If I had a toddler in my house today,
this is what we'd be doing…
She'll tell you how it came to be on her blog.
Whenever I bring my laptop into our bedroom, a sign flashes
across the screen saying that Clovis Unified School denies access.
This has been going on for over 2 years!
I kept putting off calling the elementary school across the street
who is "denying access" thinking they would just be really nice
about it, apologize and then refer me to their main office. In other
words, they wouldn't know what to do about it either.
But I had lots of extra time today so I called.
The office lady answered and seemed polite enough at first.
I began: "I have a problem I'm hoping you can help me with or at
least point me in the right direction. We live on the next street
over, and we're not able to get the internet in one room of our
home because Clovis Unified is denying access."
I don't know why that struck a cord with her but it did. She came
flying back with, "You need to quit using our provider and get one
of your own."
"I'm not using your provider. We have our own provider, but
Clovis Unified denies access to our own provider. We don't want
to be on your provider. "
But before I got that last sentence out completely she interrupted
me and said, "So what is the name of your provider? What is the
name of your provider?" she asked me twice. Like she was daring
me to come up with something
"Well when you go to sign up next time DON'T choose Clovis
"I'm not choosing Clovis Unified! It just comes on and takes over."
Raising her voice a notch she says, "Mam, I can't help you. I can't
help you. You need to get your own provider and not use ours"
"I can't help you!" she interrupts even more irritated.
"Okay, thanks anyway."
Oh my. No progress there. But looking at the clock, when I called,
it was 3:45. Not probably the best time at an elementary school.
Maybe this woman was tired, and hungry. Maybe she had a fever
and sore throat. Maybe her husband just left her.
Whatever, this little experience gave me the chance to practice
It was easy to do having just read this on another blog today.
It's written by a man named Hank Smith:
We did it! We met them!
Thanks to Familysearch.org I was able to connect with family who live just a few miles from us.
Family I never knew about. They also go to the same church (although a different ward and stake than
us) so NO WONDER they looked so familiar to me!
First, here I am with is my newly found cousin Sterling Ingrim. His great grandmother is the sister of
my great grandfather….which also means we have the same great great grandparents.
Last week there was this mystery person adding data to our family tree on Familysearch.org
So I thought I would just email this person to see if I'd get a response.
I wondered….who is this person and where did she get all the info to share?
Familysearch.org is free to all, but the majority are still from our church.
So I wondered….could this person making all these entries also be LDS like we are?
I had never found anyone who is Mormon in our family tree, except of course my parents and
siblings and then on from there. But no one else. Although I've often figured that as fast as this church
is growing, there must be someone somewhere who is LDS that we are related to.
I am still in awe how this unfolded.
The best way to explain is to share excerpts from emails over 2 days of time.
First is the one I put out there for the mystery person adding to our family tree.
(Keep in mind as your read below, that these are only small excerpts from our emails.
And I will call her M until I get permission to share her name. I'm blue. She's red.)
What gets me every time about this, is her brother's reaction.
And yes, it is sideways, but the sound is clear.
Okay, I have to start at the beginning….