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
Garrett, McIntosh and McKibbin
McKibbin and Beck
Sorber, Tholen and Jestice
Thomas, Robinson and Beck
And the new married couples!
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
Hurrah for Matt Brown!
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!
Howell and friend
Lasker and Pack
Averett and Owens
Garrett and McIntosh
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!