Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Easter

HAPPY EASTER!!!  We hope you have had a wonderful Easter Sunday.  How grateful we are to have the gospel in our lives and to know how our Father’s Plan of Salvation gives each of us so much hope for life here and now and for all eternity.  We had a wonderful day in all of our meetings, even with no choir, and no special musical numbers. 
A few of the children at primary were telling us that they were going to the “REAL” Easter Egg Hunt today.   After church we were invited to go out to this big family gathering in Coy, Alabama.  It is REALLY COUNTRY.  Really Redneck.  Dad asked me if I had dropped bread crumbs to find our way home. It was so much like the family gatherings I remember as a child.  Lots of OLD Aunts and Uncles, Young aunts and Uncles and kids from all ages running everywhere.  They had three tables filled with food.  Ham, Chicken, Sausages Sweet potatoes and Macaroni and Cheese.  The last two are BIG favorites. Lots of salads, casseroles and delicious desserts....even fudge.  I thought of Mom (Grandma Murri) as she loved to make fudge.  After the lunch, one of the older aunts told all the children to go out to the front of the house, while the teenage kids hid the eggs in the back .  They must have had about 400 eggs or more.  One boy got 59.   While they were in front, The Easter Bunny came.  He didn’t say a word, but hugged each of the children and posed with each one for a photo.  If you look on face book, grandpa and I got a picture too.  
Everyone seemed so glad that we came and we have been invited back for the next gathering at Thanksgiving.  After the picture taking and sitting on the bunny’s lap, all the children went out to the big back porch.  They sat on the steps, about 7 steps and had their picture taken.  Barbara Vick, our friend who invited us, said she had her picture taken on those same steps when she was just a toddler and every year after.   It is a tradition.  I have always loved our family traditions and the closeness that we all felt when we were together.  Whether it was long ago at Aunt Pearl’s out by Liberty Park when I was just 7 or 8 or Christmas Morning breakfasts at Grandma and Grandpa Hepworth’s or more recently at the last boating event on Pine view and dinner at Scott and Libby’s.  Our Family’s are the MOST important thing in our lives.  Heavenly Father placed us in Families so that we could love and care and help each other.  We are truly blessed to have had the blessing of “Goodly Parents” who gave us so much love and so many traditions to hold us together.  We love each one of you and are so grateful to have you in our lives.  Please stay STRONG in the gospel....strengthen your testimony and be a good example to all those you come in contact with.  Love Grandma and Grandpa

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