So sad to have our family gathering in Boise without us this past weekend - but a happy thought too, knowing that they were getting together, having fun, strengthening family bonds. The Acors couldn't make it, neither could Elder Dallin, but still there were 10 adults and 18 children & teens. They had a hot dog roast Friday night and Skyped us so we could talk to each one for a minute, went to a water park Saturday, and on Sunday went to church together, had lunch at Devin & Amie's, and had a Family Home Evening. They sent us an amazing audio recording of five of our children (plus Patrick) at their FHE telling what they think it means to be an Orton. We were very emotional seeing their pictures and hearing their voices, and telling stories of growing up and lessons learned. It's been almost a year since we've seen most of them - we miss them so much, but are very proud of them and appreciate their love and support - and their great examples for us.
|Boise, Idaho - 20 July 2014 |
Wayne & Janie Orton family, minus Wayne & Janie, the Acors, and Elder Dallin
|Elder Rodrigues with Jim & Julie|
On Monday also took the Elders out to Lost City for a service project for our Elders Quorum president who
|Elder Farr, Hunter, Elder Hall|
|Kelly & Leslie|
|Beautiful dog, Valentine|
|Elder Orton trying to make friends with the cockatiel|
Today is our preparation day - we did laundry, mopped the kitchen floor, caught up with financial stuff and journal writing, etc. At 5 pm we picked up two Elders and drove to Moorefield for dinner and home evening with Johnny and Janet. We even got Johnny to sing a few songs before we headed back. Nice day, but hot and humid again. So glad we have air-conditioning in our apartment and car.
See - we kept busy enough that I was only tempted a little bit to get on an airplane and fly to Boise for the weekend. We felt very productive and useful here, and had some special spiritual experiences. What a joy it is to serve a mission (and difficult and exhausting, at times). Our love to all.
|Our friend Martha, in a nursing home in Franklin|
|Beautiful doe with two fawns by the side of the road|