Monday, March 31, 2008


Art's funeral was nice, as far as funerals go. The chapel was filled to capacity. Page and Kim gave eulogies and his hometeacher, Carlton, gave a talk. The Bishop and Stake President also gave remarks. Page, Lacey, Sean and I sang "Have I Done Any Good?" We each took a part, soprano, alto, tenor and bass. It turned out really nice and we chose that song because it described how Art lived his life. He was always looking for ways to help others in need. Sean gave the family prayer too.

The Grandkids

The Walker family at the luncheon provided by the Relief Society after the services

Here are flowers that we got for the funeral. On the ribbon, Lacey wanted "How Great Thou Art". Every time Art would hear that song played he would lean over to the grandkids and say "They are playing my song!". They played that song on the organ in the church when they were taking out the casket too.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

He is Risen

I know that my Redeemer Lives
Those words have special meaning this Easter. My wonderful Father-in-Law, was more like a father to me than an "inlaw". We miss him very much, but have the peace of knowing he is in a good place.
Arthur's funeral is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m.
Please, keep our family in your prayers.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Page's Dad Passed Away Tonight

Here is Grandpa Art and Lacey at Sean's high school graduation last June in Livingston, MT. Lacey really loves her Grandpa. She has always had a strong bond with him. Lacey is taking this loss very hard. We are heading down to California early in the morning, but first we will pick up Sean at BYU. This is the closest person the kids have lost.

Sean got to go to California to see his Grandparents in January as a late Christmas present. They were so happy to see him. Grandpa was so proud of Sean at BYU, and his mission call. He was making plans to be in the temple with Sean in May. They also were very close and Sean loves his Grandpa very much.

First Day of Spring

Happy Spring! Spring arrived today in Wyoming in typical style. It was overcast earlier today, then the sun started shining and then it started to lightly snow with the sun out. Just a few minutes ago it snowed really hard for a period with gusty winds, and now the sun is shining really bright, wind is calm, and no snow stayed on the ground. Yep, Spring is here....

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Page's Dad is Really Sick

I put Page on a plane at 6 a.m. this morning. She rushed down to California because her Dad is not doing well. On Monday evening he went to the hospital because he was turning yellow. They discovered that he had an aorta aneurysm that was leaking pretty bad in his abdomin. They had to rush him into emergency surgery and only gave him a 50-50 chance to survive. Needless to say, we are all pretty worried. He made it through the surgery and is on a ventalator in ICU. He isn't out of the woods yet. He received a priesthood blessing and a lot of prayers are being offered on his behalf. The kids are really taking it hard too.
We were making plans to go to California in early May, after Sean was finished with BYU, so that he could go through the temple with us and with his grandparents. Page's dad is a temple worker in Los Angeles and he was planning on playing an active role in Sean's temple experience. We sure hope he pulls through and can still do that. And then Sean is gone to Argentina for two years on his mission.
Keep Arthur in your prayers.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Lacey's visit with Sean

Sean and Natalie

Lacey and Kim went down to Utah last weekend for a wedding of their friend, Shannon. That gave them the opportunity to zip down to Provo to see Sean. They saw him before church and got to meet Sean's girlfriend, Natalie.

Kim, Lacey and Sean

Lacey and Sean

Happy St. Patricks Day

This Irish boy wishes all of you a happy St. Patrick's Day! May the luck of the Irish rub off on you and May the wind be always at your back!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Sean and his friends earned 3rd place honors at the Heleman Halls Variety Show on Friday night. They danced to NSYNC's "pop". They were a big hit. One of the judges was Cosmo, the BYU mascot. They got a picture with Cosmo after the event. The group calls themselves the unsyncables. We saw a video of their performance. It was really good.

Here is Sean and his gfrend Natalie at the gym on Saturday. They went with a lot of friends from BYU. I saw this picture on his facebook and thought it was cool so posted it.

Lacey also saw Sean this morning and dropped off his Easter basket for us. Lacey gets back home late tonight. Also, I hope Karie liked her surprise early morning visit today....

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Wearing of the Green Party

Had our first Ward Activity last night since I have been called to be Activities Chairman. We called it the "Wearing of the Green" party. Everyone came in green I purchased 65 pounds of corned beef, 20 pounds of red potatoes, 10 pounds of carrots, 10 heads of cabbage and about 20 onions and passed them out to various women in the ward on Wednesday night to cook for the party last night. We also had people bring green salads (leaf, jello, etc) and green desserts. We also had Irish music playing throught out the night. Well, we were hoping for at least 100 people and we got about 120. We had plenty of food and we had lots of fun. I was surprised how many in the ward had never had corned beef and cabbage before. It was a hit. To end the night we had a fiddler play Irish music. We also had a sing-a-long, singing "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" amd "Danny Boy". And for the finale, we had a couple cloggers dance for us. Lacey even came and brought along her friend Kim from Livingston. They left today (Sat.) for a wedding in Brigham City, UT and tomorrow will get to see Sean at BYU before heading back home.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Argentina Cake and Balloons

Last Friday I called the BYU catering department and got them to make this cake for Sean to celebrate his mission call to Argentina. They made it to look like the Argentina flag. It turned out so cool. They delivered it to his dorm room on Monday. Hope you shared some of it with your friends, Sean.

The balloons were supposed to represent the colors of the Argentina flag. I guess they only had "BYU" blue and not a sky blue balloon....

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Sean's Mission President in Argentina

Evrett W. and Cheryl Benton

Evrett Wade Benton,
59, Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission; Weston 2nd Ward, Boston Massachusetts Stake; high councilor; former stake and ward Young Men president, temple ordinance worker, high priest group leader assistant and stake Young Men president. President and chief executive officer, Five Star Quality Care, Inc. Born in Vernal, Utah, to Evrett Lee and Adelaide Cortes Benton. Married Cheryl Chapman, four children.

A stake Relief Society president, Sister Benton is a former seminary teacher, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, stake missionary and temple ordinance worker. Born in Seattle, Wash., to Eugene Henry and Marilyn Openshaw Chapman.

The above article and picture was in the Church News this week. Sean is getting a new Mission President in July. He doesn't go down to Argentina until August, so President Benton will be the President Sean will know and work with. Very exciting.....

Monday, March 10, 2008

More on Boston

I had a great time in Boston. Here is the skyline of downtown taken from my hotel room across the Harbor. We would take a water taxi across the harbor at night to go eat dinner or take the subway that goes under the harbor. I had some good seafood (lobster, clam chowder, steamers, scallops...) and excellent Italian food in the north end. I even ate a traditional Irish breakfast at a real Irish pub. I got to shop in the Quincy Market place, walk the Freedom Trail to see a lot of the historic buildings of Boston. My friend Steve took me around one day. We had breakfast in Salem, saw the town of Salem, saw the USS Constitution, Cambridge, Harvard and MIT. I saw the band shell where Boston Pops play on the 4th of July. I saw the state capital, the church where Ben Franklin was baptized, and a lot more. I really liked Boston.

That tall monument is to honor the Battle of Bunker Hill. You can walk all the way up to the top. This photo was shot from my hotel room in East Boston.

I could also see the steeple of the old North Church from my hotel room too.

Here is the old State House. On March 5, 1770, the Boston Massacre took place right out front where the road is today. I was here on March 5th, the 238th anniversary of the massacre, so I got to go into the museum inside the old state house for free. Perfect timing!

You can still tour Paul Revere's House. It is the last standing house from the Colonial Boston days. It is just a few blocks from the Old North Church.

Here is the Old North Church. It is located in the North End. Remember, "one if by land, two if by sea". They placed the lanterns in this church's steeple.

Here is a statue of Paul Revere, with the Old North Church in the background. He is taking his midnight ride to warn "The British are coming!".

Remember the TV show, Cheers? Well, the Pub is here in Boston.

Before flying back to Wyoming on Thursday morning, I got up early and took the subway over to the north end to pick up some canoli at Mike's. YUMBO!!!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Andy Roddick- King of Dubai

Andy Roddick is on a roll in 2008! I have been so focused on Sean's mission call that I missed a lot of thrilling news about Andy in the Dubai Open. Federer was knocked out the first game of the tournament which was good news for Andy. Still Andy was on fire. He never lost a single service game the entire tournament. Earlier this week he upset #2 Nadal and the Australian Open Champ, Djokovic. In the finals yesterday he beat Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 6-2. Andy said this is the best he has EVER played.

This is the second tournament he has won in 3 weeks. He won the tournament in San Jose a few weeks ago.

The day he beat Nadal, he announced that he and his coach, Jimmy Connors, have parted ways. So Roddick is coachless at the moment but it hasn't seemed to be a distraction so far.

USC also beat #7 ranked Stanford last night in our last regular game of the season. Great win, Trojans! We now go onto the Pac-10 tournament then the NCAA tournament. It's March Madness, Baby! OJ Mayo is hinting he might stay another year. Keep your fingers crossed...

What a great week in sports!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Buenos Aires, Argentina !!!

Sean got his mission call yesterday to the Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission! He reports to the MTC on June 18th. The day has finally arrived, my kid is going on a mission. I couldn't be more excited for Sean. He will have one of the best experiences of his life. He will grow spiritually and physically during "the best two years". He will come to love the Argentine people. He was wanting to go to Germany or a Germanic language mission since he has had 5 years of German in school, so he was not expecting a South American call, but come to find out, the largest concentration of German's outside of Germany is right there in Buenos Aires!!!! How cool is that? Besides, once a missionary gets his call, he or she forgets about all the places they wanted to go and get excited about where they are actually going.

He got his envelope just before 4 pm yesterday, about the time I touched down at the Denver airport from Boston. He read his call with me on one phone in Denver and Page on another phone at home. I was so thrilled. I think Argentina will be a wonderful place to spend two years serving the Lord. Now he has to learn Spanish. As you can imagine, we are all trying to read everything we can about Argentina. If you have any comments about Argentina, pass them along!