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Making Soap like Susannah

One activity that we planned on doing for our Pioneer Unit was to make homemade soap from lye and lard.  I borrowed the supplies from my brother who likes to make soap and we finally got around to doing the activity yesterday.   We didn’t wear our pioneer clothes though since they were put away in...
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Taking Lilacs to Thilda’s Grave

Yesterday morning, we went took some lilacs to Thilda’s grave.  This was our second year doing this and this year felt even more meaningful since going on our trip to Sweden last fall and getting to know Swen and Thilda even better.   We spent quite a while wandering around the cemetery, looking at a lot...
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Jane & Alfred: The Missing Child

On September 6, 2016, I was introduced to my distant cousin, Jane.  She was born in the mid 1800’s, so I haven’t met her in real life, but when I found her, I instantly felt connected to her.  You can read that story here.   After finding Jane and her husband, Alfred, I started looking for...
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Best Husband in the World Day 2020

Yesterday was Best Husband in the World Day!  What, you’ve never heard of this holiday before?  That’s because I made it up.  On April 16th, 2009, Jershon and I had been married for almost 4 months and I randomly decided to make a sign that said “Happy Best Husband in the World Day” to surprise...
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Celebrating Passover 2020

Last year we started some new (to us), meaningful traditions for Easter.  One tradition that I wanted to expand and deepen this year was celebrating Passover. Although I have known The Exodus story for most of my life, I didn’t know very much about the Passover celebration before last year, and even then I barely...
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Family History Miracle: Jane and Caroline

I want to share the story of a family history miracle that I experienced last week.  But first, it will make more sense if you have read a few of the posts I’ve written in the past. Post one: full details or simplified version Post two   Ok, so now that you know that backstory,...
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Passing the Torch: From Oswald, to LaRhea, to Me

I recorded the following in my journal on May 29, 2018, but I wanted to post it here because it goes along with the story that I will share in my next post. … I have been really wanting to find out more information about Jane Elizabeth Clayton. (Read that story here.) I would love to learn...
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Evelyn Tells Thilda’s Conversion Story

Evelyn bore her testimony in Sacrament meeting for the first time today. This morning, when we were in the school room doing our personal scripture and journal time, I told the kids that today was fast and testimony meeting. A minute or so later, Evelyn said “I’m going to bear my testimony today.” I asked...
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Bethlehem Dinner

Over the past several years, I have enjoyed building holiday traditions for our family.  One thing that has evolved over the past 5 years (since spending Christmas at our own house instead of traveling to our family’s houses) is our Christmas Eve dinner. We have a Bethlehem dinner and each year I add a few...
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