Catford Ward Christmas Party

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Richard and George Chitook. He is our bishop. (The unpaid leader of a geographical area of members.) He has been bishop five times now. He is 78 and he has a heart of Gold.

I could have sworn I already wrote this blog post, but upon further review it does not seem to exist.  Sigh.  I’m losing my mind. 

We left Winter Wonderland and just stopped quickly at home to collect our fruit and ham and then went straight to the Catford Ward Christmas Party.  It was really fun.  These Brits know how to let their hair down…

I know that someday I will miss these people so much, and since it’s a bit awkward to snap photos at church, I’m glad I had this chance to capture their faces.  

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Jean Billy – this lady has more class and style in her pinky finger than I have in my whole body. And she is caring, funny and refined to boot!

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Miriam in little girl paradise, dancing the night away with the Shmakov princesses and Myriam’s niece, Lily.

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Sophia & Dave Stewart with a photobomb by Chris.

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Myriam Basoah and Sabrina Reid

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Joseph Tawiah – he has won Mim’s heart. Every time they see each other he scoops her up in a daddy-like hug. (Myriam’s husband Younhy grabbed a princess dress for Mim on his way out the door at Myriam’s request- she could see how sad Mim was about not having a dress like the other girls.)

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Kim & Georgia

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Dean Bailey- radio deejay

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Cameron who was not happy about having his picture taken – his best buddy Jaylen – and a photobomb by Eli’s hand.

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Sarounia and Paloma. (Two of my seminary girls.)

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Elder Sharpe

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Lori – CarrieAnn – Lucia (The guy on the left isn’t in the ward, he just came along for a good time.)

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Simon & Sabrina. Sadly for Simon, Sabrina just got engaged.

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Janice Bailey – Relief Society President extraordinaire

We ate, chatted, danced and ate some more.  It was really low-key but I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole time.  I love these people.  

As a funny side note- a couple months ago one Eli told me that there was a disco ball in the primary room.  I totally didn’t believe him.  Then wouldn’t you know… they turn down the lights, play some tunes, and on goes the disco ball, for fabulous party ambiance.  

This is obviously only a handful of people in the ward- hopefully at future events I can get some other photos.  Our ward has been so welcoming and friendly.  I know that we aren’t the first ex-pat family, and I’m sure we won’t be the last, but they still make us feel special.  

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