Doesn't this picture look like I am full of energy and ready to conquer anything! This was taken a few months before I really needed to jump on the "I think I can" engine. The Lord has thrown us a curve ball and given Birch the opportunity to serve as the Second Counselor in the our ward. For those not familiar with our church, it means Birch will have the chance assist the Bishop in ministering the temporal and spiritual affairs of the congregation.
Alex was especially sad when Birch told him about his new calling because he was anxiously anticipating Birch being his scoutmaster (Birch's previous calling for the past three years). Birch quickly assured him that he would still have lots of opportunities to be with him in his upcoming scouting activities and campouts. Tyler shed a few tears too but I think that was because Alex was crying. Alysee was off in la la land working on a letter to her favorite school teacher and Nate and Coop just wanted to make sure that their daddy was still going to be able to play with them. Birch is such a great daddy that the kids (and me) sometimes have a hard time sharing him.
Mostly I have been a little scared about going to church and sitting with six kids during sacrament meeting without Birch because he will be on the stand with the rest of the Bishopric. In fact, when Birch was called two Sundays ago I had known for a couple of days but the tears still started flowing as he left my side. It wasn't but two minutes later a dear family friend joined our row and took a couple of kids and sat them right down on her lap. What would I do without such wonderful friends?!! I have felt so loved by many wonderful women that I know that I can call on many when I am in need of an additional set of hands. Birch as well has wrapped his arms around me and given me the strength that I need to be the supportive wife that I want to be. I am truly blessed!! I think I can....I think I can...I think I can...choo choo