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I have a hard time leaving my little ones at home when we go on adventures.  It is so fun when we can go places and take all the kids.  We seriously considered taking Daisie to Asia because we knew she would enjoy her time there with our cute little neighbor Lucy Pothier, but we decided that Luke would be devastated to be left at home without any siblings so we left them both.  It was the right decision.  The food we ate, the pace we kept and the humid, hot weather of Cambodia would have been brutal with the little ones and the third world facilities in some of the locations would have been rough.  I am so grateful that we left them home in capable hands and I am so grateful for those capable hands and the amazing job they did.

For the first 2/3 of the trip, Lindsey, our amazing sister in law, came with her baby Sadie and watched the kids.  She was phenomenal.  The kids had incredible scripture study each morning and Daisie’s hair was done in salon fashion each day.  They made Halloween witch countdowns for Halloween, decorations for the entire house, cards galore, and homemade ice cream.  I don’t know how she pulled it off, but the kids adored her.  In fact, last week Daisie brought home a paper from her school entitled “Happiness is…….” and they had to fill in the blank and draw a picture.  Daisie wrote, “Happiness is having my aunt come.”  She was smitten.

Here are some of the pictures Lindsey sent us while we were away to update us on their activities:



They had ghosts and spiderwebs hanging everywhere!IMG_5859



Luke trying to entertain baby Sadie in the mornings without waking up Lindsey.  🙂

Thank you Lindsey!!!!







The last part of the trip was over fall break and we hired Maddie, Daisie and Luke’s favorite babysitter, to watch them during the day while they spent the night at her family’s house during the evenings.  Since slumber parties are out at our house, the kids were in complete heaven.  Maddie did such a great job with them and they felt completely at home with the Muir Family. I never had to worry about them.  Maddie was constantly creating fun and educational games and activities for the kids to participate in.  She is amazing.  It was such a blessing.

Here are some text pictures I got from Maddie:


He doesn’t look very sad about mom and dad being gone, does he?


Crafts, crafts and more crafts.  The kids loved it.








Finally, while we were in New York, my parents watched the kids for a couple of days and my dad taught Taylor to drive a stick shift car.  That activity could have lead to some serious stress in Taylor and I’s relationship and I’m so grateful that I got to outsource that one.

I am full of gratitude for all the people and friends that help me to raise my children.  I am so glad that I am not alone.