Bold Adventurers

Elder Reed and Sister Vicki Fanning, LDS Senior Missionaries

February 6, 2018

Tuesday

This morning we went to our shift at the USO.  We did the inventory for the Costco items.  The USO eliminated a position at their downtown center.  They did not make enough money from their fund-raising golf tournament to continue with it.  They only have one other major fund-raising event – the Gala.  They eliminated the position that coordinated both of those events.  We were sorry to see Jill go.  We liked working with her.  The rest of the staff will pick up the responsibilities of the Gala.  This means that the volunteers will be doing more of the minor tasks.  We spent the rest of our shift looking up addresses for the invitees for the Gala.  These names were major business leaders in the community.  We started a spreadsheet that will be used for mailing invitations.

As we were leaving the USO, we mentioned to the Director, Ashley, that we were taking Agnes to JAG and the Family Abuse Team on Navy Base San Diego.  Ashley’s husband is a Navy lawyer.  She has also worked for the Navy and can quote Navy regulations regarding what Agnes is going through.  Ashley suggested that we take her to the Family Justice Center.  It is a one-stop-shop for women who have been abused.  The Police Domestic Abuse Department is next door on the same floor of the building.  There is a Military Liaison to help Navy wives.  They have lawyers and counselors.  It seemed like a good idea.

We drove to the Family Justice Center to check it out.  There is a nice parking garage under the building.  We were able to get our parking validated, so it was free.  Parking is so expensive in downtown San Diego, that this option was great.  We talked to the people at the desk and got the information that we needed.  They told us that the Military Liaison would be in tomorrow.

We went to Panda Express for lunch.  Sister Fanning took a nap when we got home.  She is still struggling with her stomach.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing, working on computer work, and straightening the house.

We went to bed on time.

February 5, 2018

Monday

We were supposed to take Agnes to see JAG and the Family Abuse team today.  Agnes texted and said that her son had kept her up all night, and she was exhausted.  She asked if we could change it to another day.  We made arrangements to take her tomorrow after the USO.

Sister Fanning was okay with the postponement since she was feeling very nauseous today.  She went back to bed for several hours.

We went to the Senior Family Home Evening tonight at the Mormon Battalion.  Elder and Sister Lucherini rode with us.  We had a fun evening all about the heart.  We learned about the heart as mentioned in the scriptures.  Each couple had been asked to submit a scripture that they liked that referenced the heart.  We saw a slideshow and each couple was asked to read their scripture when it was displayed and tell why they chose it.  We watched a couple of conference talks that reference the heart and an interesting video on the possibility of muscle memories from the donor of a heart transplant being transferred to the recipient of the transplant.  We had heart-shaped sugar cookies, fruit, and chocolates for treat.  It was a nice evening.

We got home about 9:00.  We spent an hour or so unwinding.

We got to bed late.

February 4, 2018

Sunday

This morning we went to the 9:00 Sacrament meeting at the San Diego 1st Ward.  The Bishop was replaced.  We were hoping that Agnes would come, but she had an excuse not to come.  We would really like her to meet the Bishop and talk to him about some help.  We talked to Melanie, who was supposed to give Agnes a ride.  Melanie is a little frustrated with Agnes for not coming at the last minute.  We also talked to the Relief Society President and the retired Navy captain who we talked to last week.  We have lots of help for Agnes – we just need her to access it.

We left after Sacrament meeting.  Sister Fanning was not feeling well again so we went home.

We had steak, baked potatoes, and French bread for dinner.

Sister Fanning took a nap.  We spent the rest of the day doing missionary computer work and relaxing.

We got to bed on time.

February 3, 2018

Saturday

This morning Sister Fanning prepared a grocery list.  We went to Costco first and got what we needed there.  We then went to the base for lunch at the Food Court.  We shopped at the commissary for the rest of the groceries.  We were concerned that it was payday Saturday, but it was not very crowded.  Other than trolling the parking lot to find a shopping cart, things went pretty smoothly.

We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and working on mission tasks.

We went to bed on time.

February 2, 2018

Friday

This morning we got up at 5:00 for an early start.  Sister Fanning was not feeling very well, so she had a light breakfast.

We were at the pier at 7:00 to welcome home the USS Pearl Harbor, an amphibious dock landing ship.  There were also two other ships coming home from deployment this morning – the USS America, an amphibious assault ship, and the USS San Diego, an amphibious transport dock.  They were all earlier than expected, with the Pearl Harbor coming in two hours early.  The families were scurrying to get to the dock before the sailors disembarked.  The welcome home bags from the USO had been picked up earlier by a representative from the ship.  They had spread them out on the tables and chairs for the families, instead of for the single sailors returning from deployment.  Things were not handled very well.  One of the USO volunteers, who is active duty Navy, was having some of his Navy crew helping with the welcome home bags.  He was pretty upset about how things were handled.  We ended up picking up all the leftover bags and transporting them back to the USO.  We talked to Bridget about trying to have a better communication system to help get the bags to where they needed to go.

We were supposed to help with child care for the Financial Workshop at the USO afterwards, but Sister Fanning was too sick.  We dropped off the bags, and then went straight home.  Sister Fanning went to bed while Elder Fanning tried to keep busy.

We relaxed for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

We went to bed on time.

Pictures of the USS Pearl Harbor.  It is really interesting how the tug boats push the huge ship up to the pier.

February 1, 2018

Thursday

We went to the USO for our regular service.  We spent the time on inventory of the Costco bakery and non-food items.  We talked to Bridget about providing a craft items for pre-school children to do.  The USO is doing a two-hour financial workshop for military families.  One of the banks in San Diego is presenting the four-week workshop.  The USO is also providing child care. Bridget asked us to help with the children.  We talked about having the children do a simple Valentine.  Bridget will pick up some stickers from a craft store, and Sister Fanning will cut out some construction paper hearts.

We stopped at Black Angus for lunch. We had a coupon that made it quite reasonable. We stopped at Walmart to buy some bottled water.  We discovered their flavored bottled water when we went looking for something else.  It is much less expensive and better tasting that what we were buying at the commissary.  We picked up several bottles.

Kenzie had posted yesterday on Facebook that Jordan will be gone for several days over the next couple of weeks.  She has no other family members here right now to help with the children.  She was really down about not being able to visit Baby Chad in the hospital since she has to stay home with the other three children for the next three days.  Her mother-in-law is due in on Saturday and Jordan will be home for the weekend before leaving again on Monday.  We offered to sit with the children for four hours so she could drive to the hospital and spend three hours with Chad.  He has been in the hospital for 9 weeks waiting for approval of a thymus transplant since he was born with no immune system.  The three children, 6 years old and under, were a handful, but we survived.  We were pretty tired when we finished.

We got home about 7:30.  We spent some time relaxing with our feet up.

We went to bed on time.  We have an early day tomorrow.

January 31, 2018

Wednesday

Today we had a lot to do after being gone a week.  We left about 9:00. We went to get our prescriptions refilled at the Eastlake Military Pharmacy.  It was pretty quick and easy.

We went to see Agnes.  The Relief Society President called us about Agnes two hours before we were to fly to San Antonio. We told her we would see Agnes as soon as we got home.  We had called and texted and left messages for Agnes, but we did not hear back.  We went to her home, hoping she would answer the door and let us in. We were able to get inside and talked for about a half hour.  Her husband is in the Navy and deployed right now.  She has suffered abuse from her husband, who is an alcoholic.  She has a two-year-old son who is autistic and needs a heart transplant eventually.  She wants to get away from her husband while he is still deployed.  We talked to her about some options we were aware of, and told her we would take her for help on Monday.  When she hugged Sister Fanning for the third time before we left, she did not want to let go.  She is afraid and unable to make decisions.  She only knows she has had enough.  She needs someone to hold her hand through this process, and that’s why we are here.

We went to the wet-side of the San Diego Naval Base to talk to JAG after we left Agnes.  They told us that in her situation, she is able to be seen as a walk-in and will be able to see a lawyer who handles domestic abuse cases. We have some good information and will take Agnes there on Monday.

We went to the dry-side of the San Diego Naval Base to pick up Reed’s suit from the cleaners. We had lunch at the Food Court – Sister Fanning from Five Guys and Elder Fanning from KFC.

We got home in time to change our clothes to go to the chiropractor.  Elder Fanning had a good adjustment although it was tough.  Sister Fanning had a tough adjustment, and the chiropractor gave up and only adjusted one side of her neck.

We went to Costco to pick up a few items.  We also got some gasoline.

We got home about 5:00.  We spent time evening putting things away, straightening the house, doing computer work, and kicked our feet up for a little while.

We got to bed on time.

January 30, 2018

Tuesday

This morning we got up early to get ready and pack.  We made sure we said goodbye to the grandchildren before they went off to school.

We left for the airport at 8:30.  We stopped to get some gas in the rental car.  When we checked in, we were pleased to see the overcharge was gone from the account.  We went to the terminal to check in and the TSA pre-check went extremely well.  Nothing was required to come out of the cases, and we were able to keep all of our clothes on, except Elder Fanning’s hat and jacket.  We arrived in plenty of time for our 10:55 flight, so Elder Fanning got his boots shined at the airport.

The flight was completely full, and our boarding passes were in the B boarding group.  By the time we got on the plane, we took the last row of seats in the back of the plane so we could sit together.  The flight was 2 hours and 40 minutes, and Sister Fanning managed to sleep through the whole flight.

We walked over to the USO, again not very easy.  We had to walk all the way through the A Terminal building, outside between the buildings, into the B Terminal building, take the elevator up to the skywalk, walk across the street on the skywalk, go down the elevator, and cross the street to the USO building. It is quite a hike pulling all of our luggage behind us. We were able to quickly get the shuttle to take us home.  The driver has shuttled us several times.  He told us he took a lady home from the airport who was a Jehovah Witness like us.  After we told him we were LDS, he commented on how the conversation was very one sided as she tried to convert him. Sister Fanning was once trapped in a vehicle for 2 hours with a Jehovah Witness intent on converting her.  She knew exactly how he felt.

We got home about 12:55 Pacific Time.  Sister Fanning unpacked her pillow and CPAP machine, ate some toast, and went right to bed.  We finished unpacking after she woke up.  She was still not feeling very well.

We spent a few hours relaxing.  We went to bed on time.

January 29, 2018

Monday

This morning Sister Fanning slept late because she was still not feeling well.

We went to the USO at Fort Sam Houston to check them out.  We are thinking if we move to San Antonio, we could volunteer there.  It is a very different place than the one in downtown San Diego.  They do medical training for all of the services at Fort Sam Houston.  There are always military students who have time to kill, and the USO always has lots of service members there from all of the branches.  The special programs that they have are geared to the active duty service members, while the USO in San Diego has most of their programs geared to families. San Antonio isn’t as strict about admittance as San Diego.  If you can get on base, you can come to the USO.  They also have downtown, airport, and MEPS facilities.  We spent about an hour there and found it very interesting.

We stopped afterwards for some groceries at the commissary.  The commissary is quite large, but not as big as the one in San Diego.

We stopped at the food court for lunch at Charley’s Subs.  By the time we got back home, it was late afternoon.

Heidi made some wonderful tilapia for dinner.  Sister Fanning was only able to nibble, because her stomach was so upset.  Sister Fanning did some packing tonight.  We spent time with the grandkids.  We relaxed and took it easy for most of the evening.

We got to bed on time.

January 28, 2018

Sunday

Sister Fanning was not feeling very well this morning.  However, we still went to Church at 1:00. After Sacrament Meeting, we went home so Sister Fanning could take a nap.

Heidi made some really good French dip sandwiches for dinner.  We really enjoyed them.

We again spent some time visiting and playing with the grandkids.  Berrett likes to tell people what animas say.  Sister Fanning started asking him what Grandma says.  He looked at her the first time with a confused expression.  She told him “I love you” and then kissed his cheek and neck.  After the first time, when she asked him what Grandma says, he immediately turned his head and displayed his cheek and neck for her kiss.

We got to bed on time.

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