Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Best Kind of Entertainment!

Who needs to watch tv or movies when you can Skype? 

I would actually pay good money for this, guys!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Kimball's Day!

Isn't it grand that we have our very own red-headed leprechaun to represent our non-Irish roots on this special day?!!!
Tá mo chroí istigh ionat, little chum!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The End of an Era

I organized one last mishmom lunch with the other mishmoms in my ward, and about half of our number showed up this go round. I appreciate these chums of mine so much as they can each appreciate the joys and pride and longing and pining a missionary mom feels for her missionary. 

As a thanks for being such great friends to me throughout these missionary years, I ran up to IKEA and bought some chocolate bars to give to them as a tasty show of appreciation. Guess what! Guess! Those chocolate bars are actually made in Germany and not Sweden, haha! Oh well, who cares as long as it is chocolate?! 

(I don't know who is going to take over as Julie the Cruise Director now that I'm outta there {everyone keeps protesting my leaving}, but it has been a pretty grand chore for me to take on!)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I Dare You Not To Be In a Good Mood After This . . .

Ashley has a way about her that simply makes people happy. 
The proof is in the pudding!:

Goodness. Tell me that didn't put a huge smile on your face!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Lovely Tribute to Aldste Bailey

As most of you already know, a young elder, Aldste Mason Bailey, was tragically killed in Christian's mission last week. Christian was asked to put together a special musical number for the memorial service involving 90+ missionaries. He choose a favorite song of the Swedish missionaries and pulled together a violin duet and a vocal quartet to accompany the missionaries in their singing. Christian said it was so powerful, so beautiful. I am so proud of Christian for stepping up to the plate and doing this very sacred and reverent chore placed before him, and doing it so well. 

Below is a screenshot of the news site reporting on the memorial service. One of the lovely members in Sweden translated to the lyrics to the song for us, and I have included them below, along with a YouTube recording of the song sung by one of Sweden's favorite pop stars so you can hear the gorgeous melody. It really is so lovely, and I know Christian was inspired to choose this song.

I have heard from many other Swedish missionary moms whose children wrote home this week about the service. The missionaries said that the musical number was stunningly beautiful and a highlight of the meeting. I am so proud of my young elder!

Only one day, one moment at a time 
what a comfort whatever will happen! 
Trusting in my Father's hands, 
should I, like a child,worry then? 
He carries me in his heart like a Father, 
the gives to me every newborn day 
its fair share of pain and pleasure, 
toil, rest and comfort. 

He himself is close to me every day, 
For every special time with special grace. 
Each day's worries, he wants to carry, 
He called both Power and Advice. 
To preserv his precious possession 
"As thy days, so shall thy strength shall be," 
this promise he gave me. 

Help me to rest safely and quietly 
by Thy promises, O Lord, 
Wasting not my faith and nor the consolation
as in the word me is kept. 
Help me, Lord, that whatever will happen, 
keep your faithful father hand by me
but one day, one moment at a time 
until I reached the good land.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Happy Birthday, Grandma Pauline!

Isn't she the cutest thing? Yes, she is! She is also the best mother-in-law I could ask for, and she continues to show me on a daily basis what it means to hold true to one's values, beliefs, and testimony. This is my lovely, lovely mother-in-law, Pauline, and today is her birthday! YEEHAW!

Happy, happy birthday, Grandma Pauline!
We love you!!!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The People Behind the Valiant Women and Men Who Are Fighting the Good Fight

As these things sometimes shake out, it has fallen to me over the last year and a half or so to be the leader of sorts in gathering my fellow missionary moms in our ward for a monthly (or semi-monthly, sadly) luncheon where we gather to brag about, cry over, delight in, and relish each of our missionary's experiences, heartaches, and triumphs. All without judgment. That last part about being without judgment is my own contribution to the guidelines of our get togethers. 

You better bet your bottom dollar that I am over-the-moon excited to have Christian home, but quite frankly, I will miss greatly my get togethers with these fabulous mishmom friends of mine. (Apparently, they are going to miss me as well, as they have many times expressed a wish that I would continue in my role as fearless leader even after Christian returns, haha!)

In February, I decided it was time to do another mishmom and mishdad get together since the dads seem to love these little doodahs as much as the moms! Our host asked each set of parents to write down three things that the others might not know about our missionary or his/her mission. One dad who was there solo totally made up his stuff! It was so not true. He was at a loss so he totally made his up. I was

This represents about half of our number. I know!

For a gorgeous spiritual lift today, watch and listen to this video
I love this so much. 
(Why oh why isn't this in our current hymn book?)

Monday, March 03, 2014

It's Time For a Bit of Silas Luv!

My, my, my.

Can you even stand it?