family history. No journal, no written record of any kind that would allow us to remember what we were or where we were going. I was lousy at even maintaining a reliable Christmas newsletter. Could I leave to chance that one of us would always recall that we went pumpkin picking every October up at Avila Valley Barn, or that we got a scoop of Thrifty’s ice cream after soccer games, or the specific events that led to the addition of each child? Some moments are just not meant to be lost.

And so the goal is to keep a better record of the wonderful things about our family—the joys and trials we experience—so that we can, perhaps, realize even now that we really do enjoy this time in our lives. Maybe our kids will one day read through these accounts and see that, despite all the nagging to go to sleep already and to stop leaning back in their dining chairs, we were happy to be parents.

Thanks for sharing in part of our journey.


Family picture 2013

 Colin, Jeannie, Warren, Jake, Joe, and Maddie

 Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

2 thoughts on “about us”

  1. Hi,

    First, please allow me to thank you for what you are doing and the hope and love you are spreading to all who are lucky enough to find out about you and your family.

    Second, I am a Photo Editor and I am interested in speaking to you about images of Colin participating in Tough Mudder competition.

    Please contact me at the email I provided.

    I look forward to speaking with you.


  2. Hi.
    You guys are special, and I know GOD is always with you. I happened to find your page after I started searching on Fontan. My son was operated for BT shunt when he was 24hrs old, then Glen, when he was 1 years old, and right now he is in ICU post fontan at 4 years. It’s pretty much the same for us. We understand your pain, and I wouldn’t disturb you. We wish Maddie the best of life. Please have a strong faith in God. His each and every action is meant for our own good. Regards. Sushant, Bangalore, India

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Reflections on our family's joys & trials