Monday, January 19, 2009

Findlay Erickson is home. 8 lb 3 oz and 20 1/2 inches long. Check out the golf shoes on him.
Tennison and little brother Findlay.

Big brother holding little brother while watching T.V. Tennison is the most loving, kind, patient little boy.

Beautiful little boy

Cute family.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

January 13th 2009 was our 31st wedding anniversary. What a great companion. I love her so much and thank my Heavenly Father every day for her influence in my life. Our Anniversary present this year was the birth of our 3rd grandchild. Trents wife Chantel brought Findlay Gil Erickson into the world on our anniversary. 8lb 3 oz and 20 and 1/2 inches long. Mom and son are doing great. Granpa and Grandma are not. We wish we could be there to hug and kiss him but.......we are loving our mission. No pictures yet.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Trent, Chantel and Tennison were not able to come out over the Holidays because they are expecting their second child and son and our third grandchild/sons. Chantel is due Jan 9, 2008 and is ready any day. Trent has graduated from U of U with a BA in Accounting and a Masters in Accountancy. He is now studying for his CPA exam. Chantel graduated from the "U" a few years ago and is now a wonderful mom and housewife. Tennison is now 20 months old and running around keeping them busy. He has a nice golf swing and he and dad now have matching Superman capes that they wear. (Only around the house for Trent) We love them and missed having them with us over Christmas.
Trent and Tennison with big hugs Tennison picking out his personal pumpkin

Our cute little grandson. He is always the happiest boy. He smiles all the time.

Chantel and Tennison

Trent, Chantel and Tennison. What a cute family. They are awaiting Tennisons little brother to come down to them.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


Sister Erickson and I left Nauvoo zone conference on Saturday, December 20th and drove to Chicago in a blizzard and a ice storm for a Sunday arrival of Trevor, Tish, Nikki, Travis and Kohen for Christmas. A three hour trip took us 6 hours. What a great reunion to see them. Trent and Chantel are expecting their second child and son anytime now and they couldn't be with us. We stayed the night and went to the Monday night Bears vs Packers game in Chicago. Chicago won in overtime. I have never witnessed anything so cold in my life. The big scoreboard kept us updated as to the coldest game ever in Chicago history at 12 degrees BELOW O. We were bundled up from head to toe. As we entered the game, the softdrink dispenser were all frozen. The bottled water we bought froze as we tried to drink it. I found myself sitting in the warm bathroom at halftime putting toe warmers in my boot along with everyone else in the stands. It was the first time I have been able to see my favorite team in person. Nikki, Trevor, Travis and I went as Sister Erickson and Tish stayed at the Hotel with Kohen. We drove to Peoria the next day in a bad snow storm that got better the closer we got to Peoria. We enjoyed being with family. We had 10 missionaries over Christmas eve with us and had dinner and played some games with us. We had them stay the night in the Mission Home with us and then opened presents the next day. We had a great breakfast and then we were blessed to have our son Dallas call us from "DALLAS". He was able to use the web cam so we got to see him as well as hear his voice. He is loving his mission and working hard. He is somewhat nervous about going home to "NO PARENTS". We would love him to stay with us and go to Bradley University or University of Illinois but I think his heart is set for SLC. The day after Christmas we did a session in the Nauvoo temple and went to Carthage. What a blessing it is to serve in such a historic place. The spirit is so strong and the love and appreciation we have for the early Saints and the commitment of Joseph Smith is remarkable. We love this great work. We are honored and blessed to be called missionaries and to teach and testify every day we step foot out of the house. We had a wonderful holiday and said good-bye to family.
Grampa and Kohen going upstairs to the Martydom room in Carthage.
Mama Shep (R.S. Pres) adorned Sister Erickson and I with matching U of U pillow cases and chair covers. What a RED Christmas. Note: She is a BYU fan and we gave her the nice apron she is wearing.

The family at Carthage jail. We had a very nice time here. I had Sisters Nilsson and Baker(our missionaries living in Carthage) go through with us and we had a testimony meeting after the tour.

The whole family got Chicago Bears pants. Even Dallas, Trent, Chantel, Tennison and our new grandson who should be here by the 9th of Jan got a pair.

Santa and his absolutely gorgeous reindeer. I love kissing his cheeks.

Trevor and Tish in Carthage. It was great to see them after 18 months Tiny, Travis and Kohen. I took this picture through the bullet hole that is still in the door. The same bullet that killed Hyrum.

In Carthage

Lunch at zone conference in Champaign. Those "Y" fans are everywhere I go. This is the Stake R. S. President who even made BYU chair covers for Sister E and I to sit in.

Very humbling! But I was really hungry.