I know it's been a few weeks, but I'm still excited that my FACE was in SPACE through NASA's Face In Space Program. My countenance, if not my actual body, got to fly on the next to the last shuttle mission (See mission patch below). I've been a huge fan of the shuttle program since it leaped out of Rockwell many years ago. My friend Meldee and I have seen the shuttle land twice, once in California, and once in Alamagordo, (White Sands), New Mexico. It's always been a thrill!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Nicole has beautiful reddish blonde hair, so the dark wig helped her look like Emma. I thought she looked terrific in it. Under the shawl (it was cold in the cultural hall - it's been raining and windy) she's wearing a period gown owned by Barbara's grandmother.
Lucy Mack Smith was the mother of the Prophet Joseph, and Emma was his wife. Through the interview we briefly told the story of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the beginnings of Relief Society. Emma was the first president of Relief Society. There were 18 women present at the first meeting, including Lucy. Today the Relief Society has millions of members wordwide who perform charitable acts and support literacy efforts all over the globe.
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Here is Warren Prescott, holding his entry in the arts and crafts display. Warren was also one of our performers. He whistled "I Am a Child of God" (very well!) to the delight of the audience, who sang the 3rd verse through with him.
Here is an example of the displays. There were also tables filled with art work of all sorts, models and beautiful quilts were hanging along the back wall of the cultural hall.
We were entertained with vocal solos, a trumpet, guitar and piano solos, swing dancing and all kinds of other delightful talents. The evening ended with the enchanting Mataele family performing dances from their native Tonga. What a fun night!
I love my ward family. Everyone was still talking about it on Sunday morning. Everyone thinks we should do it again next year - well, maybe with the exception of the Burns family and Mary Beth!
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
They picked a old-fashioned Scandinavian name that Holly could easily pronounce, my nephew Daniel said. Mom Holly is doing fine. Little Livia was "kicking and crying and really healthy" according to her proud papa. Daniel is the oldest of my brother Jay's children.
Little Fred doesn’t really understand he’s a big brother yet, I’m sure! He will be 2 in August.
Daniel also said there were a lot of children coming into the world yesterday. The maternity ward there in Arlington, Virginia was so full, they waited 4 hours for a room! I was texting them last night clear up until the end. It was so fun (well, at least for ME).
So, now I'm a Great Aunt twice over!
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The gardening project was a huge success and, from what I hear, it will be continued and expanded.
This was a wonderful opportunity for seniors to learn about another culture and share their skills to help the indigenous people of Arizona both temporally and spiritually. Dianna and I grew up together. It was so fun to share in this experience with her in a small way. I loved hearing the stories about the wonderful Saints on the Res.
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Monday, March 14, 2011
He's seen here with President and Sister Spannaus, their daughters, and the missionaries he came from the MTC with: Elder Crowther (his companion), Elder Wood and Elder Smith.
I'm so happy that he arrived there safely. He looks happy and excited!
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
"Flying into Mexico city is indescribable, it's probably one of the most awe-inspiring things I've ever seen! Just lights everywhere! As far as the eye could see, it was like, I dunno, from above it just looks amazing, it's huge! It goes on forever just lit up with little cars driving around eachother.
"So then we get off the plane, and the first thing we realized is none of us speak Spanish, and of course, most of the people helping us, don't speak English.
"So we pick up our suitcases and stuff, and then I start to realize, I'm the only blonde person in the place. I'm not really sure if I like sticking out like that here, so now I'm like super gringo! "
I love his comment that "none of us speak Spanish" after 2 months of intensive Spanish language training! Ha.
I love our super Gringo. He'll be in Mexico City for four days and then it's off to Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City, where he'll be serving.
He sounds so happy and excited. I'm thrilled to share in the experience through his letters.
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