Hello Everyone. 

I have not posted anything for a while but I thought I would just in case there are still people that still check in here. 

The kids and I are still doing amazingly well.  I cannot believe that its been five weeks tomorrow since my sweet Amber passed away.  I am not sure how to describe my feelings right now so I just won't.  I continue to be in awe at the amazing blanket of peace that has continued to surround the kids and I.  I can only describe it like if you reached out and touched a stove that you knew was hot expecting fully to be burned and then nothing happens.  We all fully expected to be in intense pain and while we do miss Amber we are not experiencing the pain we expected.  In its place there has been blessed peace that is hard to describe.  We are truly grateful.  I am sure that Amber has had a hand in this. 

Halloween passed weeks ago now.  My kids were so cute and funny.  Rebekah was going to dress up like a gypsy but after planning her costume for weeks she  found that the skirt she was going to wear did not fit so she dressed up like the most adorable "teenage witch" you ever saw.  Eat your heart out Sabrina the teenage witch here comes Bekah the teenage witch.  Abby came up with the idea of being a CEO.  She was wearing a blazer, glasses, and a leather briefcase and her sassy attitude was not in short supply.  Any one who suggest that she might be a lowly CFO was quickly corrected.  Caleb was the toughest little spiderman that you have ever seen.  The costume was so thin that even though it was not very cold I insisted on a couple of layers of clothing underneath.  It made him look, tough, muscular, and warmer than he probably needed to be.  Ammon decided all by himself a couple of months before that he was going to be an old grandpa.  He wore mismatched old man type clothes that did not go together, sparse whiskers from a poor shave, a pair of wire rimmed glasses, an old derby hat, and a cane.  He walked really slow (much to the dismay of the other kids who wanted to collect lots of candy) and said tricker treat in a shakey grandpa voice.  Even the people who know him pretty well and know what a character he is could not believe he thought of that on his own.  By the end of tricker treating I was carrying his cane, his candy and his derby.  It was so much fun.  Blake stayed home, dressed as an ornery teenager and "handed out" all or our candy.  I would like to thank my cousin Tamera who spearheaded the costume planning and acquisition of all the things the kids wore.  Amber loved Halloween and would have been absolutely delighted with how the kids looked. 

Since then we have just been living.  Going to school and work, coming home, doing homework, practicing the piano, doing chores, having dinner together, studying scriptures together, praying together, and doing what ever comes up together.  Blake came and visited this past weekend.  He seems to be adjusting to living with his dad but seemed legitimately pleased to be "home" at our house.  The little boys were most excited to have him and have missed him the most.  It was nice to have Blake here with us. 

A week ago I realized that I was less than three weeks from Caleb's birthday and six weeks or so from Christmas.  Needless to say I was scared out of my mind.  The last two years people have "done" Christmas for us.  When I say done, I mean done.  They shopped, wrapped, and delivered an entire Christmas for our family.  I was appreciative of what they did but I had no idea the amount of planning and work they had saved me.  Don't get me wrong, I am excited to be more involved in "doing Christmas" for my family but I decided not to try to make all the decision after Thanksgiving dinner.  I have a goal to be completely finished Christmas shopping by 12/1.  I think I have been doing pretty good but I guess my kids will let me know on Christmas how I really did.  If you have kids near the same age as mine and have a great idea for them individually or a family gift let me know.  I have really never seen the kids this excited.  Caleb talks constantly about his birthday and the kids especially Bekah are going coocoo for Christmas.  Bekah offered to tickle my back for 5 hours if I would tell her what she was getting.  I told her no because watching her freak out is much more fun than a good back tickling.

I guess I need to go tuck my little boys into bed so I better close this.  Thank you all for the continued outpouring of love toward my family.  It has truly been wonderful to feel your love.  You all take such good care of us.  Your good deeds don't go unnoticed or unappreciated.  Since we now have connections in heaven I am hoping Amber puts a good word in for you all in heaven.  Me too.  Heaven knows I could use it.   
11/17/2009 12:12:01 pm

Dan, even though Amber is not physically with us. She will continue to touch our hearts. She is a part of you. We still have you & your family in our thoughts and prayers. I'm so grateful for the post to know how your getting along. Keep posting, it's great!

Melissa Morgan
11/17/2009 12:23:29 pm

Im so glad you family is doing well. It's good to hear from you! Good luck with the Christmas shopping! I have the same goal of 12/1.

Emily Harkness
11/17/2009 12:54:13 pm

Hang in there, Dan! You are doing such a great job. I am so glad you feel so much peace and comfort. Good luck with all the Christmas and Birthday stuff. Go Mr. Mom!

Vickie Harkness
11/18/2009 06:40:05 am

I was happy to see you post another update on how you are doing. I still continue to watch for them. I'm glad to read that you are doing well and I am very assured that Heaven ,the Spirit, and Amber have everything to do with it. That is what being families forever is all about. Such a blessing! I hope you and your children will have the happiest of Holidays, even though I know Amber will be missed, but she will be there when needed to make them happy. Thanks for being such a jewel of a guy and such a great example to us all. I'm married to a jewel of a guy as well and all men like you get neglected when it comes to the amount of appreciation you deserve. But from all of us wives who need you so much and are so grateful to you and for you, I say thenk you. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Vickie

Melissa Huntsman
11/19/2009 02:52:29 am

Thanks for the update Dan! I have been thinking about you guys & wondering how things were going. Let me know if there is anything we can do! Melissa

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11/19/2009 12:30:57 pm

I think it is great that you will still post here. I know I still check this blog. It is on my tool bar as it has been when Amber started this. I am sure I am not the only one of a handful of people that check, it is probably like 100 handfuls It is amazing what you can do when you have to isn't it? You are doing great. You and David can be like Mr. Moms together considering he has had to really step in a ton more with my new school schedule. I often wonder what Amber is doing and who she is with. Keep on keepin on! Heather

Aunt Lori
11/19/2009 12:35:01 pm

It's so good to hear how you and your special family are doing. You continue to be in our hearts and prayers. I remember the special feeling of peace after my father passed away last year. I was also surprised how calm and comforted we felt, and still continue to feel a year later. May this continue to be with you. Love, Aunt Lori

11/21/2009 01:45:52 pm

Hi Dan,

It was nice to meet you today. Thanks for being kind enough to allow us to give to the children.
I don't know if your children read the blog so I will keep this short. I would like you to include Blake on the wish list for the books. Please make sure the children circle all their dream books. Please pick out some that you would enjoy reading to them or for yourself. Would it be possible for you to post this Christmas effort on the blog so that other people who loved Amber and miss her can contribute to the children. If the children read this then let me handle the requests. There are plenty of dear friends that want to support this for Christmas.
It was nice to hear how well you are all doing and how fun Halloween was. Yes Christmas is coming way to fast!!!!!!!!What a blessed time of year it is. May we keep Christ in Christmas this year and always. Christmas is for children. A good gift is just something that you all can play as a family. Some people this is a board game, and others like the Beatles for the Wii. Your children will love whatever you choose. They have an awesome dad with a huge heart that is filling their lives with joy.
I will call you on Tuesday. Please have them have fun and mark whatever they think they would enjoy reading. Please mark some that you would like.
I;m grateful the Lord is offering his peace and comfort to you all.

Thanks for the Great Music............I enjoyed hearing Josh Groban

You can give my phone number 435-237-2241 on the blog if you choose to let people know about the community wishing to do something special for your family. You can reach me at (801) 644-4349 with any questions.........


God Bless


11/24/2009 06:39:25 am

I just adore your kids. I just sat and laughed as I read about halloween. I am not sure I dare hope that you took pictures too. If so I would love to see one of the kids in there costumes. If I had any advice for Christmas it would be to keep it simple as far as gifts go and play and make some new traditions together. Don't forget some holiday baking and some phantom treat delivering, I know you can do it. I dare you to make sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies from scratch and ... decorate them. What a grand and glorious mess it will make, but it is always so much fun and I know you can do it. Pull out all, yes every single decoration and put it somewhere. I am picturing buddy the Elf type proportions. Also, don't forget christmas movie marathon month, that includes every cheesy holiday film ever made. If you need extras ABC Family and Halmark are sure to have some goodies. I can't wait to hear what you guys do.
Love ya, Kell

The Small Gang
11/28/2009 12:13:34 am

Dan, please let us know if you need anything. We still continue to be so amazed at your families faith and deep impact on everyone who knows your situation. Hang in there and Happy Holidays.

Love the Small's

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