|Driving in Waltham.|
|I never tire of seeing these church steeples peeking above the roof tops. They are everywhere and they always bring a smile to my face.|
|A river runs through it- the Charles in Waltham.|
|The view from my desk. I will try and take a photo each week to document Fall's progress right here.|
Now onto our PDay Monday. We switched it up a bit this time. The Moores and we went on a Charles River Cruise together in the morning but then in the afternoon, we split up. the boys did their thing and Susan and I had our first 'Sisters Day'
together. See the photo captions for details of the day.
|One of the few places in the U.S. where airplanes fly over cars which pass over trains which pass over boats.|
That is not illegal graffiti but words of encouragement to cheer on the rowing teams as they compete.
|The "most preferred" image of the Boston skyline.|
|Boston's two tallest buildings- The Hancock on the left and the Prudential on the right. The Back Bay Neighborhood and Newbury Street lay in between the two.|
|The Museum of Science, where Dale spent the afternoon.|
|I am so disappointed it was a cloudy day. We have driven by these views many times and I couldn't wait to see them from the water and take fantastic photos of them glimmering in the sun.|
|Boston Public Library.|
We were told not to miss it. It was spectacular !
|A view of the courtyard.|
|The main staircase. I felt I was in Europe.|
|I like to take photos looking out of windows-what can I say?|
|The Paintings were breath-taking.|
After the library, we ate lunch at a recommended restaurant - a local's favorite- where they take favorite dishes from several of Boston's top restaurants and serve them with their spin. Afterwards we walked up and down Newbury Street, one of Boston's special shopping streets. It is famous not only for the stores but for its beauty. I felt I was strolling through parts of London there.
|The view from the Library steps.|
|Newbury Street. Adore this variety of rooftops!|
|Looking down Newbury Street.|
|Love the juxtaposition !|
|I love the colors and textures here.|
|The Gardens were filled with weeping willows- one of my very favorite trees! Magical!|
|Thank you family! How very thoughtful of you! I love it!|
|The gardens are famous for these statues of the "Make Way For Ducklings" ducks.|
|My personal favorite little duckling!|
|Two happy girls!|
It was Charles Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood and we loved it even more than Newbury Street!
|I am in love with all the beautiful signs here. Even a humble nail shop gets a darling and impressive sign.|
|Notice the steeple in the background and the gas lamp in the foreground- love! love! love!|
Right before we crossed the bridge, we saw the Liberty Hotel which we had heard about on our cruise so we went inside to take a peek. It was a major prison for years in which were housed the likes of the Boston Strangler. You can google it and take a peak yourself. :) www.libertyhotel.com
By the way, we walked everywhere, all day , the entire day!
It was yet another near perfect PDay! (the grey skies on our boat ride brought it down to a 9 :D )
What a touching and spirit- filled occasion today. Remember that family I mentioned a few blogs back that we discovered on Family Search, where we knew of the father and one son, but with no wife? We found the wife and 5 more children. Mike, Susan and I were able to perform the ordinances to enable them to be together as a family forever. Very sweet experience. We all felt their joy and acceptance. We love James and Betsi Barrett and Robert, Willie, Nellie, Jennie, Maggie and Annie. It makes me want to just do family research all day!
|President and Sister Packard|
truly amazing and incredible individuals and leaders. ( as well as energizer bunnies! They never cease to run out of power and energy.) Their vision extends beyond this mission for all of us and if we live up to the challenges they presented us our entire lives will be better and blessed. They are building individuals of great strength, faith and commitment and these characteristics will help them in their careers, in their future marriages and families.
|President with our own Sister Nielson and Sister Batschi. We love these two!|
|Sister Packard always has a fun "Getting to Know Your Mission" game that everyone loves!|
During the day we also enjoyed a wonderful lunch and a preview of the movie coming out next week, Meet The Mormons.
It is a very professional, well-done movie to be proud of . Very enjoyable. We encourage you all to go see it and take a friend or two! It tries to answer the questions people have about Mormons- who we are and what we do. It's got humor and heart-warming stories. You will feel good after seeing it.
Go see it! :)
Saturday and Sunday:
How we looked forward to this weekend! We were spiritually fed and filled.
May I encourage anyone who didn't see it to go to www.lds.org
to see what you missed.
If you go to the Sunday afternoon session, the very last speaker was Elder David Bednar. He spoke on why Dale and I and 88,000 others are serving as missionaries today. His talk was directly to those of you who do not belong to our church and hopefully will answer your questions as to why we do what we do.
There seemed to be several repeated themes which always makes one want to pay closer attention and discover the meaning and message there for you.
It was an historic conference in that it was the first time people of other languages were able to give their message in their native tongue and it was translated into English instead of vice-versa.
We thank thee, O God, for a prophet to guide us in these latter days!
This great blessing sends us on our way rejoicing!