We love it when we get visitors, especially family. Brendan, Marli, Gavin, Lissy, Luke and Marlys came out to see us this week. We had a wonderful time with them. The first day was a Wheeling day and we tried to show them the area and meet a few of the members.
Of course, the river is always a favorite with all the bridges crossing the Ohio River. Paddle boats were fun too. Oglebay Park is beautiful this time of the year with deer roaming everywhere you go.
We spent some quality time shopping at Gabriel Brothers and the Ohio Valley Mall looking for Lissy a shirt she could wear when she sings for General Conference. Marlys, Marli and I made a haul and we even found a shirt for Lissy. The kids and Marlys all got some Ohio State paraphernalia.
The next day was the Pittsburgh day. We had Zone Conference at Greentree and left early for that. The kids came about noon as we were breaking for lunch so they got to help take Zone pictures and meet President and Sister Topham and some of the missionaries. We loved showing them off.
They sang happy birthday to the August birthdays and they got a treat from Sister Topham. Elder Green, Sister Bowcutt and Elder Boughton all have August 15th birthdays. After Zone Conference we met up with the kids and went in to Pittsburgh. We rode the incline that goes up a hill to an overlook of the city. The incline replaced a mile of stairs that used to go up the hill.
We got to see the Pittsburgh Pirates get clobbered by the Marlins. But we had a good time anyway---no rain.
The next day was our Columbus, Ohio day. Brendan got us tickets to the Ohio State-Toledo game. We left early from Wheeling, but not early enough because we got caught in game-day traffic and had to park about a mile and a half from the stadium. There were 106,000 fans there, all in red. And Ohio State ended up winning.
Rod and I left a few minutes early so we could drive back to Pittsburgh for our Saturday evening stake conference meeting. Brendan and gang stayed in Columbus to revisit all the places they knew when they lived there. It was a good day. We hated having them leave but enjoyed having them here.
We had nine non-members at church Sunday and have some with baptism dates. The Lord is really blessing this area. We love serving here and love the people we serve.