Coming Home July 2011


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It has taken me awhile to decide what to do with the blog. I felt lost not posting pictures of the missionaries and I've felt lost with not having my missionary routine. We are starting to settle into a different routine and I have decided to start blogging again. It will take me a little while to get things squared away but we are rolling into the next phase of our journey in life - recovery from the best experience of our lives ( the mission), knee surgery( Tim's), physical therapy for my back, and the economy with our business. We look forward to continuing our growth spiritually and preparing for what comes next!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Couples Conference, New Couples, New Sister Missionary

We had a blast at our couple's conference! We enjoyed staying at the mission home and being more relaxed. We had a good session of planning and reviewing. We visited parks and the new Soccer Stadium that will host teams for the Euro Cup in 2012. We attended an ARP meeting put on by the Meads(our Humanitarin couple in Donetsk). Also attending the conference was our driver Vladimir and his wife, Galena, and son, Max. Vladimir has been vital to us for without him, we could not get around the mission as easily. He is a Branch President and we attended his branch on Sunday. He is a great asset to the mission and district. Olya(our Russian tutor and the Meads interruptor) and her husband, Vitally, and their 3 month old daughter, Masha, attended as well. They also have been a great asset to the mission and we could not accomplish much without their help. All in all we had a wonderful conference and accomplished much!
Our newest couple is the Burrs. They are from Orem Utah and are serving in Kharkov as the Unemployment Specialist Directors for Ukraine and Humanitarian couple for Kharkov area. We are so excited to have them in the mission. We love them and they are a great asset!

Elder and Sister Aagard are from Burlington Wy. They started out as a proselyting couple in Kharkov but we asked them to be our office couple when we didn't have a replacement for the Salomonsons. They are doing a great job and we love and appreciate them so much!

Sister Kartashova finally arrives in the mission. She was to come here in Feb. but could not get a visa so she started her mission in the Moscow West Mission. We are so grateful to finally have her here with us. She is from the St. Petersburg Mission.