Monday, June 19, 2017

Gebo, ghost town of coal mining days

Gebo is ghost town about 30 miles from Worland.  In it's hey day in the 1920s it boasted 20,000 people, 4 times as many as Worland has today.  There is a lot to see out there including a sad baby cemetery as many babies died with the flu epidemic.  We wandered around and drove on some very rough dirt roads and it was really kind of cool!

Lucy in the doorway of what used to probably be a store

Brian, Emma, and Andy emerging from a hole that was a root cellar.  Glad he didn't encounter any snakes while he was down there!

Looking for abandoned artifiacts

This was their view, pretty spectacular.  It was so quiet and calm out there.  We saw a lizard, a jack rabbit and a lone antelope.

Palmer leaning against one of the many walls of the town.

Contemplating what life used to be like there (I think that's what he's doing!)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Palmer coming home video

This is a while in coming, but here is the video of Palmer coming off the plane along with some pics.

Coming off the plane in Cody

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Welcome Homes and Goodbyes

The few weeks have been full of emotion for my family.  Audrey flew into Cody on the 23rd. We welcomed Palmer back home from his mission on my birthday, Lauren and Matt and cute Van arrived on Saturday the 27th. We were all together for the first time in two years. Palmer spoke in church on Peter's birthday.  Emma submitted her mission papers and we are waiting for her call.  Our family left for Utah right after Palmer came home.  All the boys left on Monday the 29th of May to work on a roof with Brian.  I left with the girls on Friday, June 2. We had a family reunion in Park City with all of our family and my sister and her husband.  Saturday night Susie and I got a call from the Hospice nurse and my mom was fading fast.  We didn't have time to get down to Provo, she passed away 20 minutes later around 11:00 pm June 3, 2017.  We were blessed to be all together when it happened and thankful that she passed away before Susie's birthday on June 4th.  It seems my mother continued to try and make things easy for her children even at the very last.  The funeral was beautiful and I was personally humbled by the sweet expressions of love and care we felt all week long.  I know I will see her again and I know she loves me and she raised me in the very best way she knew.  I love you Mom!

The roofing boys with cousin Mike on the far right

Palmer, this was the cleanest he looked all week.


Peter helped on the last day, but spent the rest of the week with his cousins
At the viewing on Thursday night, the display table Susie and I set up.

Flowers at the viewing

I took snapshots of my kids at the viewing:







During the week we spent a lot of time with our family.  I wanted to take more pics, but just got these few at the water fountain by the University Mall.

Andrew and Peter

Lucy, Lauren, and Eric