Thursday, January 13, 2011

In the Spotlight...

Our boys were featured in the Primary Spotlight section
of our ward's January Newsletter.
The write ups are so darling, I just had to share...
Our Primary Secretary is amazing!
(Thanks, Susan!)
Their interviews were a crack-up!
No shortage of personality in our house!
{Hee hee!}
But I do get a kick out of hearing their perspective on things
and I love to hear their budding testimonies...
So... Here's for posterity!
Ten year old Kaden Staker likes "The Hunger Games" series
because "the idea is so cool!"
He also likes the writing with it's twists and turns at every chapter.
Kaden would like to either be a computer animator or a football player.
He loves steak...
Closely followed by spaghetti, orange chicken, quesadillas and french toast.
"I Love to See the Temple" is his favorite Primary song.
The humble and brave missionary Ammon is his hero.
He admires the way Ammon "served King Lamoni
and taught him that Heavenly Father was real."
He also thinks that it is "pretty cool that he cut off all the bad guys arms."
As for a mission, Kaden has narrowed his choices to either New York or Nevada...
New York because "there are lots of non-Mormons there to teach
and lots of cool things to see."
Nevada because "Las Vegas is there... and it needs help!"

Ribs, Fajitas, steak, chicken nuggets, pizza, spaghetti, tacos & hot dogs
are all Trevan Staker's favorite foods.
As a future Fire Fighter he'll need all that protein to help repair his worn out muscles.
He wants to be a Fire Fighter so he can "save people and drive a big truck with lights...
and go really fast!"
Trevan likes to read "The Lemonade Wars" by Jacqueline Davies.
He also likes to read "I Love You Stinky Face" because it is his family's favorite.
Before he heads off to firefighter training, Trevan would like to serve a mission to New York.
He thinks New york is "awesome and there are so many people he could teach!"
Trevan's first scripture hero is Jesus-- "because he sacrificed His life for all of us."
He also admires Alma "for the way he changed his life after he saw the angel"
and "because he was an awesome missionary after that!"
"I Love You, Stinky Face" is also Daynen Staker's favorite book.
It's a good day when you get ot read your favorite book
and have "Macky Cheese" and "Chicky Nuggies" for lunch.
When Daynen grows up, he wants to be like his oldest brother, Kaden
and have big muscles like his daddy.
Daynen can't limit his favorite Primary Song to just one.
Currently, he has 3 favorites:
"I am a Child of God", "I Love to See the Temple"
and of course that old Primary hit
"You've Got a Friend in Me."
Daynen says he'd like to serve a mission in Disneyland with his green back pack
and quickly added, "Don't forget my green backpack, Mom!"
One day, Daynen's mom asked him to name his favorite scripture hero.
The conversation went something like this:
Mom: Daynen, who is your favorite scripture hero?
Dayne: Buzz Lipe-year! And Woody!
Mom: No, sweetie... Those are toys. Who is your hero from real life?
Dayne: Ummmm.... Justin Beiber!
Mom (and brothers, all laughing hysterically): No! Your scripture hero, Silly!
Dayne: Ummmmm... Spiderman!
Mom: No! He's not in real life or n the scriptures!
Dayne: Spiderman is too in real life! And he should be in the scriptures!
(Guess we'll keep working on that! Ha!)
"Kwinko, Kwinko Yiddo Staw" is wee Bronson's favorite Primary song.
Bronson's barely 2, but he already knows he wants to be a dad when he grows up.
He thinks chocolate milk, chips and ice cream are yummy in his tummy.
His favorite books are "I Love You, Stinky Face"
and "Good Boy, Fergus."
He says he likes it "cuz I knows all da words."
Bronson's scripture hero is his friend Jesus.
When asked where he wants to go on his mission,
he replied, "To infiniddy and beyond" Just like Buzz "Lipe"-year!
Way to go, Boys!
We are so proud of you!


Shannon said...

ok that has got to be the cutest thing ever!! I LOVE that Kaden wants to serve his mission in Nevada because they need help!!! hahahaha Totally cracking up on that.

So darling of your primary to interview the kids. That's priceless.

meg said...

So awesome! I need to interview my kids and find out what their answers are to these questions...and, it's true Vegas DOES need a lot of help! :)

Karrie said...

You have got some handsome and unmistakeably entertaining boys there!!!!!!!!!

nora.lakehurst said...

Your kids are so darling. I might have to try asking my kids these questions. What a great reminder of how close our kids are to Heavenly Father.

The Haley Family said...

oh my gosh...I need to have someone interview my kids. I'd die to hear their answers! So adorable and what a fun thing to have in your journals!

Kristi said...

Hi Sara,

I am one of those "strangers" who have followed your story. I am so happy to see all your wonderful updates.

I had a smile on my face reading thru every one of the new posts and my daughter who was beside me thinks your boys look like they'd be "nice friends" (she's 4)

Too cute! :)

Andrea said...

Your boys are so cute!!! Love their answers. :) I hope that I can learn from your experience with teaching your boys about the church with my kids. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Jesicca said...

AWWW, thank you for once again sharing! I am laughing so hard about serving in Disneyland with the GREEN BACKPACK! Of course they will all be 'out of this world' missionaries. How can they not be with a mommy and daddy like you guys. XOXO

Jenn Granum said...

Great interviews with your boys! I love all the answers. I Love You Stinky Face is also a favorite in the Granum household. I think it is a must for boy families. I love that Woody and Buzz are well admired in your household. Such cute boys!

Bridget said...

Love it. So cute.

Anonymous said...

Your boys are just adorable and those mini articles are so so cute!

Annalee and Buck said...

Hi Sara, I'm sure you don't remember me but I work at Utah Valley Hospital in the ER and I was there the day you brought your beautiful family in to see Dr. Boyles and everyone else a couple of months ago. Anyways, I just love the miracle story of Bronson and the amazing faith and strength your family had while going through everything that your family did, and I was just wondering, I have to speak in sacrament this sunday on faith and testimonies and I wanted to ask your permission to briefly share Bronson's and your family's story and his miracle as an example of having faith and stregthening testimonies to my ward? If not, I totally understand, I just didn't want to do anything without asking you first. If you could, my email is, just let me know if that's okay or not? Or I also have a blog I'm sure you can click on my name and leave me a comment as well, whatever you'd like to do. Like I said, if you don't want me too it's not problem I wont at all! Thank you so much for your time, and I'm so happy to see your family is doing so well!

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you this weekend.

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Anonymous said...

Are you doing another 5k?

tessa said...

I'd been meaning to stop by for ah update.... so glad to see Bronson and your whole family doing well. Hugs to you mamma!

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Arbon Family said...

I have been following your blog for awhile and can I just say you are an inspiration to me. You have so much faith and it shows what an amazing mother you are. Thanks for your stories, and great life lessons. So, I have a son that is getting baptized in a year and I saw your book - I was wondering if you have any thing to help me get started??? Maybe some of the pics (I could pay you for them, since I am sure it took you A LONG time) Looks a little overwhelming but what a neat idea. If you get a second please email me at Thanks so much. Ami (in North Carolina)

Danielle Christiansen said...

your boys are just darling.

Lisa Petrarca said...

Hi, I read the story of your son's miracle & was very encouraged as my cousin's 9 mo. old baby girl, Ariella Horn, accidentally drowned 5 days ago & was under water for 30 min.

She received the same treatment as your son & we are praying for a MIRACLE outcome. It is touch and go from one minute to the next but Prayer is Powerful! Thank you for sharing...her young mother needed to see this!

Emmy said...

How cute are those! And yes, Las Vegas does need help

Sher Chia said...

You guys are 1-derful!

Daynen turns 3 today ya? Happy Birthday!


jtart10 said...

Im not sure if you are still checking these or not, but I have just come across your story, and I must say I am amazed at how incredibly strong of a woman and mother you are. My husband was intubated for 8 days in CICU after a bad case of the swine flu/pneumonia and it was one of the hardest things to go through and it was only a tiny tiny fraction of what you went through! I personally think you are AMAZING and I am so happy for you and your beautiful family!! I hope this message finds you all in good spirits and I know you are one happy mama!! God Bless!

Coco said...

Dear Sara,
I am one of the authors of an introductory college psychology textbook being creating for Worth Publishers in New York City. We are interested in the possibility of featuring your family's traumatic ordeal with Bronson's bathtub experience. If you have any interest in being interviewed for such a project, please email me and I can provide you with more information.
All the best to you and your family,
Coco Ballantyne

Kelly said...

Those are such great blurbs on each of your boys! You have such fine gentlemen to raise. :) My son, who is 4, brought home a new library book from school and it's "I Love You, Stinky Face"! Also, he pronounces things the same as Bronson - with the "R" sounds. So cute! I know they'll grow out of it before we know it, but it's awfully darn cute in the meantime.

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I came across your blog from an article about Bronson. What an inspiration, so glad to see it worked out the way it did!

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Michelle said...

The song that reminds me of your family came on the radio tonight and I found myself telling my son about your miracle. Even though this post is a few years old, it was great to see B with his happy smile. I will never forget him. God Bless you!