Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Saga Continues...

A wise friend suggested that I read Ether, Chapter 6, in the Book of Mormon, for some great advice about overcoming trials. Please allow me to paraphrase, "And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters...they were buried in the depths of the sea..the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land. And they did sing praises unto the Lord.  And thus they were driven forth 344 days upon the waters  And they did land upon the shore of the promised land! 344 days? I guess we can hang in there for a measly 34 more days! I have to admit that it is a little humbling to think that Satan thinks we deserve all this attention :)
Just in case you are one of those people that think "retired" prospective senior missionary couples do is sit around all day watching the birds and waiting for the camellias and daffodils to bloom,  let me assure you that nothing could be further from the truth! Aside from surfing on the Internet to find 8 to 10 short sleeved shirts that don't fit like a tent and are actually available in our lifetime we have had a series of homework assignments to complete prior to reporting to the Mission Training Center, March 4th.
 There were actually 2 hummingbirds and four other birds having breakfast on us.  But of course once I pulled out the camera they all became camera shy!

 I am happy to announce that we have finally completed our last assignment and are looking forward to going back to bird watching and flowers growing, just kidding :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Enough is enough...

Countdown:  40 days!
What do supplemental health insurance, a new water pump, a new washer and dryer and a new garage door spring have in common?  They are all unexpected financial set backs.  It appears that Satan has heard the news of our mission call and is working overtime to discourage us.  We now know that Satan's work to slow missionary efforts is not just manifest in tempting us as individuals to break God's commandments.  He also tries to guide us to depend upon the thoughts and ways of man.  When we are preparing to do the Lord's work we should expect temptation and deception to intensify...but seriously enough already!
Who knew that Kaiser wouldn't be enough?
Supplemental Insurance, here we come!
A recently fixed truck
Our new washer and dryer
...and a working garage door
 On a brighter note we have family and friends that continue to support us and cute sea shell towels and new measuring cups and spoons to help make our apartment in Orlando feel more like home.