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And the #RootsTech Winner Is. . .

Thanks to all who entered the #RootsTech 4-day Pass Giveaway! I used Rafflecopter to manage the entries and select a winner, and the random winner is: Kristi M.! Congratulations!

If you didn't win, don't fret. RootsTech has promotional pricing going on right now, so you can still attend for less than full-price. Also, other RootsTech ambassadors still have their contests running, so there is still a chance you can snag a free pass. You can check out the list at the Conference Keeper website. Good luck to all! 


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Ten Things of Thankful: I "Tissue" a Merry Christmas

I suddenly realized that Christmas is less than 3 weeks away. I thought this would be the week I would put up the tree and decorate the house. Instead, John and I have prepared by deciding to get colds out of the way. (It was his idea, or at least he started the sneezing party.) While most people are out buying gifts, I visit Costco for industrial amounts of Kleenex and NyQuil. I keep looking to John to call this party over, but he just keeps snoozing and sniffling. I can afford to lounge around for a couple more days, but I really want my energy back soon. However, I definitely can think of things I am thankful for this week!

1. I'm thankful it is just a cold. It's annoying, but it's just a cold. 

2. I'm thankful that because I didn't feel like doing much at all, I cleared out my email inbox! Major, major accomplishment there!

3. I'm thankful to be at the stage of life where I can take time to indulge a cold. I don't have to show up for a job, my children are…

Ten Things of Thankful: A Soggy Day of Thanks and Other Realities

John and I, along with our youngest daughter, drove to California for Thanksgiving at the invitation of our middle daughter. Our oldest daughter flew down to join us. Unfortunately, our sons' schedules prevented their attendance, but hopefully we will see them at Christmas. 
1. I'm thankful for family.
As a snowstorm was forecast for Wednesday, we decided to leave on Tuesday after work. Despite delays through Arizona due to road construction, we made good time and actually didn't stop for the night until we were almost to the Nevada/California border. Wednesday's traffic was similarly manageable, at least to the hotel. Picking up our daughter from LAX was another story entirely, as the roads leading to the airport were completely jammed. (And by that, I mean that each time a traffic light turned green, ONE car at most could go through. We spent over an hour just going around one block.) Fortunately, our daughter's flight was delayed. By the time she disembarked, we w…

Small Town Travels: Visiting Nauvoo, Illinois

Big cities are often named as vacation destinations, but small towns offer their own attractions. My husband and I traveled to Missouri and Illinois last month, and we drove mostly on two-lane highways and stayed mainly in less-populated areas. Nauvoo, Illinois, is such a place.

Since I was a child, I have loved hearing pioneer stories. I read the "Little House" books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, I learned about the Oregon Trail and was proud to live in the Willamette Valley, and I sang "Come, Come Ye Saints" in church.  Though I am not descended from those who walked the Mormon Trail, I do share their faith and am thankful for their sacrifices. I have always wanted to visit Nauvoo, which housed the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1839-1846. I wanted to be able to see the historic buildings and imagine what life was like 175 years ago. 



My husband, John, does descend from Nauvoo pioneer stock, so seeing the sites there took on an even…

Ten Things of Thankful: Life is Blooming with Good Things

As we head into the Thanksgiving week, I'm finding it easy to notice things around me that bring a sense of gratitude. I could have been born in a different place and time, but instead, I'm living here and now. The very fact that I don't need to worry about whether or not my basic needs will be met is reason enough to recognize what a blessing that is. Even in the here and now, though, there are those who struggle to obtain the simple necessities. While I may be better off than some, I am not better than any. Noticing things that I am thankful for brings me both a feeling of joy and peace along with a sense of responsibility to do what I can to help relieve the pain of others. 

Each week, bloggers all over the world come together to share thankfulness. We get a glimpse inside the life of each person, and we recognize that gratitude comes to all, as they seek it. Won't you join us?
This week, I have noticed the following things:
1. I'm thankful that the road repairs in…

It's #RootsTech Giveaway Time!

In February of 2018, not knowing exactly what to expect, I attended RootsTech for the first time. What I learned is that RootsTech has something for everyone, from the most beginner of beginners to professional DNA genealogists. If you are interested in your own family story, come to RootsTech! RootsTech offers over 300 classes, amazing keynote speakers, an Expo Hall packed with all sorts of vendors, and evening cultural events. 

After an enjoyable experience in 2018, I returned in 2019, and even got my husband, John, to come one of the days to hear Saroo Brierley give a keynote address. 

Speaking of keynote addresses, this week RootsTech just announced that one of the speakers for 2020 will be David Hume Kennerly, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer. I can't wait to hear his story!

RootsTech 2020 will celebrate its 10th anniversary, and is bound to be the best one yet! I have been delighted to be accepted as an official RootsTech ambassador. One of the perks is that I received a c…

Ten Things of Thankful: The Week in Review

I've decided to take a day-by-day approach to my list this week, starting with last Saturday, the day after I posted my last TToT. 
Saturday morning--John and I, along with hundreds of other people, attended the funeral of one of our neighbors. It was mentioned several times that she was devoted to her faith and her family. I'm thankful for her example, for peace that comes from faith, and for the love of family.

Saturday afternoon--We painted our master bathroom. It was one of the few rooms that didn't get painted before we moved into this house. While I know that not everyone would put such a dark color on the walls, we like the change. I'm thankful that John and I like similar colors. 


Sunday--We aren't the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square (though at least one person in our ward [local congregation] has been a member of that choir), but our closing hymn at church was the one on the video below. I'm thankful for the spirit that music brings.



Monday--Veteran'…