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Joyous January 2020

A lot happened in January—where did the best month of EVER go?

Fun time with sweet granddaughter!

 

Had a BD party with family….

 

…and some wonderful ATM missionaries.

 

PIE!

 

NatNat’s blessing

 

 

Great G&G at the blessing.

 

Transfer week…new Missionaries!

 

Departing Missionaries…sigh.

 

Special visitors to the ATM

 

ENTIRE Mission Conference…Special visitors.

 

Former Sister getting married in Tucson!

 

Reunited with ATM Sisters- AND handsome PB!

 

Last pic….HBD JQ!

September, October, and November 2019

One thing is certain and predictable, life is full when you juggle multiple hats.

That is where I have been over these past months.

Here are some pictures to highlight these bygone months.

**JuBean with her Primary class seeds in full bloom. (Thank you Brother and Sister Busby for teaching about faith and being wonderful Primary teachers in our Campbell Ward!)

 

**Our solar system object lesson. The earth is the peppercorn and the basketball the sun. Can’t remember what the exercise ball is….

 

** Yummy Oreo Moon phases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Dissecting a Barrel cactus fruit.

 

**More science!! Condensation…..water cycle!

 

** Growing crystals. This experiment was, shall we say, a flop.

 

 

** A little FAMILY TIME… even with EB, Dad.

 

** Family at the theatre!


 

** From my morning walk…amazing beauty in the desert.

 

**JuBean’s adorable Activity Day craft.

 

**Eboo receiving her patriarchal blessing. Powerful spirit!

 

**Barrel Cactus flowers. Just stunning.

 

**Coconut turning one. Yay!

 

**EB turning ____.  Yay!

 

**Elder Babups in South Africa

 

**Baby Braybray getting so big.


**Vendor food at the Tucson “Meet Yourself” folklife festival

 

 

**Homemade gingersnaps!

 

**Hands down, the best key lime pie out there! Thanks CPK.

 

**Coconut visiting from Idaho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!


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!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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