Thursday, June 26, 2014

Our Family Is Forever - Family Reunion 2014~

We  believe that Families are forever. We want to be with our family throughout all Eternity. We want "No Empty Chairs" at our family moments together. We just held our Roger and LeAnn Williams family reunion in Bear Lake, Utah. We have these reunions every two years. We had a wonderful cabin home that we stayed in that would sleep 45. We also had a smaller place for one of our families that couldn't stay for the whole reunion time. When we were all together there were 50 total.  We had all our sons, daughters and spouses plus 31 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. We had one grandson missing that is presently serving a mission for our church in Omaha, Nebraska. While we were having fun he was busy helping to clean up areas affected by the Tornado's.
The weather at Bear Lake was cold.  It rained a little bit and in the canyon there was a touch of snow on one of the days. We were concerned about not being able to do lake activities as planned. Our question was how do we keep 8 families with different ages busy inside of the cabin??? We were a little nervous about how it was going to turn out. There were prayers sent and we went forth with faith that all would be well. Our prayers were answered and we had such a fun time. There were no really big conflicts at all. There was just a lot of patience, tolerance, kindness, sharing, love and hugs that went around
Here is a picture of all of our granddaughters, granddaughter in laws and great granddaughters  Back row - Justice, age 18 with our youngest granddaughter, Haven, age 6 month; April, age 15, Sariah, age 16; Gillian, age 22; Jessica, and Dana.
Middle row - Averi, age 11; Alyssa, age 10; Karli, age 11; Lilly, age 2; our and her sister, Jadyn, age 4. These two are our great granddaughters.
Front row - Faith, age 10; Kaitlyn, age 10; Sarah, age 13; Taylor Jo, age 13 with Emma, age 7; Abbey, age 13. 
Here are our grandsons, and great grandsons.
Back row - Christian, age 15, Joseph, age 15, Jed, Jacob, with Sagan our great grandson, age 1; Austin, age 15. Middle back row - Jeffery, age 8; Ethan, age 13; Michael, age 14.
Middle Row - Williams, age 7; Kason, age 6; Joshua, age 6; Jonathan, age 12; Ryley, age 8.
Front Row - Levi, age 6; Benjamin, age 4; Layton, age 4. 
From the front room windows of the cabin,  the view was spectacular. We even got a picture of a rainbow in the upper left hand corner. 
The home we were in had a pool table and plenty of games. The weather was good enough to swim in the heated pool and play basketball that was on the reserve's property. It was so much fun to see the older boys playing pool with the younger kids. Most of the children went down swimming each day and sometimes twice a day.

Along with activities inside and out side, we had family devotionals. We sang songs, and shared stories of our ancestors. 
There was plenty of visiting with one another and that went very well. The adults and children also played games. In the lower left hand corner I am playing a game with my granddaughter Emma. She was so cute. She would come up to me and ask if I was ready for another round of Sorry. How could you ever refuse a sweet  request like that. 
For one of the devotionals My granddaughters from Missouri sang some songs accompanied by their sister Sariah on the Ukulele - 

 On Wednesday morning all of the children ages 12 and up traveled to the Logan Temple, in Logan, Utah to do baptisms for the dead. I had spent some time doing genealogy research and found some names of ancestors for them to be baptized and confirmed for. To find out more of our beliefs on temple work you can find it here 
Back row - Austin, Roger ( my husband), Travis, Sean, Joseph, Christian, Taylor Jo, James, and Brandon -Front row - Michael, Ethan, Jonathan, Sarah, Sariah, Abbey, April, Christina, Tiffani and David

Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 
You can find a short history of the Logan Temple here.
One of the really fun activities for the girls was when they braided each other's hair. It was so fun to watch them. They had such a good time doing this. 
We had assigned families doing the meals. Everyone even the younger children helped. 
 We also watched some of the World Soccer games. A lot of the children play soccer so they liked watching the games. There were 4 TV's so the children did watch a few movies while there. 
Saying good by to everyone was hard. We shared lots of love and hugs~

We had a large porch and a great view of the other cabins in the area. Also, a beautiful view of the lake. As we left the cabin we took a few more pictures of the view. We  enjoyed all the precious  moments with each other. It was a super family reunion. 

Just before we left the cabin we all sang again one our our favorite hymns; "Families Can Be Together Forever. " We then knelt in prayer with gratitude in our hearts for this family time together and then prayers for safety in traveling to our various destinations. Our families came from Spokane, Washington; Peculiar, Missouri; Kerrville, Texas; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Sugar City, Idaho; Heber City, Utah; and South Jordan, Utah. 

 After we were all packed up and were ready to roll; we drove down to Garden City to enjoy lunch and have one of the famous Raspberry shakes from there. It was funny because this wasn't planned; we met three of our families down at this place.  It required some more good-by hugs!

Our three youngest daughter's came back to our house for a couple more days; so the fun didn't end there at Bear Lake. They have now all left for their homes. My oldest daughter who has been with us for the last 6 weeks is moving to Australia for 2-3 years or longer. We had some sweet moments together. All of the good-bys were hard because these dear daughters live the furthest away from us so we don't see them as often as our boys. 
Alyssa, Emma and Ben looking for a snack to take while traveling home~
 Mike and Jenni with the three children inside the car~
Dave and Tiffani and children packing up and ready to roll~
 Our daughter, Christina with her family and my husband Roger~
Here I am with my precious granddaughters and daughter~ 
Hugs from my son in law Brandon~ 
 Hugs with my dear daughter, Christina~
I was a basket case of tears as each of these dear families left~

We believe in Families forever - If you want to learn more about these beliefs you can find the answers here. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day To All Of The Awesome Fathers In My Life~

I am grateful that  I have a Heavenly Father that loves me and answers my prayers.  I know that all of us knew our Heavenly Father in the Pre-Earth life.  We are his Spirit Children. When we see Him again someday we will be surprised at how well we know Him.  I know that He lives. 
Here is the tabernacle Choir singing: "O, My Father". Listen closely to the wonderful words of this hymn. 

My dearest father now resides in the Spirit World. I know that he is near me. At times I have even felt him close. I miss him more than I can express. He was a very loving and good man. He was fun to be around and he loved to dance with me. He was always singing fun songs when we were traveling. Oh, how I love him and miss him everyday. 

My father Millan
My father-in-law, Lamar
My dear father in law is also not with us. He was such a faithful, stalwart and wonderful man in the gospel and as a father. He was always kind and loving towards us and he loved the grandchildren so much. He was a good example of a man of wisdom and I truly miss him too. 
My Awesome Husband, Roger
My husband is such a marvelous man and he has been an outstanding father to our children. He loves them all and I know they love him. He has always been there in times of need and has taught his son's and daughters to love the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has been a worthy priesthood holder in our family and has blessed his sons, daughters and now grandchildren. countless times through the years. He has always been a caring husband and has shown his children through example how to tenderly care for their spouses by the loving way he treats me.
He has always been a good provider giving our children many opportunities in life. He has and does bless our family with his wisdom and love. 

Next is all of my dear sons, son in laws and grandsons who are all great Fathers.  I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by very good men who are all very good examples of what a father should be. 
Our Son Sean 
Our Son-Travis 
Our Son - James
Our Son in law -Brandon 
Our Son in law, Michael 
Our Son in law, Dave 
Our Grandson, Jed 
Our Grandson, Jacob 
Happy Fathers Day With Love and Hugs for all~

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Moment of Service With My Daughter and Grandchildren~

Back row: Sariah, Abbey, April
Front row: Faith, Christina and Levi
My Daughter, Christina and my Granddaughters, Sariah, April, Abbey and Grandson, Levi went to visit a friend of my late Aunt Della's at the Assisted Living home that she lived in. Nadine had wanted my grandchildren to come out for a visit and share some music with her. At first there was just another lady and her listening to them as they performed. More residents came into the room as the musical moments went on.
 Our Friend Nadine with my family~

This lady has been a piano teacher for over 30 years and
 she was very impressed with the program. 

The girls love to sing with each other. Sariah just learned recently how to play the Ukulele.After the girls sang three songs; Sariah played 6 piano pieces. She is very gifted and has only been taking for a few years. 

Me with my sweet daughter, Christina~
This sweet family of ours are moving to Australia in July. They came out for an extended visit before their move. We are enjoying our moments with them all. 
Next week we are having our every two year family reunion. We are excited to be with all of our children and grandchildren for a few days in Bear Lake, Utah. There will be a total of 49 of us.
One sweet grandson will be missing due to serving a mission for our church in Omaha, Nebraska. Our posterity is huge and this is a big undertaking to have a reunion with them all. 
I will be popping in and out to read your posts but for now I will be taking a little break. 
Just know that I am wishing for you all an awesome summer filled with many delightful moments. Treasure your families and enjoy every minute you have with them all. 
Blessings and hugs!


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