Sunday, June 25, 2017

Our numbers are rising!

Connor and Bekah have a baby girl - born June 24, 2017

Jessie Mae

They had many visitors that evening and her cousins were thrilled to see her.  They have been so excited about this little baby coming to join our family . . . and she has arrived!  She is sweet and precious.  We all love her.

We now have 8 grandsons and 8 granddaughters  :)  for a total of 16 grandchildren.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Making the Rounds

I spent a couple weeks traveling to see some of my children and grandchildren.

First on the agenda was a few days with Brandon, Megan, and Turner.  It was a fun visit and included things like Sushi, a visit to the Aquarium, and lunch at Bubba Gumps.

Turner enjoyed the creatures in the water, but his favorite was definitely the diver.  He even had some one on one interaction with him as the diver asked Turner to point to his nose and his ear.

Touching the starfish was fun too.

Turner also asked if I would watch Trolls with him, and I happily agreed.  I hadn't seen it before so it was new and exciting.

If someone were to ask if I would recommend the movie, I would have to say that I recommend watching it with a grandchild - that makes it most fun.  :)   I'm not sure how I would have felt about it if I were on my own.  ;)

Grandchildren make most anything better :).

It was fun to hear the songs from that movie.  Those songs were familiar, but were changed a bit from when I once knew them.  :)  And it was fun to hear some of the actors and actresses voices that seemed familiar.

Next on my trip was to go see Brayden, Tawny, Ethan, and Maddie perform in their dance recitals.  The recitals were exciting to watch - they each performed wonderfully.


Then Brayden was ordained a Deacon in the Aaronic Priesthood.  Twelve years old!  My family is growing.  I love them all!  It was great to see Gregory and Adena and their family, and the home they recently moved to.

From there I went to visit Chase and Rebekah.  We enjoyed our visit and went to watch a movie at the theater.  But from here on out I didn't take any pics. :/
From there I went to visit BJo and Nate.  BJo and I went to some antique stores. Chase and Rebekah came and my parents were in town visiting my brother and his wife, so we all went out to dinner and then went to Casper (where they make Fat Boys - they make and serve there a delicious soft and creamy black licorice ice-cream).

It was a new experience for me to travel alone to see my kids, but it was a good one.  I'm sure I'll do it again some day.  I did love getting home though.  

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Wedding Celebration!

Our daughter, BrittanyJo Hebdon became BrittanyJo Henrie on May 9, 2017.  She is now part of a new family and we welcome a new member to our family.

 Nate and BrittanyJo Henrie.

This was a happy occasion of course, but I admit, it has given me a bit of anxiety as I see her last name different than it has been for the last 21 years.  Actually, we felt like we had a BrittanyJo Hebdon in the family since 1982. 

The name change is new for me, of course, since my boys have all kept their last names.  It's an odd sensation, but I suppose I'll get used to it in time.  In some ways I feel like I've lost her, and surely I have given her away (sort of).  I've given her away with the understanding that she is still mine.   It's a good thing, so I'm trying to get used to it.  After all, I did that one time too, and have been so blessed and grateful that I did.

These two awesome people got to know each other and soon learned that they loved each other and wanted to spend eternity together, so one year after they first started talking they were married.

As with all of our children, we have spent years preparing for this day, but different than the other children, we had put several years of searching and shopping into it. We loved the idea of vintage china plates and goblets so we began collecting them a few years ago.  It was a fun and exciting thing to do together. 

Choosing favors was fun too, and we hope everyone was able to get a favor before they left.

We added to our list of vintage items - things like silverware, linen napkins, doilies, silver pitchers and trays, candle sticks, and anything else we liked and wanted to add to our collection. ;)

All of these things were added and put together to help create the look we wanted.

We added some other things that meant a lot to our family and helped warm our hearts on this special day.  Those things included Terry's work boots and the mail box he made thirty-some years ago.  In fact, much of what was used has some simple but fun memory with it.  The quilt was made by BrittanyJo.

We added some fun and favorite foods too.  It was all so very fun, and even the youngest in attendance enjoyed.

We have some wonderful family and friends that helped us set up and serve and make this day the special day it was.  To them, and to all who attended and sent greetings, we say THANK YOU!

Here we have the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

This next set of pics does not include all of the help (some seemed to avoid or escape the camera), but these pictures do represent all who helped throughout the event, from set up to take down.  THANK YOU ALL!

And of course we would not have been able to enjoy this occasion without all of our family and friends that attended.  We are missing people from these photos too, but, to all we say THANK YOU!

We thank you all for helping us create the memories from this day that will last a life time.

The sun went down on this beautiful day and we were all happy for the wonderful day that it was.

We even enjoyed the take down and clean up!

They had a great honeymoon and then returned to Idaho for an open house on the 20th.  That too was a great event where family and friends gathered to celebrate and share in this special occasion.

They / We have much to be grateful for!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I Feel My Savior's Love in All the World Around Me!

I am remembering a line from Alice in Wonderland -  "so much to do, so little time".

That seems to be my mantra for the last couple weeks because of all that is piling up in front of me.

The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get!  (I don't know where that comes from)
That's just the way things are around here lately.

With all that is going on, my time has been filled and my yard has been suffering.
Last week a friend came and helped relieve some of that stress by helping me wash plates and goblets (I am talking hundreds), and helped weed some of the yard too. (There was still much to do - I have a big yard!)

My home teacher saw a need, sprayed some weeds and called upon the Priesthood and Relief Society members of our ward.  They scheduled a work day in my yard, inviting all who could come.  And they came!  Men and women and youth of our ward and community.  It was awesome!

I was on an emotional overload that day and didn't make it outside,

but I saw people out every window or heard them on every side of the house, and I know they were here.

Thomas and Dana helped me count up how many people came and helped, and we came up with 50 people. . . 50!   They came and went right to work in any area in the yard they saw a need.  Cars were lined up the road in front of the house.  They worked and they left just as quickly as they came. And they left me with a beautifully cleaned yard, having done in 2 1/2 hours what I could not in 2 1/2 weeks.

Every where I look is a testimony of the love of the friends and family that love to serve the Lord and bless the lives of those whom they do serve.  And my life was certainly blessed!

Thank you, everyone who came or babysat for others to come.  THANK YOU!

Because of you


Saturday, April 8, 2017

I don't remember to post things anymore, and my time seems to be spent on other things, but I just remembered that I hadn't posted about a special occasion in March, that really needs to be shared.

We have a new granddaughter!

Julie was born to Skyler and Lisa (in Oklahoma) on March 4th.
She joins her siblings, Claire and Todd, and her 14 cousins. (This makes 15 grandchildren for Terry and I - 8 boys and 7 girls).  

I haven't seen her yet, but I love the pics on their blog, and I love her. Interesting how that happens - just like that- just because they exist - we can love someone.  I will get to see her and her awesome family in a month.

Julie joins our eternal family, reminding me of how real life is and how important it is to learn and follow God's plan of salvation so that we may inherit the eternal blessings that await.  Life is precious and every minute counts.

Well, I stopped for a brief moment to write about this excitement, now on to the many things that are keeping me busy right now, like addressing envelopes and putting stamps on them and getting them in the mail, announcing the next big event in our family. (And that is a very small part of my long TO DO list, but it seems to be taking several hours.)
If you do not get an announcement in the mail in a few days, and would like one, please text, email, or call me with your address - I'm finding there are a few I do not have.