Monday, January 21, 2013

   Hi Everyone, I can't believe I haven't written since Sept.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had a quite Christmas, but was very busy
 before and after.
   Christy and Ken and the kids, and Andrew Jiles came to see us just before Thanksgiving.
they only could stay overnight, we had a good visit, it was wonderful.
   We took them for a ride around the reservation. they met Lucy Gorman, the lady who made me a weaving loom, I am learning to weave Navajo Rugs it's fun and hard at the same time.
   We also took them to meet Wilma and Darren Begay and their family, She taught me how to weave on a piece of cardbord. Darren cuts wood for the widows and single moms here and we deliver it.  We took them for a ride up on a ridge where we pick up the wood. It's real high with a cliff on both sides. the kids rode in the back of the truck I thought they would like that.

   We had Thanksgiving with the other Missionaries, in Chinle AZ their were about 60 of us.
We had a Branch Thanksgiving Dinner, and a Branch Christmas Party. A boy Scout Troop from Phonix area brought the kids Christmas toys and Oranges ( about 20 -10# bags) We seperated about 10 bags in 1/2 so we delivered themto 30 families. that was fun.

   Between Christmas and New Years,  Friday night Kelly, Daleen, Mae (her mom) and the kids
surprised us and came to visit. they got to stay until about noon on Monday. We took them to Canyon Deche, it's like a small Grand Canyon. they went to church with us and met lot's of Navajo People. A boy named Quinton ( age 10 ) spent the afternoon playing in the snow with
Morgan and Trevor. they thought it great to play with a real Indian  who could speak  Navajo and English.
   We spent New Year's day with some senior Missionaries in  Window Rock, AZ. 
Oh yes,  I forgot to tell you we got our first snow about a week before Christmas  only a couple of inches, but we got more every few days. it got down to -14 degrees here but most of the time it's about 20. they last few days it's warmed up to the 40s hey snow is almost melted so now we have mud.  right after new years we had broken pipes in the Chapel, It's a double wide trailer with 2 bathrooms and a small Relief Society room ( holds about 14 sisters.)  ony way it flooded about 1/3 of the Chapel and the other rooms, after Elder Rice got the water turned off, we started to remove the water on the floor with a snow-shovel and a mop. finally a man came with an extrater and a heater with ablower and fixed one bathroom.  He came back and fixed the other one and patched the walls later. We had church in our small Primary room in the other building for 3 weeks.

   Yesterday we had Branch Conference.  Pres Brown wanted 76 people there, so we invited everyone we visited for the last 2 weeks. We usualy have  20 or 30 people for church, we thought if we had 50 we would be doing good. We told them we were having lunch afterwards.
Can you believe we had 81 people there for Church, about 12 were Stake people but it was wonderful.  I know the Lord helps us when we need it and he touched the people, and they came.

   Well I better go and finish dinner I already burned the Potatoes. Elder Rice is picking up a load of wood.  We sure miss all of you, we are past 1/2 way, it sure has gone fast see you next Summer. all our LOVE    Elder and Sister Rice

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hi everyone;
It's been a long time since i've written on our blog, so here goes.

First I wanted to show you our gardens here on the rez. We have been working with about 20 families with their gardens. This is what they looked like in July.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Yatahey (hello) everyone
I have been taking pictures of the animals here, it is open range so they are everywhere. These are from our porch.
These are Angora Goats

Monday, September 3, 2012

This was our Golf Tournamant in July.

This is Peter Yazzie and his Grandson

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hi everyone,  We have had a busy week here in Steamboat AZ. Last Monday on our P-day (preperation day) We decided to visit Canyon de Chelly (prononced de'shey) near Chinle,AZ.  The canyon is longer than the Grand Canyon, actually 2 canyons, but it's not as deep. It doesn't have a river running threy it but on the vally floor is farms and old ruins, some are over thousands of years old. some of the farms are still being used today. We took lots of pictures so you can see for yourself how big it is.
you can see the old peblo village
here are some farms on the valley floor
This is Spider Rock
This is White House overlook,see the house looks white in the cave.
We had a good time, but it was a lot of walking,we were sure tired when we got home.if we were younger it would be nice to ride horses down in the Canyon.

Monday, July 9, 2012

We have a new Great Grandson Colton Bastin was born June 27th 2012, at 1am  he weight 6# 2oz and was 18ins. long. He was born to Chantel Pennington Bastin and Dean Bastin in Olympia WA. Mother and baby are doing fine. We are so happy to welcome this little boy into our family. We wish we could go visit him, but we are busy serving the Lord in Steamboat AZ When we are finished here next May we plan to visit him and his family.

On a sadder note we have lost 3 very dear friends this last Month First an old friend from Grants Pass OR Deloy Armstrong passed away at 84 years of age. We knew Deloy and his wife Marge and thier family in the 70's. we were both building home's in Grants Pass. Our older children grew up with theirs. Deloy was a great friend in the Gospel and  an example to Bill and I and our family.

In Mountain Home AR a dear friend Levi Oveson also passed away, he to was 84 and a wonderful friend. He was one of the first to welcome us to Mountain Home and always made us feel at home in our new ward. he always had a big smile and a hearty handshake. We will miss his love and concern for us.

then in Longview WA a distant cousin and wonderful friend passes away. Sharon and her husband Val lived in Grants Pass in the 70's our children grew up together. Val passed away Last year, We know they are happy together again. We are thankful that last Sept. we were able to have a wonderful visit with Sharon. She will always be close to our hearts.

We are blessed to have known these wonderful Brothers and Sister in the Gospel they were great examples to us of Brotherly Love and careing for the people around them. They will be greatly missed here on earth but are welcomed with opened arms of our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. They are wonderful examples of enduring to the end.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hi everyone,
Sorry I haven't written for awhile, we seam to get so envolved in our work that the days go so fast.We have met some wonderful people here. Every week we find a few more. It's like doing you Home Teaching and Visiting Teaching everyday. We try to find people we haven't met yet and then visit the ones we know, to see how they are doing. Most of them have gardens at different stages of development.  they all need encourgment and help.  The couple we took to get their Marriage Licence last Mo. have finnaly set a date.its next Sat July 7th at 11 am here at the Chapel.
We went to a Stampede (Rodeo)  the first of June. It was fun. they don't have bleachers to sit on so you either sit on your horse or sit in your truck. We sat in our truck.   This is a couple of boys who were riding around and around the arena 
These little girls were going for a cool drink.