the beginnings of november

The best news of the week was receiving the text message that Ivan Finn Williams was born on Friday, November 3rd in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am so proud and happy for the Williams family -- every time I hear good news lately I start bawling. Is that a thing when you nearly 25, does your biological clock just all of a sudden give you these emotions and feelings you didn't know you had?

The cutest part of all was when Hudson (4.5 years old) said to his mom, "Mom, we are so proud of you for getting that baby out" -- all on his own.

There were so many miracles that lined up for this birth that we know Heavenly Father was watching over the Williams family. We are rooting for (big) baby Ivan as he is in the PICU and hope he can go home soon.

Everything else that happened in the week seems very insignificant compared to bringing a life into this world. I kept calling my sister Meredith every day this week, just in case she had that baby that day because I wanted to say I talked to her the day she brought a baby into this world. I'm weird.

The month of October seemed to slip away like quick sand. Although I never push away the Thanksigiving and Christmas holiday away, it just seemed like October went too fast.

On Tuesday, Halloween, I chopped off my hair. I usually leave this moment for the beginning of a new year so I have a fresh start, because I guess I craved that a few months early. I'm liking it. Adjusting to it. And Bronson's just happy I'm shedding my hair about 89% less. I should mention, Halloween 2012 is when I opened up my mission call! Probably one of the first waves of the new younger sister missionaries. I went to Cafe Rio that night with my brother and sister in law, Crismon and Danielle. So, for Halloween 2017 we did the same, Bronson and I went to Cafe Rio. In 2014, while dating we went to Texas Roadhouse and then hiked the Y. In 2015, we went to Macaroni Grill, because we lived in a locked apartment complex and knew there was a 0% chance of trick-or-treaters. In 2016, I honestly can't remember, and I don't have any pictures to remind me, nor did I blog about it. But I'm just gonna guess we went out to eat...because can you sense a trend? I guess it wasn't that eventful.

Behold. The haircut.

On Wednesday, I got home and we ran to the front runner station to catch the train for the Trail Blazers and Jazz game in SLC with Daymon. We were REALLY high up, but that's because we pay $8 for our tickets.

Thursday wasn't our best day because our water heater broke. Broken water heaters is going on my list of "Things I don't love about living in an old apartment in Provo." Luckily, we don't have to pay for these replacements, but we did have to suffer two days of no hot water. I only half-complained because it meant I was off dishes-duty with no hot water. Friday, I boiled a big pot of water, and then spent an enormous amount of time waiting for it to cool down. Cups of water isn't my preferred way to shower, but luckily our manager got a new one installed Friday evening, while Bronson did hw. So it was the most glamorous Friday night.

Saturday, we spent a good chunk of our day on campus. Bronson studied for a test, and I worked on my Family Home Videos project. Yes it was a self-volunteered project but its quite the undertaking.... why do I do this to myself!? I'm ripping the DVD's, exporting smaller video clips of events and then uploading them to YouTube. I guess its my version of family history. There are few other projects I want to finish by the end of the year, so the very fast WiFi was very welcomed on campus. Besides, my heart nearly explodes with joy every time I go to campus. I love it, love it, love it.
That evening we went grocery shopping and made it home in time to turn around and go to Stake conference. The theme of conference was the Book of Mormon and our stake presidency challenged us to read the Book of Mormon by Thanksgiving.

We watched Lion -- a movie on Netflix -- a bit heart wrenching, but I would recommend it. Sunday we had Jessica over for dinner and then chatted with my family on our monthly group skype call discussing my sister in laws recent article about "if Smartphones are hijaking our spirituality."

And since I'm on this family home video kick ... here is our family home video from the end of July to the beginning of October: (make sure to make it bigger!)


  1. I love that pic of your new haircut! Beautiful!!

  2. So amazing how you put these videos together. What a talent! Lots of things to love about this post. We’re so happy you have awesome in-laws.


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