Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hi all we have published pictures of our home in Hatfield . . . I put it on pages in this blog and since  we are so new at this whole experience (blogging amongst other things!) not sure if you just see that of have to click into it.

We have had a great week getting to know the area better, Colin practising driving everywhere, shopping, teaching gospel lessons, attempting to get a bank account and a bunch of other fun things.  Not sure if we will  have the internet after tomorrow here at home until it is connected - after we get the illusive bank account - so if we don't respond when you write - that is why!!

Tomorrow we are off the church in St Albans (that is our assigned ward) and then driving way north to have dinner with a family.  Another adventure in driving a new route!!

Have received word that some of you (maybe all of you) cannot see the pictures I posted in pages so will put them on here for you!!

Our home at 12 Selwyn Cr

Our car - Miriva Vauxhaul

Our back "garden" complete with a bamboo tree (I need to get a Panda)

Our room  (we added the bedding)

Our office room

Other side of the office

Dining/Gathering room where we have FHE although it is all over the main floor as they spread out

Dining room out to the garden

Kitchen (washer and dryer, no dishwasher)

Closet bathroom

Front door

View from front door

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

After a wonderful flight from SLC to Minneapolis and then onto London we arrived in London about noon Friday September 12th.  Elders Davis and Giles from the mission home picked us up at the airport and we were brought to the mission home in London where we met their wives.  Davis' and Giles are the two couples in the mission home and we have had some contact with them while preparing for our arrival.  We met with President and Sister Jordan (they are wonderful people), got a few instructions, were given a cell phone each, and then taken through rush hour traffic in London (called "the busy time" traffic) to our home in Hatfield.

We will post pictures of our home shortly.  Lots to do here.  We had FHE here last night and the last YSA left at 11:30.  It was great evening.  We will be practising our driving with Rich Biggs, a great young man who is waiting to start "Uni" (they all refer to university as that) in a couple of weeks.  Colin drove to church in St Albans - about a 1-15 minute drive ion Sunday and back again.  The Stake President's wife drove in front of us on the way so we could see where it was.  On the way home we used our "sat-nav" (GPS) to guide us home and only made one wrong swing on the round about, but were able to quickly correct that and realize now what the instructions are when entering one of the many round a bouts everywhere.  So we are learning and laughing about all the things that we are adjusting to.  Grateful to be here and serving.

Just wanted you all to know where we are.  Promise pictures soon to show our area a little.  Haven't been far from home other than to church and the stores.  Just walked to the store so far!  Only a brief shower this morning and other than that it has been dry and sunny.  Nice weather thus far.

12 Selwyn Crescent
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
England  AL10 9NN
United Kingdom

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hi everyone.  We are at the MTC and enjoying a wonderful experience here.  So many great people, teachers, food is good and plentiful, and just a great experience.  Many new friendships as we have gone through all day classes with 52 couples from all over who are going to serve missions throughout the world.

This is our first time blogging ever . . . so you may be able to tell that as you read and discover along with us!  We hope to be able to better keep in touch and share our mission experience in the England London Mission with all of you.  We will try to update with pictures and information about our adventures every week.

Good friends at our setting apart.  Brownie, Duke & Eltie Helgerson, Bryant Berry and Dianne Meldrum

Guy & Rena Hambly and Cade

Hannah, Natalie, Linus and Charlie

First half of our large MTC group

Second half of our MTC group (we are in this one) 

Fun to reconnect with Texas friends Ross and Sandy Tolman who are heading to Australia Sydney

New friends Dennis and Millie Beddard from South Carolina
They are off to Hawaii (it is not as glamorous as it sounds!)

Our MTC District
Lowes,Rappleyes,Us, Castles, Lathams, Bergs, Woods, Sister Albaladejo, Sister Paskett, Fairbanks
Our teacher Brother Teuscher behind sister A