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July Books part 2

July Books part 2

My fascination with hot air balloons completely took off after watching the movie The Aeronauts on my date with Lane recently! I decided to pull out many of the books as we have on flight and flying and then pioneers in transportation and dreaming of 

Missionaries Through the Generations

Missionaries Through the Generations

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 

July 2020 Books

July 2020 Books

July is a great time to celebrate the United States of America and all those who helped to discover it, found it, preserve it, and make it a place where religious freedom is preserved and families can thrive. It’s also a time when we simply enjoy summer and getting together with extended family! Towards the end of July we celebrate Pioneer Day, or the day that the pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. We celebrate our pioneer heritage and the sacrifices that our forefathers made to preserve our religious freedom.

  • A if for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women by Lynne Cheney, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
  • Champions of Change: 25 Women Who Made History by Naomi Watkins and Katherine Kitterman, illustrations by Brooke Smart
  • The Declaration of Independence: The Words that Made America, Illustrated and inscribed by Sam Fink
  • Doing Her Bit: A Story about the Woman’s Land Army of America by Erin Hagar, illustraed by Jen Hill
  • Elizabeth Started All the TROUBLE by Dorreen Rappaport, illustrated by Matt Faulkner
  • The Fathers are Coming Home by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Stephen Savage
  • Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War by Benson Borrick
  • Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin, illustrated by Bryan Langdo
  • Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
  • Journey to Ellis Island: How My Father Came to America by Carol Bierman, illustrated by Laurie McGaw
  • Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
  • The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, graved and painted by Christopher Bing
  • Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker: The Unlikely Friendship of Elizabeth Keckley & Mary Todd Lincoln by Lynda Jones
  • A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by David A. Ad;er, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner
  • A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson by David A. Ad;er, illustrated by John and Alexandra Wallner
  • Poetry for Kids: Carl Sandburg, edited by Kathryn Benzel, PhD, illustrated by Robert Crawford
  • Ruth Objects: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
  • Tattered Sails by Verla Kay, illustrated by Dan Andreasen
  • To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport
  • Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots by Lynne Cheney, paintings by Peter M. Fiore
  • We the People: The Story of Our Constitution by Lynne Cheney, paintings by Greg Darlin
  • Wee Sing America songbook by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
  • Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
  • You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton by Jean Fritz, illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

To see the other books I had on display during July (to celebrate air travel and pioneers in travel), go here!

“I Do!” Family History Wedding Photos

“I Do!” Family History Wedding Photos

I recently posted on Instagram some of the family history wedding photos I used for Sarah’s wedding. I wanted to post them here for future reference, and add to the collection, noting who is who and when they were married.

That kind of integrity

That kind of integrity

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 

Making memories last

Making memories last

In less than 2 weeks that big sister will be 26.

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And was it really almost 21 years ago that Sarah and Nathan were looking on and loving their brand-new baby sister Rebecca?

I remember once when Sarah was little–I think she was 3 years old–and I was holding her hand and walking up the three steps from our lower level to our main floor. In that instant, that completely ordinary, every day moment, it was as if time stopped for a split second. I realized that I would never have this moment with her again! She would never be that old, holding my hand, needing my help climbing stairs, and that once over, it would not return exactly the same again.

That really impressed me. It helped me recognize how much I needed to begin savoring the little moments with my children. Because now Sarah is married and moving forward with her own new family and school and wonderful adventures! She’s not home at my side holding my hand. (She happily holds my hand if I ever need it!) Those earlier days, now past, are sweet memories.

They grow up SO fast.

I am so grateful for all the photos we have taken, all the journals I have written, all the funny sayings I recorded that they children said, because I forget them so quickly! Time passes, life is so full, and it is almost comical how quickly I can forget the very memories and moments that are so dear. I have started putting family photos not only on my blog but also on my own and my husband and children’s memory pages on FamilySearch.com. FamilySearch is such an incredible memory-keeping resource–and it is FREE.

Thank goodness for recorded memories!

Alma 23

Alma 23

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 

How I Hear Him

How I Hear Him

This morning I woke myself up in the middle of a bad dream, calling out in my sleep. After being wakened, I started to think about events from last night, and yesterday. I thought about one of our children specifically. As I thought about this 

June 2020 Books

June 2020 Books

Sarah is getting married in a week! I put up books on the bookshelves that are some of our favorites (and some of her favorites, noted with an asterisk*) that relate to love and marriage as well as some of our international Cinderella story collection. (Cinderella is Sarah’s favorite Disney movie.) Here are the June books for this week (because I may change them before Father’s Day!):

  • *Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney, illlustrated by Anita Jeram
  • Hello, Love by Taro Miura
  • I Love to See the Temple by Kathleen H. Barnes and Virginia H. Pearce, illustrated by Dilleen Marsh
  • LOVE IS Walking Hand in Hand by Charles M. Schulz
  • *I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, illustrated by Jacqueline Chwast
  • *Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
  • The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
  • White Gloves and Party Manners by Marjabelle Young and Ann Buchwald (a book about manners from my childhood)
  • Classic Love Poems edited by Max Morris
  • Love Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams by David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler, illustrated by Ronald Himler
  • God Gave Us Families by Matthew Neeley
  • I Love to See the Temple by Janice Kapp Perry, illustrated by Michael Muir
  • The Nauvoo Temple Stone by Timothy Robinson, illustrated by Robert Barrett
  • The Golden Sandal: A Middle Easern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
  • Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story by Tomie dePaola
  • Grandparents’ Book: Our LIfe Story Written for Our Grandchildren
  • *Rattlebang Picnic by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
  • Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie, illustrated by Ed Young
  • The Goldsmith’s Treasure by Zdenko Basic and Tanja Konforta (a Croatian Cinderella-type story)
  • Princess Tales: Once Upon a Rhyme with Seek-and-Find Pictures by
  • Fanny’s Dream by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner
  • Rocky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella by Alan Schroeder, illustrated by Brad Sneed
  • LOVE IS…Adapted from the Bible By Wendy Anderson Halperin
  • White Dresses by Deborah Pace Rowley, illustrated by Jewel Hodson
  • The Wedding by Andgela Johnson, pictures by David Soman
  • Uncle Henry & Aunt Henrietta’s Honeymoon by Nicole Rubel
  • Happy Day: A Bouquet in a Book by Molly Hatch
  • Lizzie Nonsense: A Story of Pioneer Days by Jan Ormerod
  • The Land of the Blue Flower by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Judith Ann Griffith
  • Forever and Ever: A Book for LDS Children about Temple Marriage by Kathleen H. Barnes and Virginia H. Pearce, photographs by Don O. Thorpe
  • The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

“May I have some strawberries, please, Miss Eliza?”

“May I have some strawberries, please, Miss Eliza?”

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