Thursday, November 23, 2017

An 8 year old baking bread by herself

Monta helped with shredding carrots for stew yesterday, and Amy made the bread ALL by herself. I told her what to put in, but usually even when I let the girls help, I kind of hover. I told myself yesterday that the best way for Amy to learn was to really do it start to finish herself.

🇦🇲 Armenia 🇦🇲

Monday we went to Armenia for dinner with our friends Dan and Emberdy. It is great to have people come over and share their experiences in that country, and speak some of the language for us.
Something kind of cool about Armenia: it has A mountain called Ararat, just like the one Noah parked his boat on.

How does being grateful make us happy?

I remember reading about the Tenbooms and how after smuggling Jews through their home, Connie and her sister were sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp. One day as they were having a small Bible study in their bunk, her sister prayed and thanked God for the lice. Connie said, incredulously "How can you thank him for the lice?" Her sister calmly replied that it was thanks to the lice that made the soldiers stay out of their quarters and they were then enabled to read from this small Bible that they had.

God asks us often in scripture to be thankful. "Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things." Why? Not just so we can realize He is the one who blesses us, but so we can be happy. The book Pollyanna gives a great example of how happy Pollyanna is when she plays "the glad game". I have this picture hanging up near the kitchen sink. I wrote it up in the first few months after Monta was born. I read through it sometimes and it really does put me in a better mood.

So, be thankful and happy.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

🇬🇭 Ghana 🇬🇭

We made Peanut Butter Chicken Soup for lunch Saturday. It was a soup I got the recipe for on my mission from an investigator from Ghana. We ate it over rice. Most of the girls liked it, but Amy liked it the most.

This investigator was the one I named Amy after. Her name was Amy Fynn. She was regal, with polished manners and totally prepared to receive the truth of the restored gospel. She was reading the Bible for an hour every morning, and when we introduced her to the Book of Mormon, she immediately recognized its truthfulness and that it bore a strong witness of Jesus Christ.

Her baptism was wonderful. She was so prepared. She had been in an abusive marriage, and was staying with her niece when we taught her. She wanted to be prepared for baptism, and forgive her ex husband, but didn’t know how to do it. She told us how she said a prayer, and then called him. "I forgive you," she said. "Do you forgive me?" She was such a Christlike example to me, and I knew I wanted to name my first daughter after her.

I hope eating these foods from around the world can help our girls appreciate other cultures and people, and know that we are all God’s children and have wonderful things to share with each other.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


This week we learned about Louis Braille, the man who invented the raised bump writing for the blind, and Gothic Cathedrals like Chartes, Norte Dame, and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Then we made a lego cathedral of our own, complete with flying buttresses, open windows, and gargoyle spots.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mossy Cave and Feeding Deer

 Mom and Dad took us on a hike to Mossy Cave in Bryce. The rocks were beautiful, and Lena loved the pinks in it.
 Afterwards we took the kids to one of the best Natural History museums I’ve ever seen, just outside Bryce. The owner has spent a lifetime collecting Butterflies and insects from all over the world, and had wonderful displays of animals in their habitats. The girls also were able to feed the Fallow deer and thought that was a great experience.

Cedar Breaks and Bryce