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Friday, October 13, 2017

Family Beach Day

We took a drive to Virginia Beach this past weekend. Sean and Roxy drove down with us and we had a wonderful time. Anna decided she didn’t want to go so she went over to a friends house. We absolutely love the beach, but it’s getting too cold, so this will likely be our last time this year. We look forward to returning next spring.

Sarah + Георги (a boy she likes in Bulgaria)

This handsome man is so happy at the beach! He caught a few waves, too!

Sean and Roxy - their first time at VB!

Poor Michael couldn’t get in the water, due to his cast, but he had a happy outlook and enjoyed spending time with Barkley and talking with me. I want to note that Michael is very attentive to me when I walk down to the beach and back to the van. It is rather steep and the sand is soft and moves easily. He won’t let me walk down or up without him. I am so thankful for his devotion and kindness. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Family Photos 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Priesthood Ordination

Michael was given the Aaronic Priesthood and was ordained to the office of teacher on Sunday. I am so proud of him and his decisions to follow God’s commandments. 

John and Sarah are still meeting with the missionaries. John requested to meet with the Elders and they have some Bulgarian-speaking translators that assist via skype. Sarah meets with the Sister missionaries and skypes with Yoana (a gal from Bulgaria who emigrated to the US) or Diana - the Sister missionary from Bulgaria that served at Temple Square and has been teaching my kids for the past few months before she went home. One special note is that when Sarah was skyping this past week, I met Diana’s father - who was in the room with Diana - and he said that he had met us when we were in Sofia. He was at the church building on one of the days that we met with the local elders there. Such a small world! Additionally, Diana knows Dima Kalyonov, who was in the branch in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, when we were there to adopt Calvin and Silas. Dima is currently serving a mission in NY, but he and Diana were at the MTC in Utah at the same time. We love having such beautiful connections to the saints in Eastern Europe. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

General Conference

I’ve said it before and I will say it again that I absolutely love General conference weekend. Sean and Roxy came down to visit us and spend time with us. We enjoyed all of the talks and playing games and eating food and spending time together. The triplets did not understand the conference talks, of course, but I was surprised at how well they behaved. I am very proud of them for easily accepting our faith and family traditions. 

The best blueberry muffins ever!

Halloween Party

Every year, we have a family Halloween party. Everyone dresses up in their Halloween costumes and we play with beanbags that we throw in a jack-o’-lantern, we play candy bingo, and we throw rings on a spider. Then we watch the Garfield Halloween special on the TV. We eat lots of candy and have lots of fun. The only difference this year, is that we added three teenagers to our family who have never had a Halloween party before. Halloween is not celebrate in Bulgaria! John was especially excited about decorating the house. He even took some decorations up to his room - which looks really cool, I might add. We still have the trunk or treat/chili cook off, carving pumpkins, and trick-or-treating on Halloween left to go, but I am certain that Michael and Sarah and John are big fans of this holiday already! #whocanblamethem #candycandycandy

These girls have some spooky Halloween shirts!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Broken bones for Michael

My second born in the wilderness fractured two bones in his hand a couple of weeks ago. He was venting some frustration at school and punched a toilet seat, which resulted in the fractures. Today he went from a splint to a cast. The next four weeks will be interesting!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


My husband shared a quote with me about orbits recently and it has become a new family word. This was in an email he sent to me:

"The responsibility to watch over God's children is a heavy one. Whenever I feel inadequate as a parent, I remind myself of something Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926-2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles once said: "The same God that placed that star in a precise orbit millennia before it appeared over Bethlehem in celebration of the birth of the Babe has given at least equal attention to placement of each of us in precise human orbits so that we may, if we will, illuminate the landscape of our individual lives, so that our light may not only lead others but warm them as well."4

This statement uplifts me when I am discouraged. It gives my wife and me courage in our abilities as parents, knowing that our children have been placed within our "orbit" for a reason and that Heavenly Father trusts us."

Sister Kolarova was placed in our family orbit. She is the angel on earth who has been able to teach my triplets the gospel in a way that I simply cannot do: in Bulgarian. Not only does she speak Bulgarian, but she is from Bulgaria. She knows the slang, the food, the culture. She loves my children and she wants for them to learn the gospel. 

Today she is flying home to her native country. She has completed her mission in Utah at Temple Square. Towards the end of her mission, she requested an extension. Because she extended, I was able to meet her and she was able to begin teaching my kids. She said that Michael was her first baptism. After she goes home, she is planning to continue skyping with my children and teaching them more about Jesus Christ. She is humble and kind, inspired and loving. Because of her sacrifice to serve a mission, my children are learning the gospel faster than they would have. Because she decided to put her life on hold so she could become a missionary, Michael is now baptized. I cannot express in words my sincere gratitude to her. But I was able to send her a package before she went home. And this was after she mailed us Bulgarian wafers to celebrate Michael's baptism. 

Dear Sister Kolarova - I love you very much!!!!!!