Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Our Life On The Mission

This is our almacen where we purchase our fruits and vegetables. Mauricio (right) has become a wonderful friend who loves to teach me new spanish words and is so thrilled when I remember one. His brother Fabio (left) is much more quiet. Their little store is on the street as we drive to the office. Their little store is about 12 ft. wide and about 16 ft. long. Their whole life revolves around this little store. On the shelves on the right, you can just barely see jars of honey, their mother bottles tomatos and pickles and sells them there. It is a family affair. They live behind this store, which is actually the garage to the house. So now you know how Jim stays healthy, we buy more from these two then we do anywhere else. Our favorite motto, "if you want to stay alive, eat things that are alive."
Our kids have wondered about our everyday life here on the mission and so we have a few pictures to share. This picture is taken on a p-day in our favorite park. We get p-days about every other month. We will not get another p-day till December because every Saturday and Sunday for the next month and a half will be in a different city speaking at Stake Conferences.
Our kitchen. Small but serviceable.
The dining room where I put two more church tables to extend the seating capacity to hold 30 people for dinner.
The family room connected to the dining room.
The living room, family room, dining, is all in one room.
We can see our church from the kitchen window. The building under construction is the one I have been watching being built from my windows since we first arrived. They are just finishing the top floor.
Yes, kids this is Dad's car all dirty. Life has changed quite a bit from the days when Dad would clean his car out in the front driveway every Saturday. We are lucky now to get it cleaned once a month.
Elder Christensen and Elder Jarvis (right) our secretaries. The job is a very hard one, and we are lucky to have their capable minds. Elder Christensen is learning Elder Jarvis's job for a change over in a month or so.
Our Vivero where we buy our plants and flowers. Jim loves to care for his bonsai plants and is always getting advice and fertilizers to help his plants thrive.
I have tried to capture this photo on the street, but had to get it from a moving car. This is our local dry cleaning delivery boy. Sometimes the white shirts are blowing in the wind as he peddles his bike along the street.
This was a hand off in the streets. Elder Workman and Elder Mayta had earned a little treat for their zone. They were the only zone to complete the assignment of getting their apartment owner's signatures on an informe, to try to get our rents paid electronically (not our missionaries carrying large amounts of cash).
Elder Christensen on his knees, just where we want him. He was trying to fix our Consejos presentation.
Elder Meldrum, our materialista, who handles the rents, furnishings, and fix it needs. He is trying to bring us into the 21st century.
Dennis Gibson and I were trying to help Jim get the board moved around and organized so it matched the board at the office. You can see the computer screen showing the pictures at the office. The electronic board from IMOS is coming this month. We have been waiting for a year for it to come to Argentina.
A view from one of house windows at the Andes Mountains.
The view on the other side of our building looking out to the city. The new building in the front is the Ambassador a new 5 star hotel in town. We never see a light on in it. I hope it makes it.
At the office, the Elders using the conference room for training. Someone must have spent some money on treats, I can see M&M's and Cheezits. Maybe someone received a package from home. You can't buy things like that on a missionary budget.
Shopping at the grocery store. The wheels on the carts drive me crazy, all four wheels turn 360 degrees, so it is hard to push the cart straight. Everything is a chore when it comes to grocery shopping here.
Watching conference on the computer. How I appreciate technology.

Consejos with Zone Leaders and Assistants

Every transfer we gather the zone leaders for a counsel which includes Brunch in the morning, Four hour training, then dinner at our home. It is a lot of work, but hopefully beneficial to all.
(back) Elder Vazquez, Contreras, Clayson, Bills, Medina, Wells, Aparcana, Duel, (AP) Slater, Cardus (middle) Elders Mayta, Sargent, Stevenson, Manqui, Toledo, Rodriguez, Fuentes, Lambert, Ayala, Bourdreo (front) Elders Wiest, Martin, (AP) Squires, Sanchez.
Visiting with President after the dinner.
Hermana Mallea in front of the food to be served. The menu is- fruit salad, jello, pasta salad, beef tacos with all the fixings. Chocolate brownie cake for dessert with ice cream.
Our Chileans are proud of their country and so one of the Elders brought their flag.
Eating brunch at the capilla in Godoy Cruz.
Welcome Elder Slater (left), this is his first Consejos as Assistant.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Viejitos leave and the Nuevitos come

It is always a sad moment to say goodbye to our valiant warriors. We will miss them.
(left) Elders Lewis, Berrocal, Curtis, President, Elders Crunkelton, Leal, Hermana Arcos.
Elder Berrocal's parents came to pick him up and brought a lovely etching from Peru for us. Elder Berrocal was raised in the states, but will be returning to Peru where his parents are now living.
Our new missionaries arrived, all except for two who have been held back in the states for visa problems. They will arrive next week hopefully. So we only had 19 arrive. It was late in the evening and so we did not have our usual dinner at our home. It is very hard when Buenos Aires send them so late and all we can do is say hello and put them to bed.
(left) Elder Farnsworth, Williams, Roncal, Eliason, Leal, Miller, Campbell, Petersen.
(left back) Elders Quebbeman, George, Jones, Orozco, Garcia, Lebron, Orduna, Hermanas Kartchner, Alez (below) Elders Concha, Barra.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Spencer and Barrie Come to Visit

Together again after 1 1/2 years. What a joy to see our sons Spencer and Barrie.
Anyone for lunch? Traditional asado (barbeque).
Beautiful picture Barrie took of the statue at Cerro de la Gloria
Filling the wine barrels at Salentein, the oak barrels are used for storage for up to 18 month in the Bodega.
As you drive into the valley of Valle de Uco the statue of the Cristus guards the valley.
The boys at the San Martin statue.
Spencer's favorite restaurant La Florencia. Be sure and order the Beef Lomo with mushroom sauce. On the spit is a pig, and notice the other pig and his snout on the grill in the back. They love to barbeque their vegetable and the flavor is wonderful.
Spencer and Barrie at La TupiƱas, the name means iron pot. The entire meal is cooked in the black iron pots in the fireplace.
During their visit with us they both went up to Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. The following are a number of pictures they took. This train they took was a sight seeing train around the falls. Spencer said it went full speed and was very dangerous, atleast for the safety laws of the states (open doors with no seat belts).
Beautiful rainbow over the falls.

A look out their hotel room window of the falls. They both said the setting was very romantic and Spencer wished he had brought Melinda. They say it is a great holiday for husband and wives.

There is this metal walk way across the falls. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Legend has it that a god planned to marry a beautiful aborigine named Naipi, who fled with her mortal lover Taroba in a canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river creating the waterfalls, condemning the lovers to an eternal fall.
A tree surviving the odds on the side of the cliff.
The falls consist of 275 falls along a 1.67 mile span. Some of the individual falls are 269 ft. in height. The falls produce around 350,000 to 400,000 gallons of water per second.

Barrie traveled 7,000 miles to check out Aconcagua so that he could return and climb the 22,860 foot mountain. When we got there the snow had just started to fall, the chill factor was below 0 and there was no visibility. Poor boy took a picture in front of the Aconcagua sign and had to call it a day. He vows to return and conqueror the mountain. His dad is hoping he won't.
As we came out of the mountains leaving Aconcagua, we saw many condors flying on the air current. They never flap their wings, they just soar. These aren't the big ones, this is probably only about a 4 foot wing span.