The Chesapeake Bay
We had our usual Monday morning phone marathon, calling to set up appointments. We called over 28 sisters and made 5 appointments and had hopes for many call backs and more bookings.. We headed out in the afternoon to visit with two of our favorite people. Both Lynn and Victoria live at Tate's Place. Lynn and her husband have lived there for about a year and
Lynn, Me & Victoria
We had visited Peg before, but felt inspired to visit again while we were still serving in Calvert. She is really fun to visit.. we learned some great new things about her on this visit.. She is a baseball fanatic.. She loves the
The butterfly bush at Peg's house. Full of beautiful butterflies
Some of the beautiful baskets made by Peg
We were wondering where we should have lunch and it is always a good idea to ask the locals their favorites and Peg had a couple of great ideas. We decided to go to the "Lunch Box".. restaurant and we were so happy we did.. It is in an old house that has been refurbished and the food was fantastic.. She also shared some of her other favorites and we will try them later.. one is very close to our apartment..
Beautiful old house restored into the "Lunch Box" restaurant
We were excited to be visiting with Amy, since she and her family had been gone all summer to her home town of
We visited with our Amish friend Magadelina Stoltzfus, who owns the quilt shop and I had decided to purchase one of her beautiful quilts. I fell in love with it the first time we visited her shop.. When we arrived there were about 12 of her darling grandchildren playing in the yard. The girls all had their hair styled into a very classic bun in the back and the boys all sported cute dutch bobs, with the exception of one adorable little towhead that had a head full of curls.. they were so cute and came into the shop when we went in and loved to play hide n' seek and I would find them and they would all giggle and all dash to a new hiding place.. until their Grama had had enough and had them all go outside to play. Magadelina has 14 children and "107" grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.. She is such a sweet lady that we have grown so fond of.. I am thankful she will let me pay a little each month on my quilt...
Saturday was our monthly event for the senior missionaries.. We were all invited to President and Sister Matsumories home for a bar-b-cue. It is about 2 hours north of us. It was a special day for a lot of reasons.. It was the last time we would be able to see some of the friends we have made that will be going home in a week or so.. and we got to meet several of the new missionary couples who have just arrived. There were about 45 of us there and we had each helped with the lunch, by bringing different things to add. I brought veggies and dip and Sister Brown brought watermelon. The table was laid out with anything and everything you could ever want to eat.. Each of the missionary couples who were going home shared a moment with us and what their mission meant to them. We also heard that the missionary department in SLC has decided to continue the "Women's Auxiliary Specialist" mission in the Washington DC North Mission, they will be sending replacements here for Sister Brown and I when we leave to go home.. We are so excited for this wonderful news.. and so happy we could be a part of this amazing new program.
It is deer mating season back here and so the deer are out everywhere.. I makes driving a little precarious..they just jump out in front of cars and they are everywhere, not just in the country, but also in the city as well.. Today when we were driving we saw a couple.. just standing by the road.. So now when we head out we are so very careful to keep a sharp eye out as we drive.
Have a wonderful holiday and stay cool back there in