Monday, January 19, 2015

Frozen

 The Snow finally came.  We had about 4-5 inches at our house and the temperatures stayed so low (in the teens) for so long that it didn't melt for two weeks. On the right is a small river on the way to Spencer with quite a bit of ice on it.  We saw large flocks of ducks on the ice further up this river just sitting on the ice.  Even the Muskingun River has quite a bit of ice on it, but it is a very shallow and slow moving river.  The Ohio River has little pieces of ice but hasn't come close to freezing. The wind and the humidity is the challenge.  It makes it so much colder than the actual temperature.  Luckily we don't get too much wind.
We did have the challenge of the cold freezing our washing machine pipes.  We discovered it on our P-day when we tried to do our laundry and no water would come out. Our P-day is Saturday and it took until Monday for our landlord to get the pipes unfrozen.  We managed OK and it wasn't too much of a problem for us.
We are working on our last current field orders at the courthouse now with two days of work left, hoping the new field orders will come in within two days.  These are the Records of Land Sales. These records are from the late 1800's. It's kind of fun to see the maps that have been hand drawn.  For any of you researching ancestors, be sure to look in Records of Land Sales.  Not all land sales have maps like these by any means, but you could just get lucky and find one. I love how sometimes they even draw in the trees.

We said goodbye to Elder Numbers this week. Marietta was his first assignment in the mission field. He is a great missionary and he did a lot of ironing for us! Transfers tear our hearts out but then we welcome new missionaries that we learn to love. They are teaching a new family here with three little children. The mother has almost no religious training and has no knowledge of even the most basic of the bible stories, She has heard of Adam and Eve and that's about it, so it is very interesting.  They are very enthused about the gospel, how exciting is that?  Yahoo!

I wanted to show you this house (garage. shed or whatever it is) that we pass on our way to Spencer.  We, of course, get a kick out of it.  West Virginia has one of the highest rates of smokers per capita of any state  in the United States. I guess someone here is out to turn that around.  We applaud their efforts!
The Spencer Branch got full-time missionaries this week!  We are so excited! They are going to be great!
We love and miss you all so much!  We appreciate and feel your love and support and prayers!  Thank you so much! We would sure love to hear from you!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas in Ohio and Back to the Big Books

 We had a busy and great Christmas here in the Mission!  This picture was at the Branch Christmas party in Spencer.  It was a great success with the members bringing almost double their numbers in nonmembers.  The Branch Presidency cooked the meal and it was fantastic! They cooked so much food we had it again the next day after church for "Linger Longer" and it was just as good the second day!  The next week we saw the Mission President at the Stake Christmas Devotional and he told us he was seriously thinking of putting full time missionaries in Spencer.  That was exciting news!
On Christmas Eve we were invited to the Grammer's along with the Elders. Brother Grammer got out their nativity set while Elder Numbers read from Luke chapter 2.  It was so fun to be with their family and enjoy all of their grandchildren when we were missing ours so badly. On the Saturday after Christmas the Grammers took all of their grandchildren over 12 to the temple to do baptisms.  We've been so blessed to rub shoulders with them!
When we returned to the courthouse after the Thanksgiving break and greeted the sweet lady in the "Child Support" area (Missy) that always unlocks the door to let us into our work area, we could tell she wasn't he usual cheerful self.  Come to find out her ailing parents had taken a turn for the worse over Thanksgiving and both of them were not expected to live much longer. She has always been the primary caregiver for them and we have had many conversations about how they were doing.  When we heard this bad news David and I decided to do the Twelve Days of Christmas for Missy to try to lift her heart a little. This picture is some of that line of those twelve days of gifts. They were pretty simple but we hope she knew someone loved her.
On the 29th of December we finished the Divorce records and started the big books again.  The Soldier's Burial records were first and only took a half a day. Then there were just a few Records of Wills, which we also finished.  Now we have started a 26 volume project of Probate Accounting Records. I expect that will take about a week. After that there are some birth records and some Land Records. Then, unless more gets approved at the courthouse, we will be going to the Genealogy Library.  We do expect more to get approved, however.  When we finish everything in Marietta we already have orders to do work in Vinton County, 80 mile west of here.  We'll learn more about that next week when our supervisor comes to visit.
We hope you are all doing well!  We love you and miss you!  We wish you the best New Year!