Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Before & After...Maintaining the Monument

                                               and After...

Little did we know when we began our adventure with this beautiful monument that it would become such an important part of our activities as a Senior Couple here in the Netherlands.  We have seen it in all seasons, with many people, and in all conditions.

Some of our favorite activities as a Groningen District have included the maintenance of the monument. Weeds and grasses grow quickly during the warm weather...even growing ON the monument itself.  We have had three service projects as a District here, each with different missionaries and each in a different time of the year. In addition to the service projects, each visit we make, with whomever we bring to the monument, we do a little pulling of weeds and cleaning up.

The most recent service project is added at the top...

May 18, 2015
Co-District Leaders, Elders Yocom & Bishesar
Top: Elders Moomey and Key
Left to right: Elders Robbins, Yocom, Zusters Jones, Watts, Elders Shaw, Bishesar, Romig,
Zusters Romig, Romney and Kimmons

Always a fun bike ride to the monument - 18 kilometers round trip
We had to include this picture...the best photo bomb ever!  Elder Bishesar's "floating head"!
Elder Moomey in front...

Rainy fun time together...
Notice the "KFC"!  Forty-two pieces of chicken disappeared really quickly...

February 23, 2015
Co-District Leaders, Elders Strickwerda & Schmidt
Top: Elders Eby and Key
Left to right:  Elders Schmidt, Strickwerda, Losee, Zusters Bush, Watts, Romney,
Hopkin and Romig, Elder Woltjen  Elder Romig is the photographer.

Working hard and still having fun!

Picnic time!

July 28,2014
District Leader, Elder Rudolph
Zusters Clement, Broekzitter, Brown, Riley, Wood, Romig and Koulen
Elders Rasmussen, Lind, Rudolph, Cockbain, Romig, Thom and Bourne

We began this day as we met at the Hurdegaryp Train Station with our bikes.  It is about nine kilometers ride to the monument, and the day was sunny, but the wind was blowing.

We pass three beautiful Molen's (Windmills) as we ride to the monument.

The weeds were waist-high when we arrived.

Elder Romig had a chance to "enjoy" yardwork again...

Everyone worked and everyone had fun...
And then everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch together.