Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mom's Retirement



So happy for my mom to retire!  She has worked so hard her entire life.  She ran her own upholstery shop for 20 years, then went back to school to get a degree in computer programming.  She then worked another 15 years in IT - all the while raising 6 children.  She is such a tremendous example to me of hard work, dedication and motherly love.

EFY 2017






JJ attended EFY at William Jewell.

Celebrating Independence Day in Independence



Sunday, July 2, 2017

Powell Gardens

Hugh's first field trip. His mama just gave birth 9 days ago and we just did about 7000 steps. #rockstarmom


Friday, June 30, 2017

The Car Bed

This small infant bed is called a car bed.  It was used to allow babies to sleep in cars, prior to the advent of laws requiring seatbelts.  Hugh spends his nights in the same bed that his grandmother used to sleep in.  

Grandpas


A boy in his element

He could not be happier.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Going Home


Meeting Hugh for the First Time

Moments Where Heaven and Earth Meet

❤️Moments where heaven & earth meet. ❤️
Welcome to the world Hugh Matthew Foley.

Father's Day 2017

The best dads in all the world. Happy Father's Day 2017! This is our annual taste test tradition. 
This year: flavored milk. 
The winner: Peter McDavitt

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Girl time

#cmonbaby #gethere

Monday, June 12, 2017

Families

Today I've been thinking about the miracle of families. This baby boy arrives in T-minus 2 weeks! And all I can think about is how much I love him already. I don't know what he looks like. I don't know anything about his personality. But I could not love him more.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Caleb in Jefferson City


Almost everyone was gone all week. So it was just Caleb and Jeremiah together most of the week. We had a good time and ate lots of fun stuff. Caleb tried Greek food while we were in Jefferson City. We had lots of pizza and ice cream, which was a lot of fun. He is such a good companion. I took him to work for two straight days and he just read, watched a few movies, and did a few things with me. Caleb is definitely an easy kid. I have attached a picture of him with the capital in the background.

Piano Recital


These boys NAILED IT!  JJ played Pirates of the Caribbean and Caleb played See You Again.  They had practiced SOOOO hard.  SOOOO proud!

Shine Bright With His Light: Girls Camp 2017



Addie went to Girls Camp this week, her first year as a YCL.  They camped at the beautiful Legacy Ranch in Gallatin very near Adam-Ondi-Ahman.  There is a small lake, a beautiful amphitheater and lovely land.  Her leaders are amazing and she came home on a high.  So grateful for wonderful uplifting experiences that lift and inspire our children.

High Adventure Day 5

The Team broke up today with Jayke getting sick so the Cramer's left early to take him home. Will Parco took some boys down to Garden of the Gods in the morning while the rest of us went high up into Pike's Peak National Forest to Rampart Reservoir at 10,000+ feet in elevation to fish. John Church was the lucky one who caught the sole rainbow trout of the day! For breakfast Ben Mundy cooked burritos and for dinner the Richies did Dutch oven pick chops and rice and then two cobblers with ice cream!
Now we are beginning the clean up for the 671 mile return drive tomorrow. Getting 10 young men moving on clean up has proven difficult tonight so I guess I have to start cracking the whip.
See everyone sometime tomorrow evening!

High Adventure Day 4

The hikers arrived at the mountain at 6:00am and began the ascent. Jayke made it about 1.5 miles before getting altitude sickness so he came back to camp. Chris Church made it to the halfway point and came back down. The rest of the group went up about 3/4 to the summit before ending the hike. Fortunately all of the hikers that kept going were able to make the train on one of its stops in the way down. Carter, Parker, Jayke, and myself went to Garden of the Gods and drove through that awesome place. The highlight for those three boys was each buying knives at the trading post. Yes moms, many of the boys will have nice new knives when they come home. :).
We prepared tinfoil dinners for the hikers which were nice and ready by 8pm right when everyone got back. We made 20 dinners for 17 people and they all got devoured! The picture below is of Pike's Peak with some storm happening on the top of it. Parker, Carter, JJ, and Tyler are sleeping in their hammocks tonight so I hope they actually go to sleep.......
BTW, the boys have only used their cell phones for 30 minutes tonight after dinner. Their is almost no service up here so not sure how much they really got to use them. I was happy when they all returned them to me without me hunting them down. :)