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S: Jim & Michelle Raines Family 2013

BC: 2013 welcomed Rylee Ann Hymas our 26th grandchild

FC: Three cousins off to Kindergarten this year! Madeleine Jordin Racheal | 2013

1: Playing dress-up is such fun at this age.

2: Aiden's 1st

4: Kaylee (left) and Jordin putting on makeup. Racheal doing nails.

5: Valentine's Day. Mark gave me flowers. Julie and Rob gave us tickets and a gift card at Christmas that we used for this special day.

6: For my 60th birthday, Karen decided to throw me a surprise party with the help of Colleen and Julie

7: Colleen made the cake. It was her first time working with fondant (the ribbon). She really did a great job! | Karen and Julie made the rest of the refreshments. Rob took all the photos.

8: This was at our first ladies night out. Karen did my hair then we went to dinner. The next morning we went shopping. | Justin as the Easter bunny at where I worked at Cummings Chocolates

9: After the remodel. | Before our remodel. We changed the countertop to Quartz and Jim and I re-stained the cabinets.

10: From Racheal | From Jordin | From Justin | (to me)

11: Being a mom has such rich rewards!

12: Chase | Jordin | Caroline | Allen | Madeleine | Nathan | Michael | Justin | Addison | Raiden | Kathan | Aiden | Emma | Colten | Elizabeth | Ty | Kaylee | Racheal

13: Me with (top left to right) Julie, Mark, Colleen, Karen. | Bottom left to right: Rob, Jake, Tyler, Teresa

14: Our beautiful Julie! | Rob's a lucky man!

15: Racheal putting on makeup and glasses so she can look like me. Kaylee also has her makeup on. Nathan has his stuff in his shirt pocket like grandpa

16: Me working on the front walkway. The pavers will follow along the flower beds. Do you love my shadow in the last photo?

17: Jim bought me this beautiful pearl necklace for Mother's Day

18: This tour gave us the experience from the beginning to the end of Colonial America. From where it all began, the Jamestown settlement, to the culminating Yorktown victory over the British. We were also able to visit the bloodiest of all battles on American soil--- the Civil War sites.

19: Jamestown, Virginia | Jim is in front of the Susan Constant. Next, we are sitting in front of a gun port. | In 1607, Englishmen and boys began a settlement on the banks of the James River, earning the distinction of being America's first permanent English colony.

20: It was fun to see the players in costume | How they lived in the 17th century.

21: Yorktown, Virginia Historic for the ending of the Revolutionary War and Lord Cornwallis's surrender to George Washington.

22: The Yorktown Victory Center features a chronicle of America's colonial status to Nationhood.

23: Williamsburg, Virginia

24: 1776---Join the debate. Should Virginia join the war against the British?

25: At 7:30 am on September 14, 1814, after 25 hours of shelling, the bomb ship HMS Volcano fires the last bursting bomb at Fort McHenry. As the silent minutes tick by and the eastern horizon brightens, wet defenders of Fort McHenry gaze down river and wonder if the British will resume the attack. At 9:00 am the garrison hoists the Star-Spangled Banner over the ramparts as the morning salute gunfires and 1,000 defenders cheer the improbable victory. | Fort McHenry | "Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave; o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"

26: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

28: George Washington's Vision This afternoon as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a dispatch, something seemed to disturb me. Looking up, I beheld standing opposite me a singularly beautiful female. So astonished was I, for I had given strict orders not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire the cause of her presence. A second, a third, and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of her eyes. By this time I felt strange sensations spreading through me. I would have risen but the riveted gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible. I assayed once more to address her, but my tongue had become useless, as though it had become paralyzed. A new influence, mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession of me. All I could do was to gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitor. Gradually the surrounding atmosphere seemed as if it had become filled with sensations, and luminous. Everything about me seemed to rarefy, the mysterious visitor herself becoming more airy and yet more distinct to my sight than before. I now began to feel as one dying, or rather to experience the sensations which I have sometimes imagined accompany dissolution. I did not think I did not reason, I did not move; all were alike impossible. I was only conscious of gazing fixedly, vacantly at my companion. Presently I heard a voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn," while at the same time my visitor extended her arm eastwardly. I n ow beheld a heavy white vapor at some distance rising fold upon fold. This gradually dissipated, and I looked upon a stranger scene. Before me lay spread out in one vast plain all the countries of the world---Europe, Asia, Africa and America. I saw rolling and tossing between Europe and America the billows of the Atlantic, and between Asia and American lay the Pacific. "Son of the Republic," said the same mysterious voice as before, "look and learn." At that moment I beheld a dark, shadowy being, like an angel, standing or rather floating in mid-air, between Europe and America. Dipping water out of the ocean in the hollow of each hand, he sprinkled some upon America with his right hand, while with his left hand he cast some on Europe. Immediately a clouds raised from these countries and joined in mid-ocean. For a while it remained stationary, and then moved slowly westward, until it enveloped America in its murky folds. Sharp flashes of lightning gleamed through it at intervals, and I heard the smothered groans and cries of the American people. A second time the angel dipped water from the ocean, and sprinkled it out as before. The dark cloud was then drawn back to the ocean, in whose heaving billows in sank from view. A third time I heard the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn," I cast my eyes upon America and beheld villages and towns and cities springing up one after another until the whole land from the Atlantic to the Pacific was dotted with them. Again, I heard the mysterious voice say, "Son of the Republic, the end of the century cometh, look and learn." At this the dark shadowy angel turned his face southward, and from Africa I saw an ill-omened specter approach our land. It flitted slowly over every town and city of the latter. The inhabitants presently set themselves in battle array against each other. As I continued looking I saw a bright angel, on whose brow rested a crown of light, on which was traced the word "Union," bearing the American flag which he placed between the divided nation, and said, "Remember ye are brethren." Instantly, the inhabitants, casting from them their weapons became friends once more, and united around the National Standard. "Again I heard the mysterious voice saying "Son of the Republic, look and learn." At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth, and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene: From each of these countries arouse thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one. Throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America.Our country was enveloped in this volume of cloud, and I saw these vast armies devastate the whole country and burn the villages, towns and cities that I beheld spring up. As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing of sword, and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I heard again the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn." When the voice had ceased, the dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth, and blew a long and fearful blast. "Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel upon whose head still shone the word Union, and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the other, descended from the heavens attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who I perceived were will nigh overcome, but who immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle. Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, "Son of the Republic, look and learn." As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious! Then once more I beheld the villages, towns and cities springing up where I had seen them before, while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with a loud voice: While the stars remain, and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last." And taking from his brow the crown on which blazoned the word "Union," he placed it upon the Standard while the people, kneeling down, said, "Amen." The scene instantly began to fade and dissolve, and I at last saw nothing but the rising, curling vapor I at first beheld. This also disappearing, I found myself once more gazing upon the mysterious visitor, who, in the same voice I had heard before, said, "Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and the Union." With these words the vision vanished, and I started from my seat and felt that I had seen a vision wherein had been shown to me the birth, progress, and destiny of the United States.

29: Artillery Park where cannons were massed. | Inside of huts, 12 men would bunk. In the hillside was their oven for cooking meals. | Valley Forge, Pennsylvania | By February 1778, full scale famine was everywhere with all the soldiers on half rations. Historians estimate that 2,000 men died that month due to disease, malnutrition, and exposure to cold.

30: This arch was dedication 1917, commemorating the "patience and fidelity" of the soldiers who wintered at Valley Forge in 1777-1778. The building was Washington's headquarters. The banister I am holding on to is original to the house.

31: Washington Memorial Chapel | The grounds around the chapel and cemetery. | Establish justice, proclaim liberty. | Lunch time.

32: Independence Hall first from the back, then the front. The chair is Washington's "sun chair." Benjamin Franklin being asked, "is the sun rising or setting?" Franklin said, "the sun is rising on a new Nation." | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

33: Site of the Declaration of Independence. The gap, often referred to as a crack in the bell, is an attempt to fix a thin crack that destroyed the bell's tone at some moment after the American Revolution. Exactly when that crack developed is lost to history. The repair work dates to 1846. It failed when, as the bell rang for George Washington's birthday anniversary, the original crack reappeared and lengthened. It zig-zagged up toward the top of the bell, silencing it---at least physically---forever. | Thomas Jefferson's actual cane.

34: Washington's Crossing The site General George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776. They attacked and defeated the British troops. This victory allowed Washington's beleaguered troops to fight another day and achieve ultimate victory.

35: Boston, Massachusetts | Cradle of Liberty | Downtown Boston. | The Boston Marathon finish line. Just weeks before our trip, terrorists bombed the race where some died and many were wounded. There is a memorial set up to this, as shown in the picture second from right. Far right are our tour guides.

36: Paul Revere | Jim and I in front of Paul Revere's house. | Old cobblestone streets. | Old North Church | One if by land, two if by sea. | Me in one of the pews.

37: Boston State Capitol. Boston City Library. Me shopping. | Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (first two paragraphs and last paragraph) Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive That remembers that famous day and year. Who said to his friend, "if the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light,-- One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country folk to be up and to arm." .............................................. So through the night rode Paul Revere; And so through the night went his cry of alarm To every Middlesex village and farm,--- A cry of defiance, and not of fear, A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door, And a word that shall echo for evermore! For, borne on the night-wind of the Past, Through all our history, to the last, In the hour of darkness and peril and need, The people will waken and listen to hear The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed, And the midnight message of Paul Revere.

38: USS Constitution

39: On the last day of our trip we went to Topsfield, Massachusetts, to see the newly laid plaque commemorating 5 generations of the Smith family (Joseph Smith's) that lived there. It was a miracle that the little town allowed this plaque since they still aren't fond of Mormons. The headstone is for the Smith family that is buried there.

40: Jordin and Allen made these Mother's Day prints. They are so cute! The beautiful roses from my yard. If you look closely you'll see Racheal picked Dandelions and put them with my roses. I think there's something profound in that. Racheal with her backpack. Kaylee didn't have one so she took her purse and put it through her arms to make a backpack!

41: Colleen did such a cute Jungle party for Colten. | Colten's 1st Birthday

42: Grandma Allred's 88th Birthday! | Top left: Mom and me. Top right: 11 of the 25 great-grandchildren. Middle: 4 of 7 grandchildren. Bottom left: one of her presents. Bottom right: Jim & I with mom.

43: Addison, Chase, Teresa, Justin, Michael | Lisa | Madeleine, Julie, Rob, Nathan, Caroline | Kaylee, Mark, Racheal | Emma, Julie, Allen, Jordin | Me

44: Jordin's 5th Birthday!

46: Happy 69th, Jim! | Racheal still needs her blanket. Racheal performing "Little Red Riding Hood" before she goes to bed.

47: Racheal's 5th Birthday!

49: Everyone had fun at the water party and trying to break the pinata.

50: It was very hard and sad to see our children's growth chart have to be taken down---a lot of memories for sure. | Chris Stewart and Mark built our new 1/2 bathroom. | The outside wall of the bathroom. Also, the new laundry room to the right. | Almost finished. The decor and door moldings are all that's left.

51: Racheal got into the paint we were using for the new bathroom. She took it down to her room and proceeded, with the help of Kaylee and Aiden, to paint the floor and walls, and then put handprints on their door!

52: Addison's first beauty pageant. She did such a wonderful job and looked fantastic! She was escorted on stage by Tom.

53: Colleen's boys took Frontrunner down to meet Jim in Salt Lake for a boys day out. Grandpa and boys had a wonderful day.

54: When Cummings Chocolates closed down, the employees were able to divide up the remaining candy. Here the spoils are being divided. | Jim at the computer playing BookWorm. | Racheal thinking ahead for Christmas.

55: Racheal Kaylee Aiden

56: Lisa at 18 weeks. | Karen at 27 weeks.

57: Julie putting our bodies to shame!

58: Karen received this ad on her Facebook page. When we showed it to Lisa she said, "Funny that was one of my modeling pics from 2010. Never got paid for it though. Small world." | Jacob was on his way home from school when he and a bus collided. He had four stitches above the eye, road rash, and a concussion. Two days later, Lisa fell on a sidewalk and had stitches above her eye, tail bone hurt, and was in the hospital for two days making sure baby was all right.

59: Kaylee playing games on my IPhone. Racheal never takes her princess dress off. She loves it!

60: Three days a week, Jim takes Frontrunner to and from Provo to work on the Mayflower ship model.

62: 2 September 2013 at 9:05 Grace Patricia came into this world too soon and only lived a few minutes. She was 1 lb. 6 oz and 12" tall. | "An Angel in the book of life wrote down my baby's birth and whispered as she closed the book . . . too beautiful for earth."

63: A couple of volunteers came to take precious pictures of little Grace.

64: 9 September Mark was the pall bearer. All the family was there for support.

65: Grace was buried with Great-grandpa Bill Clark at the Taylorsville City Cemetery.

66: Racheal dressed Aiden up in Kaylee's dress for church. | J | Jim next to Grandpa Clark's headstone. Taken while at Grace's funeral.

67: Helping grandma cook zucchini brownies by cleaning up the bowl.

68: Julie sent this to us the other day I wrote this down the morning after my dream about two months ago. I feel like it is special and thought you would both (me and Jim) like to read it and I am ready to share. I had a nice time at the temple tonight. Thanks for inviting me! Love you both. I've been thinking about Brian lately and missing him. I think about him every time I go to the temple, which is where I was Thursday night. After he died, I felt so close to him in the temple, like it was the closest I could get to him while I was still here on earth. The last couple of years, though, he has felt more distant, even at the temple. I assumed he was off taking care of this own family and doing missionary work in some far reach of heaven. I've also thought about how long it has been since I've dreamed about him. For a year or two after he died, I dreamt of him talking to us and it always made me feel better.I dreamed about him last night for the first time in a long while. Yesterday, some random thing brought to remembrance something specific about him, but now I don't even remember what it was that reminded me or about what. Then before bed, Rob and I were discussing some things that had been in our thoughts and prayers for a long time. As we were talking we both felt strongly that we had received an answer. We had both felt the spirit. Then we went to bed. When I woke up the next morning and told Rob he said that he, too, thought about Brian yesterday when we were sitting under a bush in my mom's backyard. That is where we took his family's portraits after he was diagnosed.

69: So the dream: I was with my mom and dad, and Brian opened a large vault door for us to enter where he was. He explained that his work wasn't missionary work in some distant part of heaven. His work is family history. We looked above and around us at the expanse of space filled with different colored stars off in the distance. The stars were separated into a quadrant. Each star represented an ancestor of ours. Each portion of the quadrant represented where they are in receiving and accepting the covenants of the Lord. His job was to sort through the work that we have done for them on earth and organize them accordingly. There were so many ancestors---I was surprised! He said there are a lot more to find. The portion that had all the work done and organized were sorted into the upper right quadrant and there were very few there, relatively. He asked us to work harder, as there was so much more for us to find and so that he could keep going on this work. He was also helping his family, as I had suspected. There was a specific way he talked to us that I suddenly knew that this was really Brian. I can't think of what it was, but it was him. It was some detail about how he spoke that I didn't remember his doing until I heard and saw him speak. Then I remembered, yes! He did that when he spoke! It was a couple tiny things like how his mouth moved and a word or phrase he used. Mom and dad were so relieved to be with him and see him doing his work. We were all amazed! It was time for us to go. We were all a little sad but mostly happy to have had these moments together. Brian opened the vault door for us to exit through and I realized just how close he is to us. He isn't far. He is close and working very hard and he asks us to work harder on family history.

70: Rub-a-dub-dub three kids in the tub! Racheal and Kaylee dressing up like Grandma. Grandpa holding grandkids. I took some of the grandkids to a 3-D IMAX of the Wizard of Oz.

71: Chase's 14th Birthday! We gave him $20 hidden in a Kleenex box. Mark with Chase. Kaylee with skeleton headband.

72: Harvest Festival at Petersen's Farm Some of the family were able to get together for this fun time at the farm. They played in the corn maze, corn sandbox, climbing hay bales, and petting the animals. Then we went to Julie's car for treats for Caroline's 3rd birthday.

76: Happy Birthday, Cara!

77: Grandpa took Chase on Trax to Salt Lake for a tour of the museum and Temple Square. | Chase at the SE Temple door. | Chase standing next to the body of his dad. The head is his grandpa's. He never realized his dad was used as a model for the statue.

78: Welcome Rylee Ann Hymas

80: Kaylee's 3rd Birthday All princesses and princes invited!

82: Racheal wearing my glasses. Rylee at 1 month Men replacing our sunroom roof. | Left: Kaylee putting on makeup. Above: Emma in her princess outfit.

84: Colleen and Tyler's boys. I think it's from left top is: Xander, Jason, Colten, Raiden, and Ty. Pretty scary!

85: Jim & the Utah Jazz bear! Taken in front of the Leonardo Museum November 14th

86: Just Married

87: Rob and Julie took these when Lisa and Todd came down for Thanksgiving. They're a real cute couple!

88: Jim got the opportunity to work on the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City.

89: Kaylee & Aiden ready for Primary.

90: We discovered these photos on the camera. Evidently, Racheal got a hold of the camera and took these. The blanket is the one she can't be without. Pretty good for her first try.!

91: Racheal decided to make up Aiden with mom's liquid eyeliner before church.

92: Thanksgiving. Sarah upper left, Allen upper right. Nathan gave a puppet show of the first Thanksgiving.

93: Colleen,Tyler, and Colten joined Jim, Racheal, Kaylee, and me for an evening at Temple Square. It was perfect weather and the crowds were at a minimal.

96: Trimming the tree and decorating the house.

97: Christmas Party

98: Merry Christmas!!!

100: Jim created these late 18th century anchors by first making a pattern of wood and then having them cast out of brass. He then created the wood stocks and banded them with brass shim stock. The ropes were coiled in the typical manner. | Anchors a weigh! These were given to each of our children for Christmas.

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