Jim at his desk in the mission home office.
This is one of our bedrooms that has been converted into an execise/TV room. It took a month but we finally got cable TV hooked up. We can at least see some news now.
This is the kids' guestroom just waiting for some grandkids to come and try it out!
Elder De Ararujo at the piano. He has been dying to come and play our piano and sing with us. He used to play for weddings before his mission. It felt like a Sunday night with Brody and Corine at our house and all the music blasting away.
We had our office staff over for Sunday dinner. It felt like home for me to cook for my new "family". We're saying good-bye to our assistant, Elder Hillman, (two elders behind me) and we keep threatening that we are not going to let him leave. He seems like he's a 40 year old stake president and acts like it too. He has only been in the church for about 9 years. I set the dining table using all the fancy dishes and they were really impressed. My lasagne even turned out!
This is our kitchen. It's been kind of a challenge learning to cook in a gas oven. The temperature guage is not in Farenheit, so I never quite know what degrees I'm using.
This is a view of our bedroom. We have a king bed which we have really liked. The tables with my computer stuff on them are going to be replaced with study desks soon. We still haven't received our shipment of goods from home yet, so that's why everything still looks so bare.
This is the office in the mission home, looking at the missionary board. Jim spends a lot of time here answering missionary e-mails. He potentailly has 134 e-mails to respond to each week. He didn't realize he'd spend so much time just doing that.
This is the dining room where we have some of our training meetings. The missionaries, I have decided just love anything that makes them feel like they're at home or with their family. One of our cute Elders, Elder Nachtigall said, "I like it when we travel with you because it feels like we're a family."
This is the living room. It has Liz Lemon Swindle paintings on the wall, so it does feel like home to me. And we have two prints of Minerva Teichert on our walls so I do approve of the artwork choices.