Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Another angel gets her wings

In the midst of what has seemed like complete chaos, we lost a dear friend this week. There is nothing that will bring you back to reality more quickly than when someone passes from this life to the next. I would be remiss not to say that being in the presence of Lila Kimball was like being in the presence of an angel. From the first moment I saw her, I knew she was especially unique. I was hugely pregnant with my first son Joseph, when I saw Lila in her father's arms. I remember hoping that my little baby would be born as beautiful as she. Lila had the most angelic smile, gorgeous long lashes, and stunning little features. Joey and Lila were born just two months apart. When they were both babies, and Joey was first starting to talk, he would call out to her, "baby!" It was especially cute because Lila was born first.  I consider the times I've watched Lila's mommy care for her, as some of my greatest blessings. Kristi seized every moment with her beautiful daughter. She treated Lila like a princess; giving her the cutest hairdos, dressing her in the most adorable outfits, adorning her with delicate jewelry, and most importantly, making her as comfortable as possible. Quinn and Kristi saw their daughters rare syndrome not as a burden, but as an opportunity to bless the lives of others. I am in awe of their vigilance and determination to make Lila's life as fulfilling as possible. I am a better person for having known Lila Patricia Kimball. For more of Lila's heart felt story and to pass along her legacy, please visit

Click here for Lila's obituary. 

Lila Patricia Kimball
July 27th, 2010 - April 26th, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Sunday

Today was amazing. I often get caught up in the day to day, that I hardly ever stop to really listen and feel. Paul and I always split the twins for the last hour of church in our separate meetings. The one I attend is an all women bible study class. I usually bring Matteo with me, but this time I brought Luca. I think because it had been awhile since he'd been with me alone, he was just so content. He stayed at my feet and played as I sat through a wonderful lesson. The teacher did an amazing job of discussing the last week of Jesus life, or what is known as Holy week. She went through the chronology of each day, each event, and each painful moment Jesus went through in His last days. It was an incredible reminder of what exactly my Savior endured for me and for all of His brothers and sisters. He could have easily stopped the suffering, but He chose to keep going because He knew what it would provide for the rest of us. He had a love for mankind greater than anyone who ever lived. I am thankful for the life that He lived and His decision to accept His position as the Savior of the world. The agony and suffering He so painfully resigned Himself to, allows me the opportunity to return to Him and to my Father in Heaven. We can all have eternal life and reside with those we love because of Jesus Christ. The only way to repay Him for His sacrifice and gift is to love always. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Egg hunting and brunch

Having church service later in the day has proved to be difficult for our little ones. The positive is that we can enjoy brunch and an egg hunt with friends before hand. Joey loves Finn and Austin. When he's not with them, he's talking about them. He was elated to spend Sunday morning with his buddies. Holly, Finn's mommy, was kind enough to put this sweet brunch together. It was a nice change from the typical crazy Sunday mornings before church.