Last weekend’s Penrod cousin’s party in West Jordan Utah was a memorable success! We were disappointed that about 1/2 didn’t/weren’t able to come … we really missed them! Their absence was keenly felt and there were holes in our collective memories without them there. It is so true that you don’t realize that something is missing in your heart until it is filled .. and oh how it was filled! As the doorbell rang each time there was a catch in my throat and I at times ran down the walk to hug someone I would burst into tears; my joy could not be contained!  Memories flooded my mind and my heart and even now my eyes are filled to overflowing and what a blessing it was to gather together!  Kris(Penrod John) had started to restore many of grandma and grandpa’s old photographs (what a wonderful gift) when she is finished I will upload them to my website for everyone to access. Lisa (Nicol Dutton) kept asking trivia questions like what cookies did grandma keep in the cookie jar? gingersnaps. Kris asked what kind of candy did grandpa keep in his pocket (for us)? butterscotch pieces. I couldn’t capture here all we learned of 35 plus years of our collective lives but this has to be one of the biggies … Gary (Nielsen) and his wife Sharon together have 17 children, two 17 year olds still at home … and I thought my family was large … they put that into perspective didn’t they? We all decided that 4 hours wasn’t enough and we had a such a joyful time that we plan on another party toward the end of the summer.

We talked of our lives, our children and grandchildren, we remembered our childhood and the love of and for our grandparents and our parents; we left one another the same way we met with tears in our eyes, joy in our hearts and gratitude to our Father in Heaven for His blessings of family ties … here and now and for eternity… Families Can Be Together Forever!

Check out the party slide show on my youtube channel … keri’s family connections or why not take a few minutes and watch it now?



Tears & Laughter

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  1. Wow! This was awesome…I am so glad I came – It was fun to see cousins, aunts and uncles again that I haven’t seen for 35 to 40 years. To reminisce about “the good old days” at Grandpa and Grandma Penrod’s house. Christmas parties, and Easter egg hunts in the cow pasture, the Easter parades and hats made out of paper plates and crêpe paper. Wish everyone could have made it, because we missed their long needed tears and hugs! I even found out some cousins live in the same town as I do, I didn’t even know it?
    Can’t wait to do this again…thanks for all your hard work making this happen.
    Kris (Penrod) John


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