"Do your best and be a little better then you are."
Pres. Gordon B. Hinkley

Monday, December 29, 2008

Funeral Services for Kathy

The viewing for Kathy will be held tomorrow,
December 30 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at
Bunker funeral home located at
Garden Chapel33
North Centennial Way
Mesa, AZ 85201
The funeral will be held the following day
Wednesday, Dec 31st
at 10:00am at the Mesa South Stake Center LDS Chapel
located on Southern in between Stapley & Hall

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Kathy left this world yesterday the 27th at around 10:30 in the morning. She was surrounded by her children, family and close friends. She was truly amazing and a example in every way. This is a loss that will be felt forever. I loved Kathy, she was my mom's best friend and a second mom to me. I think back upon my life and can't think of anything that didn't involve Kathy and her family. I don't know what we are going to do without her. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life. I love you, Kathy. The Abney Family.
Families are forever they will all be together again, and what a reunion that will be.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Welcome Home Meg!

Yippee Megan's home!!! Todd little sister Megan arrived home last night at 11:15 pm from serving a 18 month mission in Romania. She was such a inspiration while serving the Lord and the people of Romania. I just love her and her conviction for what is right. I hope I have a daughter like her some day. We are so glad we got our Meg back just in time for Christmas. That for sure is our favorite gift this year. We love you Meg and our so proud of you! Welcome home girl!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Watch Tonight!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20th Join Generation Rescue spokesperson Jenny McCarthy, co-founder JB Handley and president Stan Kurtz for a candid conversation with Larry King about autism.
The statistics are staggering:
every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed :
1:150 children are affected
1:96 boys
67 families a day receive a diagnosis
Now hear the facts tomorrow night as Larry King asks the tough questions on:
How to vaccinate while lowing the risk of children getting autism
How to effectively treat and prevent autism, ADHD and other neurological disorders and chronic illness
You can be part of the show. What do you think about what's being said? You can chat, ask questions, interact with guests, producers, even Larry!Go to Larry King Live BlogJoin us, Saturday, December 20th, 2008 6pm/9pm PST/EST on CNN.
After the show, Stan Kurtz and JB Handley will publish candid letters on how to lower your risks of having a child with autism and how families with autism can learn about treatments.
Following the show visit the Generation Rescue website for more information.________________________________________________________________________________________________
The team at www.GenerationRescue.orgemail: info@generationrescue.orgweb: www.GenerationRescue.orgphone: 1.877.98AutismGeneration Rescue is an international movement of scientists, physicians and parent-volunteers researching the causes and treatments for autism and mentoring thousands of families in recovering their children from autism.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Family Pictures

Last month we had our family Pictures taken by the Fabulous Nat! It's not so bad to have a Best Friend that takes such great photos. She was so great with no stress, I didn't have to worry about my kids and knew she would totally understand. Loved it and we got some really great pictures from it. The only stress was the over sized navy shirt Jojo is wearing. He wouldn't put on the shirt we had gotten him so we had to improvise. Enjoy the pics and thanks again Nat or the great photos!

Holding Hands!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thank You!

It's OVER!!! And it was a HUGE success. Thanks to everyone who donated their things and time. We really have been blessed with amazing people around us, who set such great examples to me of service and love. I hope to be able to be more like them. I'm amazed and all my great friends and family who took time out of there busy lives to help us. It really means so much. We couldn't have done it without you.
Here are some pictures of Saturday, I couldn't find my camera for the other days, so I didn't get pictures of the others. ( for some reason these days I can't seem to figure out what the order of the pics are going to be so here they are in random order.) Who doesn't love Shep. He had a blast playing with all the kids too.
Todd and I with our fanny packs! Yup, that is right mine is bright green straight from the early 90's!

Todd loving it!

Tal and Jenn

Candace! Dressed to kill.

Nat helped everyday, she was AWESOME!

Loving being in the back of Uncle Talans truck.

(by the way thanks Talan now he wants in every ones truck!)

John looking HOMELESS! He pretty much was for the 3 days. He was in heaven with so many kids to play with.

JoJo loving swinging that Dino. It was massive!

And it's over!
Special Thanks to.... My Mom& Dad, Todd, Nat, Stacey, Barb, Heidi, Jill, Holly, Shauni , Jenn, Candace, Talan, Darin, Travis, Ryan, Anney, Sis McClaws, Sandy, Karen & Ted,everyone that donated & so many more! Thank you so much!

Monday, December 1, 2008


*Just a reminder for JoJo's garage sell this weekend.(Friday & Saturday) It's going to be at my parents house, located across the street from Mesa High. (Southern & Hall)
*Also we are still collecting anything you guys don't want. You can drop it by my parents house or give me a call and we will come pick it up. (480-242-1931)
*Thanks for every ones support, We love you!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thank You!

Thank you to the nice person who sent me a gift card to Ann Taylor Loft. That really was the sweetest thing and meant so much. I wish I could do a better Thank You but the person didn't leave a name. Thanks again, it was SO fun!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Welcome to Holland

I wanted to share an e-mail I was given by my good friend Megan. She sent it to me last year after one of my bawl sessions t o her. It's really hard to express the way I feel about having a son with autism but this little story sums it up perfect.

byEmily Perl Kingsley.
c1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland

Monday, November 3, 2008

Noah & Jill Halloween Party!

It was so fun to finally live in AZ so we could attend Noah & Jill's Halloween Party. They did one amazing job. The theme was HOLLYWOOD so Todd and I decided to dress up as Joy and Crab Man from the show "My name is Earl" It was so fun dressing up and Todd was a good sport about it all. I wish I had pictures of everyone else there was some great costumes.Crab Man & Joy!
I loved shopping for Joy, it was so fun!

My tummy said "Karma Sucks".

The happy couple!

Halloween 08!

Halloween 08! ( I thought I had put the pics in order but o-well) This year John was Super Man and JoJo was a football player and Todd and I were Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carey (notice the green your vaccines t-shirt) We had a lot of fun trick or treating. JoJo loved it and John just wanted to push the stroller. After hitting some houses in the neighborhood we headed to Todd's sisters house Stacey for some Halloween Fun! Here are some of the pictures of the night.John & Me

JoJo ready to trick or treat!
So he hated the black on his face so he smeared it everywhere. So he was a football player after the game!

The Family!

Nat the Swedish Milk Maid!

Jim & Jenny!

Super Man and his Daddy!

JoJo after the game!



Love him!