#9 – OCTOBER, the OBLIGATORY OVERTURNING of the “SUMMER” OASIS with the ONSLAUGHT of ONEROUS “WINTER”

OCTOBER ORNAMENTS – COME & GO

How is that for a “O” heading!!  Well, the colours of Fall have faded, trees are now stripped of their leaves yet the fun activities of Fall continue.

Our son Andrew and his children enjoy Autumn adventures in Calgary.

Our son Andrew and his children enjoy Autumn adventures in Calgary.

Grandma J sent “Canadian” post cards with animal cut-outs to grandsons in Utah.

Samuel with the bison.

Samuel with a Canadian Beaver.

Henry with a moose

Henry with a Canadian moose!

MEANWHILE …OUT AT ONION LAKE CREE NATION, SASKATCHEWAN

The Kunkels (far left) and the McCollums (right) present the FIRST FLIGHT CHALLENGE program certificates to a group of young adults in the Atoskasotan Employment program.  We all enjoyed getting to know each other and had very good discussions together.

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A rather young student joined us one morning!

A rather young student joined us one morning!

EIGHT LDS MISSIONARIES OF LLOYDMINSTER SHARE A THANKSGIVING FEAST

L to R: Elder Henry,

L to R:
Elder Henry, Elder and Sister McCollum, Sister Hacking, Sister Kunkel, Sister Ard, Elder McEwan; photographer Elder Kunkel.

Sam carved a pineapple for the feast!

Sam carved a pineapple for the feast!

FIELDS: The Foundation for Indigenous Education, Leadership Development and Sustainability. 

Yes, the Kunkels, McCollums, Kathryn and Savannah (the young sister missionaries that serve 30 hours a week as FIELDS volunteers) get together for planning weekly service opportunities with the First Nations People.  Here we are meeting at the Kunkel missionary apartment.  Ralph Kunkel is again, the photographer.

FIELDS meeting

TRIP TO EDMONTON

Elder and Sister McCollum turn over FIELDS training to the Kunkels and drive to Edmonton to attend a session at the LDS Temple. They once again enjoy staying with Elder and Sister Burnett who serve in the office of the Canada Edmonton Mission (CEM).   The next morning the McCollums appreciate the opportunity to attend Missionary Zone Conference with young missionaries from three zones of CEM.

Lunch (prepared by Sisters of the Stake Relief Society) was served between morning and afternoon meetings.

Lunch (prepared by Sisters of the Stake Relief Society) is served between morning and afternoon meetings.

Elder McCollum get a shot while veryone gathers to take a group photo.

Elder McCollum gets a shot while everyone gathers to take a group photo. Sister McCollum is on the front far right.

OUR FIRST POW-WOW

FYI, the word pow-wow comes from the Narragansett tribe on Rhode Island.  After our drive back to Lloydminster from Edmonton, to meet up with the Kunkels and head out for an evening of entertainment at Onion Lake Cree Nation.  As we arrive, families had already gathered in the community hall and were eating dinner.  Then the dancers began to dress for the pow-wow – hair being braided and dressing in the regalia.

Mothers prepare their children.

Mothers prepare their children.

The drums are carried into the hall.

The drums are carried into the hall.

The music section prepares.

The music section prepares.

While the youth and the Elders prepare, these two children kept us entertained while dancing in time with the drum practice.

While the youth and the Elders prepare, these two little children kept us entertained – dancing in time with the drum beat.

The headdresses consist of several pieces.

The headdresses consist of several pieces.

A lot of work, time and money is spent on the beautiful regalia.

A lot of work, time and money is spent on the beautiful regalia.

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Here they come!!

The dancers enter the hall keeping their dance in rhythm with the beat of the drums and the singing.

At last the show begins.  The dancers enter the hall keeping their feet in rhythm with the beat of the drums and the singing.

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Notice the “ribbon” skirts and the beautiful beaded jewellery.

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Look at the ornate footwear.

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As you can see, the event was truly a family affair.  Well….we were out of energy long before the dancers ended the pow-wow. We had put in a long day that included our travel from Edmonton. We will watch for another notice when again the Elders will teach the FIRST NATION youth of their traditions at a pow-wow.

LAKELAND COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE

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Sam and Jeannine meet the school bus that drives into Lloydminster from OLCN, Eagleview Comprehensive High School with students that want to attend the Open House at Lakeland College (LLC).  By visiting 5 open house stations, students “earn” a Lakeland Hoodie and the $90 registration fee is waved when they fill out the on-line registration.  Seems to be a well attended event which continued into Saturday.

ATOSCASOTAN – EMPLOYMENT CENTRE, ONION LAKE CREE NATION

Sam and Ralph continue to help create and update key accomplishments resumes.

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LLOYDMINSTER BRANCH HALLOWEEN PARTY – Saturday October 2

Sam and Jeannine managed to “dress-up” for the event, as Naval Captain and Midshipwoman!

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Our "home" entrance is ready for goblins!

Our “home” entrance is ready for goblins!

   Along with young adults, Elder and Sister McCollum, the young missionaries and Elder and Sister Kunkel manage to prepare and enjoy a fun event attended by 75+ persons.  The weather cooperated for the Trunk N Treat portion of the party.

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There was a Costume Parade.  Frankenstein came as a guest.  He received the award as the most unrecognizable.  It was Billy Kuehn from our branch presidency.

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Face Time Booth(decorating faces with Cool Whip).

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Would you be able to eat a Doughnut-on-a string?

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The refreshments were certainly a colourful part of the evening.  The McCollums went home exhausted!!

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Look at the false-teeth cookies, above; the chef used pink icing and small white marshmallows. CREATIVE!

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Where’s Elder and Sister McCollum?

GRATEFUL FOR THE SHARING OF ON-LINE PHOTOS OF EXTENDED FAMILY HAVING HILLARIOUS HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS

This photo of Bennett B. , Coaldale AB has to win the CRAZIEST AND CUTEST!

This photo of Bennett, (son of Kimberly Cook Bullock) Coaldale AB has to win the CRAZIEST AND CUTEST!

Da in law, Andrea is dressed as Waldo. Find her??

Da in law, Andrea is dressed as Waldo. Find her??

Does this help?

Does this help?

Grandson Dragon Ryder

Calgary: Grandson Dragon Ryder

Granddaughter Autumn as the Cheshire Cat

Calgary: Granddaughter Autumn as the Cheshire Cat

Grandson Lincoln in a legoworld

Calgary: Grandson Lincoln in a legoworld

Grandsons: Griffin and Hunter/Okotoks AB at a Harry Potter Event

Okotoks AB: Grandsons- Griffin and Hunter at a Harry Potter Event

As we end this blog on all-hallows-eve, the snow is falling.  Do you have your winter tires installed?  What!  You don’t need winter tires in your part of the country!  You are blessed, so blessed!!

Sending our love from the Alberta-Saskatchewan border city and thinking of you,    Elder and Sister McCollum!

2 Comments

  1. Elsie and John

    HI!! Looks like a lot of fun. We are still enjoying the beautiful fall colors. Have had sunny, warm weather. I suppose it will soon be snow for you. We pray continued blessings as you continue in your ministry. In love.

  2. Sheila W

    I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing the pictures. Looks like you are helping alot of the youth and encouraging them to get more education. We didnt dress up, no party to go to nor we didnt have any trick or treaters. But enjoyed some shows on TV.

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