Sunday, June 11, 2017

Idaho Falls Temple

Last Sunday we participated in the re-dedication of the Idaho Falls Temple.

While there, I felt impressed to check out my own family history.

So I found this document.

Shadrack Empey and his four sons
Contributed By: Juliann Schenk · 25 November 2013 ·

Shadrack Empey and His Four Sons (This historical sketch was gathered and compiled by Mildred Empey and read at the Empey Reunion July 17, 1949.) Shadrack Empey was born the 21st day of June 1822 at Eatonbray, Bedfordshire, England. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the 21st day of November, 1851 at Whipsnaid, Bedfordshire, England by Daniel Matthews. He was confirmed on the 22nd day of November 1851 by Samuel Empey. He was twenty nine years old. He left Whipsnaid on the 8th day of January 1853 for Salt Lake City. He left the port of Liverpool on January 17th and landed at New Orleans on March 6th, and Salt Lake City on October 11, 1853. He arrived at Lehi on March 1854. It took twenty eight days to get to New Orleans from from the time he left Whipsnaid- and it was nine months and three days before he arrived in Salt Lake City. He was ordained a Seventy in the 44th Quorum by S.F. Driggs on the 4th day of May 1860. He was called on a mission to England on Oct. 7, 1875 and started on that mission on Oct. 18, 1875. He arrived back home on May 6, 1876 after being released from his labors in England on account of illness. When Shadrack Empey came from England he brought his wife and six month old son with him. This son was Ephraim, and his mother carried him across the plains in her arms. The following poem might well apply to Ann Athes Empey: PIONEER MOTHER By Ruth H. Chadwick She held him close to nestle near her breast, And tired to hush each fitful baby moan; Tenderly her aching arms caressed The thin, frail body, hot against her own. Into the blackened strangeness of the night, Beyond the covered wagons’ friendly sphere, She gazed as lurking shadows grew in the night To feed her soul’s anxiety and fear. Her sleepless eyes then sought the stars above, And silent words made up her anguished prayer: “Oh, Father, spare this dear one that I love, And make me strong to carry my fill share,” She held him close, and from her stalwart soul Flowed living faith that blessed and made him whole. In 1888 Ephraim, who was thirty-six years old, came to Idaho. He and his wife Sarah Ann Rhoades (she was born the year that Johnston’s Army came to Utah), and their six children made the trip which took them three weeks. They were the parents of eleven children. Joseph Empey was born November 26, 1858 in Lehi, Utah. On December 29, 1878 he married Chrisitie Lewis. He was baptized Nov. 18, 1877. John and Elmira Norton Empey came to Idaho in 1887. They first settled on a ranch in West Iona. They lived there two years and then moved to what is called the south branch of Iona. Later this was made into the Ammon Ward. Here they homesteaded the ranch one mile east of the Ammon Store. Alfred Empey came to Idaho in November 1898 and lived in the home where Oren Empey is now living. In March 1899 his wife, Mary Lewis Empey, and seven children came to join him. They spent their life on that ranch- and in 1917 they filed on a claim on Sellars Creek in the hills east of Ammon. Alfred liked livestock and always had some around him. He especially liked good horses. He was fearless, courageous, and honest. In 1935 his wife died and he grieved for her until Oct 26, 1937; after a short illness he passed on. He was 74 years, 9 months, and 6 days old. He has a family of eight living children- two daughters having passed on before his death. Of the large family of twelve children only four reached maturity and raised families. They, all four, Ephraim, Joseph, Alfred, and John came to Idaho and made their homes. Wherever you look at their work, it all spells toil and labor. When I look over the acres and acres of land on Homer Creek where Joseph Empey plowed and planted with horses, not the machinery now available, I think we owe him a lot of respect for he would have been ambitious to do all that work. The reports I have of Ephraim show that the always endeavored to have a good Christian home for his family. I knew John Empey, and he enjoyed life with his family and neighbors. He was interested in the community in which he lived. Hunting and fishing were his favorite sports. His family was his pride and joy.

I loved reading this and more.

My very tough family were some of the first settlers of this area.
There were Indians, harsh, cold weather, and unending work.
I didn't find the story my sister told me about where one of the boys
was kidnapped by Indians and cut off his ear.
I did read one of a boys being kidnapped by sheep headers for ransom.

I have seen the farm.

This was about 60 years ago.
It is gone today.
In fact there is a church right about where this house was.
I've seen the old store and school.

For me, it was good to read and I am grateful for the kind woman who posted 
Sometimes, it is nice to make a connection.

Thursday, June 8, 2017


Summer for those of us who work at a school is scared time.

I am so very careful about what I plan, because I don't want to waste a minute.

We are really busy this summer.  

It will take all summer and every paycheck, 

but we will get to see all of our kids, grand-kids and parents.

Frankly, I can't wait.

In the mean time I'm taking care of my flowers, quilts and house.

I can't lie, one of my favorite things to do is go to Water Aerobics.

Every evening, I go down to the pool and see the same people I saw last year,

and we enjoy our time in the sun and water.

Happy Summer!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Before I Forget

My last week of school was a mixed bag.
I did Kindergarten screening.
Here is my thing:
Rural Idaho needs to work on Pre-K skills.
Most of it is with parents.
It is not okay to bring in a kid that doesn't know
 or how to use a writing stick pencil.
I can't tell you how many times I told parents
You teach this in everyday conversation:
Look, the plate is a circle or
Do you like blue or green?
Come on!
What ever happened to the 1st three years?
These poor kids are starting school at point 0
And we're left playing catch up.

Daily rant over....I just needed to remember this, because I am going to start writing letters and I want to remember how I really felt. 
 And I have some suggestions.
  Public Service Announcements
.  Giving out information at hospitals, doctors offices and clinics.
  Also public funding for preschool. 
 Something has to change if we want to grow.  

I am happy to be home. 
 I have been creating some new little spaces outside.  I love this one and

it turns out it is perfect of a quilt picture.

We spent the weekend in Salt Lake.
One of Keith's roommates from college was getting married.
Keith flew in with NoNo.

We went to hang out with her, while he participated in wedding festivities.
She is a love.

It was a such a nice weekend 
It was fun to see Keith's friends from college all grown up with families.

Life is Good.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Almost there

We are almost to the end of the school year.
It is always surprising how long the last two weeks can last.

I will play Duck, Duck, Goose,
any time, any day.

I love this picture,
They all look a little crazy.

It has been nice here for a day or two. 
I sure hope it holds.

One of the blessings of a slow warm up is these tulips.

They live in the shade and they are still hanging on.

There is much to look forward to.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Family Joy

Mormon Missionaries get to call home 4 times in their two years of service;
Christmas and Mothers Day.

Today, we had our last call from a missionary.

It was insane.  
We invited all the kids and the grand-kids too.

It was loud and there was a lot of laughter.

I loved having my family together,

He comes home in 6 weeks.
We miss him, but understand the desire of his heart is help others for now.

Callie and Spencer came for a visit.
No matter what he says,
Spencer loves it when I say,
'Hey, let's take a selfie."

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Grandma Heaven

You know me and my love for tulips.
These were so big and beautiful.
They are outside the Oquirrh Mountain Temple in Draper Utah.

Then we hung out with the kids for a while.

I was in Grandma Heaven, and yes, I do know I look a little crazy.

And guess what else happened this week?

Spencer Graduated!!!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Busy Weekend

I think we all know that I love Tulip Season.

I love it when they come up and visit for a few weeks.

It make me happy.

Speaking of happy,

 I had visitors this weekend.

We had a good time.

Plus, we will be seeing them again next weekend.

Tender Mercies.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Prince of Peace: Find Lasting Peace through Jesus Christ

It is hard to know where to turn in this world of  commotion and turbulence.

I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ.

He is where I find peace amid the storm.

Happy Sunday.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Lucy's Tulips

A couple of years ago, 
Lucy was here for Spring Break 
and wanted to plant some flowers.

I had some tulip bulbs that I wanted to move.

They have done so well in their new home.
They will always be Lucy's Tulips to me.

And we have a new grand daughter,
So sweet.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Break 2017

I always need to get out of town during Spring Break.
Preferably somewhere warm.
So, we decided that this was the year to go the Phoenix area for a little baseball.

It was lovely.

We had good seats.

We love our A's and they won for us.

We stayed with Wes's niece.

These two melted my heart.

Sometimes I look around and just can't believe the beauty of this earth.

The wild flowers were in bloom.

Lots of cactus and mountain tops.

We went to see the Mesa Temple

Our guide at the Visitors Center suggested we pick some fruit,

So we did.

We also went to Lowes in search of a Jasmine plant.
It may have been my favorite spot on the trip.
I brought home 2.
I am going to try and see if I can get them to live in Idaho.
I will post a picture soon.

We stopped at the Hoover Dam on the way home.

I'm still freaked out by the size and height of this bridge.
You can walk across it, but I passed.

And my favorite picture ever,
Here I am taking a picture for strangers on the bridge.

It was a beautiful day.
I enjoyed this little outing.
Go Again?
Definite possibility.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Results of a Snowy Winter

 We have had a snowy winter.

 But there are some benefits.

The Shoshone Falls are beautiful. 

 They have so much water going over them right now.

I remember seeing this much water as a child,

but back then, there was an old, rickety wooden observation deck,

that I was sure was going to fall apart while we were out there.

In other words, I was much more worried about were I was standing than what I was seeing.


And because I posted too many snow pictures,
My little bulbs are all so happy to be poking their heads up.

And I'm so happy to see them all.

My babies children are doing very well.
Rich looks so much better today.

And Callie went on an adventure with her husband Friday.

They will start a new adventure in the Fall.
She has been accepted to Columbia for Grad School.
It's hard for me to imagine my children being so far away.
But I wouldn't want to stop them.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Work -- a blessing

I had the weirdest experience this week.
On Friday morning, both Callie and Richard had procedures done...
on the same day...
at the same time...
with all of us in different states.

It kinda freaked me out for a while.
So I said a prayer, 
did some work.

Before I knew it,
they were both out.

I heard from the mission nurse that Richard was out and well,
and Callie also came through well.

From everything I hear....
I can't tell a lie, I have had a few phone calls from concerned members in Texas
He is in more pain than Callie.

But they will both be walking soon.

In the mean time,
I will get back to work.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Summer Project

When I look out my front window I see this bush.

Unfortunately, with our abidance of snow this winter,
most of the time it looks like there is 6 feet snow outside my window.
So, I say,
Let's meaning Wes  take out that bush.

What will I put there?

Well, something that doesn't need full sun.

Bleeding hearts, Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Camellias.

 Hydrangea blooming.

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Bring on Spring!