Peter is a great follower. Whatever the other children do he does. He loves a good time. He really enjoyed camping. When we went on the train ride, he went with Ken to the back of the train and looked at the tracks as the train was moving along. When we were playing baseball this past month at family home evening, Peter got right in there with everyone else. Jeromy calls Peter his “buddy” but Peter does have a mind of his own. After the train ride everyone was thirsty. Rather than pay $.65 for a small glass of pop on the train, we told everyone we would stop and have soda after. Being the conservative people we are, we stopped at a grocery store in the small town and bought 2 quarts of pop and a 1/2 gallon of ice cream. We went to a small park in the little town where the train was. We had paper cups in the car and Ken made everyone a soda. Some people were able to have two or three sodas. Peter thought that was great!
-Willison Family Newsletter August 1987
Peter couldn’t wait to go to bible school. When he got there he changed his mind. The first day, he spent spent the full 3 hours out in the hall sitting by himself. The next day he and Emilie spent the full 3 hours out in the hall sitting. The third day, they realized that wasn’t any fun sitting in the hall and so they went into class and didn’t cry anymore. By the end of the two weeks they couldn’t wait to get there. The first day one of the teachers told me they had spent the time in the hall. She almost seemed to feel maybe they wouldn’t enjoy the rest of the two weeks. I explained to her that they had really been looking forward to coming. My experience with our own church nursery led me to believe that in a few days they would begin to enjoy it -and they did. It was hard leaving them crying but they had each other and by bringing them with me they would miss all the songs, crafts and games. The night of the parents program, Peter and Emilie were up in the front singing as loudly and as sure of themselves as the other boys and girls. Their teachers were two young boys from the church. They must have been about 14. They were excellent with the children. I had never seen such dedication on the part of young people as these young people. The little ones really responded to the young boys.
-Willison Family Newsletter July 1987
Peter is such a little man. He talks very well and is very independent. He helps me around the yard and this past month someone was throwing out a little tricycle, I picked it up and brought it home. He loves it. This past month, he and Emilie stayed at my brother’s house while I went to the zoo with Mark’s class. My sister-in-law said they didn’t say a word for the first hour but then started talking.
-Willison Family Newsletter June 1987
Peter is also asking a lot of questions about Jesus. The other day he asked me for some money so he could put it in the bank for Jesus. Sunday night Amy was in charge of our family home evening with Ken. She put on a skit and Peter had a part. She had costumes and everything. He thought that was great. The other day I happened to be out doing my visiting teaching. I happened upon a little car someone was throwing away. It was just the right size for Peter. I stopped and got it. He loves it!!! When Mark got home, Mark was so cute. He got out Ken’s tape measure and measured the diameter of the wheels and the length of it. Mark has a Dukes of Hazard car. He then compared the size of his with Peter’s. Peter could have cared less, but to Mark he needed to know whose was bigger.
-Willison Family Newsletter May 1987
Next week Penney’s is having a portrait special again and I’m planning on taking everyone down and getting either a whole family group picture or maybe just the children as a group. Peter will do very well I’m expecting because he now loves to have his picture taken. He has been helping us outside lately. He loves the outdoors and he thinks the world of Mark. His first words in the morning when he gets up are, “Where’s Dad?” He enjoys helping Ken. He really likes to play in the backyard and baseball. Mark is always asking me when the Easter bunny is coming again and of course, when Peter hears that, he wants to know when he is coming too.
-Willison Family Newsletter April 1987
Peter is such a little man. Hardly a day goes by that he doesn’t say or do something that just really brightens my day. He loves to role play when he and Emilie are playing. He always reminds us about scripture in the morning. He loves primary and really gets upset if he can’t go to church. He just adores Carrie. He loves to wrestle with Jeromy and Mark. He counts and loves to color.
-Willison Family Newsletter March 1987
Peter is a real chunk. He is master of what he wants to do. He has the cutest little run. The other week he had to miss Primary and was he disappointed. He likes to look at books and listen to stories. He has a new job. Mark felt he was getting too big to pass out the song books at family home evening and so he gave the job to Peter, who takes it very seriously. He loves to sing too.
-Willison Family Newsletter February 1987
Peter loves to play with the other children. Two weeks ago he went out and played in the snow for a little while. He loves puzzles still and amazes us by putting rather difficult ones together. I have been doing exercises during the day. Every time I start to do them, he runs through the house broadcasting to everyone that “Mom’s doing ex-r cizing!!” Then everyone runs in to watch me. He likes to wrestle with the boys. He gets upset if the children leave on the bus and he doesn’t get a chance to wave to them. Then he thinks it is his job to close the front door after they leave.
-Willison Family Newsletter January 1987
Everyone who sees and knows Peter is still amazed at how well he talks. He was very happy about Christmas because he got a GI Joe doll. I waited until Christmas Eve day to bring up a manger my Father made for each of my brothers and sister and our family. Peter loved it. It consists of an open manger scene which lights in the back. Then it has plastic figures—Mary, baby Jesus, wisemen, animals, etc. He played with that for hours. The conversation was adorable. At my parent’s home on Christmas Eve, we sang Christmas Carols while we waited for Santa to arrive. He was so cute. He sat there singing as loud as the rest. He was really taken up with Santa…
-Willison Family Newsletter December 1986
Peter continues to be a happy go lucky little boy. He loves to pick up the phone and carry on long conversations with the dial tone of the phone. He loves nursery now. He loves the Highlights magazine and will look at the pictures. He is so funny, he has now taken to dancing. When I do exercises he will too. He does a good job at imitating me. Peter is a climber.
– Willison Family Newsletter November 1986