Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Too Many Good-Byes

It is very late, and I know I shouldn't be writing in here...but I wanted to make one post before I leave for Utah in a few hours. It has been a whirlwind weekend--where we flew to Salt Lake City on Friday night--then drove up to Idaho Falls on Saturday morning with our daughter, Emily, and her husband and baby. We got so into talking that we missed where we were supposed to go...and had to backtrack and get on the right road--we lost about an hour doing that--crazy! We still got there in time to have lunch and then to be there for the open house that night. All went very well, and we enjoyed getting to meet friends and family of our new son-in-law, Cody. Everyone had nothing but nice things to say about we are feeling pretty blessed to have him join our family! katie is very happy about that too. :) We drove back to Clearfield, where Emily lives, on Sunday morning...and went to Church with them, and then flew back on Sunday night. We saw some people we knew on the plane, so that made our trip even more enjoyable. BUT we are tired tonight--have been getting the car packed, and trying to get things ready to take our daughter, Kelsey, up to BYU. I say hello and good bye too often to too many of my kids...and it has put me in a pretty emotional state. Kelsey has to keep telling me not to cry...and that's not easy to do. I'm pretty emotional about her leaving. As many know, she has been my right arm for the past year, and my dear having her go is hard on me. But I am excited for her to have all these new experiences, and I hope that college is wonderful for her.

I have to say so many people have been so kind to her as she leaves,both from Church and from work. She has a lot of friends, and people see what a wonderful person she is (like many of us, SHE doesn't see how wonderful she is but the people around her do). It has been quite amazing to her when people bring her gifts or call her just to say good-by. She is a powerful influence for good, and doesn't even realize it. I am so proud to be her mother--she is a terrific person, and I love her very much. I am truly blessed as a mother.


  1. I haven't posted in a while, but do try to keep up with your whirl wind life, I don't know how you fit so much in. Nobody can say that you haven't lived a very full life, or should I say lives since you do so much. I did it 40 years ago, but now in slow motion.

    I enjoyed your talk several sundays ago louise, sorry I had to get up in the middle of it to walk, having lots of trouble with my hip. Missed rehab today because my darn gout just keeps flaring up, I don't smoke, drink coffee and gave up all red meat, and still having lots of problems. Now they (doctors) think it is all the new medications, plus 4 asprin a day. I am like you, the swallowing drives me nuts, so I chew most up.

    I plan to be at church this Sunday........hope anyway, see if I can get a shoe on, Chaz is really learning to care take, I have been a patient for over a year now, he's learning what marriage is really all about, so guess this is his trial also.

    So sorry I missed that beautiful wedding party, she looked beautiful, but I was sick then seeing white flashing lights in right eye!! Eye doctor yesterday said eyes ok, well hope not in brain, I have enough trouble with that part of me already, tee hee.

    I dropped off a painting I did for Cathy Crismon, her mom Gail (you maybe already know this) has Hospice at home for her, Gails mom was
    my best friend, so old friendships for sure.

    Hope you keep having fun visiting all your family, you deserve this, you have spent your life doing so much for so many, may God continue to bless you and your family with lots more of living and smiling. Don't forget the smile, it is so you.

    Love ya gal,

    Peggy D'Amato

  2. Hi Louise,

    I hope all went well getting Kelsey off to college. I am sure she will do great at BYU. Thanks for your letter. I will write soon. We had a beautiful wedding also. Aren't we blessed!