Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dear Mom

Dear Mom,

I just couldn't help thinking about you this weekend Mom while we got together as a family. Everyone couldn't make it but for the ones who could, we had a blast. I know it has been two years since you went to heaven but we still remember you often and the impact you made on each of us. So...I want to give you a little report on how we are doing.

Our family is growing steadily now. There are lots of new little ones to enjoy and I have been busy making them each a quilt. I know that if you were here, you would be right in the middle of the action with that mischievous twinkle you always had in your eye. Always plotting, always planning and always enjoying life in the moment.

We are continuing to teach each other about Jesus and how He loves us, protects us and provides for us daily. We know how important prayer has been to this family over the years so now we want to show the little ones how to start their prayer life too.

We all piled in cars and went to the zoo Saturday morning. What fun we had showing your great-grand children nature and the life around them. David and Landon enjoyed feeding all kinds of animals. Landon was disappointed that he was not quite tall enough to ride the pony but we told him he was growing all the time and maybe next time he would pass the height chart.


David and Landon sure have grown since you left. They are both becoming fine young men.

                                                                                             Jeff and his son are so much alike. It was great to see that he is such a hands-on Dad.
Phil spent a lot of time with Sophia. He walked around in circles pushing the stroller so Sophia could be entertained too. You would be proud of his grandfathering skills. 

After the temperature rose by noon, the zoo was not that much fun. Phil mentioned his pool and we all jumped at the idea.  

Summer and her family were able to come over by then so there were even more kids and fun. Lots of squirting each other, jumping off the diving board, and sharing our about lives. We are definitely more kid centered now.

Look how Brandon has grown. He has a good heart and a sweet smile.

Later, we grilled out hamburgers and hotdogs. You know how our family loves to eat. And as always...there was more then enough to go around. We don't have so many sweets around any more because we don't need those tempting calories or children being fueled for hyperactivity.

... and Mom...There was a man cooking in the kitchen! We know how you didn't allow men in the kitchen because you thought that was women's work...but mom....Jeff offered and we accepted. It was great!

So Mom...We just wanted you to know that we are doing fine. We are still together and growing strong all the time. We miss you, we love you, and we are still remembering you in a big way. Thanks for all the fun and memories you blessed us with.

Love Always,

Your Family


  1. Loved going to the family reunion with you, especially taking your mom. Blessings MJ. Love you.

    1. Thanks M! Good families are getting more rare. I am so happy that I have a good one. Blessings!

  2. I was having a perfectly good, tear-free afternoon.
    Thanks mom.

  3. Oh, Mary Jane, what a precious post! I loved viewing all the photos. Blessings to you and your family. I think you know full well how to savor them. :)

    1. Thanks so much Sally. Family is where its at!

  4. Just getting around to reading this post, Mary Jane. You did a wonderful job! I know your Mom is proud of your family and how it has grown and prospered using the principles she instilled in you all. Blessings to you all!