Friday, January 18, 2019

Gifts for the Russians

I have decided something. I have decided that people from other countries are much more giving than I am. I need to work on this.

In 2005, Kerry and I went to Russia to be with Erik Lauritzen at the end of his mission. As we were getting all of the visas, passports, and everything else we would need in place, our travel agent suggested we take gifts with us to give to the Russian people, for they would be giving them to us.

I had no idea what to take. I heard that they love Levi jeans, but I couldn't pack up a suitcase full of them, not knowing the size of anyone.

I tried to think of something "American", and my mind was blank.

Finally, the agent suggested something that the Russian people love that they can't get in Russia -- Lawry's Seasoned Salt and Kool-aid.


She assured me they would be loved by the many people we saw. So, I went to Big Lots, and loaded up my cart with as many as I could find. Then, off we went.

They we were warm and welcoming. And, as we would leave each home, we exchanged our gifts. I gave them salt and Kool-aid. They gave me Russian nesting dolls, hand-carved boxes, handmade lace, tablecloths, crystal bowls, fur hats, etc.

I was mortified!

But, they really did love my gifts. They would open the salt, take a whiff, and just moan. They made the Kool-aid, not even adding sugar, and drank it with gusto! Their version of the drink was using what was left in the bottom of a jam/jelly glass, and adding water to it.

Today I received a beautiful gift, and I am always stymied at what I can do in return.

Salt and Kool-aid just seems to lame...

What we gave...

What we got...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

RootsTech 2019 Giveaway!!

This is one of the last opportunities to win a free 
4-day pass to
RootsTech 2019!!!

Let's do it!

Perhaps you have changed your mind,
and really want to attend.
Perhaps you are wondering how you can do it.

Perhaps you have heard more about the speakers and celebrities
you will be able to see and hear at the conference.
You can see those here.

Perhaps you want to meet some of the some of the
wonderful speakers
you have heard at conferences and through webinars.

Or, maybe you want to spend a bit of time
in the world famous
Family History Library.

But, you're still just not sure.

Here's your chance!

Scroll to the bottom...

 Do you feel you connect with your ancestors?
Do you feel that you belong to something bigger?

I actually won a Dell laptop last year!
I am using it to write this blogpost.

Simply respond in the comments 
what it would mean for you to attend.

Please do it by:


18 January 2019

at midnight.

I will announce the winner on Saturday.

Come on!!!

You know you want to!

PS...If you have already paid for your registration,
it will be refunded to you.