December 3, 2017

November 24, 2017

Sunday Best Pictures

Falls Church, Virginia 2016
Gunnison, Utah, 2016

Falls Church, Virginia 2016

Falls Church, Virginia, 2016

Falls Church, Virginia 2015

Falls Church, Virginia 2016

Gunnison, Utah 2016


October 15, 2017

President Russel M. Nelson Visits Kazakhstan

We had the privilege of meeting President Russell M. Nelson today.  He came to Kazakhstan to meet with government officials about the church and spoke to our branch.  

We explained to the kids beforehand that President Nelson is currently the president of the Quorum of the Tweleve Apostles and that he will most likely be the new prophet - although we don't like to ever think about losing President Monson, who has been prophet for most of our children's lives. Because of this Max wrote President Nelson a note that said, "You will be a good prophet.  Everyone who is Mormon will know you."  I thought that was so sweet.

Elder Nelson dedicated Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic (former Kyrgyzstan) back in 2003 so it meant a lot to the members for him to come again.


August 28, 2017

May 2, 2017

max's baptism

Max got baptized and it was such a special day!  

There is actually a long story that goes with Max's baptism.  Our small branch has a portable baptismal font that we brought home and set up in our garage.  The plan was to have the baptism on Saturday, February 25th and we started filling the font a few days prior.  But there were two big problems - there was a hole in the font and the temperature in Astana dropped to negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit.  So the water leaked all over the inside of our garage and froze.  The water ran underneath our garage door and it froze shut, too!  

Max was SO excited and knew it was his special day!  When we arrived, he kept sticking his foot in the water saying, "I want to get baptized now, hurry!"

Max is so lucky that his dad was able to baptize him! 

Afterwards he got his favorite treat - warm, buttery corn in a cup!  


January 22, 2017

Bubbie the Pug

This is how I found our Pug when I came downstairs this morning. Zoe wrapped him in a blanket and made a bed for him and I think he loved it. 


January 13, 2017

Happy Birthday | Max turns 8

Happy Birthday, Max!

Our sweet baby boy turned 8 today!  Max always has a smile on his face and is the most easy-going kid around.  He thinks everything is "epic".  His favorite things to play right now are Star Wars legos, Nerf guns, and anything Pokemon.  He LOVES his pug.  Max just learned how to ride a bike, does well in school, and gives the best hugs (but hates kisses).

Some cute things Max has said recently -

Max: "Mom, are you American?"
Me: "Yes, Max, I am American."
Max: "Is Dad American?"
Me: "Yes, he's American also."
Max: (very surprised) "Oh, so everyone in our family is American!"

Max and I were watching the news where they were talking about Trump's wall.  They were showing pictures of the existing border wall and in big letters along the bottom of the screen it read, "How much for Trump's Wall?"
Max, with his 8 year old brain, was trying to understand what was going on.  I explained to him that Trump may build a wall between Mexico and the United States.  He looked really upset and yelled, "What?!  America's going to be trapped inside the US?!"