Thursday, August 21, 2014

Forty and Counting...

No, that isn't the number of days we have left. It's the number of years my sweetheart and I have been together.   So...we took a 'day off' to celebrate our anniversary, in beautiful Kendal.

Elder Meese arranged for us to stay in a sweet little bed and breakfast, a short bit from town center.  Earlier in the day....we met our senior couple friends, the Cunninghams, to enjoy an afternoon together before they were to be released, and 'drive home'.  True...they are the first English senior couple we've had during our time here.  And they're wonderful.

Zoom in on this shot and see if Elder Cunningham doesn't look just like the quintessential Englishman.  I love hearing him speak.  When they get home, they're leaving on a church history tour that includes everything from Nauvoo to Salt Lake!

So, after an afternoon with our friends, we headed into Kendal, on the 'edge' of the Lake District (think gorgeous, woodsy, big lakes, hills,...tourist haven).  We found some great Italian food.

The next day we 'kicked tires', bought some expensive chocolate and some great crusty bread, and enjoyed being together.   Kendal is sort of the 'Park City' of our region and just oozes local colour!

I am still in awe of the hedge rows and especially free stone walls dividing acreages here.  How in the world does a wall hold together for hundreds of years with no mortar?   hmmm.

Well, here are some happy moments in the past days:

Ben is engaged!  Our former ward mission leader has found her at last!   And they are set to marry in November.  And...he's making plans to come over and stay with us in the next year!

Okay, speaking of young people with big plans, three of this group are talking about making a trip to Utah this coming November!  I reminded them that there might be snow and which they said, 'Great! That's what we're hoping for!'  I hope they know Utah snow is a little deeper than Preston's...

So where was this picture taken?   Elder Meese invited the whole group to join him in hiking Pendle Hill one more time.   They said they all had a fabulous day together.

Our YSA group becomes more united all the time, and is about to get a boost with the return of the Uni students!

Another sweet YSA moment from the other night - we hear a knock at the door, and we are being 'caroled' by the YSA!   This is how modern carolers look singing 'Praise To The Man'!

Did I mention that summer is pretty much over here?   Yup, back to crisp morning air, and jumpers (sweaters) on many days.

Hey, exciting happening from Book of Mormon class: one of our new class members received the Book of Mormon in Farsi. The missionaries ordered it for him.  He was really thrilled.

So, table of contents in the back?   It's 'front' to him!

With days rushing by, we're trying to find time to visit with Ward friends. Bishop Cooper and Sylvia came over Sunday, and brought this beautiful piece of Nottingham lace.

And of course we had to challenge Peter and Eni to one more evening of Quiddler. Except this time they tried beating us at Speed Scrabble!  And, it was Eni's evening.  

Tonight, at Jason's invitation, we had tea with he and his Hughes family!   Few things bring us more happiness than seeing Jason doing so well.  And the family could not have been more warm and gracious (or the dinner more delicious).

I know I need to bring this post to a close, but I have another wonderful event to mention:   we invited all our close neighbours over for lunch.  And it was (to
use a British description) 'brilliant'!  We decided the best result of our three hours together was that Susan became acquainted with her other three neighbours! English people stay pretty private as a rule, and she just hadn't become acquainted since she moved in a few years back.   I just looked across the table of 'happy chatter' and smiled at Elder Meese. We were thrilled, and I was grateful for the inspiration of my husband to make this happen.

Yup, there have been some very blessed happenings in our lives this week.  

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