Thursday, April 30, 2009
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 4:49 PM
Monday, April 27, 2009
So I cleaned out my pantry today and felt pretty good about the progress of the packing made in a week. It is serious countdown time for the not so big move we were anticipating to California. I am a bit relieved we are not moving to California, its beautiful and my family is there, but that is not where I feel at home. The magestic mountains give me comfort, the coziness of a White Christmas, the cost of living is much less, I feel more at ease raising my kids, familiar faces and family oriented eniviroment, less crazy freeways, my baby doctor is here, Handsome's whole extended family is here and the list goes on. Don't get me wrong, I really really love the beauty of California and especially the ocean. I think it would be lots of fun to live in California but not really the place we want to raise a family. . . I never felt at home there even when my family moved there. . . its just not home. . . it feels like a great vacation getaway. I guess you feel more at home with where your roots were planted. Saturday is the day, just hope the weather is happy:)
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 2:46 PM
Friday, April 24, 2009
Today I was born. 29 years ago. . .so grateful for each year I get to spend with my family on this beautiful but challenging earth. Handsome asked me what I wanted for my birth. I really couldn't think of much. My first response was a Home (that was before we knew where we were going), then I mentioned food storage (of which is not so exciting to give), and being pregnant and not feeling like any sort of Cake it was hard to think of b-day dessert. I did mention I wanted my Christ Healing at Bethesda print in a frame , and then I found one in our basement and was so excited to frame, it I did it myself. I guess I am not much fun this year. I ended up telling Handsome he could go pick out some small things but his limit was $50, I really don't NEED anything. This morning I woke to sweet CharLee singing to me and Beau curled up next to my head, and the Handsome sound asleep. . . he was up with Beau at 3a.m, bless him. Handsome then made me cracked wheat and CharLee was anxious for the gifts as usual. I received 2 very simple but so needed gifts. CharLee wrote me the most precious card telling me of all the gifts he was to give in addition to the one in the bag. . . ie. date night with Mom, a surpise Mario Kart challenge etc. He gave me 4 lovely grapefruit spoons. The Luvs know how much I have been loving grapefruit with my tart cravings, and I am always saying I can never find a spoon, it was perfect! Then I received my 2nd oh so needed gift. A week ago when i was changing out our bed sheets, I noticed that the sheets on our bed were threads away from tearing in half. The Handsome remembered me saying something about it, and so I received beautiful soft khaki sheets! I was so excited for these so needed simple gifts from my little family's heart.
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 9:07 AM
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I don't know why I have had these reminiscing thoughts this morning. Maybe its because a new Chapter of it is about to unfold and maybe because I am turning another year older. I was just thinking back to the sweet diversity of my life in the past 10 years. 10 years ago. . .
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 8:41 AM
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 7:39 AM
Monday, April 20, 2009
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 3:39 PM
Friday, April 17, 2009
We found a place of residence, at least for the next year. We are scheduled to move out last week in April. Crazy quick; however, we feel really good about it. It is just a bit east and closer to Utah Lake. Around the corner is a big playground, duck pond and running trails through some beautiful lakeside trees. It could be just what we need for the next while. . .and then who knows where we'll be led. I am so thankful for some answers. . . feeling a bit more settled inside.
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 6:56 PM
Thursday, April 16, 2009
So out and about today, looking at the prospects of new options in home searching. Handsome and I really felt good about this home by the Lake. While we were there we met an amazing couple from Isreal. We really met them by happen stance looking for homes and we decided to call them about one of theirs for rent. They ended up showing us 4 homes, talked about delish tabbouleh,hummus, falafel ,tahini etc. The kind woman put her coat around me to keep me warm inside the homes and kept reassuring me that Heavenly Father would take care of us and lead us to where we needed to be and that this time of stress was difficult and its okay. I don't know why Heavenly Father sent them out of the wood work, but I needed it. I needed to just hear again and step back and see that all this was good and we are being led and all that matters is my children, the new life inside of me,the Handsome and my relationship with my Maker. . . who has not left us alone but continues to bless and lead us, just like he has in the past. Did we feel good about any of the homes the sweet couple showed us, not really. But it was one of those times where Heavenly Father sent someone as an angel of comfort. I am grateful for all the Angels in our life that have shown such love and comfort. . . I really have needed it just as I have many times before. I feel so blessed.
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 5:14 PM
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I am grateful for my relationship with my Maker. He has preserved my life, given me a second chance and presented me with new challenges that I am ready to face here on this beautiful earth. All that I am is for my children and for my husband but especially to my Father in heaven. I am trying to live selfless in a selfish world and it is hard, especially when I'm the one with the problems.
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 2:55 PM
Monday, April 13, 2009
I continue to pack and as I was packing my Willow Tree figures, it really touched me. I have been given these figures from people I love when going through tender, happy, sad and challenging experiences. I have about 25 and each symbolizes a specific experience in our married life. This one particularly stood out to me today. 3 years ago Doctors told me an infection would most likely lead to taking out my "baby organs" and that I would not be able to have any more children. I vividly remember telling them they would not and that I had 2 more spirits coming to us. I felt them. Today one of those miracles is little Beau and now I am pregnant with my third and probably last biological child. I thank my Heavenly Father every moment for the tender mercies he continues to send to us. Life is Beautiful.
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 7:01 PM
A bamboo plant. I was given a small bamboo plant after struggling with my health while we lived in our Alpine home from my sweet visiting teacher. She knew we were so excited to be building our very first home in Lehi , and said it would be for good luck in our new home. The plant has thrived for almost 3 years of which we have been blessed here in Pretts Place. A few months ago I saw that it was struggling and though I continued to water it, its ends never renewed. As I was starting to pack my home decor today in prep to move, I left the little plant out. As I thought back I had a thought, it really knows, we are moving on and a part has died. For me, those are some feelings I have been experiencing. I know we are to move on, but a part of my heart with the sweet experiences and memories I have had here is coming to an end. . . .I will always have a part of my heart here. Maybe I'll plant it in a new little pot and the little guy will thrive again when we are settled. I feel peace and know we will be blessed.
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 6:46 PM
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Our Home was posted for sale this last Wednesday. . . . it sold Thursday. I guess it really was meant to be. We have been so greatful for the time we've been allowed to take care of this home and now we must move on. We will miss our life here but know we will be blessed wherever we must go. Bitter Sweet. I am excited for the new family that will enjoy the Love, People and Life here. Thank you for all who have helped us along the way. Pretts Place was good to us.
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 1:09 PM
Monday, April 6, 2009
So my kids are growing way to fast and with my 3rd and probably last on the way, it feels surreal. Of late little Beau has begun to act oh, maybe 3 or 4years old. You can go ask her to bring you ointment and she'll run to her bathroom find the desitin and bring it back to you. She also has has started to laugh hysterically at jokes and funniness on the TV. She asks where Dad and CharLee are ,and says her own prayer with no help! "Heavenly Father, Dank doo for DADA, CharLee, Moma Puppy. Bless Food and DADA. name Jesus Christ Amen". . . it goes something like that:) Yesterday she brought me a tissue since I've had a horrible cold, and then when I was finished she took it from me and smiled and said,"Garbage!" and then raced it to the garbage in the kitchen. She is obsessed with Monsters Inc. and she has started to sing like Boo. She also loves her princesses and still finds Daddy to show him her new look for the day, "Pretties!"
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 3:29 PM
Friday, April 3, 2009
So for those who voted California, I am sorry to say that we will not be moving there. The circumstances have led us to stay here in Utah for now and find a home to rent. We will hopefully be moving out sometime in May if we can find a home that quickly. I am relieved my Luv is home and now it is just stress time trying to put the plan in order and actually act, especially when right now it feels very overwhelming on many levels, however I am so thankful to have some answers. I will try to stay positive and pray I can start feeling a little better to be more proactive in getting things done. A new chapter of life awaits, I know we will be led to where we need to be.
Posted by Matthew Lisonbee at 8:56 PM
Thursday, April 2, 2009
So the Luv has been in California for the past few days to film and hopefully he will return with our verdict of moving, Yeah! I can't wait to pick him up tomorrow, 6pm sharp, Luv here I come. And not am I only anxious to give kisses but I really am need of his help, especially with lil Beau. It has been a little bit of a challenge juggling all this while feeling preggo crummy.
Posted by Ashley & Matthew Lisonbee at 9:58 PM