Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Gift of Water

We got to go to check on a well project
with the Humanitarian Couple in a
community about 5 hours from Addis.
Then we visited the Elders in that area.
It was fun to play with the children
and teach them the "Hokey Pokey"
"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
 the "Bunny Hop" and they were quick
to pick up "Duck, Duck, Goose.

Christmas Eve

Thanks to the 4th Ward for
sending us the fun package.
It was great to receive the notes
and pictures from everyone.
Thanks to a nice family for inviting
missionaries to a delicious dinner.
We had injera and traditional Ethiopian
 food, fruits and even cake.

We are very blessed and are
thankful for Heavenly Fathers
gift of His Son and for our
Saviors gift of the Atonement
for all of us.
We love and miss everyone but
we are grateful to be able to
serve the Lord here in Ethiopia.
We hope you all have a
wonderful Christmas.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas in Peru

"Christmas here is a little bit different. The people light
off fireworks at midnight Christmas Eve and everyone
eats fruitcake and hot chocolate stuff. We went to a big
Chocolatada(pretty much a big party where they give gifts
and food to kids). We helped hand out fruit cake to little
kids and it was one of the most fun things I have ever done."

His companion finishes his mission this
week and goes home. 

"This week we also helped some people
dig a giant hole so they could put in a septic
tankish contraption for their bathroom. 

"I love the work and I love being a
missionary and I love you all!"

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ugandan Game Drive

We attended a great couples conference in Uganda
where we learned a lot and were inspired.
We also went on a game drive and boat tour
 where we were able to see lots of animals.
 Click on the pics to see them closer.
Topi are born a fawn color and as they get older, their color changes.
Their front legs are longer than their rear legs and they are one of the
fastest animals.

Kob are the national animal. There are a lot of them and they remind me of antelope.

Cape Buffalo with a bird flying by.

I loved the way the hippos twirled their
ears around in circles.
Can you see the crocodile below the hippos?

We drove to see the tree climbing lions. A
mother and her 2 cubs were just sleeping in a
 tree which was okay with me since we were in
 a van with nothing between us and them.
The sunsets and sunrises were beautiful.

This cape buffalo was looking at us.
Can you see the crocodile right to the front left of the bird and
 below the hippos? The crocs have plenty of fish to eat right
 now so they don't bother any other animals.

Even the butterflies look African.
Mongoose: A family that plays together stays together.

We stood on both sides of the equator .
Ugandan dancers at our resort.
The elephants were amazing. This is a young one but some of them were HUGE!
We saw them on our game drive, and in the water. There was even one that came to our resort
to shake the mango tree and eat the fruit he knocked off. We had to run back when he came towards us.

This monkey was high in a tree with her baby hanging on.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Field is White already to Harvest

We drove past what looked like 3 generations
 of men harvesting their grain by hand
 with sickles. Dale wanted to give it a try.

An Ethiopian Market

While I shopped at a market, my
companion became friends with
some young men that lived there.
Then they wanted to help me shop.