Sep 26, 2011

Meet John Frew

written by Brother #1 for a school project:

  My great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Frew, was born June 17, 1826 in Avershire, Scotland.  He was born with a talent for singing.  in fact, as an adult he was asked to sing for the queen of Scotland.
  As a young man, he met and married Jean Clotworthy on
May 1, 1846.  Shortly after that they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  When he was 30, on March 23, 1856, they set sail from Liverpool on the ship called the Enoch Train with his wife and 5 children.  Two of their children died on the way, but they arrived in Boston, MA on May 1, 1856, their wedding anniversary.  From Boston they took a train to Iowa City.  There they gathered wagons and handcarts to go on the 2000 mile journey to Utah.  This Mormon trail occurred because Mormons were being persecuted, their houses were being burned, their cattle killed, and the Mormons went West for religious freedom, settling in what is now Utah.
  John's oldest 2 children walked every step of the way barefoot, sometimes bleeding so badly they left a trail of blood.  Along the way, his wife gave birth to one son, her bed being the wagon.
  Once they arrived in Utah, John got a job as a stationary engineer.  They helped settle Franklin, Idaho a few years later where John bought and ran a sawmill.
  One night as Jean Frew was pulling fresh bread out of her oven, an Indian broke into the house.  She fought and fought and finally the Indian dropped the tomahawk and left.
  In 1869, John and his family moved to Hopper, Utah.  Sadly, his wife Jean died on march 30, 1872.  John remarried and had 3 more children for a total of 11.  He died on February 22, 1904.  He was 78.

Sep 20, 2011

First day of School

School started the day after Labor Day here.  I know it has been 2 weeks, but better late than never.

Brother #1 started 6th grade this year.  The first week of learning locker combinations and getting to class before the bell was a bit of a challenge, but cross country also started, and he is in his element so there may be a balance.

Brother #2 started 3rd grade with the teacher #1 had when he was that age.  #2 is glad to have this great teacher, but still wonders why there is only one Saturday in the week and 5 school days.

Brother #3 headed off to kindergarten without a glance back...until the second week, then he suddenly got nervous.  I think we've worked out the jitters and are back on track.

Brother #4 is in this picture and holding his very own "backpack" (#1's lunchbox).  Everyday when his brothers get on the bus he looks at me and says "me, mom".  In a few years my son-and I'm afraid it will come quicker that I'd like.

Sep 12, 2011

Dear Grandma,

Dear Grandma,

I miss you.  Can you send me your stewed tomatoes recipe?  I could eat your stewed tomatoes, slightly warmed up, as breakfast, lunch, or dinner.   I just spent 3 hours slicing, chopping, blanching, peeling, and seeding what I thought was a large number of tomatoes.  Turns out I was able to can 8 pints.  P-I-N-T-S, not quarts, and it just doesn't taste the same.  As a college student, the presents you sent were always coveted.  We knew we would find a towel, toothpaste and toothbrush, maybe some other necessities, and a bottle or two of plum jam, maybe some fruit, and of course, stewed tomatoes.  These items might actually have been worth something in a family auction, but they were too dear to us.  Today I am more aware of the value of your gift.  The countless hours you spent at the kitchen sink preparing food for your grandchildren.  But that's who you were...evident in EVERY single letter you typed up and mailed to each one of us, every week.  Your acts of service to neighbors, ward members, family members, and our Heavenly Father while working at the temple were recorded in these letters for us to learn from.  I doubt you knew the eternal impact that with each journal entry lessons were being taught and lives were being shaped.  Thank you, Grandma!

Sep 6, 2011

Celebrate the Family

Last year I followed "Chocolate on my Cranium" and "We Talk of Christ, We Rejoice in Christ" as they spent the month of September celebrating the family and the Family Proclamation.  This year they have included some additional bloggers and condensed all the goodness into 2 weeks.  I am looking forward to reading some inspirational ideas.  Follow along...