Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Feast...November 17, 2012

Sister Wells, the stuffing, and the first in line, one of our
Bishop's sons.

The line spilled to the outside. A very chilly day. Brother
Taylor, Max Taylor and President Larsen sitting at the
game table.

7 dishes of sweet potatoes.

Two young women serving my Neiman Marcus Cake.

Our friend, Olivia Larsen.

Some South Carolina Fall Colors.
Colossians 3:15


Sumter Ward Trunk or Treat Party. Fed over 200 people.

Our lovely Relief Society President, Sister Sheree Wells. She
rolled out of bed to come to the party.

Sister Putnam made a very cute Cookie Monster, and guess what?
she did not share her cookies.

Our friend Sister Abbott and her son Levi serving up a
delicious "brew".

Trunk or Treat

2012 version of a hay ride.
Our only Trick or Treaters...Our grand-nephews Colton and
Cash Holloway

Monday, November 12, 2012


On October 11, 2012, we had the privilege of going to the Columbia South Carolina Temple with a group of seven new members. Four have become members since our arriving in Sumter. This temple is only 45 minutes from us.          I Corinthians 15:29
Bishop Howard talking with the group.

Sisters Anderson, Gainey, Geddings Frierson and me. Bishop Howard
Elders Wakefield and LaBar. Elders LaBar was with us a short
time waiting on a visa to Colombia. Brothers Phillips, Ly, Owen
Dinkins, Larsen, and Strode.

Picking, Grinning and Eating at Wayne's Barn

Wayne's barn September 29 2012
Our friend, Wayne Geddings, has been a member in Sumter, SC all his life. He loves throwing parties at his barn and more than that he loves feeding the missionaries. So, we and the four elders serving with us were invited out on September 29, 2012 to help Wayne and a few of his friends celebrate his mom's 94th birthday.
John 21: 16-17
The longest buffet we've ever seen. Lots of Southern home


Wayne at the keyboard.

Elders Wakefield's favorite. The Dessert Table.

Too many to all eat inside.

Dick and Wayne enjoying coconut cake baked by Frances Robinson.

Baptisms in September and October 2012

September 8, 2012 Clara Flores was baptized by Elder Powell.
Jesse, Clara's son was baptized a couple months ago.

September 29, 2012 Kim Frierson was baptized by Elder Sego.
Elder Peterson looked pretty happy too.

Another great thing about serving our mission in South Carolina.
We were able to attend Kathryn Jane Leckie's baptism. Kate is
our granddaughter. Her mom Geri and her dad Nathan are in
the picture. It was a beautiful day with lots of family and friends
in attendance. Her dress was worn by her Aunt Alison, her mom,
 and her cousin Hannah.            Matt. 3:16                                       

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Sumter County Fair 2012

A favorite childhood memory for me is the Sumter County Fair. We used to live across the street, and my brother Frank and I would park cars all week on my uncle's lot to have money for the fair on Friday night. So I took Dick. It was military appreciation night, and we got in free. We also saw some of our families from church who are in the Air Force. Fun time!

Just browsing.


We were a little too big for this one.

More food.

We sat for a while and watched every age ride the swings. The best
was a grandma and her grandson.

Now you know the reason he so willingly went to the fair.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Shaw AFB Kids' Deployment 2012

On September 19, 2012, about 300 kids participated in their own deployment. Many of these kids have a parent deployment or getting ready to deploy soon. MSgt Melton was in charge of organizing this exercise, and we had the pleasure of helping him. Yes, we both cried when the kids "came home".
Trying on Body Armor

Our job a couple days earlier was to stuff these backpacks
with lots of cool things needed for deployment.

The uniforms

Dog Tags

Receiving pay

Our friend Chaplain Kathy Scott handing out packets for
writing letters home.

Super important MREs kids's version... Lunchables

Loading on the bus and heading to an undisclosed location.

Battle Buddies

So glad to have them safely home

Maybe he went to the Middle East...check out the head gear

She decided to return to action