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Thursday, 30 March 2017

No Way!

Huge gap, I know, but I have exciting news to share

Ross made the huge decision that serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is what he wants to do to show his gratitude to his Saviour.

With Gareth shocking us all with California, Roseville Mission two years ago, we decided to have a board for guesses this time.

We assembled a group of friends and family, both live and over the internet!  And ............

NO WAY!  Australia Sydney South Mission!

He begins on July 6th 2017.  

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Flying Further Afield

Ross' flying is really taking off now (pardon the pun)

Last week he flew to Gloucester and Cardiff with his instructor.

I am still blocking out the fact that my 17 year old son actually flies a plane, in the sky, and at times on his own!!!!!!

I will have to get used to it as he will soon qualify for his Private license and then he heads off to America to build some flying hours.

Watch this space........

I wonder which license will be first, driving or flying?

All Change Again

Transfer week again and Elder Tout moved on.  Elder England is Gareth's new companion and we look forward to hearing all about him.

Garden Party

Calvin and I went away for the weekend and left Grandma and Grandad in charge.  As usual Martha and Ross had a full calendar so Grandma and Grandad became the taxi service (although to be fair Ross drove himself but he needed co-pilot)

One of the planned activities was the birthday party of a family from our Branch.  they combine their party when the weather is nice, great idea.  Martha and Grandma had the best time on the space hoppers and playing snakes and ladders and i think there was some kind of water fight!!!

Thanks for a lovely party and happy memories made.

New Friends and Big Blessings

Pictured here are Bill, Brayden and Ruthann, who came to Wales to search for some family history sites of Ruthann ancestors.  Ruthann and her grandson Brayden are members of our church and they had contacted us to let us know they were coming.  They were staying just down the road from us and we were able to meet with them and take them out looking at graves and places where her ancestors had lived and worked.We shared lunch and got to know them a little more.   It was a fascinating weekend and we were so grateful to have met them.  I asked one small favour of Ruthann and that was to mail Gareth a package when she got home, he needed new shirts (again!)

On their return they mailed the package (and some extra things which were an answer to prayers from our end!)  One of the things they sent was a copy of this picture.  They also sent us a package with photos from their trip and a lovely book and CD plus their heartfelt thanks.  We are so blessed to meet people like this who go the extra mile to lift and to serve.

Thank you.

This is the photo Ruthann took, Ross is holding the said package.

American Mother's Day and Gareth's birthday

It would be unusual to get to speak to your missionary on their birthday but as Gareth's fell on American mothers day we got to spend a little of his 19th with him.  We even had him blow out his candles!
It was a special day as both sets of Grandparents were able to be with us and talk to him.

The sounds of laughter coming from the dining room as these three joked about our parenting skills could be heard in the next village! 

They talked of a particular day when something got broken.  Quotes such as "don't play with things that aren't toys" and "That was a special gift!" could be heard as they joked that the said special gift looked like a charity shop reject!

Roseville Mission Companion 3 and Mount Shasta

Elder Williams moved on to pastures new in April.  Here he is with Elder Tout and the amazing Mount Shasta which dominates the skyline of most of his photos!

Such a contrast to Loomis but he loves it.  The scenery and the amazing hikes he gets to take on his P-Day.  Always smiling and being taken great care of.