The next day was an extended Gaden reunion (my stepmother's family) that we attended in Seiling, OK. Everyone had a great time. On Sunday we went to church with Mom. I feel very at home here in Stillwater. Christine H bore her testimony in Sacrament meeting. She said that during the opening hymn she leaned over to her mother and said, "Jill Pierce is here." She then went on to say that I am her favorite singer, even more than Mariah Carey, and that I have a very distinct voice. Christine also said that she wants the voice of The Shepherd to be as distinct as my singing voice is to her. I was very humbled and moved by her testimony. And all the kids did great in primary and nursery!
We had a nice family dinner celebrating my mom's birthday. I bought her a Choffy mug, which she loved. All of mom's six children were there and it was very enjoyable to see everyone. Evan left that night and since then it has been Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Coulter, Rachel, Alex, and me and my five kids here. Everyday is full of spending time together and I love it. Coulter, Alex, Rachel, and I are having a LORD OF THE RINGS marathon which has been fun.
On Tuesday, I drove down with the kids to visit my sister, Heather, and her two kids: Iliana and Oliver. We went to Chick Fil A and had a nice time visiting. We all went over to Opa and Mamaw Dahle's house for swimming and a cookout. We had a great time and the kids are eager to go back next Tuesday.
Tyler is still in FL, packing up the house. He will meet us in OH next week. I miss him. Two days ago, Tyler's grandmother, Madeline, passed away. Tomorrow is her funeral up in Bartlesville, OK. I am driving up with the kids for the funeral and to see the family. It is unfortunate that Tyler cannot attend, but I am grateful that I can. I am blessed with wonderful inlaws.
Cracker Barrel on the drive
Braum's on the drive
Chick Fil A in Edmond, OK
Me snuggling Aurora, my 8 mos old niece
Opa Dahle and Silas
Me and my nephew, JJ, who is six months.
Mamaw Dahle and Iryna
Uncle Willis playing ANGRY BIRDS with Anna
My sister, Jennifer, and my mom
Me and Aurora
Calvin and his Great Grandpa McElwain
Silas and his Great Grandpa McElwain
Me and my nephew, Oliver
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