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Welcome to Idaho

Goodbye Arizona.

What a time that was… and in the moment it was not fun.

We had to leave our three year mission 10 days early because PB was having symptoms that the Dr said was assuredly COVID. 

So in less than 24 hours of that news, we packed up our stuff that would fit in our two cars and headed out. The rest of our stuff the movers would bring weeks later, and we left the ATM in a confused, panicked mode. 

No official good-byes to our missionaries, no last thank you’s to give, just– leave ASAP.

Eventually, we made it home, driving all the way with a sick EB.

 

 

When we arrived home, our Idaho married children and grandchildren were waiting outside with signs,  smiles, and cheers…that was wonderful. 

However, there were the NO hugs, NO embraces, only a distant hello and far away wave.

That was heart breaking. Not what we had ever anticipated.


 

THEN, our long awaited reunion was abruptly ended as they got in their cars and left.

Slowly and tiredly, we went into the house to quarantine.

Welcome home.

Fabulous February 2020

February is a “leapy” one this year. We get an extra day. Let’s go explore!

PICNIC Time

It’s so green. Wait, it’s only February.

 

And one more special thing this month…..NEWS of another grand baby on it’s way!

Thanks JQ and C$ for sending us another grandson!

 

August 2019 Family Adventures

We had the four married couples come down for a special event this month (JuBean’s baptism). However, we were over the moon excited to have our three granddaughters come down too. We love our children, but boy do we adore our grand babies!!

All week we set off to yummy restaurants, piled into Maxx for a view of the border at Nogales, and drove up Mount Lemmon for some cool air, trees, gorgeous views, and sunset selfies.

Even though the mission home was cramped with 16 people, we enjoyed the family time and making memories in Tucson.

 

Our three granddaughters all together for the first time!


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!

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