Shayla finished up Spring term at the BYU and came home.
Her mission call finally caught up with her:
Illinois, Chicago West
Some cute grandbabies came for the Fourth of July (see above)
Shane had THREE Birthday Celebrations...
With the fam
and his friends--they had the cake late at night and I missed getting a picture,
so you will just have to take my word for it.
We went to Palmyra for the pageant.
It's exhausting having that much fun with your family.
A nice stranger took this picture of me and Shayla in front of the Palmyra Temple.
The stained glass is exquisite.
Shayla had a birthday while we were there
We visited the sites around town. A dream come true for me.
Since I was a little girl in Sunday School learning about church history,
I wanted to visit all the special places where our history took place.
Smith Family log home where they were living at the time of the First Vision:
The Sacred Grove
The hearth where the plates were hidden:
E.B. Grandin's Print shop--the first copies of the Book of Mormon were printed here:
Shayla had just taken a church history class at the Y so she was a
great traveling companion to have along:
enthusiastic and informative.
Sam and Shane were 15 and 17 year old boys--
but hopefully we made some memories
that will mean more to them later.
We are sewing, daily sewing.
Countless skirts of modest length.
Some of the mission prep going on around these parts:
And in conclusion. Our Sam earned himself a scholarship to the BYU.
All of his studiousness paid off.
He was to send a thank you note to the scholarship committee with a picture of himself.
This is the one Shayla picked out for him.
And there you have it.
Gale Family madness is an ongoing phenomenon so I will keep you posted.