Well it has been a wonderful few weeks. I’ve been promising a last post and so sadly…this is our final post. Our leaving Ghana was very hard but we had a fantastic few weeks. Play by play….
On Monday June 30th Elder & Sister Ivie and Elder & Sister Julander came to the mission home and met the Stevenson’s. Then it was time to leave:
We said goodbye to Theresa
…..and Rebecca. We love them both!
And we felt very sad when we turned the mission over to the very capable President & Sister Stevenson. They will do AWESOME!!!
The Ivies and The Julanders traveled into Accra with us. It was nice to have them there at this very sad/exciting time. We stopped at the temple and yes…..
….we did the traditional jump. We were jumping into our newest adventure. I want you to know I really did jump of the stairs…I just landed quicker! Haha!
This is the next site that we saw:
Fifteen of our twenty grandkids. It was awesome. All but one family was there. They were busy with a family reunion…This was awesome and the two little ones that were babies when we left joined in…ran and gave us hugs without fear. It made Grandma cry!! I was so thrilled. I can’t believe how much my grandkids have grown!
That was on Tuesday…we went back to our house and had grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. I don’t know when they ever tasted so good! We took Wednesday and Thursday to unpack and get a little settled. Then we had a family gathering on Friday.
We started at our son’s (Nates) house for a fun swim.
Then back to our house for pizza….
….fun with cousins
Then preparing…..and anticipating….
We had the privilege of being home for our sweet Annie’s Baptism. We are so grateful that we got home in time for it. I felt honored to be able to speak at her baptism. She is such a sweet girl. Doesn’t she look like a princess?
After the baptism we had a great buffet with lots of yummy food and family! It was a very special day!
We spent the next week just spending as much time with family as we could. It is so fun to have grandkids old enough to just come over and play games with Grandma and Grandpa! We really have enjoyed our family! We do miss our missionaries but are so happy to be home.
Our Homecoming was on the 13th. I can’t tell you how touched we were by the people that were there. It reminded us of how very blessed we are to have had the opportunity to serve…not only as Mission President but our other two missions as well. We saw people from our first mission….from our second mission….missionaries returned home and families of those who are still serving in the Ghana Cape Coast Mission. It was such a wonderful day (well after we got the nervousness of speaking over with)! We had family members that we haven’t seen for so long and it was great to have them there! There were several things that touched our hearts. As we sat on the stand and looked out at the congregation it was overwhelming the love that we felt for everyone there. I just want to tell all of you that are there how much we appreciate the love and the support that you have shown us. No matter what our connection, we are so blessed to know you! Thank you for following us through the last 3 years! I hope our paths will cross often!
I’m just going to close by testifying of the truthfulness of the gospel, the blessings that come into our lives as we serve our Father in Heaven and of the joy that comes as we share the gospel with others. Please remember the importance of your role in this great work. One thing that I have found out is the joy that comes into our lives when we take the time to help others “Come Unto Christ”. Thank you all for the giant part that you have played in our lives…We love you all!!! President & Sister Shulz
Here are pictures of some wonderful people! Thank you so much for being there!
I can’t go without thanking the Schiffman’s. They were so kind to totally decorate for our little open house after our meeting. They had such fun decorations and really made it African looking.
They thought of everything. Even a book for those that were there to sign. Richard and Marilyn…Thank you! We love you! You are AWESOME!!!
We are missing 4 of our grandchildren but it was great to have 16 of them there.
The rest of these pictures are of all the wonderful missionaries and family of missionaries…some family and great friends!