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February 24, 2011
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Fun in Arizona!

Wow it was such perfect timing to leave a raging blizzard in SLC and go to see the Pothiers in beautiful green AZ! The main reason for going was that Shawni was being named The Arizona Young Mother of the Year

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It was truly a delightful event.  I lost my camera so I got a few snaps with my Iphone which has no flash but at least you can tell that we’re having a good time!

 

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The kids, sans Lucy were there to help celebrate and were so excited!  Not only that… because we needed some medical advice for our India returnees….we discovered that our dear friends Dr.Cub and Bonnie were staying for six weeks in Surprise AZ so they drove on down to join the celebration.

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Shawni did a fabulous job in her acceptance speech and I got to introduce her!  Of course I forgot to mention her 10,000 page-hits-per-day blog here and the new post on Mormon.org featuring Shawni here (although American Mothers, who gave her this honor is not a Mormon organization).

The next day we continued the fun at the amazing Arizona Children’s Museum with Claire and Lucy.

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Just have to throw in that we got home Dad/Rick’s Valentine for me was still sitting on the bar. It was my favorite nut from my favorite nut.  What a guy I have. I must be the luckiest woman on earth!  Too bad there’s not a celebration for the “Husband of the Year.”

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February 21, 2011
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Changing Lives in India

Since a portion of the dues of our Valuesparenting family goes to aid for the third world through the Eyrealm Foundation, we thought you would be interested to see the good your money is doing in India!

Just a few years ago the children in the pictures below had absolutely no hope of ever receiving an education. In fact because they were “untouchables” due to the fact that their parents or grandparents had been stricken with leprosy, they were doomed to a life of begging on the streets.

Thanks to Becky Douglas who, with the help of generous donors created a school especially for these children in Southern India and an organization called Rising Star Outreach, there is a beautiful computer lab at the Rising Star School. Last week the computers in that lab were loaded with an amazing software program developed by a premiere Utah company called Imagine Learning that will teach the children to speak perfectly understandable English which will open the children’s lives to previously unimaginable possibilities.

Two of our sons who work for Imagine Learning and their wives were lucky enough to be the ones to travel to India to install this spectacular program on the computers at The School for Rising Stars. They also trained the Indian technicians and teachers so that the program will continue to be used effectively.

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The lives of our sons, Noah and Eli and their wives Kristi and Julie have been changed forever. What a joy it was for all of these family members to meet the children, teachers and administrators whom we had grown to love last summer!

Julie, Eli’s wife who is a nurse even got to help with a medical clinic in one of the colonies that some of the Rising Star children call home. I expect that never in her wildest dreams when she started nursing school did Julie imagine that she would have the rare opportunity to touch the lives of men, women and children in leprosy affected India.

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The very best news is that parents in the villages surrounding the school have now put their children on waiting lists to attend this spectacular new school. No longer are these children “untouchable”!

February 7, 2011
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Mothers and Future Mothers Conference

Once a year the women of our family have a weekend getaway to relax, learn from each other and enjoy talking about the thing we think is most the most important career in the world…motherhood. We call it the Mothers and Future Mothers of Eyrealm or MFME. We have four daughters and four daughters-in-law so far. Five are mothers and three are not.

For more information about our get-away this year with details of our agenda the link is here: http://www.deseretnews.com/blog/81/10011262/A-World-of-Good-Heavenly-retreats-with-Mothers-and-Future-Mothers-of-Eyrealm.html”>

Whether you get together for a few hours or a few days, we feel that it this is a bonding experience for everyone. If there are communication problems with grown children or in-laws this might be just the thing to help break down misconceptions and help everyone feel valued and involved. Good luck! We’d love some feedback.

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