Tuesday, January 23, 2018


We have been blessed with many additions to our family since we left for our mission 6 months ago.  We have doubled the number of our grandchildren from 3 to 6 .  We will be adding one more daughter to our family with the engagement of Sam and Makelle this past December.  

Baby boy D Joined  Renee and Dave's family in July.
Baby boy J joined Janelle and Dave's family in November.
 And baby girl  C joined Bryce and Kristine's family in December.
We are so happy to welcome Makelle into our family. Sam and Makelle are planing their wedding in the Billing Montana temple this April.    
We love our family!
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Friday, December 15, 2017


As our granddaughter's mother said,  "If you're not in the Christmas spirit yet, you will be after watching this."
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This is the youtube video of the song she was watching.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

What a Difference One Year Makes

This picture popped up on my Facebook page this morning as Scott was tying his tie to get ready for his day.  
 What a difference one year makes!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

What Are You Thankful For?

Random people on the streets of New York City share a variety of grateful responses to one simple question: What are you thankful for?

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I Need Thee Every Hour

This past Sunday we were able to watch the Face to Face program with Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard.  This beautiful closing hymn performed by a men's a cappella  group comprised of students from the Logan Institute of Religion.  Enjoy
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Monday, November 13, 2017

Veteran's Day 2017

On Saturday, we paused to remember our family  members who served in the military as we celebrated Veteran's Day.  (George Magnusson- U.S.N., Kiefer Harris-U.S.A.F. and Bryce Jeppson, U.S.M.C.) 
It was fun to hear about Lisa's school honoring the family members of students and staff who who have served.  The librarian collected the photos of the family members and made a beautiful Power Point with their pictures and music.  Lisa said it was neat to watch the middle schoolers applaud to each picture.  So, to all you veterans out there, remember the students at Butler Middle School are cheering you on!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Halloween 2017

This was our first Halloween away from our family as we are serving our mission here in Belize.  
 It was fun to receive pictures of the family in their Halloween costumes.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

This picture is from a few years ago

Friday, October 20, 2017

Oven Mitt Christmas Present Game

You better Belize we'll be playing this game this Christmas.  Can hardly wait for Rachel, Lisa and Sam to join us.  

I first saw this video on this Sharpe Designs Facebook page.  
You can also view the video by clicking  here.  

Here are the rules from the Youtube page:

"Santa's Hat" is HiLARIOUS! We had so much fun!

Games Rules:
All you need is a hat, gloves (oven mitts), and two dice! You must put on the hat and gloves on prior to opening the box! You can ONLY use your hands to open! The person to your left rolls dice until they get a double! When they do, your time is up and everything goes to the left! The person that opens all boxes and gets to the gift, wins!

We all can unite and share LAUGHTER! Happy Holidays Everyone!

I would change the rules to roll a 7, 11, or double.  Have fun!  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Primary Singing time in Belize

This past Sunday I was able to help with singing time with the children in our Spanish congregation.  The only thing is, I don't speak Spanish. (I can understand a little bit of Spanish) Fortunately, the children can speak both Spanish and English.  They have learned the songs in Spanish that they are going to sing for the Sacrament meeting program in a couple of weeks and they just needed a review.  

I decided to  download the songs  in Spanish that we would be reviewing.  As the children sang the songs with the recording,  I found activities that they could do as they sang the songs.   

With the song, "As a Child of God", I talked about the time signature that is found at the beginning of the printed music -- 3/4.  I explained that the 3 means that there are 3 beats per measure.
I then passed out the below shakers and told them that we would shake the music makers to the beat of the music with the first shake being the down beat.  I explained that we would shake the first shake a little lower than the other shakes while saying down-2-3, down-2-3, etc.  
I got these containers at the dollar store.  They are toothpick holders.  
You can also use plastic Easter eggs and fill them with beans or rice.

Then we repeated the song, this time shaking the music makers and singing the words at the same time.  Lastly we put down the music makers and did a 3/4 conducting pattern just like the chorister does as we sing the hymns in Sacrament meeting.  

Here is a video of "As a Child of God"
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Next we sang "Nephi's Courage".  I used the follow position cards (aka Primary Yoga!) as they sang the words to the song.  During the chorus, we took a break from the yoga positions and marched as we sang.   I got the idea for this activity off of Camille's Primary Idea webpage.  You can get to the explanation on how to use these pictures for singing time by clicking here.  This activity is a great way to practice any song as you sing the song over a couple of times for review.

Here is a video of Nephi's Courage
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Another easy and simple way to practice a song  is to use the below cards.  I have the children sing the whole time and they  stand or sit, whenever a card is being held up or not.  Sometimes I have both cards up.  Then they all stand up.  Next you could hold up just the boy card, and then the girls sit down, etc.  
To get to the above picture to print, click here and then go to the music activities link at the bottom of the page and it will be on the second page of the pdf.  

For the last activity I passed out the below picture to every child and I taught them the Smiles song.  (In English)  I loved learning this song as a child and was glad to share this happy memory with them.  
You can get a picture of the smile/flown face by clicking here 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Our Mission to Belize

One month ago today, on July 10th, we arrived in Belize to begin our 23 month mission to the El Salvador San Salvador West/Belize Mission.  We'll spend our time in the country of Belize.  You can read about our experiences by clicking onto the blog-link to the right side of this blog: Mission to the Maya under My Blog List or by clicking here.

I will post a few pictures so you can get a taste of some of our experiences.

We entered the MTC (Missionary Training Center) in Provo, Utah on July 3rd.

This is our district in the MTC.  These senior missionaries are all assigned to various places throughout the world.  Our teacher is the third from the left on the back row.      
Our arrival day in Belize
We are with all the missionaries serving in the country of Belize at a Zone Conference in Belize City
 Our first training with the zone leaders
 We are with a set of missionaries and the senior missionaries serving in Belize
 With the sisters serving in Orange Walk
Having a Skype district meeting
Getting ready for a service project with the Belize City Branch President and his neighbor.  
 Visiting with a member of the branch presidency from Orange Walk
Visiting with a couple from the Belize City Branch
On our way to go to church in San Pedro

I found out  when you buy a whole chicken from the grocery store in Belize they mean the whole chicken, including the foot!
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