Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Branch Non-Talent Talent Show

Our youth decided that it would be fun to host a "Non-talent Talent Show".  We'll we were all for that. Elder Webster and I have many talents, so sad, none that could be called culturally refined. So we were excited about the prospects of being able to share a non-talent.  Our idea ; ) "Elder Short".  Surprisingly no one here has ever seen a Mr Short presentation, let alone an Elder Short.  It was a hit, we had such fun sharing our presentation.   There was a great many talents and non-talents shared, as well as a good number of visitors some of which even participated.  It was WONDERFUL and fun.  Of course a pot luck dinner followed with good conversation and fellowshipping.

Edgar hula hooping
Stephanie playing the guitar
Arthur playing the drums and singing to his sweetheart
Robin and Roweena singing a cowboy love song
Alejandro showing us a bit of rap music  
Galvin & Pauline dressed for the 50's and crooning to each other

Elder Usenov kicking a ball and tying his tie ; )
Elder Perry performing a piano #
Liz sang" The Lords Prayer"
This was the firs we've heard Liz sing.  She has had health issues that have prevented her from doing so.  What a wonderful thing for her to be able to share her gift this night. It was lovely!
Elder Short, being assisted by Elder Usenov and Elder Perry

Monday, July 2, 2012

Visit from Roz & Rich / Keystone Arch #11

Roz visiting the Bermuda Branch Relief Society on Mothers Day

#11 Keystone Arch (back side)
Roz and Rich in front of Keystone Arch #11

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Chapel of Ease

There are days when the thought of taking it easy, kicking back with our feet up sounds pretty darn great!  Then I'm reminded of a talk Elder Uchtdorf gave where he is talking about Nehemiah of the Old Testament:
"Our Heavenly Father seeks those who refuse to allow the trivial to hinder them in their pursuit of the eternal. He seeks those who will not allow the attraction of ease or the traps of the adversary to distract them from the work He has given them to perform. He seeks those whose actions conform to their words—those who say with conviction, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down.”
Best we get back to WORK  ; )  (check out the cute red mail box....)

#10 Keystone Arch

Don't you just love this!  
It's charming and rustic 
and would be so cool to have in our yard.

#9 Keystone Arch

#8 Keystone Arch

Sacred Moments

Avery was baptized in June 2011
Cousins joined at the hip ; )
Hailey was baptized in July 2011
Cousins supporting cousins!
Ethan speaking on baptism, it was great!  
 I hadn't realized how grown up Ethan was until that day.

Samuel spoke on the Holy Ghost, you would have thought he was a missionary!

Henry baptized April 2012, Bermuda Branch baptismal font. 

Henry preparing to receive the Holy Ghost.
Rachel and Ruth came to support Henry on his special day.

Ethan, Emily, David, Sam, Aidan, and Henry at Jobson's Cove
When we chose to serve a mission it became obvious that we would miss important events. The top of the list were the baptisms of three of our grandchildren (Avery, Hailey, and Henry) and the birth of our sweet little Lucy last October, as well as many other treasured moments.  Then around the first of the year, Emily called saying they were coming to visit us and that Henry had something to tell us.  He then informed us that he wanted to be baptized in the Bermuda Ocean!  It was wonderful, and the Bermuda Branch were greatly supportive of our family.  We love them for that!  So we would like to share a few pictures of the event as well as Avery and Haily's special days that we missed.  Faith in serving the Lord has taught us that blessings are showered upon us when we are obedient.  That doesn't mean there are not challenges or trials, but that said we have trusted in Him that our family would be watched over, may our family know that we love them ever more by being in the mission field while these events and challenges have taken place. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Francis Family in Bermuda

April Conference at the Bermuda Branch. The Mello-Cann family, our sweet Francis Family, & Elder Usenov.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


This means ALL Elders, including seniors : )
Early morning goodbye to Elder Trimble.  Love this guy! 
 Late night hello to Elder Kingsley ; ) 11/22/11
Early morning goodbye to Elder Gregory, he is so sweet!  
Love him!  2/14/12
Welcoming Elder Unsenov (from Kyrgyzstan) on 2/14/12
Elder Kingsley, Elder Usenov, me, and Scott Cleghorn
Morning send off for Elder Kingsley 5/7/12     

Hello Elder Perry 5/7/12

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Collin

Happy Birthday Collin!
Thirty-three years ago we were blessed to have Collin join our family. He is the most generous, big hearted person I know.  His sensitivity to others needs and genuine desire to help others makes him one of a kind, as well as a terrific father.  Thanks bud for being you!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Road Trip in Bermuda

Liz Adams opening the gate so our van can pass through.
Me, Rita, Marjorie, Marion, Liz, Valarie

This is why we came, to view the mural painted in 2009 depicting the history of Bermuda.

Just a bit of a close up of the mural.

Stopping for a breather.

Just another perspective as we are leaving, with Marjorie closing the gate.

 Some of our older sisters have never been to see the Mural depicting the history of Bermuda, it was painted in stairwell of the Commissioners House and finished in 2009.  Many had not been to that end of the island for years.  We diverted to side roads as we traveled, and Marion and Rita said they had never seen this area of Bermuda.  But when you think about it, they have always traveled by bus on the main roads.  When we arrived, we were given special permission to drive in, due to two sisters having health issues. So our road trip was a huge success, I had no idea how much older sisters could giggle and enjoy each other.  We all had such a great day! I love them!

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Antoine, Latricia, Elder Gregory

Kathy, Charles, Elder Tremble

The Three Muskateers

Daquan, Elder Webster, Dwayne, Shaq
These three young men standing with Elder Webster, are the hope of the Branch.  They were all baptized this last summer and fall.  They have just set the Branch on fire with enthusiasm.  We have fallen in love with all three and want so much for them.  They truly are a force for GOOD! 

Bee Hive

These pics were taken at the Manhattan Temple, when we were visiting there.  I've always loved the beehive.  It's a symbol of work and industry, traits that help us to move forward.  I like to think that's what we're doing serving a mission, working hard at inviting and inspiring others to work towards returning to our Father in Heaven!