Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dear Kids,
          Thanks to all of you who helped us moved last weekend! It saved us a ton of work! Most of the stuff you moved is still in our garage, but I’m tackling it gradually. I’m trying to deal with five boxes a day. I don’t know how many there are all together, but since we’re never moving again, I’m not in a hurry. I just go out there looking for whatever I need. I have no idea where my winter clothes are, however. I was hoping to find them on the top of the pile, but they aren’t.
          Both Oreo and Xena have moved to the new house with us. I was planning to leave Oreo behind at the cabin, so he could take care of the rats and mice, but at the last minute we decided to bring him, too. He was terrified the first day and hid under the stacks of stuff in the garage. But the next morning, he was out in back perched on that old flatbed trailer, surveying his new territory, looking very proud. Xena doesn’t care where she is, as long as she has a bed and 3 meals a day. 
          My brother Andy has a plan to make a memory book for Grandpa Allen. Grandpa is living at Nancy’s house now, and he asked her, "Where are all the children?" (Obviously they weren’t at his 90th birthday party.) So Andy wants to make a Shutterfly-type photo book for Grandpa, to help him remember who his posterity are, and where they live. Here is his plan:
1) Each family unit (children and married grandchildren) need to take 3 or 4 pictures of their family members and the house where they live. I am not looking for portraits, simple snapshots will do. Since everybody in the world now has a camera phone (except for me) this should only take a few minutes to do. Just make sure that every person residing in your home is included in at least one of the photos. 
2) Type or text a short description including names of each family member, where you live, and a little about what you are doing (school, work, mission, etc).
3) E-mail me the photos and short descriptions at
There is no good reason to procrastinate this. It should only take 5-10 minutes Do it now and then I won't have to bug you again. I think that Dad (Grandpa) will really enjoy this book.
          So that’s Andy’s plan. I think it would be great if you would all contribute your bit. 
          Life is good! I love you all! Mom