To make a long story short, our family is one of 25 finalists for a $150,000 prize, and we need people to vote for our entry! A few weeks ago we entered a contest through SoFi. SoFi is a lending institution that helped us refinance some high-interest credit card debt. We made a 60-second video that explained how SoFi had changed our lives. Out of thousands of entries, we are one of 25 finalists. The winner ($150,000 prize) and 5 runners up ($10,000 each) will be determined by how many votes their entry gets. If you can take a couple of minutes for us, it would be awesome!!! This could really be an amazing blessing for our family.
To vote, go to www.WhyISofi.com Look for the entry with a picture of our family and my name and city (Jeremy G., Herriman, UT) under the video. Click on “View my Story.” To vote, put your email address in the box on the next page and click on “Vote Now”. You’ll receive an email and will need to confirm your vote. This is to keep people from voting multiple times. We would sure appreciate your help. And this is obviously dependent on getting the word out. So share on Facebook, share on Instagram, tweet it, tell everyone you know:)! If you know someone with lots of followers, having them share it could make a huge difference for us. The voting deadline is November 11. Hopefully this is one vote you can feel good about this year ;) #WhyISofi #Contest
Providence Hall Homecoming was two weekends ago. Graci and Taylor both went and had a great time. Taylor went with Senah, a long-time friend. Graci went with Bryant, a young man from our neighborhood. While both of them had a lot of fun, Graci had the unforgettable experience of being crowned homecoming queen. Way to go, Grace! It was fun to have Grandma Rose and Aunt Jenny down for the weekend, so they could help with buying Graci's dress, doing her hair and just overall enjoying the experience. Love these fun teenage years:) Oh, and Graci's date picked her up in the COOLEST CAR EVER!!!
PS. This is Christianne. I couldn't let Jeremy get by with such a short description of this day! Graci being crowned Homecoming queen was an unforgettable experience. Not because it was important to us, but because it meant so much to her. When she found out she was one of the ten finalists earlier that week, she became a different person. She was extra bubbly and fun and you could tell it just really boosted her self-image. On Friday, she found out she was one of the five finalists. I don't think she stopped smiling all day and evening. In the meantime, Taylor was pulled aside by a teacher and told that Graci had won and that she needed to be sure to be at the dance. So of course, Taylor told us and we got to revel in the excitement, knowing how happy her Saturday evening was going to be. I took her shopping and she was the most giddy she has ever been. She tried on dress after dress and we even bought FIVE to bring home and model for everyone in order to pick her final before returning the others. She went with the most casual and fun of all of them, which is the most HER. Aunt Jenny did her nails while I worked on her hair and she just sparkled throughout it. It was just such a special experience to watch her, the girl who normally acts as if boys have cooties, be an excited teenage girl when it came to a dance. She kept saying, "Mom, I only have a 20% chance of winning, so I shouldn't get my hopes up." (; That night when she came home, she walked in the door and very calmly said, "Guys, I didn't win. But it was ok. I had fun." For just a moment, I was a little confused. Her acting was spot on. But then she exclaimed, "Just kidding!" and pulled her sash and crown out of her purse. We loved getting a play-by-play of the night, and I even enjoyed more reading her journal account (she let me) of the whole experience. She kept saying how much she loved her Heavenly Father and how it would have been ok not to win, but how He knew that she really wanted it. I love that girl!
Also, since Jeremy blogged about homecoming, I needed to add Parker's homecoming experience! Parker is 15. He will be 16 in November. In our family, we have a "don't date until you're 16" rule, which many of his friends have as well. It's guidance given in our church and we have stuck to it. Well, a couple of weeks ago I got a call from my close friend, Mary. She has been our neighbor for years but moved to Lehi a few years ago. Her darling daughter, Daisy, has always been super good friends with Parker. They adore each other, in a good way, and have always stayed in touch. (: Mary had just found out that Daisy had been nominated and chosen as Homecoming Duchess for Lone Peak High. It was a super big honor, being as how her sophomore class has almost 1,000 kids. The problem was, Daisy is also 15 and therefore didn't have a date and hadn't planned on going to Homecoming. Now she needed to go, and of course she didn't want to go alone when everyone else would have a date! We saw this as an exception to our rule, and decided that it was a "spirit of the law" instance. I must say, Parker was not at all sad to help out a friend. (; We called it a "practice date." Her mom drove them and they had a great time together. I can't think of anyone else I would have liked more for Parker to "practice date." (: I'll include their pictures at the bottom and also add a few more of Graci. Sorry to overtake your post, sweetheart! (:
Last Saturday was a super special day for our family! Sophi chose to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She chose to have Taylor baptize her, which made it extra special.
A couple of months ago, my friend, Robyn, approached us offering to make Sophi dresses for Sophi's baptism. She let Sophi help design the dresses and they were absolutely perfect. One dress was for the actual baptism ordinance. She weighted the bottom so that it wouldn't float in the water. It was simple and beautiful. The other dress was to wear after her baptism and it was breathtaking. She also made an extra pink sash so that she could switch it out and wear it after her baptism day, and she made the most gorgeous hairpiece to go with it.
Robyn is the sweetest and most talented lady! Please consider using her if you need a special dress for a special occasion!! Her Facebook page is Robyn Kim Design. I can also give you her phone number if you are interested. I would love to thank her by sending lots of people her way. Feel free to share her information with anyone you think might like custom work done. Truly, she is the best!!!
Sophi's baptismal service was beautiful and perfect. Among other things, her Aunt Jenny gave a talk, her Grandma led the music and her cute brother Conner gave a prayer that had people in tears. She and Lexi sang "I Will" by Hilary Weeks and oh how I wish I had a recording of it! After Taylor baptized her and she came into the dressing room with me to change, she exclaimed, "Mom, this is the best day of my life! I feel so happy that I almost cried in the water. I want to do it again! I feel so warm inside!" She didn't want to stop giving me loves. She loves Jesus so much and it was a privilege to watch her take His name upon her. Two of her best friends were also baptized that day, and the girls were like little angels together, giggling and squealing and hugging each other.
Thanks to all who came to witness her special day! We love you, Sophi!
When we fell in love 15 years ago, we started down a path that has been challenging, exhausting, and breathtakingly beautiful. Here we chronicle the blessings and stressings of parenting some pretty amazing children. We think they're the perfect travel companions as we look forward to the next fork in the road. Welcome to our journey.
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Jeremy and Christianne
Our oldest by birth, he's the voracious reader, BYU fan, spiritual giant, math whiz, sports nut, huge-hearted ray of sunshine!
The red-headed social butterfly, he's our all-star athlete, top student, outdoor-loving, spunky second-born, with a heart of pure gold!
Jessica Anne "Jesi"--13
Our little princess with the big smile, Jesi loves dress-ups and tea parties, reading, playing with her siblings, and snuggling. She sparkles!
Jacob Michael-- 6/8/2004
Little one of heavenly birth, born too soon to bloom on earth. You have taught us so much--we love you, Jacob!
Emily Anne "Emmy"--9/28/2005
Emily's exquisite little hands and feet have left their mark in this world. Her body was tiny, but her spirit enormous. We miss her!
Elizabeth Mei "Elli"--12
Elli's world may be dark, but she's the light of our lives! Lover of music, chocolate, and Mommy's arms, she brings joy to all who know her!!
Gracelin Kate "Graci"--18
Showing true grace throughout her battles with heart disease and pulmonary hypertension, our Gracester is loved by everyone! She's smart, gorgeous, friendly, and has faith to move mountains!
Alexander Philip "Xander"--11
With a spunk and smile that could outmatch anyone's, our Xander has not let Cloves Syndrome get the best of him. Adopted at age 4 from China, he loves having a family, eating junk-food, and playing with his many friends!
Alexis Li "Lexi"--12
Meet the friendliest girl on the planet! Blind from birth, Lexi amazes all of us with her braille skills, determination, talents, but mosly by the way she spends her days SMILING. She is an angel in every way. We are thrilled to have our darling daughter home six years from China!!
Sophia Breanne "Sophi"--8
Her eyes called out to us from half-way around the world. Little Sophi is beautiful, smart, and coy. She can do amazing things with her little toes and we think she's about the cutest thing on the planet! Welcome home, baby girl!
Calais Rose "Cali"--16
Charming Cali joined our family in December of 2012. This girl is beautiful both inside and out. Born with spina bifida, Cali is confined to a wheelchair, but that does not keep her from enjoying life to the fullest. She is smart, opinionated, strong, and lovely in every way.
Conner Allen-- 16
Meet our newest addition! Wu Jia Xia is from Wuhan City in China. Blind from birth, he will blow you away with his incredible talent on the piano. More importantly, he is sweet, witty, kind and finally, OURS! Welcome home, Conner!