We drive great distances each day so we book our appointments ahead, so we don't make the trip and be stood up.. but even though we book ahead, it sometimes happens, it has happened more than once with this sister.. Bonnie sounds anxious to have us visit and then when we get there she won't answer the door.. Her car is in the driveway and the dogs are going crazy in the house....so we leave a little note and move on..
Our friend Tracy's home right on Chesapeake Beach
Tree lines roads
Beautiful homes dot the landscape
I know I tell you often, how beautiful the landscape is here.. but each day as we drive by beautiful farms with huge red barns and green fields or beautiful homes with beautifully manicured huge lawns, we are saying "oh look"-"oh look".. it isn't fair for the one driving because she doesn't get to see all cool things we pass by..so thank goodness we switch off driving..It is still in the 90's here and they say it is dry.. I really don't think it's dry by any stretch of the imagination.. but cooler than in
Our first visit this week was with Nina, who serves in the Primary Presidency in the ward and is such a sweetheart.. She has 3 daughters 10, 8 & 6. They all play musical instruments.. such as the harp, the oboe & the piano. They are a military family and have lived all over the
Nina and her wonderful family
Alaina is a military wife who's husband is deployed in
Alania and kids
Her beautiful yard
The view from her yard
When I got my schedule for the temple this week, I was very excited what I would be doing as I served in the temple.. I was starting out in the baptistery, one of my favorite places. We had 3 young women and a family come to do baptisms. The Rivera family consisted of a husband and wife and the wife's father and their 21 year old daughter who is a senior at BYU Idaho, a 19 year old son and a 12 year old son. The father told me that they were all so thrilled because their son just received his mission call to the "Mesa Arizona Mission", I was so excited..I said "that is the mission where I live in
We met Jennifer several months ago when we helped her decorate for the Stake Women's Conference.. She was so fun to work with and we knew that it would be a great visit. Jennifer serves in the Young Women, and had a great time at girls camp.. She works part time since her youngest started school and loves her job. Her husband is in the Stake Presidency. He is a lobbyist on Capital Hill.. We had a wonderful visit with Jennifer.. It is so important to us that we visit not only those who have issues or health concerns but also women whose with husbands have demanding jobs plus very busy church callings.. Jennifer was so happy that we came to visit her, and so were we..
We felt it was important to make another visit to Nicole, who we had visited a few weeks ago.. She is so very busy with her many endeavors: She is the founder of a non profit foundation for helping those suffering with PTSD..she is also counselor for those suffering from PTSD. She has her business of lotions, soaps and bath salts.. and now she is back in uniform for the Army Guard.. On top of being a wife & part time mother to her daughter Tatania.. Nicole is about to start a cross country trip of lectures for her PTSD foundation..and her daughter is ending her summer visit with her mom & going back with her dad.. Nicole has a lot on her plate and seems ready to take it on full steam.. We wanted to make sure she was ok with all that is going on in her life. She was so happy with our visit and we are wishing her well on her up-coming ventures.
There was a big storm in our area on Thurs. torrential rain, wind, hail & even tornado warnings kept us home bound. The storms down here in the area we serve can be very violent.
Saturday Sister Brown and I were in charge of our mission district outing. Since the rest of our district serve up in DC, we wanted to share with them the wonderful area that we get to serve in. The six of us met at our apartment and headed south to the southern tip of
Solomon's Maryland Island for a lunch of the best crab cakes as
noted by the Washington Post. We ate at Stoney's on the pier and everyone
agreed that the crab cakes were wonderful.
We then headed up the peninsula to .. which is one of our
favorite spots to spend time between appointments and have lunch, or sit by the
shore and listen to the waves. We knew
that one of the things they wanted to see was some of the wonderful Amish
sites. We stopped at our favorite Amish
farmers market.. It was a great success and we each found some produce or baked
goodies that we were able to take home.
Our last stop was at the quilt shop of Magadelina Stoltzfus. She is such
a sweet lady and so very talented and we love to visit her shop. It started to rain just as we were leaving
her shop and it was pouring by the time we mad it to our car. So glad that the
rain waited until our field trip was coming to an end. We were so happy that we could share our
beautiful area with the other missionaries in our district.. we made sure to
tell them that we would "not" switch places with them.. Chesapeake
Me, Sister & Brother Noel, Sister Larsen & Sister Wege
Lunch at Stoney's on Solomon's Island