Month: May 2013

Mmmm…Massaman Curry

Mmmm…Massaman Curry

I love curry, and I love a little Thai restaurant in our city that serves the yummiest Massaman Curry ever. I wanted to find a good recipe so I could make it at home, and I found and adapted one for Massaman Curry in a great cookbook I…

Psst: Why Should I Volunteer at My Child’s School?

Psst: Why Should I Volunteer at My Child’s School?

I have this darling little book that our dear “Grandma Garrett” gave me one year. Author Linda Andersen beautifully captures the nurturance that mothers add to our daily lives: “Money, of course, can build a charming home, but only love can furnish it with a…

Brown Bag Apple Pie

Brown Bag Apple Pie

Ok, so seriously. We DO eat other things besides dessert at our house. In fact, my children say I don’t keep enough sweets around. I told them last night I don’t because I would eat them all if we did. And I wouldn’t feel very well. Or sleep.

Sweets don’t last very long in a big family, especially any dessert from our dear friend, Melanie. We ate this Brown Bag Apple Pie at Melanie’s home and thought we had died and gone to heaven.

I’m posting it here in celebration of Lisel’s upcoming wedding. Congratulations! Many happy apple pie moments to you and your husband!

Happy Apple Baking,

Liz 🙂

P.S. The first person to make this yummy pie and take a picture, email it to me and I will post it! Thanks!

So you need to work at home to be with your children?

So you need to work at home to be with your children?

Sometimes the answer we are looking for is closer than we think. I saw this story today about a family who moved their dream business to Amazon.com when the change in economy made it impossible to afford the mall stores where they were. Hooray that they…

Does Having a Baby Really Hurt? or, What is a Doula?

Does Having a Baby Really Hurt? or, What is a Doula?

On the way home from the airport today we stopped by a longtime friend’s home after dropping off Nate’s teammate only to find out that it was their daughter’s mission farewell, and folks were just arriving to visit! So we gave hugs all around. And…

The Best Surprises Ever

The Best Surprises Ever

Team photo

When Lane called me on Friday around 2:45 pm to ask if I wanted to catch a flight to Chicago with him to see Nate’s final game today, I told him I WANTED to but I didn’t think I could make it work. I was supposed to teach music at the school in 15 minutes and I didn’t have arrangements made for the other children’s commitments that weekend. I told him to go for it, though.

I didn’t feel quite sure about my answer. I went upstairs and prayed. The thought that came to my mind was that I had not seen a SINGLE one of Nate’s rugby games this season, because of one reason or another (mostly the divide and conquer plan), and that this opportunity might be once in a lifetime. Future opportunities are not guaranteed.

So I jumped up and drove to the school to confer with a teacher. That arranged, I jumped back into my car and rushed home. I packed in less than 10 minutes (thanks to Lane’s help), and we were out the door.

The airline wouldn’t let us book the last two seats available on the flight, because it was taking off in an hour (we were 40 minutes away at best). We’d have to buy them at the airport. Time for another prayer.

Remember how I said we run through airports? We pealed into the parking place, got a shuttle immediately, dashed into the airport, and headed for  the ticket line. There was no wait. AWESOME! The really nice ticket counter woman helped us quickly get tickets. We passed through security (it always seems so slow when you are in a hurry!) and RAN to the gate. Thankfully it was a close gate (for once in our lives). We got on and were taking off within minutes. I think it was 80 minutes from decision-to-leave until take off.

What a surprise! (Actually, what a miracle!)

We got to Chicago O’Hare and picked up a car rental. Then we drove to South Bend, Indiana, passing Gary, Indiana (had to sing it; too dark to take a photo),  finally getting checked into a hotel (all the ones in town were booked due to Notre Dame’s graduation) that had ONE room left. I slept well.

Another surprise!

Nate called us in the morning (YIKES! What could I say without giving it away? I can’t lie to save my life!) and I nervously squeaked through the conversation without flubbing up. I had calculated in my mind what time it was at home and would tell him exactly what the children were doing to get ready for school…

But I didn’t have to go there because I passed the phone to Lane. THANK GOODNESS! Because it was Saturday! HELLO! There is NO SCHOOL ON SATURDAY! That would have been a dead give away.

Surprise! I didn’t give it away!

We jumped in the car to go surprise Nate at his motel. (I was still going on two days of greasy hair, since yesterday, with the EEG and teaching and spontaneously catching an airplane)

Do you know what we found out? There are 2 Super 8 Motels close to South Bend and one in Elkhart, where they were staying. We drove to all 3. One of the moms who was driving his van waited for us, and when we pulled up nearly to the parking lot and waved, she took off to lead us to the park. We lagged a little behind, and I slouched down in my seat so my head wouldn’t be above the window. (Not very hard for me to do even when not slouching.)

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The boys got out of the car and didn’t notice us at all. So we walked up to Nate and surprised him. The whole team clapped and cheered. That was one sweet moment.

Surprising Nate AND seeing his team win the National Championship game were fabulously sweet surprises. But there was one more surprise.

Personally, it was the realization I had that I have missed a special part of Nate’s life this year by not being at his games. Being there I felt we need to rearrange the family schedule so next year we can all be there supporting him, not just Lane. I love this team and the experience Nate is having by playing on it. There is such a great team spirit. I loved watching them kneel in prayer off the side of the field before playing. I loved watching their haka. I loved seeing the boys treat each other like brothers. I love the families who support these good boys. I want to be there to cheer and pray and bring hot chocolate.

I am so glad we were there.

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Happy Surprising,

Liz 🙂

P.S. Many thanks go out to my children, my neighbor, and the kind folks at school who made it possible for us to take off at a moment’s notice. Coming back to children making us dinner (homemade pasta nonetheless. WOW!) and flowers planted that I had left in flats. Thank you SO much!

Rugby Nationals Update

Rugby Nationals Update

Newsflash: The final game is going to be streamed (see previous post) at 1:15 pm MST. Go United!  

An EEG and 2 Rubgy Wins!!

An EEG and 2 Rubgy Wins!!

Live broadcast by Ustream Here is where we are supposed to be able to watch a livestream of Nate’s game tomorrow. They have won both games yesterday and today (I just got word), and Nate got to play today! HOORAY!  The start time is 1:15…

Try, Try, Try

Try, Try, Try

This post’s for Nate.

I was looking for the kitchen stools this morning, seeing that only 3 were up to the counter, and then I remembered where they were in use:

Fort photo

This photo also shows how dictionaries and other reference desks have found a useful role in our home, since we mainly use computers to search for information now.

Speaking of searching for information on the computer, when I get up in the morning, I like to listen to something while I make breakfast: music, conference talks, or the Mormon Channel. Today I went to the Mormon Channel website to listen to the live stream and saw a page full of “I’m a Mormon” videos in all different languages. Rebecca and I watched a few in English, Portuguese, Chinese, and even Japanese! Then she started playing one that had Brian Going, rugby player, on it.

Lane walked in during a clip from an old All Blacks game. He remembered about a player that had been highlighted in the Ensign. I said I thought it was Sid Going. He said he thought it might be someone else. So he searched for a video, and found this one.

“You kill them, or you’re gonna get killed yourself.” Yep, sounds about right. “To score a try, it’s one of the best feelings.” So Nate says!

But it wasn’t the guy I was remembering. Lane kept googling and then found this, the story of “Super Sid” Going giving up playing for the All Blacks to share the gospel of Jesus Christ for two years, as shared by Elder Neil A. Anderson. We watched it together. That was the one! “Haven’t you learned not to doubt me?” I teased. Lane chuckled.

That was my good try.

Hope Nate helps his team make a few good tries.

Happy “Trying,”

Liz 🙂

 

Ready for Nationals

Ready for Nationals

A couple years ago I knew nothing about rugby. Today I still know practically nothing, but this young man knows a LOT more and is in Indiana this week for the rugby nationals. Remember how I said my estimator is broken? Yesterday we made it…