Sunday, July 19, 2015

Celebrating Pioneer Day in Ohio

It seems that Pioneer Day get's celebrated in the Wards and Branches outside of Utah in a bigger way than in Utah.  Our celebration in Jackson was great fun!  Duane Plymale dressed up as Porter Rockwell and told great stories.  He did this when the youth went on trek here, too.  He made a great Porter and told many great stories that were enlightening as to Church history,  I learned a lot.  Out Branch combined with the Chillicothe Ward for the celebration so the turn out was huge and the youth got to associate with many friends and all had a really fun time.  There were games outside but the kids seemed to enjoy most just pushing and pulling each other around in the handcart.
We were lucky that we had a dry day for the event.  We have had about three weeks straight of severe thunder storms and even flooding in places.  The Jackson missionaries got flooded into their apartment complex last Thursday and couldn't drive their pick-up out.  It was Zone Meeting that day so the Missionary couple there had to rescue them to drive them to Zone meeting.  We have been lucky here in McArthur that we haven't been flooded although the yard two doors down from us was about four inches under water.  We have had about 24 inches of rain since May.  The ground is so saturated everywhere it just won't hold anymore.
A week ago Friday I got a call from John DeJong from Family search asking me to inventory the Common Pleas records prior to 1900 and email the list to him.  I worked on that most of this last week and it turned out to be four pages (type written) long. Every book or record had to have the date range of the book or record and the number of pages.  The books and records were in three different places in the courthouse.  In the basement location I was standing in water to do the inventory.  Because of the heavy rains water was seeping in through the foundation and on the back isle where most of the books I needed were there was standing water, but it didn't stop me. I finished the inventory and got it sent on Thursday.  I have no way of knowing what will be approved but I expect there will be enough to fill another full year to 18 month mission for some one.  We will see what comes back but I expect it will be much more than we could do even if we did extend so for now my expectation is that we won't extend. We still aren't getting even close to the help we need for the prep work so please pray for us that that will improve.  If we could keep the camera going we could finish this project in another seven weeks and get started on the Common Pleas project.
When we came home from the courthouse Friday we found our shower door in tiny pieces on the floor.  There was nothing there that could have fallen or hit it and there was no sign of anyone being in the house while we were gone.  It was the craziest thing we had ever seen.  It seemed to have shattered for no reason.  Has anyone ever heard of this kind of thing happening before?  I swept up and scooped up all the glass I could and then David went in with the vacuum.  As he was vacuuming I was just about to warn him about the toilet paper roll hanging down almost to the floor but it was too late.  In an instant, all that was left was the cardboard core.  I had to leave the bathroom and go out to the living room so he couldn't know I  was laughing so hard I was crying.  It wasn't his moment to see the humor in it!  We love and miss you all so much!  We can't believe the time has gone so fast and we are so close to coming home. David is getting trunky already!  Keep up the prayers!  They make such a difference!  Thank you for supporting us while we do this, we know it is a family effort!  Your part is just as important as ours!  Thank you so so much!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fourth of July, Tecumseh and Tornado

We've had a fun and busy time since our last post. the picture on the right is of the Tecumseh Pageant that we got to serve at as Ushers. The pageant has been done by the community of Chillicothe for many years and the Saints there have gotten involved in giving service for it. David and I helped to clean the seats and then sell programs. Then we got to watch the drama which was a really wonderful depiction of the story of Tecumseh. As yo can see it is set in a gorgeous setting.  The actors ride horses and shoot cannons so it is very exciting. 

On the fourth of July the Branch had a breakfast that the Priesthood cooked and served.  They did a great job with pancakes and eggs and sausage and biscuits and gravy.  The Branch President made all the biscuits and everything was delicious.  There was a great turn out with lots of non-members.

After over a year in Ohio we still can't get over how beautiful it is here.  We marvel at the beauty every time we we go anywhere.  Here are pictures of what we see alongside the road everywhere we go. We have to thank Heavenly Father constantly for creating such a beautiful earth for us.
Do you remember the cattle ranch we showed you a few blogs ago with the pond in the back yard?  Last week that ranch was hit with a tornado.  Luckily it didn't hit the house or the barns but just took out trees and fences, etc.  Duane said some of the trees were twisted like pretzels. Sandy's flowers she has worked so hard on in the yard were pretty badly damaged but she was able to salvage most of them.  The Sister missionaries have been out helping her.  The fences they haven't even been able to get to yet because of the high
water and debris.
David is slowly seeing better and is able to work at the camera again for short periods, so that has been a great blessing.  Help with prep work has slowed way down again, however, and we have had to have down time on the camera again to do prep work.
We still expect to finish the probate work by the end of September and still haven't heard anything on the Common Pleas field order.  That's not surprising, field orders can be slow in coming.
We have heard that the Church has put out a plea for more Family History Missionaries.  We think that is good news!  That means more places are opening up for our work to be done.  We sure love what we are doing!  This has been such a great opportunity for us!  We would heartily encourage anyone to do what we are doing!
We love and miss our family so much!  We sure appreciate your love and support and prayers.  We know your prayers make a difference for us so please keep them up!  We are praying for you, too!