So, while I was in California staying with my mom I got to have one of the coolest days I've had in a very long time.....it was one of those days when things just go right and you just know you'll always look back fondly!
First I got to see my old friend, Steve. We used to hang out in high school. I had not seen him since my wedding....many years ago. He was such a great guy and drove up from San Diego to have lunch. We sat in my mom's backyard remembering old times and talking about our lives now...it was such a great visit!! Thanks Steve!!
Then My sweet Courtney girl and her husband came over for dinner. Before I was married I was a nanny. It came at a cross roads in my life...I know Heavenly Father had a big hand in guiding me to the Simnitt's. There are three kids...Erin who was 6 at the time, Courtney who was 4, and Matthew who was 1. These sweet kids had just lost their mom to cancer. She was a beautiful woman and I know it was so hard for her to leave them. My heart felt so connected to them from the beginning. I instantly just loved them so much. I learned so much about being a mom from them...about how kids are everyday, not just when you babysit for a couple hours on a Friday night. I cried with them and laughed with them and bribed them with ice cream. I sang to them, read to them and played with them. I lost my temper sometimes and then would feel bad and hug them and tell them sorry. Erin was so independent and had her own way..always. I loved that about her...I always knew she would grow into a strong, beautiful woman. Courtney was so snugly and loved hugs. I always knew she would grow to be a smart, lovely woman. Matthew was only a baby and I feel sad to think he doesn't remember me.....From the pictures I've seen he's grown into a handsome young man...and it makes me feel old to think he's in college now. Oh how I let myself become so attached to them!! When Aaron and I got engaged it was such a hard decision to move to Utah....I knew I would miss my little nanny kids...but I had NO IDEA how much!! I cried and cried over them. When Zack was a baby their dad moved his family to Orem. I went down to get Erin and Courtney to come and stay for the weekend at our house....it was so fun to see them. I wish I'd done that many more times......they later moved to Idaho and then I lost contact with them for many years. One day I decided to look them up on Facebook...I found them! I'm so so glad! Courtney is now living in California with her husband while he goes to dental school...Erin is living in Canada interning for a Publishing company. Both girls are drop dead gorgeous!!! Matt is now going to BYU Idaho. I'm just so proud of all of them...I'm so thankful for my time with them and even more thankful for the times to come!