Thursday, September 22, 2016

Nauvoo Week 39 (5 - 11 September 2016)

Nauvoo Week 39 (5 – 11 Sep 2016)

On Monday, Scott and Malia were here until 2:00pm then returned home to Lake Zurich, IL.  Scott and Dad went golfing in the morning, and we just lounged around until they were finished.  We then met them at Dairy Queen for lunch. 
Corban was so good and Ruby is pretty much always great.  I couldn’t hold her enough!  It’s hard to believe she is all but three months old already.  That evening, which was Labor Day, we had a barbeque at the Nauvoo State Park for all of the original missionaries that we started with.  It was a fun time.  Not all of us work on the same shifts anymore so it was fun to catch up and hear how everyone is doing.  We have four couples leaving next week; the Russell’s (ID), O’Brien’s (TX), Segers’ (CA) and Ludwig’s (WA).  We will miss all of them and hope to have some reunions when we return.

We are so excited for Hallie; winning all those ribbons at the County Fair.  She really went to town this time and will show her goods in the state fair.  In the county fair she won the blue ribbon for her pajama bottoms in her age group and a purple ribbon for her cookies for best of show.  She then went on to the state fair and won the blue ribbon for her pajama bottoms and the purple ribbon for the best of show for her cookies.  Way to go sweetie!   

On Saturday, Brother and Sister Sanchez, the Mount Pleasant Branch President’s parents, wanted to feed all of the senior missionaries assigned to the branch and the Temple Presidency; we ate at President and Sister McArthur’s house. She made Popusas; they were delicious.    She had cooked for us before and she is so sweet to do it.  That evening we watched an exciting football game, however, it didn’t quite end how we wanted it to!

Scott and Malia blessed Ruby on Sunday, September 11, in their Lake Zurich, IL Ward-Buffalo Grove. The pictures were adorable, in her blessing dress.  The pictures you took on that day were all sweet as well.  I think I can speak for all of the family when I say we wish we could have been there.  Also, Sunday, was Jenacee’s Birthday; the big 14!  You are all growing up too quickly!  We love you Jen and we hope your shopping trip was successful.

In the branch that we attend they put in a new Branch President.  President Sanchez is moving to Chicago, so he needed to be replaced. 
We have loved getting to know his cute family.  They have seven children and we have got to know them through our Primary calling.  The new Branch President just moved in a couple of months ago, he is Brother Zachery Mayo (his mother’s favorite movie is “An Officer and a Gentlemen”-this is the name of the main character.  He has a sweet wife and a cute little girl who is about 10 months old.  He moved there to work at nearby Wesleyan College.  We look forward to getting to know them better; we know he will do a great job.  We will miss the Sanchez’s as will their parents (both sets) who both live in the branch.  The weather has started to feel like fall, and we hear that it is beautiful here as there are so many trees; the leaves should be beautiful. 

We love the Lord and the blessings he keeps showering us with.  This mission is so wonderful and we feel so privileged to be here.  We feel of your prayers and thank you all for your support. 

Nana & Papa/Mom & Dad/Elder & Sister Shaw  

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