Friday, August 29, 2014

Dear Impostor "Emily Harkn" on Facebook

PLEASE DO NOT COPY ANYTHING ON THIS BLOG WITHOUT PERMISSION!

It has just been brought to my attention that someone out there has been using my life--pictures, text, kids, family, and everything I hold dear on this blog--on Facebook while pretending to be me!!!! For the past THREE YEARS at least! I am flattered that someone wants to pretend to be me, but for WHAT??!! And WHY?!!! Whoever you are, PLEASE STOP!!! Do not continue to steal my images and my life. Please delete your Facebook page. I have reported you to Facebook, but do the decent thing and just quit it.

It is really weird that I have a bunch of strangers who are "friends" with "me" as Emily Harkn. This impostor quotes things I say on my blog, but then also makes up stories using my family members. People tell "her"  how beautiful my children are!. It is just sickening. My informant--who is a complete stranger to me but was "friends" on Facebook with Emily Harkn--caught on to something fishy with it, and found the real me. She gave me screenshots of what is going on, since I am not on Facebook and am obviously not "friends" with Emily Harkn. One of the funniest thing I saw on one of the screenshots she gave me was a post where Mylie noticed me putting chemicals in my Tea and I exclaimed that I can't even "have a little whiskey without someone noticing." Ha, ha. Obviously this impostor hasn't noticed my standards and lifestyle (my religious beliefs) and that I do not drink tea or whiskey. Which is ironic since they posted pictures of Nora on her blessing day....Do they even know what that is?

People have wished "me" happy birthday, have congratulated "me" on my pregnancy and delivery of Nora, and it goes on and on.

So once again PLEASE DO NOT COPY ANYTHING ON THIS BLOG WITHOUT PERMISSION!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Bittersweet~

Back in early March, Russ started talking about selling our house and building just a street back and over from it. I kind of shrugged and thought, sure, whatever. I was in no hurry to sell our house and move. We weren't ready! That was something that was always WAY down the road. We'd always hoped/planned on it for someday, but I never thought the time would really come. So I just told him go ahead, whatever, we could probably make it work, but I wasn't going to do anything about it. I guess I didn't really think he'd make the plunge. Pretty much in our marriage, it is always me that gives the OK, or the "it's time", for the big decisions. We support each other, but to be honest, Russ is not usually the take-charge sort of person. So suddenly when we had meetings scheduled with builders and he had a Realtor come to our house I knew he was serious. But it wasn't until a "For Sale" sign was being hammered into our front yard did I realize just HOW SERIOUS he was. See, I'd been so busy dealing with Nora's crazy condition, surgery, and recovery, plus the pleurisy I'd developed in my rib cage (ouch!), I had no energy left to worry about house selling, etc. So come April 1st, our house was listed and we sold it by mid-June, and were out on July 12th.

When I was expecting Nora, I had great plans for rearranging kids' bedrooms: turning Mylie's room into Coy's, moving Bennett downstairs, and making a cute room for the two girls to share! Talk about a lot of effort when we just up and sold the house a few months later! At the time, I had no idea it would be like that. I thought we'd be there a few more years. But the time was right. We prayed and searched and really know the Lord was guiding us in the decisions we were and are making. We will get to stay in the same neighborhood and Ward, and our kids will get to continue going to the same school.

So it is bittersweet! I really miss my house in some ways...I loved it! I sobbed and vocally told each room goodbye when I finally shut the door at the end of moving day. We had all four of our children there! In fact we discovered I was pregnant with Bennett just 4 days after we moved in. I felt like our home was us. It was our family. But I am so excited to build a new one! Right now it is just hard because we are crammed in a 2-bedroom, dark apartment until at least Christmastime. We really miss our space, and I do miss my kiddos cute little rooms. I think once our new house starts to take shape, it will not be so hard. So here are some photos of their rooms.

Coy's Room:
I think I will paint stripes again for Coy's room. They were so cute, even though they were a lot of work! But I only got to enjoy them for a few months.


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Mylie and Nora's Room: I love all the cute fabric options out there! I literally spent hours on Fabric.com and Hawthorn Threads staring at fabric and trying to tie it all in. I am happy with how it all turned out!
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Bennett's Room: I miss Bennett's room the most, and I think he of all the kids misses his room the most! It may have not been the best decorated room in the house, but it was just SO HIM! It was our playroom in the basement that we turned into his bedroom. He absolutely loves to read, so the little corner shelf was just perfect. He read with his lamp on every night, and the shelves along the walls were just perfect for all his books! He and I were so sad he didn't even get to be in that room for a year! We will have to find him a good headboard with built in shelves at our new house!
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I surely miss tucking them all in at night in their cute, individual rooms! But it is fun seeing now them all lined up in their beds at night when they have all FINALLY fallen asleep. We luckily were able to fit three twin beds all in a row, plus three dressers in one of the rooms here in the apartment. They think it is a party/sleepover every night and bedtime is kind of a joke, but they are getting a little better now. It's fun to kiss them all when they are sleeping. But I am sure we will be good and ready to separate them all when our new house is done! Oh, and Nora shares a room with us. It's all kind of crazy, but I am sure we will have good memories of it all. I just keep telling myself it will all just be a distant memory someday...We will get through this!!!

Pictures from March

Wow, I am so behind on here. Will I ever catch up or do I just need to give up? Life has been a crazy whirlwind lately, and my picture-taking, organizing, editing, etc. hobby has really taken a back burner. Who knew 4 kids could be so much work? Oh, and throw into the mix selling our house, moving into a small apartment, and just the everyday craziness of summer life! So here are some pictures from way back in March when little Nora was just 3 to 3.5 months old. (As of today while I am typing this she is 8 months old...Crazy!!!) She is such a little joy in our family. She is surely loved :)
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Nora's Blessing Day

Here are some pictures from when little Nora was blessed. She was three months old!
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She was the center of attention. Even for her diaper change. (Grandma was just checking out her problem area. She had her consultation at Primary Children's 2 days later, and surgery 10 days later.)
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Little Cuties

Just hanging out on mom's bed while the older kids are at school :)

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Valentines & Mylie's Birthday

Wow, this was a while ago and so much has happened since! Mylie had a wonderful sixth birthday and I tried to make it special for her. For me though, it was a miserable day. I was so sick, which made it a bummer. Also, Nora was developing a huge lump in her girl parts that would be the start of a long journey for her. (Long story short she had an Anal Fistula (a leaking anus) that created a series of infected abscesses in her labia. Once diagnosed, she eventually had surgery and then a terrible road to recovery.)

But anyways! Back to Mylie! She is the sweetest little girl. She is so creative and imaginative. She is always making and creating things for others. She LOVES school, playing, dancing, singing, and all things girly! Before school, she got to open a gift. She had an excited audience:
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Nora was darling as usual sporting her heart sweater.
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Chocolate and Strawberries! Mmmmm! Too bad I was too sick to enjoy any of it. I toughed it out to make all of it, but didn't eat even ONE chocolate covered strawberry. Can you believe that? I can't.
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And the birthday girl...Just growing up too fast!
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Spring Pics...

...of this little beauty about to be baptized HERE.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Nora: 7, 8, and 9 weeks, (and cute little Coy)

Here is Nora at SEVEN WEEKS. We were trying so hard to capture her smiles on camera that day. I don't think we were quite successful yet.

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And then at EIGHT WEEKS: 
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Coy decided I needed to take his picture, too. (These days I call him my Funny Nut Cheerio.) 
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And NINE WEEKS: 
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