San Francisco Carousel


On Pier 39 stands the most photogenic carousel- okay when is a carousel not photogenic though? Of course we had to stop & take photos. ? 

This weekend was a blast with family! My mom has the pictures on her phone with all of us in front of the carousel. We were celebrating my older brother, Sam’s, birthday since it’s tough for us to fly down there at the end of the month. #StudentLife 

We had fun celebrating though. He tried to get one of the workers at Fuddruckers to sing to him. It didn’t work. Haha but we sang to him later! Here were the different things he asked me for while he was here. He is so cute! He didn’t ask me for the last item on the list, but apparently he’s been asking mom for that for the past few weeks!

? Sam’s Birthday Wishlist ?

  • A notebook. No, not The Notebook, just a blank notebook.
  • An LA Lakers Magazine. Apparently he has been a closet fan until now? ?
  • 2 buddy passes to LAX. He already flys for free… ? 
  • A new iPhone 8. I can’t fault him there. 

I just love him! He is hilarious and oh so sweet. 

Okay well, that’s enough for now. If you’re ever in San Francisco, go check out Pier 39! This is just one of the many cool things on the list. 

Happy Sabbath!

XOXO,

Alyse

Moving

The rumors are true- we are headed to California and we are excited! Nick is starting grad school & I will be looking for a job. HMU if you know of anything! ? 

We will miss Texas, though. We have both worked for some amazing companies. I have loved working for Southwest Airlines and the Texas Rangers. ✈️ + ⚾️ I will miss the Tex Mex so much. It’s the best thing ever. Also, I’ll miss the people! I loved my church, my coworkers, and friends. 

That said, we are excited for new adventures, the beautiful scenery of California, and new people! ❤️ Come visit us?

XOXO,

Alyse

Trent’s Mission Homecoming

This was the first time we saw Trent in 2 years.

He was faithfully serving the Lord down in Chile. We got to email him once a week and Skype him on Mother’s Day and Christmas for 40 minutes each. Other than that, we could not talk to Trent. As a missionary, your days are filled from start to finish with planning, teaching, finding, service, and learning. One reason why we could not talk to him much was so he could stay focused on the work. And while I understood this, it didn’t make it any easier not to talk to him or see him! I tried to write him every single week to stay close to him. And I missed him so much, but…

My heart didn’t realize to what level I had missed him until he was back in our arms.

It was almost a tangible feeling to feel so whole with him home. Our family was happy, but now it’s even happier. We are proud of what he did & have felt blessings directly from him serving.

I will say, the hardest thing for me was Trent not being at my wedding. We got married about 6 months after he left. Luckily, he had met Nick and approved of him before leaving, but I still missed him there. I thought about him a lot on our wedding day and even played a song for him at our wedding reception. I found peace knowing he was immersed in the work of bringing the joy of Jesus Christ and the gospel to the world.

About a week and a half ago, the night before I left to go back to work in Texas, I showed Trent our wedding video to allow him to experience a little bit of what our wedding day was like. I looked over at him through watery eyes and tears were quietly streaming down his face. Sacrificing the things we want so badly isn’t always easy, but sometimes is required of us and can bring us blessings. Despite our aching for Trent to be there on that day, we all know that he was in the right place and the right time. We are so proud of him.

I made this little video of his homecoming in hopes to capture some of the emotion associated with a mission homecoming and so we can always remember the special day. We were all so nervous and excited and couldn’t stop crying- emotional roller coasters to the max. Thank you to everyone who has supported our family and especially Trent throughout the years. We love you and couldn’t have done it without you! <3 Finally, thank you to God for protecting our brother and bringing him home to us.

Welcome home, Trent!