We started out this week waiting on the storm of the century.. Hurricane
the path to head right into DC..then a cold front was joining it and also a
huge storm from the west.. All officials have said it would be a big storm and
one for the record books. We spent the day watching the TV to keep up to date
on the time it would hit landfall. We had our overnight bags packed ready to
evacuate if necessary and were all stocked up on water, food, flashlights and
our cars were filled with gas. The
Governor had advised everyone to stay put and stay off the roads for 24 to 36
hours. It started raining early in the
day and poured rain all day. We received
around 7 to 10 inches of rain during this storm and wind gusts up to 70
mile per hour. When I went to bed on Monday night the wind sounded like a train
right outside my window. I kept looking at the clock to see if it was on and
that meant we still had power. Even
though we had lots of wind and rain it wasn't nearly as bad here as was
predicted. Huge trees were down and lots
of small trees and branches but nothing like they had in Sandy and New
I am so thankful. New York
This month we started working in the
The room when we arrived
Some of the beautiful pictures we hung
Julia the coordinator this year for the Nativity display
Each day when we go in Julia lets us know how we can help. On Thursday there were about 8 people there all working hard and we joined in to help.
every Wednesday from to . I am learning more and more each day and
love it. It is so much fun to research
my ancestors and see what I can find and who I can find. Family
We still work at the
On Thursday we also visited Barbara, our friend in the assisted living facility. She is always so excited for us to come. She is sitting in the small parlor in her wheel chair waiting for us to arrive. We spend about an hour with her and answer any questions she has and read the scriptures with her. Such a truly wonderful sister.
Friday we spent the entire day at the VC working on steaming the many different beautiful fabrics that are used under each of the nativity sets. We also unpacked sets and replaced lights that were burnt out on the some of the trees, and helped Julia in any way she needed us. It was a full day and so fulfilling. Each time someone walked in the room they were so thrilled with all the work we have accomplished so far.
getting started with the nativity's
I was asked by the Visitors Center director if I would be in charge of the meals that are brought in each day during the festival of lights to feed the 30 young sister missionaries and 10 adults who serve at the center every day. The meals are provided each day by the local wards (congregations of the church) and I will make sure they are heated and that they have everything that goes with the meal and then that it is served and then cleaned up each day. Each one of the senior couples choose a day that they provide the meal for a day. Sister Wege and I are providing the meal on December 1st.
Saturday was a catch up day for us, we stayed in and did chores and caught up. We did go out to
Our Sunday started at leaving home about to head to our first meeting of the day. We had great church services and set up some visits for after church. We first visited with Jadesola. She is from
and is in school here in DC. She is getting her degree in Criminal Justice and then wants to go on and
get her Masters in Criminal Forensics or get her Law degree. Nigeria
Yvonne was our next visit and she was very excited to have us visit. She has a long time friend Nicole living with them now. When Yvonne came to the
from US Africa she lived with a sponsor family and that
family had adopted Nicole from an orphanage in Africa.
So they have known each other for a long time. Yvonne is now married and working
and Nicole (age 20) is coming from
to live with them so she can go to school & get an education and work. Nicole said her mother home
schooled her while she was growing up and in talking to her she is a very smart young woman. We had a wonderful visit with them both. New York
Nicole & Yvonne
This coming week we have another week filled with nativity sets and trees at the visitors center and are looking forward to it. The visitors center has been going under major renovation and they are working around the clock to get finished by Thanksgiving, when the Festival of Lights begins. So it is a busy place to be.
Everyone have a wonderful week and drop me a note sometime.. I love to get them from you.