This week ~ July 27 to August 2, 2015 ~ in IDAHO and MINNESOTA.July 27, 2015 - Monday
About 1:30 Ruth Melling called David Gibbons to ask him to get Walt and come to give Don a blessing at the ER in Burley, where they had taken him from the Countryside Rehab in Rupert because he wasn't doing well.
Ruth told us she had called that morning but we didn't hear our phone ring.
At the ER the tests showed that Don was in kidney failure and they were going to take him by ambulance to the Twin Falls Hospital.
Ruth called her kids, and they wanted him to be taken to the UofU Hospital in Salt Lake City. So by 4:00 the Life Flight helicopter crew had Don ready to fly to Utah.
(I didn't have my camera there, so just have a photo on my Samsung phone, which I don' know how to get the photo transferred to my computer.
Here's a photo of Don dressed in cowboy clothes like when he was ready for sorting and penning.
(I can't find that photo. Here's their wedding photo.)
Empty Nesters' Family Home Evening at Fronk's tonight was nostalgic because it was the last time we will have the Gortons and Roskelleys because they enter the MTC on August 3.
Delicious Tri-Tip Roasts were served along with corn on the cob, side salads, rolls, and Texas chocolate sheet cake 'n ice cream.
We always enjoy being together. We missed the Mellings being there.
Gathering for the lesson about missionary work.
Ken Fronk asked each one: "How has missionary work affected you life?"
We always enjoy being together. George and Jacque have been preparing for several months to go on a mission. They have been called to the Greece Athens Mission, and have been assigned to serve on the Island of Cyprus.
Scott Bloxom served his mission in Argentina.
Preparing to serve a mission, serving a mission or missions, and missionary work had affected each one there.
Front row: George and Jacque Gorton, MaryAnn and Darrell Roskelley - both of these couples enter the MTC on August 3.
The Roskelleys have been called to the Texas Ft. Work Mission and have been assigned to a CES (Church Education Mission). They will be teaching Insitute in Killeen, Texas, among other assignments.
Second row is: Walt Petersen, Bonnie Hansen, Bonnie and Ken Fronk, Scott Bloxham, Dan Black, Marilyn and Dave Gibbons.Same except Bonnie Fronk came to take the photo of me....far left on the back row.
Sad good-byes for those we will not see for 23 months, the Gortons, and 18 months the Roskelleys.
July 28, 2015 - Tuesday
I have a stress test at 1:00
Fast after 6:00 a.m., not take asthma meds...Singular
Be at X-ray, check in first. It was a chemical stress test...
Walt thought Dr. Spackman said it would take 30 min. Well, that was just his part.
The whole test took 3 hours.
Dale and Connie came
At 8:35 we left for Saratoga Springs. Got there at 12:10 midnight.
July 29, 2015 - Wednesday
Julie drove us to the airport. Our flight was an hour late flying to Denver. Good thing we had a 3-hour layover. We were a little late leaving for Minneapolis. Instead of 2:50 we got off about 3:15 but we landed early. Jen drove us to Rochester.
It's always good to be with family. Sitting in planes and airports most of a day is tiring. We're off to bed at 8:30 our time.
July 30, 2015 - Thursday
July 31, 2015 - Friday
Joshua Steven Ray Brewer turned 8 today. He is Jen & Jerry's 4th child, 3rd son.
August 1, 2015 - Saturday
Joshua Steven Ray Brewer was baptized today. He is the middle child of Jen & Jerry's 7. His 2-y-o brother, Adam, dashed over to be in the photo also.
For the musical quartet Jerry, Seth, and Sarah played violin, with Ben on the cello. Shannon Brewer accompanied them. I only got a photo of Ben after we were out of the chapel. (We're not supposed to take photos in the chapel.) It was a very touching rendition of "I Am A Child of God."
A couple who just moved here two months ago from China, were also baptized. They met the missionaries the first day they moved to Rochester. They have a darling one-year old daughter.
Many came--family, friends, ward members. Jen and Jerry served donut holes, cream puffs, cookies, fresh fruit, milk and water.
Below are just a few of the guests.
Here is their family surrounding surrounding Joshua.
Seth, Sarah, Joshua, Lizzy, Jerry holding Adam, Jen holding Anna, and Ben.
In addition to the family names above are Jerry's Mom, Grandmother Sue from Vernal, Jerry's brother Steward, wife Shannon, and daughter,, Brooke, Grama Eileen and Grampa Walt Petersen, Jen's parents.After we got back home, the kids changed out of their Sunday clothes quickly and finished chores then got to play for a little while before we went to Joshua's baptism-day lunch.
It was a fun Italian Restaurante in downtown Rochester right across the street from the Mayo Clinic.
As we looked at the menus, Jen said: "Anything we have ever had here has been delicious!"
And we now all agree! Steward got a dish with pork and Shannon got one with chicken.
Jen said she likes "Noe's Feature," which is a chicken dish with broccoli. (Can't figure out how to rotate this photo.)
Next Jerry and is Mom each chose something spicy...Sue's with shrimp and Jerry's with chicken.
Walt got Fettuchini and I got Lasagne, which was delicious, but the bread was even more delicious and I had almost filled up on it, so couldn't even eat half of this entree, so it's being saved in a box now in the Brewer's fridge.
Then Jerry ordered several desserts to pass around and everyone share. Lizzy and Josh chose the
Crème brûlée as the favorite, but there were also votes for the very chocolate, chocolate cake, plus the cheese cake and bread pudding.The "birthday boy" Josh got his very own
Crème brûlée.Jen and the kids have been so attentive in helping Grampa and me get around, in and out of the vans, etc. Jen is usually carrying Anna on one side and helping Grampa with her other arm.
Josh brought Grampa's walker up from downstairs later--in case he needed it. Josh is a very thoughtful and kind-hearted boy.
I had them all pause at the front door of the restaurant for a photo.
Then this evening we all watched part of "Fiddler on the Roof." It opened on Broadway in 1964, played for ten years, and broke all kind of attendance records. The movie came out in 1971. It's always fun to see it again--even just part of it as we did tonight.
Stewart looked up that the "polgrams" took place from 1880 to 1917 when they were evicting Jews from all parts of Russia.
August 2, 2015 - Sunday
ext Fast Sunday with The Brewers in Rochester, Minnesota.