I had promised Kristin of the stake relief society that I would help her with the project she is preparing for the up-coming stake leadership day by cutting out leaves to go on the 36 different letters.. So I cut out several of 8 different leaves in fall colors to go on each one.
Tuesday we had a luncheon meeting with Tracey, the relief society president of the Calvert ward to go over those sisters we have visited and discuss any needs or concerns we felt needed to be addressed for them. She lives right on
Wednesday was our temple day as usual and I really do love to spend the day at the temple, being of service to all those who come. Sister Brown & Bonnie and I ride up together and it so fun. This week I met a young woman and her brother who were here on vacation. They grew up in
but now live in Dubi, where their father is now working. They were so sweet and
loved the time they have spent in the Switzerland ,
especially the time they have been able to spend in US . Washington
Thursday we had 3 great visits. . . . first was Alisa and her two youngest children. They moved here in June from
Alisa & her boys
Jacob in his Spiderman costume
Our second visit was a repeat visit with Elaine. She is the sister who suffers from M S.. She was making granola and I was so happy I got to help her by putting in the oven and then stirring often. She is such a up-beat person with a wonderful personality. She doesn't let her M S stop her at all.. She teases that she can get it done, it will just take a little longer.. Her son who is a senior in high school came home while we were there and it was such a joy to see how he helps his mom.. without even being asked to do so. Elaine said that when they diagnosed her condition they had a family meeting and shared with their son and daughter that this was not just a disease that their mom had it was a disease the family had.. and they all have taken it to heart and help Elaine and make the home run smooth.. we even got a hug from him.. which his mom says is a very rare thing..
Minsun and her family just moved here 2 weeks ago. They have 3 children 5,2 & 4 months. Minsun and her husband are from
Minsun & Grace & Lilli
On Friday we spent the morning working at the "End Hunger" warehouse sponsored by the Calvert Christian Church.. This charity feeds so many people in need and is such a worthwhile way to spend a morning. They had a huge warehouse filled with boxes of food to be put into boxes to be passed out to those deserving families who need their help so much. Our first assignment was to put potatoes from this huge container that was 4' x 4' x 4' into boxes that ended up weighing 50 pounds each.. There were 4 of us on this project, while others worked on boxing food stuffs and canned goods.. When our potato bin was empty we started another project filling boxes with green beans, cabbages, squash and carrots each weighing 35 pounds.. The produce is donated by local farmers in the area and came to the warehouse in large semi trucks. It was really a fun day, we made new friends and had such a wonderful feeling of gratitude in helping such a superb charity meet their goals. They had a goal of filling 250 boxes of produce and we filled 160! We are anxious to help them again soon.. We were really tired, but it felt so good. . . . .
Huge bins of potatoes
Huge bins of green beans
Volunteers busy at work
Boxes to load with fresh produce
A filled box with green beans, squash, cabbage & carrots
One of the farms that contributes for hunger
It was a rainy Saturday, so our thoughts to go on a field trip to somewhere that was on our list to visit was out.. We decided to go to the movies instead and see the one everyone was talking about... the AMC by our apartment was just re-modeled from the lobby to the theaters, and it is fantastic.. a wall of serve yourself soda machines that are out of the future.. In the theater, the rows of standard seats have been replaced with rows of individual cushy red leather recliners.. the feet rest even goes up.. We were really impressed with the new look of the theater, it was really run down and in great need of up-dating.. The movie "The odd life of Timothy Green", was so good and we loved it... really sad at the end, but such good thoughts throughout the movie. So it was popcorn for dinner...
Today was our introduction to the Bowie Ward. This new area we will be serving in for September and October.. We drove the one hour trip up to the building for church and met Norma and Beth of the Stake Relief Society Presidency.. The presidency always goes with us on our first visit to a new ward, to meet the wards relief society presidency and the bishop. They excited to have us start to serve in their ward and get to know us better.. I was even asked to say the closing prayer in sacrament meeting today. We were introduced in relief society and then had a short meeting with the only member of the presidency who was there today. When we walked out of church it was raining.. I mean RAINING.. like an
The weatherman here is saying that