Here am I (five months pregnant), with Hannah, Kelly, Lindsey, and Christopher, walking out of the San Antonio temple after our new daughter was sealed to us for time and for all eternity during a special, sacred ceremony, this past Saturday afternoon. We were happy to have a wonderful group of guests in attendance with us, Kelly's two sisters, Debbie and Brenda, my sister, Julie, Kelly's mom and dad, my mom, my good friends Lorraine and Stewart, Carol and Rick, and one person from our ward, my buddy, Sue.
Dinner later that night consisted of a feast at the Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas, for some incredible pork ribs, cole slaw, and more.
We strolled along the Riverwalk to show our visiting family members one of San Antonio's popular tourist spots.
It was a beautiful, windy day, the Saturday following Thanksgiving, in San Antonio.
We tried to find a corner with less wind to blow in our faces.
More photos of the family.
The family, strolling along the Riverwalk.
Our cute kids.
Taking a break after strolling by the Alamo.
Lindsey and the Nutcracker.
Lindsey with Grandma.
We ate at Mesa Rosa on Friday night since some of the family members were wanting some Mexican food, and this place is nearby. These lovely women sitting by my husband are Debbie and Brenda, his two younger sisters.
Here are Julie and Mom, remembering the Alamo.
Hannah is here with Kelly's parents sitting on a bench outside the lovely temple.
My sister, Julie, me, and Hannah, are posing after dinner at Mesa Rosa.
Grandpa likes to squish Christopher.
Kelly's mom and dad with Lindsey and Christopher in the background.
Deb and one of her long, lost ancestors.
The kids smiling for pictures with the aunties.
We are amazed at how well Hannah has adjusted to her new family, new surroundings, and her English is blossoming so quickly. We are very proud of her and love her so much. She's such a good girl and we are grateful to have her in the family!
Our family got to attend the monthly stake temple day at the Taipei temple on Saturday. Lindsey and Christopher did their temple work, then waited outside on the beautiful grounds and at the chapel next door until we were finished with our session. After that, we enjoyed hamburgers at a place we heard about called California Grill, then did some exploring.
Lindsey arrived last week from Rexburg, completing 32 credit hours and her first year of college at Brigham Young University-Idaho. We are so glad to have her home with us! She will be with us until she starts school again in September and will be taking two classes online in the meantime. In addition to Lindsey's arrival, we've been blessed to have the company of 7-year-old Nini (her real name is Yeh Min-Yu) with us this week. She's so darling and we love having her around too. It's kind of funny that when Lindsey was a little toddler and she could not say her name well, she called herself Ninnies. So we h…
One year ago today, this little angel came into our world, sent directly from heaven, without a doubt. Isaac is our fourth child, but the first that I gave birth to. He was the result of a successful fertility treatment called In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), our first and only attempt. The fact that I was 48 years old when I got pregnant, is a miracle in and of itself. I had long since given up the idea of ever being able to experience pregnancy and childbirth after having been diagnosed with unexplained infertility, until a rare contact from a dear friend had renewed my desire. This is the story of how Isaac came to be, and the loving environment that welcomed him. Take note of the numerous small miracles along the way, leading up to our pursuing this dream.
There was a three-week window of opportunity when our family had come to our Austin home for the holidays, while we were living in Taiwan for one year. My long, lost friend sent us a beautiful Christmas card, perhaps the fi…
Mark Monette, executive chef and partner of Flagstaff House, has been the man behind the scenes in the kitchen for countless special occasions and celebrations. This fine dining restaurant situated a few miles up Flagstaff Road in Boulder, perched at the Flatirons' edge with a bird's-eye view of the city, is where Monette has spent more than three decades fine-tuning his craft in this family run business. The restaurant and staff have received accolades and notoriety locally and nationally, including recognition for being named "Top Ten Restaurant in Boulder," "Most Romantic Restaurants in America" and "Best American Cuisine and Best Wine Selection." (This article is from a Q&A interview I did with him in February, 2017.) Your father, Don Monette, bought the Flagstaff House in 1971 when you were 10 years old. What do you remember about the restaurant back in those days?
"We would come up here in the summer and work, and it was just busy al…