The fact that this was our last day in the office hasn't really sunk in yet. Some of the missionaries came in to say good-bye, and that was hard. The Plaquettes and I even shed some tears, but they'll be in the west following their missions. Sister King will attend BYU-I and Sister Call lives in Utah. I'm looking forward to some reunions.
|Sister Plumb, Sister Barclay, Sister Hunter and Sister Woodward from BR North and LSU|
|BR Spanish Elders Crook and Peterson--Elder C is back after serving in New Orleans for several months|
painting of a worker at the Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. Sister Hansen is the artist, and I'm still baffled as to how she ever found time to get out her paints with the busy schedule that they keep!
I don't know if this will make any sense at all, but, to me, this embodies our entire mission. If one picture is worth a thousand words, it may take that to make an explanation. When I think of the South usually the first thing I picture is Jackson Square and the surrounding area which includes Cafe du Monde. We've taken all of our children and grandchildren there literally at every time of the day and night, and it's just an experience that we loved in spite of some of the rudest servers we've ever encountered. Maybe that's part of what makes it so memorable. Then to have the painting created by one of the sweetest Sisters in the South makes it that much more meaningful. I know this probably make no sense to anyone but me.
We were completely surprised and overwhelmed by this generous gift, and it will be a priceless and treasured piece of art that will find a prominent place in our home as a continual reminder of the past 18 months and all that we've experienced and loved.
CAFE DU MONDE by SISTER MARY ANNE HANSEN