This week we visited with or made contact with eighteen families. That may not seem like a lot until you factor in how many miles we have to go to get to some of these families and how many times we get lost in doing so. Also, you have to remember that Rod likes to visit (O.K., I do to), so some of our visits take longer than others. And you have to remember that people don’t like to visit with you until after noon. So the mornings are taken up with studying, exercising, eating, and studying maps to see where we need to go when our GPS gets us lost. Also, I like to spend some time each day practicing on my organ. I feel compelled to do that for some reason so time will tell why. Rod also has to spend extra time on assignments as ward executive secretary. That calling has already proved to be a great blessing to the missionary work here.
My mom called last week because she heard we had some tornados in this area. There were two tornados that touched down and did some extensive damage in an area several miles from us, but evidently there were some pretty good winds in Centerville because the couple living in our home sent this picture of wind damage to our home there.
Fortunately, Tyson is taking good care of us and arranged to have it fixed by our good friend, Mark Earnshaw.
We were also supposed to have a big snow storm here last week that we were all geared up for but this was the extent of our snow.
It’s been unseasonably cold though and it feels like winter again. Although we do have a few signs that spring is just around the corner. As you can see, the grass is starting to green up and some of the early flowers are trying to bloom.
These are some pictures of our yard. We often have deer wander through the yard and they aren’t very afraid of humans. Most pets are kept indoors so there are no dogs to scare them off. We are looking forward to the trees greening up, then it should be really pretty.
We also spent one morning this week orienting at the Wheeling Hospital to do volunteer work there. It is a Catholic hospital but they are thrilled to get anyone who is willing to help. We were taught all about JCAHO, OSHA and HIPAA; things I never really wanted to worry about again. We are looking forward to doing our service there.
These are pictures of the hospital from the freeway. It is a couple of miles from our home and will be convenient to get to. I was very impressed with the hospital and how it is run. Nuns know how to do it right. It’s a trauma I hospital and very busy.
We are enjoying the missionary work and are loving the people here. The message of the Restored Gospel is such a fun message to share. We hope all is well wherever you are.