John Baadsgaard's Missionary Experiences in Denmark

My son John Baadsgaard is serving a mission for
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denmark.
While there he finds and teaches people
about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
He participates in baptisms.

He volunteers his time for service.
He participates in leadership councils 
where he is taught 
and teaches others leadership skills.
He meets with other missionaries 
as they learn from
and teach each other.
He teaches other missionaries 
how to better love each other 
and the people of Denmark.
He finds ways to teach in interesting hands-on ways.

He learns to forget himself
and find joy
in bringing others to Christ. 


Happy Birthday Eden

My Eden

By Grandma Baadsgaard

Happy second birthday Eden dear. I love you so.

In the beginning

They say we were cast out

Yet, I know

Eden is here

Where each chose choice

Forbidden Fruit

Bitter and Sweet

Tree of life

Fruit of love

Seeds of change

Dark and light

There is no loss

Of innocence

For Eden is right here


Scottish Festival in Payson

Had fun at the Scottish Festival with Mitchell . . . 
and Ross!


Gabriel Jordan Cope is born!

Gabriel Jordan Cope at 8 pounds 13 ounces and 21 inches long.
Born July 11, 2016 at 2:22 am. Welcome to the world little one.
My newest grandson Gabriel Jordan Cope has come to our family. His mother Arianne and his father Jared are doing well.


Handcart Trek Experience for Alisa

My daughter Alisa went on trek with our Stake this past week. 
Here she is helping to pull the handcart.
This is Alisa's trek family.
The trek experience was to help the youth get a small taste of what it was like for their pioneer ancestors
when they crossed the plains to Utah. They had to pull handcarts all day and set up camp each night.
Square dancing in the evening made it fun.
This is the woman's pull to honor 
the women who made it to Utah on their own.
All the women and girls on trek pulled their handcart without any help up the hardest hill. The men and boys stood at silent attention to honor the strength of women.


Timp Hike Pictures

Here are the amazing people in my family who hiked Timp on the 4th of July.
I'm so proud of these guys!

Jordan's family at the top.
Jordan's family.
Great friends and brothers Jordan and Joseph.


Fourth of July Celebrations

My daughter Arianne Baadsgaard Cope
is an amazing fiber arts specialist
who volunteers at the  Colonial Days Celebration.
Here she is demonstrating spinning.
She uses various fibers such as the wool from sheep or the fluff from her bunny to spin.
She also takes the skeins she completes on a the spinning wheel and weaves on her loom to fashion a variety of wares.
She lovingly keeps alive the skills of her ancestors.
Below are her beautiful children enjoying the whole experience.
Logan and Liam listening to the story of how our country was created.
Samuel and Logan with the re-en-actors firing wooden guns. 
Sophia with her knitting
Girls can fire guns too.
Logan and Samuel with their wooden guns.
Gideon writing on his slate tablet.


Celebrating #41

Married June 27th 1975
Celebrating 41 years together today.
Happy anniversary sweetheart!


Summer Orchestra Concert

Come to my annual Summer Concert 
and Soiree -- this coming Wednesday, June 29, at 6:30 PM in the Pavilion of the LDS Edgemont North “White Stake Center," 4300 North Canyon Road, Provo. Bring and share a dessert for the post-concert soiree and afterglow!


Celebrating Life

The Baadsgaard family is about to receive the greatest gift from God . . . a new son, grandson, nephew, and brother. Gabe will be here in a few days so we we wanted to celebrate the journey that Arianne is about to take with a grand new soul fresh from heaven. What a joy is it to be with my daughters both those there in body and those who were there in spirit. To read Annie's blog about this waiting time check here.http://stillparenting.blogspot.com/2016/06/waiting.html


Alice on her Blessing Day

Beautiful Alice on her blessing day.
My beautiful new granddaughter Alice and her mother Aubrey on her blessing day.
Alice with her mother Aubrey and her father Kyle.
Kyle and Alice
Kyle and Rylan and Griffen
Alice with her Grandpa Baadsgaard


Happy 14th Birthday Emily

June 29, 2016
Dear Emily,
Can you believe you’re going to be fourteen - the age Joseph Smith was when he entered the grove of trees? I’m sure that he thought of himself as a simple farm boy. God saw his heart and his soul. That is how God sees you. Your value is absolute and never changes. You are a daughter of God with limitless potential.
I’ve watched you grow up with so much joy. You always have a ready smile and a twinkle in your eye. You always have a hug and the warmth of your personality to share. You are smart, capable, hardworking, talented, kind, loving, a great leader and so much fun to be around.
You have been a blessing to everyone who knows you. I see you quietly helping out where ever you see a need. You have a kind sensitive soul. You also have a great personality and a great wit.  
When I was your age I liked to go for walks in nature and find a quiet peaceful place to think and pray. While I was thinking and praying I felt the love of God for me in such a way that I have a peaceful place in my heart everywhere I go. I know that things will work out and that I am worthy of love. I am enough. Even though I know I have lots of things I need to do to improve myself I know that I need to be kind and patient with myself as I make mistakes.
I hope you are kind to yourself. I hope you find ways to be alone and think and pray. I hope you know how much your heavenly parents love you. When you know your value to your core then nothing that life throws at you knock you down for good. You will always have the strength to pull yourself back up and try again.
You have a wonderful mother and father who love you very much and want the best for you. You have awesome brothers and sisters who are your best friends. In a few short years you will be leaving home and finding your way in the world. Remember you are never alone even when you are physically alone. You are never spiritually alone. God is always with you and has all the time in the world to know and love you. Jesus Christ really is your brother and best friend. He really knows exactly how you feel because He has felt it. Your loving family - both on earth and on the other side of the veil - is also with you in spirit.
I hope you know that you are valuable just because you are you. You are loved. You are treasured and you are cherished. Your Grandma sees your beautiful soul and delights in your presence. God bless you with all your hopes and dreams. I will always love you forever.
Love, Grandma Baadsgaard   


Happy Birthday Libby

Libby Hugs
Grandma Baadsgaard
I love you so much my precious Libby.

In all the big wide world
There’s nothing quite as great
As a great big Libby hug
Her smiles are never late

For Libby spreads sunshine
Everywhere she goes
She makes everyone feel so good
Right down to your toes

Her imagination has a flare
With lots of fun to play
She makes friends easily
What else can I say?

For Libby knows just what to do
When someone else is sad
She shares her treats and her heart
So everyone feels glad