Friday, January 14, 2011

Trip to Manila

We relaxed at lake Taal resort:

Meet baby James!
We got to be there for Laird's birthday!
Another trip to Manila, Philippines! This time all of the family (That means those still living at home - Keith and I, Kimberly and Charity), went to the Philippines to be with the Broadbents! Many wonderful things happened on this trip, and we were able to be there when Jeffrey was baptized!

Singing in Carnegie hall

In March of 2010, Kimberly went with the Die Lieders and women's ensemble, who were elected by audition to participate in the national youth choir on stage at Carnegie hall in New York City. The Die Lieders were selected to be the featured choir and to sing their own set of songs on stage. They dedicated their performance to Chelsea King.

Very sad day for our community and family

Our family and our community was deeply affected by the disappearance of Chelsea King, a good friend of Kimberly from her PHS varsity cross country team, Feb 25, 2010. It was a heart wrenching and emotionally draining experience in one way but yet faith promoting in other ways, as friends and members of our community joined in the searches, prayers and candle light vigils. In God's own way, prayers were answered that she did come home in a sense that her body was found. It was a time of growth and deepening of belief of life after this life for many. Also it has been a time of our community stepping forward to help insure that this type of thing may not happen again.

YW fun

Laurels and Mia Maids in the tie dye shirts we made.

Laurel activity, sewing T-shirt dressed for the girls in Haiti. Feb 2010.

Granddaughter Maggie's blessing

From the tropical warm air of the Philippines to snow in Provo, I flew back to the mainland on Jan 29th of 2010 and joined Keith, Kimberly and Charity on our trek north to Utah. We were able to take in a BYU basketball game that week end and be there for Maggie's baby blessing. Maggie wore the same blessing dress that Melanie wore as an infant years ago when she was blessed. The special little dress was a gift from my dear friend Cheri Lea who served a mission in Riberio Brazil. Coincidently, the same mission Melanie was called to serve 21 years later. A little snowman for a little snow day. Provo in January.

A new Grandson is born!

James Charles Broadbent joined our family on January 20, 2010!! I felt very blessed to be able to go to Manila and spend time with the Broadbents within days after Sheralie gave birth to James. What a joy to be with these cherished grandkids!

Little baby James is very much adored and loved by his older brothers and sister.

Doesn't Sheralie look fabulous for just giving birth! I was so grateful to be there for Sheralie's 29th Birthday!

Surf Camp

Take a Knapp for Christmas

Christmas of 2009 was especially fun as we shared the holiday with our cousins, the Knapps from Idaho playing at the San Diego sunny beaches.

another teenager in the house.

Lots of glitz and glow at the yearly Christmas Piano recital hosted by Mrs Bouck. Charity performed a Chopin Mazurka and Joy to the World.

Charity, the youngest of the Keith and Bev Monroe clan became an official teenager on Nov 24th, 2009. A rare thing to celebrate her birthday quietly at home as we are usually traveling, hosting Thanksgiving or having a wedding reception on her birthday. Charity's birthday leads us into the celebratory events of the Christmas season, such as the PHS winter concert, pictured on the right. Kimberly sings with the Die Lieders group, the top mixed choir.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Take a Knapp for Christmas -more

A new baby in the family

After nine long months of waiting and anticipation, our newest grand daughter came into the world on Nov 17, 2009. Born to Melanie and Daniel Burk. I was lucky enough to be at the birth after a delay in flying stand by from San Diego to Salt Lake and then Michael picked me up form the airport to make the dash down the freeway to the American Fork hospital. Melanie had been in the process of laboring naturally all day long. Maggie arrived into the world minutes after I walked into the room. I felt extremely blessed to be present for the miracle of this grand daughters birth! I also enjoyed spending the next week helping new Mom Melanie and new Dad Dan with getting settled into new born babyland. Then the rest of the immediate family, Keith, Kimberly and Charity came from San Diego, and Mike joined us from near-by BYU, to have a memorable Thanksgiving together... which we enjoyed in Melanie and Dan's cozy basement apartment. Taking turns passing the baby of course!