Hopefully I'll get these few adventures/memories captured and posted today, but I think it is going to be a busy day so I may be a day late again......I just hope I'm not a dollar short ;-) as the old saying, "A day late and a dollar short" goes.
Monday morning as I left for the office I notice this small cactus across the street was blooming.
Pretty, in it's own prickly way :)
I was also fascinated with the last end of the sunrise as I headed to the gym on Tuesday morning. I love how the subtle shafts of sunlight are coming up from the horizon and shining on the bottom of the cloud giving it a glow in some places.
I just started to breathe a sigh of relief when Sister Partridge approached me and asked if I would help her type up letters that all the missionaries had submitted to be given to President Nattress before he leaves. We have been typing, and typing, and typing. And all I can say is WOW. The missionaries were asked to write about their most spiritual experience and then name 3 things they have learned on their mission. Most of the stories are extremely touching and I finally told Sister Partridge the other day that people would wonder what was going on in the mission office if I left with mascara stains down my cheeks. I continue to be amazed at the caliber of these young missionaries and how strong they are! We worked the last few days of the week in all our spare minutes and I even brought some home with me to work on Sunday afternoon. I couldn't think of any better way to keep the Sabbath than to read miraculous missionary stories and have dinner with family!
I guess it was because I read all those wonderful spiritual experiences from the missionaries, or maybe it was because we got to hear the report from a young missionary just returning. (We were privileged to watch the transformation in his life as he took advantage of the Atonement and let it and the gospel work a miracle. I am so proud of that young man - almost feel like he is one of my grandsons or something...) Or maybe it was because I spent Saturday morning at this beautiful place with my daughter-in-law and grand-daughter. But - whatever the source of my feelings, my heart is full with gratitude and thankfulness for the blessed life I live!
A few flowers in front of the Gilbert Arizona Temple
Front view of the Temple
Side view of the temple and fence
And to top off the week we were able to attend Sunday School class taught this week by Brother Schwitzer who is an amateur thespian. He makes class so interesting, but this time I couldn't take my eyes off his tie----I kept thinking of the ceramic pigs all around Smithfield, VA:)
And to top off a great sacrament meeting and Sunday School class, we had family dinner with 19 of us there....kids, grandkids, and some great grandkids - two of whom I haven't seen for about 2 years. It was GREAT to see them!
Just wanted to share this beautiful home that is a couple of short blocks from the office. The house and yard seem very peaceful to me and I'm shocked that they can get the ivy to grow on the brick in 115 degree heat!
Happy Summer (aka heat) from a couple of "oldster" missionaries in the Arizona, Gilbert mission.