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JQ’s Mission Anniversary


JQ left on April 10, 2013.

He came home April 10, 2015.


Yes, that is exactly 24 months.

Funny thing, that is how JQ is—exact.

No sharing straws, cups, or spoons.

His bed is always made, pristine and wrinkle-free.

When he was leaving on his mission, I came to his bedroom to help him pack his suitcase and this is what I found on his bed…

Ties & shoes lined up.

pure packing exactness. It was beautiful!

Now he has been home for a year, exactly one year from today,

and it has been heaven having him back.

Love ya JQ.




Birthday Photos for JQ, Babups, & Presto

It’s time to get these photos up to show our Birthdays for January, February, and March.

These birthdays are all squished into 5 weeks so it feels like all we do is open birthday gifts and eat birthday cake…or pie…or cupcakes.

Happy Birthday you three!

JQ is officially an adult!



Presto is our Star Wars maniac!



Babups is now official. Watch out night drivers and all you girls!


Trust in the Lord

“God will take you as you are at this very moment and begin to work with you. All you need is a willing heart, a desire to believe, and trust in the Lord.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf


 My three little sons are now men.

When they were young, I pleaded with God that He would work miracles and sand off the many rough edges.

They seemed to be far from “the mark” AND my mothering was also a bumpy imperfect “work in progress”.

Not a good combination.

But, like always, He comes through for ALL of us.

And He continues to work with all of us.

 Now, they are men with willing believing hearts and they trust in the Lord.

My plea now is that they may always stay this way.

God does work miracles if we just let Him.




Joy in My Inbox


Elder Tanner and Bros

I get giddy about Mondays because of my two missionary sons.

I love getting their emails and photos of the great things they are doing for others in far off places.

Let’s call it…..Joy in my inbox.

Elder JQ, has been helping dig people out of 4 feet of mud and gunk in their homes because of the flooding that has happened in Calgary, Canada.

Elder T-Bob has been speaking English and teaching men from Africa in Moscow, Russia!

The joy I feel each Monday after I have heard and seen these missionaries makes for a better week for me as I can put my priorities in better order.

$$Cha-ching…Mommy paycheck deposited 🙂

Goodbye for Two

Our JQ entered the Missionary Training Center this past Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The morning was beautiful in Provo, Utah, the sun shining and the spring flowers were in full color.  What a great day.

Yet there was that looming dread of goodbyes in the air.  It was thick and heavy.

But, just as the Lord promises, He will show us mercy and love when we are obedient to His commandments.

We all witnessed the peace that came over JQ after he was set apart by priesthood authority and he felt calm and happy.

That peace also came over the entire family and everyone knew all would be well and that we could let our son and brother go.

After that, JQ was ready to go!

It was a rough goodbye, but the feelings of intense love I have for him just proves that there is a God.

How blessed I feel for having the opportunity to nurture and be with JQ over these past 18 years.

Now he belongs to the Lord and JQ is on His errand.

Packing up and leaving home.

Spiritual moments before leaving

Final goodbye photos

The famous MTC curb drop off photos

We love you soooo much and are proud of you JQ.

There is no doubt that the Lord will take care of you.

But we will remember what you said to us right before you left…

“I am leaving my family for two years so others can have their families for forever!”

Elder JQ’s blog


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