.............When your day starts at 5:15 a.m.
Sister Gibson is having a great time in Conservation. When she is not taking care of the missionary housing and accounting for all the pots and pans she is busy in her kingdom where there are endless rows of housing furnishings that are constantly being brought in and sent out depending on the missionaries needs.
Added to that is the responsibilities of the sites and all the work that goes into cleaning and counting of the artifacts that are in many cases original pieces that were crafted and used during the 1840's when the Saints were here. This month has been especially busy. It started out with the FM director wanting to re-organize the sites, bring the "DO NOT TOUCH" pictures and descriptions up to date, and move things around to protect them. There are always a lot of questions...but the answer is usually NO. Then there are more questions.....finally last week the annual visit from the "artifact's specialist" took place......and with it more changes.
Emily spent four days here and toured the sites with the FM director , Mission President, and the Conservation Team (Sister's Lee Master and Gibson) they talked about the artifacts and the dialogue that we present in the sites to explain things. As always...there will be changes. The most refreshing part, however, is that many of the items that were previously on the "Do Not Touch" list have been removed and this will allow the missionaries and visitors to have a more hands on experience and hopefully make their visit here more memorable.
Rendezvous with Sara Granger Cast.......
A Picture is Sometimes Worth a
Sister Lowe, our ever patient and loving director, sent us a picture she took of our cast performing a couple of weeks ago. I am not sure that she had a hidden message here, but for my part I found it hysterical. As you can see we sometimes "play" to a less than full house. But the show goes on. One of our cast's played to one lone soul who didn't laugh and barely applauded....such is life. Anyway, back to the picture....this is our opening number "Welcome to Nauvoo". The object here is to focus on and connect to the "crowd" and greet them. Judging from the picture it appears a few of us are a little distracted.....Focusing is difficult at this age.....President Hall refers to it as "Herding Cats"........and so the adventure continues.
It's Party Time......
All of the missionaries were invited to President and Sister Hall's home for an open house. To keep the numbers in proportion we were invited by our Rendezvous Cast. It is a lovely home and we all had a great time talking and socializing. We did learn that the Hall's have a grandson serving in the Taichung, Taiwan mission where are grandson Easton is serving. His name is Elder Call and he has been their since October. We are so proud of our missionaries, Easton and Kessie, who is serving in Wisconsin. Their testimonies are a strength and source of immeasurable pride to us. We love them so much and we continue to pray for them and ask the Lord's blessings to be with them and strengthen them. Of course, then, we also pray continually for our entire family. We miss and love them so much.
The Noah Packard House
It occurred to me that I haven't said much about my current assignments in FM. About two weeks ago I was asked to help the carpenters (those who do just about everything) with some of their projects. During one of my "lulls" in the cabinet shop I worked with Elder Sims doing the demo work on what was known as "The Doctor's House" or the Shank House....it has now been discovered to be the "Noah and Sophia Packard" house (of who we characterize in a vignette in Rendezvous).
Apparently he liked the way I swung the demo hammer and asked the Assistant Director if I could work with him. Long story short....
The goal is to provide an up to date residence, presumably for the on-site doctor, while somehow burying and trying to preserve the integrity of the old Packard house. Under the direction of Marcus Allyn (Assistant to the FM director) we are charging forward working around the poor construction of the previous additions, significant damage from a previous fire, evidence of termite infestation, and trying to shore up and support floors and ceilings. Add into this the efforts to preserve a house that will be covered up and buried in the new construction....it is somewhat of a dilemma. It is not my place to question and it would be a stretch to say I would do it the way we are directed (or if I would do something totally different like just restore the house and forget trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. There are those who know more the reason why. We are obedient and follow the directions we are given. It would be nice, however, to have some sort of plan so we didn't constantly have to ask what we can do and what we can't do. Tearing off plaster, leaving lath, and then covering it with sheet rock is a unique approach. It will undoubtably look great when the remodeling is complete.
The Tradition Continues.....
....The Christmas Eve Movie
When things in our lives change.....we adapt. Ever since the kids were young we have taken in a movie on Christmas Eve (back then it was to get out of the house that Sister Gibson had spotlessly cleaned). Our missionaries, Kessie and Easton, probably missed out but the rest of the family, even though split, made it happen. We went with the Beechers, Hughes, and Lindeburgs and saw Rogue One (the one most of the adults would like to have seen). The Texas Gibson's went to Sing and the Utah Gibson's went to Moana. It was the same and it was different.
A Mouse in the House......
.....How Sweet it Is!
Elder Lindeburg dropped by and sent Sister Gibson into a tailspin as he proudly showed her (from a distance) a mouse he had corralled in his house. As he proceeded to hand her the little critter she was extremely relieved to see it was a chocolate treat that the Lindeburgs make and pass out to friends. 1 large chocolate kiss, two large chocolate chips, a maraschino cherry with a stem dipped in chocolate, and two frosting dabs bring the little guy to life. Fortunately, this is the only mouse we have seen......let's hope it stays that way.