Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer in Bermuda

Ah, summertime in Bermuda.....when the cherries are abundant and the men with machete's are pruning the foliage.

Folks here love these little treasures
This nice fellow let us take his picture, wish I had caught him in action

Aunt Emmy

There's something special when you have an Aunt that will love you in a pinch!  Roz and Richard came to visit us in Bermuda, while gone Gracie had a "Mothers Day Picnic" at school.  But "OOPS", no mom!  Who did she call?  Aunt Emmy ; )  Emily saved the day filling in for one terrific mom.

Grace and Aunt Emily

Celebrating the Queen

It isn't all that unusual to see a horse and buggy on the roads of Bermuda.  But a few weeks back while driving home we spotted this beautiful horse and carriage; the drivers in formal dress.  It had been in Hamilton for a celebration honoring the Queen of England.  Fun don't you think!

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Perfect Mothers Day Gift

Mothers day comes with such mixed feelings.  Your happy to be acknowledged, so grateful to be a mom, full of love for each of her kids; but there is always that lingering question out there, "Did I do enough, did I love, teach, give my all so they might be safe and happy?".  This year I was expecting a quiet Mothers Day and was surprised when Roz and Rich told us they were coming to visit and would be here for Mothers Day!   YEAH!  Did I tell you how blessed I am to BE a Mom.  Our time together was sweet and precious and of course loads of fun!  It was good to see Rich and Roz relax from life even for a moment.  Thanks you two for coming! 

Grotto Bay Cave
Jobsons Cove
Guide showing Roz and Rich the turtles
Dad and Rich enjoying breakfast at the "Fairmont South Hampton Hotel"
Enjoying the beach and new friends ; )
Elder Perry and Elder Usenov enjoying a a bit of sun on P day with all of us
View from the lighthouse
Mothers Day with Bermuda Branch Relief Society and Roz

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fathers Past & Present

I know that Fathers Day has come and gone, but not so with fatherhood.  We are eternally joined and what a blessing that is in our lives. Some have passed on, others we see daily, and some are busily involved being DADS.  None are perfect, but all are loved. Even though late, I must pay tribute to the many fathers in my life.

"It is a wise father who knows his child. 
But maybe it's a very wise child who takes time to know his father."

What questions I would ask if I only had moments again with both Grandfathers and my Dad!  It seems time was fleeting, then gone.  What I would give for a few more minutes.  
I miss them!

My Grandfather Phillips and my very young Dad
The 50's were great!

"Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes." 
Gloria Naylor
Grandpa Frank with Bart and Byron, priceless!
Collin, Dad and Benjamin ; )
I always said I would never marry a farmer, a short guy, and live in Idaho......I did all three. Lesson, never say never ; ) Instead I married a handsome intelligent man, who is dedicated, strong, loves his family and his God.  He works very hard at providing for us. He is funny and brave.  My heart goes to mush when I see him kneeling in prayer to our Father in Heaven. He is honest, true to God and would do anything for his children and grandchildren.  He is my BEST FRIEND.  I love you, Bart!
Dad and Collin in China
Ben and Dad with Téa

4th of July
Dad and Roz always share their "B" cake by having birthdays side by side ; )
 Go fish with Roz and Dad
Emily and Dad
 Dad and Em in Bermuda
To the young fathers in our family, thanks for the beautiful gift of grandchildren.  Thanks for loving and caring for your families. We love you each and everyone.

Collin and Josiah
On an adventure.
Then came Simon, robo baby
Webster family in China
Never too early ; )
Then came sweet little Lucy Éve, haven't snuggled this one yet.

Life's little miracle....
Téa, Ben, and Avery
"Now this is a family"
Fathers Day or everyday?
Little Toren Chief is the caboose

RICHARD (Roz's husband and friend ; )
Richard and Hailey
Dad is safety in a crowd ; )

 Rich and Grant, love Grants determination

Get the feeling they love their dad!

DAVID (Em's husband and friend ; )
Sweet little Henry
Proud of DAD!
Having fun
Hangin with Aidan
A common occurrence at the Francis', check out the smiles ; )
Ahhhh, now these two you notice are trying to fill the shoes of their fathers.  They will find their way with the help and love of dads who are giving their all.  Thanks to all the Fathers in our family.  We love you!