Swedish Unit

Swedish Unit: Visiting Swen and Thilda’s Graves

It’s springtime and the world is so beautiful right now.  I don’t know if it’s just been optimal weather circumstances this year (lots of snow and rain over the past few months) or if it’s always like this and I just haven’t noticed before, but spring seems to be exceptionally beautiful this year.  There are...
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Swedish Unit: Hats Progress

The whole month of January (and first few days of February) has been spent carding wool, spinning yarn, and knitting hats.  And it’s been a lot of fun!   I used to really dislike winter. I didn’t like the cold. I didn’t like driving on slick roads. I didn’t like the shorter days.   I still...
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Swedish Unit: Keeping the Swenson Family Together

In this post, I told the story of Swen, Thilda, and their children joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Now, we’re going to back up a little bit, to the time shortly before they were introduced to the church… (Quoting from my Great-Grandfather, Dan’s history) In the summer of 1888, misfortune struck...
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Swedish Unit: Sparkstöttning

This afternoon we got to do something pretty cool, thanks to a new friend from the internet. 🙂 I was reading the Swenson family history book and ran across this tidbit that was recorded by Swen and Thilda’s son, Dan (who also happens to be my grandma’s dad)… “To get from place to place, walking...
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Swedish Unit: Miscellaneous

Here are some miscellaneous photos and videos and thoughts from our Swedish Unit.  I will continue to add to this post throughout the rest of the unit.       Roxanne is getting pretty good at the Swedish alphabet song! She sings it randomly a lot these days and it’s adorable. 🙂      
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Swedish Unit: Pile of Mashed Potatoes

Swen and Thilda’s family didn’t have much money, so often dinners in the evening consisted mainly of a large heap of mashed potatoes, on a platter, in the middle of the table. Each child had his own spoon, and enjoyed tunneling through the mound of potatoes until they met in the middle. So that’s what...
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Swedish Unit: Marriage and Baptisms

Continuing on with Swen and Bothilda’s story… I told the kids the story of how Swen and Thilda met. While Swen was attending the university, he came to the home of Thilda’s mother to find a boarding place. When Thilda would come home to visit her mother, she met Swen. It didn’t take long for...
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Swedish Unit: Swen Swenson the School Teacher

Swen Swenson is my great-great-grandfather. He was born on January 4, 1850 in Grödby, Kristianstad, Sweden. Swen was the youngest of 7 children and was only 9 years old when his mother, Kjerstin died. He felt this loss deeply. Even though he didn’t get much of an education while growing up, he had a strong...
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Swedish Unit: Knitting Hats

We finished making Roxanne’s hat today! It is definitely a lot more work when you make your own yarn, but we enjoyed making this from scratch! Let’s be honest, I did most the work on this one since we were just figuring everything out, but the boys are going to make their own hats next....
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