I belong to an online list called LDSReturnedMissionaryMoms. We are a very large group of women from all over the world with one thing in common....we all have children who have served missions....which means we have plenty more than that in common. We are all about the same age, have adult children, and many of us are Grandmas, or soon to be. Whenever I need to know the answer to something, I can put a question on and have 10 replies in 15 minutes.
We share lots together on this list. One day last September, I sent a Grandmahoney blog link to the list. It was about a Dr Laura call that I thought they might be interested in. They were. The subject was a young married LDS woman who was thinking about leaving the church.
Several of the RMMoms listened to this Dr Laura call via my blog. One in particular, Kary Nelson from Colorado, scanned down my blog while listening to the call and spotted a different blog post of mine showing my niece Lindsay with her boyfriend Gard. This is the immediate email I received from Kary after seeing that.
"Okay, Jill--while I was listening to Dr. Laura I scrolled down your blog just to have something to look at and suddenly I was looking at the back of three women standing in the kitchen of my family's beach house!! And pictures of my SON!!! Yep, I'm Gard's mom! And that is the house my parents built (twice--the first one burned down) with the help of the whole extended family on the land my grandfather won in a poker game back in 1927! How amazing is that?!! Lindsay and Gard will be at our house in a couple of weeks, in fact--one of their monthly trips to see each other. I am assuming from your post that Lindsay is your niece, right? I've only spent a couple of hours with her, but she is a wonderful girl."
Bizarre, wouldn't you say??
Well guess what? Lindsay and Gard just got engaged!! They will be married this May 28th...hey, isn't that McKay and McKenna's 1st anniversary?
Take a look at these pictures taken minutes after becoming the future Mr. and Mrs.
As I was out driving today it suddenly occurred to me that Gard's name will fit in very nicely with with the other bird names in Lindsay's family:
Gardner Jay (uh oh, his mom just told me his name is actually Jay Gardner, but he goes by Gard)
Along with his future sisters in law: