Going Home to Philly

Terri and I left St Martin early Monday morning– we were up at 5am to get ready for the Zone Leaders to pick us up at about 5:40am to head to the airport. We left about 8 am for Miami and then on to Philly.

Terri’s parents, brother, and our son Seth live in PA– so that would be our first stop on our way home to Utah. We also will be attending the dedication of the Philly Temple on Sunday. Since I served my first mission in Philly, and since so many of our family lived there, it seemed like a good place to come!

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I have been trying to get a picture of this bird for 18 months! Finally, just a couple of days before we leave, during my morning walk, I finally got a picture or two!

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Just some final pics of what was our beautiful home of St Martin!

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Simpson Bay with all the boats– Sandy Ground (French side) in the background

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The road leading to Marigot on the French side where two elders work

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Just over the hill is St Peters and Ebenezer where four of our elders work

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Just to the right of St Peters valley is the Salt Pond leading to Philipsburg

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The Salt Pond is on the left, with the long strip being Philipsburg, and the ocean bay on the right where the large cruise ships come

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Just to the right you can just see the two long piers where the cruise ships come into port. There are no ships in today– it is slow in the summer.

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During our flight to Miami we passed many islands– I was surprised how many we passed!

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We finally came to Miami– had no idea how flat it was! It is pancake flat for as far as you can see!

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They had lots of water and ponds– not sure what they are for, but all we could think about was ‘breeding ground for Zika’ !

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After arriving in Miami we had a short layover, then on to PA. Once at the PA airport we raced to catch the train to Warminster where our family would be meeting us. We had quite the crowd waiting for us! Our son Seth’s children, Eve and Josh had made welcome home signs for us. The people on the train with us were excited too! It was a great welcoming for us. We then all went back to Grandma’s house (Terri’s Parents) for dinner with the whole family; hot dogs and baked beans.

It brought back good memories. When we lived in Conn. way back when, and our children were little, we used to travel to visit the Grandparents on the weekends. They would always have a dinner of hot dogs and beans waiting for us when we arrived.

We will spend about two weeks here visiting–and go to the Temple dedication on Sunday, then travel to Utah for our second ‘homecoming’ with our family there!

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