Our Eternal Family

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Well I guess that it is about time that I update my blog. We have had an addition to our family. On October 10, 2001 at 1809, our second little boy was born. Channing Owen Freeman weighed 6.9 lbs. and was 19 inches long. He is just a little guy. I thought for sure he was going to be my biggest baby, but he wasn't.
I went into Timpanogos Hospital at 2:00pm for my induction. I was very blessed to have my friend Paige as my nurse. She is a special girl. We work together and it was a blessing to be taken care of someone I know and trust. She started me on Pitocin at 2:30pm. I started contracting every 2 minutes within 15 of the Pitocin starting. I received my Epidural at 4:00pm. After the epidural was working I was checked and progressed from 3cm when I was admitted into the hospital, to a 4cm. I was a little bumbed thinking I was farther along. Then at 5pm Dr. Ollerton came to rupture my membranes. As he was checking me he said my membranes had already ruptured and that I was now 5 cm in dilation. Again I thought for sure I would be farther along. Then about 5:30 Greg told me to call my parents and have them come down with the kids. I told him that they will be bored waiting. He kept insisting so I called them and they came about 5:50pm. When my parents arrived I was experiencing some pain. My friend Paige checked my and I was 10cm. YAY!!!! Greg must have been inspired because if my parents would not have come when they did they would have missed the birth of Channing. Channing was born at 6:09 pm. It was a miracle. He was perfect. I cried tears of joy and gratitude, along with Greg. There is nothing like the spirit that is present when a new little spirit is brought into this world. What a blessing I have had to experience this four times in my life. What a blessing to have had four healthy babies as well. Benjamin, Kaleigh, and Addison were so excited for him to come. Benjamin has been a great big brother. He constantly, and I mean constantly is holding and kissing Channing. Sometimes I have to ask him to stop because his little brother needs SOME sleep. Benjamin was meant to be the oldest. I know this by his tenderness and his ability to love so easily. His younger siblings are very blessed to have him as a big brother. Kaleigh has been caught a few times carrying Channing around. She loves to put him on her chest with his head on her shoulder. She is so cute with him. She will hold him and be content for a long time. The day I got home from the hospital Benjamin and Kaleigh came upstairs with me and laid in my bed with Channing in the middle of them. They cuddled with him for at least a half an hour. It was very special to witness. Addison has also fell in love with her little brother. She looked just like him when she was born. Which means we have two Greg look alikes. She is a big helper. She loves her "Baby Channing." When I was still pregnant she would come up to me and tell me she loved me and she would immediately kiss my tummy and tell me she loved Baby Channing too. She was holding him the other day and fell asleep. It was so precious. Greg and I have been enjoying having this beautiful little boy. Greg takes pride that Channing looks like him. I think it is so cute. Greg loves to smell him and kiss him. I love seeing Greg so happy.
I am very grateful for my parents for coming and spending time with our family. I know that it was a sacrifice for them to miss a week of work and to run around after my little ones. They stayed a whole week and I loved it. My mother did laundry, cooked, and cleaned. Thank you Mom. You are my life saver. My dad, of course, spoiled the children. He made homemade rootbeer and it was yummy. My dad also fixed about a million things in our home as well. I have had a "honey to do list" for a while now, but Greg has been working so hard with work and the yard that he hasn't been able to focus on the house. My dad fixed several things for us and I am very grateful. Mikaela, my niece came with them and it was wonderful to have her here as well. She fits in so well with our family and she is like a big sister to my girls. Benjamin and Mikaela are also best friends. I have enjoyed having her here as well. Well, I have had many blessings this month. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for sending us Channing. He has a special spirit I can feel already. I get very emotional when I hold him because I have realized, looking at Benjamin, how fast they grow. I don't want this part of my life to ever end. I love having my children in my arms and at my side. I feel so grateful for the opportunity my Heavenly Father has granted to me to help with bringing his children to this earth. I pray with all my heart that I will not disappoint Him. I pray that I will have the strength, courage, and ability to raise my children the way my Heavenly Father would want me too. I want my children to know by the way that Greg and I love them and raise them that they are children of God, and that he loves them and knows them. I know this is true. I know that Jesus Christ knows them as well. I know that he has suffered and endured for me and my family. How blessed I am and my family is to have this knowledge.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Well I better catch up my blog. I have been getting a lot of slack from family and friends. So I recommit to staying current......well maybe I shouldn't promise. Well this video was taken of my little girls playing with their Reggedy Ann dolls that my mother made them. It is very cute. I am not biased at all.

Here are my little ones during our own personal Christmas program. Kaleigh insisted in putting a blanket under her shirt so she could be pregnant like Mary. Benjamin is getting a little "old" for dressing up. Then there is my little Addie. She was our little "angel."

Here are my cuties waiting in our bed to go open Christmas presents. We love to read the Christmas Story before we open our presents.

Benjamin and I were so lucky to go to an overnight field trip to Clear Creek. This is a facility owned by Alpine School district. We had so much fun together. I love him.

Here is Greg and I at a BYU game.....Yes, a BYU game. Never thought I could get Greg to convert from an Oklahoma fan....

Kaleigh is in preschool. It is done by three other pretty ladies and myself. We switch off houses every month. It has been so much fun.

I have been so blessed. Greg started working in a different position at work. He loves what he is doing now and loves the people he works with. It is so wonderful to see the blessings of his hard work. He has succeeded in so many ways. I am grateful for him and his sacrifices he makes for our family. He is also a wonderful priesthood holder. I am grateful for that gift in our home. He is an example of righteousness. Thank you honey.......

Well, my little Ben is growing. He is doing well in 5th grade. He will get his "Arrow of Light" next month at Pack meeting. I am so proud of him. He loves scouts and it is fun to see him so excited.

Kaleigh is a special little girl. We had to give her Snow White Sparkles (her little kitten) and Eclipse (Snow White's mother) away for various reasons. She was heart broken. She still is. She wants to be a dancer and a veternarian when she grows up. She loves her family. Everything is always so "cute" to her. She keeps telling me that she wants flowers for her birthday because, "they are soooo beautiful." Greg is planning on getting her one for Valentines Day. So "cute."

Addie is changing so much. She loves to sing and dance. It is so precious. She loves singing, "I Love to See the Temple." She has become a cuddle bug. She is a big helper too. She loves to help me unload the dishwasher. It is wonderful help. I love having her as a part of our family.

I am doing well. Serving in primary and working a little too. I love being with my children. It has been such a blessing. We are ready for Spring to arrive. It gets hard being stuck in the house. We have had some cold days. It has been fun snuggling while watching a movie though.

We received a "Snow Man Kit" for Christmas from a friend. Here is our gorgeous Snow Man. We named him "Stud Man." It snowed the other day and it was so pretty. The sun was shining as it was snowing and the snowflakes sparkled. It was amazing.

Well we couldn't be better. We are having fun and learning a lot about our Heavenly Father. We have been focusing on the stories in the Book of Mormon. Their little memories amaze me. I hope and pray that I will be inspired and directed on how to be the best mom for them. Recently, I have felt the importance of the responsibility given to me to raise these spirit children of my Heavenly Father. I strive daily to be the best I can and to be what my Heavenly Father planned for me to be. I know that with my faith and desire to be who I was designed to be that I will accomplish all that has been stored for me. I am so grateful for the gospel and the strength it gives to me.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

My girls singing Taylor Swift

Freeman Fun In The Sun

We have had a busy summer. Lots of fun full of good times. Kaleigh and Addy have been keeping
me busy. We have been growing a garden and the girls have been having fun helping to keep the weeds down. We started off with a cooler summer, but without fail, it has heated up. We have gone fishing, been to storytime, hiking, been on plenty of picnics, visited museums, water parks, played outside, played inside, and reading. Last week we were able to go up to Brigham City for Grandpa Dean's funeral. It was wonderful to see family. Greg and I discussed how blessed we are to know about the Plan of Salvation. We noticed at the funeral that there were tears shed, but there was also laughter when reminising about Grandpa's life. The gospel allows for us to understand that we will be able to see the ones that pass away again, after this life. What a wonderful blessing to have this knowledge. We were grateful for the opportunity we had to see Greg's cousins, Aunts, Uncles, and especially immediate family.
Benjamin is in Las Vegas for the summer visiting family. We miss him dearly. It has been hard on the girls. When I rock Addy to sleep she tells me she wants me to sing her a song about
Benjamin on the airplane coming home. So I have
to make up a song that talks about Ben-Ben
coming home. She starts to cry, so I stop, then she tells me to keep singing. I dont' understand,
but I know that she misses him and loves him. We are able to talk to him almost every day
which makes it much easier. He isn't much of a
"phone" talker, but neither am I. He says he is having a lot of fun. What more can I ask for?
Kaleigh is learning how to write her name. She is doing very well. She likes to write it backwards, which is pretty funny. She is a smart little girl. She loves to color and loves reading
books. I hope she continues loving to read. She is a wonderful sister to Addy. Kaleigh will run to
her when she gets hurt and will put her arms around Addy. Addy often prefers Kaleigh over
me. To cute!!! I am not jealous at all....well
maybe a little. Kaleigh loves playing with her
many friends. I have to remind her that she
doesn't always need to play with friends. She
doesn't believe me. Wonder why? Kaleigh is a
social butterfly. We enjoy having her in our
family. I love having conversations with her, it is
very enlightening. We are going to start a neighborhood preschool this year with a few other families. I am excited, and so is Kaleigh.
Addy is growing like a beautiful flower. She has had a very interesting year. In March she had to visit the ER for a visit. Kaleigh and Addy were playing with my exercise weights. Unfortunately, one of them fell on her little toe. We had to rush
to the ER and have the MD stitch it back on. My
little Addy was very brave. It was hard I have to
admit. Even though I am a nurse, it is definitely
harder to see your own child hurt. She has had a
little bit of anxiety when left with anyone besides
Mom or Dad. I guess that is expected after all
she went through. We
have started
to potty train. It has been a little difficult. Addy loves to sit
on the toilet, but she doesn't understand that she sits on it
when she goes to the bathroom. I guess I need to give her
some credit. She has gone in the potty a few times, but not
when since we have been more seriously training her. Oh,
well, she will get it......hopefully. Addy loves to count her
numbers. When she is not listening I will count: 1,2, 3... to warn her that consequences are about to occur. So
now when I
giving Kaleigh a warning, Addy will start to count
with me. Which makes hard for me to refrain
from laughing.
Greg is doing well. He is taking some online classes for his resume. He is working hard to provide for our family. I am grateful for him and
the sacrifices he makes for our family. He is still serving in the Teacher's Quorum. He has been
struggling with his asthma recently. He realized that he is getting old.....or older. He still can
dunk a hoop though. Pretty awesome, if you ask me. He has been working hard on our garden
all summer. He has a "green thumb." We have been very blessed with great harvesting. We
have been enjoying lettuce, peas, and strawberries. Soon we will have carrots, pumkin,
tomatoes, corn, onions, peppers, potatoes, and
watermelon. Yummy. Greg provides well for his
family. Thanks, honey!!!
I have been busy, but happy. I started the process of going back to school this summer but after trying to study to test out of a class, I
realized that I don't have much time to study, so
I decided I will have to wait a little longer to be a
nurse instructer. I am doing what I need to be
doing a this time as a mother. Which I love and
I am grateful to do. I am working at the hospital again, in Labor and Delivery. I love it, even
better, I only work a few times a month. Enough for a little extra money, and a get away.
I have been able to read a lot this summer. Which I love!!!!! It is nice to escape into a book
once in a while.
I am grateful for the gospel. I have been reading a book called, First 2000 Years. It is about
the first 2000 years, from Adam. I have learned sooooo much. I love gaining gospel knowledge
for it reminds me of the importantance of being righteous and enduring to the end. I love having
that opportunity. I love when I receive an answer after searching. I love the impressions that I receive from the Holy Ghost. I love my
Savior, and my Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for the divine gift of being a mother to a
few of his precious spirits. My joy is so great for
this opportunity. I am grateful for my husband and the experiences this life has given to us to
become closer and grow together. I am grateful!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I am embarrassed because it has been so long since I have posted anything on my blog. We had computer problems and now we finally have a new computer!!! Yeah!!! I have been keeping a journal, so I am going to just start from here on out.

This past week we went up to St. George, Utah, for a Freeman family reunion. It was blast. we rented a big home and split the cost between all the siblings. We arrived on Friday, April 2. On our way down to St. George we drove through Kolob. It was beautiful.

When we arrived at the house we unpacked and picked out our room. The kids went swimming and we ate some yummy pizza, that Aunt Heidi made. Saturday we had our Easter Egg Hunt. It was fun.

The kids received a bunch of candy.
We also went swimming and just hung out. It was very relaxing. Sunday was Easter. We had a

very delicious dinner with the famous Ham Balls, that Grandma Freeman makes. The kids received their Easter baskets. Benjamin came up to me and asked me, "Mom are you and Dad the Easter Bunny?" Well, we had that talk. He left our conversation smiling, hopefully that is a
good sign. Monday we took Greg into the Urgent Care because he was having a hard time breathing. He was diagnosed with Asthma and was given a breathing treatment. He also received an inhaler. When we returned home we swam and played games. Tuesday was the trip to Zion National Park. Unfortunately, Greg wasn't feeling good and really didn't want to have to take the two little ones (Kaleigh and Addie) on a hike, so we stayed home as a family. We went to In and Out Burger and played minature golf. It was very fun to be together. Wednesday we packed up and met my parents for lunch. They drove up from Las Vegas to pick up Benjamin. It was so wonderful to see them. We also stopped by the St. George Temple and took some pictures. We went into the Vistor's Center to see all the displays. It was a nice way to end our trip.

I am soooo grateful for family. I have been so blessed with my family and Greg's family. We are surrounded by the gospel and family who are also living righteous lives. I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for the blessings he has placed in my life. I am grateful for being a mother. I am grateful to have the scriptures to learn and grow closer to my Savior. How blessed we are to live in this dispensation. I heard a quote during General Conference this weekend. I can't remember who stated it but it went like this: "Two men can do anything, when one of them is the Lord." I testify of this and the truthfulness of the companionship that is available to all of us if we seek it and hold on to it. I am grateful for this knowledge.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Well I feel sad that it has been so long since I have updated my blog. We have had many adventures since July.
July 4th was lots of fun. I was blessed to have my brother and his family come stay the evening with us. Also, my cousin, Camille and Jared were with us. We had a BBQ and did some fire works. The funniest part was the softball game we had in the backyard. I have enjoyed getting to know my cousin and her husband. They are so young and cute. Jared gave a beautiful blessing over the food. I was very impressed. I could feel his sweet testimony as he prayed. Also, our kids love them too. They will be great parents. July 17th-20th we went up to Duck Creek, Utah. We met my parents there with Benjamin. It was so fun. It brought lots of memories back for me. My family used to go to Duck Creek very often during the summers, when I was growing up. It was fun spending time with my brother Daniel. I haven't been able to spend much time with him since he has returned home from his mission. He is definitely a stud, and a righteous priesthood holder. I am so proud of him. I am grateful for the example he shows to Benjamin.
We didn't do to much while we were camping. We went fishing, walking, and we ate really good food, thanks to Grandpa. The kids had a blast. We brought our hammock that I bought years ago. the kids loved it the most. It was good weather most of the time. My favorite part was Sunday. We didn't have a church to go to so we had our own service. We told lots of scriptures stories, missionary stories, and sang lots of church songs. It was a pretty special memory. Hopefully the children will remember. I was sad because I had to say goodbye to my little guy, Benjamin, and I had to say goodbye to Mikaela. Mikaela spent a little over a month with us. It was so fun to have her in our home. She was a good "big sister" to my little girls. Kaleigh misses her greatly. She still says, " I miss my Mikaleb."
The best news is that my Benjamin is home. He came home July 31st. He has grown up so much. Sad to say that he is almost as tall as me. CRAZY!!!! We left August 1 to Montana for our family vacation. We enjoyed it so much. The drive was gorgeous. We stayed with Grandma and Grandpa Freeman. They were so good to us. I am so grateful for the time my children were able to spend with them. I was also grateful to Tiffany and her family. They have a beautiful home they just finished and they allowed us to come and enjoy it. Thanks!!! When we first got there on Saturday we had a BBQ at Grandma's and Grandpa's house. Then we drove up to see Tiffany's home. Sunday we had church. I was impressed with their ward. I felt the spirit very strong. The neatest experience was when a Spanish speaking sister bore her testimony during testimony meeting. I couldn't understand her but I felt the spirit so strong. It overwhelmed me. It was beautiful. It amazes me how the spirit can manifest itself even in a different language. I can only imagine what it would be like to have the "gift of tongues." Monday we went to the water park. Tuesday, the kids went to a movie while Greg and I went to lunch with Mom and Dad. Then we started to get ready for the Beartooths. We left early Wednesday morning to go camping at the Beartooths. It was a beautiful. We were a little less unfortunate with the weather. It was pretty cold and rainy. The girls had a rough time. The fishing wasn't very good because we were unable to hike into some of the "golden lakes," as Greg called them. I felt bad for Greg. Since he was young he would come up to the Beartooths with his Father and brothers to go hiking and fishing. He was so excited to show us how good the fishing was. He was disappointed. But we decided that he would take Benjamin next year with his brothers and Dad. So hopefully that will make it up for him. We had a horrible night sleeping. Pretty funny now that we look back. It was freezing and the girls were miserable. Greg was also sick. But, at least we were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and we didn't see a bear!!! We will try it again in a few years when our little ones are a little older. When we got back to Mom and Dad's house on Thursday we just relaxed. We found out that Ben Evans died. He was like a grandpa to Greg and his siblings. The funeral was held on Saturday. It was nice to have all the brothers and Tiffany's family together. Ben was a great example of a pioneer, faith, and love. He will be missed. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to get to know his family better and to get to know Ben through their memories. It is amazing how going to a funeral can get you to reflect on your own life and what really matters in this life. I am so grateful for the gospel principles. For the principle of Hope. I am so grateful for the family I have and every moment I am able to spend with them. I am grateful for my husband and look forward to growing in love with him. Sunday we went to church and had lunch at Tiff's home. We left shortly after that to go home. It was nice to return home. We were able to get a new van, which made traveling awesome. We are so blessed with everything. We have a home, food, each other. I am so truly grateful. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father.

Ben started school yesterday. He is in 4th grade. Can't believe it. He is getting so BIG!!! He is a good brother. He loves his sisters. He has been such a big help to me since his return home. He had a good time in Vegas, but I am so happy he is home. It is a big difference when he is gone. Our family is complete again, now that he has returned. I love him so much.

Kaleigh is going to start taking dance soon. She calls it "princess school." She has a little leotard that she has worn every day since we bought it. She is starting to say her own prayers. She went through a phase where she was to shy to say a prayer. Thank goodness she overcame it. She said a beautiful little prayer yesterday. We had a "princess party" at our house for two of her friends, to celebrate the new school year. We made mini pizzas and had cookies. It was fun. She is a little stubborn girl, but there is definitely a sweet and tender side to her. She is a special little child of God.

Addy is growing so fast. She has 3 teeth. Her hair is getting long. She is climbing all over. She climbed into her high chair today and before I went up and back down the stairs she had crawled back out of it, without injury. She plays a game that we play as a family. If you say, "Raise your hand if you love Mom," she will raise her hand. So we ask her all kinds of funny things like, "If dad smells raise your hand," she raises her hand. Too cute. She folds her arms now for prayer. Then she looks at me so that I will tell her, "Good girl." She is soooo adorable. She has these bright blue eyes that are mesmerizing. She loves to hug too. When she sees anyone sad or crying she goes up to them and hugs them. I am so amazed by her precious spirit.
I am so blessed. There isn't a way to express my gratitude for my blessings. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me. I hope and pray that I am all that he wants me to be.

Well I have a few random pictures I want to post, so here they are:

Kaleigh at story time.

A beautiful rainbow from our backyard.