Tuesday, January 24, 2012


September 24, 2011 
   After five days of flat land and fields of corn, we arrived at the mission home of the Washington DC North Mission in Gaithersberg, MD, on Wednesday, September 22, 2011, where we were warmly greeted by Pres. and Sister Matsumori.

   Their home is so gorgeous and yet eminates love and warmth unlike I have ever felt before. It has at least ten bedrooms, baths to accomodate, two family rooms, a formal living and dining room, and a kitchen to die for.   After we got settled, we went for a walk around their neighborhood, where we saw a deer coming out of the woods. We went to dinner at a family-owned Italian restaurant, then back to the house to discuss our assignments (no one is sure about them yet), then off to bed--a long, fun, exciting day.   Thursday morning we woke up to a pancake breakfast prepared by Sister Matsumori. The Pres. was conducting exit interviews, so we got to meet five sisters who were on their way home. None of them were very anxious---they all said they would stay longer if they could!
   After breakfast, we loaded our cars again and headed to our apartment in the White Plains area of Maryland, about 1 1/2 hours south of the mission home. We met the missionaries there, who helped us unload our cars and get everything settled. We spent the rest of the day organizing and re-organizing, then went to Applebee's for dinner because we didn't have any food in the appartment.
   Friday, we took Kassy and Kristan to the airport in the morning for our last good-byes, which were really hard. I'm so grateful for the time we were able to spend together this past week!!! Kassy has been such a great help and support to me. We have been able to share some really tender moments that I'll always cherish.
   It has been raining the past few days (actually they said it hasn't stopped raining since Hurricane Irene)--the girls were to leave at 11:40am, but were delayed until 5:40pm!!! On the way home from the airport, the rain was so heavy that we were afraid that we'd have to pull off the road. You couldn't see the lines or cars ahead of you.
   We will be assigned to two wards, and last night the R.S. Pres. of the White Plains 1st Ward came over to "dubs" us for her ward! It made us feel so good!!! She gave us an idea of some of the needs they have with inactives, visiting teaching,etc., so that is good. Roz is absolutely darling and really funny!!!
  We're going to the Women's Conference tonight and to both wards tomorrow, so I'm sure we'll meet a lot of sisters...
   Well...there you have my past week in a nutshell---or a walnut tree...
I know the Gospel is true and that Jesus is my Brother and loves and is taking care of me! I'm so grateful for the Plan of Salvation that allows us to be Forever Families!!!