Sunday, September 23, 2007


Thanks for all your love, prayers, support, and flowers through Karen's illness and her passing. I could not have married into a finer family. I am truely thankful that families are forever.

Friday, September 14, 2007

This is Elizabeth Atwood and I am currently working on a life history for my brother, Clarence (shown here). I need to collect as many memories of him as I can get so, if anyone has any of him, please send them to my e-mail account. I'd really appreciate it. The more memories I collect, the better and more complete it will end up being. Also, if there are any pictures of him in them concerning any memories you may have it would be appreciated greatly to better improve this project.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

News From Brigham

We're sad to report that Jerry Hilton who was the favorite math teacher of some of you children passed away yesterday of injuries sustained on a bicycle ride down the canyon above Brigham City when he was struck by a women driving through a red light. He suffered severe injuries and had undergone surgery but they removed the life support yesterday and he evidently passed away shortly after.
We will miss his cheery disposition and friendly smile and offer condolences to his family

Monday, September 10, 2007

The three terrors of charleston

We took Kleigh to see Bart Simpson yesterday at the mall. Here is a picture of him and me. Sorry for those of you that have never gotten to see any pictures of him. Jenn says that he looks like me and nothing like her. He recently started school and he loves going. He is 4 years old even though some people keeping on trying to say that he is only 3.

Kleigh and Jenn

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Hidden Blog

I was just talking with Dad and Mom. He asked if I had seen his post. It turns out when he entered a new comment on the blog, he actually created a new blog so to read that post, you need to look here.


Saturday, September 8, 2007

Belated Birthday dinner

We were happy to have Dan over for a home cooked meal, birthday cake and a few rounds of phase 10. He's enjoying his new job. Much more challenging. As he described it: 9 hours at work seems like 4. That is a sign you are in the right field.

Thanks for coming Dan.

Love Dad

Friday, September 7, 2007

Slightly better news

Hi, once again. My dad has been a little better about keeping me informed these last couple days, so here I am posting again. My mom has gone through her first chemotherapy treatment today and will be returning to Bismarck with my dad tomorrow morning (around 10am I think). There, she will continue to have chemotherapy treatments for a while, I don't know how long, probably until they begin to see results. Once the cancer has shrunk enough for the surgery, they will drive back to Minneapolis for that.
Oh, when she gets to Bismarck, she will probably be in the hospital for the first couple of days, but will be able to return home between treatments. She will also have to go in to the hospital regularly to have fluid drained from the area until treatment begins to work.
Once again thank you for all your prayers! We still have a long way to go, but with so many people praying for her and for our entire family, I know that we will be blessed!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Different type of news

Just wanted to let everyone (in one central information location) know . . . Ross and I are having a baby. I'm six weeks pregnant and I go to the doctor's office tomorrow for confirmation. We won't have a due date or any of that information until my appointment next Tuesday. I will keep everyone posted as we go along. = )

More news

Hi, once again, here I am bringing bad news. My dad called me this morning to give me an update. He called from my mom's cell phone, so if you are trying to reach him, you can try that number or his cell.
Anyway, now he says she has uterine cancer. I don't know why that keeps changing because first it was cervical, than it was ovarian, now it is uterine. Anyway, I guess that is where the cancer first started. After testing, they discovered that the cancer is too extensive to remove with surgery. It has spread to her bowels. So, she has to go through chemotherapy to see if that will shrink the cancer before they can do surgery. We are still waiting to find out if she and my dad can return to Bismarck for chemotherapy before the surgery.
Thanks to everyone for your prayers. We need all the divine help we can get.
Love you all!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

We (almost) forgot to send out Happy Birthday greetings to Dan! His first "29th" birthday today! Don't forget Dan, we are celebrating the big "0"s next year!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Family News

I realize that some of you know about this already and maybe some of you have heard little bits, so I've been asked to post more inform- ation on here so that everyone can be involved. My mom (see far left in the picture) Karen, was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I don't know a whole lot more than that except it is bad enough that she has been hospitalized. They can't do anything for her in Bismarck, so she has been transfered to a hospital in Minneapolis. I don't know the name of the hospital.
So, please keep her in your prayers! Now that she is in Minneapolis (they flew her and my dad there today) she will have to have surgery and then go through chemotherapy.
I guess that's about it. There's not much else to be said, yet, but I will try to keep you informed as soon as I get more information. We love you all and appreciate your support, prayers and love during this time.

Some unanswered questions

I previously posted with some helps for those who are just joining the blog. It is still accessible, you just have to go to the blog archive on the right hand side of the page, make the month of August visible and select the post titled "For those of you just joining us." This will bring up a page with that post and you can go through the numbers if you need help. If you need more help than this, please feel free to email me. Everyone should have my email address by now since I have sent out mass emails to everyone.

Having said that, I had a few questions that have since gone unanswered. I would like everyone's opinion about these things, so please comment on this post - that is probably the best option so you can try your hand at commenting ;) - or you can email me with your response.

"Once everyone has joined, I am wondering if people would want this blog left public, or made private. Private would allow only members of the blog to view the blog (I have chosen not to do this yet because I want all family members to see the blog even if they haven't signed up yet)."
So, what do you think? Would you like this blog to become private once everyone has joined? This would protect privacy if anyone posted something personal, no one outside of the family would be able to read it, or see pictures posted.
Well, we actually have three options. We could make it so only registered blogger users could see the site (I don't really see the point in this but basically it will not allow people to find this blog unless they have a google account and are registered with blogger). Or, we can leave it public where everyone can find the blog and read it if they so desire.
Please let me know which option you would like. Everyone's opinion counts and I will probably go with majority rules here, so tell me what you think! If you don't mind any of the options, please tell me that as well.

"I started a list of links on the right hand side of the page. I thought we might like to have a list of individual blogs and/or myspaces where people can see what you have there. I already added mine, but I didn't want to start listing everyones without approval, so if you would like your blog or whatever listed there, go ahead and add it (you should be able to do that) or let me know and I will add it. Make sure to send me the link if you want me to add it, that way I don't have to track it down."
Please let me know if there is an interest for this, or not. We don't have to have it, but I thought it might be an easy and handy way to find more detailed information about members of our family. If you want this information private, then answer the above question and we can wait until the rest have joined before we complete this link.

By the way, now that you have a google/blogger account, feel free to make a personal blog! You can check out mine to see what kinds of things I did on my personal blog, or just make it up as you go along. There is no limit to the number of blogs you are a member of, so go ahead!

Ok, this is a long post, so keep sight of the major things: comment to let me know whether you think this blog should go private and tell me if there is interest in having a list of individual family members' blogs, myspaces, and/or websites.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Happy Birthday Mom

So Today is Mom's Birthday. Still young at 76.

Thanks for everything.

Love You