Saturday, March 20, 2010
We apologize to anyone that actually is looking at our blog, we cannot guarantee to keep up with the correct time or date of happenings in our lives as we finish up the last months of our missionary experience here in the ever-changing Oklahoma climate. We look forward to warm weather just the same as if it will really come before we take off for the wild, wild west (actually Utah).
Our basic training experiences were enriched this year with the addition of female soldiers being accepted here at Ft. Sill to reinstate a coed training program that was discontinued over 10 years ago. We had our first graduation of coeds last week and the local news was filled with pictures and stories about how the overall experience was accepted by other soldiers, drill instructors, and command leadership. Noteworthy were the honors participants who were women who were also included in the top 10% of the class, as well as high physical fitness award and rifle marksmanship.
Here is the video from last week of our social and one of the classes with the missionaries just getting done. We have had a huge influx of non-members which helps with our efforts to reach out to share the message of the gospel. It is not unusual to have more non-members in attendance than members as everyone brings in a battle buddy.
We had a baptism last Sunday, one of our female soldiers decided to enter the waters of baptism and many of the members and non-members showed their support by attending . She will continue to study with the missionaries for a few more weeks and then move on to her next post for her AIT (Individual Training). We try to keep in touch with them as they move into the next phase of their training and will notify the missionaries assigned to her next duty assignment to let them know more about her status.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Our drummer/ singer and Dancer ( he did great in 116 degree heat), this was on Elder Woodbury's birthday July 11.
We leave you with the Indian dancer and drummer/singer, young men that do a good job of keeping part of their culture alive. They also participate in Indian Pow-wows and competitions.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
On May 8th 2009 we received a call from Joyce's second son Bart who was returning to Wisconsin from a truck driving trip to Southern California saying that he was going to be in Oklahoma City on Saturday.
We decided to go up and see him and do some sight seeing that we have wanted to do since we arrived in Oklahoma last September .
When we picked Bart up at the truck stop west of downtown Oklahoma City and as we drove through the city we saw signs of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and decided to go to the memorial.
This is Joyce and Bart as we were entering the memorial from the parking lot across the street.
This video is after you go into the monument itself and looking at the reflecting pond which we subsequently learned was N.W. Fifth Street the street in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
This is the plaza of "The Survivor Tree" and as a I took the video I read the inscriptions that are set out around the fence.
"To the courageous and caring who responded from near and far, we offer our eternal gratitude."
This is "The Survivor Tree" a 90+ year old American Elm which survived the blast that now stands as a profound symbol of human resilience.
"The spirit of this city and this nation will not be defeated; our deedly rooted faith sustains us"
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
As you can see we have tomatoes growing upside down in the black containers and strawberries in the hanging pouches. These pictures are already old news, we now have blossoms on the tomatoes and the strawberries, and have picked 1 cucumber from the vine. We also have pole beans growing along the fence behind Bryce. Will try and get a current picture for the blog update soon. My camera refuses to download the pictures without a fight each time I try to do so. Hopefully I will win out and get my pictures saved to my computer soon.
Our mission is going well, we had a baptism last Sunday and will have 2 more soon, the lessons are going on every week with many of the battle buddies of our members. Last week Sunday we had over 50 in attendance which surprised us as we had a graduating class of 17 members leaving us the week before, we hoped we would have 35 in attendance and were blessed with more non-members coming to replace the ones leaving. The Lord is sifting and sorting all the time and we are reaping the harvest continually.
On one of the graduation days we recorded the guest speaker, COL Mary Anne Baker and thought her words would inspire you as much as they did us and the graduating class. She was the former commander of the training brigade.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
We did take a drive up to the Wichita's and drove up to the top of Mt. Scott, here is Bryce on the overlook, you can see for miles up there. The Ft. Sill post and Lawton are on the middle and farside on the left. It was a beautiful day for a drive and I took the picture since I do not like heights, you wouldn't get me too close to get this kind of picture.
Then the warm weather started to beckon to us to start thinking about planting something, it didn't matter what, just something. I should have been warned about the Spring bug, when all the seed catalogs started coming in right after Christmas.
We have had a frost several times now and finally figured out how to protect our garden boxes, we hung a sleeping bag over the clothesline and it did a fine job of saving the few plants that survived the first two frosts.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Saturday, December 20, 2008
The accomodations for sleeping were a little hap-hazard as with only one bedroom, the floor was the best option for the children to share. Thankfully we had borrowed a full size blowup bed for Lori and her husband Brian to sleep on, as well as the baby Aaron.
Oh what fun, at our mission apartment when night time arrived. We had to be careful in walking around and through a maze of bodies in various positions on the living room floor. So much for Sleep-walking, NOT!!!!!
Just a sweet little fellow, as you can see, but he is almost two years old and he likes to get into trouble just the same. Or it may be curiousity, he wants a lot of attention as we found out. His siblings would be playing a board game and he would do his best to get involved even if it meant taking some of the game pieces and running off with them.