The first week of May we headed to Utah again. Yes, it was only 3 weeks previous that we were there for conference, but we were only too happy to return. On May 4th I attended a darling baby shower for Brittney. It was hosted by Camille and Laura Giddens, Brittney’s dear friend from freshman year at BYU. It was called “The Itty Bitty Baby Shower.” Amazing. The food was divine—small bites (itty bitty!) of the most wonderful food displayed with style and panache’. Brittney was given some wonderful baby gifts and it is always just so much fun to visit and eat. It was great to see ’old’ friends, her young friends and in-laws, and our extended family support her. She looks fabulous with a pregnant tummy and a rosy glow. We are so excited to welcome Baby Grayson in mid-July. I made crib bumpers, skirt and a pillow for the nursery, and a “Sunday Bag”, blanket and burp cloths. This Grandma’s been busy sewing--it’s been fun!
|Me, Brittney and Camille. It was held at Camille' home in Lehi.|
|Look at the "itty bitty" food. . . Tomato basil soup and grilled cheese, mac and cheese, salad, homemade donuts, tiny cheesecakes, fruit tarts, meatballs, and even tiny cans of diet coke. . . divine!|
|My dear friend Evy Smyth. We've known the Smyth's since 1988 when we moved to Cottonwood Heights in SLC. Our girls are best friends from childhood, and it was so great to see her.|
|Great friends/family of Brittney's--Cory Maxfield (MIL), Caitlin Connolly (SIL), Melissa, Audrey, |
and Laura (the other party hostess).
|The sign-in table. Just look at those pictures of Dad. He was a cute kid, and a handsome young man. |
Oh, and he's still handsome!
|That's Mom and my niece Megan McWhorter and her baby Lincoln. Since her stroke, Mom struggles with smiling. Sometimes our darn bodies just won't do what we want!|
|Everyone enjoying lunch. Traci made that fabulous sign.|
|Jace with my brother Craig. Always good to see him. . . he lives in Tennessee.|
|A full view of the display table. Traci put this together. . . it was wonderful.|
|This picture shows a special item of memorabilia. The center picture is of Dad as a college student at BYU. He was whitewashing the Y. This picture has been in the BYU Alumni Magazine and in the BYU Alumni House. |
Dad is a very loyal BYU Cougar fan.
|My beautiful family!|
|I think we were cracking up because Jace decided to give Baby Grayson a shout out!|
|All the family that was able to come. This was after we had cleaned everything up, so Mom had gone home--it was|
a long day for her.
|Dad with his sisters and their husbands: Dad, Phyllis Horne, Marcille and Bill Topham, and Anna and Mark Snedegar.|
|Just love this picture of the happy parents-to-be!|
|This is Dad and us 5 children: Jerry, Me, Dad, Allyson, Mark and Craig.|
|Beautiful elegant white casket and pink roses. That is Sheri.|
|The family at the cemetery with Lindsay Bird Nielson. We love her family.|
|A quilt us sisters in Relief Society made for Sheri when she first got ill. I made two of the patches.|
|Jace and his new friend, Kylee Keas. Kylee is the daughter of Barbara, who took care of Sheri so well while she was in Idaho with Lindsay. Kylee loved Jace. It was true infatuation!|
|Lindsay, France and Samuel Nielson. The pink dresses and ties were at Sheri's request. |
She even asked Brent to wear a pink tie at her service, which he did as he was one of the speakers.
|The Bird family headstone. Like Lindsay said, "At least that's done--I don't have to pick one out for Mom."|
|We were on a walk on the Centennial Trail and this photo was taken in a little cave. |
Sheri had a smile that could light up a room.
And, no surprise, she was even wearing pink.
So I’ve come back to circles.
A new mother-to-be who has waited over 3 years for this miracle of birth.
She now has a round tummy about to burst with a bouncing baby boy .
A seasoned 80-year old man at a joyous celebration of a long, well-lived life.
He is honored by hundreds of friends and family who have enjoyed his circle of
influence over the years.
A vivacious young grandmother in her early 50’s is laid to rest way too soon.
She has been called to another realm to no doubt continue to teach and serve.
She has completed her earthly circle of life.
“It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all through despair and hope, through faith and love.”
Yep, Elton that’s what it is all about—faith and love. Those two things will get us through,
for in the end, life is still good, and life is still wonderful.