Once again, this blog has been neglected. I’m one of those people who carries a day planner everywhere I go. I write even the smallest of things down to get accomplished. Somehow my blog keeps getting pushed to the next day. So–It’s time to fill you in on the past few months happenings.
Let’s start with grief. Sadly, my 82-year-old father-in-law, James Bearnson, passed away on March 20th. He was such a sweet influence to our entire family and there was so much to celebrate about his life. I’m so glad we captured this moment years ago when my children were still young.
The celebration of his life through the visitation and funeral will always be remembered by his posterity.
Here is my mother-in-law with all her grandchildren (minus two–poor Brecken hated missing the funeral).
I love how all the grandsons were pallbearers:
And how our good friend, Leland Slaughter, headed up military honors:
Here is sweet Oakley saying goodbye to her great grandfather:
One thing is for sure–Jim Bearnson will be sorely missed.
Just before Jim’s passing, we went on a 10-day getaway. After eight months of planning, Collin, Emily, Steve, and I went on the trip of a lifetime to New Zealand.
I was lucky enough to meet scrapbookers along the way who had taken care of my son while he served a two-year mission for our church.
Here is Philippa Yates and Karen Butterick in Christchurch. We were lucky enough to get a tour of this city from the two of them. What sweet ladies and their city is beautiful yet made my heart heavy as well. (It was destroyed by an earthquake a few years ago and is still being rebuilt.)
We then were off to the beautiful town of Queenstown. This place could possibly be heaven on earth. We were able to meet my sister, Becky, and some of her family there. We had stunning views from the Airbnb that we rented:
We took a gondola plus several luge rides:
Went on a glow worm tour:
And a Shot Over jet ride (a crazy, fast boat ride on this river):
We visited the lovely city of Dunedin and Michelle McArthur and her family made us feel so welcome. The Cadbury Chocolate Factory tour was scrumptious–so much free chocolate! And we walked up the steepest hill in the world!
Next we visited the capital city of Wellington. We were welcomed at our Airbnb with all sorts of NZ (and even some USA) treats from Mandy Blake and Carmel! Wow–now that’s some Kiwi hospitality! (Mandy literally took care of Collin his entire mission sending him letters, presents, money and taking him to lunch when he lived in her area.)
My favorite highlights of this city were meeting an adorable group of scrapbookers, visiting the Te Papa museum, and observing a real rugby game! (We got there super early–that’s why there are no fans in the seats yet!)
It was so fun for Collin to be back in his mission stomping grounds. Thanks to EVERYONE who made our trip so amazing!
Then there were the graduations.
My baby graduated to an official teenager by going to her first prom:
And my oldest son, Kade, graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business with a financial emphasis. Nobody was more proud than his little girl, Oakley, and his wife, Taylor:
Kade starts his first job in just a few weeks!
My son, Collin, and his wife, Emily, also started their careers in Atlanta working for her family’s business. Collin graduates in August and is finishing his classes online. If y’all see them around town, please say hi!
Well–there is probably tons more to write but that’s the scoop for now. Hope your end-of-school year is treating you right. Summer vacation is right around the corner!