Monday, October 17, 2016

On More Chance to See the Top Five on the Mom Conference

This is a huge shout out to our daughter Saren and her amazing group of dedicated moms who have brought the Mom Conference to over 70,000 moms throughout the world. No one will ever know the thousands of hours it took to bring this to pass!  We hope you’ll join the team tomorrow and enjoy watching the top five conference speakers. Here’s their invitation to join:

Did you miss The Mom Conference? Did you attend but want more? Come to The Mom Conference Encore day TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 18th. You'll get to hear from the TOP speakers for FREE. Simply click below to register: 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A Spectaular FREE Mom Conference you can join online!

After literally thousands of hours of organization, today (October 11th) is the beginning of a free online Mom Conference with an outstanding group of 20 speakers who will inspire you over the next three days! Although we’re not really amazing, Rick and I will be speaking later today on Teaching Your Children Values and Shawni, along with Saren (who are really amazing) will be speaking during the conference on Managing Kids’ Cell Phone and Screen Time – Without Making Them Hate You.

To get registered and get connected immediately or any time in the next three days go to:

This team of organizing mothers are committed to giving moms the same opportunity to improve their skills in the most important career of motherhood as others do in careers outside the home.
Happy watching!

Monday, October 3, 2016

A Dive into Fall and a Star Valley Temple

After a wild summer we thought we would have a relaxing September but…NOT! In addition to the fun of being in NYC, Texas and Utah for the mini family reunions with that darling baby Moses, we had a plethora of other fun things too! Luckily our meetings and travel found us in interesting and beautiful places!

With the help of some great people we are starting to organize some lectures for retreats for the coming year at the Zermott Resort in Heber Valley, Utah. More on that later, but we are so fortunate that the preparations took us to places where fall had arrived in all it’s glory.


Here’s our cameraman doing some B roll for the seminars in a beautiful place!




The computer just can’t do it justice. It’s breathtaking!



We also had an interesting trip for a speech to Detroit, where we visited the amazing General Motors complex.


We enjoyed some great food with good friends at the Young President’s Organization.


….and other good stuff! And spent a lovely evening with some extraordinary parents!

Next, we took a trip up to Bear Lake to close up for the winter. Sad! But lots to do!

Fall is also the time that cattle are moved for the winter months and it was fun to drive through the crowd on the way home!


Our darling grandchildren continued to grow up, despite our pleas to stop! Here is handsome Ashton on his way to homecoming with a cute exchange student from Russia!


A group of 30 of our dearest friends joined us at our home for a stimulating discussion. One of our guests was a lovely couple from Switzerland. Amazingly the wife showed me a picture of herself with Charity who they happened to meet because her daughter was a friend of Charity’s in London. She was a delight!


Last week I had a glorious day with my sister Lenna and her three daughters, Jessica, Lindsay and Taunie. Since our mother/grandmother, Hazel Clark Jacobson, her parents Ida and Ray Clark and both sets of great grandparents were called by President Brigham after arriving from Switzerland to be among the pioneer families who were sent to settle Star Valley Wyoming. We are especially blessed to be forever connected to this beautiful place.  It is definitely one of the most gorgeous mountain valleys in the world (next to actual Switzerland)!

We had a dreamy day driving through the most beautiful fall splendor imaginable!


I was in the back seat of Lenna’s luxurious car while Lindsay drove so I had to just take pictures with my mind. We all loved catching up on each other's lives while gliding through breathtakingly beautiful scenery on an eight hour round trip.

We were all excited to run into literally an ocean of sheep being herded back home. We loved watching the sheep surround our car and seemingly swallow us up!


We stopped at the Freedom Cemetery where our grandparents and great grandparents are buried. It's always great to see the beautiful pioneer headstones and to look around at the splendor our ancestors will view on resurrection day!



On the way here (above) we missed the cemetery turn and Taunie just happened to notice this as we turned the car around: We were so excited to see our great grandmother’s name on this historical marker! Verena is already a rock star to all of us who know about her life. MFME visited her home town about this time last year in Schmiedrued, Switzerland.


Above are the names of some of their ten children including those who died early. And below is the grave of our beloved Grandmother Ida Weber and Grandfather Ray Clark. She died in the flu epidemic of 1920 when a huge number of people in Star Valley died during that tragic era.

She died at age 38, leaving 10 children. Her two youngest (aged 3 and 1) died in the same week. They were taken out and buried in the night to avoid exposure to others. Such a sad story but we know what magnificent people these were and we know how lucky we are to have their genes! We also know how the courageous family members left behind gathered themselves up and went on to help each other grow up without a mom and to make grand contributions to the world!


A large group of our relatives lived in Star Valley for many years. But sadly, lots of them have either passed away or moved away. Our star cousin, Nada, however is still alive and even better than “kicking.” She has such a pizzazy, sparkling personality.

At age 83 she goes to the Star Valley Care Center (aka Rest Home) once a week to play the piano and sing. Our mother actually taught her to play the piano. They both started playing by ear and then evolved to stellar classical piano teachers.

We planned our trip around arriving at the Care Center in time to hear her play and entertain the patients. Nada is as close as we’ll ever get to having our kids meet our mother, who passed away before any of them were born. Interestingly, our wonderful mom also played for the patients at the rest home in Montpelier right up until the week before she died just before she turned 90.. She had her precious organ moved to the rest home so that others could enjoy her beautiful gift of music.. In both my mom and Nada’s case, many of the patients were younger than they were.


Nada kept us laughing at her self deprecating humor and as she gave us an update on her six children and many grandchildren who are so lucky to have her!


One of the main reasons we came was to attend the Open House at the new Star Valley Temple. Thousands of visitors are invited to walk through the splendor of the temple for a few weeks before it is closed for special ceremonies held in Latter Day Saint Temples for members only. Among those are marriages for time and eternity.

In pioneer days married couples had to travel  to SLC in horse drawn wagons to be sealed together in marriage. It took several days to travel from Star Valley to The Endowment House in those days with horses and wagons. Later when a temple was built in Idaho Falls, they still had to travel a long way for a marriage and to “work” in the temple as volunteers.

To have a temple right in the valley was unimaginable for our ancestors! So we were pretty sure that they would be with us in spirit in the rooms as we passed through that beautiful place! We were right! We felt their spirits in abundance!


Our gorgeous ride home through golden cottonwood and flaming Aspens and glorious combinations of fall colors of willows by the riverbeds made it a day to treasure. We ended our memorable day with this sunset:


Our September ended with a quick visit from Noah who lives in Orange County and came to Utah for work meetings. He managed to squeeze in a few hours with us to catch us up with some exciting plans that he and darling Kristi’s are cooking up for their future, including baby #6 who will be arriving just about in time for Thanksgiving Dinner!

Rick and Noah even found a few minutes to ride the horses through the fall colors within minutes of our house.


On to October!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Fun Dinner and Introducing Moses to Baby Showers, Family and Friends!

The morning after Rick and I returned to SLC, my sister and I made a quick trip to Bear Lake where a beautiful graveside service was held for my cousin’s wife. They lived in Las Vegas most of their lives but she was laid to rest in the Bloomington Cemetery where most of our relatives are buried. It was especially sad because this was a beautiful 71 year old woman who had just given a talk at the church and just leaned over during the dinner that followed and died of a sudden brain hemorrhage. Life it so fragile!  She was a magnificent woman! 

It was great to have a few hours with my best (and only) sister though. She is my best friend (next to Rick)! The wind whipped up our hair. Look at that flag! 


After that I had 48 hours to whip up a dinner party for my dear book club friends and spouses. We had a fun dinner with an Indian theme. I made Chicken Tikka Masala and everybody brought delicious contributions. We had this table for 20 especially made for our own adult family but it works well for our book club too!


After dinner we gathered in the the living room for a discussion about our new book Life in Full since we are all at the exciting age where life is full to overflowing! Rick led the discussion and we  loved the wonderful ideas and thoughts added by these dear friends.

Just as everyone left, we got a call from Eli who said he was on the front row of the US Open, watching the semi finals. Since it was 1:15 a.m. and most of the audience had left, he was thrilled to slip down to the front row. I happened to turn on the news and notice that I could see Eli as they were interviewing Stan Wawrinka after his win on the national news. It made us laugh to see Eli there right behind him. I snapped a picture of the picture! See him in a blue shirt right in the middle there behind Stan who is being interviewed? That kid is crazy about tennis. I wonder where that came from???


Onward….Our little reunion in New York City gave Charity and Ian an opportunity to introduce Moses to his Aunts Saydi and Julie and his Uncle Eli along with his six cousins on the East Coast. From Texas the Wrights flew to Orange County where Noah and Krisit live with their five….soon to be six little cherubs.


Twenty four hours later they were off to Salt Lake. Shawni and Claire flew in from Arizona and met them at the airport. Claire has been dreaming about meeting this child every day since he was born! She is her mother’s daughter!  I don’t think there’s a child on earth more baby crazy than this dazzling little girl! Here’s a shot at the airport:


Here’s Shawni’s Instagram post that steals my heart!


We were so thrilled to have Moses home! He was excited about his new Eyrealm t-shirt since he wasn’t there for the reunion:


Saren and Eliza came from Ogden to spend the day and be there for a family baby shower for Moses that night! My sister Lenna  came from North Salt Lake along with so many of her daughters and daughters-in-law and their girls! It was so great to have them all together along with many other cousins and friends! Obviously, I left my camera somewhere in the house and I’m having to draw from every source I can find to fill in the gaps on pictures! Thanks all!


Did we ever have fun being together and enjoying baby Moses! !

Another grand Baby Shower was thrown by Charity’s friends who came from near and far! Two friends even flew in from California for the festivities! There were high school friends, college friends and work friends. What a grand celebration for Moses!

I missed getting there in time to get everyone enjoying lunch but here are a few dear friends who were left at the table by the time I got there!

One of Charity’s delightful, ultra creative friends, Dani really did a number on the decorations. She’s amazing! Who would think of this for a baby shower?


Or this? (taken that evening after everyone left).


I think another friend thought of this:


These wonderful friends created a day to remember for Charity and Ian and….Moses probably recorded something in his cute little brain on the love surrounding him on this memorable day!

(These pictures are taken from the balcony with lots of light flowing in as Ian and Charity opened the lovely gifts!)


The next day was Sunday. We traveled to Ogden to have brunch with the Looslis and have one last celebration before everyone went their way.


Josh had flown in from AZ to enjoy the hoopla of meeting this new little guy. You can already tell that Moses is going to love his Uncle Josh!



After church we dressed him in his new jammies that his Grandfather bought for him in London before he was born. His grandfather kind of likes him!


So it’s goodbye for now as Shawni and Claire had left the day before and we dropped Josh off at the airport to fly back to AZ. Ian and Charity headed for Provo to see Ian’s sisters and grandparents before flying back to London. Rick and I got ready to fly out to give a speech in Detroit. The party is over for a while, but wow, we made the best of those wild and wonderful mini-reunion days!