Crape Myrtle trees in various colors are in beautiful bloom here now.
Kim was our first visit of the week. She is the wife of our Stake President and we were very excited to spend some time with her. What a delight she is.. She and Pres. Sakai were both raised in
Kim & Lily
Kristin was our next visit. She is a busy mom of 3, Hanna who is 7, Lucy who is 4 and Perry who is 2. They live way out in the country and were one of the families who lost power in the huge storm that we had a couple weeks ago. They have their own well and so without power they cannot even get water. Their neighbor brought over a generator for them to use and they were able to get by for the 6 days until their power was restored. They lost a couple big trees, but all else was fine. She loves to sew and is very active in all kinds of sports. She is homebound, because they only have one car and her husband needs it to get to the Navy base each day. So we loved being able to visit with her.
Lucy, Kristin, Perry & Hannah
Sharyn is the Young Women's President in the ward and had just returned from girls camp. She and her family moved to
Ann was our next visit and we also got to visit with her sweet mother Shirley who lives with them.. Shirley asked us to meet in her room, which Ann and her husband had added to their home in 2009.. It is a beautiful addition just like a studio apartment.. Ann has 5 children, 1 married, 2 in college and 2 at home. Their 17 year old daughter suffers from the effects of having Guillain Barre' while their family was living out of the country. This is an acute disorder affecting the nervous system, causing progressive muscle weakness and paralysis. She can now walk with the help of leg braces.. Such a brave young woman.. Ann's husband is an environmental JAG attorney for the Air Force.. as she said "a tree hugger".. Her mom Shirley is the cutest little 85 year old lady and so much fun to visit with.. She asked us to come see her often, since she loves to have visitors.. It was a wonderful visit..
Ann & Shirley
Tanji and her family just moved back to
Anne serves in the RS Presidency and invited us to lunch.. She is the mom of 4 delightful children with special needs.. She is so patient and such an awesome mom.. We were so impressed at the entire family.. Her 11 year old daughter was busy making cookies, she also has a 15 year old daughter with autism who is so excited to be a freshman , her 12 year old son was just ordained a deacon and has ADHD, and an adorable son who is 4. What a great visit we had with the whole family.. Her husband is a private contractor specializing in computer programming for the Navy. Anne teaches water aerobics, and loves her garden.. She had been canning beans and they looked wonderful.. She also loves to bake bread.. and we got to have some with our luscious lunch.. It was a great visit..
Sarah was one of the speakers in church last week and we knew we wanted to make sure we had a visit with her. She is a very shy person and we were asked to see if we could get in and visit with her.. She was a delight to visit with. She two little boys and they keep her hopping.. She has been helping out in summer daily vacation bible school. Her talent is decorating her home and yard work.. both are beautiful.. She is quite the shopper and said that she hunts and hunts until she finds exactly what piece of furniture or accessory with fit into her beautiful home. Her husband works for the census bureau. One of the few who isn't in the military or works for the military.
Sarah with Andrew & Matthew
Carol was a sister that we were very anxious to meet.. We had heard so many wonderful things about her and couldn't wait to visit her. She was the stake girls camp director, and was called to be the director just 3 weeks before camp when the other camp director bowed out & hadn't prepared anything for camp.. What a task Carol had ahead of her, and she did a fantastic job and camp was a wonderful success.. She and her husband have 6 girls.. 3 still at home.. it was a wonderful visit.. They moved here about a year ago from
Carol and her youngest daughter
Carol's father built this full size organ from a kit.
It is amazing and I couldn't believe anyone could do that.
Our last visit this week was with Nicole.. She is a single sister who had her 11 year old daughter Tatiana visiting with her from
Nicole & Tatiana
The 4 of us. .
On Thursday evening we went into DC with Bishop Vance and his family to see him perform with the Army concert band at free concert on the west lawn of the US Capitol. The band and choir were set up right in front of the steps of the capitol and we set our chairs up on the grass close by.. It was a beautiful evening and we enjoyed the music and the friendship so much. The Army performs there every Friday night during the summer, but this was a special added concert bringing back many of the alumni who had played with the band in past years.. It was fantastic.
The concert is over...
Friday morning Sister Brown had her second round of epidural injections in her back.. We are hoping that this series works, since the last ones didn't seem to make a difference in the back pain. So keep her in your prayers that it will finally ease the pain. I was in charge of keeping her down and having her rest for the day..
"The trick is to enjoy life.
Don't wish away your days waiting for
better one ahead"
Marjorie Pay Hinckley