Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Importance of extended family!

My Mom was only 70 years old when she passed away. My youngest brother Ty, had only 2 of his 4 kids by then. They don't remember my Mom very well  ( their Grandma Lou ). I have really tried to stay close to his kids and tried to fill the void that not having a Grandma left. I am super close to many of my nieces and nephews, and for that I am very grateful. Here are some of the photos of our trip...
( This is my nephew Luke and I, at the Howdy Party for my niece's wedding. It was a party to have both sides of the family have fun and get to know each other...it was neat! )

Here is where the Howdy Party dinner was held, look at that view. It was held at Snow Basin, Needles Lodge, we had to go up by a tram, it was beautiful!
Here is the bull that they brought up for everyone who was brave enough to ride. I will show you photos of me even riding it. I know you don't believe it but...I have pictures to prove it! Here on the left, is some of my family watching and supporting us.
I think that in today's world where there are so many things that are dividing the family that it is vital that we do all that we can to strengthen and defend them. Having close relationships to our extended family can be a true blessing! And I am very grateful for that. 
Good night dear friends!

 "Our most basic institution of family desperately needs help and support from the extended family and the public institutions that surround us. Brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins can make a powerful difference in the lives of children. Remember that the expression of love and encouragement from an extended family member will often provide the right influence and help a child at a critical time."  
~ M. Russell Ballard

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