December 30th, 2014: Today we spent all of our time in the Old City. Because I’m running out of time, this will be short and sweet. First: Breakfast in the Jewish Quarter. I could eat baklava every day! This was the street level at the time of Christ, and this Roman sidewalk was the market…
Monday, December 29th, 2014: Today we visited Bethlehem. Because it is a Palestinian controlled area, our Jewish guide could not take us. I felt a little bit like contraband as our Arab taxi driver dropped us off on the other side of the border and left us in the hands of a Palestinian guide. Our…
The Garden of Gethsemane, The Orson Hyde Memorial Park, and shopping at The Cardo.
The BYU Jerusalem Center and a short trip to the Jewish Quarter.
Shopping the day before Shabbat in Jerusalem is a jostling, colorful, and busy business. Many travel books will tell you not to, but we found it absolutely delightful to be part of the mess! We purchased Lady Gala apples, hummus, baklava (baklawa), pears, flat bread, halva, nougat, strawberries, olives, figs, chocolate croissants, and pistachios. It…
Christmas Day in Israel!
Our first two days in Israel.
The Colosseum, The Forum, and a double decker bus.
Cabin Conference Weekend!
If you type, “India, land of…” into Google, you get the following list: India, land of farms India, land of festivals India, land of holiness and piety India, land of unity India, land of diversity India, land of spices India, land of prayer India, land of dreams India, land of heritage India, land of culture…
This post was originally made on Facebook on July 30, 2014. Our house has been full of a quiet type of gratitude for the past couple of days. It is a gratitude that fills you up so much that there is no space for words… or really anything else. Today, I finally feel like I…
The video just came out! They did such a great job! Lexi is such a sweetheart too! Bella is in the second row on the right of the conductor with her hair up and sitting up very straight! (Her hallmark and her teachers love it!) Waiting to perform! The stage is set!…
This past year has been a busy one for Bella. In addition to attending BYU as a concurrent student, taking online classes, playing with Lyceum, and keeping up with our travel schedule, she took on a Senior Project that made her Mama smile. For the longest time, I have wished that The Children’s Songbook (©…
Magical Concert, a diploma and graduation for our wonderful girl!
Chance meetings and testimonies on trains.
A slow start, but it ends with chocolate on the Spanish Steps!
Our first day in Rome.
The album that Lyceum worked so hard on in February is almost ready for release! We are so excited! The commercial for the album is now live (see below) and it will be shown on KSL 20 times over General Conference weekend. Keep your eyes peeled for it! Bella is at .18 seconds and is…
In February, Bella was privileged to participate in the recording of a C.D. with The American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra. The C.D. is called, The Master, and will be for sale at Deseret Book and other retailers Mid-April. The music is all original arrangements of LDS hymns and I can attest that it is going…
An old post that somehow was never published! It’s been a year today, and so I thought I’d get it out there!
Driving In Mongolia!
January 6-7, 2012
Counting down our last days in Nanjing…
Trying to capture the memories.
How to get long term or student visas in China.
The Twelve Days of Packing!
A very special day at Gaochun!
Hats are coming out of our ears!
We choose to replace it!
We are making headway on our goal!
We love planning!
I don’t know if we’re “inspirational,” but we did do it!
Halloween has come to China?
Apple pears, jujubes and purple mangosteen.
Because of the cool weather we are experiencing (thank heavens!) we’re taking a few days off to explore!
Just today I found this beautiful video about Nanjing University! Enjoy!
Sonlight purchases, university plans and piano lessons!
Of Dragon Boats and Dentist.
One semester down, and summer plans.
Wish I could make this post “scratch and sniff.”
A fantastic discovery that will enhance our time here!
Trying to keep up on the blog…
Many of our favorites are in Chinese!
Science experiments draw a crowd!
Bella’s presentation in class on Friday.
We accompanied 45 NJU students to create a special day for these special students!
Rain Flower Terrace
The feed back from our unique opportunity to present homeschooling in China.
Language immersion, sort of.
Shutter Speed Experiments
A day at the park!
Sugarcane and Fish!
Inviting the Holy Spirit.
Another beautiful day in Nanjing!
Favorite Photo Friday
Our sweet (patient) friend 春艳 (Chūn yàn) came over to teach us how to make dumplings.
紫金山, Zĭjīnshān: Purple Gold Mountain
Favorite Photo Friday
…on the plum tree and more!
Our answer to the question, “What about socialization?”
Big dreams, high expectations and an opportunity!
Getting to know Nanjing.
The “before” pictures!
Missing our “real” books & a really fun video for my fellow bibliophiles!
20+ bags and various parcels…
Planes, trains and realtors.
It feels like we’ve been here a month, without the benefit of getting our bearings about us!
Let the games begin!
Video and a recipe.
Horse hair fiddles, violas and yummy Japanese food!
Mongolian ankle bone games!
Give me the free market!
You are going to want to watch this video, I promise! ;o)
A funny from a friend, and photos from the Cultural Show.
Turtle Rock, another Monastery, a delicious Mongolian traditional meal and more photos from downtown!
Mongolia’s Museum of Natural History and Gandantegchinleng Khiid.
New use for an old saying…
The “American Store” and a new market.
Playing dress up, riding camels and ponies and learning Mongolian games!
A couple of birds and the largest equestrian statue in the world…
Family Mission Statements
Far far away, in the Gobi Desert…
Neonatal Resuscitation Training by LDS Philanthropies.
I want to live in the mission field for the rest of my life!
Welcome to our new home!
…on the street where we live.
New apartment, sea-buckthorn and language lessons.
Our first adventures in UB.
Lots of sights around Seoul.
Visas, lunch, a palace and observations.
I will catch up soon, I promise!
Pie cooling off!
…and the winner is!
An announcement and a contest!
Learning Chinese through song.
Pray for China!
A summer of Gospel oriented study.
Some fun reading, books and blogs!
Navajo Trail and Queen’s Garden Trail.
Why learn History from a Textbook?
Three new temples, keeping the Sabbath Day holy and the importance of service….and so much more to come!
A little catch-up on the goings on around here!
Xuxu’s new business & a couple of performances.
Music. Writing. Math. Building.
Christmas in Hawaii!
R*io T*into published a Staff Profile in their quarterly news letter.
For the next two weeks: I will be absent from Facebook Not a single news article will be read Nor will I hear Glenn, Rush, Hannity or Levin’s voice My ?husband? will not be on the road Major house work will wait and so will school… For the next two weeks: I will ?? sing ??…
Today was our 4th Forever Family Day with Pie!
A trip around the world….pauses for a moment in Utah!
Creamy Cauliflower Soup!
Walking With Dinosaurs, Disney Land, California Adventure, Arturos, Pacific Ave. Palos Verdes and an annoying little alien!
Our busy summer!
How will we manage church out of 6 back packs…and the bags themselves!
How we plan on traveling the world with six people and six small back packs!
Ye Ye And Nai Nai are home!
A wonderful message about motherhood.
Emerald Pools for Mother’s Day Weekend!
A prediction that is coming true today!
Sorry, I’m annoyed but smiling at the end of the day!
The Forbidden City, Hot Pot & Acrobats!
An unplanned visit to the Olympic Park!
Buses, subways and babies oh my!
Hallelujah! The Lord is resurrected!
Pandas, kids, spice and opera!
Yep! We have!
Elephant Hill, Guilin, China.
Yao Mountain and Reed Flue Cave
A photographic essay of Yangshuo County.
Star gets the opportunity of a life time!
Cormorants & Miao costumes!
A beautiful cruise and more art lessons!
A trip to Moon Hill with friends, some art and dinner!
The Yangshuo Impressions Light Show
Xi’an -> Yangshuo
A trip to the Terracotta Army.
“Friends don’t let friends ride in tut tuts!” ~~Bella
Custom made qipaos for the girls and an interesting bakery!
The “sickie” talks about her photos.
Starfish Foster home Baby Room.
Another bus trip and some amazing art!
And loving it!
The Large Wild Goose Pagoda and the Tang walking mall.
The ancient Bell and Drum Towers of Xi An.
Where do we shop?
Photographic essay of our “block.”
What you’ve all been waiting for!
…and loud ones!
Trying to sleep through fireworks!
So proud of my daughter!
More Pictures, Sickness and VISA issues.
A day of babies, shopping and broken strings!
We are in Beijing.
A brief explanation of our upcoming trip to Xi’an, with photos!
Da, Marmee and Xuxu get Chinese names!
My daughters want to learn the ?? and the ??!
Da in Brisbane!
Updated to the new church translation.
The bells toll this evening, on our piano.
How can I help?
“No, I didn’t un-friend you” or “moving in the right direction.”
Motion: 1 a : an act, process, or instance of changing place : movement b : an active or functioning state or condition
The Sand Dunes of Snow Canyon.
Utopia, decorating and a contest.
Painted Ladies, Legion of Honor part II and some fun photos of the kids!
Angel Island Immigration Station
California Academy of Science
The Beach for Thanksgiving!
Legion of Honor and the Holocaust Memorial.
Mouse’s dream come true!
A Blue & Gold Cruise and the Bay Aquarium.
We came, we saw, we LOVED!! Can’t wait to see it again with pie one day!
Lombard Street, Balclutha and Calamari.
Today we rode every cable car line and ate ice cream at Ghirardelli’s.
Nicoleen Peck participates in a BBC episode of The Strictest Families in the World.
The faith of a child and the Japanese Tea Gardens.
“When I have a little money, I buy books. If any is left over, I buy food and clothes.”
The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and a stroll through Golden Gate Park.
Monterey Bay Aquarium and Bubba Gump!
National Orphan Sunday
Photographs showing the point of view of Star (age 9).
Today I am featuring photos by Xuxu (age 13).
The King Tut exhibit presented by National Geographic.
Riding cable cars and mixing with the Chinese!
Golden Gate Bridge and Pier 39!
Today we visited the Muir Woods National Monument and Stinson Beach.
A farmer’s market and a two inch fish.
The middle of…..nowhere?
Today we took our new friend Zhang Yue out to lunch. (The photo is from Henan Province, China.)
A New Look for Island School House!
The powerful Testimony of Elder Holland given at the October 2009 General Conference.
Amanda de Lange receives the Service to Family Award from the BYU Alumni Association.
Playing with my new camera!
Da and the girls suprise me!
We were impressed with the movie, “The Chosen.”
A speech by Elder Oaks that is pertinent to the current political climate!
An arcade, sandwiches and the Museum of Art! Also, musings on Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War.
A beautiful presentation!
My new hobby!
We are headed to an exhibit from London!
A Puzzel from Disney Land!
The list of music from the Utah Symphony Orchestra and a fun video!
A very cool fast motion video of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1st.
Happy Mid Autumn Festival!!
This evening I took the three oldest girls to see the Utah Symphony Orchestra with David Cho, conducting and Ralph Matson soloist. The program was All Beethoven, so the girls were very familiar with the music. When we arrived we ran into our friends, the Sun family and once again (because of their presence) got…
A video about Charity.
Believe in Me Click on the words above to listen to a beautiful new song for Young Women!
A day trip to Navajo Lake, Utah.
Gustavo Dudamel leads El Sistema’s top youth orchestra.
A list of the music downloaded from the Talent Showcase.
Orchestra of Southern Utah Talent Showcase and an introduction to Jose Antonio Abreu.
America’s journey to freedom and prosperity portrayed through art and powerful music.
Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross house. (And a Philly Cheese Steak! Yum!)
A day at Mt. Vernon, the “National Treasure” tour, and then visiting Haper’s Ferry with our friends, the Martins.
I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand. ~~Confucius
9/11 in D.C. A very somber day!
The National Center for Constitutional Studies webinar information.
The recipe that helps my kids drink 5+ servings a greens a day!
Recipe for Ye Ye’s Chili Beans and Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake Cookies.
We’re learning Chinese characters.
New Nationwide Study Confirms Homeschool Academic Achievement
David O McKay on the responsibility of parents.
An excellent index card system to help memorize and retain scriptures.
Hopefully we have come up with a workable plan for our school year!
Photos from the girls playmakers experience.
A back stage tour, more about our trip to China and our curriculum.
Our greatest desire is that we provide our children with the skills to acquire further knowledge!
Celebrating my biological daughter’s heritage!
A powerful message about Forgiveness.
The Book of Mormon is the key to saving our Constitution!
If you can not articulate it, you really do not know it!
I attended a seminar by Nicholeen Peck on Teaching Self Government.
Henry V at the Shakespeare Festival!
The Comedy of Errors in Cedar City, Utah.
The girls love working toward a goal, more about China and Da in school!
We heard My Declaration from the movie Inkheart at the theater in its initial release. I knew I wanted a copy of it and so purchased the CD on the way home. My girls love it, it speaks to our soul, and they know the words by heart! Occasionally you’ll see us driving around in…
I have always been too intimidated to start studying the Chinese characters, until yesterday. We were invited to come over to Ling’s house again and I grabbed the kids character flash cards on the way out the door. I figured Ling could show me at least the order of the strokes, and maybe we could…
A very sweet song from China.
Our girls are really kicking in with the family charter in place!
Up! ;o) I have had a couple of emails from people interested in the book and asking me what the actual plan is for high school and beyond. Yes, we do have a plan, and you can get a taste of it on my friend Angela’s blog! She has a daughter that is two years…
I apologize for making it sound like we have a big announcement…we really don’t. We have just re-written our family charter and wanted to share it with you, along with some of our new dreams! This family charter is a culmination of years of talking, dreaming and planning. As some suspected, we are not putting…
Today I finished reading Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew and I hope that every single adoptive parent out there will take the time to read this book and put its ideas into practice. As I read the book several things occurred to me. (I’m adopted myself.) 1. I wish with all…
“Today” ~~A poem I composed on the day our neighborhood children returned to public school.
Each of the girls have written their grandparents separate letters, but I wanted to let everyone know how grateful we are for their kindness over the past three months! We have a new relationship with Ye Ye and Nai Nai that could not have been duplicated with yearly visits, and that we will always be…
Our visit to Hefei where we received Star in 2001.
A short email from Beijing about our Mu Tian Yu experience. Photos!
The Mormon Miracle Pageant trip 2006.
Many of the reasons we are taking Star for a visit to China!
I love Thankgiving, Movies and Prayer Warriors!