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Nine Fine Years Blogging, With Gratitude

Nine Fine Years Blogging, With Gratitude

Today commemorates 9 years since “Mormon Soprano” was born in blog form. Nine. Whole. Years. Wow. How did that happen? Nine years ago several things happened in succession that changed the direction and focus of my life. My children were in Junior High and High School, respectively. That year began with an extreme trial of faith. My … Continue reading

General Conference To The Rescue

General Conference To The Rescue

Just when hope seems lost, the future seems dim, and we feel like we can’t take one more step…General Conference arrives! This weekend allows us to pause, reflect, sit quietly, and see a new perspective. One of the grand recurring themes of the scriptures is the message of rescue and “saving” what was once thought to be lost. Today has been … Continue reading

9-11 Stories of Hope

9-11 Stories of Hope

Today the United States of America marks fifteen years since the horrible terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In many ways “Nine-Eleven” seems like just yesterday, and in other ways, it seems a lifetime ago. This is a day we will always remember where we were, what we were doing, how we felt – and how it changed us forever … Continue reading

Remind Me Again How We Do This?

Remind Me Again How We Do This?

Do you ever wonder what “this” is all about? You know – this. As in, Life. It seems like whenever I reach a crossroads, where some big decision has to be made, or a crises happens, or a change is taking place, I think about “this” – the living thing – more… Continue reading

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