Sunday, November 29, 2015

This is Why

A world without a Savior? Learn why a Savior was born.

Posted by Mormon.org on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wavy Waffle Girl


Cammy just took five inches off her hair.
And she wants all to know that she has always loved waffles.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Prayers and Peace for Paris and the World

Paris 2010
Missionaries Preaching the Gospel of Peace.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pretty Purple Trees, Primary Program, and Peace


 Sunday was a perfect day.
We attended church with Coryn at her ward which is right next to the Washington DC Temple.
It happened to be the Primary Program that day
(an annual presentation presented by children ages 4-12 sharing their love for Jesus.)
It was beautifully presented with every child well-prepared with their talks and songs.
We were touched and emotional by the warm spirit that filled that meeting.


As you can see the temple is exquisite.
I took so many photographs.
Each one looked so different as the sky and the light was changing.



We enjoyed a restful evening, a delicious dinner prepared by Coryn,
and a good night's sleep before heading to the airport the following morning.
The time went by too quickly.
It was such a blessing to spend time with my girls.
(Sad that Caitlyn wasn't able to join us this time, but we are most certainly going back again!)

Monday, November 2, 2015

George & Martha's Place

 This Colonial Gent told Coryn that "a lady always stands on the right."

On Saturday, Coryn took us on a lovely autumn drive out to Mount Vernon.
So many trees in various stages of color.
There was a bit of chill in the air.


 (photo by Coryn)

The land on which Mount Vernon sits was owned by the Washington family
back to George's great-grandfather in 1674.
The mansion was constructed in stages
between 1758-1778.
 This is the garden house.
 Stunning foliage.

 My eyes were happy because of my passion for purple.
There was a lot of it in various forms.



 As we entered the mansion, we got our first glimpse of the Potomac.


 (Photo by Coryn)

On the back porch there were rocking chairs welcoming all to sit awhile and take in the view.
 And what a view!!



 Sisters by the Potomac.
 Gorgeous stained glass in the education center.

(I pretty much fell in love with George Washington during my visit.)
 Following George Washington's death in 1799 under the ownership of several generations
of the family, the estate progressively declined.
In 1858 it was saved from ruin by
The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association
who recognized its historical significance.
(Hooray for the women!)
This philanthropic organization restored it to its former beauty.
It is open every day of the year.
George and his beloved Martha are buried there.


 (Photo by Coryn)

At the conclusion of our day we headed over to Gallaudet University.
Coryn wanted to show the campus to Cammy who is presently studying ASL and is very proficient at it.
All of her sisters studied it as well (Courtney did also at the university level).
Gallaudet is a private university and world leader in liberal education and career development
for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Cammy wanted to take this photo for her ASL teacher who is deaf and who was excited 
to know that Cammy would see this famous place.
 These colorful row houses were across the street from the University.

We wrapped up our day as the sun was setting with a visit to Union Market.
It is an indoor farmers market with beautiful selections of produce and food.
Also some fun boutique-style shops.
A wonderful day was had by all.