Sunday, May 10, 2015

A history of great women

A history of great women

 Christina Mathilda Liljedahl - Great Grandmother

Augusta Alfreda Matsen - Grandmother

Sarah Chrstina Reynolds - Mother

Julie Petersen

Happy Mother's Day Mom!  Glad you inherited all the beauty and charm of your ancestors!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Reunion Update

Hey all,

We are getting super excited for the approaching family reunion!

On May 12th we need to make our final payment on the house we will be staying at. If possible, we would like to receive everyone's share of the cost before that time. If not, we are shooting for June 1st as a backup. As a reminder it is $200/family.

PayPal is the easiest method to transfer the funds. For those with a PayPal account, my PayPal email address is

If you do not have a PayPal account or do not know how to use it, please comment with your email address and I will send you a PayPal request that will include instructions on how to pay.

Or, you can read instructions here.

If you still don't want to use PayPal, you can mail us a check:

Brian & Juliana Bean
1066 Skipton Drive
North Salt Lake, UT 84054

Let us know if you have any questions. In case you haven't been able to take a look yet, here is a link that will tell you all about the house, the property, and the fun that awaits us. We are excited about it, and most of all, excited to see you!


Brian and Juliana

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Once Again Need HELP!!

Grandpa's  Bingo Needs You!
Because of the early date of Our family reunion, I haven't been able to yet many Garage sales. And now we are going to Texas for two weeks. Items needed: 
Bath girly stuff
Big boy items
Food treats
Little boy items
Big girl items
Little girl items
MOm and Dad items

Anything gently used but don't need,
That you think another might enjoy.

OK, I'm desperate. I'm sending everyone ten  bucks to get this job done.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Mystery Solved

John Jarvis Wainwright Jr.
John Jarvis Wainwright Jr. Born: 21 Mar 1821 Landelph, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Christening: 17 Apr 1821 Saint John's, Longton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Death: 11 February 1892 Croydon, Morgan, Utah, United States Burial: Croydon Cemetery, Morgan, Utah, United States John Wainwright Jr. was born 21 March 1822 at Lanedelph, Staffordshire, England. His parents were John Wainwright Sr. and Ellen Jarvis. His father was born in Hawarden, Flint, Wales and his mother was born in Lanedelph, Staffordshire. This area of England known as the Staffordshire Potteries or just "The Potteries" contains a special kind of clay that makes fine china for which England is famous. The first L.D.S. missionaries arrived in England in July 1837. Elder Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde and several others enjoyed great success in the areas north and east of Liverpool, particularly in Preston and Manchester. Elder Hyde returned to Nauvoo, leaving the missionary work under the direction of Willard Richards. On January 13, 1840, eight apostles again returned to England. At a conference held in Preston, it was decided that Elders Wilford Woodruff and Elder Theodore Turley would go to the Potteries where they were to preach and further organize branches of the Church (See "Harvest in Herefordshire" p. 46 of the Ensign, Jan. 1987.) Several months later, Elder George A. Smith wrote the following description of the area (See letter from George A. Smith to C.C. Waller, 6 June 1840 in Times and Seasons 15 Nov. 1840 p. 223 and "Harvest in Herefordshire" p. 46 of the Ensign, Jan 1987.) "The greater portion of China and Earthen ware sold in America is made in this district; about 70,000 persons obtain a good living when there is employment but consequently, in a state of starvation. I have seen delicate females gathering manure to get a living for their famishing children." And Wilford Woodruff records the following in his journal (See Wilford Woodruff journal, 22 Jan. and 26 June 1840 also see "Harvest in Herefordshire") "The Potteries include the following market towns Tunstell (Turnstall), Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Laneend, and several other villages." During the times described, John was a young man of 18. It is recorded that Elders Woodruff and Turley found ready reception and acceptance of their message. Large numbers of people in Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding villages were baptized and organized into branches. Brigham Young and Wilford Woodruff met with the Saints of the Hanley branch in April 1840, where Brigham preached at two meetings and attended a third for the sacrament. Two years later, in 1842 at the age of 20, John Wainwright Jr. was baptized and become a member of the Hanley Branch. "Wilford Woodruff worked hard as a missionary in various towns around Stoke-on-Trent. Of particular interest was his relationship with William and Ann Benbow in Hanley. William was the keeper of a provision store at the Hanley Market Place. He and his wife had already joined the church through the efforts of Alfred Cordon and were strong in the faith. It was probably through the Benbows of Hanley that Wilford learned of John Benbow of Herefordshire and more particularly of the United Brenren, of which John was a member." "The day after he celebrated his thirty-third birthday, Elder Woodruff recorded in his journal, 'The Lord warned me to go to the south'. And so he began his eighty miles journey. Herefordshire would subsequently prove to be one of the most successful missionary areas in nineteenth-century Britain" (See "Harvest in Herefordshire"). There is no record of any other members of John's family being baptized. The desire to gather to Utah was strong with the new converts and was so with John. He began to work and save for the trip. He married Elizabeth Mellor on 8 June 1846. He was 24 and she was 44 years of age. On February 10, 1852, ten years following his baptism, John at age 30 and Elizabeth at age 50 with John Wainwright Sr. age 66 left the Hanley Branch to sail on the ship Ellen Marie. No family record is had of their voyage. It is recorded that they crossed the plains in the Abraham Smoot wagon train and that John Wainwright Sr., an invalid for 12 years, died August 27, 1852 at age 66 at the crossing on the Green River and was buried there. It is a desolate area out on sagebrush plains and not easily accessible. The church has fenced in the area from cattle and there are a number of pioneer graves there. It is recorded on temple records that John Wainwright Sr.'s baptism and endowments were performed by proxy in Feb 1890 in the Logan temple. John Jr. and Elizabeth settled in Salt Lake and on 23 July 1858, Elizabeth dies at age 56. They had no children and so John was left alone. One year later on 30 Aug. 1859 he married Margaret Aspey (Huxley), a widow, age 26. She had two children from her first marriage who were later sealed to them (11 Jan. 1895). This family was blessed with 7 children (five girls and two boys). The first three children were born in Salt Lake, one was born in Henefer, Utah and three were born in Croydon, Utah. Eliza Jane, our progenitor, was born in Croydon. John Wainwright Jr. was able to obtain a good education for a young man of his day. He taught school and also learned the trade of a potter. John taught school in Croydon. He as very fond of music and was called on to sing at many entertainments. He was also active in the church. He died at the age of 70 on 11 Feb. 1892 of dropsy and was buried in Croydon, Morgan County, Utah.

There's a Belle in our bed!

Annabelle sleeping in our bed. As you can tell, I have a hard time sleeping when she is in the bed, but Greg does just fine.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mountain Meadows Massacre

I am interested in reading a book on this topic. Anyone read one that you can recommend?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Front Room--- Just in case you wondered

A few of you have asked what things are looking like...  and although mom and dad may disagree... I don't feel like there are LOTS of differences- except the Front Room.  I have always wanted a library, so that is what we have made it into.  Unfortunately, the shelves are already full  *sigh*

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Reunion Meal Assignments

Hey all,

As we draw nearer to the family reunion, we have made meal assignments for the weekend as outlined below. As a few reminders:
  • Cooking facilities include two (2) full kitchens, a BBQ, and a fire pit
  • We are planning for the weekend of June 12-14
  • Here is a link that gives details about the home. We are really excited about the location and hope that you will take the time to explore the features it offers.
  • Dinner: Juliana & Brian
  • Snacks/Dessert: Mom & Dad
  • Breakfast: Steph & Adam
  • Lunch: Mike & Liz
  • Dinner: Jeff & Cailey
  • Snacks/Dessert: Mom & Dad
  • Breakfast: Jen & Blair

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Funny......but not so Funny.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

My family is the best!

I just realized that Josh's face has been added to the family picture!!  It's probably been on there for forever but I wanted to thank whoever did it.  It made Josh feel included and loved and I appreciate that.  I just hope you all know how much I love you.  I'm not the greatest at staying in touch all of the time but I sure love you!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Announcing the Bean Family Reunion

Announcing the Bean Family Reunion

Family reunions are only as successful as the desire we have to spend time with one another. I am so grateful that I live in a family with such great people that I get excited to see t each reunion. How blessed are we that we live in such a family! In today's world, it is so rare to have siblings who care to keep in contact with one another so regularly after childhood. My patriarchal blessing tells me that if I do certain things, my children will always have a desire to take part in my family. As I think about our family, and the desire I have to take part in it, I can't think of many greater promises than one that my children will feel the same kinship to their family as I do to mine.

I'm grateful that I have amazing siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and especially parents whom I am excited to see. I appreciate the sacrifices so many of you have made to try to keep the family close. I appreciate all the work Jen goes to create family trips. I appreciate the texts Stephani sends to the family. I appreciate the blog Greg created where we can all communicate. I appreciate Jeff and the extra time he spends with us since we live so close. I appreciate Mom and Dad who are willing to travel around to visit any and all of us. I appreciate that Mike organizes games of Magic for us little boys each week. I appreciate the fact that Alisha is committed to traveling so far so that we can spend some time with her and her family.

Overall, I'm grateful that each one of us has such a desire to be with the family that they are willing to sacrifice time and effort to make the family reunion a success. We are excited to see you all again and hope this reunion will help strengthen the family ties we all hold dear. 

Date: June 12-14, 2015
Where: The Inn at Owl Hollow*
Cost: $200 per family**

* Located a few miles east of Lava Hot Springs. Each family will have their own room and there will be a bed for each individual.
** We know this price distribution may not seem the most equitable, but after consulting with each of you, this price will enable each family to be able to attend.

Friday, January 16, 2015

It's okay if you don't blog

Blogging is hard.  It takes time and effort and energy, which I for one am lacking right now.  Plus, I feel like we all do a pretty darn good job of keeping in connection other ways.  Most of us are on Facebook and I know that we all post and comment and message to each other.  A few of us are on Instagram and that has been a good place to connect.  I may be the lone tweeter, but I also think several of us do Pinterest.  Additionally, I feel like we have a robust text string wherein we all communicate thoughts and feelings, either as a group or to each other individually (ahem ... Mom, Dad, get smart phones ...).

I guess the bottom line is, I don't think anyone should feel guilty for not posting on here.  I think there are quicker, more efficient ways of communicating and this may become more of a "message board."  I look forward to continued connecting with all of you through the various mediums we already do!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Family Reunion 2015

Hi family,

I sent out a text to all of you regarding the family reunion. I have outlined the basic premise of what we would do and when we would do it if I were king of the world and could make everyone's schedules and circumstances work out. Recognizing that that is not the case, I will do my best to explain the awesomeness of our proposal and hope that all of you will agree and move heaven and earth to make it happen :)

We are looking at renting a vacation home from Friday, June 12th through Sunday June 14th a few miles outside of Lava Hot Springs. Here is a link describing the home. In short, it offers:

  • 6,600 square feet of living space
  • 2.5 acres of lawn at the mouth of a canyon
  • basketball court
  • volleyball court 
  • pool table
  • 7 bedrooms 
  • 6.5 baths
  • two kitchens  

The costs would require a maximum of around $50 per person to cover both Friday and Saturday nights, assuming 80% of the family will attend (if everyone comes, costs will decrease). We might modify the fee a little to share the costs more evenly (a base rate for each family and then an additional fee for each person). Depending upon how this idea is received, we will give you more details in the future.

Schedule: This is very tentative and subject to change, but for those who could make it Thursday, we could spend the day in Idaho Falls. Friday would be used to go to the Lava Hot Springs (its just a few miles away from the  rental home), Saturday would be used for our normal family reunion activities with built in free time for all the amenities offered at the home (see above), and for those who could make it, we would go to church together in Lava the next morning.

What I need to know from you:

  • Do these dates work? (we need to know ASAP because this house is hot and this is the only weekend left available)
  • Are the costs feasible? If not, could a modified distribution make them feasible? 

If I don't hear from you here or otherwise, I'll be contacting you in the next few days.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Year in Review: Music

What a great year in music! My most played tracks come from New Hollow, Young the Giant, Hellogoodbye, Michael Jackson, and Walk the Moon. Here's a playlist with my top 20. I would love to hear about your favorite songs of the year!!!