Sunday, March 27, 2016

New York Easter 2016

Today, we had our first beautiful weather of the year! We decided to drive a little over an hour to find Nick's 4th great grandfather (John Martineau), grandmother (Eliza Mears Martineau "Our Mother") and 2 of their daughters' (Lucretia, age 23 and Harriet, age 2) graves. While looking over family history, we were surprised to learn that they lived and were buried such a short distance from where we live, in a small roadside cemetery in Elbridge, NY.

As we drove in the car, we read from the journals of James Henry Martineau (John Martineau's son) as much as we could, stories from their lives and as many facts as we could find. We even read their patriarchal blessings!

Two of the favorite stories were....
#1 the ghost story
     While riding his horse home around midnight one night, James Mears was passing a graveyard and saw a a woman in white. The horse was a bit spooked but he decided to check it out (we all thought that this was pretty brave). As he got closer to the apparition, he decided to check if it was real and whipped it with his whip. The woman screamed and it was a young woman, sleep walking in her night dress. Her mother had passed away a few weeks prior. James tried to comfort and console her as he escorted her home.

#2 the wedding
     On January 1st, 1796, John Martineau's in laws (James Mears and Lois Sprague) were young and in love. They wanted to marry. So he hopped on his horse one day, with his love in the saddle behind him. They rode toward the next town looking for the minister. To their dismay, they found a stream flooded and much too deep to cross. So they started yelling and shouting for someone to help. A man came to the other side of the river and they told him that they needed the minister. The man fetched the minister, where he proceeded to marry them, shouting their wedding vows across the river. When finished they hopped back on the horse and headed straight for their modest log cabin to start their life together.

We are so grateful that families are forever and that the boys can learn about the wonderful grandparents they had. They have an amazing history and we were happy to visit these graves today, to clean them a bit and give them a piece of our lives.

 Harriet Age 2.5

Lucretia (Martineau), died at 23(she was the daughter of John Martineau and married the brother of Eliza Mears... we think?? fun stuff!)

John Martineau 5th great grandfather

Eliza Mears Martineau 5th great grandmother

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas!

It's that time of year for a little update.

Nick is finishing up his last year of residency for Pediatric Dentistry in Rochester, NY. His little patients seem to love him and he's doing fantastic work. We are all in awe of him and his mastery of the profession he's chosen. He's serving in scouts and is also teaching in Elders Quorum. He and Emily are looking forward to "real life" with anticipation and fear.

Emily is busy as a stay-at-home mom. She is mastering League of Legends and also teaching in Relief Society. This year she started running and has been loving it. In May, she and the 3 older boys had fun "running" in the Color Run. She loves doing laundry, dishes and especially cleaning toilets!

Cooper (13) is serving as president of the Deacon's Quorum. He made High Honor Roll at his middle school and is active in Boy Scouts. Cooper is on his 7th year of piano and 3rd piano teacher. He's 13. He knows everything.

Sean (12) also made honor roll and is loving boy scouts! His active imagination and curiosity keep us busy answering (or dodging) his constant questions. He LOVES to practice the piano. 

Mason (9) is also enjoying being a cub scout. His giving, loving nature makes him a joy to have around. He's a bit goofy, but chooses his friends wisely and surrounds himself with goodness. He has chosen to play the viola, and we have been impressed by his fast progression.

Rand (3) is sweet and obsessed with electronics. We've had to cut him off, but he will jump at the chance to play Minecraft with his "bro bros" or steal a family member's phone.

Briallen (2) is all noise and all girl. She never lets us forget that she's around. She's adamant about getting her way (we're working on that). Briallen potty trained herself a few weeks before she turned 2 because she knew mom couldn't handle it. She loves Peppa Pig, her dolly and minions.

We have made such wonderful friends in Rochester and it will be difficult to leave in the summer. We live under the abundant blanket of blessings that have been raining down and have a first-hand view of the Lord's hand in our lives. May we all focus on the good the He brings as we celebrate His birth. Hugs to all!

--The Gibbons

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Letchworth State Park in the Fall

I had the opportunity to hike with the Boy Scouts at Letchworth State Park today.

It was so beautiful! The hike was muddy slippery fun.

Isn't this place AMAZING? I'm so happy that we got to experience this before we leave this place of 4 seasons.....

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tinker Nature Park

This little nature trail is really close to us and is so fun for little ones, big ones, young ones and old ones. It's so beautiful any time of year and the fairy houses are a special treat.

Today, Columbus Day, we decided to take advantage of the 70+ weather and go for a nature hike.

The hidden Fairy houses are my favorite part!

The fall colors are so fun!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Peter Whitmer Farm

Visitor's Center/Chapel at the Peter Whitmer farm.

We had the opportunity to visit the Peter Whitmer Farm, which is a bigger part of Mormon history that I originally thought. In this tiny little home, the gold plates where translated. Our guide told us that the little girls sleeping in the room next door, would fall asleep to the sound of the prophet, Joseph Smith's voice, translating the Book of Mormon.

Downstairs in the kitchen, we learned that the FIRST sacrament meeting was held, only 50 members where there. It's a wonderful thing how the church has spread so abundantly and quickly in the nearly 200 yrs since this first meeting. I felt a peace at this spot that was serene and testified of truths to me. It kinda caught me off-guard. The sun was setting behind the log home, the geese were honking as they make their migration south and the fall colors and crisp air just made me feel all happy inside. Like, there couldn't be a better spot for the birth of Christ's church to be born. Highly recommend!

The visitors center was awesome too, by the way. The kids loved the games and we even watched a movie. The visitor center holds a time capsule that is scheduled to be opened on the 200 yr anniversary of that first meeting.

Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen is this amazingly beautiful place. We happen to hit the most crowded day in the history of the place (at least it felt like that). There was about twice when I found myself kind of alone, a split second where is could hear the wind and the birds and feel the crisp autumn air kiss my cheeks.... and for those moments I'm grateful.

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We descended the 832 steps and then I raced these two ambitious boys back to the top. I'm so grateful that my body is healthy and allows me to keep up with these energetic kids of  mine!