Serving the Lord in Russia

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Birth, Death, Family, Missionaries, and Russia

January 2011 was an exciting and wonderful month for us.  First, we are the proud grandparents of a new granddaughter!  Our sweet little Brooklyn Jane Mortensen was born to Becky and John on January 19th in Salt Lake City.  She weighed in at 8 lbs. 2 oz., was 19 1/2" long, and has lots of dark brown hair.  She is beautiful!!!  Mother, father and baby are all doing great. 

Our oldest daughter, Jeannette, is holding Brooklyn.  Jeannette and her husband, Jon, are expecting their sixth child in May.  They are having another girl which will give them five girls and one boy.  We love these girls!

Our second son, Rich, holding Brooklyn.  Rich and his wife, Misty, are expecting their first child in June and it is a girl.  Pink is our color this year.  We are so excited to add three little granddaughters to our family this year!!! 

We now have three birthdays in our family in January - Mike, Kate and Brooklyn.

Our niece Meg with her four-month-old daugther, Lucy.  The Sorenson family has a run on girls this year.

Our oldest son Peter and I.

My sister Camille, our mom and I. 

On the day that Brooklyn was born my dad's brother, Calvin Geary Clyde, passed away at the age of 86 from complications following heart surgery.  He was an amazing man with a wonderful wife and family! 

In January we said good-bye to our dear Sister Abram who completed her mission.  It was hard to let her go but then we said hello to three new wonderful missionaries, Elder Zinn, Sister Carlson and Sister Mordwinow.  They will be great. 

Sister Abram and President Sorenson

Sister Abram and Sister Sorenson

Sister Mordwinow, Sister Sorenson, Sister Carlson, President Sorenson and Elder Zinn.  Welcome to our Russia Moscow Mission!

As January came to an end it was very clear that we would be having winter for at least another couple of months.  The snow is deep but it hasn't been unusually cold and we are starting to see a little more daylight.  I still think the snow is beautiful but maybe come the end of March I will be anxious for spring.  So, for those of you who are enjoying warmer weather - Moscow really has lots of snow and is cold!

Brooklyn ready for the snow and cold.


  1. January WAS a great month. It was so much fun having you home and I will never forget it. THANK YOU for coming home to help me...I couldn't have done it without you!!

    It looks SO cold in Russia...I think that is a reason to come home again..

  2. Corinne, it was so nice to see you. I'm sorry to hear about your Dad's brother-I didn't know that. We loved your hat!

  3. I heard that everyone loved seeing you! I am so glad you got to go be there for Becky.

  4. What a wonderful visit and treat to have you home for a few days! We love you both so much and are so proud of you!

  5. IT was so darn fun to see you. We sure love you and miss you even more!