Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day to my Eternal Sweetheart...

Happy Valentine's Day
to my Eternal Sweetheart --
Walter Ray Petersen.
We were married June 14, 1961, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Going on 49 years on our way to forever together.

Besides me,
our 7 children, their spouses, and
our 32 grandchildren love him.
This family photo was taken in November 2007.
We have had 3 more grandchildren born since this photo.


Whether Walt's plowing our garden plot...
...enjoying kids and grandkids in whatever activity...
...or helping Grama A plant flowers at her home in Gooding, Idaho
in the spring of 2008 (her last year in her home there)......he has been of service to many.
(He will be upset with my blogging about his goodness.)

His first mission was to the Uruguay-Paraguay Mission
August 1954 to March 1957.
(We were in Montevideo last February and saw where he
first lived, but our photos are lost in my crashed laptop computer.)
We have served 3 missions together.
Our first one was in the Mexico Merida Mission
where we were called to be Mission President and wife.
What a blessing it was to serve with our wonderful missionaries in the Yucatan Peninsula
from June 1995 to July 1998.

We had 126 missionaries when we arrived, and
went to as high as 186, then we had 177 when we left.
On our current mission,
Elder Petersen has given the "Missionary Health & Safety"
45-minute power point health presentation in all 14 missions here
in the South America South Area - Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay--
some of the missions more than once.

I figured we've presented it in about 70 zone conferences during this mission.
And even more times in our Central America Mission - March 2005 to Feb 2007.
In our almost 18 months here, Elder Petersen has talked with about
2,500 missionaries about their health concerns. WHAT A GUY!
I love you, Walter Ray Petersen~! :)
P.S. No, he isn't perfect so I don't have to worry about him being translated on me,
but he has been the "perfect one" for me.
Did I mention I love my husband?
And, Walt, I will love you forever!
Happy Valentine's Day

7 comments:

Janiece said...

what a heartwarming post.

The VIPs said...

what a great post Aunt Eileen! You and Uncle Walt are such great examples to us

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