You have a big windshield on the front of your car, and you have a small rear view mirror. The reason the windshield is so large and the rear view mirror is so small is because what has happened in your past is not nearly as important as what's in your future. Although this is true, and I'm looking forward to what 2016 will bring, it is traditional to look back over the year as we approach the new year.
In January we were able to see all of our grand kids. Autumn, Rebekah and Elisabeth visited Papa and Grandma and brought along their American Girl dolls. They enjoyed getting to take a ride in Papa Great's old car.
Later in the month we made a trip to Conroe to see our newest grand daughter, Cecily. She had lots of fun with Grandma.
In February we spent the weekend with my sister Jeannie and her husband Dewey on Caddo Lake in Texas. My daughter Cynda and her family came over from Louisiana to stay with us. Caddo Lake is beautiful.
We went to the Mardi Gras parade in Jefferson, Texas.
In April we made two trips to Eureka Springs. The first was to attend a concert by Rebecca Loebe. Her concert was a very intimate concert in an old church.
Here is a video from the concert.
Our second trip of the month to Eureka Springs was to spend the weekend with my sister and her husband. We had a great time.
On Mother's Day weekend our family got together in Conroe, Texas for baby Cecily's dedication.
Everyone had a good time being together and we were all able to go out for Mother's Day lunch.
The Relay For Life of Polk County event was held at the end of May. Once again there was rain on the day of Relay, so the event was held in the CMA building. We had over 20 inches of rain in the month of May.
For our anniversary we took a trip to Navoo, Illinois where several of my wife's ancestors had lived. Her great great grandmother walked over 1,000 miles pulling a handcart when she emigrated to Salt Lake City. While we were in Navoo we pulled a handcart similar to the one she pulled.
In July we made a trip to Colorado for a cousins reunion and spent a week with with Gina's brother Duane and his wife Betty. We loved spending time at their cabin in Leadville. Gina enjoyed fishing and caught some nice rainbow trout.
In August Gina helped put on the annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner for Relay For Life. It is the number one party of the year in Mena.
In September over 160 young people from the Arkansas-Louisiana Pathfinder organization came from communities all over Arkansas and Louisiana to the Mena area to conduct a "Serve Others” Camporee. They camped at the Christian Motorcycle Association Iron Mountain Campground. On Friday, September 25th, the Pathfinders performed various "Serving Others" activities in the Mena area. On Saturday afternoon, September 26th, the young people went door to door throughout Mena collecting over 1500 items of canned food.
In October we spent time with my sister Jeannie and her family in Branson. We spent the day together at Silver Dollar City
Our granddaughters came to Mena for Halloween. Bekah had a good time carving pumpkins with Papa Great.
In November we spent a weekend in Bentonville, Arkansas and attended a Smokey and the Mirror concert. We were there for the lighting of the Bentonville square.
We spent Thanksgiving with my sister Jeannie and made a trip to St. Louis to see The Glow which is the Missouri Botanical Gardens lit up for Christmas. It was beautiful.
Our immediate family was all together for Christmas this year. We had a great Christmas, and my sister Carolyn planned a Christmas program for the Mena SDA Church service that our family participated in.
The year went out with a bang. Sunday after Christmas we had two separate tornado warnings. We all waited out the warnings in the hallway, our safest place, After the tornado warnings the rains came; over 10 inches. There was lots of flooding in the area.
2015 has been quite a ride but I am excited to see what 2016 will bring.