Last night we were able to go to an open house for a missionary farewell. Allen's cousin, Gordan and Debora, are here taking their son to the MTC this Wednesday. Their son, Ryan, is leaving on his mission. He has been called to the Taiwan Mission. I'm sure there is a specific place in Taiwan, but I don't know where.
Gordan and Debora and Family
This cousin is particularly special to me. Gordan was the best man when Allen and I married. Gordan and his wife, Debora, were married the year before us. Then Debora was pregnant with Ryan the same time I was pregnant with Chad. Ryan was born a few weeks early, and Chad was born abut a week late. Hence, Ryan is one month older than Chad.
I have the most wonderful pictures of the two baby boys, their fathers, and Great Grandma Nola together at a wedding in Idaho. As soon as I find this picture I will add it. Just a side note, it was Michelle's wedding (Gordan's sister, her family picture is below.)
Anyway, it was a wonderful night. We spent hours catching up on each other's families. I cannot tell you how good it felt to be with these people. We've all been through trials in our lives, but we have all grown from them. I grow even more by listening to them and seeing their examples of strong, faithful, loving words and deeds. Even though the time and distance is great, it felt as if we'd never been apart.
Today, I am extremely grateful for the many, many family members I have. They are too many to mention by name. I have family from my mom's side, my dad's side, Allen's side, Sam's side, and Lynn's side. I hope they each know how much they mean to me and how thankful I am that they love and accept me, even with all my faults.
First Born (Mom's Favorite) Don't worry, Kyle and Tyler's said the same thing. LOL
Still my baby boy
Cade, almost 1 year
Becky and Brayden
Before the haircut
with his trained bird at Great America
Chad and Tyler in Chicago
Companions and Friends
Chad, Tyler, and Mike
Sam and his Father
This was not staged
Back in the Day
My Mom and Nannie (Grandma)
Great Gma Nola
Kyle and Mom
Don't you love those B/W photo booths. This one was taken last year waiting for a birthday party to start. I wish I had more of these. They grow up so fast. One minute they're tiny and helpless and the next their bigger than you and ready to face the world without you. Wow, where does time go?