We can tell we're getting used to life here because we hardly take pictures anymore. What used to be surprising has become just normal. I'm afraid we may have trouble adjusting to life back home. We said farewell to another group, but this time all the sisters were ones we had welcomed when they first arrived! It was teary-eyed. Most of our missionaries have been here less time than us. One of the new sisters asked me if we lived in a little village. I told her, no, it's a pueblo. Oops, I guess that means village.
Last night we attended a young adult fireside as the guest speakers on marriage. After 42 years, they figure we're experts. Then today we gave talks in church about family history. I talked about how Family Search recently opened up some old Newfoundland census records providing nearly a hundred family names for me. It's been such a treat sharing those temple ordinances with our kids and grandkids back home. And it's been especially moving to perform temple ordinances for parents, grandparents and some of my favorite aunts.
I was thinking we need to get back into the piano lesson routine. With Christmas, school summer vacation, and our ever busier schedule, it's been a month. I worry no one's practicing, yet today in church several students pleasantly surprised me. First Mary played all three hymns today, and two from the regular hymn book...wow! Then Mel and her family did a special musical number, "Teach me to Walk." Mel accompanied beautifully, even though she hadn't yet learned it last time we met for lessons. I stayed to attend the later branch because Alissa said she'd be accompanying for her first time playing the sacrament hymn. Since I wound up leading the music, I was there for the special family number too. What a surprise, Susana accompanied! So that was four students making me proud, all in one day. I promptly scheduled lessons for Tuesday.
Then Pulidos announced that they just got an oven. We know what that means...pizza lessons for family home evening!
|Happy New Year, 2017|
|We're eating our 12 grapes for good luck in the New Year.|
|Better fresh grapes than fermented!|
|Our neighbor Susana runs a special holiday stand with her kids: Keren, Guillermo, Julio.|
|Dining out in Chimbote: I ordered anticuchos de corazon.|
|Hermanas Herrera and Muñoz in Casma|
|Fresh jugo for breakfast|
|Pancakes while we wait to hear the transfers|
|Herman Silva learns to make pancakes.|
|Elder Whitney tells his famous "Clap 3 Times Story" one last time before Elder Ricse gets transferred away.|
|Farewell Elders Soliz, Arévalo, Campos, Alanoca, Watkins. Farewell Hermanas Espinola, Rowley, Flake.|
|Welcome new missionaries.|
|Missionary breakfast: manjar blanco crepes, chocolate avena/oatmeal, jugo de piña, yogurt with cereal, chicken nugget sandwiches|
|Tongue, any questions?|
|What's Elder Whitney gazing at so longingly?|
|High rise construction: bringing up concrete one bucket at a time|
|Consilio Hermana Lideres: Butts, Fullmer, Esprella, Miranda, Dillree|
|The Young Adult Fireside on Marriage|
|So talented with the selfie stick, Hermana Sariah recently served a mission in Paraguay.|