Christmas Day was quiet. We went for a long walk, then spent time Skyping some of our kids. So fun to see and hear them. What a beautiful, sweet family we are blessed with. They are all so busy doing good things. We spend so much of our time here among those who have fallen away from the church, are un-educated, and have such marriage, financial, health, and personal problems. It's overwhelming at times. Anyway, we enjoyed seeing and talking with our kids, their spouses, and our grandchildren. It took a few days but we eventually got to visit with everyone except our missionary grandson Dallin. Christmas dinner was spent with our Ward Mission Leader Ron Holmes and his daughter Dee. Dee had fixed a wonderful ham dinner for us and also sent us home with lots of leftovers. We have been spoiled here by the kindness of our ward members - so many gifts of food, scarves & gloves, candy & fudge, West Virginia tee-shirts, and so on. Even today my good friend Julie Teter gave us a little box for New Year's eve with crackers & cheese ball, sparkling grape juice, grapes, and candy - so cute. The cards and notes have been sweet as well.
Thursday and Friday - more meetings, more visits, helped with Bingo at the Nursing Home and worked at the Food Pantry again. Friday evening we went out in the woods past Moorefied and found John and Audrey Parks. They just moved in a couple months ago, he is an less active member, she is not a member. It was nice getting to know them, they fed us dinner (even though we had already eaten at home...), then pulled out the mandolin, guitar, and tambourine for a little hilly-billy jamfest with Wayne. It was great. He agreed to help Wayne with a ward social in February and they came to church this morning. I think she is ready to take the missionary lessons. Nice people.
|Briana, Ashley, Rebecca, Elder Hartwig, Elder Salazar|
|Jeremiah, Sonya, Joseph, Elder Goodell, Elder Ashby|
|Elder Goodell, Jeremiah, Joseph, Sonya, Elder Ashby|
Today we had lots of rain. Wayne spoke in church and did a great job, of course. And it's our anniversary - number 43. Happy Anniversary today also to our youngest son, Devin and his beautiful wife Amie. We love you guys. Thanks for house sitting for us.
|Anniversary flowers and New Year's eve party box!|
|Some sweet ward members gave us West Virginia tee-shirts for Christmas|