Thursday, June 28, 2012


So did you get my package? it was over the price limit by a dollar something unless you were meaning Argentine monies, then i have no idea.....enjoy that Swiss Miss and make sure to add water!

Ok so you guys don't post nearly enough for my liking, i need to know more! Like does dad snore in a spanish accent now? have you been robbed? mugged? or in any way beaten up some locals? i bet you could take em madre. Do they have any crazy holidays where they burn down buildings?

Typical face when Dal holds her

 Yes, she's wearing a green tutu!

 If she only knew her legs looked like that, her face would probably show different
(But she loves looking at herself in the mirror)

Playing a little gui-tar with daddy

Well we're just enjoying our summer. next week we'll be in Pasco for the 4th, Kevin bought us a car so dal needs to fix it a little bit and we'll do some wakeboarding, watch fireworks maybe some golf. who knows? Brynn is doing just fabulous. Sleeps 12 hours most nights and then 2 hour naps besides. she's just growing, growing and is so fun. Girls Camp is in 2 weeks and it'll be hard to leave her. Welp, hope to see more pics pronto. remember to take lots and lots! xos!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Emma's Blessing

It was so fun to skype with you guys last week. Emma definitely misses you both, especially snuggling with her Grandma! We love you both and love hearing about all the work you are doing. I'm not quite as savvy with the video and blog stuff but I can post pictures. Here are couple from Emma's blessing (Father's Day). It was a very special day and Garlan did a beautiful job giving her a name and blessing. Luckily he stuck with Emma Kathryn and didn't change it to Gertrude or Helga. haha. 
She is growing every day and becoming more alert and animated. She definitely has some spunk to her personality and she loves to be standing and facing everyone. I think she'll end up skipping crawling and go straight to walking.
Let's skype soon!
Much love!
Emma & Co

Monday, June 18, 2012

Post Father's Day

Just a note to thank all of you who served up Father's Day well-wishes privately or on the blog.  It was indeed a good day.  I guess we were so taken in by Brooke & Jason's videos that I forgot to wish all the fathers in our family a Happy Father's Day -- so Happy Belated Father's Day to all of you -- Brandon, Rob, Paul, Jason, Spencer, Darek, Garlan, & Dal.  You're all good men and we're glad to see you doing your best to lead your own families in righteousness -- we're all beneficiaries.

And congratulations to you, Marschell.  It's been a torcherous path at times, but like Elder Holland taught in his last General Conference address, the parable of the laborers is a good reminder for all of us.

Beyond that, it's P-day for us so we're out the door to relax for a while.  Love you all.  Keep us posted on what's happening and we'll chat later.

Dad & Mom 

PS -- as soon as we have a little more time I'll try my hand at posting some photos. 

It's very late and probably not even Sunday anymore where you're at but wanted to wish you a wonderful day all the same.  I have thought about you throughout the day and know that you're where you need to be.  Interestingly, within a short amount of time of working things out, you received your visas and I received my letter from the First Presidency.  Paul and I have been cleared to be sealed.  I know that Heavenly Father loves each of us and wants to bless us as His children.  It's been a long road and a lot of spiritual growth has taken place.  I'm grateful for the gospel and for family.  Thank you for raising us in the church.  Thank you for doing all you could to parent so many children in righteousness.  I know that we have benefited in many ways by your example.  Take care of each other and know that we are praying for you and your mission experience.  Love you!



Happy Father's Day pops.  You might already be on to Monday, not really sure.  Had lasik and the screen kinda burns my eyes, but wanted write something.  Hope you had a great day and thanks for everything.
Love ya!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's/Grandpa's Day

Ah,ha,ha --  we got home from church today and saw your video, California McCoy's, and thank you so much !!  What a treat !! -- especiall being so far from home.  What technical know-how -- we're totally impressed.   

Today we had a Father's Day Primary program in our branch for which Mom played -- what a hoot -- little kids are the same everywhere.  It's so cool though, to hear these little primary children sing the same songs we've heard all our lives -- only in Spanish instead of English -- and see their parents beam with pride.  So we really appreciated being able to come home and hear our own children's children sing to us via the internet.

It's been a busy week and next week will be more of the same -- Tues is a Zone tng mtg at which I'll be presenting to the missionaries our plan to become a stake -- we need their help to make it happen.  We need 5 branches w/ at least 150 members and 12 - 15 full-tithe paying MP brethren each to qualify.  We could use your help too if you'd like to include some specifics in your prayers for us -- for which we thank you very much.  Nothing is very easy down here, so the Lord has definitely got to be part of the process.  We're shooting for the end of this year to have the required number of MP brethren to apply for "stakehood".  We're relying on a couple of scriptures to explain "the why" -- D&C 115:4-6 and D&C 133:8-11, if you'd like to maybe go over those in FHE or something.
On Wed we have a fiesta to celegrate Flag Day and Mom's been asked to speak to the RS sisters and share humanitarian service ideas, so she's getting geared up to show them her children's activity bags.  She borrowed the sewing machine at the building (which is almost as big as our Graham stake center) and of course the first thing we had to do was get it fixed.  By the way, a point of interest -- there are no parking spaces around the buildings down here -- since almost no one has a car.  Not like at home, where there has to be all kinds of parking around the building to accommodate everybody's cars.
Meanwhile, we've made some really good contacts in the community -- there's an English school near-by so we just stopped in one day and volunteered to help out if we could since we're native English speakers and the Director jumped on it and invited us to come speak to one of her adult classes.  We did and have become acquainted with an ear-nose-& throat specialist, a nutritionist, and the owner of a couple of motorcycle dealerships -- really good people.  So the work is progressing and we're enjoying it immensely.
Well, not to make this too long -- there's just a lot to share and we can't write "the hundreth part".  But again, we love you and hope things are going well.  Let us know on the blog.

XOS,  love ya's,
Dad and Mom          

Happy Father's Day Grandpa!

Happy Father's Day Grandpa!  Love, Luke, Darby, Baylie, Paisley & Ivy

We miss you both and love you!  

Thanks for Ivy's birthday card she loved/ate it!


and yes the girls are wearing lipstick :) 

wahooo and congrats to erin for her post in blogosphere.

sharla, when are you getting a blog already?

Monday, June 11, 2012

We have internet !!

Hi everybody,

After 3+ weeks incommunicado, we finally have internet and can share our experiences in Roque Saenz Pena, Argentina -- definitely a 3rd world country.  There seems to be a general lack of concern about the environment down here -- just about everyting's in a state of deterioration and neglect, altho there are some very nice well-kept homes in the area.  Traffic is very interesting -- all the streets are one way and almost no intersections have any traffic control devices -- so it's whoever gets to the intersection first has the right of way, except for pedestrians, who must yield the right of way to all vehicles.  Speaking of which, about half of the vehicles on the road are motorbikes.  It's not uncommon to see a whole family riding down the street on a motor bike -- father, mother, child and infant, usually w/o helmets.  And they just blast thru intersections like everybody else -- kinda spooky to watch.  (It looks like a PI lawyer's paradise, but we haven't seen a single accident yet.)

Our  apt is very comfortable but has no central heating or cooling -- we have an air conditioning/heating unit in our bedroom and an extra little space heater and that's it.  It's been kinda chilly lately since we're coming into winter, but still pretty nice.  Our building is a newer condo-type building with 3 floors and six apt's.  We're on the second floor and have a front and back balcony -- the back one is where the washer and clothes line are -- no such thing as a dryer or dishwasher.  But it's secure and in a pretty safe neighborhood.  Our transportation so far has been by "remis" -- little beater taxis.  We can get to most places we need to for 10 to 15 pesos (about $2.25 to $3.35).  Addresses around town are such-an-such street between such-and-such and such-and-such streets -- very few numbered addresses.  We live on Calle 23 entre 14 y 16.  So if the taxi doesn't know who he's picking up, he just stops in the middle of the block and blows his horn.  We haven't seen any mail delivery anywhere, but you can send stuff to the Mission and we'll get it:

Mision Argentina Resistencia
Entre Rios 435
Resistencia, Chaco 3500
Casilla de Correo #1

We're assigned to the Roque Saenz Pena District (about 100 mi west of Resistencia) to help it qualify to become a stake.  There are six branches with hundreds of members each but only about a 12 percent activity rate, so we have our work cut out for us.  The problem is enough MP leadership, but we have a plan of action and are moving forward.  Those who are active are really fine people -- strong tesitmonies, committed yet humble.  Many of them have been endowed and sealed.  The District President for example takes a two hour bus ride into the city from an outlying town for his leadership mtg's on Saturday, sleeps on the floor in the chapel Saturday night, takes the bus out to visit one of the other branches on Sunday, comes back to the city, and then takes a two hour bus ride home Sunday night -- and he does that almost every weekend.  Now that's dedication. 

We've visited 4 of the branches so far and are treated like visiting authorities everywhere we go.  Mom's already been called to provide music in Sacrament mtg and Primary in our resident branch and is getting geared up to share her children's activity bags project with the auxiliaries.  So we're doing much the same thing we did at home -- I'm out and about visiting other units and Mom's doing humanitarian service -- in an area that really needs it.  The spanish is coming along pretty well -- Argentines can be a lttle hard to understand -- they tend to speak very fast (they say so themselves) and tend to chop their words, but it's coming. 

Well, not to be too long here -- Mom's chomping at the bit to get out the door and do some shopping -- things have reopened now that "siesta" is over.  Everything shut's down between 12:30 and 4:30 pm -- not all bad -- makes for a pretty relaxing afternoon.  Sure do love you.  More later.  Kiss hug secret to all ya's. 
Dad and Mom        

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Isn't it about...TIME?

Silly Erin, don't know how to post pics. Maybe if you had a little baby Brynn you would learn how since she's so dang cute. (not that your kids aren't, they're just not babies anymore...)

I cracked up at your email pops! your "juice" was like "gasoline. hehehehe." we had stuff like that in England called squash that you were supposed to dilute but i first thought it was just the vegetable so i was always confused when people offered it to us. "no thanks, i don't really feel like squash. but a nice cold drink would be great!" haha

SO Brynn has rolled over twice now and loves sitting up. she doesn't like to recline at all and when she is she'll do some little ab sit-ups. she's going to be the only baby with a 6 pack! and she's holding her head really well and looking around. it's so much fun to just watch her everyday and hang out.

Glad to hear you're getting put to work and speaking in sacraments a lot. i bet madre loves that! keep up the good work and love you lots! xos.

First Foray...

Ok folks, so this is my first foray into the blogosphere.  I don't really know all of the in's and out's, but I figured out how to post at least.  A start.  Hope you guys are enjoying the "mish" so far.  I'm so proud of you!  Now we can trade "war" stories about crazy things in South America.

Things here are pretty good. First full week of Summer Break and it's running pretty smoothly especially since I made a daily to-do list for the kids.  Let me tell you they LOVE it.  Hee Hee.  But it does make the days go quickly and does not leave a lot of time to get on each other's nerves.  Sports camp in the morning for big A and theater workshop in the afternoon for the girls.  Genius.

Next, I'll figure out how to add photos.  Not that I have any to add at the moment, but I will take some.  Hope you guys are getting some rest.  More later...