Monday, July 18, 2016

Our Eternal Family~

It Started With Two - (Roger and LeAnn) ~
We then added six - 
First 3 boys - Youngest, James, Travis and Sean (Dad and Mom)
 Then three girls -  Oldest - Christina, Jenni and Tiffani 
It suddenly became twelve -
James and Amber, Travis and Amanda, Sean and Mary (Dad & Mom) Christina and Brandon, Jenni and Michael, Tiffani and Dave~
Our Oldest son Sean and Mary with all of their children which added even more~
 Jessica, Lilly & Myah, Jed and Jadyn, Joseph, Jackson and Joshua (Mary &Sean). Jeffery, Gillian; Jonathan, Jacob, Dana and Sagan~
Back row - Grandchildren with Great Grandchildren -  Jessica, Myah and Jed - 
Front row - Lilly and Jadyn~
Grandchildren and Great Grandson; Jacob and Dana with Sagan~
Our second son Travis and Amanda  with their eight children - Austin, Kason, Karli, (Amanda & Travis), Justice, Ryley and Ethan - Front row; Haven and Layton~
Our third son, James and Amber with their three children -
 Christian, Amber with Averi, James and Taylor Jo~
Our oldest daughter Christina and Brandon with their five -
 Faith, April, Brandon with Levi, Christina, Sariah and Abbey~
Our second daughter Jenni and Michael added three - 
Alyssa, Michael with Benjamin, Jenni and Emma~
Our youngest daughter Tiffani and Dave with their 4 more children -
 Sarah, Tiffani with William, Dave with Kaitlyn and Michael~
 We now total 51 with one more little one in Heaven; our Jesse. This is our forever family~

I am so thrilled that we were able to get all of these photos. I have waited for a long time to have us all together for a large family portrait. 
When we started out with just the two of us we would never have imagined that we would have multiplied to 52. We feel so graterful for each and everyone of our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren that make up our posterity. 
We believe that our family is an eternal family. We are not a perfect family but we are a loving family. We do care about and for one another. We have all had our ups and downs in family life and we have had many trials that have at times been hard to bare. 
When those troubling moments have come we have pulled together and made it through them. Our faith in our Heavenly Father and our loving Savior have been the stability of our family life. We have had many miracles and know that we have been blessed through the eternal covenants that we made in our temples and for the faith that we have in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We know that our Heavenly Father loves all of His children and blesses them as He has blessed us. Families are the greatest place for us to learn and grow in life experiences.
“Marriage and family life are ordained of God. In an eternal sense, salvation is a family affair. God holds parents responsible for their stewardship in rearing their family. It is a most sacred responsibility.” Ezra Taft Benson
Here you can read "The Family - A Proclamation To The World" by the THE FIRST PRESIDENCY and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

5 comments:

Marsha said...

What a beautiful family!

Debbie said...

these images are just amazing, all because 2 people fell in love!! that's an awesome picture of you and roger!!!

Susan Anderson said...

I love these. What a wonderful family!

Christy Monson said...

Love all the pictures. So glad you got everyone together. That is no small feat. I know. It's hard. We will have missionaries out now for the next few years so we can't get our pictures. Had someone from the Jordan River Temple district come to the Ogden Temple yesterday. They said your temple won't be done until the end of 2017. That's long! Hugs and lots of love, Christy

Mom of 12 said...

Oh LeAnn, I love this one! It's all about family.
Hugs,
Sandy

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