09 December 2011
As Members of the Church, we have been asked to share our testimonies and knowlege to help others learn about the faith that we have. Members around the world have created profiles on Mormon.org to help answer questions that other folks have, to help them see that not all Mormons are the same and that the Mormon Stereo type just isn't true...here is a link to MY mormon.org profile. Ryan is working on his and when his is...I will post it too.
28 November 2011
Next was Thanksgiving! This year was a Shrack Thanksgiving year. So we headed down to Ryan's parents for the holiday. Mike, Cindy, Yasumi, Tom, Luna, and Yasumi's parents had to go to Chicago to do some paper work for Luna that had to be done in person so Sarah, Matt, Ryan, and I prepared Thanksgiving (Cindy of course had everything well planned and called us a lot)
Here is our Turkey and it turned out really, really well. Sarah and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out how to cook this thing! I think everyone loved it! Everything was fantastic and we all just enjoyed being together. Yasumi's parents came to visit to see Luna and having them for Thanksgiving was wonderful!
These two girls are wonderful. Luna, of course, is sleeping away. Both of them sporting their Thanksgiving shirts. Annalyse loves holding her little cousin. The two of them are going to be good friends!
Annalyse finally took a nap late Thursday evening. After we pulled out a toy tote we had stored at the farm and she fell asleep with this bear from her Uncle Tommy!
09 November 2011
These photos of Annalyse and Luna were taken later last night we wanted to get pictures of just the girls without fear of Luna being dropped so we laid them on the bed to let them hang out. Luna wasn't the biggest fan of having to lay on the bed by herself, but when Annalyse held her she calmed down! (for just a little while)
Here is our little family with baby Luna
02 November 2011
Daddy's Little Giraffe
16 October 2011
We've been wanting Annalyse to have a pet but since we live in an apartment there aren't too many choices out there without having to pay extra to have one. So, we were able to acquire an awesome little fish tank from freecycle which came with the the tank, some fish food, rocks, some fake plants, the filters and everything to set up your first fish tank. We've had it for a while, but were going to try to use getting a fish as a bribe to help Annalyse become potty trained, but soon realized it's 1) she isn't quite ready yet and 2) a bribe like that really wouldn't work so the tank just sat in the office for a while. While I was away attending a Women's conference (Time Out for Women), Ryan cleaned the fish tank and bought fish for our Tank to surprise Annalyse and me with our new friends and lovely additions to our little family. We have 3 goldfish and 1 algae eater. Annalyse LOVES them. We've tried to get her to name them, but all she comes up with is "annalyse" and "brown"...so we'll see what happens.
22 September 2011
There are 100 years between these two lovely gals...can you believe it!?
15 September 2011
There is little history of my family written down anywhere so as far as personal family history goes I, with some help from other family members, have started to do pedigree and family group sheets for everyone in my family. In my PAF file, I have 126 names entered and most of those are only my immediate family...I haven't gotten much past my 4 generations. My goal is to someday get much further, but everything is one step at a time. Ft. Wayne has an amazing library here chuck full of Family History resources and my wonderful mother in law is willing to watch our little bug while I sleuth around (once her long term sub job is over). In the past, I have found census and military records with the names of my ancestors!
When I can't or don't have time to work on my own personal family history, I do Indexing on the church's Family Search Website. Indexers are looking at various types of documents (like census records or military records) and type the vital information so it can be loaded into a database where it can be searched so that others who are doing personal family history can find the documents to get information about their ancestors. Anyone doing family history can benefit from the indexed documents and find the information without having to locate the physical form. The goal is to Index everything so genealogy can be done from home and everything can be search able and available. Then those searching can print the actual document. Indexing can be taxing trying to decipher people's writing, but I LOVE it. You can index as much or as little as you want-I often do it during naptime. If you're reading this and thinking...i could do that...I promise you-you can. Even if you aren't a member of the Church, you can sign up here to volunteer to do indexing.
I have such a strong testimony of Family History and how it brings us closer to those ancestors (and even our living family members) by doing family history we get an opportunity to know everyone on a much deeper level. While Temple Work is vital component of family history work, I feel that if we do not get to know and love our ancestors the sacred and special Temple Work performed for our ancestors is partly in vain. As I research and build on the knowledge of my family, I gain a respect for those ancestors I never knew. Family history is more than gathering names and dates and going to the Temple....Family History is Love...Family History is Discovering Your Roots and Yourself.
This Post turned out to be a lot longer than I intended. In the spirit of Family History, I'd like to leave you with a scripture form the Old Testament.
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers...
14 September 2011
We have definately been busy lately. Not really with anything specific, just enjoying everything. Heavenly Father has blessed out little family so much lately that we can't even begin to imagine. We try to go to as many free or cheap events around town as we can and have had so much fun doing it!
(only the Lorax was willing to get out for photo at the parks enterance)
(annalyse is trying to protect her beautiful face from the sand)
Tom, Ryan and Annalyse climbed the dune...annalyse was on Uncle Tom's shoulders during most of the climb.
On September 10th, Grandma and Grandpa came up to visit in celebration of Grandparents day. We had gotten a Zoo coupon for 1 free admission in addition to our membership so only 1 ticket had to be bought PLUS we also had a coupon for our entire party to be able to ride 1 Zoo ride for free. We chose the Sky Safari ride located in "Africa". Grandma and Grandpa were a little apprehensive, but they made it! Annalyse loved being able to 'fly'.
Annalyse just loves the Zoo and all the animals. She had so much fun sharing it with Grandma and Grandpa. Ryan and I really enjoyed seeing how excited she was
Since moving, we have really learned to take full advantage of the Library system here (which is amazing). We go to storytime weekly, check out 3-5 books a week for Annalyse, movies, and even I have been able to do some reading! I love going to the library and so does Annalsye!
18 August 2011
The Lakes are always full of boat rides, fishing, and just playing around. This year, Annalyse had so much fun learning how to fish. At first, she was just helping grandpa man his pole, but Ryan and I were so amazed at how attentive she was that we thought we'd get her a fishing pole too...pink princesses! And she loved it!
10 August 2011
On her actual Birthday (Aug 2nd), we didn't get to do much because It's been so HOT here in Indiana and the heat was pretty much unbearable. Part of Annalyse's Birthday gift from Mommy and Daddy was a Fort Wayne Zoo membership and with that membership we get discounts on admission to other Zoos so the following day I (despite the sweltering heat) ventured out to the Evansville Zoo and spent a couple of hours there. Being in Evansville for a week was a lot of fun. She enjoyed Hotel life and we discovered a new food love...Yogurt! She loves that stuff. We're amazed at how well she likes it...she even asks for it for a snack too.
Annalyse with her new bike and a photo of the Weber clan
Phil and Peter Enjoying the splash pad and Annalyse and Papaw putting money in her pig