Monday, October 4, 2010

My other blog

Well, I have been having trouble with people being able to see my other blog so for now I took it off being private and will work with to see what the problems is. The url for that blog is or it is a linked under The Ricks Family Blog in my favorite blogs on the side.

Still Here and Kicking

Well, just in case you were wondering if I am still alive I am. We have been busy and someday when I have a couple of hours I will edit and post pictures from our honeymoon and wedding. But for now I am living, just busy.

Job News
We have been greatly blessed. Rob started a job as a campus analyst for Lonestar College last Monday. So far so good. He is in charge of a campus about 25 minutes from here - which in Houston is an awesome commute.

Me - I hope to start a job on the 18th of Oct. I am waiting on the offical offer from HR and they said it should be the first of this week. It is as a research coordinator with the University of Texas, School of Public Health. I will be running a study and assisting with another - both deal with cancer prevention through screenings and vaccinations. I am excited even though it will change our almost developed normal again but it will all work out. My biggest struggle is putting Marlissa and Elizabeth in a daycare I trust to love and care for them. I know it will be fine but my heart hurts a little when I think about it.

Family News
We are settling into what we think is normal life with two parents and 5 kiddos. Over all things are going well - there are adjustments but there are always adjustments and Rob and I are continually amazed at how much the Lord blesses us each day. We have a great ward, good friends, a lovely home to live in, supportive and loving family and 5 great kiddos. We are richly blessed.

We have been able to do some fun things, like parties, going to the beach, etc. We love having a great park down the street from us. We enjoy it a lot and the kids love to be able to ride their bikes around and play with friends. This weekend we enjoyed amazing weather by taking walks, playing at my parents farm and watching General Conference. Rob and I were able to go to the temple on Friday night and it was wonderful. What a great weekend it was.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Short News Update

Dissertation Update:
If you haven't heard - on Tuesday I had my dissertation defense and I passed. I made the corrections and now am waiting the feedback from my advisor. Should know something on Monday.

Moving Update:
Rob, I and the babies traveled to Atlanta last weekend to find a place to live. A long story short we felt that Atlanta was not where the Lord wanted us right now, as we looked I became more nervous and anxious and there was absolutely no peace. So, we talked about things we discussed moving into my parents rental home (which is where I lived in HS). Their renters broke their lease and moved out 2 weeks before Rob and I got married so it was empty, plenty big (much bigger than what we were looking at), and a home I love. So we called my parents and talked to them and they agreed to us renting the house! Yeah for having wonderful parents! So, after my defense we packed and then yesterday we packed the truck, cleaned the apartment and drove the truck to Herrin. We got here about 4:20am - the babies slept the entire time but did sleep in some so we got about 4 hours. We will be moving to Houston this weekend so we are trying to finish everything up here in Herrin. Lucky for the kids school doesn't start till August 23rd!

More updates to come on this and the other blog but we need to get settled first so please be patient.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Other Blog

There seems to be a little bit of confusion on the invite that I was suggesting for the other blog. It's address is For most people that may want to read I have already put their email addresses into the system and then all you will need to is go to the blog and enter your email address and password and it will let you in.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I got married

On June 19th, 2010 I got married!

It was a wonderful day and it has been great ever since.

I hope that marriage is this natuaral and easy for everyone.

I am still waiting on the wedding pictures and will post some as soon as I can.

I will be posting pictures of the beautiful areas the we traveled to on our honeymoon soon.

I have started a new blog for the Ricks Family. I have made it private, so if you want access to it and haven't recieved an invite then please leave me a comment letting me know.

Girls Night Out

The Wednesday before we got married we had girls night out, a family tradition when ever we are all together.  We decided that we would go and eat and then attend a temple session.  It was a fun night - Beth, Dallas, Shelly, Cyndi, Donna, Mama and I ate yummy Italian food and then headed over to the temple.  We had a great server, he put up with all of our silliness and our constant need for water, bread and whatever else.  He even sang me a "marriage" song - "here comes the bride, all dressed in white..."  The temple was nice and peaceful - the perfect thing for a hectic and emotional week.






Friday, June 11, 2010


I have been home since Sunday and it has been wonderfully relaxing. I have gotten two massages to help with my neck and back, worked on my dissertation, sewed, hung out and eaten yummy food. I get married in a week and a day! Rob and family will be here on Sunday and I am very excited. Next week will be a whirlwind I suspect but a good one at that. I am very excited to start my new life with Rob and the kids and just in case you were wondering - no, I am not nervous, have cold feet or anything else. I am happliy anticipating being sealed for eternity next Saturday to the man I love and who has become my best friend. The next weeks and months will be crazy full of things (travel, moving, defending my dissertation, family reunions, getting jobs hopefully) and there is such an incredible peace about it all that I am truely feeling blessed.

I like this quote - I pray daily that I will know how to be the mother and wife that Rob and the kids need. Lucky for me I have great examples all around me of those roles, people who are willing to talk and give advice and I am very grateful.
"Our most important and powerful assignments are in the family. They are important because the family has the opportunity at the start of a child's life to put feet firmly on the path home. Parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles are made more powerful guides and rescuers by the bonds of love that are the very nature of a family."
Henry B. Eyring, "Help Them on Their Way Home," Ensign, May 2010, 23

I hope you are all well. I look forward to seeing you all in the coming months.