Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Indexing Challenge was a success...sort of!

Thoughout the night we had over 50 people come to our house to index a batch.
Okay half of those were kids who ran around
and the server was overwhelmed and we had a hard time getting on and finding a batch
But we had a great time and a lot of new people learned about indexing.
That is success! 

From Family Search:

FamilySearch volunteers are amazing! On July 20th and 21st, FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators from around the world joined together to set an international record for the greatest number of indexing participants in a single day! We hoped to have an unprecedented 50,000 contributors in a 24 hour period. FamilySearch volunteers excelled, surpassing that goal by 16,511! That’s right—66,511 participants in one day! Incredible! We are grateful for the patience and persistence of many volunteers who faced technical difficulties due to an overwhelming response.

These generous indexers and arbitrators made a true difference. Each record and each name indexed and arbitrated matters. It only takes one to open the door to linking generations of families together. Without question, thousands of lives will be changed as a result of this day’s effort.

While the focus for this challenge was on the total number of participants, a tremendous amount of indexing and arbitration work was accomplished as well. Here are the results for the number of records indexed and arbitrated. 

Indexed: 4,682,746
Arbitrated: 941,932
Total Records Processed: 5.7 million 

Worldwide Indexing Event BadgeOur ancestors deserve to be remembered. You can be proud to be the one who made the difference for someone else who is looking for their ancestors. Because of you, they will know the joy of adding a new branch to their family tree. Thank you!

And keep indexing! More names and stories-especially from obituaries-are ready to be indexed by you and discovered by researchers worldwide. One volunteer, one document, one name can make all the difference to someone looking for his or her family.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sam had a birthday "shout hooray"

I am the delinquent mom
We went to Provo to have dinner with the boys for Sam's Birthday.
I took my camera - and did not take one pic.
I was just enjoying the time with the boys.
We went to Cubby's for dinner.
It was very good and Paleo friendly.

Cubby's Chicago Beef

Last weekend at the Ranch I did make a "Wafer Cake" for Sam.

The hard-to-find Nabisco Chocolate Wafers

Of course I didn't get a pic of that either.

Sam was smiling as a baby 

and is still smiling
Love that Boy!

Ranch Again...

We headed to the ranch again the next weekend.
Just how the schedule works.
We are happy with whatever dates we get.

Riley's favorite place.
I don't think that kid sleeps at school.

Sam brought his new bike that he loves.
He gave it a good washing.

The boys get the toys ready

Sam and Mike have their drinks all ready...

It was a gorgeous day.

The umbrella was broken.
They fixed it!  Woo Hoo.

The boys getting prepped to head out for a ride.
Safety first... they do wear helmets!

It was a full moon.

We gathered around the old kitchen table for some cards.
Five Crowns was the game of choice today.

Sometimes they question my rules...
this time I think I had to pull the "support your wife rank".

It was all fun!
We have been playing cards at this table for years!

The next morning was a bit hazy.
Mike and I had a peaceful, beautiful walk to the gate.

Saw a Cute little Pot Gut...

The boys got in a quick early morning ride.

Crazy Boys..

Sam had some friends come up for the day.
They headed off in the Rhino's.

They found some mud..
loved the mud,
and they did clean everything up!
Love the night skies.
Another great weekend of fun and family.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Welcome to Holland!

Welcome to Holland 
by Emily Perl Kingsley

When you are going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation to Italy.  You buy a bunch of guide books and make all your wonderful plans: the Coliseum, Michelangelo's David, the gondolas in Venice.  You may even learn some handy phrases in Italian.  It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives.  You pack your bags and off you go.  Several hours later, the plane lands.  The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland ?!?"  you say.  "What do you mean Holland?  I signed up for Italy!  I'm supposed to be in Italy.  All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy"

But there has been a change in the flight plan.  They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease.  It's just a different place.

So you go out and buy new guide books.  And you learn a whole new language.  And you meet a whole group of people you would never have met.

It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy.  But after you've been there awhile and you catch your breath, you look around and begin to notice Holland has windmills- and Holland has tulips.  Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone one you know is busy coming and going from Italy...and they are all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there.  And for the rest of your life, you will say, "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go.  That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever go away, because the loss of that dream is a very significant loss.

But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, and very lovely things about Holland.

Last weekend at the ranch we were chatting about my health.  
I was talking about my "new normal", that I have finally realized I will never have the energy or ability to do everything I once could.  
My niece said "Welcome to Holland".  
She told me about the poem and I had to come home and google it. 
I loved it.  
It is like so many things in life -
that are not like we planned or thought it would be.
Just a reminder that Plan B or C can be okay.
There are many ways to do things.
Life is still good in fact it is better than good!