It's hard to believe how fast our time in the Washington D.C. South Mission is passing. Our heads and hearts already have scrapbooks full of memories stored -- and there is more to come. It's been an unbelievable blessing and opportunity.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we thought it was time for a walk through our mission in photos. Looking back now, it's easy to see how we've
- fallen in love with all the students we teach.
- gained deeper testimonies and greater love for Jesus Christ and his gospel.
- mastered D.C. traffic and freeways (well, almost), even during rush hour.
- had some terrific opportunities to visit historic sights on our free day each week.
- gained new respect and learned a lot about our country's history and government.
- enjoyed every minute of our visits with friends and family.
|On our way...|
|to the MTC|
|Our Cookie Factory -|
I think I've made over 1500 cookies
since we've been here. Phew!
|13949 Big Yankee Lane -|
Home Sweet Townhome
|The Mount Vernon meetinghouse - Amy & Colin's ward|
on original Mt. Vernon property. What a view of the Potomac!
|The Slades' moving day|
|Chillin' in our family room|
|Our first visit to the Washington, D.C. Temple -|
before the tips of the spires broke off in the earthquake.
|On our day off each week we usually head to the National Mall.|
|First stop: the Lincoln Memorial|
|To infinity and beyond - heading into the new Udvar-Hazy|
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum near Dulles.
|Checking out the space shuttle Enterprise|
|Senior Missionary Couple dinner at President and |
Sister Albright's home (Pres. Albright second from left)
|Centreville Stake Center - 5 minutes from our townhouse.|
|Our Thursday night Institute class in Centreville - missionaries included!|
|The Annandale Stake Center - home to our Wednesday night Institute class.|
|Annandale Institute class|
|The new Crystal City YSA meetinghouse|
|Our Thursday noon Institute class in Crystal City.|
|Institute Display at George Mason University|
|George Mason University|
|GMU Institute class on Wednesdays at noon.|
|GMU Student Union Building where we meet.|
|The beautiful Washington, D.C. temple - again.|
|The Christus statue in the Temple Visitor's Center|
|From the balcony of the Newseum - what a fascinating museum.|
You could wander around there for days.
|Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts|
|Baltimore National Aquarium|
|Friend or foe?|
|Arlington National Cemetery|
|Tomb of the Unknown Soldier|
|Our fast-paced weekend with Iain and Jenn - can you see the blisters?|
|A temporary exhibit in the Museum of Natural History...|
|1600 Pennsylvania Avenue|
|Susi, Paul and Gertrud Carpenter|
|Amy's first day of grad school at GMU|
|The Air Force One hanger at Andrews Air Force Base|
|We took a driving tour of Andrews AFB. Thanks, Colin!|
|We got to spend a day with Kristen and her kids on the Mall.|
|Josh and Emily came to town for the weekend to dance with BYU.|
Brunch at our house :)
|Mr. Lincoln at his post.|
|The World War II Memorial|
|The Viet Nam Memorial|
|The Korean Memorial|
|Emily and Josh had a couple of free hours to tour the Capitol|
|We got to introduce Janet and Kim's family to Mt. Vernon|
|What a beautiful place.|
|President Washington's tomb|
|A 2-year-old rolled down the lawn at Mt. Vernon|
and did a face plant right in front of us.
|Best friends Pam and Mike Hannan came for a weekend.|
Retired Delta pilots get around.
|The new Martin Luther King memorial was dedicated|
just a few weeks ago.
|George had a little help crossing the Delaware|
|Shenandoah State Park -|
a beautiful drive in the fall
|Manassas Civil War Battlefield -|
10 minutes from our home
|A trip to the temple with dear friends Shawnda & Duane Bishop|
|Brother Devin Toma - our fantastic CES Supervisor - with the Bishops|
|A few last looks at our comfortable home away from home|
|Ridin' the Metro. One of our favorite things to do!|
|Something we're definitely not going to miss -- D.C. traffic at a standstill!|
|They say it's the worst traffic in the entire nation. Who knows how many hours|
of the time we've served here during the past four months has been spend in TRAFFIC! :)
|It doesn't matter. Virginia is still an|
incredibly beautiful place to be!