My Crazy, Sad, Exhausting, and Wonderful Summer

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This summer has been a summer like none other in my life.

There has been good.  There has been bad.

It’s not over yet, but I’m utterly exhausted.  I would love nothing more to fill you in with a word filled post about all our goings-on this summer, but today—like every other day for the past month—is going to be crazy busy.  We are getting ready for the movers to come tomorrow and cart all our things to Louisiana.

Instead, I’ll have to be satisfied with a picture documentation of the last several weeks.

On the 3rd day of my 3 day drive from San Antonio to Provo, UT with my two boys I received a call that my mom had passed away at her home in California.  After attending Evo Conference in Park City, UT. I packed the boys up in the car and headed to San Diego, CA for a week.


The Husband and Big Brother at the graveside service.

The following day we had a memorial service for my mom.  Each of her 10 living children spoke and gave a short tribute about our favorite memories and the legacy she left.

Upon returning to Provo we were greeted with my husband’s family reunion and a terrible stomach flu.  Keep in mind that I was 14 weeks pregnant and already nauseated and totally exhausted.

Despite that we managed to eventually have a good time.


The Grandkids (and a couple moms) with birthday balloons


Giant bubbles are always a hit!

When almost everyone had left to go back home The Husband arrived (he missed his family reunion—so sad).  A couple days later we had the WONDERFUL opportunity to see him receive his Ph.D.  At the age of 31 and after 7 years of marriage, I am finally not the spouse of a student!




We spent the past two days driving back to San Antonio.  I’m pregnant, sore, and sooo glad to be home and with my husband again!

Tomorrow the movers come, pack us up, and we will begin another chapter in our lives for the next few years.  Unfortunately, we’ll be husband-less and dad-less for yet another week, but, in comparison to the past few weeks, it won’t be too bad.

I appreciate how patient you all have been with my lack of regular blog posts.  I guess you can see why it’s been difficult for me to find the time lately.

My life should settle down in the next two weeks, and let me tell you, I’m so looking forward to it!

Update: My husband pointed after he read my post that I forgot to mention that while I was gone in Utah our house in San Antonio was burglarized…twice.  Louisiana, you’d better be nice!  🙂


About Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom

Amy is mom to three, wife to one, and a sister and aunt to many. Her family is a former military family now settled in Lehi, Utah. Oh So Savvy Mom began as a way for Amy to share parenting and product advice with others. Just as she has evolved, Oh So Savvy Mom has evolved into a resource for Healthy Living for Families, Food, Parenting, and Family Travel.


  1. Wow it has been an emotional summer for you. Hugs!! Good luck on your upcoming PCS. Where are you headed next? We are an USAF family too!
  2. Sorry to hear about your mom.That last pic of you and your hubby is great! Perfect couple!
  3. WOW. breathe. xoxo
    • That's just what I had to keep telling myself. It sounds cliche, but it really helped to just take the days one at a time and to realize that I didn't have to do everything I usually do (as a mom and as a blogger).
  4. You have done a superhuman job with the ordeals of this summer, Amy. You're just fabulous, is all. Love from Provo
  5. Unfortunately, sometimes when it rains, it pours. Sounds like you and your family are extremely resilient, an outstanding trait in military families. Your kids will be the better for it. Hang in there, breathe and enjoy the new adventure ahead.
    • It definitely poured this summer, there is no doubt about that. Thankfully, we had a lot of ups and downs growing up and it taught my siblings and I resilience. Not that I love trials, but resilience is an invaluable trait for people/kids to have.
  6. What a summer. I am so sorry about your mom! But 10 siblings? What a blessing that must be during tough times
    • I don't think there was ever such strong evidence of just how much of a blessing having so many siblings was until my mom passed away. It was so amazing to see us all come together, plan my mom's funeral, and take care of all her things. Thankfully there was just as much joy in the process as there were tears.
  7. Sounds like it has been quite the roller coaster ride this summer. Congrats to you and your hubby for getting his PhD. (I'm sure he couldn't have done it without you.) Where in Louisiana are you moving to? I am in Lafayette. I'm sure you will love it.
  8. What a summer, Amy. Please take some time to relax and slow down once you're in Louisiana. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the last photo of you & your hubby. It's gorgeous!
  9. I bet you'll be glad to see this summer over... Sending good thoughts and good vibes that the move and transition is a smooth one! I'm with Emily - that last photo of you and your hubby? Priceless! :)
    • Oh, yes. I'm very glad for the summer to be over. I dread having Big Brother gone at school all day, but I am so eager for some semblance of routine once again. Just one more week...
  10. Sorry for your loss! You have handled so much and can still smile. All the best on your move and new beginnings