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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!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Fun Weekend in New Mexico

As a family, we headed off for a stake conference in New Mexico! Yes, Silver City, NM, is in our mission.

As we got out of the car in Silver City, everyone was shocked…it was cool and kind of crisp!  We all have been conditioned that when you get out of the car in Tucson, you are stepping into an oven.

In Silver City… NO OVEN!!

First thing in the morning, we headed up the road to the Gila Cliff Dwellings in the Gila National Forest.

As we drove, we all oohed and ahhed at how beautiful it was.

It felt like we were HOME.

These signs were everywhere on our drive up to the cliff dwellings.

That shows you the kind of drive we had.

This is the Gila National Forest. Just BREATHTAKING!

Look at this beauty!! TREES with LEAVES and wild flowers. We were giddy the whole drive!!

Finally made it up to the monument, 90 minutes or so later. All relieved to be out of the car and in the mountains.

We watched a little film in the visitors center and looked at some artifacts. It was very intriguing history and we wanted to go see and experience the dwellings for ourselves.

Let’s go!

From the trail, you could finally see the dwellings/caves.

They were so hidden away…no wonder they were used to live in.

Getting closer.  So cool!!!!

The gentle short hike was so enjoyable and shaded in most parts.

There was a babbling brook that we criss-crossed over and over with bridges.

 

 

A real, picturesque stream!! It was beautiful and sounded so relaxing.

We made it to the caves and were able to walk around and listen to a guide tell lots of facts and stories. Basically, the Mogollon peoples who lived here were only there from about 1275 to the early 14th century.  There were only about 25-80 people that lived in these caves at one time and that translates into just a few families.

A lot of vandalism happened in the late 1800’s and early 20th century so the roofs of individual rooms and such were gone and a little graffiti is seen on the walls from people marking their names and handprints on the cave walls . I really loved the look of the soot on the ceilings of the caves. I could picture the people that lived, cooked, worked and raised families there.

This is from the inside and top of the cave looking out.

Eboo heading down the tall scary ladder!

 

That was so interesting and unique! We all were so glad we made the effort to come.

Now for the drive back…

someone, and I’m not mentioning names, needed some air!

I felt like I was driving in the gorgeous American Fork, Ut, Canyon!!

SOOOO different from Tucson and the cactus.

After we got home, and fed our hungry bellies, the younger kids wanted to go swimming. Dad got in the pool too!

And yes, Mission Presidents can swim. When they are acting as Dad to their kids, they do things Dad’s do and the name badges come off. Kids love to swim, so Dad (and Mom) get to go swimming too!

 

 

Cold shivering kids…that hasn’t happened in a while.

After all our meetings on Saturday night and Sunday, we headed home.

We sure were sad to leave the perfect weather, but Tucson was calling us home.

As we were driving out of town, we stopped and snapped some last photos of the cute older downtown of Silver City and…

…found this amazing colorful and vibrant mural that was on the side of a building.

Goodbye New Mexico, see you next time!

 

 

Eboo and the little diddles.

Cool Presto.

 

Babups matches the mural!

 

JuBean loves, loves, loves watermelon so she wanted her picture with this mural.

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!!!!

 

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.

 

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