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First Week in the A.T.M.

We’ve been here a month and this is a post dedicated to all that happened in our first CRAZY week of July, 2017.

July 6-7 we hit the road for a two day tour of all the zones and to have the missionaries “Meet the President and family.” Even our Eboo, Presto, and JuBean came along with us.

Our first stop was in Wilcox, AZ, and we met the New Mexico, Gila Valley, and Sierra Vista Zones.

The drive was so scenic and I wished we could of stopped twenty times to take pictures of the Arizona landscape. But of course we couldn’t…we had to move on.

The next day we did it all again but twice! This time we were close in Tucson and met the Northwest, Southeast, and Central Zones and then the Tucson Spanish Zone last of all. The missionaries were all so kind and friendly, and we are ready to get to work with them.

After our last meeting, when it was hotter than I have ever been, we grabbed our first eeggee’s . That is a Tucsonan snow cone-like-slushie that is nice and cold when it is close to 115 degrees outside. The lemon is my favorite.

I LOVE eeggee’s in July in Tucson Arizona!!!!

 

Trip to Tucson

We headed down to Tucson the morning of June 29, 2017.

Before we left, we said goodbye to our very first, 41 day old grand baby, Lillian, which was so much harder than I had anticipated. Much more agonizing.  It was not a fun family prayer before we left. Sigh.

We also said goodbye to the other children, the married’s, took a picture far away so no one could see the tear stained faces, and then jumped into the packed truck and drove away from our home and from normal life.

 

We now have an Arizona Tucson Mission family, and then the married’s in Ohio and Idaho.

The Arizona Tucson Mission Family

Here are some photos of the LONG trip down via Cedar City UT, Las Vegas NV, Kingman AZ, Phoenix AZ, and then to Tucson AZ.

All the pictures of us outside, it was so so so so hot! It was over 108 degrees if not more.

This is our very first day of our mission, July 1, 2017.

We woke up, put on our missionary badges, and headed over to the mission home to take over the reigns. It was a sunny, beautiful day, but it was a day we will never forget!

#CRAZYDAY.july.1.2017

 

 

 

And I cannot forget to show all of the new beautiful friends we met…these unique Tucson cactus and plants.

How we will be so familiar with them over the next three years, but that first morning we couldn’t stop looking and taking pictures of them.

#IAMINLOVEWITHCACTI

 

 

 

And notice…..no green grass, but look at those BLUE BLUE skies!!

HELLO TUCSON!

We are here ready to get to work.

 

Here we go!! Arizona Tucson Mission

tucson_arizona_postcard-r441f8f4a9912491d8bdf42b219680650_vgbaq_8byvr_512Everyone has heard our story of getting called to the Arizona Tucson Mission so I won’t belabor the story.

Plus, it’s all a blur to me anyway. So forgive my straight-to-the-point format.

EB and I were called to be Mission President and Wife, (MP and MPW), officially last November and then got our call in December (we opened it on our 27th wedding anniversary) to the Arizona Tucson Mission! Arrival date: July 1, 2017.

Here is an article about our call on lds.org. 

We were all thrilled to say the least! Our 4 children (Babups, Eboo, Presto, and JuBean) who are coming with us, were jumping up and down screaming with relief and joy!!

We love Arizona, the dry heat, the Southwest, and being in the United States of America. SWEET!!

Tucson-Skyline

In fact, my secret top place I wanted to go…my numero uno… was TUCSON!! There were 11 places in the United States that were Spanish speaking and opening up, and 45 or so outside of the U.S.  They are all wonderful places with amazing loving people and diverse experiences and culture, but I just wanted simple, sunny, Tucson.

Why? I don’t really know why because I’ve never been there.

Maybe calling to me was the warm winters, no earthquakes or hurricanes, and close proximity for children and future grandchildren to visit. Maybe.

Whatever it really was, we are just so happy to be “Tucsonan’s” for the next three years.

Thank you Lord for being so kind to our family.

 

 

 

 

Daily Inspiration: Putting Off the Natural Man

Another wonderful reminder, from a truly wonderful man.

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Elder Neal A. Maxwell

“We see in ourselves other familiar forms of selfishness: accepting or claiming undeserved credit; puffing deserved credit; being glad when others go wrong; resenting the genuine successes of others; preferring public vindication to private reconciliation; and taking “advantage of one because of his words.” (2 Ne. 28:8.) All things are thus viewed selfishly—what are their implications for “me,” much like the mattress on the highway which delayed traffic. When frustrated motorists finally got around the mattress, none stopped to remove it because now there was nothing in it for him.”

“Put Off the Natural Man, and Come Off Conqueror”

Heavenly Father Sent Me a Crib

In my Ensign Reading Project, (and I am still way behind…) this article, “Starting Our Marriage with Nothing but Faith” by Elisabeth Allen, touched my heart.  I especially loved the heavenly sent crib part. It made me tear up because EB and I started our marriage almost 27 years ago in the same way. It brought me back to those faith-filled GOOD ole’ days and driving cars that were named “the pumpkin”.

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Illustrations by Iker Ayestaran

If you don’t have time to read all of the article (it’s really short, only two small pages) here is my favorite part that you really need to read. It will put a bit of hope back into your day.

When we were expecting our first baby, a girl, we had no idea how we would pay the bills, but we believed that it would work out. Around this time we received an unexpected $1,000 check in the mail from Matt’s grandma. At that point in our marriage, $1,000 was more money than we had ever had at one time. Grateful, we thanked first God and then Grandma for it, and we set it aside to put toward the impending baby bills. Another day Matt got an odd job fixing a pothole—another $250. The blessings kept coming.

Two weeks before our baby was born, I called Matt at work and told him that even though I didn’t know how we were going to pay for it, we needed a crib for the baby. I told him I would pick him up at work and that we were going to go get a crib. While on my way, I pulled my car over to answer a phone call from a number I didn’t recognize.

“Hello, Liz? This is Katherine Anderson. I live around the corner from you.”

“Oh! Yes! How are you?”

“I am fine. I am calling because this morning I was praying and I had a feeling that you needed a crib. I have one here for you. I had five babies and couldn’t have lived without a changing table, so I have one of those for you too.”

I sat in stunned silence.

“I know your car is small,” she continued, “so I’d like you to come over and use my car to get these things over to your apartment.”

Tears and more silence.

I still think of how much God blessed us through that wonderful woman!

Even though we did not start our marriage with things—not even a dresser or a bed—what we did start with was a lot of faith and a lot of dreams. We started our marriage with the determination to always trust in God. We started our marriage with faith that if we worked hard, we would enjoy the blessings of providing for ourselves through the Lord’s help.

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