Tuesday, January 17, 2012
My mom raised ten kids. Six were still living at home (and the youngest was six years old) when my dad passed away. Now the youngest is 20 and a sophomore in college. Since her proverbial nest emptied out, my mom completed some computer training at a tech school and submitted papers to serve a mission. Isn't she something? Her call just came last week...to the Family History Center on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. I'm so excited I could burst (yet secretly a little glad that it's only for one year)!
My sweet baby Reed was blessed on Sunday, January 8th., and boy did we celebrate. Scott and I spent several months in preparation for this event, grooming the house and the yard to accommodate 100 people for a luncheon. Though most of it is a blur, I think we pulled it off, thanks to a yard full of tables and chairs and the compliance of the weather. And thanks to everyone who brought delicious food to share! After the crowds died down I remembered to pull my camera out, so here are a few pictures of some (nowhere near all) of the people who were there.
My family is a gift and a miracle. I'm astounded that I get to have great friends on top of that! I'm so happy just to be with them. Reed is another welcomed blessing in our lives.
We had Christmas at home this year with a few special guests. After the Christmas Eve party at the Nallys, my mom and sister Shana came home with us to spend the night. They stayed up late and helped Scott and me to wrap presents, hang stockings and watch "It's a Wonderful Life," which was so nice.
The next morning went down much like you would expect. The kids all got new jammies, a couple of toys and some video games. The most exciting present was the tether-ball pole dad built for them in the backyard.
Even us grown-ups got a few presents. After a tasty breakfast of cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit, we all raced out the door to go to church! It was a quick meeting of mostly Christmas music by the choir...lovely. Then home again with a few friends in tow. Kevin brought over his two daughters D.D. and Kaitlyn as well as a feast of finger foods to snack on while my mom and I made Christmas dinner (ribs, potatoes, salad, rolls and lots of pie for dessert). The weather was glorious! We played outside in the warm sun most of the day. Grandma Gordon stopped by and brought a whole second round of gifts. We were stuffed full of food and fun and happy moments with dear loved ones.