Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A new Batch of 20 for our Anniversary!

     When we were married on October 8, 1975 we would never have guessed that we would be spending our 39th anniversary in the Philippines (as well as our 40th and 41st)!!! Our life has had many unanticipated events and this mission is definitely towards the top of the list.
      It was a nice day but very busy. We got up early to be ready for the missionaries arrival around 7:30 a.m. but it was after 8:30 before they arrived on the bus. They are dropped off at the end of the lane and all of the office staff go down and meet them and help them with all of their luggage. We then had breakfast and the interviews with President Mangum began. Half of them were taken to San Pablo to the lake for their OYM experience and the others stayed for their interviews and filled out a couple of forms, visited, relaxed, and slept. Then after a couple of hours the remainder of the missionaries switched places and activities. It was 1:30 p.m. before they had a lunch/snack. That was followed by Orientation and dinner. They were all tired and happy to be taken to the hotel around 7:00 p.m. 
     Although we didn't have a typical anniversary celebration we had a nice day. Monday we did find a different restaurant in San Pablo and enjoyed a wonderful lunch of grilled salmon, so that was our anniversary celebration.
     I'm so thankful for my sweetheart and for the love and memories we've shared for 39 years. I'm so thankful that we still enjoy being together and that we have the opportunity of sharing this adventure together. I'm especially thankful for the ordinance of temple marriage and the hope of eternal families. 

Happy 39th Anniversary
and Welcome to our Newest Batch--20 plus 1 (returning after health concerns.)