For our Monday excursion this past week, we really wore ourselves out. We drove up to Seneca Rocks
|Restored cabin and garden in Seneca Rocks National Park|
|Crossing the Potomac River on the way to the hiking trail|
|Beautiful hiking trail|
|Awesome view from the top|
|Our new friends, Hillary, Nathan, and Casey M. from Salt Lake City|
|Closer view of Seneca Rocks, the observation platform is|
just a little below the tree line near the center of the picture
|Moonshine still inside Smoke Hole Cavern|
|Famous golden trout in an underground pond|
Tuesday we had District Meeting, then drove up to John and Audrey's to read the Book of Mormon with them. Their tiny home in the woods gets so hot, it was difficult to stay awake! In the evening we helped with Bingo at the nursing home. Wednesday we met with Becky H. to go over the temple prep class that she missed last Sunday. She is so excited to have overcome a habit that was keeping her from the temple, she is ready to go. We hope to be able to take her soon. In the evening Wayne went home teaching and I did genealogy and indexing with ward members. Thursday we did a lot of visiting and I went to Relief Society in the evening. We had a service auction - I traded genealogy work for peanut butter fudge! Friday we helped some friends clean the church, then after we cleaned up we picked up Elder Farr and Elder Hall and spent the rest of the day and early evening visiting in the further out areas of our ward. (it's the end of the month and they are completely out of miles on their mission car) We had great visits and lessons with Jane H. and Woneda in Baker, Joy W. out in the woods near Wardensville, Connie S. near Mathias, and Vada D. high up on a mountain top out towards the Virginia state line. So nice to see these ladies, most are inactive (some due to health reasons) but have testimonies and love to see us. In the middle of our visiting we had dinner with our Elders Quorum President and his wife and son, they live in Lost City and had invited the Elders to meet them at a local diner for pizza. Since we were the chauffeurs for the day we went too and had a delicious chicken dinner.
Today (Saturday) we are picnic-ing. We were invited to a lunch picnic in the park for some of our members' family reunion. Great food and good to mingle with active and inactive ward members there. Some of our favorite people, and they consider us family, too. So nice. Later today is our ward picnic at Welton Park. Wayne is pretty much in charge of it, so is kind of stressed with all the details, but it will be fun. It's been pretty hot, but we just had a nice rain so I think it will be pleasant.
I had a nice conversation last Tuesday with my sister Judy on her birthday. She and her husband are planning to come see us in September. Yeah!! Happy birthday on Friday to granddaughter Kendra Jayne. We have spent most of her previous birthdays with her, as the country sets off fireworks in her honor, so sad to be apart this year. Our love to you all. And yes, time does fly when you are having fun. What greater fun could we be having than to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and testify of Him every day?