St. Barnabas Church
Since Monday was a holiday and we really didn't feel right calling people for appointments in the middle of their bar-b-cues and such.. we called on Tuesday morning. Since we don't have the highlighted ward directory from the relief society president yet, we just started calling the leaders and the leaders wives to set up appointments. We called 28 names and got three appointments for Thursday.. We left messages on all the others and were hoping that we would get some return phone calls.. Since we didn't have any appointments for Tuesday, we decided to call two of our older senior sisters that we have loved visiting and see if they were up for a visit.. Sure enough..both Sue and Ethyl said they would love a visit from us.. We headed south first to visit Sue. She is the lady that lives in an assisted living apartment and is the artist... We love to listen to her southern drawl as she shares her life stories with us.. She was so excited to show us pictures of her grandchildren that her daughter finally sent her. Sue has been asking for some pictures for almost a year.. It is so sad that her daughter and grandchildren are missing out on spending time with this amazing woman. She hasn't ever seen her grandchildren and hasn't seen her daughter in several years.. She is the sweetest person and always wants to give us food to take home.. We assure her that we are doing fine. I am so glad we called her and were able to visit with her..She invited us to attend a special yearly picnic celebration coming up next month.. We said we would be honored to come as her guests.
Ethyl & me
We were excited to start our visits to the sisters in the
While we were driving this week I saw an American Eagle flying right over us. He was amazing and I was so excited to finally say I saw one. Everyone says that the area not to far from our apartment that has a lot of eagles.. I have seen birds flying but couldn't for sure say they were eagles until this week.. Such magnificent birds..
Maria is the mom of 4 and what a fun visit. We met with her and her two youngest children. She is a Geologist and works on water and land erosion on land along the
and the rivers at flow nearby. She showed a project that she is working on
now.. re-building a bridge over a river that the entire span goes up and down not just a draw bridge.. Her daughter Addie
is 4 and is a whiz kid and read to us from the scriptures and was counting up
into the 60's.. Her youngest little one is Asher and he is one year old, he was
such a sweetheart. Maria's husband is in the bishopric and works for the
department in DC that reviews the expenditures of the government.
Maria and kids
Saturday we had our final district outing with the Noels who leave for home on Monday. It has been such a pleasure to work with them for the year they have been out. They served as our District Leaders. We met the Noels and the other two sisters who are in our district at the temple for a session and then went to lunch together. We ate at the Macaroni Grill in Silver Springs.. We were joined by Erin, who served her mission in
when the Noels served there as Mission President. It was such a fun day and one
to remember. Storms were threatening and
we thought we might make it home before they hit.. but no luck.. The skies grew
black and the winds blew and then the rain hit.. and did it rain..OH IT RAINED
SO HARD.. On the weather map when we got home we were in the orange and red
area of the storm.. So glad to be safe and warm in our apartment. North Carolina
Our district at lunch
Sister Noel & Erin
It was so nice to see a few faces that we recognized at church today. We had a meeting with the Relief Society President and also one with the Bishop to discuss the needs of the sisters in the Bowie Ward. So now we have a great list of sisters to visit and get to know.
I heard this today and loved it: "Give the Lord a chance".. I do agree