Everything Will Be Alright

We haven’t written anything for a long time, mostly because we are just working all the time! So I thought we should update everyone. So here goes.

July is the month of birthdays in both of our families – 5 of our 6 nieces and nephews have birthdays in July, along with Nate’s brother, Josh, my grandma, Nate’s grandma, 2 aunts, and 2 cousins. First, we went to Deakin and Josh’s Birthday party (and saw an amazing moonrise on our way home):

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Then, the following week, we celebrated Mia, Joseph, and Christian’s birthdays at a Knight party, complete with obstacle course, all of the applicable weaponry, and one cute baby:

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Nate’s company let go half of his department, with the lion’s share of the additional work falling on his shoulders, so he’s been pretty stressed by all of that lately. I am back working at BYU in the Dance Department and also at Thanksgiving Point (lots of women = lots of drama!), in the Emporium – I work in the floral shop. Here are a few (crappy) photos I snapped with my phone’s camera of some of the arrangements I’ve done:

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I’m also still trying to do my business, and Nate and I have both been working on a number of freelance projects lately, so we’ve been pretty swamped. Here are samples of 3 of the projects we’ve been doing:

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Choosing Glory is a new book by our dear friend Lili Anderson (it goes on sale Monday at the BYU Bookstore, or it is available online through the author’s website – that Nate did – lilianderson.com) that everyone should really read. It was seriously difficult to keep myself from reading it as I was typesetting it. It’s chock full of great insights that can help all of us gain a little better perspective.

Getting used to our new ward has been pretty interesting. There are 168 children under 3 years old in the ward (!!!) and 5 nurseries. Needless to say, it’s quite a bit noisier than we’re used to. But we’re finally getting to know some people in our ward a little better and it’s starting to feel a little more normal. Nate has been called to be the Choir Director, and I’ve been called as the Gospel Principles teacher.

Right around the time of our wedding, my mom hurt her knee. She finally had knee surgery last week, so hopefully within a few weeks she’ll be pain-free and able to walk around again. Also, my dad has been really sick off and on for the past 6 months or more, but they couldn’t figure out what was causing the problems for him until about a week ago. They still don’t know the full extent of everything, but they have found cancer in his lungs and possibly also in his lymph glands. He goes in for surgery on Monday (the day after his 61st birthday) – they are going to try to remove what they can and try to figure out which tumors are malignant and which are not. We’re hoping and praying everything will be alright.

So in the midst of all of this, we heard about Peter Breinholt’s upcoming concert at the Sandy Amphitheatre. With everything going on, we just didn’t think we’d be able to make it. But I knew we needed to be there, so I surprised Nate with tickets.

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Throughout our courtship and our marriage, Peter’s song “Everything Will Be Alright” has been one of our favorites; one that has had great meaning to us. Right before our sealing in the temple, one of the workers who was helping us told us that if we would just keep holding hands and remember our covenants that “everything will be alright.” At the last minute, I secretly emailed Peter asking if there was any chance he could sing that song for us. He emailed me back and said that the band wasn’t prepared to do that song and it was too late to change the set, but that he would see if there was any way he could work it in. And, bless him, he did. He surprised Nate and sang our song for us, and it was just what we needed to hear.

So despite all of the busyness and the stress of our lives, we just wanted to let everyone know that we’re still alive and kicking—and that everything will be alright.

One Response to “Everything Will Be Alright”

  1. sandy says:

    Is this Maren who was at counselor at EFY like 14 years ago? I happened to stumble on to your blog and if it is that would be so cool!

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