Last weekend we headed off to Houston to visit Wendy and Daniel and help them paint some of the rooms in their new house.
But of course, since we are retired, we took the scenic route for two days and enjoyed the beaches of Biloxi Mississippi rather than drive straight through in one day and be stuck in rush hour traffic in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or Houston.
Eating oysters, shrimp, and catfish in the open air at Biloxi Beach to the sounds of Jimmy Buffett was wonderful.
We were inspired by the chainsaw art along the beach made from the remains of trees damaged by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. Here are some dolphins...
and some birds. I'll have to try my hand on some of our own trees at our new country place.
Of course, mom had to get a picture of the horse made of pieces of driftwood that was displayed at the Mississippi welcome station. Mom has another art project for me.
We had to cut our stay at Wendy's short because Hurricane Isaac was expected to close off the interstate to Florida on Tuesday for several days. So in one day, our painting crew of six (grandma, grandpa, Wendy, Daniel, Lucy, and Ruben) finished five rooms--the living room, entryway, study, master bedroom and master bath. Everyone had their own special task from taping and trimming to rolling. Sunday we met the wonderful people in their ward and Monday we drove straight through to Florida, just missing the hurricane before it closed off our scenic route.
We've started the building process at Camp Thompson Ranch--at least we are putting in the well for the cows and horses. How can you call it a ranch without these? Here is grandma opening the gate with her helpers. Note how beautiful the pasture is.
She's doing a great job supervising the workers.
The water is flowing cold and clear! (Well, it's cold for Florida!)
Troy is helping to build a cover and enclosure to protect everything from the elements, the cows, and the evildoers (thieves)!
As the leaders for the Tribe of Mosiah in our Book of Mormon Youth Quest camping activity in July, we used candy to help cement in the minds of our youth the messages of the Book of Mormon stories they were reenacting.
Can you guess what stories and teachings these were used for?
1. Pretzel Twists--Laman and Lemuel. Don't get bent out of shape whenever things don't go your way or you are asked to do things you don't particularly want to do.
2. Life Savers-Wint O Green-- Lehi's Vision of the Tree of Life--the fruit is bright and white and delicious, filling your soul with joy, as happens when you suck on the Wint O Green and then breathe in through your mouth.The same happens when you live the gospel and keep the commandments.
3. Almond Joy--King Lamoni's conversion filled him with joy. You can help others feel the same joy.
4 Snickers--Everyone snickered at Samuel the Lamanite when he told the people that Christ was coming to America. Don't snicker when bishops or other church leaders give advice.
5. Sour Patch Kids--Alma the Younger, King Lamoni, and others. You can't judge people by the way they are before they are converted and repent. Just like when you suck on Sour Patch Kids, they may seem sour in the beginning but they are pure sweetness inside after they have repented.
6. Pay Day--Christ visiting America. Those who were faithful in spite of all the opposition they faced had a great payday when Christ appeared in America.You too will have a great payday from God if you stay faithful no matter what happens to you.
7. Kisses--Christ taught us to love one another.
How did you do? Will candy now have spiritual messages for you?