Sunday, February 8, 2009


Life goes by too fast. Hallie is now a sunbeam and was assigned to give the closing prayer in Primary today. I didn't think anything of it this week, or as we went to church...not until Joni and I went to the primary room and watched the other sunbeams give scriptures and talks. As I looked around the same room that I attended Primary, sat in the same chairs, sang the same songs...suddenly that time which seemed like forever ago came rushing clearly back into my mind. Afterwards I told Joni how my friend and I would slide our arms as tight as we could between the chairs, cutting off our circulation, and compare whose veins stuck our further...then when we couldn't take in any longer remove our arms and revel in the sensation of what seemed like first ice in our veins and then fire. Or how we'd hold our legs out in front of us for so long that if we touched our knee-caps it seriously felt like there were bubbles bursting under our skin. And how every once in a while...we would actually pay attention and realize the blessing of having the Gospel in our lives. So as I tried to think of the first time I was asked to pray or give a talk in Primary, with my parents quietly reassuring me from the hit me how quickly things change. One day you're a sunbeam...and the next, without realizing're the parent in the back giving a smile and wave of encouragement...wondering how in the world you got here so quickly.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Baby News

Most of you probably already know...but we're expecting girl number three in August. Well, we don't know if it's a girl yet...but in the Hansen family it's pretty safe to assume as much. Between my siblings we have one boy, nine girls and another on the way, and two more on the way that are question marks. The possibility of 12 to 1 ... there's gotta be something wrong? Not that any of us would have it any other way...but still weird. The problem according to my brother Matt is that "it takes a man to make a man", definitely true in his case (he has four girls), so who knows? I guess we'll know in a couple months, and be it boy or girl, I'll just be happy to be a father, whether that means I'm a "man" or not.