Josh's OTS (Opportunity To Speak)

Joshua leaves on his mission to Tokyo on Wednesday July 17th, 2013.

Here is a link to his talk and also a link to a video of the ward choir singing one of Josh's favorite songs "There is a Green Hill Far Away".

Josh's Talk

Andrew's first concert of the year

Andrew's first concert of the year

Andrew had his first concert of the year in the top Poston Jr. High Band. Here he is with his proud mother and brother.

One interesting thing is that a composer had written a piece, Piroska, and then asked the Poston band to play it first, a world premiere! They even had some video folk come to their school to get some images for their web site. So this is the first performance of this piece. That was exciting for them.

Here are links to videos of his numbers. He is hard to see but you can listen to them.

First Number
Second Number
Intro comments to world premiere 3rd number - Piroska
Third Number- world premiere of Piroska
Fourth Number
Andrew says goodbye

Daniel and Josh participate in Mountain View Choir Concert

Daniel and Josh participate in Mountain View Choir Concert

Mountain View had its first Choir concert. All 8 choirs participated. Josh is in the Men's Chorus and Daniel in the Chorale.

I also videotaped some of their numbers. Here are some links:


First Number
Second Number
Third Number


First Number
Second Number
Third Number
Fourth Number


A number Becca sang before: Chili Con Carne

Doing Our Part To Save The Planet--And It Tastes Good!

Doing Our Part To Save The Planet--And It Tastes Good!

After being inspired by a "preparedness fair" at the church over the weekend, we got out our sun oven this afternoon and tried it out with a little loaf of bread. It worked like a charm. Outside temperature was under a hundred (a little) and we had no problem maintaining over 350 degrees. Had to rotate the box every 20 to 30 minutes to follow the sun, but that was kind of fun. After the little loaf we put a full size cinnamon loaf in and it tastes great as well. Sorry, no pictures of that one--it went too fast.

Bottomline: you can cook things--real things--with just the sun (and an insulated box, and some glass, and some reflective material). It probably helps if you live in Arizona, but not required.

Dreaming about You!

Dreaming about You!

So, uh...I haven't posted in a long time, but I wanted to share a hilarious dream that I had last night. It was pretty funny...and "sweet" at the same time!

I was in the middle of a large field with the whole Free family. It seemed like a place for a family reunion. Suddenly, we all burst into action. We were having a food fight! I remember seeing Justin throw some pie, while McKay was throwing some Jello. Food was flying everywhere! We then sort of just got into teams...I think there were four. Anyways, I was the only one that switched between the different teams. It was intense. The large field became larger...almost like Lord-of-the-Rings-battle-field size. People were dodging every little scoop of cream or piece of meat. We were all laughing, but very serious at the same time. It reminds me of playing in the backyard with Chad and all of the other boy cousins.

The battle was long and hard. Many were "wounded". We started running out of ammo! We all had to be very creative in our weapons. I remember finding some hard peanuts and throwing those at the other teams. Too fun!

After running out of peanuts, I switched over to another team that was hiding in a small bedroom in a house. We were all scared to come out, but we were ready for anyone who wanted to come in. I remember sitting on a small bed, tucked in the sheets, hoping that they would act as a good shield. For some reason, Justin got this vibe that "Nate was preparing something huge" on the other team. We got kind of scared, but held on tight. There was a knock at the door. We cautiously opened it. To our surprise and great relief, McKay came in with a blender and an open can of tomato sauce! Inside of that blender was a mini birthday cake complete with candles! He said, "We wanted to give you some cake!"

We put our guard down and welcomed him in, but I knew better. All of the sudden, he jumped forward with his blender to "pour" the cake out onto my clothes. Remembering that I had just washed these clothes, I pleaded with him that he wouldn't do that. There was a little bit of tomato sauce that came out as a result of him jumping, but luckily, it hit the blanket...and not me. He stopped and accepted my plea...

And then I woke up! Pretty fun, eh? Anyways, I thought I would share that with you and say that we are excited to see you all at the reunion. All this talk of food assignments coupled with my little experiences of seeing one clip from Lord of the Rings, doing laundry, and watching the little kids in "Little Woman" toss some food down at the people at the ball, lead me to a fun dream!

-Mike & Rachel

Nate's Mission Call!

Nate's mission call arrived on Friday the 10th! It came to Mesa, he was in Provo so he "opened it" via Skype. Here are a couple of video's of it. The first is a screen capture. The second is from Joe's iPhone. Buon Appetito!

28 Years! Yea!

Thanks to all of you who have made these past 28 years heaven!
We are so happy to be together and surrounded with so many wonderful people.

Daniel's Lion King in the Mountain View High School Broadway Review

Daniel's Lion King in the Mountain View High School Broadway Review

Daniel singing group did some songs from the Lion King. We were lucky to be in the front and be close to him on stage. I turned on my iphone and was able to capture a few minutes of video. It was great. Check it out at this link:

Way to go Daniel!

Then and Now...

Saw these pictures and thought they looked so similar I had to share!

click to see slideshow->

New Family Pictures

We had some portraits taken at the temple. Check them out here.

Sese Melinda Free's Homecoming!

As many of you know, Sese Melinda Free has just returned from Lithuania. We hope you enjoyed the live broadcasting video from our is so cool to be able to watch it live! We figured that another video wouldn't hurt. I am pretty sure that my Dad will post Sese's talk as well.

It has been such a joy to be with Melinda! Hope you feel that joy from this video!

-Mike Free

P.S. This film was shot on my mom's camera by Adam and Mom. I just post the videos.

Live video of Becca and Melinda's returns

UPDATE 2: We got a call from Melinda, at about 6:30pm, that she was waiting for us on the curb at the airport! I guess she got out on an earlier flight and we were never notified.

So we didn't get to see her come in the airport, but we got to be with her earlier and no airport parking fees!


UPDATE: So Melinda and several other missionaries (11) did not have enough time to make the connection in Frankfurt, Germany so they spent the night there. Melinda had a standby ticket to come home today (Saturday) but we don't know for sure if she was able to get on. But we haven't heard otherwise so we are hoping to see her at Sky Harbor Airport at 10pm.

We will be streaming so you can view it on this page or go to the link below.

We have our fingers crossed!


We are so excited to have our whole family together for the first time in over two years!

The first to arrive is Becca. She lands in Phoenix Sky Harbor at 9am on Friday the 18th. I will be going to pick her up. I am going to test out to stream live audio and video from my iPhone to the web so you can all watch.

So go to at 9am tomorrow morning and you should see a live video feed of Becca in the airport. You can go there early and see some clips I took at the Mountain View Holiday Dinners and Andrew's band concert.

Then at 10pm the main event. Melinda is to arrive at 10pm. So be sure to check out the site. The third and last leg of her flight will be coming from Chicago, American Airlines Aa1733 (if you want to check if they are on time).

Funny Frees Video

Here is a video of our family on iChat. We were choosing names for Christmas, but had to spice it up a bit. Enjoy!

Andrew's Conference Trip

Thanks to so many that put us up and helped us in so many ways. Grandma and Grandpa Free, John and Jen Free, Ric and Jodie Jamison. Thanks!

Here are some photos of the trip: