Thursday, March 8, 2012


February 12, 2012

    First of all, let me be the first to wish all of you a HAPPY VALENTINES—I can’t believe that the time is going by so quickly (we count time by the holidays as they pass).
    This week started on a down note, as both Sister Harper and I were down with the flu—thank goodness it wasn’t too severe…
    Monday we met with Eileen, an empty nester; she and her husband take care of his brother, who is handicapped. Her husband is an avid hunter, so a lot of the care is up to her. She is very caring and attentive to him. When we went into the family room to visit with her, there was proof of what a great hunter her husband is—there were deer heads mounted all over the walls! Her passion is collecting dolls—she took us into her dining/living room and showed us her collection. She has between 150-200 dolls. Most of them are brides, including a Princess Diana; she also has baby dolls, some that are like “families”, and one that stands almost four feet tall. It was very interesting indeed!
    Monday night was ‘empty nesters’ at the Kirby’s. There were twenty of us there. After dinner we picked quotes out of a bowl from the general authorities, prophets, Ensigns, etc. that all had to do with different kinds of love. After reading our thought, we could expound on it if we chose. We all had an enjoyable evening, and it’s fun becoming better friends to these wonderful people!
    Tuesday we visited the home of Bonnie, the Young Women’s President in the WP 1st Ward. We had fun talking and reminiscing about camp experiences. It was really fun getting to know her a little better. From there, we went to visit Kris, the sister whose dresses I adjusted a couple of months ago. It’s really sad; she is so lonely. She lives with her son and his family in a big beautiful house, but is stuck in a small bedroom in the basement with the children’s toys. We feel so bad for her; she has difficulty getting around and to top it off is shut off from the lives of her family. She enjoys our visits, so we try to go as often as possible.
    Wednesday we had District meeting at the Visitor’s Center before our shift at the temple. I talked about an article I read in the January Ensign (back inside cover) comparing the steps it takes to become a doctor and the way we learn the gospel (line upon line-precept upon precept). The two were paralleled very well. I love that picture of the Savior—it’s one you could easily frame. Our temple experience was wonderful, as always.
    Thursday I got up bright and early and went to physical therapy for my back and ended up down for the rest of the day…not fun. I go back to the doctor on the 21st, so hopefully I can get some answers then.
    Friday we went to visit Tamara; she is also on our visiting teaching route for the WP 2nd Ward. She hasn’t been able to attend church very much because of health issues. We had a very pleasant visit and found out that she is a private consultant for the Dept. of Defense. She lives about a mile from the Patuxent River, which is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, so we swung by to see the water as long as we were so close to it…J
    Friday evening we had two appointments, so we decided to “divide and conquer”. Sister Harper went to a food party at Kristy’s in the 2nd ward, and I went to a Valentine dinner and dance in the 1st ward. I stayed until they turned on the dance music, then made my exit—I didn’t want to dance and could think of a few hundred things I would rather do at home.
    Saturday we went to a farewell party for the Greismeyer’s, who are moving to North Carolina this week. He is military and is being reassigned there. They have three girls, and a boy, and she is expecting another boy in about three months. They are such a cute family and the kids are very generous with their “Grandma Hugs”, so we will really miss them!!!
    Enjoy your week, hug your loved ones extra hard and always remember to tell them that you love them!