Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Father's Day - Walt, Shawn, Gary, Steve, David, John, Brian, and Jerry

A Father wears many hats...first he's a son, then a student, then often a missionary, then a student again, then a husband, and then he becomes a father...and then he becomes a grandfather...and beyond! This is part of the Great Plan of Happiness of our Heavenly Father.
This morning I salute the 9 father's in my life: Arnold G. Albertson, Walter Ray Petersen, Shawn R. Fisher, Gary A. Petersen, Steven R. Petersen, David B. Petersen, John B. Peterson, Brian W. Petersen, and Jerry D. Brewer.
(The photos are out of order...and I can't get them to edit around...my back was hurting so much by 2:30 a.m, that I had to come sit up...and then it was another 20 minutes before I was pain-free enough to open my blog and start. And now we leave in an hour...at 5:45 a.m. for the airport...so what you see is what you get today. Sorry for the "draft." But, hey, sometimes if we can't have the perfect loaf, we get a biscuit. I can't put any butter and honey on it...but here's my quick heart-felt feelings about these fathers.)
I love these men in my life! Thank you, guys, for being "men" in every sense of being true priesthood bearers and honest, hard-working husbands and fathers who are carrying on the integrity of your father.
Walter Ray Petersen is blessed to have 4 sons, and 3 sons-in-law. They are blessed to have a very Christ-like, loving father and father-in-law.
Do you kids remember your Dad singing "The Streets of Laredo" around the house or when driving? Also he sang "Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer" but I can't find that anywhere.
As a grandfather, Walt loved being able to baptise his children, and now grandchildren.

Here are these 7 fathers with their families: Shawn R. Fisher married our oldest daughter, Janie. They have 7 children: Aimee, Danile, Katie, Heidi, Sam, Ashley and Michael.


On March 18, 2008 they took their oldest daughter, Aimee, to the MTC for her call to serve in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission. She is our pathfinder missionary for our 30 grandchildren, plus the two on the way in November.

Gary A. Petersen, with his wife Kathy, and McKell, Abbey, Jacob, Isaac.
This is John Peterson, his wife Julie, our daughter, and four children--Mikayla, Jacee, Jackson, and Maddie. They should be in the #5 order, but I can't get it to edit.
Steven with his wife Natalie, and Kelsey, Cortney, Kimble, and Carter. David, with his wife Julie, and Joshua, Anna, Samuel, and William.
This is where John and Julie would be.
Brian, with his wife Michelle, and Emma. Taylor, and Avery. They will have a new baby in November.
Jerry, his wife, Jennifer, our youngest daughter, and twins Seth & Sarah, Benjamin and Joshua.

Here's some various photos of Walter Ray Petersen as a husband, father, grandfather, doctor, missionary, area medical advisor.
First ingrown toe nail in Argentina...Oct 2008
It's hard to say goodbye...
Yes, it's really hard to say goodbye.
The family home evening game of "Hide in the Bathroom" while Dad hides and then when the kids come out and find him....the race is on for him to catch each one and throw them on the couch. Now, in this generation it's "Boogie Man" I think....but played the same...
Do all sons try to stand on tipy toes to be the tallest in the family photos???
Grampa's boy...Sam the Man.
Maddie wearing Grampa's shoes...or somebody's shoes...
Grampa at the soccer game of Daniel Canning peaches at the Fishers....
Oh, I forgot, Walt is also a brother.... to Phyllis, and Dale (sorry those photos are lost)...and here with Phylli's sister in law, Ruth Bunn Lackey at the memorial by Perrine Bridge, Twin Falls
Once or twice in a zone conference, Walt is inspired to tell a missionary that he feels he is a great missionary and has a great future...
Proud of our grandson, Daniel, who brought clothes and supplies to the Orphanage in Guatemala City for his Eagle Scout project....also white shirts, suits, etc for the MTC.
Places are nice to see....here pyramid at Tikal in Guatemala... but
...the great joy is being with the missionaries...
We know a family who helped some missionaries get a suit who didn't have a matching one when they came to the MTC... their grandchildren even earned money to help with this
Walt loves flowers...especially Buogevillas...(?sp)
Another ingrown toenail...
Gary went to Korea Seoul Mission 1984-1986; Janie went to Argentina Rosario Mission, 1984 to 1986.
Grampa loves being with grandkids....here cousins...Sam and Maddie...
This was for our 2nd mission to Guatemala....first was to the Yucatan Peninsula...Mexico Merida for 3 years, then Guatemala for 2 years, and now Argentina for 1 1/2 years...
Hard to leave home... Thanks to wonderful, outstanding neighbors who helped with the lawn between John & Julie's moving and a new family who just moved in this week.
Kids....remember all those General Conferences at the Tabernacle of standing in those long lines...
A fun Guatemala missionary reuntion....
Walt loved helping his neighbor Don remodel his home...
Another hard goodbye...to David and Julie and family
Watching Gen'l Conference with Josh and Anna...
Sam the Man with Grampa Petersen...
Walt was called to be a Spanish speaking Patriarch in Feb 1993.
Canning peaches...with Julie, Jacee, Jackson
Canning peaches with Janie and kids...
More peaches with Julie and kids...
Walt, thank you for being a wonderful husband and father...
The last baby of about 4,000 he delivered....up all night...Jan 2005
And my wonderful father, Arnold George Albertson. See my Feb. 6, 2008 blog which was the 27th anniversary of when we lost him to colon cancer at age 69.

(I lost the photo....will try to add back in later)
This should be at the top.......


Helping a missionary know how to get better...



















































4 comments:

Jogusboy said...

What a great legacy of fathers this family has! It is good to know you have a history of great fathers who were Eagle Scouts, Missionaries, Doctors, Bishops, Priesthood Holders, Stacke Presidents, and more. Its fun to look at the pictures of these Fathers and their families.

Brewer Bunch said...

Wow - that was a great post - thanks mom. And THANKS, DAD, for all that you have done, and continue to do as an incredible father! I love you so much and miss you like crazy!!

Janiece said...

What an amazing post.
I loved all the pictures!
thanks for sharing.

We are trying to be in Buenos Aires July 24th for a wedding.
I will let you know if it all works out.

Have a wonderful day!
and I hope your back pain gets much better.

The Call's said...

What a wonderful post. Those are beautiful memories. I bet your children are so thankful for all the family record keeping they have from you.Such a great family! Such great parents!!!