Twelve months down and six months to go.. Wow the time is flying by so fast and I know that the next 6 months will go by really fast..
We had great hopes last week of a lot of return phone calls to set up appointments..but alas they never came.. So this Monday morning as Sister Brown was at the eye doctor I started to call sisters.. I made 28 calls and booked two days appointments and hopes of many more.
The weather is so nice and I wanted to get back to walking now that the humidity was gone and the evenings were cool. I called Suz to see if she was ready to start walking again and she was agreeable to get going.. So I drove over to her house and we had a wonderful walk.
Our visit with : Angie is the mom of 4 daughters ages 15, 13, 11 & 7 and one son age "almost 5" he states.. We had a wonderful visit with her as she prepped her dinner.. her husband is a doctor stationed at
Angie and family
Julie's husband is deployed and left last week. He is a pilot for the Navy and is training on a new plane in
He will be stationed there for several months and gets to come home every once
in a while and then next spring he leaves for long term deployment to Virginia . They moved back to the states from Afghanistan
this last June and are just getting settled. They have two little girls and 5
and 2. The 2 year old was really having a hard time with her daddy leaving.
Julie is doing great and is a great military wife and mom.. Italy
Susan is a single sister that is very lonely. She was very glad that we came to visit her and talked for 1 1/2 hours non stop. When we first got there her mood was very down and she really didn't have anything good to say about anything, she hates living here and everything about it. But we asked about the picture we saw on her end table, who was her son we found out. She told us so many stories about him. He is in the military and stationed in
Guam with his wife & new baby. When we told her we had to go because we had
another appointment she was sad and said, " but I haven't told you about
me yet". So we assured her we would
be back and she could finish her story.
Kathy is such a sweet sister. She has one daughter at home who is 5 and what a whiz kid.. she plays the violin and can read and write like a 3rd or 4th grader.. She played a couple pieces for us. The bishop said Kathy is going through some tough times and we wanted to make sure she knew we were there to help in any way we could. This is her second marriage and her two youngest sons from her previous marriage just left to return to live with their father out west. She was very sad.. Her husband works a lot and she is very lonesome.. We hope she can be looked after and we talked to her visiting teacher who is also concerned about her. She said she would keep an eye on Kathy.. thank heavens for visiting teachers.
Portrait of Kayla playing for her favorite stuffed friends
Our day at the temple was wonderful as usual.. sad that many of our friends that we have made there are getting to the end of their missions and will be leaving soon. I am so happy for them and will miss each one..
On Friday Sister Brown was down in bed with a headache so I headed north to
Laura & Cullen
Crosby & Cullen
My next appointment was with Karim , when I got to her apartment, I knocked on the door and waited then knocked again then her neighbor came out of her door and said in broken English "she not home".. so I left one of our "sorry we missed you cards", and left. My next appointment wasn't for an 1 1/2 hours & Karim's apartment was right across the road from a brand new shopping center that has great restaurants and stores in it.. So I grabbed a bite to eat and then got a flu shot and spent some time looking around. Then I called Courtney my next appointment to see if I could come by a little early and she had forgotten our appointment and was at a play date with her children.. So we re-scheduled for next Friday.. I told her I would call in the morning on that day.. Since that was my last appointment of the day I headed south & ran some errands on the way home..
We were invited to dinner at Bishop & Suz Martins home on Friday evening and then Suz and I planned on walking after dinner. Sister Brown still wasn't feeling well, so I went alone.
Since we have only 6 months left we are trying to make sure that we go to all the special places in and around DC that we want to see.. So we decided to go to
George Washington's Mansion
Pictorial in stained glass
The beautiful garden
The view from the mansion
George & Family
At church today we were given a few minutes in Relief Society to explain our mission and introduce ourselves.. We were able to set a few appointments for this week. This coming week is our zone conference and I always love the counsel we receive and the interaction with all the missionaries in our 2 areas..I can feel Fall in the air and I love it !