Archive for the Misc Category

Sights we see in Pennsylvania

We spend a lot of time driving. Many of our appointments are over an hour away. We have been putting on about 3,000 miles a month on our car. The up side of this is the beautiful country side and interesting sights.

We enjoy the buggy's and horses on the roads.

We enjoy the buggy’s and horses on the roads. You can be sure they are NOT speeding.

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We will miss seeing them.

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They do a lot of drilling for gas in this area. It is amazing to watch.

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We took the Sisters to the Stony Fork Store for spices and baking supplies.

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It is a fun place to come. Great prices and incredible selection.

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This is the sign out front.

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We met some wonderful people that had come back to Stony Fork for a family reunion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did car washes this week . . . of course it rained the next day.

Elder Jackson organizes the washing of the cars.

Elder Jackson organizes the washing of the cars.

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It was a group effort.

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Getting everything cleaned.

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He even scrubbed the mats! What a guy.

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Sister Black was the vacuum queen.

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Sister Williams helped too and also checked email.

 

Another Update on Melissa – July 29, 2013

We told you we would keep you posted. Here is the latest news and update from Melissa. This letter is from Sunday, July 28. 2013

Hello everyone,
Thank you so much for your prayers. I have felt them this week. I began the radiation treatments on Monday. I will have 15 treatments total, one each day, excluding weekends and holidays. I had three treatments last week. (Mon, Tue, and Fri. …Wed was a holiday. Thu the machine was not working.) Once I finish the treatments (currently scheduled to finish Aug 13), the doctor says they’ll do another MRI in two months to see how things are looking. As I understand it, the radiation doesn’t kill the cancer cells, it just damages them. However, unlike a healthy cell, a cancer cell cannot repair itself, so it eventually dies. But that takes time to occur.

The treatment itself is simple, for my part. (The technology behind it, on the other hand, is quite amazing.) I lay on a moving table with my head clamped down tight with a mask (so my head doesn’t move at all), and I move in and out of the machine. The treatment only takes 5-10 minutes maybe. Before each treatment they do a CT scan to confirm the location of everything, and then they gel that image with the computer so it can adjust as needed to be able to hit the target points for the day. Everything takes about 20 minutes. The staff does all they can to make me comfortable and relaxed. One of the technicians even decorated my mask so it looks like Cat Woman. (Unfortunately, the slinky outfit is not included. :-] )

I know your prayers have helped me. I was quite nervous leading up to Monday. I wanted to feel confident that it was the right next step, and I was concerned about the possible side effects. But then I decided, all I really need to know is…is this the right thing to do? If it is, then what follows doesn’t matter. So I prayed to feel peaceful about everything, and I did feel that assurance. I know your prayers were a part of that. I also prayed to feel grateful for the treatments, because I believe that frame of mind helps a body heal, and I also wanted to acknowledge the blessing of having options, and living near facilities and doctors who can help me. That understanding and acknowledgement came as well.

Another blessing…before I saw the medical oncologist on July 5, after the PET scan, I had had an instance when my eyes were acting funny. My vision was kind of blurry and off. It didn’t last long, and only happened once, so I didn’t think much of it, but when I had my doctor appointment (on the 5th), I felt very strongly that I needed to mention it to him. So I did. It was after that that he said that we should probably get another MRI, which turned out to be fortuitous. To my knowledge he was not planning to have me get one prior to my comment. I don’t consider it a coincidence that he suddenly decided to. Heavenly Father certainly watches over us.

Thank you again for your love, prayers, words of encouragement, and concern. You lift and strengthen me so much. I love you.
Chau,
Melissa

We appreciate your love and support and prayers in her behalf. Thanks, the Jacksons

Zone Training for the Williamsport Zone – July 2013

We love being taught by the Missionaries. They are amazing and their lessons are very inspirational.

Teaching our Zone about unity.

Teaching our Zone about unity.

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Everyone pays attention.

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Asking questions to teach a point.

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And of course “Role Plays”

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Trying to get everyone in and ready for the picture.

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Are they ready yet?

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A goofy one to get ready for . . .

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A serious one?

Getting to know the Sister Missionaries

We are loving getting to know our darling Sister Missionaries.

Sister Black is excited to get to check her email after getting transferred.

Sister Black is excited to get to check her email after getting transferred.

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Sister Williams plays a game while she waits to read her mail.

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And then we had lunch.

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Sister Jackson is loving having the Sisters here. So is Elder Jackson.

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Branch Missionary Correlation Meeting.

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A week later . . . and still excited for mail time.

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Sister Black learns to knit a scarf.

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She did a great job!

Here is the completed scarf.

Here is the completed scarf.

 

 

Fun activities with the Mitchell Clan

We had a fun Mexican Dinner with the Mitchell Clan. We love them and appreciate being included in their fun family activities.

The triplets are growing and are so adorable.

The triplets are growing and are so adorable.

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Lots of good visiting and of course delicious food.

We enjoyed the Laurel Festival (named after the Pennsylvania state flower, the Kalmia latifolia, commonly called mountain-laurel) with the Mitchells. It was a fun time here in Wellsboro.

Here comes the Parade at the Laurel Festival.

Here comes the Parade at the Laurel Festival.

Bands . . .

Bands . . .

Bands . . .

Bands . . .

and more bands!

and more bands!

And of course TRANSIT!

And of course TRANSIT!

Elder Jackson enjoying the parade.

Elder Jackson enjoying the parade.

Sister Jackson enjoys the parade too.

Sister Jackson enjoys the parade too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elder and Sister Jackson got the award from one of the parade organizers as “the best dressed couple watching the parade”. It must have been Elder Jackson’s hat.

 

This is one way to watch the parade and get a nap!

This is one way to watch the parade and get a nap! Doesn’t he look comfortable?

Lots of tractors and other antique vehicles . . .

Lots of tractors and other antique vehicles . . .

Even many little cars. Don't they look fun.

Even many little cars. Don’t they look fun.

And Sister Jackson found some wonderful people to visit with. Yup! Love to OYM!

And Sister Jackson found some wonderful people to visit with. Yup! Love to OYM!

Isn't this just the best THE END ever?

Isn’t this just the best THE END vehicle ever?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great start for June 2013 . . .

Exciting activities and happenings for June in the Mansfield Branch.

Exciting activities and happenings for June in the Mansfield Branch.

We took a branch trip to the Palmyra Temple. Some of the newest members performed baptisms for their ancestors. After we took some of them to see some of the historic sites near the temple.

Elder Jackson standing in the upstairs of the Joseph Smith home.

Elder Jackson standing in the upstairs of the Joseph Smith home.
The Butchers in the living room of the original home.

The Butchers in the living room of the original home.

In the kitchen of the newer Smith home.

In the kitchen of the newer Smith home.

The men check out the engineering of the barn.

The men check out the engineering of the barn.

The view of the Palmyra Temple from the Smith Farm.

The view of the Palmyra Temple from the Smith Farm.

Walking toward the Grove.

Walking toward the Grove.

Entering the Sacred Grove

Entering the Sacred Grove

We felt such a special sacred feeling here.

We felt such a special sacred feeling here.

 

 

 

Wrapping up the month of May . . .

Sunday School Class a new way to listen to the lesson.

Sunday School Class . . . a new way to listen to the lesson.

We found a new “friend?” in our office light in our apartment. Hmmmmmm.

Our new friend ???

Our new friend ???

 

A Mother’s Day Activity . . . Evening Dinner for families

Lots of families, friends, and guests.

Lots of families, friends, and guests.

We had a Branch Family Activity . . . A Mother’s Day dinner, fixed by the men in the Branch. It was delicious. They did it all and didn’t let the women even help.

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The men finally got to eat.

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There was even a special table for the younger children.

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Everyone enjoyed visiting.

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Fun to get together with friends.

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Many in attendance.

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We love these people.

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Very special friends came.

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Old and new friends.

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Even very NEW friends.

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Friends that have been traveling came to join us.

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Helping in the kitchen.

The results of doing dishes . . . and having the water spill!

The results of doing dishes . . . and having the water spill! He is a good sport.

 

 

 

Member gets to return home . . .

After a year and a half one of our members was able to return home to his family in Washington State.

Sorting . . .

Sorting . . .

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and sorting . . .

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and more sorting.

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Does it ever end?

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It is all out of the trailer

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Sorted and piled in boxes.

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Sorting the last few items.

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Ready to leave for the airport.

 

Rustles of Spring ? . . . well at least the beginnings of Spring.

We wanted to share the transformation of our yard the last few weeks.

The beginnings of flowers trying to grow.

The beginnings of flowers trying to grow.

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Little bits of green in the flower beds. Watch the changes in the lawn.

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Elder Jackson filling the bird feeder AGAIN!

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Now we are starting to see color.

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And YELLOW with the green.

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Changes in the landscape.

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Lots of color and look at the lawn.

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Love the Daffodils.

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We love the yard here.

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Our own little garden of Eden.