Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Yesterday, Rob & Lorena flew to Stockholm. Mike got the call saying they arrived tired but safely. I've promised myself that I'd be happy for them......and I truly am. Rob likes his job with the State Department, he loves to travel & his stay in Sweden will be a great experience for his family. It'll even mean Mike & I will hopefully travel to Sweden at least yearly.

Why did I cry when jogging yesterday morning?
Why did I cry when saying the blessing on our food Sunday night?
Why did Amy & Brittany call me crying, Monday night; and then I started to cry?
Why did I cry when I called Rob to wish he & Lorena a safe trip yesterday?

TEARS pop into my eyes; I breath deeply and tell myself, "It's okay, it's a great opportunity, all our children are employed, I can deal with the separation of mother from adult-child. I remind myself that I am grateful for the different modern forms of communication like: cell phones, computers with cameras, e-mail and gchatting! (How did our ancestors leave their homes & family?)

Sweden is almost 5,000 miles from Utah, a fight to DC seems to take all day but to Sweden it's a minimum of 16 hours and 20 minutes! DC is two hours ahead of us but Sweden is 8 hours ahead of us.
I also ponder how Mike & I will keep our family close in-spite of the miles? 
(SUGGESTIONS appreciated.)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

4th Family Activities

All our children and their spouses came home for the 4th of July weekend. We celebrated this holiday in Idaho, thanks to Garry & Sue, Island Park was our ultimate destination. They graciously let us go to their cabin and like old times, we had a blast!

This is Lorena with the San Francisco / California baby quilt I designed and made for our first grandchild, Michael Robert. The quilt took hours to create, I know a few things I'd change but there is a lot of symbolism on this quilt and they can use the quilt to teach our grandchild about their California roots.