• Just a couple of quick highlights about raising our kids….it is all about them right now! 1. Hillary is really enjoying her mission this far. The MTC was a huge challenge for her and the language kicked her butt. Now she is serving in Boise! This is such a blessing in disguise as she was… [Continue Reading]

    How My Life Is Rolling- Kids and more Kids
  • Labor day came and went and it wasn’t labor less. Brian’s boss was in town and Brian was busy entertaining him from Thursday until late Saturday. Since he brought his 11 year old, that involved putting one of our kids into the mix. We spent Thursday night out at the Wentworth By the Sea. Never… [Continue Reading]

    Highlights of the Weekend
  • This morning I was reading my scriptures, pondering and thinking about some things from the Ensign magazine. This month’s Ensign (September) has some of the most important thoughts I think I have ever read. Here are a few of them and one nugget from Robert Gay, who I deeply admire. This story- Years ago some… [Continue Reading]

    4 Talks 4 Powerful Ideas
  • I am looking forward to a fresh start today as the last week as been dominated by breakdowns and meltdowns at the house trying to put things together. Sunday, was one of them! I am feeding the missionaries a huge roast beef dinner and the next thing I know the dishwasher goes out…first world problems.… [Continue Reading]

    First World Problems
  • 1. Brian and I freaked out and decided to get new carpet for our upstairs two days ago and it is being installed today. Um….we have needed carpet for about 8 years, but I didn’t realize what a monumental job that would be clearing out the top floor where we all live to have it… [Continue Reading]

    5 Things to Know Today
  • I have taken a long vacation from blogging all because of technical reasons. As you know, at the beginning of the year, I lost a huge portion of my blog to a technical issue…that ripped my heart out as that was a big part of my journal.  I went back to handwriting in a journal… [Continue Reading]

    Rebuilding My Life
  • This summer, I spent a couple of days in the Garbage Dump community of Chinandega, Nicaragua. People live off of the refuge from the dump. It is quite a site and almost unimaginable. But I find myself aching to be among “mi familia”!

    Favorite shots at the Garbage Dump
  • Today, we made a stop to the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. A popular stop on the romantic road in Germany. It is well-known for it’s middle age appeal and dates back to 950AD. “Rothenburg held a special significance for Nazi ideologists. For them, it was the epitome of the German ‘Home Town’,… [Continue Reading]

    Picture Perfect Day in Rothenburg
  • Beautiful Salzburg is where we made our journey to today. “Salzburg’s “Old Town”  has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.  Salzburg was the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid‑20th century, the city was the setting for… [Continue Reading]

    Salzburg and Lake Wolfgangsee
  • We are in Germany! This is the first part of our 30 day European tour. Hillary has finished study abroad in London and flew in yesterday to meet us. It has been great being reunited after a long semester for us and a great adventure for her. We kicked off the trip with a day… [Continue Reading]

    Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Now I am looking at these photos maybe New Orleans isn’t all that bad. I actually had more fun than I thought we would and I loved the plantations that we went to. Here is an instagram tour of some of my favorite shots albeit a little distorted!

    New Orleans Via Instagram
  • A couple of weeks ago we took a quick little trip to New Orleans. I hadn’t been there, it was the AAOS Orthopedic Meeting for Brian and so we hijacked the trip and the hotel and took school on the road. First things first! I am not so sure that I will need to return.… [Continue Reading]

  • I have spent most of week and last weekend doing public affairs, my calling in our church. I love serving on the LDS North America North East public affairs team under the direction of Marcus Faust with Laurie Low ! We spent this weekend training our (Boston, Hartford and New England) coordinating councils public affairs teams from Maine to… [Continue Reading]

    Small Miracles in the Details of our Life
  • I watched this morning and just cried!

    GIVE…This will make you cry
  • Big News this weekend! Hillary got her mission call to Taichung, Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese speaking. We were elated and excited about the news!   We took the call in the airport during our connection and it was awesome that our friends in London streamed it live so many people could watch. We are thankful.  … [Continue Reading]

    The Mission Call Arrived and our Thoughts