Wednesday, September 22, 2010

INTRODUCING.... NEW online Handmade Hair Accessory(s) & Pin(s) Website....

I finally gave in, or got brave enough, to design an online store where I am now selling handmade hair accessories & Pins for all ages. Some of you have been interested in hair accessories I have made for my niece, Addie, and now they are available for purchase on my website. There are also a variety of designs available as hair accessories for ladies or to be worn as pins on clothing, hats, shoes, scarves, or bags. Here are a few available for purchase NOW!!

Check it ALL out at....

In the future, I plan on using this website for offering other services such as digital scrapbooking, custom invites and announcements, and more fun creative handmade crafts!!

If you like what you see, be sure to take a "button" to add to your blog and always check back often for updates and new designs. (see top right-hand side of blog for options)

Thank you and ENJOY!!!!

A special THANK YOU to Brittney Dye for the amazing beautiful photography and to Danielle Weber for helping edit my website!! :)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Family Pics!

The day has FINALLY come!! After taking family pics in June, we now have the final photos, well the ones we have picked for now!! Take a look...

All the Kids!

Mom & Dad
Nick & I

Richard & Katie

Bob, Dani & Addie

Sweet Baby Addie

The Whole Family!

What do you think?

President Doug Andrus

This past weekend we received a phone call from Don, Nick's Mission Companion, that their mission President had passed away. Nick has so much love and respect for President Andrus and he learned so much from his amazing example. Wanting to attend in order to pay our respects for him, we made the last minute arrangements to make the trip. The funeral home posted his obituary online, and I have copied it below...

"Douglas Milo Andrus, Jr., 69, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away 12 September 2010 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be remembered for his kindness, love, and devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a man of integrity, virtue and faith and was trusted by his friends and associates.

Doug was born 29 April 1941, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Douglas Milo Andrus and Veatrice Nelson Andrus, the second of six children. Doug attended Eagle Rock Grade School, New Sweden Elementary, O.E. Bell Junior High, and Idaho Falls High School, where he graduated with honors in 1959.

He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern States from 1960-1962. He was a faithful and diligent missionary and he had great success - spending much of his time in The Bronx, NY. Upon returning, he attended Ricks College and BYU in Provo, UT, where he studied business management. He graduated with honors in finance and marketing in 1967.

On 16 September 1963, Doug married his sweetheart, Deanna Daw in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple. They are the parents of thirteen children. He was a successful businessman and was co-owner of Doug Andrus Distributing and other related businesses. He was involved in many community organizations, serving in various capacities and received numerous awards for his service, including the Silver Beaver Award from the Boys Scouts of America, the Granite Pillar Award for integrity in business, and humanitarian service awards.

Doug was a devoted and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions in the Church including Elders Quorum Presidency, High Priest Group Leadership, Stake Mission President, Bishopric, Young Men President, Counselor in Stake Presidency, Stake President, Mission President in the Nevada Las Vegas West Mission, and ordinance worker and sealer in the Idaho Falls Temple. He and his wife loved their mission, being together, and serving in the temple.

Doug enjoyed working in his yard and spending time with his 13 children and 56 grandchildren. Doug kept a journal throughout his life and seldom missed a day writing in it. In his home office, he has a filing cabinet full of these journals. During the last couple years of his life, Doug reread many of his own writings and he compiled them as his life story. Although in general much of life is routine, his children appreciate the many simple memories he has recorded.

He is survived by his wife, Deanna, and their children: Lori (Clay) Murdoch, Lynette (Kory) Kunz, Lisa (Bob) Braithwaite, Monica (Dave) Kuhn, Heidi (John) Owen, Pauline (Dan) Marshall, Charise (Chris) Monson, Stan (Brooke) Andrus, Jared Andrus, Kevin (Emily) Andrus, Curtis (Nichole) Andrus, and Heather (Rocky) Davies. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Brian, and a grandson, Houston Murdoch. He is also survived by his older sister, Norma Fielding of Saint George, Utah, and his younger siblings: Janet Orchard of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Heber Andrus of Idaho Falls, Idaho; David Andrus of Green River, Utah; and Steven Andrus of Idaho Falls, Idaho."

President Andrus' funeral was how I think every funeral should be. It was the most uplifting service I have ever been to. The spirit was so strong and the program was amazing. There were around 30 missionaries who had attended and they were all asked to sit on the stand as they were on the program to sing the "Las Vegas West Mission" song. It was an overwhelming sight to see the number of lives this man had touched and influenced. The closing speaker was Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the stories he told truly touched our hearts. President Andrus and his brother own a trucking company that consists of 280 trucks. Elder L. Tom Perry said that President Andrus told him once that he had a system that allowed him to know where every single one of his trucks were, all across the states, within ten feet. He told all the children and grandchildren that he was guessing President Andrus had probably already developed a system where he will know where each of them are within 10 feet. ;) He was telling them this story, so that they might always remember the teachings and example that their Grandfather was to them.

After the funeral, Nick and I took some time to walk around the grounds of the Idaho Falls Temple. I was telling Nick that this temple was were my family and I were sealed and how grateful I was for that. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have that we all have the opportunity to be together as families forever. I found these thoughts so comforting for President Andrus' family as well, as my heart ached for their loss. President Andrus was an amazing individual who devoted his whole life and heart to serving others and I'm so grateful Nick was able to learn and appreciate the things he did from President Andrus.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Today is Dani's 26th birthday!! Because I am such a lame sister her birthday package will be arriving later this week. Until then, I want to wish her the best birthday and let her know she means so much to me.
Dani is the best big sister anyone could ask for... so caring and sweet, but will always tell you how it is and what she thinks. I always respected that about her because I knew just what she thought and didn't have to guess what she could be thinking. She has such a strong testimony of the church and shows that by example. She always puts herself last and thinks of others first. She is hilarious and its mostly because shes so honest about everything! ;) She is such a beautiful woman who is so smart and has the drive to become better all the time. She is a great wife and mother and has been blessed with the sweetest little baby girl.
I have been blessed to have Dani in my life and even more blessed to have her as my sister. My sisters are my best friends and I wouldn't change that for anything. I have learned that being far away from them is not fun or easy as I miss them everyday. Have a WONDFERUL 26th birthday and take some time for yourself!! :) Wish I could be there to celebrate with you!! Love you sis, you are the best!!