Family traditions are the best! One of our favorite, and also the longest running (38 years), is the annual signing of the missionary books with the Riggs family. We started the evening with a song and a prayer. ET and Ammon both shared experiences that they had while serving as full time missionaries in the Netherlands and in Iowa. It was so great for the kids to hear of the challenges and blessings of serving a mission.
Some future missionaries!
Matthew, Max, Clark & Bennett
We made sure to feed the masses...(about 50 people!)
Barro's Pizza, fruit, veggies & dip, chips and salsa and
Krispy Kreme donuts and hot chocolate to top it all off!
Haley, Cassidy, Katie
It is always fun for the adults to get caught up on life, jobs and kids!
Curt and Clark
And the purpose of the party...signing books to send to our missionaires!
(Our family alone, had 15 books to sign for cousins, friends and ward members)
(ok, so this picture is all about the food, but we DID sign a slew of books!)
Just as a cute side note...
The afternoon of the book signing, I was at Walmart with Bennett, and we ran into Kim Riggs Thomas. We were talking about how excited the kids were to get together that evening, and that it is so great that our kids know each other from school. When the conversation ended, and Bennett and I were walking away, he said, "So, how are we related to them"? I informed him that we were not related. He was so confused. He said, "I thought we were cousins...why the heck do we sign books with them if we aren't related?" I assured him that we had been friends with the Riggs for like forever and that some people think that Grandma and Sister Riggs are sisters. So...maybe we are long lost cousins!!!