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Elder Browning Heading to Africa

Days before Babups left, we tried to get in some family togetherness one last time. Plus, we had a lot of packing to do. Two suitcases for two years in Africa… a bit of a stress for mama.

Time with Presto talking b-ball and the Utah Jazz.

 

Getting in our favorite breakfast place, Cracker Barrel!

 

Running errands and finding last items for his suitcase stash…Presto is not amused with shopping.

 

Babups’ last supper in Tucson was the famous Sonoran hotdog and a large strawberry Eegee! Tucsonans know of what we speak.

 

Getting advice from older brothers right before he was set apart.

 

The famous Arizona Tucson Mission stair photo of the family….most get this picture when they are going home from their mission. Babups gets one on his way to his mission!

 

President Walker of the Tucson Arizona Stake set Babups apart. Now he is Elder Browning.

 

Elder Browning will not return to Tucson after his mission, as we will be back in Idaho by then. So this is not only a good-bye to the family, but a good-bye to Tucson, AZ.

 

 

Had to include our friends the saguaro cacti!

 

 

Here we go to the Tucson International Airport….this is getting real now!

 

 

 

 

 

And now the dreaded good-byes….

 

 

 

 

Good-bye for TWO Elder Browning! We will be praying for you and loving you from afar.

Follow his adventures at his missionary blog.

Hurrah for Israel!!!

Unbelievable

How is it that a full year has gone by?

This is the family a little over a year ago–August 2017.

I don’t have the energy to even think of what has happened since that hot, August day in Tucson.

But here are some much needed and embarrassingly late updates.

Two more grand babies are in the oven baking…. Yay!!!!  One is due any day now (Sept 2018) and the other one  Spring 2019…

LillyDill (our sweet granddaughter in the picture) is 16 months old as of this post and is the cutest and most energetic thing ever!

Babups graduated from Seminary and received his own mission call to Africa Botswana/Namibia Mission ~(holy hannah)~ and he is getting ready to leave for the South Africa Missionary Training Center on October 11, 2018…

JuBean is now 7, Presto is 12 (the lone Deacon in our ward), and Eboo is 15 ….with a driving license coming in the near future.

I wish I could show a current photo of the family in September 2018, but that is not possible because we have never all been together in one place since this photo was taken.

Nonetheless, here are some pictures from the past year.

(Disclaimer: These photos are the ones currently on the computer I am on doing this post… I’m sure there are many more, but don’t have access to them right now.)

 

Babups at Seminary Graduation.

Just an hour before Seminary Graduation, Babups opened his mission call to the Africa Namibia/Botswana Mission. We all are a little shell shocked!

Eboo and Babups, the early morning seminary DUO!

Presto is just here for the food.

Jubean, will miss her big (and quite tall) brother!

 

Preston finally turned 12 and gets to sit in the front seat….that is if his older siblings let him.

 

 

Getting some snuggles in with LillyDill!! 

 

 

JuBean Turns Six

This beautiful little girl turned 6 one month after we arrived in Tucson. She has been so excited to be the FIRST birthday in our new home and life. What a resilient flexible child. Always seeing the pony in the pile of manure.

In the morning, we jump on JuBean’s bed and wake her up by singing happy birthday to her. Even though JuBean was in bed, she wasn’t asleep. She was just patiently waiting for us to come in.

Next comes the birthday gift treasure hunt. JuBean and her siblings comb the house, one gift at a time, for her hidden gifts. Then after she has found them all, she tears into the long awaited treasures!

 

 

 

 

If you can’t tell, JuBean loves anything and everything watermelon.

 

Our Birthday Girl!

 

Birthday breakfasts are always the best especially when Mickey is part of it.

And then the day ends with a Birthday dinner (this time we ate out) and birthday cake with candles of which there is no photo unfortunately.

Happy Birthday JuBean!!

Our sweet little “sunshine” girl who keeps us all young and hopping. We love you so much!

Birthday Photos: Eboo, B Trout & Dolly M

Happy Birthday to my spring babies- April, May and June. (And yes I know it is the middle of summer now.)

You all make my life full and crazy happy. I am blessed to be apart of your lives.

Eboo received her first phone!

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B Trout, the bachelor!

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Dolly M our first college woman.
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Punch to the Gut-Dolly M is Leaving

Writing a post about children leaving our nest royally stinks. These are those moments when I wonder, “Why do I create posts like this? This is self torture.”

Dolly M, my oldest daughter and the 4th child, is now on her way into the real world…or rather, the college world. She is on the edge of the nest, suit case in hand and ready to try her wings.

So many memories of Dolly M are flooding my mind’s eye right now, especially as I peruse over all the gut wrenching photos of her sparkling, beautiful smile.

I wonder where all the time has gone, where all the days and months have evaporated to and am oddly hearing in my head (which is rather freaky) “Sunrise, Sunset”.

NO, NO, NO!! Stop, stop, stop! No sunrises or sunsets. I am not ready to be a Tzeitel.

Let’s just concentrate on the positives and be grown up about this. Save the blubbering for when I am in the house… after she drives away… where she cannot see me do the ugly cry thing.

OK, the positives:

Number one: After three handsome, fun-loving boys, I got a girl to play dress-up and not get squirted when I changed her diaper.

Number two: I finally had a child that I could buy baby dolls, strollers and miniature kitchens for her to play house with instead of the guns, swords, trucks and army men.

Number three: Having bows, ribbons and bobby pins scattered all over the bathroom drawers made me smile and appreciate that she could grow her hair out and didn’t need a haircut every 4-6 weeks!

Number four: It’s pretty comforting having another female, hormonal and all, to be on my side when there is wrestling before family prayer, marathon ESPN game days, and debates over what masculine movie we should watch.

Number five: I love that Dolly M has her head on straight and is grounded, loves and cherishes all things family, loves God with all her heart, treats others kindly, makes good choices, and wants to keep learning and become her best self.

I guess that says it all–I am one blessed mama. A mama that is losing another baby bird.

When each of you shall in your nest
Among your young ones take your rest,
In chirping language, oft them tell,
You had a dam that loved you well,
That did what could be done for young,
And nursed you up till you were strong,
And ‘fore she once would let you fly,
She showed you joy and misery;
Taught what was good, and what was ill,
What would save life, and what would kill.
Thus gone, amongst you I may live,
And dead, yet speak, and counsel give:
Farewell, my birds, farewell adieu,
I happy am, if well with you.

(From “In Reference To Her Children” by Anne Bradstreet)

Fly strong Dolly M, and fly high and straight!

 

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