|Caleb, James, Emily and Lyndee My Utah kids all came at Easter and helped in the yard and had a good time with each other. Caleb, Jake, Emily and Lyndee surprised me and went the extra mile with their yard work--all for free!.|
The boys tore off the front porch which was falling apart. It was much more work than expected. Finally they rented a power tool which took it off quickly. I had a new porch poured the next week. It took 8 months to get the railings made and put up. I should have had my boys do it.
|John and Paul|
|John and Jordan survey the work|
|Luke blows out his candles|
|James and Jordan|
Everyone came again in May for Mother's Day and we celebrated Luke's birthday. Having company over the holidays really helped and I got through all the holidays without problems. Memorial Day found me in Nauvoo and that was good also. The boys were at my house putting in sidewalks in the back of the yard and around the barn. They got flowers and put on Dave's grave. I am so blessed to have the kids I do. They're wonderful!
I went to Nauvoo the end of May and was able to attend
Tashi'sgraduation and be there for Gracie's 4th birthday as well as being there for Lexi and Bear's wedding and Jordan receiving his endowment in the Nauvoo Temple. Great times! Paul and family and Jill and family came out in time for the wedding and we had so much fun with the doin's in Nauvoo as well as with the Stouts. It was a wonderful.
|Gracie with the little dog I gave her|
|Tashi, Lexi and Bear leave the temple|
Lexi honored me by wearing my wedding dress. She looked lovely. The reception was held in the Nauvoo House and I was able to help sew new curtains for Emma Smith's parlor which was quite a treat.
I had a chance to take the kids to several venues while I was there in Nauvoo. This is Mia and Noah at the pioneer games.
|Mia and Noah|
|Benji with oxen in Nauvoo|
|The whole gang|
|Gracie looking not happy about being a pioneer|
|Benji and James pet the horses that pulled us on the carriage ride|
|Lincoln's memorial in Springfield|
|Paul and kids at the top of the arch in St. Louis|
|This Planter's Peanut truck was at our hotel in Chicago|
|Paul and family, Jill and family and I at Winter Quarters, Nebraska|
|Challis and family at the Fourth of July parade in Fillmore|
|My mother and Zachary at Paul's on the 4th|
|Geneal and her sister Lola at Lola's 95th birthday|
|Making tin foil dinners with Aleah, Lyndee and Emily|
|Eating the tin foil dinners|
|James showed up with a unique summer hair do|
|Cute Ana at the campout|
My summer had been full of wonderful activities surrounded by family. This was just what I needed. What a blessing family is. I feel like I am making the adjustment to single life. I have fabulous friends in Fillmore who keep very good tabs on me and let me know I am loved. I am okay with living here for now. It is home.