Hermanas and Adios to Summer

Hope you had a great Labor Day!  Our weekend was full of friends, family, a voice teaching seminar, church, and The Home Depot.  Just the way we like it.  Also, our Home Depot visit(s) provided us with the motivation to kick off a little remodel.  Details soon…  🙂  

August was an exciting month for our families.  Mostly in the sister department.  I shall expound by way of bullet points:

  • My not-so-baby sister reported to the Missionary Training Center to begin her 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The MTC is a facility for the training of missionaries (hence the name).  😉  Members of the Church are able to serve as full-time missionaries at the age of 18 (men) or 19 (women).  It is an incredible program.  These missionaries put aside school, work, friends, etc. and focus only on serving God and His children all over the world for 18 months (women) or 2 years (men).  My sister was called to serve in Argentina, and she was SO ready and excited to go.  It has been inspiring to watch her prepare for this experience and to read her letters for the last few weeks.  She is learning so much about herself, her faith, and SPANISH.  I’m so proud of her!  
  • Shane’s sister reached her 8th month of pregnancy and will be having the first grandchild, niece, etc. in the family sometime in the next two weeks!  The end of the month was particularly exciting because the doc said that this sweet little babe could come anytime.  We’re so excited for them, and I can’t wait to be an aunt!! 
  • Another of Shane’s sisters received a call to serve a mission in Ohio!  She won’t leave for another few months, but we are so excited for her!!  She will be great.

It has been a wonderful summer.  And a busy one!  And although I’m looking forward to cool weather, holidays, crunchy leaves, lots of soup, and pumpkin stuff, I always miss the carefree days of summer when they draw to a close.  

On Family Vacations and Gratitude

Last month, Shane and I went on a nine-day vacation with my family to the Midwest. I can’t even remember the last time I got to spend nine whole days with my parents and siblings! It was so good. We flew into Kansas City and spent the first two days exploring sites that are significant in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in and around the Kansas City area. We walked a lot, learned a lot, and had a great time.

KCI Airport

Liberty Jail

Kansas City Temple

Sis and Dad at Marydale Inn

Far West

Shane and Kacee in Far West

The majority of our trip was spent in Nauvoo, Illinois, a beautiful little town on the Mississippi River, made up mostly of restored buildings from the 1840s. Nauvoo was the home of thousands of early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and my family (and Shane’s family!) has ancestors who lived and owned land in the area. It is such a special place.

Nauvoo Temple

Joseph and Hyrum Carthage

Carthage Jail

Barge on the Mississippi

Hotel Nauvoo

Dancing the Night Away

Joseph and Hyrum Nauvoo


Nauvoo Temple

Such an incredible trip.

Then two weekends ago, we had a chance to drive up to our Alma Mater and visit some friends and old professors. It was a quick trip, but it was so great to catch up, and we felt like we were coming home. The experience prompted a conversation between Shane and I about the people and opportunities that have made us who we are today. We owe a lot to the people we visited that weekend. Do you have those people in your life? People who brought you and your spouse together, or who changed your outlook on education or careers or family? Or who lifted you up during a really hard time? I’m grateful for those people. Who would we be without them?


Photos courtesy of my mama.  She’s the best.  ❤