Some Final Visits

Today we said some more goodbyes for now.  Nothing is ever final.  I keep telling myself, “this is a departure, not a funeral.”  We keep moving forward.  Nonetheless, I will dearly miss my friends and our missionaries here.  Tomorrow the Jackmans arrive and tomorrow I hand Sister Jackman my phone and disconnect from my world here.  Hard to imagine, but it will happen.

I had lunch today with my friend, Courtney:2018-6-27 Visiting Friends, Farewells (1)

This evening we visited our friend Beth with her cute kids:2018-6-27 Visiting Friends, Farewells (2)

Then we had dinner with the Buttons and our friend, Penny:2018-6-27 Visiting Friends, Farewells (11)2018-6-27 Visiting Friends, Farewells (4)2018-6-27 Visiting Friends, Farewells (5)2018-6-27 Visiting Friends, Farewells (6)2018-6-27 Visiting Friends, Farewells (7)2018-6-27 Visiting Friends, Farewells (8)2018-6-27 Visiting Friends, Farewells (12)

Our last stop was to see Betty, who was our first Mission Home Assistant.  I’ve really missed working with her.2018-6-27 Visiting Friends, Farewells (9)It’s been another good day, here in paradise.

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Elder Taylor Flamm Returns to Yakima with Family who Plan to Stay!

2018-6-27 Flamm-Bushman Family (1)Last week we got word that Elder Taylor Flamm from Rexburg would be returning, in a moving truck, with his uncle and all their stuff!  The news got better.  The uncle’s name is Jeff Bushman, and they were moving in to our Yakima 2nd Ward from Richmond, VA.  This is happy news for me, because I’m a Bushman and Jeff and I are 4th cousins!

Our Elders and other ward members were here this morning to greet the moving truck and help the Bushmans settle in.  I enjoyed meeting them all and loved seeing Elder Flamm again.2018-6-27 Flamm-Bushman Family (2)2018-6-27 Flamm-Bushman Family (3)Their new home and it’s spectacular views of the Yakima Valley:2018-6-27 Flamm-Bushman Family (4)2018-6-27 Flamm-Bushman Family (5)2018-6-27 Flamm-Bushman Family (6)

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Yakima Days for Girls “Bag Ladies” at the Holy Family Catholic Church

This morning I attended the weekly Days for Girls work day at the Holy Family Catholic Church.  These good women have been sewing bags for our Yakima DfG Team for 2.5 years now!  We fondly call them our “Bag Ladies!”  They make 50-100 bags every month!  That keeps us in business, and allows others to focus on the shields and liners.  It takes a village to make a kit!  We are grateful for this group of about 15 women who meet every week in the south east building on their church campus.
IMG_3568IMG_3571IMG_3573IMG_3574Dan uses a soldering tool to melt and cut the drawstrings for the bags.IMG_3576IMG_3579IMG_3582IMG_3583IMG_3585IMG_3586Today we had a reporter from the Yakima Herald Republic, who is preparing a story for the local paper about our upcoming 3 year anniversary.IMG_3589IMG_3591IMG_35922018-6-27 DfG Holy Family Catholic Ladies (23)2018-6-27 DfG Holy Family Catholic Ladies (26)2018-6-27 DfG Holy Family Catholic Ladies (31)The Reverend Vicar, Michael Ibach:2018-6-27 DfG Holy Family Catholic Ladies (34)2018-6-27 DfG Holy Family Catholic Ladies (37)2018-6-27 DfG Holy Family Catholic Ladies (39)2018-6-27 DfG Holy Family Catholic Ladies (40)2018-6-27 DfG Holy Family Catholic Ladies (41)What a gift these women provide to girls they will never see.  I love them and will continue cheering them on from afar.  Women like this make it really hard to leave this place.2018-6-27 DfG Holy Family Catholic Ladies (42)

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Visiting the Elders in Naches

2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (1)This evening we went to visit Elder Larkin in Naches.  Elder Gifford, one of the Selah Zone Leaders, was with him while Elder Goetz was with Elder Hunt for their exchange.2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (2)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (3)The Naches Elders live in what was once a motel.2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (4)Meet Reginald, the Watch Deer:2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (5)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (6)Elder Larkin’s study area:2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (7)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (8)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (9)The Naches Ward:2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (10)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (11)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (12)Elder Larkin received a beautiful blessing from Pres Lewis.  What a gift it is that the Priesthood of God, or the power to act in His name, is here on the earth again.2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (13)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (14)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (15)Tie collection:2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (16)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (17)Healthy food:2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (18)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (19)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (20)What a kitchen sink view!!2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (21)2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (22)Is this a spare room??2018-6-26 z Naches Elders Apartment (23)We love these Elders.

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Trainer & Trainee Training in Moses Lake

This morning we stopped by the office to pick up Elder Hancock and Elder Jolley, who came up from The Dalles. They traveled with us to Moses Lake for our Trainer & Trainee Training there at 1:00 p.m.  Shortly after each new group arrives, we meet with them and their trainers. We have such a good time hearing all about their first week here and all their new adventures!

Pres Lewis and the Assistants teach and train and help them get off to a great new start.

2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (1)Elder Jolley and Elder Hancock:2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (3)Fed them some lunch on the way:2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (4)I’ve always wanted to take a picture of this sign as we enter Grant County.  This makes the Idahoans a bit jealous!2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (5)We arrived in Moses Lake and were met by the Zone Leaders there, Elder Turley and Elder Pruett, who help prepare the room for us.2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (6)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (7)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (9)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (10)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (11)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (12)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (13)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (15)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (16)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (17)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (18)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (19)And we begin:2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (20)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (21)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (22)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (25)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (26)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (27)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (28)Elder Veropalumbo taught about being humble.2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (29)Elder Ruesch taught about obedience:2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (30)Snack break:2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (31)Then we broke into groups–the new missionaries with the APs and the Trainers with Pres Lewis.2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (32)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (33)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (34)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (36)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (37)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (39)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (40)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (41)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (42)Our new Trainers:2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (43)And our newest missionaries:2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (44)What a great meeting.  What a great last day with our missionaries!2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (45)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (46)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (47)Afterwards we took the APs to get some food before they headed back to their evening of appointments.  Michael’s Bistro.  Great food.2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (48)This time is was really our last drive through central Washington.  We will miss these beautiful views of the Columbia River.  We will miss this place.2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (49)2018-6-26 TT&T Moses Lake (51)

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Sister Royal in her Quilt Element

This evening we dropped by the Royal’s home. I wanted to see Sis Royal and her quilts before we leave.   Sis Royal and I share a love for quilts and quilting.  I brought about 20  quilts or so with me to finish when we came three years ago.  I’d heard that Mission President’s wives stayed at home while they went to the office.  I thought I might get a few projects finished while I was here.  Well, that didn’t happen.  Last week I packed them all back up again.  I’ll finish them some other day.

In the meantime, I continue to love and appreciate quilts and the women who make them.  Come see Sis Royal’s beautiful creations:

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The Wall of Honor

Here is one final picture of the Wall of Honor at the Mission Home. When a missionary goes home, they mark their height, then sign and date their mark here on this wall in the garage.  We didn’t think of doing this until after our first group had gone home, but here are all the rest of our beloved missionaries.  The marks are not in chronological order.

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