Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I'm pregnant!
Due sometime in September.

Friday, January 23, 2009


So I think that Early June is good for the reunion. It's been a long time since we all got together, everyone is all grown up, mostly. It was nice to see Kent's family at the Moody reunion, but I think all the Costner kids and grandkids need to get together. I don't know about you, but I miss my family.

So lets all work together to get together!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jessica Comes Home!!

For everyone's information, Jessica will arrive at the Farmington airport on Februrary 3rd, Tuesday night at 8:00 PM! Everyone is welcome to come and see her. See you there!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Keri said: I was able to submit nearly 600 names for baptism & endowment, nearly 500 sealing to parents, and 140 sealing to spouses.


I actually found it harder to do the Smith & Dobbins names, so that is interesting what you say about the DNA. I didn’t get any pictures off of Do I need to have a membership to get them?

The names are at the Albuquerque Temple in the Kirtland 5th Ward file. Anyone can ask for them (I think at the recorder’s office? I’m not sure how the Albuq. Temple works, exactly. I know it’s different than Provo.) You and all of the other family are more than welcome to do the names! My name will be on the cards. I have submitted a few other families from my husband’s side, so it is possible that the names come from his lines, though. As I was going through my research, I could tell that someone had done several periods of work on the Gililland line (some in the 70’s and some more recent, but I can’t remember the dates.) I’m guessing that was some of your work I saw.

I believe I’ve seen the Nielson names as the sources on many of the names that were listed on FamilySearch. I should probably contact them to see what they’ve done & what they can offer.

--Keri Chipman

Sunday, January 18, 2009 --Dad is working on this one

you are all invited to these sites too
Periwinkle, Myrtle, Vinca minor--all names of the same--these are evergreen, they were across the front of the house and on the other side of the door where the dog sat on them.
periwinkle is a perennial, evergreen herb in the dogbane family (Apocynaceae) that was originally native to the island of Madagascar. It has been widely cultivated for hundreds of years and can now be found growing wild in most warm regions of the world, including the Southern U.S. The plants grow one or two feet high, have glossy, dark green leaves (1-2 inches long) and flowers all summer long. The blooms of the natural wild plants are a pale pink with a purple "eye" in their centers, but horticulturists have developed varieties with colors ranging from white to hot pink to purple.
Both the Phlox and the Bouncing Bets had to be broken down to the ground in the early spring, so the new growth could start again. I have descendants of the Phlox in my yard against the fence.
ps Carla needs to know if you have a preference of time for the reunion in June? Love Melanie

bouncing bets

these pictures certainly look more like what mom had but were hers evergreen?


Mom planted Bouncing Bets under the fruit trees, then tried to kill them out when Kevin and Kelly were allergic to them. (the article says they are also Soapwort.) Her phlox looked just like Fauna's? picture. Bouncing Bets have earlier blooms and tall Phlox bloom in late summer. There is a short Creeping Phlox that blooms in early spring, good for rock gardens.

excuse me but I don't know what I'm doing on this blog thing

I am trying to show a link to my food storage blog SURVIVALSENSE but I don't know how...I will have time later to do it right i hope!
I will figure out how to digitalize our families pictures ---until then just think of us Bigger than Life---it might just be true.

answer to dianna's flower question...

the pink and white flowers in the driveway were phlox....if I can find out how to post a picture I will find a google image of one similar. This isn't showing the pink aaand white but you will have to use your imagination.

Costner Family Reunion

We are planning a reunion for the Ray and Freeda Costner family for sometime in June. We need everyone's schedules so we can plan it for the optimum time. It will be held in Kirtland, NM.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Matthew Michael Decker

Aunt Dianna said:
Jarom married Sarah James of Kirtland in the Monticello, Utah temple December 27th, 2006. They live in Rexburg, Idaho and are currently going to BYU-Idaho. Jarom is majoring in Physics and Sarah is majoring in Math.
They had Matthew Micheal Decker on Sunday November 23rd, 2008. They blessed him in Kirtland, New Mexico on December 28th, 2008(yes Melanie and Kasey's B'day.)
Shannon is also going to BYU-I and is majoring in Elementary Education. She is home right now as she is on the spring/fall track.
Jessica is coming home (Kirtland) on February 4th from the Buenos Aires south mission.

Monday, January 5, 2009

YOO HOO, Yay hoos, we are searching for News of your families. We need more information on the Jarom Decker family--I didn't tell the kids about the wedding, and now there is a new baby???--send Pictures!