Between A Rock And A Lion

Between A Rock And A Lion

And… guess what? I spoke too soon. After 7 days of being in love with our house, those ‘perfect buyers’ are leaving us at the altar. Yep. I’m trying not to be despondent, but my heart is feeling heavy. “everything is going to work out,” “these must not have been the ‘right family’,” “the Lord has a different plan … Continue reading

I’ll Take That Third Time Charm Now, Please

I’ll Take That Third Time Charm Now, Please

Hi there. I promise to be taking you back to Paris [and it will be beautiful]! As you can tell, my Tour Journal series has been “on pause” temporarily. Here is a quick “real time” update why. Since our return from Europe we’ve been back in the saddle again prepping our current home to sell, and watching over our new home construction. In the ongoing saga … Continue reading

Day 18.2 A Night In The City of Light

Day 18.2 A Night In The City of Light

Wednesday July 14, 2016 – Day 18 Part Two – Paris, France, Bastille Day – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ After having an amazing visit to the Anne Frank House this morning, we ate our final breakfast in Marriott’s beautiful church-turned-dining-hall, and then said farewell to Amsterdam. Our next agenda item was a  5 1/2 hour drive to Paris! Our bus … Continue reading

Day 18.1 Remembering Anne in Amsterdam

Day 18.1 Remembering Anne in Amsterdam

Wednesday July 14, 2016 – Day 18 Part One – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ Last night as I was getting ready to load the bus from Rotterdam back to Amsterdam I received two wonderful surprises from my excited choir friend Rebecca. #1. Every day the Anne Frank House releases a handful of tickets for the following day – … Continue reading

Day 17.2: A Rotterdam Embrace

Day 17.2: A Rotterdam Embrace

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Day 17 Part 2 – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ After my fun morning “Lover’s Cruise” on the peaceful canals of Amsterdam, I returned to the hotel in time to grab my day-bag and load the bus for Rotterdam. We were on our way to our final performance of the tour. … Continue reading

Day 17.1: Amsterdam Is For Lovers [Or Not]

Day 17.1: Amsterdam Is For Lovers [Or Not]

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Day 17 Part One – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ Yesterday we had an unintended late night. After our museum tours we decided to walk back to the hotel to enjoy more of the city. We discovered the Amsterdam Tulip Museum [with a store – hooray! Tulips are my favorite … Continue reading

Day 16: Getting To Know Van Gogh

Day 16: Getting To Know Van Gogh

Tuesday July 12, 2016 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ Welcome to Amsterdam! We arrived by bus from Brussels to Amsterdam at 2:00 am. Our hotel is located on a very narrow cobblestone street and our tour bus drivers had to do some fancy maneuvers getting us to the door. But, they … Continue reading

Day 15: Brussels And The Bozar

Day 15: Brussels And The Bozar

Monday July 15, 2016 – Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour Journal ~ Today we left Frankfurt, and said our final Adieu to Germany. Parting is sweet sorrow. A piece of my heart will always be in Deutschland, and  I will miss singing “Gott sei mit euch…” . I hope we can return someday. But, we have other cities and countries to visit, new friends … Continue reading

We Interrupt This Programming For Some Love

We Interrupt This Programming For Some Love

To all of those who have been faithfully tuning in for the past 2 weeks reading my Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour series – Thank you, Thank you!! Don’t go anywhere – there are still 7 days remaining, and I can’t wait to share all the amazing stories! I am taking a short break today & tomorrow to do some much needed … Continue reading

Day 14: Keeping Our Sabbath In Frankfurt

Day 14: Keeping Our Sabbath In Frankfurt

Sunday July 10, 2016 – Frankfurt, Germany – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir European Tour ~ Have we really been a whole two weeks already in Europe?! Last Sunday we were in Vienna, providing a memorable performance in the famed Musikverein’s Goldener Hall, with all proceeds given to charity. This Sunday we will truly “rest from our labors” and … Continue reading

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 the Sabbath day, so … 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