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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.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Receiving Service

This story starts a few weeks ago here.....


Calvin was called in last minute to have his hernia operation.  After being called in by the nurses to rescue him them from his morphine induced state of delirium, I 
brought him home to recover.  Fortunately Grandma and Grandad were home from their Temple service and were able to take up the 24 hour care for the first day.  Then poor Ross who was home for a few days had to take over performing duties that he stated no 16 year old should have to do for their father!

Once I reached the Easter holidays Calvin was beginning to feel a little better and was more mobile.  We headed up to Birmingham for the NASUWT National conference.  We had a really lovely time and ate great food and watched lots of aeroplanes!!



Anyway, getting back to the point of my story.  Due to the recovery time for his operation Calvin was unable to help with all the usual Easter Holiday garden projects etc.  To our rescue came Elder Zollinger and Elder Bellen.  These two young men from Washington State and Manila, Philippines were willing to come and help us in any way they could.  We had them over for two days and were able to get many jobs done that without them would have taken me weeks!

I took them to school to move chairs and clear the garden, they helped clear our hedges, and cleared garden rubbish for our neighbour.  They washed the car, dug out a tree stump, cut wood for a vegetable bed, they even did the dishes after tea!





They smiled all day, both days and really lifted our spirits.   They made it possible for us to achieve that which we couldn't have done alone.  We miss Gareth like crazy but we know that he is out there helping people and teaching people.  We know that he, we and the people he works with are being blessed by his service. 

Missionary service brings people to a knowledge of their Saviour and allows them to lean on Him, He makes it possible for us to do things that without Him we would not be able to do.