2017 is now ending. Where in the world has it gone? Here is a photo that I think more or less sums up the entire year.
Hiram, Lillian, Amanda, Paul, James, and Aliza Ross in 2017!
Ms. Brandi Teuscher took that photo and deserves the credit. She had some difficult subjects to work with under the circumstances.
A 1956 Dodge Coronet with plenty of blemishes due to age. She turned 61 this year. Hopefully we can get her better looking in the future.
One of my favorite things in the photo, beyond the family and car, are the dandelions. They make my heart happy.
Aliza turned 7, Hiram turned 5, Lillie turned 2, and James was born in March. Amanda and I continue to mature in age and demeanor. Our little family continues to grow.
In March we saw the raging Snake River over Shoshone Falls.
Hiram and Aliza at Shoshone Falls 19 March 2017
In April, the Snake River continued to rage so we took a picture at Minidoka Dam.
23 April at Minidoka Dam spillway
Our grass greened up and was beautiful and the kids enjoyed a new Radio Flyer wagon.
Lillie 23 April 2017
We attended the Open House and Rededication of the Idaho Falls Temple.
Idaho Falls Temple during the Open House
Hiram was antsy to start farming in June.
Hiram on Grandpa’s 1948 Ford 8N
During most of the summer, the kids loved to go for walks or bike rides in the evening.
30 July trip around Fairmont Street
We traveled to Rexburg for the 2017 Great American Eclipse!
Amanda during the Total Eclipse 21 August 2017
We enjoyed some hot miniture golfing in Twin Falls in September.
Twin Falls Miniture Golfing
The Annual Hemsley Camp Out also took place in September in Soda Springs. We not only enjoyed the carbonated springs, we felt a few earthquakes too.
2017 Hemsley Reunion: Front kids (l-r) Aliza Ross, Lillie Ross, Olivia Hemsley, Hiram Ross; Second row Jill Hemsley, Amanda Ross, Derek Hemsley, Jordan Hemsley holding Jack Hemsley, Bryan Hemsley holding Red Solo Cup, with Zack Smart and Alyssa Hemsley behind; James Ross sitting in car seat
James grew up enough to look around, crawl, and Lillie grew enough to pull him in a wagon by September.
Lillie pulling happy James
Made a trip to Cedar City for the Cedar City Open House by November.
Paul, Amanda, Aliza, Hiram, Lillian, and James Ross at the Cedar City Temple Open House
And Cove Fort.
Paul, Amanda, Aliza, Hiram, Lillian, and James Ross with Jill Hemsley recreating a 1939 photo of David and Dave Donaldson.
What shall 2018 bring with it?
I find myself echoing Jacob. “And it came to pass that I, Paul, began to be old… the time passed away with us, and also our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream.” It passes too quickly. We could make more memories, but health and money are limited. Hopefully more memories and life in the upcoming year.