Have I mentioned before how beautiful West Virginia is?? I guess I have. But we are even more amazed now that it is the end of July and we are seeing lovely roadside wildflowers, flowering bushes and trees in yards, and lush ferns and underbrush in the countryside. It did seem to be getting a bit dry last week, but last night we had a spectacular lightning storm, then lots of rain. Of course we went searching for someone today on muddy back roads ...
|Flowers along the road|
|The view from our upstairs window - Mimosa trees, I think|
|Our front flower & squash bed|
|Other flower bed, plus cherry tomato plant|
|Very delicious cherry tomatoes|
Tuesday we had District Meeting in the morning. After lunch we did apartment inspections, visited our elderly, almost blind friend, Irene, out in the country, and also drove even farther to see Bonita and George, and Bonita's mother Darlene, on their lovely little farm. We came back in to town and headed out the opposite direction several miles for our dinner appointment with some special friends, and back to Petersburg to help out at the nursing home for an hour of Bingo with the residents.
Wednesday we visited another elderly friend, Goldie. We have become good friends with several inactive elderly women, and we are the only contact with the church they have. We love them and they seem to look forward to our visits. After seeing Goldie we drove up to Audrey and John's to read and discuss more in the Book of Mormon. It's such a struggle for them to read that we don't know how much comprehension there is, but we try to simplify and explain. And they are trying so hard. In the evening I worked at the church on genealogy (and provided a listening ear to ward members coming and going from activities and meetings). Wayne had the husband of our new Primary president come hang out at our apartment while his wife had a meeting, then he went home teaching.
Thursday we drove an hour up to Romney with Elder Farr and Elder Hall to visit with the Branch president up there about missionary work. Back to Petersburg for another apartment and car inspection and a couple visits. A few months ago with the help of an internet address locating program we found a lost ward member and have been visiting her occasionally, building a friendship. This day we actually taught the first pamphlet lesson "The Restoration" to Kathy and it went so well. She is remembering teachings of her youth and the testimony that has been in her all along. Awesome experience. (She also gave us cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers from her garden). In the evening we volunteered at the nursing home again, then made crab salad to take to a dinner Friday night.
Friday - long day. We were going to leave early on a little trip - but were surprised by a flat tire on our van!
Saturday we had a meeting in the morning with our Ward Mission Leader and our four Elders. Then we
|Traci, Robin, Mom & Dad Orton|
Now for the Antietam pictures:
|My favorite picture|
|Interior of Dunker Church|
|Rail fences and cornfield|
|Sunken Road (Bloody Lane), picture taken from observation tower|
Front and back side of interesting old house.
|Burnside Bridge over Antietam Creek, pivotal in Battle|
|Interesting old stone fence|
|Antietam National Cemetery|