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S: "I Love" Christmas!

BC: Christmas Tree Pyramid , 2010 | Merry Christmas Love, Mom

FC: "I Love"

1: Why not do something that would help my family see how much they really love each other? | Wait... Don't turn that page just yet! | (What I realized doing this book: I sure took a lot of videos for Christmases! Where are all the Christmas Pictures???) | Humor me for a minute. The year is 1991 and our family has just survived its first year together. Whew! And what a whirlwind, chaotic year that was for all of us! Now, picture a young mother: A 27-year-old starry-eyed dreamer with bright, rose colored glasses, which blurred her vision a wee bit. Yup. That was me. My goal: Unite this wildly spinning family into a peaceful, loving, calm, eternal family unit. Big goal, I know, but I love a good challenge. Hence, the bright idea (Insert light bulb here...)! | Wouldn't that be the BEST Christmas gift they could possibly receive? So meaningful! So touching! Yes, I could just see my little angels: Lined up in a row, on that big blue family room couch, tears streaming down their faces Christmas morning, as they realized HOW SPECIAL they are! HOW LOVED they are by their family. Ahhh. Sigh. It would be GLORIOUS! Alas, like so many of my well-intentioned, ill-fated ideas, this had to be one of the WORST. There they were: Poor little babies, lined up in a row Christmas morning, forced to wait to open their presents, while their maniacal mother, who had started out with such love in her heart and pure intentions, melted down in front of their very eyes. Why? Because as she droned on and on and on, she watched her babies squirm, fight, and wiggle, the while complaining, “When DO we get to open our presents?!”, I became more and more desperate to keep control over my little hooligan angels and my starry-eyed dream. Did I give up? No. You know I don't give up too easily. I forced my children to sit through this torturous ritual year after year, hoping each year that THIS would be the year they would finally catch the vision. This year they would value this offering of love over the beautifully wrapped mounds of presents beckoning them beneath the tree. | It took me five whole years to realize, or should I say, remember what it was like to be a child. (Yes, I am a bit slow to learn.) And believe me, I would have felt the same way had my mother made me sit and listen to an hour of dribble before being allowed to open my presents on Christmas morning. However, time changes things! Now my children are approaching the age I was when I first initiated this idea. I wonder? What would they think of that torturous dribble now? Let's find out! (You can turn the page now...)

2: I love Bekah cuz Bekah says me so cute. I like her to let me play. She help me with dishes. --Rane, 1991 | I love Mommy because she is nice and makes food for me. She plays games and lets me sit on her lap. She teaches me songs. I don't know any more because I forgot them. I just love her. Oh, and Mommy dances with me and tickles my back. She lets us watch movies and play outside when Jakee takes naps. --Dallin, 1991 | I love Jacob because he's cute. I like to share with him. He's funny because when I tickle him, he laughs cute. --Bekah, 1991 | I love Kendall because he takes care of me and he plays with me. He is my biggest brother and I want to be just like him.--Jacob (with help from Mom), 1991 | I love Dad because he is my very best friend. He always tries to understand me. He is very sensitive and loving, not only to me, but to everyone. He is so handsome and distinguished, but he also has an adorable personality and sense of humor. --Mom, 1991 | I love Dallin because he is so carefree and exuberant. He shares his things with everyone and he is usually everyone's friend. I love when he helps me to do things. Dallin has an amazing love for outdoors and animals. --Mom, 1991 | 1991 | Christmas Eve, 1994 | Dallin and Kendall with their Christmas Eve Hauls! 1995 | 2

3: I love Dallin because he's fun to play with and he's smart and he likes to sing. I like him to play with me at school. --Kendall, 1991 | I love Bekah because she has such a pretty, happy face. She is fun. She teases, but not too much. She is such a little girl and loves her makeup and dress-up. She minds me and doesn't question what I ask her to do. --Daddy, 1991 | I love Mommy. She made me dinosaurs. Cuz um, Cuz um. I love. Cuz, cuz, she reads me a book. Mommy say we have to take a bath. I want a shower. She play the piano and dance. She let me plant flowers and its nice to play. --Rane, 1991 | I love Rane because he draws me pretty pictures. He asks me to hold him and read to him. He likes me to rub his hair with a soft tug. Rane hugs me and tells me lots of “know whats”. He does his chores well –especially sweeping the kitchen. --Daddy, 1991 | I love Kendall because he's fun to play with (like house). He is funny and kinda cute. --Bekah, 1991 | I love Jacob because he's cute and I like to play with him and he plays with me when he chases me and Rane and I chase him. --Dallin, 1991 | Mommy tickles me. She reads to me. She wrestles to me. Lets me be her helper. --Jacob, 1991 | I love Rane because he watches t.v. with me and we play in the morning when the other kids are at school. I am sad when he goes to school. --Jacob (with help from Mom), 1991 | I love Daddy because he's nice and he gets us food. I like to help him wrap presents. And he helps me do my homework. --Kendall, 1991 | Christmas Eve, 1993 | 3

4: I love Mommy because she is my first concern. Mommy is the best friend I have. She is kind, supporting and oh so trusting. She lives for me and takes care of me and our children. She is my little girl. She puts herself last. She likes to dress up on special occasions. She is so beautiful and extremely talented. She can do almost anything she decides she wants to do. I love her. --Daddy, 1991 | I love Jacob because he's funny and he's cute. I like to play cars with him. And he likes my toys. --Kendall, 1991 | I love Dallin because he is fun to play with when he lets me play. I love to chase him and to help him make his bed. --Jacob (with help from Mom), 1991 | I love Kendall cuz I like watching him play with my little dinosaurs and big dinosaurs. He give me lot of money to buy bubble tape. He shares his snack up in his bedroom long, long, time ago with me. --Rane, 1991 | I love Bekah because she is the sweetest, most beautiful girl in the world. I love her kindness and the way she tries to make people happy. She has a cute personality and I like her bubbliness. --Mom, 1991 | I love Rane because he is cute and he likes to play with me and I like to play with him. He shares his dinosaurs and he likes to play with me with them. --Dallin, 1991 | I love Daddy because he is nice and he works for us. He buys us clothes and buys us food. I like to work with him. He's handsome. And loving. --Bekah, 1991 | Christmas Eve, 1993 | Tutu, Christmas Eve, 1997 | 4

5: I love Mommy because she hugs and holds me. She helps me make decorations. She brings us home treats. She feeds me and takes care of us. She lets the maid do my chores. She helps me learn to read. --Kendall, 1991 | I love Kendall because he is so eager to learn. He loves to be with me and help me with my work. Kendall plays well with his younger brothers and sister. Kendall draws me nice pictures. He wants to do what is right. He has a sparkle in his eyes. --Daddy, 1991 | I love Daddy because he is always gentle. I really like when he reads to me. He helps me to learn things like saying prayers. I like to hug and kiss him when he comes home from work. --Jacob (with help from Mom), 1991 | I love Jacob cuz he funny. I like to play chase after him then he chase after me. I like making his bed and he make our bed. He very, very nice. He gives me Kendall's toy. --Rane, 1991 | I love Bekah because she plays games with me like I'm a dog and she's a teenager. I like when she jumps on the trampoline with me. --Dallin, 1991 | I love Dallin because he's cute. I like his dimples. We have fun playing dogs and we like spying. --Bekah, 1991 | I love Rane because of his adorable personality. I love the stories he tells me and the way his eyes sparkle when he is excited. I love the way he eats and his expressive face. --Mom, 1991 | I love Jacob because he calls me “Dad”. He lets me hold him and play cars. He sits on my lap and I read to him. He is so happy. Jake has Daddy's cowlick. He loves to sing. Jake loves to be with his older brothers and sister. He watches them carefully and wants to do everything they do. --Daddy, 1991 | Michael Martineau & Grandma & Grandpa Visit, Christmas Eve, 1998 | 5

6: FUN IN THE SNOW! and some great snow sculptures ... | 6

7: I love Rane because he is funny and he's fun to play monster with. I like to wrestle with him. --Kendall I love Dallin because he draws pretty pictures of Mommy and Dad. Dallin take my shoes off and rubs my feet. He brings me glasses of ice water to my chair. He sings songs to me. He likes to help me paint pine cones and helps to wash dishes. --Daddy I love Mommy because she is pretty. She is kind. She fixes me dinner. She takes care of me when I am sick and takes me to the doctor. She drives me to the bus stop when raining. She helps me to look pretty.--Bekah, I love Daddy cuz, cuz, he gave me food. I like him read to me an-- he --an I want some Santa Claus from Daddy. Cuz he says do my chore and let me do everything. --Rane I love Bekah because she is always nice to me and she always helps me and shares with me and teaches me things. --Jacob (with help from Mom) I love Dallin cuz I like playing with Dallin. He like little toads. You have to wash your hands. --Rane | I love Bekah because she shares and she helps us to read and she helps us spell. I like when she plays spy with me. --Kendall I love Rane because he's cute. I love him. He's fun to play house with. I like the way he puts his shoes on the wrong feet. --Bekah I love Kendall because he is so intelligent, artistic, and he has such a soft heart under his tough exterior. He does everything he does well and to perfection. I love how kind he is to Jake. --Mom | I love Jacob because he is my baby. He has such an adorable smile! I love when he plays with me and how he follows me around. He is a good helper too! –Mom | I love Daddy because he does things for me like he brings us some food and milk. I like to play Hide-and-go-seek in the dark with him. --Dallin | 1991 | 7

8: I love Bekah because she is the most beautiful girl in the world to me—inside and out. She is talented and creative. I just adore the plays, songs, stories, and drawings she creates. She is very helpful to me and I love the way she helps her brothers and plays with them. She is turning into such a sweet young girl, but she will always be my baby girl. I love doing mother-daughter things with her and hope we can do more. --Mom, 1992 I love Bekah because she is nice and she plays with me. I like playing school and house. She gives me things and lets me play with her toys. --Kendall, 1992 I love Bekah because she plays with me a lots. Fun games like babies, floating away on a ship, house, and castle. She's fun and nice. --Dallin, 1992 I love Bekah because she's my sister. I like Bekah because she always plays with me. --Rane, 1992 I love Bekah because I play with her and love her. I like to get a kiss for her. --Jacob, 1992 I love Bekah because she is so obedient and kind. Bekah is a joy in our home. It seems to me that the boys spend a lot of time in her room playing. This shows me how much she loves them by her sharing. I love her hugs and kisses. --Dad, 1992 I like Bekah because she is at good piano. --Rane, 1996 | 1999 | 8 | 1991 | 2000 | 2003

9: I like Bekah because she is nice.--Jacob, 1996 I love Bekah because she lets me play games with her and she shares candy with me. I liked when she rode bikes up and down the big hill behind our house with me. --Dallin, 1994 I love Bekah because she is nice and shares candy. I like to play Mario Nintendo with her. She plays Rummy with me. --Rane, 1994 I love Bekah because she buys presents for us. She makes lots of things for us. She's nice and pretty and she plays with me a lot. I like to play with her. --Kendall, 1994 I love Bekah because she always plays with me. She rides her bike with me. --Jacob, 1994 I love the way Rebekah is growing up. She is turning into a beautiful little lady. She is very creative and loves to do the same things that I like to do. She is a wonderful friend to me. She is very nurturing and sweet. She helps me with just about everything. I love her and am thankful for the day she was born. I am so blessed to have her for a daughter! --Mommy, 1994 I love Bekah because she likes to hug me and kiss me good night at least six times! Bekah is growing up. Her favorite thing to say is, “Oh, Daddy!” Bekah loves to take care of Mommy and tag along, just to do girl things. Bekah is a good sister and worries that her brothers do the right thing. I am blessed to have my daughter, Rebekah, and I love you. --Dad, 1994 | Trip to DisneyLand with Mom, Grammy, Uncle Dan, Aunt Shelley and Kiara, 1987 | 9 | 1992 | January 2006

10: I love Jake because he is my little baby boy. He loves me to hold him (I like when he says, “I want to hold you!”) I like to sing with him. I love the way he likes to help me. I think it is fun to watch him play with other kids. He is very concerned about what they want to do and shares so well. I love the neat things he can do like jump, dance, sing in Sunshine, and count to three. --Mom, 1992 I love Jacob because he's chubby and cute. I like it when he laughs. He draws pretty pictures. --Bekah, 1992 I love Jake because he is nice and he shares his toys with me. He plays with me and helps me do my chores. --Kendall, 1992 I love Jacob because he plays with me and Rane. He's fun because he's funny and I like the way he laughs. --Dallin, 1992 I love Jake because he always lets me play with his toys and I always let him play with my toys. I like when he sings at Sunshine with me. --Rane, 1992 I love Jacob because he is a good helper. I love to hold him on my lap at Church and hear him sing the hymns. He loves everyone and plays and shares with every one. I love that he is not afraid to say, “I want to hold you me.” --Dad, 1992 I love Jacob because he likes to be like his older siblings and tries hard. --Bekah, 1996 I like Jacob because he is nice too.--Rane, 1996 | -10- | Christmas Eve 2006 | Strongman Jacob, 2005

11: I love Jacob because he plays the games that me and Rane play. He's nice and shares his stuff with us. --Dallin, 1994 I love Jacob because he's my best brother. He always jumps (on the trampoline) and plays everything with me. He never fights with me very much. --Rane, 1994 I love Jacob because he is cute and he likes to be funny. He wants to be big like everyone else and he tries to follow our example. --Bekah, 1994 I love Jacob because he likes playing catch with me and Dallin a lot. He likes it when I chase him. He likes helping me. --Kendall, 1994 I love Jacob because he is a very kind boy. He always is willing to help or to share anything he has with anyone. I like to be at home alone with him in the morning before school because he keeps me company. He helps me make cookies. He can do so many things now because he is growing up so fast. He loves to make his own lunches—and he even cleans up the mess afterward! I love watching him play with his brothers and sister and seeing the way he tries to emulate them. He is a very special boy—and he is a blessing to me. --Mom, 1994 I love Jacob because he likes to spend time with Daddy. Jacob likes to have everyone go to school so he can eat breakfast with me. I like to read to Jacob, and I like it when he massages my hands. Jacob is a kind boy and he likes to share. He enjoys being with the family and loves us all. I love you Jacob.--Dad, 1994 | -11- | Family Ski/Snowboard Trip to Utah, Christmas Break, 2004 (Mom stayed home waiting for Bladyn to be born. Cordae and Rustin went along to help with Nikayla and Natalya. Fun Trip! | 1992 | 2001

12: I love Daddy because I love to hug him. I like when he reads. I like when he kisses me. --Rane, 1992 I love Daddy because he always love us. He reads. I like to wraps presents with him. --Jacob, 1992 I love Dad because he is nice and he provides a house for me. --Bekah, 1996 I love Kirk because he is the most understanding man in the whole world. He has been so kind and considerate this whole year— even though I've been sick (and grumpy) most of it. He always surprises me by his kindness and his constant good mood. He is an example, inspiration, and a blessing to me. I love him even more every year!! --Mommy Wendy, 1994 I like Dad because he is happy. --Jacob, 1996 I like Dad because he smiles a lot. --Rane, 1996 I love Daddy because he gives us candy. Cause he always makes cookies and he lets me help. I like when he reads stories to me and he always lets us watch movies when we're sick and it's Sunday. --Jacob, 1994 | -12- | 2010 | Christmas Eve 2007 | 2006 | 2002

13: I love Daddy because he is the most wonderful person in the world. He has perfect control of his temper—that is if he has any temper at all. He is very thoughtful and kind. He wants us to have good memories as a family and works hard to create them. He works hard to support us and to provide us with so many nice things. I always wanted to marry a man who could do anything just like my Dad could—and Daddy can. He is gentle, yet firm. I enjoy being with him because he has such a wonderful personality. --Mom, 1992 I love Daddy because he is nice and buys us food and clothes to wear. I like it when Daddy holds me and kisses me. I like going to the store with him because he lets us buy stuff. --Bekah, 1992 I love Daddy because he is nice and he buys treats for us when we work. I like to play with him, especially the game Trouble. I like helping him make breakfast and beans for dinner. --Kendall, 1992 I love Daddy because he loves me. I love him because he works for me and he makes money so we can have food and clothes. I like working with him. I like to read to him. I like when he plays Musical Mice with me. --Dallin, 1992 I love Daddy because he reads to me and he makes breakfast for me. I liked when Daddy took me to Disneyland because it was fun. Dad is kind. --Rane, 1994 | I love Daddy because he helps me and he's nice. I likes when he took us boys fishing this year because he brought treats for us to eat while we were fishing. I liked going to Father's and Son's Outing with him. --Dallin, 1994 I love Daddy because he's my Daddy and he's nice and friendly. He works hard for our family and makes a living for us. I like to go places with him like to the store or park. I love my Daddy because he cares about me. --Bekah, 1994 I love Daddy because he loves me and he makes us breakfast. He's my Dad. I like to help him work sometimes—like building. I like to play basketball with him. He helps me sign up for activities like sports. I like going fishing and camping with him. He's nice. --Kendall, 1994 | -13- | 1994

14: I love Rane because he learns stuff fast. I like to play school with him. I like to teach him things. --Bekah, 1992 I love Rane because he's cute and I like his freckles. He is funny because he does fun things. He sings good. --Kendall, 1992 I love Rane because he has so much energy. He loves life and gets so excited when playing games. I like him to sit on my lap and read to him. He gives good hugs and kisses. I love them! --Dad, 1992 | I love Rane because he plays with me a lots when Bekah is playing with Kendall. I like to play babies with him and Jake, and we play ship games that are fun and we play pirates and we play Hot Lava games that we can't touch the ground. We love to play house lots of times when I don't go to school. --Dallin, 1992 I love Rane because he always let me eat his candy. He always like Dalmatians. He always play with me and make tent. --Jacob, 1992 | I love Rane because he is so much fun to watch. He never sits still and is always on the go. I love him to help me and I am glad that he likes to help me. I think Rane was so cute in his Christmas play at school this year. He sang the best and loudest of all the kids. He is very smart and not much slips by him. I love Rane because he plays so nicely with Jacob and helps Jacob learn to do things and learn to play. --Mom, 1992 I love Rane because he's my little brother. I like when he plays games like house and checkers with me. He let me help decorate his tree. Dallin, 1994 | 1996 | 2004

15: I like Rane because he is a good play mate. --Jacob, 1996 I love Rane because he likes talking to people. I like to play games with him outside. --Bekah, 1994 I love Rane because he shares candy with me a lot and he likes wrestling with me, even if we are not supposed to. He lets me borrow his things to play with all the time like his Mortal Combat game, Dr. Dreadful Food Lab, and his big dinosaurs. --Kendall, 1994 I love Rane because he gives me candy and nuts. I like how Rane always plays with me. He plays Nintendo with me. --Jacob, 1994 I love Rane because he adds so much spice to our family life. He is always making sound effects, and has so much fun when he plays. I love the way he plays with his little brother, Jacob, and is willing to help others with their chores. He is dependable and does a good job with the things he needs to get done. I love hearing the cute things he says. Our life would be boring without Rane. I am lucky to have him for my son. --Mom, 1994 I love Rane because he likes to have me read to him and he massages my head. Rane likes to help Daddy. Rane is considerate and likes to make sure everyone is involved. Rane is just fun to be around. I love you Rane. --Dad, 1994 I love Rane because he is cute and we need a person like him in our family. It wouldn't be complete if he wasn't here. --Bekah, 1996 | -15- | 1988 | Mama Cindy shows off her new Christmas Present: Rane! 1987

16: I love Dallin because he is always nice to others. I love him because he plays well with everyone. I like to watch him when he's learning to read. He is reading so well. He is a lot of fun to be around. I like the presents he makes for me. I especially liked watching him in his Christmas play at school this year. I was so proud of him. I love how he likes to sing so much—just like his Mommy Cindy. He sings so beautifully! --Mom, 1992 I love Dallin because he's nice and he's the best brother I ever had in the whole world. He is nicer to me than the other boys. I like to play with him. --Bekah, 1992 I love Dallin because he's chubby and cute. I like to sit on the bus with him. He shares his toys with me. -- Kendall, 1992 I love Dallin because he always plays with me. He always shares candy with me. --Rane, 1992 I love Dallin because he always share candy with me and Rane. He eats snow—just eat snow. --Jacob, 1992 I love Dallin because he is never too busy to stop and enjoy God's creations. He plays well with everyone and shares his things. I love to have Dallin read to me. I love his hugs and kisses. --Dad, 1992 | -16- | Christmas Eve Jammies 1991 | Dallin's Christmas Program 1997 | Christmas Eve 1986

17: I love Dallin because he's real nice. He helped me decorate my tree. I like playing UNO with him and jumping on the trampoline with him. --Rane, 1994 I love Dallin because he's my brother and he's fun to be around. He likes to play games with people. I like playing with him because he makes up games that are fun. --Bekah, 1994 I love Dallin because he's the brother next closest to me so he plays basketball, soccer, catches the football, and plays baseball with me. He's fun to be around—especially when he's in a good mood. I like it when he shares candy with me. --Kendall, 1994 I love Dallin because he always lets me wear his hats. --Jacob, 1994 I love Dallin because he adds so much fun to our family. He's always ready to play games with us. He is friendly and intelligent. I like to watch him play because he knows how to make games fun. He is willing to help and to share. I love when he hugs and kisses me and massages my feet. He is sweet to me. I am happy that I get to be his mother.--Mom, 1994 I love Dallin because he loves to play games with me, and read to me. Dallin is loving and kind and likes to be involved with whatever is going on. Dallin has a hard time doing what I ask him to, but once he gets started, he enjoys working with me and I enjoy having him help me with whatever I am doing. I love you Dallin. --Dad, 1994 | -17- | Christmas 1987

18: I love Kendall because he is such a fun boy to be around. He is so shy sometimes, but he always knows what would be fun to do. I love it when he helps because he makes sure everything is done perfectly. I can count on him to get the job done right. He is the most artistic boy I know. His imagination for art amazes me. I like watching him help Daddy and I know one day he will be able to do anything—just like Daddy can do anything. --Mom, 1992 I love Kendall because he is nice and he plays with me. I like the way he acts because I think he is funny. I like it when he draws because he is an artist. --Bekah, 1992 I love Kendall because he sits with me on the bus and he lets me play with his toys. I like sharing a room with him because he's fun and nice. --Dallin, 1992 I love Kendall because he always lets me play with his toys. He draws good stuff like dragons for me. --Rane, 1992 I love Kendall because he always gives me hugs. He always lets me eat the one licorice. He always loves. --Jacob, 1992 I love Kendall because he has a kind heart. He worries about the sick and poor and wants everyone to be happy. He is not afraid to try to do things when he doesn't know how. He helps other kids learn by sharing his talents. I love his hugs and kisses. --Dad, 1992 I like Kendall because he is funny. --Jacob, 1996 | -18- | Kendall & Dallin play the Bells,Christmas Eve 1999 | Christmas Eve 2007

19: I love Kendall because he is fun to be around and he is an excellent drawer. --Bekah, 1996 I love Kendall because he's my big brother and I like sharing rooms with him. He lets me play his games with him. He rides bikes with me and he's funny. --Dallin, 1994 I love Kendall because he's fun. He always jumps on the trampoline and makes me laugh. He always lets me play with his toys. --Rane, 1994 I love Kendall because he's funny. He just is. He has a good sense of humor. I like to play games with him. I like it when we ride bikes. There. --Bekah, 1994 I love Kendall because he always sometimes he share with me. I like playing with him. --Jacob 1994 I love Kendall because he is very intelligent and he is a lot of fun to be around. He is growing so tall, so fast! I love the details in the stories he tells me. He is always willing to help me and he always has a hug or kiss for me. I love the way he helps his brothers and sister. I love watching him play ball. I am proud that he is my son. He is a great blessing to me in my life and to our family. --Mommy, 1994 I love Kendall because he does what I ask him to do, usually the first time. Kendall loves all sports, and tries to do his best at whatever he does. Kendall is loving and kind to all his brothers and his sister. Kendall has a good sense of humor and likes to wrestle and tease. Kendall is a good big brother. I love you Kendall. --Daddy, 1994 | -19- | Christmas 1987 | Christmas Eve 2001

20: I love Wendy because she is such a good companion to me. We can talk about anything, and I value her opinions. I like to work on projects with her and I like to hear her ideas. I enjoy incorporating her statements and ideas into what I do and think. Wendy is a good mother and is always concerned with what is best for our children. Wendy loves each of us. I love you, Wendy Marie! --Kirk, 1994 I like Mom because she is a good cook. --Rane, 1996 I love Mom because she helps me make things. Mom cares about me and she is sweet. She is my friend and lets me talk to her about lots of things. She likes to take us with her when she goes places. I just love her. --Bekah, 1994 I love Mommy because she is nice. She sometimes does my chore when I am at school. She makes dinner and washes my clothes. Sometimes she takes me to the store with her. I especially like it when she takes me to the park. I love you Mommy. --Rane, 1994 I love Mom because she is sweet and gentle and beautiful and she takes care of me. --Bekah, 1996 I like Mom because she makes my food. --Jacob, 1996 I love Mommy because she is nice. She does fun stuff with us. She lets us play ceramics. Ummm... she lets us open a present on Christmas Eve. She helps me with my homework, and she helps me learn to work by having me do my chore. I know Mommy loves me and I love her. --Dallin, 1994 | -20- | 2008 | Natalya & Mom, 2003

21: I love Mom because she is the only mom I have. I like being with her. She is fun. I like her to hug and kiss me. She is the best mom in the world! --Bekah, 1992 I love Mommy because she shares her candy that she loves so much with us. She is nice. She takes care of us and makes good dinners. --Kendall, 1992 I love Mommy because she does things for me. She makes food. She loves me. She kisses me. --Dallin, 1992 I love Mommy because—I don't know. She is my “Mommy”. That's all I got to say. She doesn't read to me anymore but she does play with me. --Rane, 1992 I love Mommy because she let me sing Teddy Bear for Christmas. I like Winnie the Pooh. Mommy always hug me. --Jacob, 1992 I love Mom because she takes good care of me. She is concerned with my problems. She supports me and believes in me. She tries every day to make our marriage better and is full of life. Mom is great to me. She understands me. I love her hugs, foot rubs, and her kisses. --Dad, 1992 I love Mommy because she loves me. Mom is nice and she helps me to learn the piano and helps with my homework. Mommy shares her goodies that other people bring to her. She makes fun things with us like ornaments and craft things. She makes taking trips fun, and she likes to take us with her on trips. I love Mom. --Kendall, 1994 | I love Mommy because she lets me help to make dinner. She always, sometimes, gives us desserts. Mommy helped me make a book. Mommy makes cookies and yummy deserts. Mommy always gives me candy. I like to be Mommy's helper in the mornings when everyone else is at school. I love her. --Jacob, 1994 | -21- | Christmas 2010 | Christmas Eve 1999

22: Nikalya 2006 | Natalya, Bladyn, Nikayla --2007 | Christmas Eve 1998 | 2005 | 2005 | Natalya Loves to Eat Snow! 2004 | Mom Relaxing--1994 | Saphira 2011 | Dallin, Rane, Jacob, Grammy Judy-- 2000 | -22-

23: 2010 | Bladyn 2010 | Bekah & Bladyn making Candy Stings - 2006 | 2007 | 2010 | Rane's B-D--1996 | 2010 | Cat Rane Gave Natalya--2005 | -23-

24: I love Mom because she is creative, crazy, adventurous, and funny. --Rane, 2011 I love Bekah because she's creative, beautiful, and organized. She's musical. --Nikayla, 2011 I love Cam because he's playful. --Natalya, 2011 I love Kendall! He's very, very genuine. Very kindhearted. So loving and caring. He's willing to make sacrifices for the good of others—especially his family and brothers. He likes to take care of others. --Dallin, 2011 I love Dallin because he has the magic of touch. He is concerned about people's wounded spirit and what he can do to help them understand God's love for them and applying the atonement in their healing. I love his desire for righteousness and his kindness with children. --Dad, 2011 I love Rane because he's intelligent, conservative, and blunt. He tends to be introverted but can be extroverted depending on the topic and he is also caring. --Jacob, 2011 I love Jacob because he's caring and warm. He's very determined and strong. --Bekah, 2011 I love Nikayla because she is multi-talented, intelligent, artistic, and caring. She is so sweet to me—always willing to help, never complains—I am so grateful to her! She is a beautiful person, inside and out. She is very loving— especially to her family. I love her quirky personality and sense of humor! It humbles me to watch her patiently help her little sister or nephew. She is such a natural teacher! I am so blessed to be her mother! --Mom, 2011 I love Natalya because she's creative and helpful. --Cam, 2011 I love Saphira because she's cute and lovable. --Bladyn, 2011 I love Dad because he's a family man, a hard worker, and creative. He's a visionary. He's faithful, confident, and positive. --Kendall, 2011 | -24- | FHE December 1995 | 1994 | Davidson Party 2006

25: I love Natalya because she is a sweetheart and loves people and animals. She's lively, happy, and social. --Kendall, 2011 I love my Mom because my Mom is fun and cuddly. --Bladyn, 2011 I admire Cam because he is chill and cool. He is hard-working. --Rane, 2011 I love Dallin because he's lovable and a peacemaker. He's good-looking too! --Nikayla, 2011 I love Mom because she is one of my best friends. She is very sweet, loving and a good example. She is always willing to help anybody. --Bekah, 2011 I love Rane because he's hyper. --Natalya, 2011 I love Jacob because he is able to take care of himself and talks his way into a variety of jobs. He is striving to obtain the full blessings of the gospel only available in the temple. He is taking my advice and finding a woman much better than himself. I love his appreciation of good food. --Dad, 2011 I love Rane because he is knowledgeable, political, and factual. He is sensible, open-mined, and helpful. --Kendall, 2011 I love Nikayla because she is multi-talented. She is diligent in using and developing her talents. She is witty, loving, and sweet. She appreciates her blessings to the fullest because she knows where she comes from and is determined to be the best she can be. --Dallin, 2011 | I love Kendall because he is compassionate, kind-hearted, and has a very tender side. He is always concerned about those he loves—their happiness and health. He is thoughtful and loyal to his family. He is extremely creative, talented, capable, and an excellent cook. He pays attention to details and has a unique sense of humor. I love that even when he is tired, hurt, or down, he still will come up behind me and give me a wonderful back rub. I feel blessed to be his mother! --Mom, 2011 | I love Bladyn because he's cute, a good helper, and a good worker. He's very loving and a good big brother. He's fun to be around. --Mom Bekah, 2011 I love Dad because he's caring, wise, harding working and intuitive--also strong willed!--Jacob, 2011 | 2009

26: I love Saphira because she is a mixture of Cam and Bekah.--Jacob I love Bekah because she is an amazing person! She is loving, kind, thoughtful, compassionate, and so willing to help others. She is creative with her own unique style. She is uniquely fashionable, and an independent thinker. She is very loyal to others, especially those she loves. I am thankful for her talent for organization, and her willingness to help me out of many of the messes I've created. I adore her! She has been one of the greatest gifts God has ever given me!--Mom, 2011 | I love Dad Kirk because he is hard working and intelligent. --Cam, 2011 I love Mom because she's creative, caring, spunky, and competitive. She's opinionated and thinks she's always right. She gives good advice. --Jacob, 2011 I love Kendall because he is a great cook. He is creative and sensitive. He stays physically active. --Rane, 2011 I love Dallin because he's crazy.--Natalya, 2011 I love Rane because he's humorous, easy-going, smart, creative, and handsome.--Nikayla, 2011 I love Nikayla because she is a sweet girl that loves her family. I am so grateful that God allowed her to get out of the orphanage to become one of our eternal family members. Loves her fellow being. She is so talented! I love her little girl cuddles. --Dad, 2011 I love Natalya because she is the biggest sweetheart—so full of pure love for everyone and everything! She is strong willed. She loves and appreciates her family. She completes our family perfectly. --Dallin, 2011 I love Bladyn because he is and always will be my very first grandchild! I love his intelligence and determination. I am always amazed by how strong and smart he is! I love cooking with him and spending time with him. He is so artistic and imaginative. What a great person! --Grammy, 2011 I love Cam because he is caring, compassionate, sweet, and loving. I think he is amazing! He is a hard worker, a good father, a good friend--to all his friends and to me. --Bekah, 2011 | -26- | 2008 | Nikki, Hunter, & TumTum, 2001

27: I love Kendall because he's nice. --Natalya, 2011 I love Bekah because she is nice. She is caring and sensitive. --Rane, 2011 I love Cam because he's patient and loyal. --Nikayla, 2011 I love Jacob because he's diligent in seeking admiration of others and through this, he is learning that he is actually a leader! He is powerful and strong. He is very accepting of his own failings and willing to change his weaknesses because he's humble. He tries so hard. --Dallin, 2011 | I love Natalya because she is an adorable, friendly, imaginative, sweet, loving person and is good at Karate. She is so compassionate towards others, especially me, wanting to make sure I feel good or see if she can help me feel better in any way. She has a cute sense of humor and loves to make others laugh. She is a wonderful baker and makes the best cookies! I am happy to be her mother!--Mom, 2011 I love Dallin because he is lovable and strong. --Bladyn, 2011 I love Rane because he loves his family and cares about each of us much more than he pretends. He does what I ask of him. He has low tolerance for self-destructive decisions. I love his eagerness for gaming and his secret wish for a wife just like Mom. --Dad, 2011 I love Saphira because I am excited to meet her! She's precious! --Dallin, 2011 I love Nikayla because she's so cute! She's very talented and can do anything she puts her mind to do. She's creative and funny! --Bekah, 2011 I love Bladyn because he's smart, athletic, outgoing, and creative. --Dad Cam, 2011 I love Saphira because she is a calming influence of sweetness. She is a binding cord of joy. I love her grabbing my finger for comfort. --Grandpa, 2011 I love Grandpa because he is nice, and funny and takes me to church. --Bladyn, 2011 I love Mom because she is the life of the party. She is a good cook, creative, artistic, and a perfectionist. She gives good advice. --Kendall, 2011 | -27- | Christmas Eve 2010 | Christmas 2004

28: I love Bladyn because he is intuitive and very caring. He understands and picks up on the feelings of others. He is a little warrior. --Jacob, 2011 I love Gram because she's lovable and cuddly --Bladyn, 2011 I love Cam because he is wise, calm, gentle, and intelligent—a real man. I am thankful he is a part of our family and appreciate his loving care of my daughter and grandchildren. I am amazed at his ability to do anything! --Mom, 2011 I love Jacob because he's determined. He's also stylish. --Nikayla, 2011 I love Bekah because she is a loving wife, caring mother, and very creative. --Cam, 2011 I love Natalya because she feels so much compassion for animals. She is a free spirit that is happy with her family and home. She is non-judgmental and loves to help. I love her bright eyes. --Dad, 2011 I love Saphira because she's precious. --Dad Cam, 2011 I love Dallin because he is smart, active, wise, and a good listener. He is a mediator. --Rane, 2011 I love Nikayla because she's a laughy taffy. --Natalya, 2011 I love Rane because he is strong-willed, imaginative, and genuinely caring. I love that he takes Nikayla and Natalya out to dinner! He's unique and takes pride in his own uniqueness. To me, he's a great example of individuality. --Dallin, 2011 I love Dad because he is warm. --Natalya, 2011 I love Dad because he always seems happy. He's caring and loving. He's a good teacher and a hard worker. --Bekah, 2011 I love Saphira. She's adorable! --Nikayla, 2011 | -28- | Christmas Eve Program, 2010, written by Nikayla. Performed by all!

29: I love Nikayla because she is artistic, talented, and musical. She is gentle and social. --Kendall, 2011 I love Mom because I think she's amazing. I am thankful for her friendship and her unconditional love. Mom has grown more than anybody in the family which inspires me! --Dallin, 2011 I love Bekah because she has so many of her mother's talents and concern for her family and fellow beings. She also has determination and cleaning habits she got from her father! I love her beautiful smile. --Dad, 2011 I love Rane because he is intelligent and computer savvy. --Cam, 2011 I love Natalya because she is loving to death, funny, and laughs at her own jokes. She's active and strong. --Rane, 2011 I love Kendall because he is easy to talk to and he's funny. He is loving and a good brother. He's a hard-worker and very artistic. --Bekah, 2011 I love Jacob because he's persistent, playful, and brave. He gives good advice and talkative. --Kendall, 2011 I love Dallin because he is a wonderful example to me of the Savior's unconditional love of others. No matter how low he is, he is always concerned for the welfare of others, especially his family. He is willing to help the downtrodden and lowly. He is a deep thinker and very intelligent. He's gentle, forgiving, sweet, kind, and a great friend to me and to others. He is fun to be around, which is why he is a favorite of everyone's, and he also loves to be around 'fun'! I am so honored to be his mother!--Mom, 2011 I love Jacob because he's funny and lovable. --Bladyn, 2011 I love Cam because he's level-headed, blunt, creative, wise, and hard-working. He is independent and adventurous. --Jacob, 2011 | -29-

30: I love Rane because he is so clever and has such a unique sense of humor that is all his own! It is a joy to be his mother! He is firm and definite in his opinions. I love to listen to him as he talks about the things he likes because his whole face lights up with enthusiasm! My heart swells with gratitude when he pays special attention to his sisters—they love going out to lunch and playing video games with him. I am thankful for his willingness to help— no matter when or where or why he is asked, he will be there to help, because he loves his family. --Mom, 2011 | I love Dad because he is hard-working and loving. He always keeps me warm with his bowl-full-of-jelly! --Nikayla, 2011 I love Mom because she is funny. --Natalya, 2011 I love Bekah because she is a great example of persistence. She is a hard worker and very sweet and loving. She is caring, accepting—a little sweetheart! --Dallin, 2011 | I love Cam because he's kindhearted and very helpful. He's not afraid to do any project. If he doesn't know how, he will figure it out. I love his positive attitudes. --Dad, 2011 | I love Kendall because he is creative, spontaneous, and wild! He is musically talented—well, just really talented. He's also caring. --Jacob, 2011 I love Dallin because I love how he's a deep thinker. He's friendly and loving. He's fun to be around. --Bekah, 2011 I love Jacob because he is strong and thoughtful. --Cam, 2011 I love Nikayla because she's nice, awesome, and lovable. --Bladyn, 2011 I love Bladyn because he is bold and energetic. He is very charismatic. --Kendall, 2011 I love Saphira because she's tiny. --Natalya, 2011 | -30- | Christmas at G & G Brimhall's 1987 | 2004

31: I love Jacob because he is very loyal to those he loves and thinks of ways to please them. He has high expectations for himself and others, and he always desires and strives to improve himself. I love his kindness to his sisters. He is so powerful and vibrant, like a bright comet bursting through the night sky. He also has a very tender heart. I am thankful to be his mother.--Mom, 2011 I love Cam because he is a very hard worker. He is very collected, calm, and at peace with himself and life. He's also funny! --Dallin, 2011 | I love Saphira because she is a mixture of Cam and Bekah. --Jacob, 2011 I love Kendall because he's a hard worker that tries to be an example to his brothers. He loves his family very much and wants the best for them. He wants his own family. I love his kindness to his grandparents. --Dad, 2011 I love Dallin because he's caring, understanding, and intuitive. He thinks his opinions are right. He's a soul searcher. --Jacob, 2011 | I love Rane because he has a funny sense of humor. He's loving and very smart.--Bekah, 2011 I love Nikayla because she is athletic and smart. --Cam, 2011 I love Mom because she's charitable—always trying hard to give her all and more. --Nikayla, 2011 I love Natalya because she's crazy and funny. --Bladyn, 2011 I love Bekah because she is fun to hang around. --Natalya, 2011 | I love Saphira because she is adorable, sweet, and loving. --Kendall, 2011 I love Dad because he is a visionary. He's knowledgeable and caring. --Rane, 2011 | 2006 | Davidson Party--1993

32: I love Cam because he is dependable, helpful, thoughtful, and a hard worker. --Kendall, 2011 I love Rane because he's funny and strong. --Bladyn, 2011 I love Saphira because she is such a special gift of peace and joy. She is sweet, adorable, and so beautiful! I love how she lets me kiss her neck a thousand times! Ahhh! --Grammy, 2011 I love Jacob because I get to go visit him. --Natalya, 2011 I love Nikayla because she is great at anything and everything she feels she wants to be. --Rane, 2011 I love Bladyn because he is pure and wise. He has a sweet heart and is full of compassion—love and kisses! He is a little man! --Dallin, 2011 | I love Bladyn. He is great at Tae kwon do.--Nikayla, 2011 I love Bekah because she's down to earth and free-spirited. She's caring, understanding, and sensitive--also wild! --Jacob, 2011 I love Kendall because he's funny and strong.--Bladyn, 2011 I love Dallin because he is wise and tenderhearted. He is social, spontaneous, and brave.--Kendall, 2011 I love Mom Wendy because she is creative, helpful, intelligent, and crafty.--Cam, 2011 I love Saphira because she's the cutest little doll in the world! --Mom Bekah, 2011 | 2008--Sledding at Sunrise Ski, while older kids went snowboarding. | I love Dad because he's a real man. He is kind and gentle. He works hard for his family. He's a visionary and uses this talent to bless the lives of others, especially his family and the community. He is creative with an eye for beauty. He is supportive of me, and he's my friend, my lover, and my teacher. He is so intelligent and capable. I am humbled by how willingly and lovingly he takes care of me and our children. He is Christlike in so many ways! --Mom, 2011 | -32- | 2011 | Jan. 2004

33: I love Dad because he is peaceful most of the time, a hard worker, persistent, kind, sensitive and genuine. I want him to know he is a good example of a father to me: a protector, a provider, and a presider.--Dallin, 2011 I love Bekah because she is soft and sensitive. She's a good listener. She is creative, stylish, and diligent. --Kendall, 2011 I love Natalya because she is spontaneous, energetic, caring, and friendly. She is cautious, yet adventurous.--Jacob, 2011 I love my Dad because he's funny and fun. --Bladyn, 2011 I love Bladyn because he's cute. --Natalya, 2011 | I love Mom because she is such a sweet person who is always thinking of ways to help her children strengthen their testimonies of the Atonement. She looks for ways to serve her family and fellow beings. I love the interesting food she cooks me for my health. --Dad, 2011 I love Natalya because she's really sweet. She has a beautiful voice. She's unique and always seems happy to be around me! --Bekah, 2011 I love Nikayla because she is smart, wise, creative, and caring. She is helpful and a good sport. --Jacob, 2011 I love Bladyn because he has a sparkle of personality. He loves his family and is so happy to have Cam as his Dad. He likes to go to church with Grandpa and Grammy. I love his zest for life and his good cooking! --Grandpa, 2011 | I love Kendall because he is hard working and easygoing. --Cam, 2011 I love Natalya because she's lively, enthusiastic, and zany! --Nikayla, 2011 I love Jacob because he's vivacious. He is the center of attention. --Rane, 2011 I love Dallin because he is funny and talkative. --Cam, 2011 | 2002 | 2007 | Natalya loves Icicles!

34: Natalya, Bladyn, Nikayla-- 2009 | Natalya, NIkayla, Chloe, Bladyn 2006 | Bladyn 2006 | Bladyn Christmas in Hospital--2006 | Strongman Jacob--2005 | Mom's Painted Cardboard Nativity--2009 | Bekah Playing Game--1995 | Natalya's Candy String--2011 | Mom's Christmas Wish--2003 | Caroling with the Godfreys --1998 | -34-

35: Be Careful Up There Nikayla! Decorating the House 2011 | 2002 | 2006 | Mama Cindy and Dallin --1986 | Disneyland--2002 | Caroling Party--1995 | 2004 | Bekah, Saphira--2011 | Mom Crafting--1994 | Bekah & Bladyn's Candy Strings--2011 | -35- | 1994

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