Sunday, March 27, 2011

my darling girls

this is the way our room started out today

after a get to know you
catherine a published author...grandma "fruitsnacks"
lara a California/Utah girl who loves to eat out and read
lisa a southern girl who also lived in Japan
tammy the athlete and cook

who knew?

we had so much fun

so many to choose from

beautiful girls

with their choice



each one unique

each one special

each one loved and useful

created to serve

hours and hours of skilled craftsmanship

forever friends


Happy Birthday Maddie!

sweet sierra
our angel

faith filled leaders

always serving


Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Janie Egan

JANIE EGAN, Olympus, girls basketball
Janie Egan has the skills to score a lot of points and grab a lot of spotlight. But the junior point guard has bigger plans for her first-place Titans this season.
"She's probably the most under-recognized player and she's probably one of the most important parts of our team," said Olympus head coach Kael Ashton. "She scored 10 points the other day, and she's capable of scoring that every game, but she just doesn't care. She's happy to get the win and happy to get other people the ball and get the offense going."
Unselfishness, her work ethic and her positive attitude have helped make Egan the team's undeniable leader this season.
"She worked really hard in the offseason getting better," said Ashton of Egan, who also maintains a 3.7 GPA. "She is a great passer in the open court. … She is positive energy. She really wants to be good and she is willing to step up and talk. She's not afraid to stay tough things that need to be said. She is also the first one to pat someone on the back. … She's definitely our floor general."


how awesome is this?

Lydia Owens

The production is a delightful combination of elements from "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass," says Lee, artistic director of CDT. It features an original story adaptation and script by Christina Yong, an original music score by Tristan Moore, original costumes and design by Cynthia Turner, Wendy Turner and Nancy Cook — and 300 enthusiastic and graceful dancers who range in age from 8 to 18.
"The story offers some fabulous possibilities for dancing," Lee says. It tells the story of Alice's journey across a chess board, where she encounters "myriad crazy characters," including a deck of cards, the bubbly White Queen, the contradictory Red Queen, talking flowers, a 28-dancer caterpillar, jousters and more. "There's a very dreamlike quality to it," Lee says. "At the end, Alice makes it across the chess board, is crowned queen and is invited to a tea party, where she sees a mirror and steps back into her world."


Tuesday, March 22, 2011


final score

the teal girls were some tall girls

amanda getting some pointers from her sis

a breather for the girls while sylvia coaches

they played hard...they look great in pink

we'll have fun again next year
thanks to Sylvia!

the end


just look at what great love can do

Posted in: People  — Monday, February 07, 2011

Utah Volunteers 1We are consistently amazed by the creative ways in which people have come together in support of the Gashora Girls Academy.  Kim in Utah organized hundreds of people from church groups, families, and friends to tie the quilts that cover the beds in the dormitories.  The volunteers came from many ages, genders, and ethnicities, all with the desire to make a difference for girls in Rwanda. 

These photos are from a group of 200 people that made 70 of the 300 quilts. Kim shared these thoughts on the experience:

“I think the photos were truly representative of the same experience that was repeated over and over in finishing those quilts. What I can say is that they were tied with love.  No one ever complained or did not finish what they promised…. In fact my phone continues to ring with women volunteering their time to do more.  I easily could have had 600 quilts tied.  There were of course church groups, but also families made it their Thanksgiving or Christmas project, Utah Volunteers 3neighborhoods set them up in central locations and women dropped in to work on them whenever they had extra time, and a large group of the Tongan community in Salt Lake banded together and worked on them.  A Tongan woman named Lia bound all 300 of them herself as people finished tying them, and my great friends helped me cut, sew and assemble them into bags to pass out in the community.  It truly was a total group effort … I am sure the stories go on and on, and it is hard to thank all who gave so freely of their time.  I tear up when I think how overwhelming the support was.  I am proud to come from a Utah volunteers4Utah lineage, a line of women that are there whenever there is a need to be filled.  They make me proud.”  

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who helped with the quilt project.  We are so thankful for your generosity and know that the students will be moved to know that so many people across the world gave their time and effort on their behalf.

QuiltsHere are the finished quilts at the Gashora Girls Academy dorms!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

basketball and hot pink shirts

i love these girls!

these girls run, jump, dribble, bob and weave
these girls pass, chase, laugh and shout
these girls smile
these girls came to play, win and have fun


a busy week

here is where we had the chance to eat good food
have a few laughs
share with older people in our ward
watch some great talent
share some great talent
pour water
help clean up
and smile a lot

we had fun!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Getting to know YOU!

Rachel Dansie's birthday today!

adorable smiles

such pretty girls

Tweety getting lots of love

grew up in Alaska...who knew?

all about Twizzler's and Mac's
who knew?

toaster Sunday
but the toasters shorted out

this idea was Andi Wagstaff's
with a Utah Jazz toaster
brought by the twins

Anna (above), Heidi R. and Amanda E. attended BYC

so so thankful
for girls