Help. As you may know, the FLDS are being evicted from Short Creek. Regardless of WHY they are being evicted, evictions are traumatic. There are no support services for them during this transition, but there are many things that the outside world can do to help them, even if it is just sending little travel bags for children with a small pillow, blanket & hygiene items. Jump ropes, hackey… Read More
. Playing restaurant! This culture is like going back in time Making applesauce Trying to make applesauce like the big boys Family canning day – plus one water balloon, uh oh! Cherries for future pies! Snitching her own bowl of strawberries to eat Homemade pumpkin pie, of course He’s trying to help… but sometimes it’s the thought that counts, lol Remember pressure cookers? I almost forgot they… Read More
The FLDS – especially the single mothers and children, have many, many needs. First of all, if you want to help, please contact me at 435-212-1183. Another thing you can do is buy homemade products from a Facebook Craft store that I made for them. None of the FLDS mothers that I personally know are interested in a free handout. They want to earn their own money and be independent! … Read More
FLDS children in the springtime. This is me participating in what the FLDS call “Hundreds Day.” I had never heard of this before, but what a fun day filled with math activities! Save Save Save
I came across a homemade book that an FLDS Father made to help his children learn to read. Since the FLDS have strict rules about the kinds of things their children can be exposed to (i.e. no talking animals, no fantasy), it is common for family members to make homemade books. Research shows that children raised in homes that promote family literacy grow up to be better readers and do… Read More
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Once upon a time, there was a library in this town. Then poof! It was gone in a pile of smoke. Decades later, the people who loved the town of Hildale & Colorado City decided it was time for a new library to increase the happiness and education of the children, among other things. Little by little, the dream of a new library took shape. I have documented some of… Read More
That’s right, these chairs above represent how busy it was when I walked into the St. George DMV. Compare to Las Vegas DMV below. And that’s just one section! To all my friends from Las Vegas who have to waste an entire day or two trying to get something done at the DMV: my wait time was maybe – 39 seconds? Go ahead and be jealous! Not only was it NOT… Read More
When I stumbled upon this group of FLDS having a ball playing soccer in Colorado City, Arizona, I asked permission to take this video and the mother said yes. It does my heart good to share the evidence I find of FLDS families like this laughing, having fun, experiencing life joy! As a newcomer to the area who was keenly aware of all the negative media, I have been happily… Read More
Just documenting the joy as I see it. When we moved here, we were under the impression that there was never any joy for the children. In fact, it seems that children are outside playing more and more. Something wonderful is happening.
After taking us to the zoo and showing us the planned renovations, on the spur of the moment, Andrew Chatwin took Tolga and I on a hike to the Amphitheater – just minutes from our cottage! It was absolutely stunning and a mind-blowing experience for us – not to mention that I got sucked into quicksand along the way. Please enjoy our short little video clips. Click on a photo… Read More
The FMJ Zoo is a 12-acre parcel that was turned into a small zoo by one of the Crick’s most beloved people, “Uncle Fred Jessop.” From what I understand, Uncle Fred loved children and created the zoo to bring enjoyment to the little ones growing up here. It used to have bears, a giraffe I think, and more. At some point,Uncle Fred died and the zoo was forced to close. Today… Read More
It was beautiful to see all the FLDS here exercising their right to vote.
Ever since the tragic flood of 2015 (read about it HERE), this community is very sensitive whenever there is a flood warning, or when it floods. Tolga and I were out walking – taking photos – early in the morning when the rain started. Within an hour, the rains had created a raging flood that was so powerful, we worried it was going to wash a walkway bridge away. We… Read More
This is from the first walk we ever went on in the Crick. In fact, I know this is hard to believe, but Tolga being the city boy he has been his whole life has never had the urge to go experience nature. In the 12 years we have been together, we never once even went on a hike! So this was our very first nature walk together so I… Read More