The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

I had two goals to accomplish at the Barlow today.  Get the Christmas decorations down and finish  restocking the First Aid Kits.  Elder Anthony had a physical therapy appointment today as well.  It gave us an opportunity to get the rest of the supplies for the first aid kit.

We left a little early today.  We wanted to go out and eat at PF Changs.  It was wonderful. Our mission president asked that all the missionaries be in by 5:30 this evening.  We didn't make it back until about 6:15.  We didn't get in on the DC celebrations. We are excited about the new year and our new students coming next week.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Year End

The old year will soon be gone. We went to the temple yesterday for the last time this year.  It was busy with weddings going on.  Elder Anthony and I have been so blessed to be in a mission that has a temple in.  If you add together all the ordinance we have done the total comes out to 562.  Lisa has been keeping us busy with temple cards.  Having family files is a great motivation.  You hate to leave cards undone.  After the temple we headed to the Barlow and worked.  We worked all day today as well.  We are getting close to having everything ready. Names went on the door today and the directory was made.   We have our first students showing up on Tuesday.  

Monday, December 28, 2015

Not a Note Worthy Day

We got Elder Anthony to a physical therapy session at the VA today.  Other than that we just worked.  I worked on organizing and delivering the sheets to each room.   Elder Anthony worked on touch up work.  Susana worked on plumbing, mold, and calking.  Here are some misc. pictures.

I saw this beautiful bush on Saturday.  The bees were all over on the flowers. 

Arlington is beautiful at this time of year. There is a wreath on each grave and there are a ton of graves.  I believe some of the young adults in the ward volunteered to help put them on the graves. 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Creche Display

We attended the Chevy Chase Ward today.  They do not hold church in our ward on the last Sunday of the year because so many young adults have gone home.  There were a lot missing from the Chevy Chase Ward as well.  There were a few of us from the young adult ward in attendance today and it helped increase their numbers a little.  After Church we headed to the National Cathedral. We have been trying for three weeks to go back to the National Cathedral to see their Creche Display.   We glanced at it when Justin and Sarah were here but we wanted to spend more time.  Every time we stopped they were having some kind of special Christmas performance and wouldn't let us in to go look without buying tickets to the performance.  Today we finally got in.  It was back to a normal schedule.   I will only include those creche that either represent some place someone in our family has gone to, or is from, or the ones I really liked.

Lisa gave me a tiny little nativity from Puerto Rico when she was on a mission there.  It is the tiniest little nativity on a poinsettia flower. I have always loved that one and this was still bigger than that.  

We came home and put away our Christmas decorations.  Which was mainly my two new creches.  They are boxed and ready to go home.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Bucket List Day

Today we went out and decided to be tourists.  We are trying to make sure we see and do the things that we wanted to do while we were here.  We went to the Basilica today.  It was so beautiful and makes the National Cathedral look plain in comparison.  It is so elaborate with all the mosaics.  It was a cathedral I would have felt so bad if we had missed seeing it.

We then headed for the National Building Museum.  This was not one of my top museums.  In fact the most impressive thing about the museum was the building itself.

The National Building Museum, historically known as the Pension Building, in Washington, D.C., United States, is a museum of "architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning". The  building was completed in 1887 and designed by Montgomery C. Meigs, the U.S. Army quartermaster general.[2] It is notable for several architectural features, including the spectacular interior columns and a frieze, sculpted by Caspar Buberl, stretching around the exterior of the building and depicting Civil War soldiers. Building  has been used to hold inauguration balls; a Presidential Seal is set into the floor near the south entrance.  The building required more than 15,000,000 bricks.  The building was used for federal government offices until the 1960s when it had fallen into a state of disrepair and was considered for demolition. After pressure from conservationists, the government commissioned a report by architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith of possible other uses for the building. Her 1967 report suggested a museum dedicated to the building arts. The building was then listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. In 1980, Congress created the National Building Museum as a private, non-profit institution. The building itself was formally renamed the National Building Museum in 1997. Every year, the annual Christmas in Washington program is filmed at the museum, with the President and First Lady