S: Jon & Laureen Zehr Family Memories 2008
BC: Jon (38), Laureen (44), Korwin (11), Marcus (9), Megan (7), Katie (3)
FC: Family Memories 2008
1: Jon & Laureen Zehr Family Memories 2008
2: Katie Anne Age 3
3: Katie was very pleased with her phone, her teddy bear, and her cake.
4: She was also delighted with her presents from Grandpa and Grandma Zehr.
5: Lyndon's Grandparents: Faythelma Bechtel, Lawrence & Ida Mae Strite | Lyndon & Missy's parents: Jan & Frieda Heisey, Merlin & Carol Bechtel | Lyndon's with their witnesses | All of the Bechtels | In January Laureen and Katie flew to MS for Lyndon and Missy's wedding.
6: The end of January Jon went to the hospital with Pneumococcal Meningitis. He was exceedingly sick. Grandpa Zehrs came down to help, and Grandpa and Laureen spent a lot of time at the hospital. Grandma brought the children in for a visit; flowers from Uncle Jerry & balloons from Uncle Leon; Glen brought gifts & support.
7: After being "out of it" and in the hospital for almost two weeks, he was well enough to come home...sort of. The girls were a little nervous about getting too close.
8: Jon was home for less than a day when other complications meant another hospital visit. Grandpa took him back in. Meanwhile, EVERYONE at home (Grandma Zehr, Laureen, and all the children) got miserably sick. Grandma roused up enough to take some pictures. Grandpa decided to just stay at the hospital, hoping to avoid the sickness, which he managed to do.
9: After another three days in the hospital, Jon was finally well enough to come home for good. Physically he recovered quite quickly; Dr. Joseph was amazed at how well Jon looked on a follow-up visit. But in many other ways the recovery was a very l-o-n-g slow process. | Rich Bowman stopped in for a visit and turned the school check-writing duties back over to Jon. The recliner was a very thoughtful and a very useful gift from the church.
10: Duke, Ink, Barney | Hank | Dandelion | Goober, Eclipse, Cinder, Firefly | Cupcake, Cookie, Condi | Cookie, Cupcake, Condi | an opossum | Megan with Cookie | Animals on our farm.
11: Korwin's birthday was a success...he turned 11 and he received some presents!
12: Korwin Dale Age 11
13: Megan Diane Age 7
14: Megan hopes to enjoy some presents. | Well..whaddyaknow! | Wanting a cake...had one of those too!
15: One weekend we went to Denver, PA to spend time with Grandpa Zehrs. Grandpa and Grandma gave Korwin and Megan birthday gifts.
16: Easter festivities; dyeing Easter eggs and flying kites in Glen's field.
17: We went to hear the King's Heralds give a program in Roanoke, VA. It was good to hear them again even though their line-up and sound were a bit different. L to R: Don Scroggs (1st tenor) Joel Borg (2nd tenor) Russell Hospedales (baritone) Jeff Pearles (bass)
18: Marcus Jordan Age 9
19: Marcus was very cheerful about everything...like everyone else in the family he likes cake and presents! | These were presents he received from Grandpa Zehrs. The cap gun was a real highlight. | Happy Birthday
20: The children enjoy receiving presents, but they also enjoy giving things to others.
21: Marcus on the move in the long jump. | F I E L D D A Y | Korwin takes his turn.
22: Scenes from the High School Class
23: L to R back: Ben S, Tommy T, Ricky Jon B, Jordan Y, Cameron Y, Tyler S; Middle: Lisa Y, Sarah Y, Krista B, Rhoda M, Melissa G, Lynnette S, Beth T, Emily G, Lorena Y; Front: Charles Y, George G, Vernon B | Above: Seniors Ricky Bowman, Beth Troyer, George Good Below: graduation night
24: Time to launch the balloons and tell the school year good-bye. Katie likes holding her dad's balloon.
25: We made another visit to Grandpa Zehr's after school. | Somewhere up there is the space shuttle... | Katie enjoyed the new toys she found. | Grandma's computer was enjoyable also.
26: Marcus fishes | Let's Go Fishing! | Megan fishes | the big one | We caught half a dozen or so, but threw them all back. | the small one | Korwin fishes
27: We visited a pretzel "factory" one day. They made gobs of pretzels by hand every day and shipped them far and wide. In addition to the wonderful fishing in the pond, the children enjoyed playing outside in the beautiful weather.
28: We went to a nearby park one day. The children enjoyed the playground equipment. | Grandpa can nap fairly easily, by the looks of it!
29: June 1 was Grandpa Zehr's 60th birthday. | We had a surprise b-day party, inviting friends from near and far. | Jon, Glen, and Ben sang a song. | Some cute granddaughters!
30: Grandmama, Ella, and Twila | Irvan Swarey (left) and Willie Miller (right) join Vance and Grandaddy. | Kathleen helped with the meal preparations. | Grandaddy and Vance reminisce.
31: Grandpa with his brother and sisters. L to R: Almaria (56), James (57), Miriam (61), Milo (60), and Ella (62). | Right: Ruthie Tester asks Jon how he's doing by now. | Bottom: Juanita and Laureen go through the supper line.
32: The next day we had our own birthday celebration for Grandpa. It's not every year one turns 60!
33: The grandchildren are probably more excited about Grandpa's presents than Grandpa is! | The presents must have worn everyone out...or at least the guys.
34: Marcus, the mighty hunter, used the BB gun to protect the bird feeder from the raiding squirrel. Will he ever hunt again? | Somebody doesn't want to be seen.
35: Father's Day The father felt loved and remembered. | Very much so!
36: One afternoon we went to Amazement Square. The children had lots of fun playing, building, and observing. | As if one isn't enough!
37: Exploring in the room of old things. | The painting room. Katie was a little nervous at first, but she eventually went in and helped paint the walls. | Below: Jon celebrated his 38th birthday on July 19. Katie wondered why we didn't use 38 candles.
38: On July 31 Jon and 6 of his high school guys left on a trip out West. Highlights of the trip were the Creation Museum, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Hot Springs State Park (WY), Cody Nite Rodeo, Yellowstone, Crater Lake, the Redwoods, the Pacific Ocean, Yosemite, Death Valley, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, the Four Corners, Rocky Mt. National Park, Bass Pro Shops, and the St. Louis Arch. Lowlights included van trouble several times that meant mechanic visits and an altered schedule, and the frequent drives through the night and/or nights in the van or on the ground. We stayed in the homes of Calvin Yoder, Will Mast, and Steve Strite, trying to balance out our non-shower nights with our home visits and our motel stop in Cody. L: the group before and after the trip. L to R: Ben Swarey, George Good, Vernon Byler, Jordan Yoder, Charles Yoder, Ricky Jon Bowman, Jon. R: random shots from the trip.
40: The end of August means the beginning of another school year. Korwin (6th grade), Marcus (4th grade), and Megan (2nd grade). Grandpa Zehr's took a special 40th wedding anniversary trip and spent most of their vacation in Gladys. One night we had a get together at Ben's.
41: Glen hired the Motley's to chop corn for him. He had a really good crop. | They came in and chopped it all in only 3 or 4 days...very brisk.
42: Kaiden James joins Glen's family. | Everyone gets a chance to hold him.
43: Our animal numbers seem to be somewhat higher than they used to be. We started with the idea of the children occasionally raising a calf to make a little money. Now the parents have a number of calves at any given time and the boys both have at least one calf of their own at any given time. And then there's the small goat herd... | Dynamite | Snowball | Popcorn | Cookie & Cupcake | Marcus' Dynaco | Spot | Tiger & Cupcake playing in bird-feeder | Jingle | Marcus' Coal | K | Katie visiting calf | O U R F A R M A N I M A L S
44: In October Mrs. Yoder's class had International Day. Korwin chose Zimbabwe. Bottom L: Hannah's country of choice was Guatemala. Bottom R: parents were invited in for the event.
45: Laureen was in charge of the yard sale again this year and Jon was in charge of the office. From top left going clockwise: the girls on the train ride; climbing out; in the auction tent; outside the auction tent; the yard sale tent; parking; working in the office (Norman, Coleen, Galen). | S C H O O L S A L E
46: Family photo shoots...what fun!
47: Fall...a beautiful time of year. Odds and ends...
48: What a wonderful batch of children.
49: The downstairs gift exchange. | The Christmas meal. | School Christmas Gift Exchange
50: The Zehrs gathered at Grandpa's house in Meadville, PA, for several days of Christmas celebrations before Christmas. Various family members eagerly awaiting developments. | L to R across the three pictures above and one to the right: JoAna (4), Casey (4), Juanita (32); Ben (36); Korwin (11), Marcus (9), Sierra (8), Hannah (11), Megan (7); Grandpa (60), Aleya (5), Jayden (3), Rachel (33), Jackson (3), Glen 35).
51: G i f t s, G i f t s, and MORE G i f t s.
52: Everyone seems to be very pleased with their giftings. Some seem to be very pleased with other people's giftings! The folks gave each couple a large painted sawblade of the covered bridge.
53: The children dressed up...the girls wore the hats Grandma gave them for Christmas. Marcus is dressing up in Grandma's dress-up clothes.
54: The annual Grandparents/grandchildren photo. From back to front and left to right: Hannah (11), Megan (7), Grandma (59), Marcus (9), Katie (3), Sierra (8), Grandpa (60), Kaiden (4 mo), Aleya (5), Casey (4), Korwin (11), Jackson (3), Jayden (3), JoAna (4).
55: The girls show off their Christmas hat presents from Grandma. What a lovely batch of young ladies from the back and the front! | Left: Casey, Jayden, and Jackson with their rifles.
56: Grandpa's were renting from a church family. | Grandma enjoys hosting a tea party for the grandchildren. The grandchildren love it! | Games...chats...relaxing...
57: We got up exceedingly early Christmas Eve morning and traveled to the Creation Museum in KY. They were having a free admission day. The weather was nasty, and we had very slow traveling on the bad roads. We enjoyed the Museum, but it was PACKED. We spent the day at the museum, and then from there we traveled home, arriving home very late that night. It was a very fun (and very long) day, and everyone wants to go back someday.
58: And now for our own Christmas celebrations.
59: In addition to the fun of presents and games, we all enjoy setting up our Christmas Village and then we enjoy the lights.
60: The girls' big present was a speaker system, while the boys' big gift was an addition to their farm set. Of course, they all received books...!
61: M E M O R I E S