Our days are pretty slow this time of year---not many travelers through here in January and February, but we gave 3 tours yesterday and the weekends are busier. They say this is the lull before the onslaught that will begin next month. We're expecting 50,000 visitors this year! So we don't mind the quiet periods now. We usually are at the site for 6 hours, 6 days a week. That will increase to 7 hours a day and this summer it will be 8 hours. The homes that we take people through are about 1/4 mile from the visitor center, so we get in quite of bit of walking on busy days, but we enjoy that. Some days are pretty chilly, so I'm really glad that I bought a long down coat and warm boots. They have served me well already.
Our new director arrived about three weeks ago. We are enjoying getting to know the Elder and Sister Abney. They are from Spanish Fork, Utah. She was a school teacher and he was in the military (special forces). We were sad to say goodbye to the Walkers, they were wonderful directors and will be missed.
One of our favorite things to do is spend time with the young sister missionaries. They are so vibrant, cheerful, talented and a joy to serve with. We love having them over for dinner when we can.
Dinner with Sister Young, Sister Larsen and Sister Mayer (from Chile) in our kitchen.
We feel so blessed and privileged to be here in this sacred place. Our testimonies have only gotten deeper and stronger.