Last Sunday I had a fabulous time exploring a new section of familysearch.org: the early missionary discovery page. (Click on photo below to go to familysearch.org.) I found photos and bios detailing their missions of 20 missionaries directly related to me who served missions between …
Have you ever considered the power a STORY has to unite people? After all, history is made up of stories: his-story and her-story and their -stories. If thousands of folks flock to a storytelling festival every year, consider what sharing stories from your own family …
June 30, 2020: I was asked recently if I would continue recording the Book of Mormon in French. Despite my imperfections in making these recordings, I do want to help people learn French and listen to the Book of Mormon. So I decided I will continue and just do my best. It takes a lot of time to record, re-record, and edit, and my language skills are so far from a native speaker’s. Please overlook my mistakes! The message of the Book is correct! I still have to figure out how to upload the audio files so that the longer, larger-file chapters can be uploaded, but I’m going to do my best. When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints publishes an audio version of the Book of Mormon in French, I will joyfully use and recommend those in place of mine!
Anna and Eliza started making an opera cake* yesterday and finished it today. They wanted to have a tea party, Regency Era-style. I had to record this for posterity. Some day their daughters will enjoy seeing these photos and hearing about their sisters having so much fun together. I didn’t capture this in my photos, but my favorite part was hearing them laugh so much and speak using their “best” British accents.
(*This recipe calls for coffee. We don’t drink/eat coffee, so Eliza used Pero instead.)
This photo reminds me of nearly 8 years ago when Eliza had a tea party-themed birthday party, complete with fancy hats. Boy, that was a lot of work! But it was so fun that it was worth it in the end. Even all those dishes.
This is how you grow family love: you support your children in their grand ideas, the best you can, with the resources you have. You celebrate them when it is their birthday. You encourage their play together by limiting their media time. You have them share rooms so that they learn to live together, work together, and learn to get along together. You love them and enjoy them and make sure that life is not just tedious but also have time for fun and for joy. It’s lots of little acts, nurturing with love day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. It all adds up.
I love how these two sisters have nurtured their relationship. It’s not that they haven’t argued or had their moments, trust me. They’re normal. But they’ve done so many fun things together. Since they were young, they have played dress up together, put on fashion shows, done each other’s hair and make-up, cooked together, watched movies and read books together, danced together, cleaned together, done homework together, done musical numbers in church together, slept over at the dorms together, skiied together, swam together, gone grocery shopping together….I mean, they have had a GOOD TIME together! I recently found this photo of them from when they did Irish dance and had a competition at the Utah State Feis. What a fun memory!
Sisters are such a gift. I can’t imagine these two sisters not being a part of our family!