Sunday, July 31, 2011

God Loves Me!

Everyday I see evidence of God's love for me in my life.  I am a blessed woman!

The most recent blessing is regarding our move.  It is a blessing that we already had plans to move to Texas, because we found out two days ago that Dear Hubby's job is being eliminated here in Bozeman.  This just confirms to me again that our moving to Texas is what we are supposed to be doing.

God must really want us there soon, because now we are needing to make the move much more quickly than originally planned.

We have recently been told that we need to gather and strengthen our families for what lies ahead.  I really believe that is why it is so urgent for us to be near family.

We are packing packing packing so that we will be ready when his job on the other end gives us a date they need him to start.  We expect we will be moving sometime in September.  That means there is only a few more weeks to enjoy our Beautiful Montana!

So... Yes, I believe it was a blessing to have already prepared to make the move.  And that is why I know that God Loves Me!

I am a Mormon! To learn more about my belief's go here.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Guess What????

Today is my Blogoversary!!!

Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary, Happy Anniversary to me!!!!  

Three Years ago today I became an official blogger. 

If I would have had all my ducks in a row and some organization in my life I would have planned something special to celebrate.  You can call me a slacker I suppose.  I will do better next year, I promise!!!

Thanks for all of you who follow my blog, who have become my friends, who have shared the details of your lives with me.  I love you and I am grateful to all of your friendships!

Here is to many more Blogoversaries!  

Saturday, July 9, 2011

It's time for that BIG announcement...

I warned you there was some BIG news coming.  Guess it's time I let the cat out of the bag.

Here goes......

Sometime within the next 3 to 4 months, I will no longer be able to blog about Our Adventures in Big Sky Country because........

We Are Moving!

Yes I am moving away from my beloved State of Montana.


Utah?    No

California?  No

Arizona?  No

Texas?  Yes

Springtown, Texas to be exact

I will need to dust off my cowboy boots and cowboy hat and practice my hey y'all's and yeehaw's, and get myself ready for some Texas Heat!  


To be near my sister and Bill's family, and to provide assistance to my in-laws in their Golden Years!  To help take care of their property and care for their Llamas. Because we will be able to build a home on part of the property.  And I will also be closer to job opportunities within my career path. 


Not sure of the exact date yet.  Waiting in limbo for Dear Hubby's job transfer.  Hopefully, before Winter for sure.

I am sad to leave behind the mountains and the beauty of this area.  I will always consider this the most beautiful place on this Earth.  But I am excited for the opportunity to begin fulfilling some lifelong dreams, as well as being closer to family.  

I know with all my heart that Texas is where we are supposed to be at this time in our lives, just like I know that it will be our final destination.  The place that we will forever call home.  The place where we will live out the remainder of our lives. 

I will keep ya'll informed as soon as we know anything.  

Now on to another announcement..... 

I will need to create a new name for my blog.  And I want to offer a prize giveaway to the person who's name I choose to use as my blog title.  I don't know what the prize will be just yet, but it will most likely be something from Texas.  So get your thinking caps on and send me your ideas PLEASE!!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Texas Part 4 - Parker's Baptism & Lockheed Martin

Besides wanting to see and visit with family, there was another reason for our Texas vacation.  My nephew, Parker, was going to be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  It was another really great reason to be there during that time.   My parents came from Utah to be there, and it had been almost a year since I had seen them.  And so we were able to spend time with both families.   I'm really glad my sister, Valerie, and Billy's parents and family all live within 30 to 40 miles from each other.

Here are a few photos of the baptism.

Parker with his parents
Bob, Parker, Valerie

Parker with Gpa & Gma Alldredge 
(my parents)

Parker and his dad in front of font

Parker with his Dad

Both Grandfather's

Both Grandmother's

The Alldredge side of the family
Bob, my parents, Valerie and Parker

Parker with his cousin at the luncheon
 Luncheon after the baptism

It was a great day.  I am so glad I was able to attend and participate by playing the piano for the baptism.  Parker, thank you for inviting me!  I am so proud of the wonderful boy you are.  I love you!


Later in the day after the baptism, we met up with Bill's parents.  We were scheduled to go on a tour of Bill's dad's work.  He work's for Lockheed Martin in Ft. Worth and he was able to give a tour of the whole plant.  He had to go to a lot of trouble to get the proper security in order for us to see the plant and I am so grateful for him doing that.  This was another major highlight of my vacation.  

The plant is HUGE and we had to drive golf cart type vehicles in order to get from one end to the other as it is over a mile long.  This is where they actually build fighter jets from start to finish.  At the Ft. Worth plant they are currently building the F-35 Lightening and the F-22 Raptor.  


It was an awesome place to be able to see where and how our fighter jets are created.  My father-in-law has worked there for years and has a very important job.  He has invented many things that have been patented and used in the building of some of these aircraft's.  I always new that he is a very smart and knowledgeable man, but I didn't realize how much until I saw his wall of fame in his office.  Love him!  Thanks Dad for making it possible for us to see where you work and what you do.  

This day is the last day of our Texas trip.  The next morning we flew back home to Bozeman, Montana.  We left 100 degree hot and humid weather and arrived to a rainy and cool 55 degrees.  That is Montana for you.  

We had a wonderful week spent making memories that will last us a lifetime and beyond.  Thanks to all my family for making it awesome!  Thanks for the many laughs, good food, card games, and all the wonderful experiences we got to share with everyone.  I am blessed to have two wonderful families that I love.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Texas Part 3 - PARTY!!!!

Prior to this trip, it has been SIX YEARS since Dear Hubby had been home and seen any of his family, and it was the first time for me to meet (in person) my new extended family.   It is for this reason my sweet and amazing mother-in-law planned a family party event.

DH's brother, Brad, has a very nice large yard, complete with a pool and large covered patio, so the planning began and the extended family was invited and the food was ordered from a local caterer.  MIL even invited my sister's family and my parents who were in town visiting also.

The day arrived, the food arrived (and boy was it good!), the family came, and the party began.  There was eating and visiting and swimming and eating some more.  It was a great time!  My MIL went to a lot of trouble to create such a special party where fabulous memories were made.  Thanks Mom!

Here are a few many photos that details the days events.

Aunt Karen, Cousin Valerie & Jeff

Enjoying the Yummy Food

Aunt Patsy, Uncle John, Aunt Sandy 

My Mom and Mother-In-Law with Valerie (My Sis) in the middle

The Two Boys
Billy & Bradley

Nephew Austin

Family Togetherness!!

Techie Brothers


Beautiful Ladies
Valerie (my sis), and Brenda in background

Cousin Valerie

Poolside Fun

Parker & Grandma in deep conversation 
Love this Picture!

More Poolside Fun

The coolest boy ever!!

The party was great fun.  I loved meeting everyone and can't wait to see them again sometime soon.  

To my mother-in-law D'Ann, Billy & I can't tell you enough how thankful we are for all you did to get this party arranged and for the great food and fun that was provided.  It really meant a lot to Billy and we both  loved spending time with everyone.  This day was one of the most memorable days on our trip.  Thank You!!  We Love you!