Away, away,—to the mountains away,
Where the pine trees murmur and sway,
And the foamy waterfalls sing and spring
Over the boulders gray.
The hidden beauties will lure you on,
‘Till your heart from its dreaming is drawn,
And your eyes are bright with the free delight
Known to the fearless fawn.
Fear not to weary—you never can tire,
For the sunshine gives you its fire,
And your feet will follow the breeze with ease,
Higher and ever higher.
Families are the basic organizational unit of the eternal realms, and so He intends for them also to be the basic unit on earth. Though earthly families are far from perfect, they give God’s children the best chance to be welcomed to the world with the only love on earth that comes close to what we felt in heaven—parental love.
-Henry B Eyring
“And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
“For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
“That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God” (Doctrine and Covenants 76:22-24)
I have been silent on social media but have been wanting a space to share all our adventures. I love documenting our life through photography and videos so if you’re reading this, get ready for a barrage of Rasmussen Life. I plan to add helpful tips on documenting your own life story, photography, journal writing, doing family history (duh) and other tutorials that strike my fancy.
To start us off, here’s a glimpse of what our December looked like.
For fall break we went with Tyler to Tuscon for a work trip. We’d never been before but we had a blast! We visited some popular places like Sabino Canyon, the Sonoran Desert Museum, the Tuscon Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and some popular restaurants.
For $5 (all day!) you can explore the beautiful national forest park located in the north east corner of Oro Valley in Tuscon. We took an easy hike to Sabino Creek which has lots of places to stop and enjoy the views, wildlife, and the amazing cacti! The Saguaro cactus are native to this area and can grow over 40 feet tall!
On the west side of the city is the top rated museum and recreation site. We arrived at about an hour and a half before closing time of 5pm so we thought we had plenty of time to explore. Unfortunately many of the coolest kid features close at 3pm or 4pm (which we didn’t realize since there’s no info online or anywhere they close earlier) so the kids were not super thrilled about missing the Pack Rat Playhouse and Raptor flights and touching the Stingrays. We did see amazing cats, spiders, snakes, and of course, the gorgeous cactus and other desert flora.
Only members of the Church with recommends can go inside the temples but the grounds are always so beautiful. We love spending time at the temple as a family because it helps us focus on our eternal family! The temple is a place of peace, guidance, making covenants and coming closer to Jesus Christ. Because you can find temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world, we usually try to stop at them every place we visit!
4. Places to eat