Thursday, May 29, 2008

Spiritual Inspiration

Tribute to the Missionary who baptized Jason!

Jason was baptized on May 7Th, 2000. Eight years ago! It has been such an amazing blessing in our lives to have the gospel. He was baptized by Elder. Sean Escobar(left) in Virginia during the Marine Corps. I was not able to be there but seeing this picture, I always felt like I was there. Jason and Elder Draper(right) made fun of Elder Escobar's ankle riding whites that day. lol.

I know this amazing moment in Jason's life was truly a magnificent one. My husband has been such a great example to me through out our marriage. I love how spiritual he is.

Jason just recently got in touch with Sean Escobar, we found out that he lives here in Utah. We got together with him and his family for dinner a few weeks ago and it was such a spiritual inspiration to me to meet the man that taught my husband the gospel and baptized him. As we were driving up to his home I was thinking to my self does this man have any idea what he has done for our family, It must be an amazing feeling to have help give someone the gospel and see how blessed they're lives turned out. I just kept thinking over and over again how wonderful that would be to see what an impact you made in someones life like that.

As I met Sean and shook his hand I felt so indebted to him but most of all so very grateful for his service to the Lord.
I was able to marry a wonderful man in the temple and start our family with him, a family that I am happy to say will receive the gospel, I am eternally grateful for the way our Father in Heaven works his plan.

We had a wonderful time at dinner that night, Sean has been married to his wife Crystal for almost four years and they have a little girl Ethan's age. It truly was a wonderful experience for me.

Ethan with his new buddies at the Escobar's house. He ended up loving this motor car so much he drove it until it got dark, we couldn't get him out of it. He had such a blast!

The Escobar Family. How grateful I am to have met them!

Quick UPDATE: 5/28/08 – Orem’s interview went great! Directly after the interview Jason was sent to another room where he was handed a large packet that started out with "Conditional Offer of Employment." So, he would have to pass a background check, medical exam, psychological exam, a polygraph exam, and also finish Paramedic school...but if he does all of those things, which will be easy for him, he will be given a job!
Provo’s testing went really good as well. He is going back for a chief’s interview on June 3rd. We are so excited about this one this is the department we want him to work for. He ranked #3 on there list out of 40 people, so I think he has a incredible chance to get it!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Baby update & Maternity Art photos!

I am posting some of my maternity photos that we took when I was about 30 weeks. It was very important to me to get maternity photo's with this little one, because I didn't really take any with Ethan and I always wished I had....

These pictures are really artistic and also pretty intament, so I would have to say I am feeling a little shy about posting them, but this is mainly to show my friends and family. I think they turned out great so I'll get over it!

I needed something that was going to make me feel beautiful to some degree while I have been pregnant, because Heaven knows its hard to feel beautiful when feeling you look like a

Ethan has been so very adorable with my belly lately. I don't think he fully understands there is a little baby in there but he will just hug my belly and give it kisses and loves its adorable to see.

Jason never forgets to give us all kisses goodbye when he leaves for work or school, I love seeing how he bonds with our new little one even though he's still in the womb, he'll talk and sing to him, try and listen to his heart beat, embraces my belly with tons of kisses for him and being patient enough to wait while the baby kicks. Its been so sweet!

Well, we have had a lot of people ask if we have settled on a name for this sweet little baby and I am happy to say that we have...I know some people really do not like it but Jason and I love it and we actually agreed on a name finally which was so amazing.

We are going with "NOAH PRESTON ". Preston is actually a very common name to use in my family its my dad's middle name and it seems like my whole family has use it in some way, but we love it. So if any of you don't like the name lie to us and tell us you

I am 34 weeks and I'm feeling like I'm 9o I was having contractions to the point of going to the hospital tonight, but my doctor told me it was braxton hicks, they let down about an hour later, its funny how even with your second child you don't fully know when labor is going to hit..... I was very grateful to hear it was just braxton hicks though I want to keep the baby in the oven at least another 3 to 4 weeks.

Monday, May 26, 2008

We've been waiting a long time!

We've been waiting a long time!

Jason will be getting on a department full-time for sure with in the next few months and we are so very excited!

Provo City Fire. February 2008. Jason turned in his application with resume and everything necessary to get on the testing list. The test was on May 20th. You have to be a Paramedic or Paramedic student in order to test. This is the department he’d really like to work for the most because we live in Utah County and love it here! UPDATE: 5/22/08 - He completed the written test on 5/20 which was a civil service/ fire test with a Paramedic supplemental test total of 130 questions. He passed that and took the CPAT which he finished in 7:53. You have to do it in 10:20, so he did pretty good on that. The 22nd, he had his oral board interview which he felt went ok. There were five guys on the board from Chief to Firefighter. I will hear back in about a week or so!

Orem Fire Department. The written test was May 12th, 2008 and the physical test immediately followed. He also had his oral board interview on May 12th. The written was 50 questions, 1/2 was fire related and 1/2 was paramedic related. He finished in 20 minutes. The physical consisted of having to do 35 sit-ups in one minute, 25 push-ups without a time limit, bench press 75% of my body weight, vertical jump of 16", and a 1 1/2 mile run in under 15 minutes. He passed all that of course. The "combat challenge" skills test was May 13th and was pretty intense, but he did quite well and feels pretty good over all. We will be hearing from them soon about his ranking in comparison to the other candidates as well as the opportunity for an interview with the Chief. Orem would be a great department to work for. The are a "Public Safety" department, so you have the opportunity to cross-train as a Police Officer, as well as being a SWAT medic, which he would love. UPDATE: 5/22/08 - my Chief interview is tomorrow! He got a Conditional offer of employment with Orem that just means if the back ground comes back clean (which it will) then he’ll get the position, He did awesome on his interview! So very proud of him!

Fun in Cali!!

Ethan is such a stud

Amazing Park in Los Gatos,Ethan had such a blast.

Our trip to California!

Ethan and I just got back from California visiting my sister who is pregnant as well. We had an awesome trip out there and I know Ethan just loved it. He really missed his daddy though. It was good to get away before the baby comes, heaven knows I wont be getting away for sometime once he is here. My sister and I were able to just hang out and not have to worry about all the little things it was great!