I have been taking more pictures of the things we have been doing so there are a lot to post and it is hard to get them organized chronologically - mainly because I do not want to take the time to figure out what I am doing. I do not really think this blog is user friendly. For that reason, I am just putting the pictures on in random order and I will explain what the pictures are from.
As we drove through the area, we were often driving through farmland along small country roads. As we passed one farm we saw all these little structures that looked like oversized dog houses. Each one had a calf in front of them. I guess it is a way of protecting the young calves in the winter weather. It just looked kind of funny.
This was the real reason that we had gone to Ohio. This is Jasper Li. He is the cousin of our good friend Robin. Robin was assigned to help us when we arrived in Jinan, China. We ended up meeting most of his family. Towards the end of our year there, Stan Pace and Wayne wanted to go to Yellow Mountain. Robin offered to go with them and help with the arrangements. Much easier if you have someone who speaks the language. Jasper went with them. We had also met Jaspers parents one night when they invited us over to make dumplings. We knew Jasper was wanting to go to school in the United States and so we were really excited when we heard he was going to Dennison University in Ohio. We had been wanting to visit him ever since we arrived in Pennsylvania. We were able to meet him for dinner and then he took us on a little tour of his campus. Dennison is in Granville, Ohio. It is like stepping back in time. It is just a quiet little University town. The school is spread out over a hilly area and it is just a quaint area. Jasper seems to like it there and is doing well. We had not seen him for 2 years and so he seemed a little more confident and grown up. It was just great seeing him.
We had booked a hotel room near Dennison and did not plan on coming home until Sunday. We checked into our room and checked the weather report. It did not look good. It was supposed to start snowing at midnight both in Ohio and Pittsburgh. After only 30 minutes in the hotel we decided we would not chance it and we headed home. We made it back by 11pm with no snow. In the morning this is what we woke up to. We carefully drove into church and hoped it would not be any worse when church was over. The weather held and the Department of Transportation does a wonderful job of salting the roads here. Great for driving but not so good on the cars.
And that brings us up to today We went to bed last night having heard that there was going to be an ice storm and to expect icy roads today. Wayne woke early and was looking at his phone where he saw an alert for the icy conditions and he also saw something about flooding. He did not think much of it until we got a call from our Fleet Coordinator saying the police had called and told him the creek behind the Mission Office had flooded and our vehicles we store there were under water. We rushed to the office and were met with quite a sight.
This is what you see from the road above our parking lot.
This is standing below the steps into our office.
There were several police cars with lots of officers there watching the scene. They said that one of the cars lights had been blinking off and on and then just quit. We assume the computer on that one is fried. They advised us that the current was rushing pretty strong and they figured there was mud on the bottom that would make it pretty slick to try to wade over to the vehicles. They were concerned that someone would slip and fall into the water and risk hypothermia. The fire department would not even risk trying to get them out. The pickup on the left is brand new. We had just picked it up on Friday. The van next to it is a 12 passenger one used to pick up the new missionaries when they arrive. Hopefully it is high enough that it is not too damaged. The rest of the cars were to be sold. Thank goodness that 4 cars had been picked up by a dealer who bought them yesterday. We went back after church and several of our Elders had pulled the truck out of the water. The water had been high enough that it flooded the inside but the truck started and seemed to run okay. They pulled two other vehicles up to drier land but then they were so wet and cold they had to stop.