A Last Walk Through the Mission Home Before Moving Day

Here is a post from my mission blog about leaving our Mission Home:

Before the moving began, I took a walk through the Mission Home and took a few last photos as things were, just for my memory of this happy place where we’ve loved spending our last 3  years.  Let me take you on a little tour.

Here is my office/desk, where I’ve done my work, processing photos, writing blog posts, journaling, corresponding, preparing handouts, lessons, talks and trainings, and recording my experiences.  In my spare moments, I’ve also worked on some family history here, recording stories and events in the lives of my ancestors.  I’ve written more than 3,230 blog posts–about the mission, about my ancestors, and some personal ones.  I’ve processed more than 80,000 photos.  I’ve written more than 3,200 pages in my  personal journal.  All right here–this is where the action happens:
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To my right is this lovely bedroom with two beds:2018-6-3 Mission Home (13)2018-6-3 Mission Home (14)2018-6-3 Mission Home (15)

This bedroom has a Jack and Jill bathroom in the corner, leading into the next bedroom.2018-6-3 Mission Home (16)2018-6-3 Mission Home (17)2018-6-3 Mission Home (18)2018-6-3 Mission Home (27)

This room also has 2 beds and enough floor space to bring in extra mattresses when needed.2015-7-2 Mission Home (20)2015-7-2 Mission Home (21)2018-6-3 Mission Home (28)

The closet here stores some of my other seasonal quilts.2018-6-3 Mission Home (29)

We have a large storage room upstairs where we keep the extra mattresses, the ironing board and other odds and ends (like baby clothes!).  That door goes into an attic room over that garage.  2018-6-3 Mission Home (12)Down the hall is the 3rd bedroom upstairs, this one with 4 beds.2018-6-3 Mission Home (19)2018-6-3 Mission Home (23)2018-6-3 Mission Home (21)2018-6-3 Mission Home (20)2018-6-3 Mission Home (24)2018-6-3 Mission Home (25)Upstairs, looking down to the entry.2018-6-3 Mission Home (26)

This is the 4th bedroom.  We call it the General Authority Room.  Every Mission Home has a room with a king or queen bed for visiting authorities.   They also have their own private bathroom.2018-6-3 Mission Home (1)2018-6-3 Mission Home (2)2018-6-3 Mission Home (3)2018-6-3 Mission Home (4)

Now let’s come downstairs.2018-6-3 Mission Home (82)

Here is the entry:2018-6-20 z Mission Home (40)2018-6-3 Mission Home (76)

The dining room is to the right of the entry:2018-6-20 z Mission Home (41)2018-6-20 z Mission Home (42)

And the office is to the left:2018-6-3 Mission Home (77)2018-6-3 Mission Home (78)2018-6-3 Mission Home (81)

Now to the family room:2018-6-3 Mission Home (67)2018-6-3 Mission Home (66)Where I like to sit and study:2018-6-3 Mission Home (65)2018-6-20 z Mission Home (13)2018-6-20 z Mission Home (14)2018-6-20 z Mission Home (16)

My South African frogs:
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This hall leads to the kitchen, then the laundry room.2018-6-3 Mission Home (73)2018-6-20 z Mission Home (11)2018-6-20 z Mission Home (12)Here’s the laundry:2018-6-3 Mission Home (72)2018-6-3 Mission Home (68)2018-6-3 Mission Home (69)

The garage is accessed through the laundry room.2018-6-3 Mission Home (70)2018-6-3 Mission Home (71)

Here is the kitchen, the heart of the home, where we’ve fed 100s of missionaries:2015-7-2 Mission Home (39)

The pantry door holds photos of their loved ones at home:2018-6-20 z Mission Home (1)2018-6-20 z Mission Home (2)Gathering things to pack:2018-6-20 z Mission Home (3)Books I never had time to read:2018-6-20 z Mission Home (4)2018-6-20 z Mission Home (5)

The surroundings here are so beautiful.  Imagine eating in a place like this every day!2018-6-20 z Mission Home (6)

The deck is off the kitchen:2015-7-2 Mission Home (41)2015-7-2 Mission Home (42)2015-7-2 Mission Home (43)

Now, let’s go back down the main floor hall to the master bedroom on the west side.2018-6-3 Mission Home (61)

To the left is a small bathroom:2018-6-3 Mission Home (60)

And our bedroom is on the right:2018-6-3 Mission Home (50)What a sweet place of refuge this has been!2018-6-3 Mission Home (54)2018-6-3 Mission Home (55)2018-6-3 Mission Home (56)2018-6-20 z Mission Home (26)2018-6-3 Mission Home (58)2018-6-3 Mission Home (59)2018-6-3 Mission Home (52)2018-6-3 Mission Home (53)

The bathroom:2018-6-3 Mission Home (44)2018-6-3 Mission Home (42)2018-6-20 z Mission Home (32)Mission clothes!2018-6-3 Mission Home (30)2018-6-3 Mission Home (36)2018-6-20 z Mission Home (34)2018-6-3 Mission Home (37)

Well, this has been our life for the last 3 years.  I seem to have run out of steam before going downstairs to the basement to take some photos down there.  I’ll add a few when we stop by the Mission Home in a couple of days to drop a few things off.

I just wanted to capture the memories before it all changed.  Tomorrow the moving truck will be here and it will never be the same again.  We are staying calm and marching on.

About annlaemmlenlewis

Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words. It's nice of you to visit! To find family history stories and histories, please visit my other blog, Ann's Stories. To learn about my missionary service, please visit Our Washington Yakima Mission 2015-2018.
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