Thursday, December 15, 2016


Its been awhile since I visited this spot. Especially in the early days, writing was such a refuge for the grief that we faced losing Heidi. Thinking of her passing is always hard and thoughts swirl and swirl. I saw our friend (and Heidi's) write that she is not forgotten on this day. Thank you Ruthie, so true! Her birthday is difficult, but it is also coupled, for us, with the magical time of year of Christmas. Although we miss her dearly, we take every moment we can to let the boys know about their special Aunt Heidi. Even little Caleb knows her by name. She would have really really loved her nephews and honestly thinking of being a mom with her is sometimes too much to think about. Anyway, before I digress further, I wanted to share a new tradition last night, with the fellas, in honor of her. Heidi was super artistic, so we made gingerbread houses in memory of her creativity. Pete maybe would have needed three more hours on his, but I reminded him we have littles...;). Such a special time remembering her and celebrating her life. Heaven is probably so much sweeter with her there, and we cannot wait for the day we see her again!  It's no coincidence that in our kid devotional this morning, it was about holding onto the hope of heaven. "Don't just wish for heaven - grab hold of the hope of heaven! Let its blessing fill your life today." -Jesus Calling for Kids -We miss you Heidi. Happy heavenly birthday.

Friday, April 26, 2013

3 years

Hard to believe that our sweet Heidi passed away three years ago yesterday. Henry has been talking and asking about heaven a lot lately. Little ones are so intuitive, so we took the boys to the cemetery to remember Aunt Heidi. When we were leaving, I explained to Henry that he was just a bit older than Aaron when Heidi was taken from us. I said that she loved him very very much. Henry responded in a way that a precious little one would. He said, "Well, that is so sweet. When I get to heaven, I will thank Aunt Heidi for loving me."

Friday, March 1, 2013

been five months

since i have stepped foot here. yikes. where even to's a start: i sure love my family.

Friday, October 5, 2012

aaron is 3 three months!

This sweet little guy is 3 months. He is so happy and smiley...all...the...time. We love him so much. He is quite chatty. He watches Henry's every moves and I can tell he thinks he is a pretty cool big brother. Aaron is pretty laid back and just a joy to have in our family. 

back loggin' henry's 3rd birthday

Johnson Side

Monday, September 10, 2012

birthday posts interuption

We interrupt this series of birthday posts to bring some news of a birth (and the fact that the other 3rd birthday pictures are still on pete's phone...) -------- It has been 2 months since sweet Aaron Matthew entered the world! I must write this down before I forget the details! June 27th, 2012 - 8 pm - ate a blizzard. probably not a smart move. June 28th, 2012 - 1:15am - what the heck- I cannot sleep! I am sooooooooo uncomfortable. shouldn't have eaten that blizzard. 3:30 am- um. pete? I think I might be having some contractions. 4:30 am- um. pete! Nighttime is over! You probably are not going to go to work today. 6:30 am- contractions are 5 minutes apart - phone call to pete's mom. 7:30 am- we head to the hospital. each bump in the road is definitely felt. get to the hospital. check in and i think-this is a piece of cake.I am dilated to a 5 and 85% effaced. labor? no problem. well, come to find out my labor had actually stopped until about 11:30 am when the nurse came in with a huge knitting needle to break my water. 11:30 am-suddenly labor intensified and i thought well, here we go! Henry was similar timing and was born at 1:30ish. drugs? nah. i've got this... 1:30 pm. are you kidding me? henry would have been born by now! Apparently Aaron was in a stuck like interesting position that was giving him some trouble getting down the canal. 3:30 pm. please! give me some drugs! too late?! you've got to be joking... 4:13 or 17, i am having trouble remembering... pm- Sweet little Aaron Matthew entered the world!
It is hard to believe he is two months already! We just love him to pieces!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

3 year birthday take one

a little birthday breakfast bash with the Ericksons
 As you can tell, Henry's favorite part of birthdays is not singing the birthday song.