Family Fun and a Last Minute Trip to Houston!

After coming home from Utah and seeing my family, Adam and I spent some much needed family time of our own. There is a huge leisure pool area on campus that has a lazy river and a kiddie place to play. We took Bailey for some fun in the sun and sure enough, like her daddy, she cant get enough of the water. She loves it! I actually wish she was a bit more cautious about it haha. She loves bath time though, so I had a feeling a huge pool would pretty much be the coolest thing ever lol. We didnt leave until we were good and pruned and then she took a 2 hour nap hah. She is pretty much my favorite kid ever though….just sayin.

Not long after coming home we received news that Austin was going to be coming home a bit early so he could escort a sick Elder home to the Houston area. We were ecstatic! We knew it was meant to be because it was the only 3 day weekend Adam had all semester, and with finals and multiple 20+ page papers looming around the corner…we didnt know the next opportunity we would have. Plus then we could watch General Conference together (twice a year in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we gather to listen to our Prophet and Apostles speak to us and give us guidance and council from the Lord…it is the best. www.lds.org has all of the conference talks archived if anyone is interested in reading them. They truly are inspired to help you live a better life and be happy, for anyone of any faith.) And we would also be able to celebrate Easter and Christ’s Resurrection! I am so blessed with amazing in laws who flew us down there to be with them 🙂 Unfortunately Adam caught a severe stomach bug and was miserable and in pain almost the entire time. It was really bad. It broke my heart to see him in such pain in his stomach. Thankfully we had Priesthood holders in the house who were able to give him a blessing of healing. It was really remarkable. The Spirit was very strong and we witnessed a miracle. I literally saw his pain leave his face as the blessing was given. It’s those experiences that continue building my testimony.

Austin served his mission in Brazil and seeing him come home so full of love and the spirit and a sense of maturity that only comes from serving others for 2 years, was a blessing in itself. I am so grateful for my sister and Austin and their willingness to serve. When I see how much they grow, it further strengthens the importance of service in my mind. And not just on a mission, but in all of our everyday lives. I find it hard to be completely miserable if I am actively trying to serve others. It doesn’t take away every ounce of sadness or hardships, but it certainly helps me feel closer to our Savior, which allows me to seek the peace and comfort I desire. All in all, even though Adam was sick for most of the weekend, he did have the last bit to really enjoy being around his family. It was a great trip. I love all of my family so much!!! IMG_0458 IMG_0467 IMG_0472 IMG_0450 IMG_0454 IMG_0487 IMG_0488 IMG_0489 IMG_0497 IMG_0513 IMG_0527 IMG_0531 IMG_0543 IMG_0556 IMG_0576 IMG_0593 IMG_0451 IMG_0452 IMG_0702 IMG_0700 IMG_0697 IMG_0696 IMG_0695 IMG_0694 IMG_0680 IMG_0672 IMG_0671 IMG_0669 IMG_0667 IMG_0666 IMG_0663 IMG_0656 IMG_0660 (she tripped and fell with her binky in her mouth, poor thing) IMG_0655 IMG_0654 IMG_0652 IMG_0646 IMG_0639 IMG_0631 IMG_0618 IMG_0610 IMG_0572 IMG_0584 IMG_0583 IMG_0582Yeah, these are from Adam as a baby…no question from where Bailey comes from lol. IMG_0705 IMG_0719 IMG_0723

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

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