Monday, February 16, 2015

FEBRUARY 9-14, 2015

Three weeks: Three blizzards!

Marcus was just getting going as I ended my post last week and as I write this, Neptune is coming on strong. 
Quite the exciting time to be in Boston!
Neptune is expected to drop 12-18 inches on top of the snow mass we already have. 
Before this new storm we had 62" in 3 weeks.  It broke records- the most in the shortest amount of time.  We had two 'top-10' storms in 2 weeks. This coming storm is a double threat because of the freezing temperatures. 

As I haven't been able to take the photos I would like to document these storms, I downloaded some images that capture what we see all around us.  Enjoy!

 Boston University Students enjoying their snow day. :)
 So pretty!

Just seein' if you're paying attention!  

 My favorite one!  Don't let the wreaths throw you; I mentioned before how they keep them up forever here! 

You have to even shovel your roof here!  

We were snowed in all day Monday, went out just to shovel out the car and move it on Tuesday. 
On Wednesday I ventured out to do the marketing for our Valentine's lunch coming up on Friday. 
Here are a few of our own pics of this storm...

 Notice this snow pile reaches the 2nd floor balcony.

Dale has been down with bronchitis all week so I went to the Temple by myself.  It snowed all day but it was a light wet snow that didn't really accumulate.  But with the freezing temps, it scared people away.  Four sessions in a row were cancelled and we held the 3:00 for just one person.  They figured if he was brave enough to come, he deserved to be able to do what he came for. :)

 Thursday was also our "Hump Day", the halfway mark for our mission.  We've been here 9 months and have 9 months to go.  We have enjoyed our mission so much that we wouldn't even be counting the days if it wasn't for missing our family and friends.  But the way time is flying , we will be together again before we know it! 

Friday the sun was shining but it was still very cold.

Church parking lot
Snowed all the way to the top of the fence!

Church icicles.

 We were able to make it to our district meeting and have our special little Valentine's Lunch for our zone.  All the senior missionaries chipped in to help to show our love and appreciation for these valiant, hard-working, fully committed young missionaries.  We made 'Fumi" Salad with chicken and mandarin oranges, warm rolls, red velvet cake, white chocolate and M&M popcorn, and fudge.  

We had a cookie making station for them to make treats as a service project to take to whomever they chose.  They did a great job! Should have taken some photos of the finished projects. 

We've been doing service for each other for the past 2 months.  We draw names and then do something special for that companionship .  It's usually secret but these four made up a fun 'beat  box' song for the 2 elders sitting down.  Very entertaining! 

Saturday, February 14th, Valentine's Day.

We knew the storm was coming in Saturday afternoon so we went out for a nice dinner Friday night instead.  We had a tiny celebration at home. I gave Dale all these "cheesy" items. (he loves beets! and they are red- perfect for Valentine's , right?!) The cups I bought in Newburyport way back on my birthday.  They day Sweetie and Darling. Too irresistible. We needed them for our soup and hot chocolate :) Our main gift to each other is slated for next week.  You'll just have to wait and see what it is!

 I absolutely love the way the sky looks just before sunset in our backyard.  Camelot is one of my all-time favorite movies and there is a scene in the movie where King Arthur is extolling the virtues of Camelot to Guinevere in which the castle is shown against a pink sky that looks just like this and he says it always had a pink glow to him.  I get to re-live that scene every night here :)


The hush of a snowfall at night. 

But you will have to wait until next week's post to hear all about it.

The pure love of Christ, known as charity, is the highest,noblest, and strongest kind of love and most joyous to the soul (see Nephi 11:23) Jesus Christ is the perfect example of charity.  In His mortal ministry, He "went about doing good," showing tender compassion for the poor,afflicted, and distressed (see Matthew 4:23, Acts 10:38). To develop Christlike love, we must seek it, pray for it, and follow the example of the Savior in our thoughts, words, and actions.
We love our Heavenly Father and our savior, Jesus Christ. 
We are so grateful for the knowledge we have of Them and Their plan for us through the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
We are most grateful to be able to serve Them in this small way and strive each day to develop charity within our souls. 



  1. I cannot relate with this weather at all. I am positive I would not adapt as well as you guys have. I blame my parents ;) Hope dad is feeling better! Love you!

  2. Love your blog post! I'm so glad you are enjoying the snow so much! It is beautiful but I bet people are getting tired of so much of it. I love your picture that spells out valentine within that scripture. Who discovers things like that? So cool! Love you and miss you both! We are so proud of you and all the great things you are doing. It's a great place to be!

  3. Glad you are still enjoying the weather. I do not miss it. Looks like a great Valentine get together. Keep up the great work. Sorry Dale wasn't feeling so good. Good for you for venturing out on your own.

  4. All these snow pictures are insane! I just can't even fathom it! My favorite was the student snow fight! The Valentine lunch looked delicious and cute as always. :)