Sunday, August 22, 2010

A new calling

Today was an extra special Sunday. My Russell was set apart to be the new Bishop of the Auburndale Ward. About 3 years ago he served for two years in the Eastvale Ward, then our Stake Boundaries were changed, and we had to leave Eastvale. We have both had Stake callings since returning to the Corona Stake. Russell as High Councilman serving with the single's ward that our kids attend, me in the Stake Primary. So now a new adventure. One that we are somewhat familiar with, but also know it will be a different experience with our ward. Russell is excited, and will serve with all his heart, might, mind and strength. I know for I have seen him walk the walk. I am excited for the ward to get to know him and love him. He truly becomes a greater man in every sense as he serves the Lord.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Kindred Spirit

My friend Pam has moved.... I have amazingly in my life come across in each season and time a kindred spirit. A sister-friend who's spirit connect is strong and you just know you knew each other before this mortal journey. This is Pam Burch. From the moment she moved here from Arizona, it was there. We knew.
After over a decade of sharing lives, kids growing, kids dating, kids marrying, becoming Grammas, she is going back to Arizona for her husband's work. Sadly, we are not just losing Pam...but her husband Paul has been our Stake President for the last 5 years, and we are going to miss his wisdom and connect to the spirit guiding our Stake as well.

Pam, Michelle and I have been able to be lunch buddies. Pam and Michelle have both been able to retain their stay-at-home status, while I went to work. In doing so, Pam and Michelle and I have been able to meet for lunch for our birthdays, Christmas and Valentine's day. We have shared pictures, gifts, hugs, laughs and an appreciation for good husbands, and children who fill our lives so completely.

So my sister/friend....kindred are not finished with me yet. You have filled my cup so many times, just when I needed it, you always seem to know. See you soon....Love, Sheryl

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Randi's new adventure

If you know LOVE her! Now after many years of schooling, taking in a break to serve a mission,back to school for Biology degree and volunteering hundreds of hours at the Riverside Community Hospital.....It's official, Randi gets to start her Physician's Assistant Program tomorrow! Yesterday she received her "White coat" in a special ceremony. She continues to set the pace of goals, achieving at the highest level. YOU GO GIRL!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Russell Holmes Family Reunion 2010

That's kind of crazy to think that we are the parents/grandparents hosting the reunion with our own clan. Crazy...but great! We went to Duck Creek Campground up above Cedar City Utah. Pluses...all 20 of us are here, Mom and Gramma heaven. Russell and I met our Henry for the first time. Brendon and Steph and their cute Henry John... What a darling boy he is!Eating, visiting, playing games. Nature Hikes, Holding, rocking, playing with , and lovin' on my babies.
Henry....sweet little guy!Hannah smilin' for Gramma!Warner getting his cool on!Kennedy getting ready for a stroller ride Daphne and GrampaJackson spending time hanging out with his favorite Randi on the hammock Skyler in his glory...superb fisherman. Sitting around the campfire. Laughter of my kids , as we are all together for the first time in many years. Watching as our boys got into their Holmes style of fun....a "polar bear" style dunk and swim across the water hole....brrrrrr!!!!
Warner and Henry enjoying meeting each cousin adventures ahead! Minuses....Rain daily, but the thunder was amazing! ...too cold (for me) at night. Limiting our activities due to inclement weather. I didn't take as many pictures as usual. Heidi and I will be sharing.
A gorgeous sunset as we traveled home.

These are the times of our life. Miss them all already.