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JuBean’s Baptism

JuBean had a big day.

She was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

What a joyful day to remember. Lots of family and friends were there, and a whole lot of ATM missionaries.

She wore the dress her two older sisters (Dolly M & Eboo) wore when they were baptized. She looked like an angel with french braids.

Congratulations, JuBean! You are on the path to following your Savior.

Review~July 2019

This last year of our mission, I am going to be more consistent in giving monthly summaries of the things we are experiencing. I am kicking myself I didn’t do this the first two years.

I will also try diligently to make them short and sweet.

First, we started our month with our two year anniversary of arriving in Tucson, AZ. Go here to see that very short post of pictures we took.  It all seems surreal and unbelievable that two years has past. But then again, we have traveled thousands of miles, been to so many places and met and loved gobs of good, salt-of-the-earth people that I can see how it has been two years. What a blessing though as we recommit and move forward with more determination to do our best and to give our everything this last year. Trek on!

At the airport heading off for Idaho.

Second, our three children still at home, Eboo, Presto & JuBean, headed up to Idaho by themselves for a little R & R with their older siblings and nieces. EB and I stayed in Tucson and held down the mission and traveled, went to conferences and interviews and kept busy with our missionary life. I do have to say that while the kids were gone I came to a strong realization that I do not like the idea of being an “Empty Nester”. Nope, nada. Thank goodness the grandchildren will fill in the gap of that awful empty space when all of our baby birds will be gone from our cozy little nest

As our kids were gone from Tucson, EB and I enjoyed our batch of Zone Conferences from July 9-10 and July 16-17. Zone Conferences are where all the missionaries in certain zones come together to be uplifted, trained and given new ideas about how to fulfill their purpose as missionaries. The first two conferences were in Tucson with the North, West, East, and South zones and then we traveled to the Gila Valley and Sierra Vista for the last two conferences and were able to enjoy all the missionaries in the Sierra Vista, Gila Valley and New Mexico zones.

How I treasure these times with our faithful, adorable and consecrated missionaries. The light from their eyes just sparkle and gleam with the light of Christ, and even though they are far from perfect, at least they are trying to be a little better today than yesterday.

BTW: If you see one of these blessed missionaries in your city or area, stop them, give them a drink of water and thank them for being who they are and making this world a better place! That will just make their day. And in return, I’m sure they have something for you in return that will make your day. Wait, stop, rewind. What I want to say is that I am positive they have something that will not only make your day, but it will make your life!

Lastly, JuBean finally turned eight! She has been waiting for this birthday for forever. Having parents that are ultra excited about baptisms, she has been more than ready to reach the age of accountability and be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! That event, her baptism will happen next month.

Happy Birthday JuBean!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Badges

We had a cute moment the other night as we talked with Babups who is on a mission in Africa.

This was a random idea we had to take a picture of our three missionary badges. It was comforting to think that we are in this work together. Hurrah for Israel!

He is doing amazing and we love talking to him every week.

Please visit Elder Browning’s blog for his weekly emails and pictures… he is having quite the adventures in Africa!

 

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!! 

 

 

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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