Saturday, December 26, 2009

December 2009 Departing Elders Group




Can you believe those two years are over already? From left to right are: Elders Muse, Kinghorn, Bowen, Ash, Biver, Williams and Worthington (surrounding President and Sister Gamiette and a new missionary couple).

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

To those following the progress of the fabulous West Indies Missionaries:

It's been a wonderfully busy crazy time for us, as we enjoy our first family Christmas in three years.

I think we've forgotten how to do this!




Christmas cards are late and neighborhood gifts are unmade.

But we did create a digital Christmas greeting.

Click here to see what we've been up to this year.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 2, 2009

October Group Completes Mission



For the past two transfers, there has not been a group photo taken of the newest return missionaries. This past week one was taken and here they are:

Back row left to right: Elders Stebbing, Cronin, Payne, Packer, Ison and Silvester.
Front row left to right kneeling are: Elders Carlson, Tevero, McNeal and Stratton.
Also included in the photo are Sister and President Gamiette (standing, right side).

Congratulations on a mission well-done!

Monday, October 5, 2009

WIRM Gatherings

Provo is a great place to live. We get to see 'our boys' all the time around town and on BYU campus where President Robison is now working.

So - we decided to have a pot luck gathering about once a month and, of course, mission reunions every six months (we just love to see those WIRMs!).

We gathered on September 20th for a pot luck and on October 2nd for our reunion.

Our first WIRM pot luck:

Don't they look great in their white shirts and ties (even on a Sunday night)



Plenty of food, good friends - what more do we need?


Schaat, Hyde, Williamson and Hamilton


On the deck with JJ (grandson) and Dutch WIRMs Tholen and Jestice

Just look at these darling WIRM wives


Sisters Oaks, Brewer and Schaat

Our 'lost boys' are back - these two went to the Puerto Rico East Mission when our mission was divided


Hess and Love

There's something very special about mission friendships


Williamson and Hyde


Sisters Hatton and McGhie


Elder McGhie and President Robison


Clark, Fox and Young


Procter and Parrish


Howell (and friend), Barker and England


Willis and Hamilton

Les Francais


Garrett, McIntosh and McKibbin


McKibbin and Beck

The Dutch


Sorber, Tholen and Jestice


Thomas, Robinson and Beck

And the new married couples!


The Schaats


The Oaks


The Gibbys


The Marshes


The Brewers


The Hendersons


The Jacobsens

Our first WIRM reunion:



We met on BYU campus - not a great idea just before a football game. Traffic was crazy! But WIRMs know how to persist so they made it - eventually. We had about 100 returned couples and elders. It was wonderful!

The newest WIRMs!


Sturdevant, Moala, Marshall, Green and Hamilton

Bryan Green was able to tell all about his adventures in Guyana. He was there when the missionaries spent a day in the police station.



Mostly we ate and visited, but President Robison took a few minutes to share some thoughts



He invited a few special WIRMs to stand

Newly engaged


Hurrah for Matt Brown!

Married


Burtons, Gibbys and Brewers


Jeters, Smiths and Tycksens

And WIRM babies!


The Bates family




Some had quite a drive to get there, but it was worth it


The Woods, from Calgary and Brett Hamilton


The Owens from Arizona


The Larsons from Toole and the Larsons from Parowan - both couples (brothers) served in Guyana


The Stauffers from St George

The Dunns came down from Pocatello and the Farrers had a quick drive from Springville - I don't know how they managed to escape my camera.

We hadn't seen some of these wonderful couples since the mission field



And the young WIRMs - what can I say? They are great!


Palmer


Lloyd


Endemann


Parrish


Slade


Howell and friend


Lasker and Pack


Averett and Owens


Garrett and McIntosh


The Tycksens


The Brewers (with a baby girl on the way!)

What can I say to close?

It was a sweet experience to gather with such dear friends, but I couldn't help thinking about my brothers and sisters who live in the West Indies.

I miss them!