. . . . all the stars align and all my kids are in the same place at the same time. It's really quite wonderful. We all migrated to Oregon to attend the BYU-Oregon game. I present you a montage of pictures in no particular order to demonstrate the amount of fun we had.
I'm not sure Kevin's family has enough BYU gear. You think?
That goes for Emily's family as well.
At the pregame activities.
Jack and Ricky--bonding. Sweet cousins.
My beautiful girls.
On Friday we went zip-lining just north of Medford. It was AWESOME.
Some of you may remember Skeeter--our little black Cocker we had for 15 years. He was such a great dog for the whole family. He's been gone for a very long time and the time had come to make a new friend. Meet Rosie--she's adorable, sweet, fully house trained and yes, she's a fatty. She's 5 years old and her previous owners fed her way too much and had too many pets. I found her on Craig's list--SCORE!
Emily's boys (and Rue) LOVE her--check! The rest of the grand kids will meet her soon and I'm sure they'll love her too. She'll be a nice little companion for me. I think she's happy :)
Just returned from a GREAT trip with some extended family members. Bil and Leah held their family reunion in Canandaigua , NY this summer and a few 'extras' asked if we could tag along. We flew in to Cleveland, OH and visited some church history sites on our way to western NY. Our tour guide and chauffeur--Bil. I edited my pictures down to 277 but will only post a few here. I mean, really, who wants to look at 277 vacation photos. (I will email the Kodak link to those interested--just let me know).
Gramma Decker LOVED every minute of it and did really well keeping up with the schedule.
Patty and Krystina taking a nap on the plane.
First stop--Kirtland, Ohio. Lots to see. N.K. Whitney store--
Nails were very expensive and were saved and reused many times.
The saw mill--very impressive.
Look what we saw in the Walmart parking lot in Kirtland.
Kirtland temple. Really impressive to see and touch this building built by early saints. Our tour guide (from the Community of Christ faith) lacked adequate knowledge but Bil filled in.
We also visited the John Johnson farm and learned of the rich church history events that happened there. Next day--on to Canandaigua/Palmyra for the Hill Cumorah pageant. Chris Bjorling gave us a back stage tour. It was really impressive on every level: sets, music, lighting, special effects, grand scope/size, cast of 730 and of course the story itself is very inspiring. Touched hearts. Below I present, cousin David and his daughter Savannah and son Peyton. Too cute!!
David and Gramma Decker
Cousins, Brookston, McKenzie and Krystina.
I know this is a bad picture but it gives you some idea of the cast and stage. It was really awesome.
Sunday, went to church in Chris and Heidi's ward then visited the Peter Whitmer farm.
I didn't get 'family group' shots of all Bil's children but here's a few: JD and Kristi
Eric and Kristin (minus their two youngest)
Hill Cumorah visitor center. Feeling the braille version of the Book of Mormon.
This view is from the monument at the top of the Hill Cumorah. Looking down at the 'set' as it's taken down.
Hill Cumorah Monument with a few of the little cousins.
The Grandin Building in Palmyra where the Book of Mormon was first published. Really a great tour.
An original edition bound in sheep skin. Really cool to stand there and look at it.
This was one of my favorite days--the Smith Family Farm with log home and frame home and the Sacred Grove. The log home has been replicated on the original foundation but the frame home is 85% original.
The frame home.
They took us inside the each home in small groups and the tour guides were great. We learned so much and felt so much. Even the little ones were reverent.The Sacred Grove. It's hard to explain. The peace and beauty and profound nature of this place leaves a clear impression on your soul.
Tuesday we went to the Palmyra Temple. Adults did a session and the youth did baptisms. It was wonderful. Lots of cool stories about how the church purchased the land, etc.
Wednesday evening Bil, Heidi and Chris hosted an unbelievable lobster dinner. Fresh lobster flown in from Maine. OMGoodness.
Krystina and Brookston. LOVED IT.
Bil and Leah's family. Great people. They hold a family auction similar to the Big Jeppson auction and this was just one of the hot items. A T-shirt signed by all the BYU basketball team members--even Jimmerz. Went for big bucks.
Friday morning it was time to head back home via Niagra Falls. Beautiful, powerful, awesome.
Great way to end the trip. So grateful to Heidi and Chris for hosting this reunion and special thanks to Bil for letting us tag along and taking such good care of us. It was wonderful and I loved every minute. Gracias.