Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall Leaves and Pumpkin Patches

        We started out our week going into DC with the Larsen's by hopping on the Metro to start our Monday adventure. It was my turn to plan our outing and I selected the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center.  The Metro is the best way to get downtown.  It has stops right by all major attractions and is such a piece of cake to use.  Our first stop was the Library of Congress.  Wow, I think this building  has the most beautiful interior of any I have visited in DC.  It is amazing and I loved it. There was so much to see and so much history housed there.  It was overwhelming to think of the 150 million wonderful  items that have been collected and on display for everyone to see.  The entire library of Thomas Jefferson of 6,487 books laid the foundation for the library in 1815, and are still on display. I really do want to go back and get an official "library card", and visit the reading room and have a book found and brought to me to look at.. and sit in that historic place and take it all in. We then hopped back on the Metro and headed for the Kennedy Center. Every evening at 6:00 there is a free performance in the Millennium theater.  We saw a musical group from Colorado called  Elephant Revival.  They were a group of 5 musicians who performed music containing elements of rock, gypsy, Celtic, altcountry and folk.  It was a great evening and we really enjoyed the music.  A very fun day..
Sister Wege, Sister Larsen & me

Beautiful interior of the Library of Congress

The Reading Room

 The Library of Congress

     Tuesday we started out our day picking up Linda to go with her on a visit to Thelma a sister who used to be her neighbor who is now living in a nursing home.  We stopped to pick up a beautiful fall flowering plant to help brighten her room. When we arrived at the home, Thelma was in PT, and the staff said to go on down and visit her there. She was very excited to see us and so happy for our visit.  We learned that another sister from the ward was also living there, so we went down to see Anna. She was in her bed, so we just stayed for a few minutes..she too was happy with our visit. It is such a joy to spend a few minutes with these sweet ladies and bring so much joy to their day.

        We then picked up Karen (that I talked about last week) at noon to take her to several appointments.  She was getting the several things taken care of that she needed to do since her husband left, to help provide the means to assistance with her utilities, social security and such.  We finally arrived home about 7:00.  Long day, but very happy we could help Karen out. 

          We were invited to a birthday party for Doug Larsen ( the husband in the couple we have been doing things with on Monday's).. It was a taco dinner and we provided all the fillings for the taco's and the other couple, the Dickey's brought dessert.  Doug was so appreciative of the dinner and for all of us coming to help celebrate his birthday.. fun day.

        Wednesday morning at the Family History Center I decided to see how far back I could get in my family tree.. I was amazed at how far back I got.. It was so fun to see the names and the places my ancestors were from.. It went way..back and can't wait to research and see all that I can find.. I am loving doing the genealogy for my family.  I was looking at my mother's line this week and want to record all that I found before I start on my father's line.. After our shift at the FHC we had a meeting with our new district leaders.. They are a new missionary couple from Utah and just arrived in the mission field.  It was really fun to get to know them and help fill them in on our activities and the work we were accomplishing on our mission. We then went to a session at the temple.. Such a wonderful day..

        Thursday we picked up Sharon, and drove up to Glen Burnie to pick up Sue, a sister from the ward here who just moved there.  Sharon used to be an English teacher in high school and now that she is retired she teaches English in her home to people from Korea, all the residents in her apartment building are from Korea and she is helping them learn English.. She was a wealth of information on so many subjects.. She says she gets all the major newspapers and magazines so she can stay current on all things.. She had several clippings from different media to share with us.. After we picked up Sue we went to lunch.. it was a very fun day and I loved meeting new people.  Sue just moved out of her home, because her husband was being very abusive and threatened to kill her. She called the Police and when they arrived they helped her get her things out and found 9 guns in the apartment of which 3 were loaded.. She is such a darling lady and it is so sad that anyone would treat another person like she was being treated. I am so happy she is now safe and living with her daughter, who is a member of the church and they are both taking temple preparation classes together..    

 Sue, me, Sharon & Sister Wege
     Friday morning at 8:00 the fire alarm went off in our building.. Well you know they turn off the elevators so we walked down the "10" flights to the main level.. It wasn't a fire and we were allowed to return to our apartments.. When it went off, we were trying to decide what to take with us, just in case it was a real fire.. so now we have our bag with all that we need to take in one place, ready to grab and go..

        On Friday we called on 15 sisters.. We got in to see many and I want to share just a few stories with you. When we arrived at the home of Lois, I knew that I recognized her from the temple where she works on Tues. & Weds. I worked on a different shift, but I used to see this sweet 85 year old many times as she was coming in for her shift as I was leaving. What a wonderful visit we had with her.. So happy when we can visit those who don't get out much. She is recuperating from pancreatic cancer surgery and the doctors have assured her that they got it all.  A doctor here in the DC area has developed a procedure that is groundbreaking in this surgery.

     Jinnah is a young sister in her mid twenties who is attending nursing school. She was so sweet when we arrived at her door.. She welcomed us in and we had a wonderful visit with her. She said that she was sorry she hadn't been to church, but she went to school all week and then had to work on the weekend.  We asked her if she was reading her scriptures and she said that she did love reading them but they were stolen. We told her where she could get the kind she was looking for and after talking to her for a while asked if we could end our visit with a prayer and she said yes. Sister Wege asked her if she would give it and she said she would. Wow what a powerful spirit accompanied her beautiful prayer. I just loved our visit with Jinnah.


     Kady was at work when we arrived at her apartment, but her grandmother invited us in. They are from Sierra Leone and she speaks very broken English. She was taking care of Kady's 3 adorable children and they were all just getting out of the tub. So as she dressed each one they would come and play with us.  Tsi Tsi is 5, Dylan is 3 and Su Su was 2.  They loved it when I took their picture and even Grama wanted to get in the pictures.. What a fun visit.

 Su Su, Grama, Tsi Tsi & Dylan
        Tigi said that she was very anxious for us to come today. We missed seeing her the last two weeks. She is 35 and had a stroke that has effected her left side and she still struggles with use of her left arm and her walking is slow.  She is also waiting for a kidney transplant and has to have dialysis 3 days a week. Last week her port became clogged and she was in the hospital for several days. She is doing well now. She is a BYU graduate and has a nursing degree. She has a 10 year old daughter who lives with her dad & she hopes to get papers signed soon so she can see her son more often. She is so grateful for everything we do for her. She loves fruit and we bring some each Friday when we visit. She lives with her mother, who is now in Sierra Leone for 6 weeks and Tigi is struggling with cooking and getting around. So we stopped by the store and picked up some groceries for her. Saturday we took her and picked her up for her dialysis appointment.

       We called on 17 sisters on Saturday while we waited to  pick Tigi up.. Talked to 6.. It was a beautiful Fall day here in Maryland and so the driving around to each sister's home was so nice.  After we dropped Tigi off at home we met with Ann & her husband Craig at the Texas Roadhouse for dinner and then attended the Prince George's Philharmonic opening fall concert.  Ann plays the viola in the orchestra.  This is the orchestra's 47th season. It was held in the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.  They performed Wagner, Mendelssohn & Tchaikovsky and it was beautiful..

       Sunday I attended my first meeting in the White Oaks Ward.  It was so nice to meet everyone and I was introduced in each class and in Sacrament meeting.. After church we visited a sweet sister in the hospital.  Dorothy fell and was on the floor for "3" days before someone came to see why she wasn't answering the phone. She is 87 and sharp as a tack.. She was happy to have us visit.. and we promised to be back each day she is in the hospital.. That evening we were invited to Ann and Craig's for dinner.. Craig is a fabulous cook and had prepared 3 different soups with all the trimmings.  We brought dessert.. Then we went to a special event at the Visitors Center to hear Rosemary Wixom, the General Primary President for the church..

     Fall is really here now in Maryland, the weather is cooler, the leaves are turning, pumpkin patches and stands are popping up everywhere.. I just love this time of year and all the tastes and smells of Autumn.. One thing we see everywhere up here where I am now are squirrels.. gathering the acorns as they fall and scampering up the trees and running across the power lines (which amazes me, that they don't fall off).

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