Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Truly Amazing Genealogy Finds

I try to do some genealogy on Wednesdays. There are many days where I find nothing. Some days I just try to tidy up my records, the list is never ending. The work is always cumulative. I find that if I do a little on a regular basis then it all adds up. I have NEVER experienced what I have experienced in the past two weeks though. Today I found 7 more sets of direct great grandparents for a total of 16 sets (32 in all) in the past two weeks. I am AMAZED by all of this. I am absolutely blown away. Genealogy doesn't happen this way. It takes a lot of work. I've been doing this for 20 years and it NEVER happens this way.  I honestly don't know what to say. I also found a new village where some of my ancestors came from. This picture is of Pohlbach, Germany in the Mosel River Valley again. I'm not sure if I've come to the end or not, but I've come to the end of the day and so it has to be enough for now. :)

Addendum: I counted wrong, it's actually 17 sets. :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thoughts From A Missionary

It's interesting to read how hard Seth is trying to be an effective missionary. This is from his email home today:

"I feel so blessed to be serving a mission. We had some tiring and stressful experiences this week that kind of drained us, but we are growing so much from them...each of us are growing greatly by learning from each other. I want to work on having greater patience this week, and reacting in kindness to anything that comes up. I feel like I can do better in that regard. I have learned a lot about the power of quiet influence, persuasion, and inviting others to be better. God lives. He loves us. This is His gospel. Because He lives there is something greater out there that we can rely on when we are faced with our own imperfections."

Those are good thoughts to ponder. We miss Seth around here, but I am grateful he is serving the Lord.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Beautiful Autumn Day!

The weather was perfect today.
We've had an unusually warm October.
The flowers in my yard
still look nice.
But soon
the frost will come.
 Sarah ran a half marathon today
and jogged by for a visit.
Elisa was here too.
And I got the maximum amount of enjoyment
from my beautiful trees.
 fabulous. :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Trip To The Zoo

Sarah, Nathan, Hannah and I
 went to the zoo this afternoon.
Sarah is always delightful.
Kids love a zoo trip.
The weather was GREAT.
The lions were the biggest hit.
He really did look like
the king of the jungle.
The merry-go-round was also a big hit.
Nathan loved it.
I haven't been to the zoo in years.
I enjoyed it.
No pictures of me though...
very bad hair day. :)
The trees in my yard are almost at peak.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanks To The People Being Nice To The Missionaries

One of the hard things about being a missionary is the constant stream of rejections from people who aren't interested in the message. That's just the nature of missionary work. Mormon missionaries learn to live with it. It comes with the territory. That said, I was delighted to read the last paragraph of Seth's email this week:

"I am doing well. We received a lot of miracles in the form of new investigators and help from members this week. I had to get my bike fixed this week, and my companion had to have a doctor remove an ingrown toenail. Both of them did it for free. They weren't members, but they just were glad that we were serving the Lord. A member bought us 150 dollars worth of groceries. That was cool! Another member family that we bumped into a restaurant paid for our dinner. It was so nice to have so many people looking out for us.

God lives. He loves us. This is His church.
Love, Elder Freeman"

I don't know these kind people my son mentioned, but I say THANK YOU and may God bless you for your thoughtfulness. Color me happy.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Beautiful Autumn

Sarah and I went for a walk in Memory Grove this morning.
The weather was perfect!!
Hannah was with us in the stroller too, but she didn't want her picture taken. Thanks for the great walk Sarah!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

"Meet The Mormons" Movie Review

I saw "Meet the Mormons" last night at a local theater. The missionary mom profiled in the movie said, "One choice can change everything." I agree with her wholeheartedly. I thought about that a lot today. That led me to think about my favorite poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost that I matched up with this picture. I took this a few years ago at the entrance to the cemetery in Bennington, Vt where he is buried. When I was 18 years old, I had a choice between two very different paths. I chose the one "less traveled" and was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That one choice truly did change everything for me, so much so that I wrote a book about my Conversion. It is a choice I am grateful for every day of my life. For anyone wondering what everyday life is like for a Mormon, the movie is worth seeing . It profiles the lives of six Mormons dispelling odd myths and weird stereotypes about Mormons that some like to perpetuate. It's interesting. The movie is simply meant to shed some light on the lives of various Mormons. Don't expect deep doctrine or in-depth discussions of the tenets of our religion. For that, there are over 80,000 missionaries around the world happy to discuss them with anyone interested. My son is one of them. Choices really do determine destiny and destiny really does affect eternity. :) #meetthemormons #sharegoodness

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Face This Grandmother LOVES

Do all grandmothers love their grandchildren the way I love mine? Hannah decided to give herself a chocolate pudding facial when Sarah wasn't looking. What I love the most is her smile! I wonder if she was thinking, "I know I shouldn't be doing this, but I'm only two, and it feels great!"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Genealogy Wednesday Finds!

Genealogy Wednesday results: Tonight I had the great privilege of finding 10 great grandparents, all direct ancestors. There were 2 sets of 7th, 2 sets of 8th, and 1 set of 9th great grandparents-all the way back to the mid-1600's!
 They are all from Lieser, Rhineland, Germany along the beautiful Mosel River.
I also found many others as well. It is a WONDERFUL feeling!! HAPPY, HAPPY DAY!

Update: I actually found four more sets making it a total of 18 direct great grandparents. This has been humbling, gratifying, and overwhelming. It brings tears to my eyes. It's hard to put into words how joyful this feels. I am happy for my ancestors and happy for me. Someday I will meet them. That alone is an overwhelming feeling. I can now trace one line back to the mid-1500's to my 12th great grandparents. :)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Sarah!

Can she really be 28?
It seems like yesterday
 when she was Hannah's age.
Nathan eating a birthday cupcake.
Other Grandma is here visiting.
This is from last week's
 women's meeting
at the Conference Center. 
My mom, me, and Sarah.
 The leaves are changing. I love it.
 I took this picture a few years ago in Millcreek Canyon, part of the Wasatch National Forest in Millcreek Township just east of Salt Lake City. It should be about another week and the leaves will be like this again. I'm looking forward to the drive.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

LDS General Conference

I am looking forward to General Conference this weekend. I will join with other Church members from all over the world to listen to the words of the Lord's living prophet,  Apostles, and other Church leaders. The messages are always uplifting. The words are soothing to the soul and help clear through the confusion of the world.