Saturday, 15 October 2016

Baby Shower and Baby Blessing

Jaclyn's friend, Chelsea, was so thoughtful to host the baby shower for Jaclyn and Zoë on a weekend when we could attend

Everyone needs friends who love to throw parties

We drove in to Provo about 10 minutes late and pulled right up to the shower

We contributed by bringing a couple of games including the guess the chocolate bar (melted in the diaper)

The Olson girls went head to head playing multi-tasking diapering

Jaclyn's former piano teacher sent a piano toy

Saturday morning we went to the wedding for Jaclyn's old friend, Connor Jensen, but we didn't take any pictures! Not at the temple or at the reception that night.

Saturday afternoon Carmen and Chloe visited the Provo City Centre Temple for baptisms

Sunday was the main event where Zoë was given a name and a blessing by these wonderful men

She was blessed in Jaclyn's own blessing dress


and Sisters

P-Day in Banff

Once a year while serving in the city of Calgary missionaries are permitted to visit Banff National Park with a church member

When I found out about this I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the missionaries! First, I took the Spanish Sisters (who have helped me in ESL) to Lake Louise. The water colour is so beautiful!

The sisters took loads of photos

Then we hiked to Larch Valley and had lunch

Followed by window shopping and dinner in the town of Banff. We had a super fun, and the Sisters told me, relaxing day. I'll be looking for an opportunity to do this again!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Zoë Lynn Foster

The best thing happened early in the morning of September 3

Our family grew, and now I'm a granny

And Chloe's an auntie

So is Carmen

Ken's a grandpa

Carmen collected on her birthday certificate in a photograph

Zoë's other aunt is a good shopper

10 little toes

She's so little, 5lbs 12oz

We did a bit of shopping in Utah, and we found some awesome polarized sunglasses which called for a selfie

And now Snapchat is our best friend

Sunday, 28 August 2016


I will never understand how airfare works, but somehow a 2 day layover in Amsterdam coming back from Kenya saved us $3000 on flights.

So we got a bonus trip!

We took a tour in a canal boat from 1901.

It was interesting and relaxing after our overnight flight from Nairobi.

The city is beautiful.

In the afternoon we toured the Anne Frank house.

She and her family, and others, hid upstairs in this building for 2 years before they were discovered. We had the somber experience of walking through the rooms they occupied and viewing the journal itself. The building next door is also part of the Anne Frank museum and had video interviews of people who knew her as a child. It was a pretty incredible add-on to an already amazing trip.

Daniel, bike tour guide extraordinaire

Our second day we took a bike tour through Amsterdam and into the countryside along the Amsel River.

Chloe wore Dutch Braids

Our guide said God created the earth, but the Dutch created the Netherlands.

Working windmill circa 1636

 We visited Rembrandt Hoeve Farm:

There are 50 farmers left in the Netherlands that still make Gouda the traditional way.

And Farmer Tim is one of three last traditional clog makers

Biking along the top of a dam between canals

We finished up our last day in Amsterdam with Indonesian Food (the Netherlands colonized Indonesia). Some of it was good, some of it not so much.

We preferred the pancakes.


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Sundowner, End of Term, and Goodbye

After our Safari we returned to Building Hope Academy for a few more days

One of our last evenings we drove to the top of a hill to watch the sun set together

Chloe Murani Naomi Carmen Ily Tim

Rick's great-niece and her parents joined us for the Safari and returned to Building Hope Academy with us for a day and a half of volunteering. Ily got lots of attention for that blond hair of hers.

We were there on the last day of the term which was special

The children performed plays for their parents

Merry and several others gave speeches. Not only are they trying to educate children, they are trying to teach the entire community how to support education.

Awards were given to the top students in Kindergarten Top Class, and Classes 1 and 2

Some students knew the award was coming their way

I think Darius was surprised

Then we went outside for more speeches including farewells from us, all finished off with some singing and dancing: