Saturday, May 9, 2015

 We were so excited to have a visit from Jeff and Mary Joy!  We couldn't leave our work so we only had evenings and the weekend to be with them but it was so great!  It was fun to have four to play the bean game and it didn't take Mary Joy long to develop a winning strategy and she beat us all!  On Saturday we went back to Marietta and visited the Campus Martius and Ohio River Museums and the Castle House.  It was so great to be with them and see them again!
     On Friday we got kicked out of the courthouse at noon.  They closed for their annual "Wild Turkey Days". The street in front of the courthouse was closed and filled with food trucks and booths, but we didn't see any wild turkeys. (?????)

 I've put in a few pictures of the scenery here in Vinton County.  We think it is  charming.  There are 5 covered bridges in Vinton County.  I don't
think any of them are still in use.  The area is quite depressed, the population is the same now as it was in the  1800's.  It is quite openly called the "Obama No Job Zone".

  When you drive through here you feel like you've stepped back in time about 50 years. One thing I love is the older architecture that is everywhere. The old 'saltbox' style houses are very common; usually built onto on the back.  The place on the right is being made into some kind of a tourist place (notice the railroad caboose in the back.
We like the "Flintstones" car here but notice the beautiful pond behind it.  These ponds are very common and beautiful, probably because water is so plentiful.
On the right is a castle just a few miles from McArthur that is used as a bed and breakfast.  It really isn't old, but built fairly recently. It's in a beautiful setting although the leaves weren't out on the trees two weeks ago when I took the picture. The leaves are starting to come out a little better now.  This week temperatures were in the 80's (too warm for me).

The forest picture is the spring where we go to get our delicious water.  There is a pipe that comes out from the rock that we can just put our bottles under and get all the water we need for the week.  We go through about 5 gallons a week.
The document is from and estate we digitized last week. I didn't hardly dare breathe while I did it because it was so fragile.
This project has been the hardest we have done.  We worry a lot about having down camera time because of all the prep work required and how little help we have on any kind of a regular basis.  My faith has been strengthened that this is the Lord's work when just as I am the most worried we will run out of work and have to shut down the camera and I pray for help, help comes and we are able to keep the camera going.  No matter what anyone says, it is wonderful to be a little fish in a big pond!  I love being a part of the Lord's work! Little tender mercies are magnificent to me!  I love the Savior! I know he loves each of us and His arms are outstretched to each of us NO MATTER WHAT!
We love each of you and miss you so much!  We are so grateful for your support!  Thank you so much!

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