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Throwback Thursday (23)

Posted November 2, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

When Mormon kids are in high school, they attend early morning bible and BOM study that we call Seminary. It’s a pretty big deal because if you wanted to go out with your friends on the weekend, you better not miss any days of Seminary or you can count your weekend plans out. At least that’s how it was when I was growing up and it was the same deal with Brenna. It’s especially hard to want to go to Seminary because class starts every morning at 5:55AM and lets out at 6:45AM. What teenager do you know that wants to get up that early every morning to read the scriptures?

Brenna graduated from high school this past year and I was cleaning out my emails when I came across an old email from her Seminary teacher. Here’s what it said.

Hi parents. I have a couple of quick questions for you that will help with our lesson tomorrow. Is there a specific meaning to your child’s name? And, was there a specific reason you chose your child’s name?

So, of course, I had to forward that email to all of my friends and my sisters while I pondered how I was going to tell Brenna’s Seminary teacher that Brenna was named after a heroine in one of my romance novels.

The heroine from this book in particular:

The Wedding (Laird’s Fiancee’s #2) by Julie Garwood

It’s a classic plot: a marriage of convenience that lays the groundwork for true love.

1119. Journeying from England to Scotland to wed a highlander, Lady Brenna had resigned herself to the arranged match. But when a band of fierce, painted warriors captured her en route, she fearlessly met their demand to marry their leader — the quick-tempered laird Connor MacAlister. She couldn’t know that her capture was merely the first act of vengeance against her betrothed, Connor’s sworn enemy.

Brenna harbored no illusions that her husband was in love with her; after a hasty forest wedding, MacAlister assured her she could return home once she had borne him a son. But she could not deny that she had once proposed to MacAlister — ten years ago, when she was just a child, and the visitor to her father’s castle charmed her with his dazzling, unexpected smile. Now, as she sets out to win the brave chieftain whom she has come to adore, a legacy of revenge ensnares Brenna in a furious clan war — and only her faith in her gallant hero can save her….

Hahaha, can you imagine what was going through Brenna’s Seminary teacher’s head as I told her that I named my daughter after a girl in one of my smutty romance novels?

The exact romance where my most memorable scene is this one:

She let him know how much she liked what he was doing by scoring his back with her nails and crying out with pleasure.

“Oh, God.”

“Nay, lass. Connor.”

Hahahaha, I had a good laugh at that. Oh, the good ol’ days.

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Throwback Thursday (22)

Posted March 2, 2017 by Rowena in Family, Features | 4 Comments


Tomorrow is Brenna’s birthday and she turns 18 so I’m feeling hella nostalgic. I’m remembering a lot of things from when she was a baby to when she started Kindergarten, went to middle school and right now she’s preparing for life after high school. It all seems so surreal. There are a lot of things in my life that I don’t remember, memories that are blurry in my mind but everything about Brenna, her life and who she was then versus who she is now is clear as day. I remember her life vividly.

Today’s Throwback Thursday is a picture of Brenna and her best friend, Makenna on my brother Pete’s wedding day. This picture was taken 7 years ago and I remember everything about that day. I remember arguing with her because she was determined to straighten her hair for the wedding and I wasn’t having it. Her hair is naturally curly and just like some girls hair can’t hold a curl from a curling iron for long, Brenna’s hair doesn’t stay straight for long. It frizzes up and gets all tangly. So we argued about her hair and she got her way because there isn’t a thing that her Aunty Helen won’t do for her so while we were all getting dressed for the wedding, Helen took the time to straighten Brenna’s hair because that’s what she wanted.

She’s one of the good ones and this picture is one of my favorite pictures. Her and Kenna have always been close and I’m glad that all these years later, they’re still taking pictures like this together.

They were 11 and 10 years old in this picture. So sweet and so innocent. Now? Not so much. Haha.

Tomorrow, Brenna will be old enough to vote and I’ll always miss the girl she used to be but I’m super proud of the woman she’s growing up to be.

Until next week…enjoy!

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Throwback Thursday (21)

Posted February 23, 2017 by Rowena in Family, Features | 6 Comments


As usual, this week’s Throwback Thursday features my girls. Bren, Ken and Cher. This was in sixth grade, we drove into L.A. County after winning state with our club basketball team in San Diego. They wanted to go straight to the cemetery to share their gold medals with my Mom. Mom died in April and this picture was taken in June or July after her funeral so there’s no headstone yet.

They look like babies. Gah, they’re so grown now. 🙁

From L-R: Cheridan, Brenna, Makenna

I love these girls!

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