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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 51

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Oh wait, what’s that date say?  February 16th?!  Hmmm….guess I’m slightly late! The good news is it Week 51 of my 365 day photo challenge from 2014!  It may be mid-February, but I’m still plowing away at getting the photos blogged, but I did complete the challenge!  I *hope* to get my final week of photos up this week and then my rewind post shortly there after!

February 16th also has an important day in my house and this year even more!  Today is my parents 30th Wedding Anniversary!  Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

In the meantime, back to Christmastime!

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts by clicking the badge below!  Feel free to come join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming.

How does this work?  Everyday I am posting a new pic to Instagram, Twitter and my personal Facebook page with the hash tags #365DaysofCori and the official challenge hash tag #catchthemoment365.  On Friday’s I will do a recap of the previous week’s photos and *hopefully* give a little more insight into each one, why I took them and any history behind them.

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2014 Blog in Review

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I say this every year, how is it possible that I am sitting down and writing my 2014 Blog in Review?  Has it really been 365 days since I wrote 2013’s?  That just doesn’t seem at all plausible, but alas it is and here I go.

During 2014 my blogging changed a bit, while what I blogged about during 2014 didn’t change the look of it did.  I took on a 365 day photo challenge (and by golly today is day 365 and I will post my final photo) and instead of posting lots of single event posts, most were my weekly photo updates.  In each of these posts I shared the previous week’s seven photos and told the story behind each one.  In one way this was a fun way to recap more of what I did throughout the year, it made my blog look different.  Instead of having lots of completely different blog posts the majority of them had the same title, some variation of Catch The Moment | 365.  That being said my review is also a bit different.  Instead of highlighting one event, for most months I had to pick my favorite week and then try to put a theme together!  In the end I think I did a pretty good job, but still different.  But different is good, right?!

Without further ado, here’s my 2014 in review:

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january

Lessons Learned; Second Chances
Originally Posted: January 29, 2014

february

Catch The Moment | 365: Week 5 {#CatchTheMoment365}
Originally Posted: February 7, 2014

march

#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 10
Originally Posted: March 14, 2014

april

#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 14
Originally Posted: April 11, 2014

may

400,000 Diaper Donation!
Originally Posted: May 7, 2014

june

USS Turner Joy (DD-951) Visit
Originally Posted: June 18, 2014

july

Kennewick 9/11 Memorial
Originally Posted: July 1, 2014

august

#CatchTheMoment365; Week 32
Originally Posted: August 23, 2014

september

Why Cloth Diapers Aren’t the Answer #DiaperNeed
Originally Posted: September 10, 2014

october

#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 40
Originally Posted: October 23, 2014

november

#CatchTheMoment365 ~ Week 45
Originally Posted: November 19, 2014

december

#CatchTheMoment365; Week 48
Originally Posted: December 29, 2014

Wow, what a year 2014 was!  I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for me!

Happy New Year!

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In case you missed my 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Blog in Reviews, be sure to check them out!

#CatchTheMoment365; Week 33

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Week 33, I made it! AND I think if I get it posted tonight it’s still within the “official” week for #CatchTheMoment365!  Yay me!

This week included the funeral of my Grandma.  It was a sad time of mourning, but also a fun and exciting time to reconnect with family I don’t see very often.  Flying out on Wednesday I never would have expected that this turned into a great trip with lots of wonderful memories.

One of the most memorable parts of the trip is when we headed back to the family farm to celebrate my Grandma’s amazing life!  I have blogged about the farm in the past and how it’s been in my mom’s family for nearly 100 years, but if you missed it you can read and see pictures of the inside of the farm HERE and the outside of the farm HERE!

The end of this post includes a massive mailing I assisted with at work.  Our new Communications Specialist, Stephanie, redesigned the quarterly Eastside Baby Corner print newsletter and it turned out fantastic!  Not only is it gorgeous, but it brings a new level of professionalism to EBC.  Everyone I have talked to is absolutely blown away by the new look!  If you are interested in learning more about Eastside Baby Corner and want to check-out Eastside Baby Corner’s 2014 Summer newsletter click HERE!

This week was a great one!

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts by clicking the badge below!  Feel free to come join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming.

How does this work?  Everyday I am posting a new pic to Instagram, Twitter and my personal Facebook page with the hash tags #365DaysofCori and the official challenge hash tag #catchthemoment365.  On Friday’s I will do a recap of the previous week’s photos and *hopefully* give a little more insight into each one, why I took them and any history behind them.

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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 32

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I’m slowly catching up with the #CatchTheMoment365 weekly blog posts as I post Week 32 tonight.  My goal is to be caught up next weekend and post Week 34 during Week 34!  What a concept!  Stay tuned for Week 33 to be posted early next week!  In the meantime, Week 32:

This week involved a lot of car trouble for Brandi, maybe car trouble isn’t the right term, extremely bad luck might be better!  First her car is t-boned, then she has to deal with the other driver’s idiotic insurance company, she borrows my Grandma’s car and it completely dies on her and when the car is fixed (in record time I might add!) the mechanic locks the keys in the car.  It was a bad week for Brandi; the bright side of the story is she got a new car!

The other top story of Week 32 was heading down to Salt Lake City for my Grandma’s funeral.  This post covers the first couple of days of our trip including the stressful trip down, but then some fun family time!

Week 32 was definitely a memorable one for me!

Psst…tomorrow is my birthday!!  I’m so excited!!

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts by clicking the badge below!  Feel free to come join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming.

How does this work?  Everyday I am posting a new pic to Instagram, Twitter and my personal Facebook page with the hash tags #365DaysofCori and the official challenge hash tag #catchthemoment365.  On Friday’s I will do a recap of the previous week’s photos and *hopefully* give a little more insight into each one, why I took them and any history behind them.

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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 31

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The last two weeks have been a whirlwind for me and my blogging took a backseat.  My Grandma passed away on August 7th after a long and courageous battle with cancer, leaving behind an amazing legacy and memories.

With the passing of my Grandma, an unexpected trip to Salt Lake City and her funeral, Week 31 never got written or published, actually at this point I’m late with Week 32 as well.  Family is much more important than my blog, but while I am delayed publishing Week 31 and 32, I didn’t miss a day of photos.  Stay tuned over the next couple of days for another catch-up post plus Week 33.

 

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts by clicking the badge below!  Feel free to come join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming.

How does this work?  Everyday I am posting a new pic to Instagram, Twitter and my personal Facebook page with the hash tags #365DaysofCori and the official challenge hash tag #catchthemoment365.  On Friday’s I will do a recap of the previous week’s photos and *hopefully* give a little more insight into each one, why I took them and any history behind them.

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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 27

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Wow last week finally brought a vacation and a chance to getaway for the long holiday weekend!

Brandi, Alex and I went to Las Vegas for some R&R, sightseeing and to visit our Stewart cousins!  The weather was wonderful, well minus the fact it rained every night, the sights were amazing, and we must have walked a million miles!  Speaking of miles, I wouldn’t know exactly how many miles I walked because on Saturday I forgot to put my Fitbit back on after we swam.  Brandi remembered hers and ended up walking over 17,000 miles that day, which would have been close to a record for me.  Granted I could just add the hours to my numbers, but none of my friends would ever believe me because it wasn’t legitimately recorded on my Fitbit profile.  Annoying….a week later and I’m still complaining about it!

Other than my Fitbit fiasco Las Vegas was a blast and I have more photos to share in coming posts, but for now here’s what my week 27 looked like!

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts by clicking the badge below!  Feel free to come and join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming.

How does this work?  Everyday I am posting a new pic to Instagram, Twitter and my personal Facebook page with the hash tags #365DaysofCori and the official challenge hash tag #catchthemoment365.  On Friday’s I will do a recap of the previous week’s photos and *hopefully* give a little more insight into each one, why I took them and any history behind them.

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“Evil did not win.”

Is the title to a beautiful video designed by Alissa Parker, mother of Emilie Parker whose life was tragically cut short in the Sandy Hook School massacre one year ago today.

Last year on December 14th I blogged about my sadness and broken heart for all the families who had lost loved ones that day. I also shared my personal connection to Newtown. My mom’s sister Penny and her husband Gary raised their five – now grown – kids in Newtown. My cousins didn’t attend Sandy Hook School, but went to a neighboring one not far away and attended church with students from both schools.

The summer after I graduated high school I had the chance to fly back to stay with my cousins for several weeks at their home in Newtown. The picturesque photos you see on the news do not do this town justice. Not only is it beautiful esthetically, the sense of home and family is so strongly and deeply driven into the community is spectacular. Newtown was a beautiful place to visit, I can only imagine it was and is a beautiful place to live.

As the news broke I immediately texted my cousin to make sure everybody in her parents ward were accounted for. At that time there was still mass confusion and very few answers, but she was under the impression that all their wards kids were ok. Even though I was across the country I felt a huge sense of relief that no one they new was unaccounted for or hurt. That didn’t diminish the sadness I felt knowing 26 other families weren’t as lucky.

Later that night I came home and learned that one of the 20 first graders killed was a little girl in my Aunt’s ward. That little girl was Emilie Parker. The next day I blogged again about learning about Emilie and urged fellow bloggers to join a blog movement to step away from our computers and spend time with those we love in memory and honor of the 26th lives that were lost.

Over the following days and months my cousins shared Facebook memorial pages, blogs and websites that were being designed in honor of Emilie and other victims of Sandy Hook. I too began following. However having a connection to the Parker family, albeit minuscule, I began following their story more closely.

The more I read, the more sense of connection I felt to their family. The words Emilie’s mom writes on their family blog are beautiful, heart filled and honest. The photos are beautiful, happy and bright. She shares with the world her immense pain, anger, the good days and bad ones. She welcomed complete strangers a touching look into their families life.

As a fellow LDS woman, I also felt Alissa’s strong spirit and love for our Father in Heaven. Her trust in him, the strength and love she gains from him and her ability to so eloquently share her testimony gleams through each post I read. There hasn’t been a post that I read without crying. Sometimes they are tears of sadness, hurt or anger; while others are tears of joy, excitement and jubilation! The emotion and love is so tightly wrapped around each post.

Alissa recently posted a video on her blog that she made to celebrate the life of her little girl. Huffington Post recently shared the video, plus the background information behind it:

Parker wrote in a blog for The Huffington Post, “There have been times where I felt like I HAD to hold on to the dark things, like it was some responsibility I was supposed to carry. But Emilie’s life was about color and joy, not about pain and suffering.”

Now they’ve decided to speak about the unexpectedly good things that have happened since the tragedy, as strangers reached out to them with words of comfort and acts of kindness. The Parkers have made a video called “Evil Did Not Win,” which honors the memory of Emilie and allows her to keep bringing good into the world. They have also created The Emilie Parker Fund in her memory, which supports the arts with funding for school and community programs, due to her love of art.

I have now watched this video numerous times and each time I am struck in awe of the strength of this one family, how Emilie was wise way beyond her years and their decision to choose love instead. I felt on the first anniversary I wanted to share this video with my family, friends and followers on my blog. I recommend grabbing a tissue prior to starting, you’ll need it.

As Alissa Parker stated in the video, “Evil didn’t win that day. We’ll carry on that love that she had, it’s quiet, it’s not on the news. It takes effort to find. But what I’ve realized through all of this is, how strong and how big God’s love really is.”

Saying Goodbye

karlaBy the time this post goes live, I had hoped I’d be in Idaho attending my great-aunt’s funeral.  Instead, I’m sitting at home thanks to way to expensive airfare and not wanting to drive the 14 hours in the snow.  My mom flew in from Hawaii where she was vacationing and Alex will be driving from Rexburg.  So there will be Benson’s in attendance.  Just wish I could be there too.  Oh well, I’ll attend the funeral and family celebration in spirit.

My Aunt Karla passed away suddenly after a tragic snowmobiling accident on her farm on Sunday. 

I cannot believe she is gone.

She was the glue of my mom’s family.

She is my mom’s hero and “second mom”.  When my mom had a major accident at 14 years old, it was Aunt Karla who stayed by my mom’s side, sleeping on the floor of the hospital room, begging doctors for pain medication, doing anything and everything she could to help my mom.  (At the time of the accident, their was a massive airline strike, and my Grandma was unable to fly into Salt Lake City for sometime.)

In the past couple of years, I had the opportunity to visit her on two different occasions.  In May 2011, we visited the farm and I shared fun photos of {INSIDE} and {OUTSIDE} of her beautiful home.  And then this past summer, we celebrated my Grandma’s 80th birthday by renting a tour bus for our whole family and touring around my Grandma’s old haunts.  One of the stops was visiting Aunt Karla and Uncle Tom on the family farm. 

I never got posts up from Grandma’s birthday celebration weekend, but now wish I had.  Maybe it’s not to late and I can get the pictures up now…Anyway…

Aunt Karla is quite the historian and proud of her hometown, as she should.  She was RAISED, RAISED HER FAMILY, RETIRED and PASSED AWAY at the home where she was BORN!  How amazing is that?  in 2010, she wrote, compiled and published a 309 page biography highlighting and sharing the history behind the Community of Banida, Idaho for their centennial celebration!

Other amazing facts about Aunt Karla:

  • Had a 25 year teaching career, which also included many awards including Idaho Teacher of the Year!
  • Active in church having served in many stake and ward callings
  • Served several church missions with Uncle Tom including, Turkey, Atlanta, Temple Square and Palmyra New York
  • Was married to Uncle Tom for 55 years, had 7 children, 24 grand-children and 2 great-grandchildren.

What an amazing woman and life she lived.

In honor of Aunt Karla, my mom was moved to write a poem that they are sharing this weekend with the family on behalf of her and her sisters.  She asked me to add photos to it and spruce it up a bit.  Here’s the beautiful poem and some photos spotlighting our family’s visit to the farm this past August.

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Poem written by Linda Benson and designed by Me.

 

Aunt Karla, Until we meet again…XOXO.

 

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