Today is a BIG DAY!!! It is our last day living in “our dwelling.” I won’t say home because the last 5.42 years have taught me that home is not where you live but where you are meant to belong. I belong with my family, so wherever my family may go, that will be our… Read More Q-Day #112 – Haystack Cookies and What I Gained from Living in Costa Rica
This is the cutest article Joy Boy has ever written for our extended family’s newsletter. I asked him if I could put it on our blog today and he agreed. This article also explains where we have been all week. Enjoy! This is our last “Hola!” from Costa Rica. We hope you are all well.… Read More Week in Review & June recap by Joy Boy
What a fun day we had today! Let me fill you in on a few of the most special details. Joy Boy woke up delightfully surprised and asked me to follow him to his bedroom. He woke up to 13 balloons and a “Happy Birthday!” banner in his bedroom. This kind of decorating had never… Read More Joy Boy’s 13th Birthday in Costa Rica!
Have you ever seen the movie White Christmas? It is one of my husband’s very favorite movies, and that says a lot because he is a man of very few favorites! Seriously! Just ask my kids. One of my favorite songs from this movie is “Count Your Blessings.” I love Bing Crosby’s lullaby voice throughout… Read More Q-Day #102 – Count Your Blessings
I think this week’s Runaway was my very favorite so far. We woke up Thursday morning, taking our time to get the house cleaned up and a lunch made, before we left our home for the entire day!!! We drove through many adorably picturesque towns and cities on our way to Turrialba. Our first stop… Read More Runaway Day #7 – Turrialba Waterfall Hike & Strawberry Fields 🍓
After 10 weeks of waiting patiently, in Utah, for another chance to serve the Lord as a missionary, HE LEFT US AGAIN!! Look at this dapper man. He is wearing his favorite “transfer/special occasion tie” that he got from his Dad’s closet 18 months ago. I must admit, this day was a bittersweet moment. On… Read More Q-Day #97 – and He’s Off!! ✈️
The sounds of ripping packing tape fill the air. It is another humid day (70%) and Paul is already dripping in sweat at 10 a.m. in the morning. Bless his heart! He has personally wrapped each and every item that cannot fit in a regular box. He has worked so hard, and with only the… Read More Q-Day #96 – Meal Planning the LAST of our Food Storage
So this happened today! This young adult was “re-set apart” and then given a very special blessing to return to the mission field and serve the Lord for the next 6 months in the Washington Spokane Mission. After our son was set apart by his Aunt and Uncle’s Stake President, we had the privilege of… Read More Q-Day #95 – Mission Intermission Is Over!
I like the sound of this phrase. Pico y Placa!! In Costa Rica we are under Pico y Placa!! What does that mean? Well, in Google Translator it says it means “peak and plate.” But Paul explained that the term actually refers to peak (meaning the hour) and plate (which license plate). This means we… Read More Q-Day #94 – Pico y Placa
That’s right folks, we hit the beach today and it was really nice. But let me give you some details that makes this trip even more remarkable. First we had to wake up before dawn! Look how sleepy these kids are! We had to get on the road by 5:00 a.m., because the drive to… Read More Runaway Day #6 – Jaco Beach 🏖