Monday, September 10, 2018

Machu Picchu (Mission Update)

Yesterday I did not have time to write because I went to Machu Picchu!

It's a long trip from Cusco to Machu Pichu. We left at 6:30 in the morning and got on a bus. It was a two hour bus ride to Ollantaytamba, where we got on a train for two hours to go to Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is a town right under Machu Picchu. From there we boarded yet another bus to head up the mountain to get to Machu Picchu. 

One Elder left his cardnet (ID basically that show we are from Peru or living here) on the bus and had to go chase it down. He barely made it in time to get on the train!

My two companions and I waiting for the train. 

An Elder took my camera and took a picture of the Elders. 

The town of Aguas Calientes. While in the town we passed by lots of restaurants and people will stand outside trying to get you inside to eat and buy food. One of them was really persistent as he told us that pretty girls ate free and won't we just come in? 

Our tour guide was named Elvis and he took us on a tour and explained the history a little bit. I highly recommend learning about this amazing place. When we went there, I felt the spirit really strongly; I think it's a special place. 

I found a dog in Machu Picchu! Sadly, I couldn't bring him home with me (my companions wouldn't let me).

Llamas are found all over Machu Picchu. 

Our name tags.

This is the Sacred Rock. You can't tell from the picture but it's called that because it is shaped like the mountain behind it.

My group, which means all those that came with me and were in the MTC with me. We are missing some but that's a lot right there!

And that was my trip to Machu Picchu! It was a crazy, filled with adventure, type of day! Love you all! 

Hermana Madsen

Dear Reader,

Please take a moment today to write our sweet Marissa. She really needs to hear from friends and family, and just anyone. She needs to know someone is thinking of her and that she isn't forgotten. Mission life isn't easy and she has been struggling with her health and her spirits ever since arriving in Cusco. Please send her some of your love, encouragement, favorite scripture verses, or advice if you served a mission. You may email her at: or she has had luck receiving cards in the mail (make sure you use correct postage) if you'd like to try that. Here is the mailing address (please address your letter/card exactly this way):
                                   Marissa Madsen
                                   Peru Cusco Mission
                                   Av. De la Cultura 2417
                                   Frente de Urb. Santa Ursula
                                   Capilla Mormona

There is also a pouch address for letters. If you want to try sending her mail through the pouch, let me know and I'll give you that address. Thank you for caring!

Monday, September 3, 2018

August Recap

I am always happy to see September, but how quickly summer flew by this year! I am excited for cooler weather, changes of the leaves, boots, hoodies, hot cocoa and pumpkin pie. What's your favorite part of autumn?

As for August, here are the highlights-

David, Marcus and I spent some time at Tony Grove and Marcus and I walked the trail around the lake.

The SURF club had two final craft days where the girls made lollipops and memory books. Each girl's memory book had 4 photos from our summer crafting parties.

We also had a movie/pizza party as a last hoorah. The girls chose Disney's original Freaky Friday movie which none of them had seen. Our next craft party will be in October for Halloween.

Marcus and I have just begun his tenth grade year and we are both excited to continue our homeschooling journey together. High school is a time when many homeschooling parents put their kids in public school, but that will never be an option for Marcus because of my firm belief that teenagers need their parents more than ever and how can I be the kind of mom he needs if I send him away to strangers for the majority of each week day, only to get what is left over? That left over time would too often be rushed, filled with more school (homework), and competing time with other activities. Plus, the more I dive into the history behind compulsive schooling, and the more I learn about all that is terribly wrong with the public school system today, I can not in good conscience send my baby there knowing I will answer to my Heavenly Father for my parenting choices, especially after He led me to homeschooling and to Liahona Academy

Besides, this year is going to be amazing! We have an early church history unit study planned which will go along with his Doctrine & Covenants year of Seminary. And if you'd like to read a delightful essay Marcus wrote about "real school", check it out on Camie's Cozy Corner. Thanks for reading and please leave me a comment letting me know you were here. If you have a blog, leave your link so I can follow you. :)

Mission Update

This week has been so fun! On Saturday we had an activity. It was called Festival GastronĂ³mico, which really was just a food festival. It was so much fun, and lots of people came! My companion, Hermana Williams did animal balloons for the kids and we made a photo booth type thing. Everyone participated, and lots of people brought food. It was so fun, and we had lots of food. I am sending you some pics and a video. 

On other news, we have been teaching and learning a lot together as a trio. Also, I will be going to Machu Picchu this cambia, in about two weeks, so lots of fun times to come!

Love, Hermana Madsen 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

July Recap

August already? And a new school year just around the corner. I have just begun planning so I better get a move on! Actually, since most of Marcus' classes are online through the amazing Liahona Preparatory Academy, it's just a matter of registering him, which I did a couple months ago, and ordering/buying his books, some from Liahona's book store and others through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Besides his online classes, however, Marcus and I have decided to do our own church history unit since this year in Seminary he will be studying the Doctrine and Covenants. We are going to make another timeline! I think this one will be a notebook timeline, however, so we can take it on-the-go when we visit David in Montana. I love timelines. :) We will also continue our read-alouds. I hope to read one per month, besides the novels for English.

July was a busy month for our family, as I'm sure it was for yours. Here are the highlights-

I spent the week of the 4th of July with David in Montana. It felt like a vacation for me even though David had to work all but the 4th. He'd take a break to have lunch with me and the rest of the time I lounged around our hotel room, working on blog posts, writing in my journal and studying my scriptures. On the 4th we took a drive up Beartooth highway which had some beautiful views.

The first Monday the girls made adorable beach scenes.
My little girl mini craft parties switched to Mondays (with a break for the week of the 4th of course). I have 19 girls crafting with me now! By the end of the month I was hosting to the max capacity of my beach themed craft room, which is ten girls. I have exactly ten stools to seat them around my craft table. This is why I hold two craft sessions- one in the morning for two hours and one in the early afternoon for two hours, with only an hour break in between. So far this has worked beautifully.


 The second Monday the girls created dream/vision boards.

The third Monday the girls made dream catchers.


Even Darcie and Marcus made dream catchers.

On the last Monday the girls made pineapple pencil cans/banks.

Marcus got his driver's permit and practice drives every chance he gets. I think there's only been a couple days since getting his permit that he hasn't driven at least once a day. Thankfully, he's a pretty sensible driver who takes the privilege seriously. His driver's ed course is at the end of August.

And one weekend in July, the boys and I moved David into a charming little rental house in Montana. We sure miss him when he's working in Montana and we are here in Utah, but the separation can't be helped at this time. đŸ˜”

And that was our month of July in a nutshell. Thanks for visiting this blog. Feel free to leave a comment and please continue to write the Sweetest Missionary Ever-