On Labor Day, we went with the Gowans (the military relations couple) to Aiken, SC for barbeque and a car show. We were able to sample about 10 different types of barbeque along w/baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad. They had about 20 old cars that were fun to see.
Nice 427 Cobra.
A nice GTO. Notice the 3 2-barrel carburetors on the 421.
This is a picture of the Augusta Zone w/President and Sister Cottle, our new mission president and his wife. They are standing in the middle of the group. The zone has since been split.
On August 17th, Elder Neal L. Anderson was in Columbus, Georgia for a stake conference and authorized President Cottle to gather his missionaries from all over the mission for a special meeting. We drove from Augusta to Columbus (almost 3 hours) and had a very spiritual meeting w/Elder Anderson. He made sure he shook hands w/every missionary. The missionaries loved it and so did we. Then a 3 hour drive back to Augusta. Long day but well worth it.
On the first transfer after moving to the Georgia Macon Mission, the three companionships in our district were split up. Elders Meyer and Pack and Sister Lusk transferred and we received Elders Crist and Phillips and Sister Tevi. Elder Crist is from Las Vegas, Elder Phillips is from Perth, Australia and Sister Tevi is from Texas. Interestingly, her 'little' brother is playing football at the U. of U. and Jeremy and his boys met him at Fan Fest. He told him his parents were serving with his sister in Georgia which surprised him. Sister Tevi says he needs to shave the stuff off his chin.
Holly and Addy came to visit in early August. While they were here, Addy decided we needed to rev up our apartment. We showed them some of the sites and then, look out, they went shopping.
Here we are at Redcliffe Plantation again.
Couple of shots of Addy by the River Walk on the Savannah River.
The result of the shopping trips.
Of course, we had to stop at the Waffle House. We couldn't get Addy to go inside, however. If you wonder why, try googling 'Jim Gaffigan Waffle House' and you will get an idea of why.
The elders came over for ice cream on Sunday evening. The two new elders are Elder Phillips (front left) from Perth, Australia and Elder Crist (back left) from Las Vegas, Nevada. Elder Faleao is up to his usual antics. We don't have a photo of Sister Tevi yet. She is from Texas.
Here are the missionaries in our district the night before transfers. Now 3 of them are gone. You really become attached to these young men and women. The ward mission leader had us all over for dinner the evening before they were transferred. Elders Faleao and Pack are from Utah, Elder Meyer is from Alaska and Elder Huss is from Arizona. Sisters Grimm and Lusk are from Utah.
This is a picture of Elders Faleao and Meyer showing off the new mission cars. The elders are going to love them. Actually, the building behind them is a Baptist church. They were having a funeral and lined these Corvettes up in our church parking lot during the service.
On the 3rd of July, we went to Fort Gordon with the other two senior couples in our zone. The Gowans, on the left, are retired military and are doing military relations with members stationed at Fort Gordon. The Albrechts, in the center, are doing member and leader support like we are and are serving in Barnwell, South Carolina. They had some of the Signal Corps equipment there to look at and had fireworks later in the evening. The fireworks started with the 1812 overture being played over a P.A. system but they used real cannons during the overture. Then had some great fireworks.
We took a quick trip to Charleston, South Carolina before we were moved to the Georgia Macon mission. Charleston is a beautiful city with a lot of history. In the old part of Charleston, buildings cannot be demolished but have to be remodeled to retain the historical significance. So there are a number of buildings that date back to the 1700's. We took a Gray Line tour of the city and then went to visit Fort Sumter out in the harbor.
Fort Sumter is a small island in the mouth of Charleston Harbor. If you don't control the land on both sides of the opening to the harbor, you are just a target which is what happened when the South started the Civil War or the War of Aggression as the Southerners call it.
This is an unexploded shell that was lodged in the wall of the fort.
We took a couple of pictures of families that we have gone with the Elders to help teach. These families have been so fun to get to know and to see them get baptized has been a real pleasure. We go to visit them often and continue to get to know them and their families better. What great people!
Brittany came to visit on the 12th for a few days. It only took her 6 hours to fly from Atlanta to Augusta which is normally a 30 minute flight. Way to go, Delta!!
On the 13th, we visited Redcliffe Plantation with Brittany. It was owned by John Hammond who coined the phrase "Cotton is King!!". This was a small plantation that was used mainly for entertainment and had only about 50 slaves. The mansion and 2 of the slave cabins are original. The mansion was completed in 1858 (13,000 square feet) and was untouched during the Civil War.
Mom couldn't find her broom so we had to use umbrellas.