On Sunday, 30 November 2014, I was casually minding my own business at home when I suddenly received a text message. Thinking it might have been from one of the kids, or perhaps from one of the stake presidency, I opened it–when, to my utter surprise and complete delight, it was a picture of Mary Ann with her companion, Sister Farr! A member where they are serving took the picture and texted it to us and to Sister Farr’s parents. We love this picture!
This year, Sean and Vivian Foley (he is the 1st counselor in our stake presidency) invited us over to their home for Thanksgiving. We had so much fun with them and their two daughters, Emily and Sage. Their sons are all off to college, and Emily just returned from her mission to British Columbia. The food and the conversation was terrific, and the games we played were very fun–and challenging!
That weekend Mom and I spent an afternoon or two visiting various antique shops in Lexington and surrounding areas. We were looking for possible furniture for my office, but ended up buying an old phone instead! It’s from about 1919 and when the shop owner assured us that it worked with today’s lines, I just had to have it. The wiring had been modified to accept today’s plug-in type phones, so we took the gamble, brought it home, and plugged it in. Sure enough, it works!
Another amazing sunrise at our farm in Missouri. All I did to these photos was to stitch them together to make panoramas–no messing with the saturation, colors, brightness, etc. The Lord’s creations are simply stunning!
A few months back, I realized that this year was going to be Grandpa Call’s 80th birthday. So I contacted all my siblings and we worked out a date that worked for four of us to do a surprise celebration!
Aunt Denalee and Sierra were already planning on being in Bedford for a week or so over the Halloween weekend, so we went with that weekend. Aunt Jenni surprised Grandpa and Grandmother by showing up earlier in the day on Friday, 31 October. Then John and I arrived that night, and Uncle Darryn arrived the next day. Our grandparents were so surprised!
We spent the weekend playing games, visiting, do a few errands, and hearing about Sierra’s mission. We had a wonderful time! We were able to go to church on Sunday and hear Grandpa’s lesson (which was fantastic, of course). On Monday, the games continued, and then John and I flew back home that night.
Happy 80th birthday, Grandpa!
In April, when I planned to meet my sisters in Logan in the fall, it seemed a very long way off. But suddenly it was here! I flew out on Nov. 30 and arrived in Logan that evening. I stayed with Shauna at her home in Smithfield. The next morning Sharon, Sharla and Shari joined us. The big chocolate making weekend had begun. We spent all day Friday making the centers. I think we made 9 batches of fondant! It was a lot of work but a lot of fun too. We laughed and talked and had a good time just catching up. Saturday we began rolling the fondant into balls and dipping them in chocolate. We used Grandma Brown’s chocolate tempering machine. It worked really well. Shauna had bought pounds and pounds of dipping chocolate beforehand. We started melting and dipping and didn’t stop until that evening. We did take a break for lunch. Sharla had made a heavenly black bean and pumpkin soup. It was really good. Sunday morning we started on the cherry bars and actually decided that we needed one more batch of fondant. So we worked hard and fast and finished by about noon. It was hard to say goodbye to my sisters but we plan to make it an annual event so it’s just goodbye until next fall.
I drove to Rachel’s house in Springville and arrived in time for a delicious dinner! Rachel had made Patti’s famous Hawaiian pork. It was really delicious. Rebecca and Bob joined us for dinner. We spent the evening visiting, I really enjoyed being with them.
The girls and I spent the next couple of days shopping, going to lunch and just really having a good time being together. Bob was able to come over Wednesday evening for dinner. It was so good to talk with him and hear his plans for after graduation in December. I just really enjoyed spending time with my kids.
I arrived home Nov. 6, it was a really fast week! I enjoyed every minute of it!
On Friday, 31 October 2014, John and I made a surprise visit to Grandmother and Grandpa Call in Bedford!
Aunt Denalee and Sierra were already planning on being there for a week or so. And so Aunt Jenni, Uncle Darryn and I made plans to surprise our parents with an early celebration of Grandpa’s 80th birthday. First Aunt Jenni arrived earlier in the day, surprising Grandmother and Grandpa to no end. Then John and I arrived late that night (our flight was delayed), arriving at about 9 p.m. And then Uncle Darryn came up the next morning and spent the day with us. We missed having Aunt Camielle and Uncle Bruce, but it was great to have those who could make it.
Needless to say, Grandpa and Grandmother were very, very surprised by the visit!
Since the majority of our visit occurred in November, I’ll write more next time. 🙂