So Sorry this letter is late. But I had such a great Birthday, that I just didn’t get it done.
On my birthday morning, the Sister Missionaries came over and fixed breakfast for me. Delicious Chocolate chip Pancakes....Sister Olson’s family recipe. Followed by lots of phone calls and people stopping by. We were supposed to have a Branch Party...A SOUPer Supper....but it was cancelled due to the very very cold temperatures on Friday night. One couple was so disappointed that they planned a Weenie Roast. Saturday night was not as cold and Scot built a beautiful fire. It was treated wood, so he didn’t let us roast on the fire, but we ate our stove cooked hot dogs sitting out by the fire. We even had s’mores with marshmallows cooked over the electric burner on the stove. We even tried to sing a few camp songs. It was a fun time.
Sunday, we had the primary program. I had practiced every day for two weeks to play the songs. (Primary songs are hard...the notes jump around so much) The program went so well. Their favorite song was a new one called “A Never Ending Chain”. Margaret, the Primary President, teacher and chorister asked me to come to the primary room about 11:15 for the treats she had brought to celebrate the completion of the program. I went in and before I knew what was happening, the whole Branch came in the other door and yelled SURPRISE! It was a surprise party for me. The kids were so excited, they had each made me a card and they gave me a jewel piece that hangs on a chain or bracelet and it has a BLUE jewel....Blue for Wilcox Academy where they all go to school. Of course there was the song and a birthday cake.
We had a guest over for dinner, Brenda Martin from Magnolia. She is Second Counselor in the Stake Relief Society Presidency and is a good friend. The day we moved into our little house here, the Elders from Magnolia came to help us move in. The Elders brought with them some homemade rolls that she had made for us. They are the Best Rolls. I sent her a thank you and asked for the recipe and we have been good friends ever since. Magnolia is about 35 miles away from here, so when I knew she was coming to visit our Branch on Sunday I invited her for dinner. She stayed and visited for awhile. When you live in these small towns and Branches, it is so good to just sit and have someone new to talk with. That night, our dear friends, Margaret and Jarrett invited the four of us for dinner. (4= Senior and Sister Missionaries). It was a most memorable Birthday.
Thank you to each of your for your calls, your texts, your face book messages and the wonderful cards. I am so blessed to have each of you wonderful people in my life. We love you! Love Grandma and Grandpa