But it is also a way for us to remember each of you and remind each other of celebrations in each family.
This year Jim and I both became creative and I think we both hit a home run. I have been having trouble with Blogspot tonight and can't get the pictures to download in order so this might be a little confusing. As you see in the first picture, Jim opened the gift I gave him and I think he was touched. The last picture shows what he is looking at. About a year after we moved to California, Jim was called into the bishopric. It had been a tough go financially as we were trying to get our feet under us and as Jim was learning a new job. His shoes wore completely out and the souls began to get holes in them. There was no extra money for him to get a new pair. The tops looked pretty good but he had to remember to keep his feet down in church meetings so no one could see his worn-out shoes. He just kept putting cardboard inside. It was more important that the kids had decent clothes to wear and that they had shoes without holes. For some reason, we kept the shoes in a box after he got new ones. I thought it was appropriate to put them in a shadow box as a reminder to all of the kids that Jim always worked very hard to provide for his family. Thanks to Gillian and Kevin for getting it put together. (They make a great team.)
Leah had some serious moves. Another future Olympian??
Geoff spent most of the afternoon playing with the kids.