Happy Mothers Day to all my friends.. this is always a very special day in my life.
I have the privilege to be Mom to six fantastic people, Steve & his wife Karen, Kristan & her husband Don, Jason & his wife Jamie, who have given me 13 wonderful grandchildren
and 2 precious great granddaughters.
and 2 precious great granddaughters.
My mother taught me so many things that I am thankful for:
She taught me to be kind to everyone I meet
She taught me to strive for the very best in all I do
She taught me to be a hard worker
She taught me by her example how to be a wife and mother & grandmother
She taught me to love my family, and spend quality time with them
She will always be my example of the kind of woman I want to be.
Thanks Mom. .
We started our week with being the host's of our monthly "Empty Nester's" family home evening group.. We had asked the
Some of our friends at the FHE
Linda in the middle was the 2nd fastest
President Volk on the right was the fastest to finish the puzzle
We have a new procedure for the youth coming to do baptisms at the temple. I got to be a part of it this week. Instead of arriving at the door to the baptistery on the first floor, they now check in at the front desk on the second floor and are escorted through the main lobby and beautiful hall of the temple. They stop to look at the beautiful mural of Christ in the main rotunda and it was amazing to see the look in their eyes and feel the wonderful spirit that was present. We then proceed down the beautiful staircase that is lined with stained glass to the first floor and walked past the many amazing pieces of art featuring the life of our savior Jesus Christ, on our way to the baptistry. I love working with the youth. They touch my heart each week as I help them.
We visited with Lana and had a wonderful lunch with her and her 15 year old daughter Amy. Lana is the mother of 5.. and Amy is the youngest.. I kept looking at her thinking how much she looked like my granddaughter Maddi. Lana home schools Amy and she has a straight A average, a very smart young lady. We had a very fun visit with both of them.
I had visited with Sue on a day that Sister Brown was not feeling well and I wanted her to meet Sue. So we called to see if we could drop by to see her and she was excited to have come on over. What a wonderful lady.. She tells the best stories and keeps us entertained for the entire time we were there.. She is lonesome in the assisted living apartment and loves to have our visits.. She always sends us home with "food", we tell her that it is not necessary and she insists that she always sends food home with the missionaries and so we are willing to accept her kindness.. what a blessing she is in our lives.
Our next visit was with Allison a delightful young sister with 2 adorable children. James is 2 and her new baby is Kate. Allison is a teacher and worked for 6 years before she had James, so now she is a stay at home mom.. They have lived all over the
Allison and baby Kate
On Thursday evening we were part of the visiting teachers conference and as I told you last week. We performed a reading of the visiting teaching version of The Little Red Hen. Bishop Reed helped out and it was a great success.. We also put together a flyer with ideas for different and fun ways to visit a list of Internet sites that they could go to for ideas to help spark their visits.. Our message was:
ALWAYS MAKE THE SISTERS YOU VISIT FEEL SPECIAL
On Friday our first visit was down in
The HIGH bridge over the Patuxtent River
We arrived at Stephanie's home and she was waiting on the porch and we thought it was for us but found out her son Thomas arrives home from pre-school around the time of our visit.. She is a very quiet sister and it was like pulling teeth to get her to talk to us. She gave us one word answers and we really wanted to help her to open up and have a conversation with us.. We could tell she was very bashful and had a hard time opening up.. so we concluded our visit by giving her the handout card we give each sister we visit with our contact information on it, in case they need to get a hold of us for any reason.
On Saturday evening, Bonnie and Gary Ramon took us out for a pre-mother's day dinner. We went to Outback for a fantastic evening, with lots of fun conversation and food. They are so good to us and have taken us into their lives like family. We really do have a lot of adopted family out here that helps ease being away from our families back home.
Next week my sister Judy and her husband Jim will be in DC on a business trip and they are bringing their 2 oldest grandchildren with them to see the sights of DC.. While Jim is in meetings, Judy and the kids are spending the days seeing all the wonderful things in DC. I get to spend Wednesday with them and I am so excited.