Thursday, September 29, 2016

Our Going Away Beach Party

All of the senior missionaries know how much we have enjoyed the beach time here in Samoa so for our going away party, they had a beach party.  We loaded up three vans and a couple of cars, tables, chairs, barbecued chicken, food and more food, the "hub grill" and all our snorkel gear and traveled to Vaovai Beach (better known by some as mermaid beach).

All the way there it rained, but no way were we going to let the rain ruin our party, we knew it would stop and it did about a half-hour after we arrived.  This is a beautiful spot for a beach party, there is a little cove to swim and snorkel then on the other side there is a huge sandy beach to walk, collect shells, and just enjoy the sun. Sister Best, who was born in Samoa, says she is grateful that we have shown her all of the beautiful areas of her island.

The water at the back of the cove was shallow and as you can see the sisters had a nice water chat.  We stayed init till we were all wrinkled - okay maybe we were that way when we got in.

 No one went hungry and everyone could enjoy something.

The day wasn't complete without Sister Ellsworth calling for a "roast" of the Schaefermeyers.  It was actually the most kind and loving funeral we have ever attended.  In all seriousness, we so thank all the senior missionaries for their kind compliments, well wishes and testimonies.  This is an awesome group of seniors.  Just so we can remember, I'm going to try and list each one and their assignments.

Elder and Sister Gillette - Vtep (vocational education at Pesega)
Elder and Sister Ellsworth - Mission Office and Finance
Elder and Sister Foley - Itep (instructor preparation professor) at Sauniatu
Elder and Sister Starke - Itep (instructor preparation professor) at Pesega
Elder and Sister Callahan - Itep (instructor preparation professor) at Vaiola
Elder and Sister Spencer - Dentist
Brother and Sister Davies - Dentist
Elder and Sister Best - Self-Reliance
Elder and Sister Vellinga - Humanitarian
Sister Anderson - Mission Office
Sister Barnes - Mission Nurse
Elder and Sister McBride - Mission Housing
Sister Hanamann - Mission Mom

It truly was a beautiful day with fantastic people, in a wonderful place, and a great way to begin our week of 'lasts' in Samoa.


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