Day 13: Jahrhunderthalle

Day 13: Jahrhunderthalle

Saturday July 9, 2016 – Frankfurt, Germany – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ The most important and exciting thing about this day is our CONCERT tonight, at a place called the Jahrhunderthalle [The Hundred Year Hall]. #1. I just love saying that word Jahrhunderthalle! It sounds so epic –  like something straight out of Wagner’s … Continue reading

Day 12: Roaming The Rhine To Eltz

Day 12: Roaming The Rhine To Eltz

Friday July 8, 2016 – Frankfurt and Burg Eltz, Germany – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ Today’s two working titles were “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” and “Just Get Lost! [You’ll Have A Great Adventure!]” Our first adventure started at 07:00 when we decided to take a morning run to the Park. It should have been an … Continue reading

Day 11: The Mainhattan of Germany

Day 11: The Mainhattan of Germany

Thursday July 7, 2016 – Frankfurt, Germany – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ We arrived from Zürich to Frankfurt, Germany in the wee morning hours and stumbled off the bus, up an elevator and into our room. We are on the 26th Floor, of 44. So, we had an idea this was a much bigger city than … Continue reading

Day 10: Zurich Surprises

Day 10: Zurich Surprises

Wednesday July 6, 2016 – Zurich, Switzerland- Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ Today marks the half-way point of our whirlwind tour. It’s hard to believe how fast it seems to be going by. I don’t want it to end yet, so I’m relieved we still have many more adventures ahead. Best of all, we still have 4 more Concerts – and tonight … Continue reading

Day 9: There’s Always Time For Neuschswanstein

Day 9: There’s Always Time For Neuschswanstein

Tuesday July 5, 2016 – Village of Hohenschwangau, Germany – MoTab European Tour Journal Today is now officially my new favorite day on tour so far!!! [Okay, I admit every day has been my new favorite day]. For our final “Rest day” in Munich, Choir members were allowed – prior to tour – to choose from 3 options: stay … Continue reading

Day 8: At Home In Munich

Day 8: At Home In Munich

Monday, July 4, 2016 – Munich, Germany – MoTab European Tour Journal ~  Authors Note: I am heartbroken and shocked that this pre-written story will publish on a day following a tragic shooting event in my beloved München. I have shed many tears. I offer my love and fervent prayers to all of my dear Münchner. May you feel loved, and find Peace and Healing! … Continue reading

Day 7: On Holy Ground In Vienna

Day 7: On Holy Ground In Vienna

Sunday July 3, 2016 – Vienna, Austria – MoTab European Tour Journal Today is one of the longest days of our tour so far. And this is one of my longest posts. But, if you hang on for the ride I promise to share a great story, and include lots of photos! Today is also the Sabbath day, … Continue reading

Day 6: Come To My Garten

Day 6: Come To My Garten

Saturday July 2, 2016 – Munich, Germany – MoTab European Tour Journal Today was a “Rest and Recovery Day” for the Choir and Orchestra tour group. Our itinerary soberly reminds us that this will be our “most important rest day of the entire tour.” Mr. Mo and I had no desire to be anywhere near … Continue reading

Day 5: From Nuremberg With Love

Day 5: From Nuremberg With Love

Friday July 1, 2016 Nuremberg, Germany – MoTab European Tour Journal This morning we had a wonderful buffet breakfast at our hotel. We are still learning to pace ourselves with all the food and not feel like we have to ‘try it all.’ This hotel has an incredible selection of breakfast items – both European and … Continue reading

Day 4: Gute Fahrt

Day 4: Gute Fahrt

Thursday June 30, 2016 Berlin to Munich, Germany – MoTab European Tour Journal Today we leave Berlin and travel to Munich. But first, we were excited that we had time to go for another early morning run in the Tiergarten! Sadly, our excitement was short lived. Due to some sort of major concert event we discovered … Continue reading

Day 3: And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Day 3: And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

Wednesday June 29, 2016 – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour – Berlin, Germany

Mr. Mo and I woke up bright and early feeling quite refreshed and ready to hit the ground running – literally. Right across the street from our hotel is the irresistible Tiergarten beckoning us to explore! Continue reading

Day 1 and 2: The Ninth Wave

Day 1 and 2: The Ninth Wave

Monday June 27 & Tuesday June 28, 2016 MoTab European Tour – Salt Lake City to Berlin, Germany The Choir and orchestra members, guests and staff total close to 600 people for this tour. Each person is allowed 1 large sized suitcase (shipped as freight a week ahead),  1 carry on sized luggage (to be checked on … Continue reading

Elaine’s Heavenly Homecoming

Elaine’s Heavenly Homecoming

On Tuesday June 21, 2016 my sweet mother-in-law Elaine passed away. She was 83 years young. It is hard to say goodbye. Her loss is fresh. Our family is grieving individually. But, collectively we are also celebrating her wonderful life, and enjoying all of the treasured memories that she gave us. Continue reading

The Foundation Will Be Deeper

The Foundation Will Be Deeper

The house made more progress yesterday! After getting its footings poured last weekend. It was then prepped just a few days later with large metal boards called forms or “frames”. We arrived later in the evening in time to see 7 men working diligently to get our entire basement framed. The following day my Dad … Continue reading

Our Spot Of Earth

Our Spot Of Earth

“Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.” – Today, I’m writing about the goodness of life. Because, despite the evil, sadness and horrors, there is still so much good and gratitude. Continue reading

Bountiful Angel 2.0 Surprise!

Bountiful Angel 2.0 Surprise!

About a week ago [the afternoon of Sunday May 22, 2016 to be exact] the golden angel Moroni statue atop the Bountiful Utah Temple was struck by lighting. It was very dramatic! Our home is less than quarter mile away and we saw the bright flash of light and felt the BOOM shake our house. At the … Continue reading

His Day: A Sabbath Song By Composer Eric Malizia

His Day: A Sabbath Song By Composer Eric Malizia

I Love New Songs! My own very talented friend Eric Malizia has written a new children’s song honoring the Sabbath Day – appropriately called His Day – and I am excited to share it with you today. The song talks about all of the activities that we can do on Sunday to make it a special, sacred day that honors … Continue reading

Patty Duke Saved My Life

Patty Duke Saved My Life

On Tuesday March 29, 2016 the world lost an amazing soul, and I lost one of my great heroes. Academy award-winning actress “Patty” Duke [Anna Marie Pearce] succumbed to a sepsis infection. She was only 69 years old. She meant a great deal to a great many people. And, I owe her my life. This is my story and my personal tribute. Continue reading

Easter Thursday: In Remembrance

Easter Thursday: In Remembrance

Today is often known as “Maundy Thursday,” derived from the Latin “mandatum,” which means “commandment.” It refers to when Jesus, in the Upper Room during the Last Super, said to the disciples: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John … Continue reading