Sunday, March 18, 2018

Joy in the Journey

 We have survived our first winter!!  We are the Chosen Frozen!!  Locals tell us that we only got half the normal amount of snow, for which we are grateful.  Spring is in the air!  Woohoo!!

Missionary work is happy work!  Here are just some fun pictures to share:

It took a mission family for Russ to get his red-headed son.

Happiness despite a broken leg.

Sushi-making zone activity

Russ and 3 Assistants picking our new missionaries up at the airport

Happy smiles even after traveling for 24 hours

Food always makes us happy!
And, why are we all here?  Our purpose is to invite ALL to come unto Christ.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

A Wonderful Week with Erin!

It was Erin's first time to come to Japan and we had a great week together.

But first I have to say that the weeks before her visit were a little rough.  Russ was really sick.  It turned out that he had Influenza B.  Then one of our Assistants also got it.  We had to inform one of our elders that his little 12 year old brother died.  And, Brother Bon, our office elder slipped on the ice and broke his leg.  He had two surgeries, spent a week in the hospital and will have a 3 month recovery.  

Erin helped to brighten things up again! 
It was so fun to share our world with her.  She totally immersed herself into the whole Japanese experience.

I loved being able to share my morning walks with her and showed her all the wonderful sights so close to our home.  Yes, it was snowy and cold, but we loved tromping through the snow to get our exercise.
Erin spent one day at Zone Conference with us.  She even wore one of my name tags. 
She loved our missionaries and won the hearts of all our new friends here. 
Another day we joined some of our other missionaries for a temple session.
We visited several shrines.  They are so interesting--peaceful and in beautiful locations.
We went to the famous "Boys, Be Ambitious" statue and tried out cross-country skiing.
We quickly found out that it's a lot harder than it looks!

And, of course Erin wanted to experience all the amazing food.

Erin commented that she enjoyed having her parents all to herself--
something that she hasn't had since Shawn was born 30 years ago!
It was a wonderful week and a treat for all of us.
Now she is on her way home and we are back to work!!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Sapporo Snow Festival and Other Sweet Stuff!

We had Family Home Evening with our mission leaders at the Snow Festival.

Another highlight of the past couple weeks are several sweet baptisms that we were able to attend.

Sister Oscarson and Sister Eubank came to bless the saints in Sapporo.  They met with our local missionaries for a training meeting.  They also met with stake leaders for breakfast at our home.  

I love this sweet picture.

This just makes me happy.  Lunch break during zone conference.  Awwww, me too!
Here's lunchtime at another zone conference.  Those good sisters at the far end happily provided a hearty meal of taco rice for this hungry bunch.

Needless to say, life is good! 
SWEET is the WORK!

Saturday, January 27, 2018


Our mission has two unique traditions.  The first is a "Bean Shower" where new missionaries are "showered" with gifts.  Here's an example:

Then when a missionary is going home, they get "pie-d".  I'm not sure when these traditions began, but they seem to be part of who we are as The Chosen Frozen.  Here is a "Pie-ing":

Besides the tradition of having fun, our missionaries are obedient, hard-working and full of
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ringing in a New Year!

Yay for New Beginnings and Fresh Starts!

Kacie left Japan with many sweet good-byes.
She's getting adjusted to college life and seems ready for this new adventure.

Feeding lunch to our mission leaders.  Thank goodness for Costco pizza!

This is our ward's New Year's Party--making mochi.
It's fun to experience these new traditions--pounding rice into a dough.

Yes, Happy New Year to All.

We are so grateful to be serving and sharing God's Plan of Happiness with the people of Hokkaido.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Meri Kurisumasu!

It's been awhile, but here are some pictures to catch-up.

 Santa is one of our missionaries

"Pie-ing" is a tradition in our mission--a loving farewell to a missionary who is going home.
This one was unique because there were 5 in one zone.

He's my hero!

The highlight of the Christmas season was having our whole mission come together.
It was a heavenly time!

A fun Christmas gift!

 A kind church member gave this special cake to Kacie as a good-bye gift.
She leaves on the 28th to head for home and then BYU-I!

We feel very blessed--for health, for loving family & friends,
for the gracious Japanese people who are so good to us
and especially for a Savior who wants to help us every step of the way.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a joyful 2018!!