2011 The Letter

OK, here is the Bennion Family’s 2011 “Letter”. It is mostly images and that is what it is. Lee and Joe both took trips to Europe mostly to visit Louisa. We find that traveling separately works as we don’t have to find someone to house sit. We really can’t leave the house untended because of all of our animals. There are 11 animals including horses, dogs and chickens all needing attention at least twice a day. The dogs are the big problem because they share the house with us. Joe had four river trips two of which Lee was on. Lee had three river trips. One of them was with friends and not Joe. The garden was a great delight and a lot of work as was the orchard. Working with the land to produce food has always been a passion for Joe. Lee is getting into it through the orchard. Both worked hard on pruning, organic pest control and picking and preserving the fruit. The pottery and painting end of things has been gratifying too. Providence continues to shine on us in material as well as spiritual ways.
Lee got her new Mom’s Stuff shop built and made her first batch of salve there just before the Christmas holiday. She also launched her new web site for Mom’s Stuff. Business has blossomed and she now has a nice place to make salve and pack orders. She wants to continue to grow the business by word of mouth so please think about sending a link to her web site to your friends. The girls continue to thrive. The big news there is that Adah came back from New York and is currently working at Wasatch Academy and studying at Snow College. Zina is still working there also and is very busy with it. Louisa is living the high life in Southern France where she live up in the French Maritime Alps of Haute Provence. She busies herself helping friends who run a bed and breakfast inn there, making music and writing. Here are the images. God Bless you all and have a prosperous and happy New Year.

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24 Responses to “2011 The Letter”

  1. Britta Says:

    Sure do love my second family. Best wishes for 2012.

  2. Carleen Jimenez Says:

    Wonderful letter! Thank you. Best wishes from Carlie and Roly.

  3. David Says:

    Lee & Joe,

    Thanks for sharing from the inside out your journey in word, deed, sculpture and paint. You inspire me to move to Spring City and grow a garden, etc.
    We think of you often and will convert thoughts into action and actually come and visit, bringing evidence of our “production” as well.
    You continue to be great examples of choosing your path, staying on it, and doing it all with grace and poise (in spite of the trials, tribulations and traumas we all experience) . . .

    –Dave & Billie

  4. Jack Troy Says:

    What a jolly catch-up on the Bennion’s quest for and achievement of life lived meaningfully and abundantly. Excelsior!

    The only conundrum for me was the reference to the world ending in 2012. Please don’t elaborate. This part of Pennsylvania is so remote from such cosmic foresight that we haven’t a clue, so we’ll continue living our favorite fantasies- that the world needs more of our pots and that there’ll be at least a 2013.

    Onward and upward,
    Jack

  5. Bernie Says:

    Nice! Thanks for sharing Joe! I can see that you are enjoying life and doing lots of fun and good things! Hope we can do Something together this year, even just a meal - been too long!
    God bless,
    Bernie

  6. Leslie Clark Says:

    Thanks for the letter. It’s always fun to hear about our neighbors.
    Earl and Leslie

  7. Craig Oler Says:

    Great material for my for my corporate life in Texas! Happy 2012, just settle in for the entertainment as we count down to 12/20.

  8. Sterling Van Wagenen Says:

    Thanks for the update! We miss you and Lee.
    Sterling and Marilee

  9. Andy Felger Says:

    Thanks for the update Joe! Your family is an inspiration. I can only imagine what my young family has in store. Louisa sure chose a beautiful place to live in France! Enjoy the New Year!

  10. David Beumee Says:

    When the Mayan calendar begins a new cycle in December, we’ll soon forget the hype just as we did with Y2K. Better pots, less worry in 2012.

    The recipe for Joe’s Killer Peanut Butter Chili has escaped somehow. Sure would like to make it again.

    Please send info on joining you in the Grand Canyon in September.

  11. Paul Says:

    Dear Joe and Lee, lovely update I especially enjoyed the pictures. Thinking of you.
    Love,
    Paul & Rosalia

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