Saturday, January 17, 2015

Snowing in Hatfield - January 17th

We have come to see that snow in England is a big event.  This morning we were walking and some flakes started coming down.  You had to look hard to even realise it was snowing.  Eventually the flakes got a little bigger and a little bit was visible on parts of the path.  Such excitement from those we passed.  Boon was thrilled and when we called him he was watching it out his window so we encouraged him to put on his coat and go out in it to see flakes on his coat.  He did and was so excited "Sister Nemeth, this is so cool!"   It was all gone in less than an hour, the sun is shining and skies are blue.  Love the "brutal" winter we have had here so far!  Once we got home I attempted to get some pictures of our first snow in England.  You will see it is not too bad amongst the green grass and trees.

Our back garden with light snow coming down

Not too bad . . . it has been snowing for about 15 minutes here

Took this picture with the snow against our neighbours home hoping to be able to see the flakes!

Getting snowier

Snow on our car

We didn't exactly rush for the shovel (actually we don't have one!)

End of the "storm" just before the sunshine broke through.  Somehow we survived this blast of winter!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Farewell Elder Miller

We have had the privilege of serving here in Hatfield with many missionaries.  Elder Brian Miller was here the day we arrived all jet lagged.  He and Elder Allen came over, helped us get groceries, taught us about the phones and a bunch of things to get us settled.  Elder Allen was transferred in October and Elder Sarjeant was Elder Miller's new companion.  We taught many lessons and did lots of things with these good young men.  December 29th Elder Miller left Hatfield for the mission home and then to travel home to Utah.  We will miss him and have many fond memories of serving together, the laughs we shared and the people we were so lucky to have taught together.  Some people just leave bigger footprints on your heart than others.  Elder Brian Miller was one of those.  We love him and wish him well.

Elder Jensen, Butterfield, Sarjeant, Miller, Nemeth
Sister Nemeth, Quinn and Ordanza

Elder Sarjeant, Katherine (Kat), Erjia, and Elder Miller
Christmas Day with our Hatfield Elders in their Christmas "jumpers"

Christmas Day 2014

Christmas was a good day that started early that morning with some YSA friends and 6 missionaries coming to our home for gifts, breakfast and a movie.  We were able to get out for a long walk in the beautiful sunshine, talk with our kids and grandkids on either that day or Boxing Day which was the highlight of our Christmas!!  So many fun memories from this year.  Christmas dinner was yummy and quiet with just us, Boon and Erjia with lots of laughs and talking into the late evening.  It was a special Christmas. Our first in the mission field. So very grateful to be able to share the message of the birth, life, teachings, Atonement, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ with so many here in England.  He lives.  He is The GIFT!!

Our beautiful tree with gifts from so many generous members for all the missionaries and friends

Sister Ordanza, Elder Sarjeant, Elder Jensen & Elder Butterfield

Elder Nemeth giving out gifts

Sister Quinn with Boon, Elder Sarjeant and Sister Ordanza in the background

Elder Jensen and Butterfield

Elder Miller opening Pedro

Derek enjoying Pedro

Boon and Sister Ordanza with Pedro  (he was a big hit - as always)

Wayne opening gifts and Elder Miller's crazy face

On thing that was so interesting was to watch as the YSA from China opened their gifts.
They were so appreciative and took in everything about them.  The wrapping, size, feel and just enjoyed everything about them.  Carefully removing the wrapping and taking a long while with each gift.
This is Derek with his small gifts.  Nothing much but he truly enjoyed the experience.

Breakfast - casserole with hollandaise sauce, cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate and juice

 After Watching the movie "Frozen"

Our Christmas Day walk.  Green grass and sunshine.


Elder Nemeth took this picture because it looks like summer!

Erjia with her gifts

Christmas dinner with Boon and Erjia.  Great company and yummy food.
They do not eat sweets so we had fresh fruit for dessert.  Easiest Christmas dinner ever!  Such fun.

Christmas Eve Evening

After a delightful day in London with Kerrianne Connolly, one of our YSA we headed to the Blanchard's home to celebrate Christmas Eve with the other missionaries and friends.
Reading of the scriptures, thoughts, and fun games were played along with some yummy food.  It was a special evening.

Left to right - Vince, Elder Butterfield, Boon, Erjia, Derek & Tom

Emma's back, Lynsay, & Elder Nemeth discussing something deep!

Elder Miller, Elder Jensen, Elder Butterfield

Derek & Tom 

Elder Nemeth deep in thought

Boon, Elder Miller, & Erjia

Christmas Eve Day

Skating rink in London's South Kensington.  Loved the cute penguins with handles
the little ones can hold onto while skating.

Kerrianne & Sister Nemeth at the Royal Albert Hall

Memorial of Albert, Queen Victoria's husband that she had made in honour of her husband whom she loved.

St Albert Statue in the centre of the memorial

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walk.  Her memorial fountains were not accessible this day

Carols by Candlelight in the Royal Albert Hall

Choir and Orchestra dressed in period costumes