Eight is Great!

Today it has been eight years since I started my blog. 

As I read through the blog, I am so happy that I have been able to share these stories and experiences with everyone!

I am so thankful that I have written them down.

They are a treasure to me.

My life and all that I have experienced is wonderful. Even the challenges have taught me so much. Some of the best things I’ve learned in the last eight years are:

1-Family is everything. I can’t imagine my life with out my family. Both the one I grew up in and the one I have with my Darlin. I feel blessed to have a sweet husband, wonderful children, and I am in love with my beautiful grandchildren. I’m thankful I have a blog full of memories of my family.

2-A knowledge of God and my Savior, Jesus Christ is a blessing in my life everyday. The gospel gives me direction, and hope for my life. 

3-I am so thankful for my ancestors. The family who came before me, and who paved the way so that life would be better for me. They left homes they knew, for the unknown. They gave up comfort for the challenge of a journey to a new life. I can’t imagine what they went through, but I am so thankful. I love them!

4-Grandbabies are the best!!! I am completely in love with them! They are my reward for not killing my kids. Haha. But seriously, how wonderful it is to have these sweet little people who I get to love, and spoil, and then send them home. It is the best!

Thank you for your visit to my blog!

I love to have you come. 

Little Brothers!


Today is my little brother Grant’s birthday- Happy Birthday Grant!!

And on the 2nd of April was my baby brother Larry’s birthday- Happy Birthday Larry!!

Aren’t they so cute?

When we were kids I was often the one in charge when the parents weren’t home. I wish I could say I was always nice to them. I wasn’t.

They really were fun little brothers. They were inseparable.

Grant seemed a little more quiet than Larry when they were kids. Grant has so many talents, and is very creative. He worked hard at college and is a very good provider for his family. He is a leader. One of my favorite things about Grant is, I know he is always doing his best in whatever he accomplishes. You can count on him for love and support! For years it was our tradition to go to the local Parade of Homes together. He loves architecture and I love looking at all of the beautiful homes.  These days, besides being an all around great guy, he is a brilliant photographer of the Great Salt Lake area.

Larry is my baby brother. I don’t know if he likes me calling him that, but I was 9 when he was born and helping mom take care of him was such a fun thing to me. He was my baby. The one I took care of, and hauled around. Now he is a big guy and very lovable. He took state in wrestling in high school. We are all proud of that. He is very generous and loving to all of us. He is so creative and has a lot of projects going all the time. He is the epitome of an entrepreneur. He writes music and stories, and is creative and efficient, and also a great photographer and world traveler. He is my biggest help when it comes to technology (I’m sure he wishes he wasn’t).

Once when we were young I wanted to watch my two favorite shows: Love Boat, and Fantasy Island (I am embarrassed to say that), and the little brothers wanted to watch something else. Well, I was the boss ’cause mom and dad were gone. I said, “No, way!” A few minutes later the little brothers come in the room with picket signs and saying, “Rights for little brothers!” Bouncing the signs up and down. I about lost it! Oh my stars! They were so cute.

I feel so blessed to have these cute little brothers!!! I love you both!


My life would not be complete without you!


Family History Friday: Stories!


Knowing stories about our family members, and ancestors is not only fun, it helps us to feel like we can relate to them. It helps us know that they have or had experiences, challenges as well as wonderful things happen in their lives, just like us!

A fun way to record the stories is to have a Family Home Evening.

I found a article that gives us ideas for fun Family Home Evening activities we can do with our families. Visit the site here! After you visit, make a plan for a fun time with family.

Happy Family History Friday! Love, Joy

Happy 60th Anniversary!


I love it that these two people got married on Friday the 13th! Only 60 years ago today.

Nancy and Pearce are my in-laws, and I love them so much! We had a nice dinner this evening with Nancy and the kids. Pearce passed away a few years ago. We miss him. It just goes to show you that Friday the 13th in lucky for some!!!

He’s a Keeper!


This is my brother Brad! He’s giving a squish to his sweetie Cindy!

Today is his Birthday!!!!

When I was a little girl I remember him being so good to me. He was, and still is, a wonderful big brother.

He is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met. He has been working since he was in his early teen years. He still works so hard to provide for his family!

He always had the beautiful cars when he was a teenager. This was the late 70’s and he had these beautiful muscle cars. He had a Chevelle, a Monte Carlo, and a LeMans. He always took such good care of his things. He has always been so responsible.

He is a good brother, dad, husband and son to our parents.

I love him and hope he has the most Happy Birthday Ever!!!

I am so blessed to have a big brother like him.

Family History Friday: Mormon Migration

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I found a wonderful site to help with your search if you have Mormon ancestry. It’s called “Mormon Migration” you can find it here.

“About 90,000 Latter-day Saint converts crossed the oceans during the 19th century, heeding a call to come to Zion, to “be gathered in unto one place” (D&C 29:7). The first company of Saints gathered to Zion in 1840, followed by a continual flow of immigrants over the next decades. Immigration, after conversion, was considered the fruit of a faithful Saint. Church leaders de-emphasized convert immigration to America at the close of the 19th century, and during the 20th century The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints constructed chapels and encouraged converts to build Zion in their homelands.”

There are all kinds of records at this site, with many search options!

Check it out, and just have fun with it. It is so interesting to me, even if I don’t find any of my ancestors, I just have so much fun looking through the information.  You can enter dates, and it will pull up all of the ships that sailed within the dates you set. You can also view the original passenger lists. I love it!

Happy Family History Friday! Love, Joy

Family History Friday: Uncommon Jobs!


Have you ever wondered what your ancestors did for any occupation?

I came across this great podcast about some of the uncommon jobs that people had many years ago. Some are very interesting.




Leach Collector 


Powder Monkey



You can listen to the podcast here!

Happy Family History Friday! Love, Joy

A Trip to the Motherland!

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My parents went on a lovely trip to England

with my baby brother, his wife, and her parents.

What a wonderful thing to do!!!

I almost climbed int their luggage.

In this picture they are visiting a place called Rollrightstones, you can read about it here!

“The Rollright Stones is a ancient site located on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border in England. The complex consists of three main elements, The Kings Men stone circle, the King Stone, and the Whispering Knights.”

I may never get to go on a trip like this, but I have been traveling with them as they go. You might wonder how. The answer is…the internet. I have their itinerary. I know what their plans are, and I can search and see what they are seeing on the internet.  I am having a blast on their trip!!!

Hopefully I’ll be able to share some more pictures. So come visit and I’ll share what I can.

Family History Friday: A Legacy of Service.

This next week marks the end of a era.

My amazing parents have served at the local Family History Center/Library for many years. I think it’s been about 18 years.

hanson-emilMy awesome Dad is being released as the Director after serving in that position for 14 years. This is a position with out pay, a calling, and pretty much “Full time” hours.

They are an example to me, that you always have something to contribute, something to share that blesses other people. You don’t really retire, you just start up a new career somewhere else. Only this one doesn’t pay with income.

It pays with blessings. 

They love the Lord, and others, and desire to help others, then because of their selfless service, the Lord blesses them. One of the things they have been blessed with is good health. They are both in their 80’s and you would be amazed what they accomplish in a day. Father in Heaven has sustained them as they serve. We have all been blessed with a very close family. We love each other so much, and get together frequently as an extended family. They have always had their needs met financially. They are very frugal and have a humble income, but if you asked my dad how it is, he’d say, “They live like Kings!”

They truly are a blessing to all who know them!


Thanks Mama and Daddy

for being the awesome parents and examples that you are!