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Our Small Summer VAY-CAY

We went on vacation! Yes!

To get away from our crazy go-go-go life, is something we are proud of and feel accomplished for. It has been a long time coming and our kids deserve some outdoor time with Mom & Dad.

We rented an RV, loaded up with food and supplies and drove 2 hours to a spot in the mountains where it was much cooler and much greener than Tucson.

We love you VAY-CAY!

We went to the Chiricahua National Monument campground in southeast Arizona. Still in our mission boundaries, but out enough from the heat, cactus, and WiFi service (haha).

Here are some of the pictures we took. (Sadly, the dog in the RV is only a decal. We don’t have a furry little friend.)

Disclaimer: Most of our pictures are when we are eating. Sorry about this. Obviously, that is our favorite part of vacations!

Christmas 2018

We started off our Christmas season (after all the mission stuff was completed) going to “A Christmas Carol”.

Nothing like Scrooge and the story of compassion, service and brotherly love to get us in the mood for Christmas.

Eboo, Presto, and JuBean were in heaven. The Christmas spirit and “anticipation” were in full gear.

Outside the play, the line for the Giving Machine (#LightTheWorld), was so long and packed. But it was cool seeing one of the five in the entire world.

 

 

Making a gingerbread house is one of our family Christmas traditions. 

We finally got EB to sit and do some Christmas coloring and have some family time.

 

 

We had some wonderful Christmas carolers show up and sing to us.

They were so amazing, we asked them in for more. Thank you Sisters and Elders!

Christmas Eve Dinner: Yummy. Yum. Yummo.

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Waiting to go “up” the stairs to see what Santa brought.

 

Let the mess begin!

Christmas morning fatigue and mess…

Christmas is the best with little ones! Dolls, play food, toys….it’s the best!

Lastly, we were able to “Hangout” with Elder Babups!!

He called from Botswana and even though the first call was a silent call (no audio, only video)…

…we got a second chance to talk with him the next day. This time everything worked.

Thank heavens.

What a great way (and sigh of relief) to end the Christmas season by seeing Elder Babups happy and healthy in Africa.

Keep praying for him and all the missionaries around the world. They sure need our prayers.

Happy New Year!

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!! 

 

 

Week 2: Transfer Week Craziness

The second week of our mission was….. nuts!

No, beyond nuts…… it was awfully crazy.

First thing on Monday we get a wonderful load of new missionaries, 11 Sisters and 2 Elders, fresh from the MTC. (Taking pictures with each of them was my favorite part.) They are so excited to be here in Tucson and to get to work. [Note to self…NO black skirt in the Arizona 112 degree sun!]

 

 

After pictures, we load up their luggage in the cargo trailer, and then pile the missionaries into our mission vehicles to set off for the Mormon Battalion Monument in downtown Tucson. It’s a long standing tradition in the ATM.

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After getting to the monument, President Browning explains a little history of the Mormon pioneers and the Mormon Battalion to motivate our new missionaries to honor the tradition of hastening the work in this area, just like the pioneers did.

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Then we head to the stake center for lunch and training (sorry no pictures) and then to the mission home for dinner and testimonies.

Lucky for this group, the monsoons started to roll in just as we got to the mission home!

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Looking out from the balcony of the mission home.

 

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Everyone was so excited to see the rain and feel the temperatures get cooler.

 

After dinner, everyone went to their places and got some rest. On Tuesday morning, we all headed to the transfer site for transfers and the Trainer/Trainee Training! (That was a mouthful.) This is where the new missionaries learn who their trainer is and to begin the 12 Week Training program. We had 11 Sisters so we needed a lot of Sisters to help out this transfer.

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Right after the Trainer/Trainee Meeting, the departing missionaries were waiting outside to head north to the Gilbert Temple for their departing day temple trip. We quickly got in the cars and headed to Gilbert. (This was our first and last trip to the Gilbert Temple for departing missionaries because next transfer the Tucson Temple will be dedicated and up and running!!)

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The departing missionaries high five the new missionaries as they head out to their first areas. New and old, arriving and departing….all on the same day.

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After the 2 1/2 hour ride back to Tucson, we are all hungry and ready for dinner so back to the mission home.

The departing missionaries are just about done with their missions….and their shoes show their service.

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After we stuffed ourselves with yummy food, we had a very special testimony meeting and enjoyed hearing from each missionary.

Wow! What powerful people they have all become.

Parents, you should be busting your buttons with pride for what your missionary children have accomplished and how they have grown up and become. MISSIONS are the BEST!!

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All the missionaries receive their departing packets with travel documents, a CD with all their Presidents emails, and other things.

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And just before they all go to get a few hours of sleep, they weigh and jostle their bags to make sure they are under 50 lbs for each bag.  Some get very creative with our primitive weighing techniques!

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Up early and to the airport we go but they all are a little somber (or just exhausted). The last day of their mission and the first day of the rest of their lives IS HERE. The bitter sweet is hard to take in.

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Farewell ATM missionaries! You have worked hard and brought so much joy to so many people by bringing them the Good News of Jesus Christ! May you be blessed for your service in His army.

God be with you.

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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 Willcox, 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!!!!

 

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