Sunday, November 30, 2014

Autumn and Thanksgiving 2014

Admiral Yi, one of Korea's most beloved heroes, is buried near our town.
They have made his shrine into a nature preserve.  It is beautiful this time of year.
Pictured is Aaron with the shrine up above (you can barely see the front of the building through the arch).
Seriously.  So pretty.  I've never seen maples turn to these colors!

Not many people can say they deep fry their turkey out on the flight line next to helicopters.
This was our company thanksgiving feast.  A couple Korean soldiers were invited as well.  They made sure Korean Ramyon was part of the feast as well (notice it pictured in the back).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LDS Seminary

I have one of the best church assignments in the world - teaching seminary.

But, oh, how I feel inadequate.  So inadequate.

Five students come to my home each morning before school and I teach them a lesson for 50 minutes on church history.  We pray and sing.  We memorize scriptures.  We play games.  And we learn our important roles and responsibilities in God's kingdom.

My seminary room.  These are posters from previous lessons we've had.
The other side.
Students had to list commandments, counsel and blessings for missionaries.
One student read the scriptures out loud while the others listed items off.
The Armor of God modern-day style.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kenneth F. Stuart

My dear grandpa Kenny passed away.  After nearly five years of failing health we was finally taken from this life.  There was a was a wonderful funeral - and I was so happy that I could attend!  All they way from Korea.

I took a Space-A flight, costing me $30, to Seattle.  And another flight, a lot more than $30, to Salt Lake City.  And while I'm back in the states, I might as well skip over to New England.

Grandpa and grandma from long ago.  Grandma has changed but grandpa always looks the same.

The eight grandsons were the pallbearers.
And the twelve granddaughters were the honorary pallbearers.
Special tribute from three of grandpa's sons; Major Stuart, Colonel Stuart, Lieutenant Colonel Stuart.
This was my favorite part of the funeral to see them give military honors to their father.
Jeff, the highest ranking of the three, presented the flag to grandma and said something like this.. "On behalf of a grateful nation, we present this flag to you..."  Jeff was speaking softly in order to fight back tears but grandma kept pulling his head in closer so she could hear.  Ha!  It made me chuckle.  And cry.  And burst with pride.
I am very pleased and honored to be part of a military family.

The view across from our house.  Nothing beats home.  Especially in the autumn.

Head light house, Kittery, ME
Grandma and Sadie

Puppy Avannie for Halloween.
She would wear her costume for the neighbors but refused to wear it to her school party.  Why?  I'm not sure.

Penguin Sadie