Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Fantastic Month of February~

We have had a marvelous month of special events and spectacular celebrations.
Our Granddaughter Gillian graduated on February 7th from Aesthetic School. She received honors and is now a Master Aesthetician.We are so proud of her. She has an exciting career ahead. 
We were able to travel to Idaho to attend the Missionary Farewell for our Grandson Austin. He gave an outstanding message in our Sacrament meeting. His younger brother Ryley also gave a talk. This made it extra special. Later that evening we participated in the ordination of our Grandson Christian. He received the Melchizedek Priesthood and was ordained to the office of an Elder. We are so pleased with these awesome grandsons of ours. This was a special day of celebration. The top left photo is of our Grandsons Austin on the Left and Christian on the Right. 

Here are some photos of friends and family members. The two pictures of the just the boys are our future missionaries grandsons. 
On February 13th, we said our goodbyes to our Grandson Austin. He entered the Mission Training Center on February 14th. We will not see him for two years as he serves his mission in the Nebraska Omaha Mission. This was kind of a happy, sad moment for us all. A few tears were shed on this one. 
Here we celebrated our Granddaughter Jadyn's 8th Birthday. We had such a good time with her. We enjoyed being with our Granddaughter in-laws family, and we had our Grandson's Jackson and Joseph there also. Our sweet little Lilly wasn't feeling well, so she spent most of her time with her Dad Jed; our grandson; middle photo below.   
Our Grandson Joseph turned 19 on February 19th. He is now out of school and working for the winter month. We love him and are proud of his accomplishments. He is a remarkable young man.  
On February 23 and 24th, the Country Park Stake held their Annual Especially For Adults event. As a Stake Relief Society, we were in charge of the dessert after the special fireside on the 23rd and the brunch for between the classes held on the 24th. We had a fantastic service project. The project was for the Jordan School Foundation, and our Stake members and friends donated food and other unique items for children in need in the school districts. We were so grateful for the many generous donations that were provided.
Our Friday night guest speaker was Bro. Scott Anderson. He is a well-known speaker, and everyone that attended could have listened to him all night. We were taught many beautiful teachings from The Book of Mormon. Our Theme was "My Soul Delighth In The Things Of The Lord."  
Our Grandson Williams turned 12 on the 23rd of February. He is such a delightful young man, and we are so pleased with him. He received the Aaronic Priesthood and ordained to the office of a Deacon. William is such a fun personality, and we always enjoy our moments with him. 
This month our Grandson Ben received the Leader of the Month and then a few days later he won the 2nd-grade spelling bee and will go on to compete with the 2nd through 4th grade. We are so proud of him. We are enjoying our moments with our grandchildren Ben, Emma, and Alyssa who are living with us. 
A dear couple that we are close with just had twin boys. They have a five-year-old son also. They are so adorable. Last night I spent some time helping with them. It was so much fun. It has been a while since I have held and fed new babies.   
Once in a while, I have to post some photos of our Sammy. This little dog of ours brings us so much joy. He is smart and does some incredible things. He is a stress reliever and always happy to be with us. 
Yesterday, I went to the Eye Foundation of Utah for an exam. Last year I was diagnosed with a Macular Puckering. Usually, this condition remains the same and or worsens and can require surgery. After a complete exam I was told that it looked like it had improved; tender mercy. In fact, the eye specialist stated that my Retina was the healthiest he had seen that day. Of course, as a specialist that may not mean that much. I did have to chuckle at that thought. I do feel blessed. 
As you can see this month has been a blessed month with family. It has been a busy one preparing for our EFA activity.  We were pleased with the attendance and great topics that were given by excellent presenters.  I do have sincere gratitude in my heart for the blessing of family, friends and the opportunity to serve, learn and grow. 


Barb said...

Hi LeAnn!

I loved this post, especially getting to see all those handsome grandkids!! I really loved seeing, Austin and Ethan when you guys were here for Christian's ordination! I miss Christian, I hardly ever see him since he's been at college! Wonderful pictures of the two cousins together!! Have you heard from Austin? I'm sure he'll be a great missionary! It's just so fun to see all your grands, I'm so glad you post pictures of them!

Looks like the Annual Especially for Adults event was fun!! And I'll bet the desserts were amazing!

I happy that your eye exam went well, I know you were worried about it. I'm not sure I'm loving this stage in my's gotta get better, right?!

I really want to come down with Amber and spend some time with you, just hanging out, having some fun. We really MUST work on that!! I think Amber has had a lot of stress this winter and could use a break...besides, she will make us laugh, and laughing is good!!

Love you much!! Take care of yourself and your sweet husband!

Hugs and Love,

Tracy said...

How LOVELY is your Gillian! Congrats on her big achievement! Are those Minnie Mouse Ears she's wearing?! ;) Congrats to your Austin on his achievements too! Love seeing all the family photos and celebrations!! With such a large family, there is always something great to celebrate! Lookie those twin boys--soooo sweet! Your Sammy is such a super-cutie! Is he a Shih Tzu?? I had to luck up Macular Puckering...Oh, LeAnn! So very, very glad you're eye is OK, and that it is healed, and didn't require surgery! GOD is sooo GOOD!! BLESSINGS to you all! With Love, In Christ--Tracy ((HUGS))

Marsha said...

LeAnn....I love that you have such a large, happy family, and that you post all about your exciting adventures with them. Glad to see that your eyes are doing better.
Take care, my blogging friend - Marsha

Galen Pearl said...

Wow, you have a lot of TALL grandsons! And all your grandchildren are handsome and beautiful. How do you keep up with all of them? And find enough energy for three of them to live with you?!

You are an Energizer Bunny. I want some of your batteries!!

Christy Monson said...

What a beautiful February message. Thanks for a wonderful experience at Especially for Adults. I LOVED coming to see you. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Christy

Debbie said...

you have such a beautiful family, inside, outside and reaching for the stars. what a brilliant group of kids!! wishing ben continued success with that spelling bee - hoping no matter the outcome he feels proud of himself!! they all have such bright futures!!

sammy is adorable and twins for your friends, if you had a fee second, perhaps you could help them!!

beautiful smiles in this post!!!

Debbie said...

i forgot to mention about your eyes, i am so happy things went well...and that you have a healthy retina!! my mom has macular degeneration. i assume they are different but both effect the retina!!!

Angela said...

It looks like you had a great month. You must be so proud of your grandchildren!


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