Thursday, August 13, 2015

On the Way Home! (Final Post - Mission Accomplished)

Left Petersburg about 1 pm on Aug 2nd, beautiful West Virginia roads,
spent the first night in Corydon, Indiana, then on to my sister's home
near Fayetteville, Arkansas

We just relaxed for a whole day, sat on the porch watching the hummingbirds

One of Judy's dogs, Maggie, an old Golden Retriever

Janie and sister Judy

Wayne with friend Freddie

Different kind of countryside

Long day of driving on Wednesday, but even the clouds were interesting

The mountains of Colorado were beautiful

Gorgeous views, spent the night in Denver, Colorado

Daughter Karli with husband Pat, children Dallin, Dustin, Katelyn, and Kristen  in Lehi, Utah

Grandson Dallin telling us about his recently completed
mission in Mozambique, Africa

At a wedding reception for a niece Friday night, Wayne got to see
his sisters Rosala and Wanda, and brothers Marcel and Ferrin

On the road again, hot air balloons over Salt Lake City

Breakfast at IHOP in Logan, Utah with three of our children and their families,
here are Kadyn, Corinne, Kelsie, Laura, and Ellie

Dylan, Sara, Angie, Cassidy

Darin, Wayne, Taivan, Dakota, Cameron, Nathan

Janie with grandchildren Kelsie, Corinne, Molly, and Jack
We loved our mission, but it's sure nice to hug grandkids, after two years away

Our son Dylan and family (vacationing from Boise)
Dylan, Sara, Taivan, Noah, Jack

Corinne, with attitude

Daughter Angie and family, vacationing from Havre, Montana
Kadyn, Kelsie, Corinne, Cassidy, Cameron, Angie, Dakota

Son Darin and family, just moved to Logan
Molly, Laura, Darin, Ellie, Nathan

Newly released, Janie and Wayne

Youngest Granddaughter Klarisse

Sunday dinner in Meridian, with 3 children, their spouses, and 12 grandchildren
(and corn-on-the-cob)
Naomi and Krista

Gage and Kalob

The End.....   or the beginning of our Idaho adventure!

Dear Faces, Fun Party

Elder Orton and good friend Johnny Keplinger

Beautiful view off the Hinkles deck

Annie Hinkle with son Ricky & Ricky's wife, Becky

Dave and Elaine Vanmeter, with granddaughter Katie

Bonnie & Jimmy Hedrick

Jack & Deb Kimble, with grandson Hunter

Ward Party, Jul 31 - pinata of Orton's van (thanks to Katja Barr)

Amazing party decorations (thanks Karnsy, Katja, Janet & families)

Smashing the Orton's van

Sonja's daughter Kristy with boyfriend & new baby Zoey



Joann Morgan, Traci Johnson, Robin Martin, KK & Chloe

Johnny & Janet Keplinger with Sandra Bradley

Gretchen, Thomas, Katie Ours and friend

Doris and Walter Whetzel, Ron Holmes, Linda and Richard (Bill) Whetzel

Oscar with Holloway and Sites girls

Autographed Quilt

Ariann and Carter (List) with Carter's dad, Chris

Jimi & Karnsy Kimble

Sunday, August 2, 2015

On the Road

What a busy final week of our mission we have had!  Sorting, packing, cleaning, visiting...  Sunday through Thursday we had dinner appointments with special ward members who treated so wonderfully.  All the meals were great, and so nice not to have to worry about cooking as I cleaned our kitchen.  We even had squirrel gravy over biscuits for lunch with some friends on Wednesday.   Friday night was a ward party -the decorations were amazing, food was great, we played some fun games, and sang a lot of karaoke.  Our good friend and recent convert Katja and her family made a piñata in the shape of our van with a little Idaho license plate on it, and all the kids had fun destroying it - and telling us that now we couldn't leave! We were presented with a quilt signed with sweet messages from ward members.  I would add pictures of the piñata and the quilt, but am typing this on Wayne's IPad in a motel, so the fun pictures will have to wait.  Saturday we went to the DC Temple with our friends Janet and Johnny.  We took Sonja, who Wayne baptized a year ago in May.  A few other Ward members met us there, it was a long but awesome day.  Perfect way to end our mission.

Wayne did an unbelievable job packing all our stuff.  The pile of bags, boxes, musical equipment, books, mementos, plants, etc. looked way too large to fit in our van, but he did it.  He has been having some back and leg pain the past few weeks and I'm sure this did not help but he is surviving.  We went to our meetings in Petersburg this morning and then drove away - heading West.  There were tears and hugs, bitter-sweet feelings.  We drove about 8hours and are staying in a motel in Corydon, Indiana, tonight.  Tomorrow we hope to make it to my sister's home in Arkansas and spend the day Tuesday with her.  Then on to Lehi, Utah, to visit our daughter Karli and family.  Saturday we will have a quick visit with our son Darin and his family in their new home in Logan, Utah, and try to catch up with our daughter Angie and her family as they vacation in Idaho Falls.  Finally Saturday evening we hope to make it to our new home in Meridian, Idaho, to begin a new chapter of our life!  Will reunite with the Dylan, Devin, and Julie families there.  Can't wait to see our family, we've missed them.  But our mission was wonderful (and hard), we made such good friends and had sweet experiences.  I have a great companion - we've had a lot of fun working together and come to appreciate each other even more than we did before.  Will add pictures next week, must rest now.  I know that we have been watched over and guided by the Spirit these past two years.  Can't believe it's over, it's been an amazing experience.