Wednesday, January 1, 2014


On Thanksgiving Day, we drove to Savannah to do some sightseeing.  We had our Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant on the Savannah River and then checked into the Hyatt hotel on the river.  We drove around a bit to try to see where the places were that we wanted to see on Friday.  Savannah was founded in 1733 by James Oglethorpe and he did a great job of laying out the city.  There are a lot of old homes that have been preserved. 



Oglethorpe laid out the city with 24 parks that were spaced every so many blocks apart.
Savannah is the 3rd largest port in the United States and handles a lot of container freight.


Of course, Savannah shipped a lot of cotton during the 1800's and this is the Cotton Exchange and the alley in front of it allowed the buyers to see the cotton they were buying by standing on the bridges above the alley.

The Pirates Cove is now a bar and restaurant but used to be a bar where they shanghaied sailors for the sailing ships that made port here.
Of course, we had to stop at the candy shop and the city market.

We had a great time and hope to be able to go back again before we leave.  It is within the boundaries of our mission so we can go if we get permission from our mission president.


On September 21st, Shalethia Dyer was baptized.  She is a real character and a lot of fun.  Sister Grimm and Sister Tevi worked with her along with the Zengers.

Then on November 23rd, her daughter Kayla was baptized and I was asked to perform the ordinance.  It was a real pleasure.



On September 29th, 2013, we flew home so I could have prostate surgery.  We went up to the cabin on conference weekend and worked on the new deck.  We then met with Dr. Mangelson on September 30th and I had surgery on October 7th.  The surgery went well and we returned to Augusta on October 24th.

Senior missionary meeting

On September 26th, we went with the Gowans to Macon for a senior missionary meeting.  President Cottle spoke to us and then we broke up into groups (military relations and member-leader support) to discuss what we were doing in our areas to fulfill our calling. Had a nice lunch and then headed for home.  Stopped at Eatonton to see the Uncle Remus museum.  Eatonton is where the author was born.

Hilton Head

In mid-September we met Brittany and Kris at Hilton Head.  They flew into Savannah to celebrate their anniversary and then we met them at Hilton Head.  We stayed at the Sonesta resort and Kris and I played the Hilton Head course where the PGA event is played.  We then drove back to Augusta and they stayed with us here for a couple of days.  It was a fun trip and we had a great visit.