Sunday, June 21, 2009


I wish that instead of just one day devoted to Fathers, that all fathers would be honored the same everyday. I am so blest to have such a devoted husband and father to our son Ethan. He has shown so much love to us. I am so grateful to have Ryan as the father of our child and future children. He shows patience, kindess and firmness.
Thanks to all the fathers out there giving and sacrificing for their families like my sweetie does for us. I love that Ryan and Ethan are two peas in a pod. They had so much fun being together after a week apart. Daddy we love you.

I am so grateful to have all of the fathers in my life. Thank you to all for your love and support and for allowing me to become the woman that I am today. Thank you for your encouragement and examples that have given me the wings to fly and do what I need to do. I love you all and I can not imagine a world without fathers in it. Thanks.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Meet my family

So for all of my sweet and wonderful friends who have shown back up into my life, let me introduce you to my family.
Ryan and I met after the mission and married May 24, 2003. Right after we married, he joined the Air Force which has moved us to McGuire AFB in New Jersey.

As most of you know, Ryan and I met in Oregon. While I was in the mission, my family moved there. I went home to the Oregon Coast, 3 weeks later Ryan came home. He served in the Lima East Peru mission. It was so weird hearing him speak Spanish, it sounded like he wanted to speak Italian, but missing in so many ways. It didn't matter, I was an instant fan.

We have been so blest to have wonderful friends and family in our lives. Being in the military, Ryan has deployed twice and will be leaving again this August for another 6 months. Luckily, he is going somewhere safe. We love being able to rely on loved ones for the support and reality checks!

After 4 1/2 years of marriage and lots of testing, we found out that we were pregnant. Father's Day 2007 was the best father's day for the both of us. To say the least, I am not a glowing pregnant woman. I'm a hippopotamus that retains way to much water, combined with a duck who can't walk straight, and that is the way that I looked. And no, I am not over exaggerating

We found out in November that Ryan would be deploying in January of the following year for 6 months. We tried to see if he could stay home long enough for the birth of our son. They told us no and 2 weeks later, Ethan Ryan Clark was born. 8lbs 5 oz. 21 inches long. He was a beautiful healthy baby boy. We stayed in the hospital for a week, we both were a little sick, and the doctor didn't want us to leave until he was sure we would be okay. This picture is the first with Ryan and Ethan together. Ryan got home in July and August 2008, we went back to where we met, Rockaway Beach Oregon, his home town and had a family reunion with his family.

Ethan is such a fun and loving baby boy. He is all boy! We have had so much fun with him and watching him grow and learn. He loves music, playing the piano, baseball, football, playing outside on the slides and swings. He is in love with Mickey Mouse! I have to say I'm kind of excited about that one. The other day he discovered birds. I had to take some video of that one. I'll try to post it. But for now, here is our miracle.

Enjoy our little ray of sunshine and remember its the simple things in life that brings us joy!
We do! All our love.