Our week has been fun, and productive, I think. My crazy friend Traci, who calls me Mom, had a little birthday party for me last Sunday. Mostly it was for herself, since her birthday was the day before mine. She loves parties and attention, me - not so much. But I participated, even wore a party hat! The best part of the day, however, was skyping with some of my kids and grandkids and enjoying their cards, drawings, phone messages, and all. Wayne fixed me a nice Sunday dinner, then I got to choose the activity for Monday.
Monday, we began the day with breakfast at a local diner, then about a 60-mile drive to Front Royal,
We made it back to Moorefield in time for one more birthday celebration. Wanda, the lady that I help weekly with genealogy, and her sister, Sandy, wanted to take Wayne and I out to dinner. It was very nice, except for the part where the waiters came and sang "Happy Birthday" to me!
The rest of the week was pretty normal. Quite a few visits. We found three people who were just unknown names on our ward directory that we have been trying to locate for a while. One of them didn't want any more contact with people from our church and wants her name removed. One of them has been inactive for many years after she was offended at her daughter's baptism, there was a colored flower on the baptism dress, so it wasn't acceptable because it was supposed to be all white. She has let that offense prevent her,
Church was awesome this morning. I picked up my little friend JoAnn who is valiantly returning to activity. Our good friend Dave, who we visit nearly every week and is having such health problems, managed to come to sacrament meeting this morning with his wife, son, and granddaughter. This is a first for him and his son since we have been here. He kept telling us we would see him in church before the end of our mission! We were thrilled. Our friend Katja and her family were at church again, she is close to setting a baptism date I think, maybe her daughter Lisa, too. Her husband, Dwayne, who has been inactive for many years, received the Aaronic Priesthood this morning and was very excited about that, he unexpectedly asked Wayne to do the ordination. What a good day. Next week we are taking a full van of ward members to the temple, working at the food pantry, Wayne is singing at the nursing home a couple times, and so on. Time sure flies when you keep busy (and are having fun). Have I mentioned that I have the absolute best companion? He made me great taco salad and strawberry shortcake for dinner today!
"Be true and faithful. Live your religion. Stand straight and be firm---and if there's a little wind blowing, just put your face into the wind and go forward. And when you can't go forward, just stand. Just plant your feet and stand immovable for a while if that's all you can do. Be faithful and be true and love the Lord, because He loves you." - Jeffrey R. Holland
|One of the largest chicken processing plants in the country, 13 miles from Petersburg|
|A common sight on the road, chickens on their way from the farm to the plant|
|A large reminder that chicken is king around here|
|More pictures from the Skyline Drive|