Monday

Hi....I'm back!

Hi...I'm back!!!  I took a break from my work to enjoy the month of March with my sweet family.  As you may know, I am the mother of seven children and four step-children.  That number has multiplied as they have married and blessed us with six amazing grandchildren! Most of our married children live out of state and we were blessed to have all but one of them home for the month of March. It meant that our home was bursting at the seams and it seemed we cooked around the clock...but I was in heaven with them home! 


We had a ton of family events throughout the month, you know...three birthdays, a baby blessing, a school play, oh....and a son leaving on a mission!!!  We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or as most people call us...the Mormons.  Our son Neal decided to serve a mission for the church and was asked to serve in the Lansing, Michigan mission for the next two years. (He's the middle one of these three handsome boys..)  Which meant a lot of events getting him ready for his departure...and a lot of fun leading up to the heart-tugging goodbye.




We got to celebrate our little Abigail's second birthday!

  Maggie, Taylor and Baby Jude

Michael, Chelsea and their baby puppy


Camilla, Mike and their sweethearts...Abigail, Gracie, and Michael


 Kristina and Josh..the lovebirds!


Brandy, Tom and Little Nick


Crystal and Adam...just love them!


Our last few minutes with Neally....




 

Followed by a trip to the Zoo... (we had to do something fun to forget our tears)




Safari Grandpa

 





We are soooo grateful and blessed by our big family.  I grew up most of my childhood without family around and I can't explain the joy and love we feel when our children are home.  There were many times when all eleven of them were home that I thought I was loosing my mind and didn't know what to do....but I am soooo thankful we didn't give up. We can honestly say we love everyone of our sons and daughter-in-laws like our own children....and don't even ask about those six grand babies...because they are the loves of my life!

I am starting back to work this week preparing for a show the end of April and one in August...a lot of painting and sewing is ahead, but I would trade it all to have the month of March all over again.  I thank God for the blessing of being a wife, mother and grandmother everyday.


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