Sunday, June 29, 2014

Another Few Days! (June 29, 2014)

Fruit Market  (Mom)
So we decided to take one of our investigators to a huge fruit market in Boston.  Which is always an adventure anyway because of traffic but of course she knew where it was, sort of.  She and her children an uncle and a cousin came along.  The market is crazy wonderful all kinds of fruits and vegetables at great prices but the gas in and the cost of parking negates it all but it is definitely worth the adventure once.
District Meeting Food (Mom)
So every week at district and zone meetings we feed the zone.  We there three senior couples and we take turns.  I did a potato bar, easy but filling.  This last week we had these wonderful sandwiches called Hawaiian ham and cheese {aka tailgate sandwiches} I got the recipe if you want it let me Know.
Proxy-Beep (Dad)
We decided to start counting the really extreme driving or pedestrian events that occur somewhat regularly here, just to get an idea of how regular they are.  We didn’t count things like running solid red lights, illegal U-turns, turning left in front of other cars going straight, walking into traffic, pulling your car out into moving traffic to get them to stop, etc. as these are too normal.  We reserved the counts for things like making a Y-turn in the middle of a busy road, stopping traffic on both sides of the street or walking across the street when your walk signal turns red and the cars stopping for you have a green light – especially when there are a lot of cars trying to make it through the intersection.  So far, in the month of June we have 97 extreme events and I’m sure we would make it to 100 but we decided to stop counting.  Today a kid (14 or 15?) riding a bike, doing a wheelie, came across the street right in front of the Suburban – the evil in me wanted to hit him, I have to admit – so I hit the brake and waited to him to drop and get out of my way.

So last week the evil got the better of me when a guy (probably 25 and should have known better) started walking across the street when his light was red and we just got a green light.  I was behind the first car and as the pedestrian passed by I beeped my horn (I call it a proxy-beep now, I’m beeping for the person in front of me because they don’t – and they pay the price!).  The guy walking got super upset at the car in front of me as we started to pass by (remember our light was green) and yelled at him.  I thought it was pretty amusing, but Mom didn’t like it… go figure.
Ward Activity (Mom)
We had a great ward activity last Saturday.  Our ward is so very diverse and friendly that the activity was awesome.  Everyone is welcome, fun games of kick ball, softball, balloons with and without water and huge sub sandwiches etc.  That kind of activity is so great to bring investigators to because everything is totally kick back and have fun.  Dad and I brought three car loads of people only one doesn’t count because it was full of missionaries.

Sister Gomez’ birthday (Mom)
Fun, we took the four sisters in our area shopping at thrift stores.  Then to a salad bar and to our apartment to email etc.   What she didn’t know is that we had planned a surprise party at an investigators home that evening.  Of course dad parked a mile away just in case then carried everything that mile to the party.  It was a fun surprise.

Baptism (Dad)
So today we had two baptisms in our little group.  Oh, it officially got “Group” status today as the stake president talked with Brother Aguilera about being the group leader!  Anyway, Mom spoke in Portuguese on the Holy Ghost and I spoke on Baptism.  And, this is cool, I was asked by one of the investigators to baptize him, so I got to perform a baptism in Portuguese today.  That was sweet, until we started walking into the women’s changing area by mistake (luckily no one was in there), that quickly brought me back down to earth.  It was a fun time, lots of food afterward, etc.
Sister missionaries we work with, Nanda, Mom, Gastao (I baptized), Me, Br. Aguilera (new Group Leader, did the other baptism), Manuela and grandson (she got baptized, he didn't)

Walks in the park (Mom)
It is hard to explain the spiritual uplift I get when we walk early in the morning at the park.  Perhaps these pictures will help.  We call it exercise but everything is so beautiful we have to stop and take pictures.  One time we didn’t take the camera and had to go back the next morning to take pictures of all the beauty we saw.  Franklin Park is a one square mile park about ten minutes from our apartment.  Emerson lived in an old cabin in the park.  We are still looking for that spot.  There are tons of beautiful trails, lakes, tennis courts, ball diamonds, play grounds, even a beautiful golf course.

St. Peter’s Celebration (Dad)
Every week we help serve lunch at a center for elderly Cape Verdeans.  It’s always enjoyable and most of them are super kind.  Many have learned to say “Thank You” in English so they can tell us thanks, and it’s pretty tender.  This last week when we arrived they said lunch would be a little late because it was St. Peter’s Day and there would be a celebration first.  So we waited and watched a loud and very fun celebration – consisting of three drums (the loud part) and a lot of 60-yr-old++ dancing (the fun part)!  I wish that I would have had my camera, but I didn’t.
Martha’s Vineyard (Mom)
Kathy and Pat were here, so Saturday we went with them to an Island near Cape Cod,  we had such a wonderful time we rode the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, bought some wonderful homemade ice cream then rented scooters and spent the entire day exploring the Island.  It really was too fun.  We went to the lake where they filmed Jaws.  The houses were so fun with trim that looks like lace.  The beaches are lovely and the roads have canopy trees.  What shops we found were unique.  A pretty cool light house. We really enjoyed the time we spent together just a bit of heaven.
This is Chappaquidick (sp) where Ted Kennedy killed a woman and got away with it - long before your time! :)

This is where JAWS was filmed.  Now I have to watch the movie again...

Cool lighthouse - but it's named "Gay Head Light House", so it's destined to be destroyed :)

Cool looking houses in town.

Yours truly on our moped.  It was a ton of fun...

Another walk in the park (Dad)
We have an investigator that just doesn’t make time to see the sisters so they have basically turned her over to us.  She likes to walk, so the other day we asked if we could come by and go walking with her (so we could talk to her about the church in the walk).  We ended up giving her a ride to another area to pick up a suitcase she had left with a friend – over a year ago! J  Anyway, we went walking and found a monument on a hill where George Washington beat the British for the first time.  We thought that was pretty cool.  Anyway, we got a couple pictures and we finally got the suitcase and took her back home.

Random news (Mom)
One of our sisters got hit by a car.  Sliced her neck and she got about twenty + stitches, broke her sinus cavity and is pretty bruised up.  It really is a miracle more of the missionaries are not hit by cars even if they are in the right (too many people run red lights, turn randomly in front of people and in general are crazy!)  They were working like crazy and were having great success and she goes home next transfer.  It is kind of a bummer – but we’ve learned that things happen for a reason (or more than one). 
Portuguese Progress (Mom)
Thank you for your prayers for me.  I know they are helping.  (Especially for the baptism today.)   My talk went well so thanks for your prayers.  Also great news, we were officially made a group today and the stake called a group leader.  We still have so much work to do before it functions well but the group has wonderful people with wonderful hearts and we love them. 
Baptisms for Dead (Dad)
Last week one of the ward members called and asked if we could take some kids to the youth baptism trip to the temple and help officiate.  We ended up with only one boy (from the Dominican Republic), which wasn’t that fun for him.  Luckily, one of the young men leaders took him home with some friends.  I don’t think they really needed us, but thought they might be short-handed so asked us to come.  We always enjoy being at the temple and we missed our usual Thursday assignment because we had to negotiate some travel for baptismal interviews, etc.  I did get this good night shot of the Boston temple:

Final thoughts (Mom) 
We are learning so much and really wishing we had given more time to scripture study throughout our lives.  It really is so important to your spiritual happiness.  This week I had such a fun time I took the topic of integrity and read about Job, Daniel and the lions, Shadrack Meshach and Abednego, Paul before king Agrippa, Ester, Moroni, Joseph Smith etc.  Amazing stories of faith and integrity that make you want to be a better example of the believers. 
The church is true!

Love to all, Mom and Dad

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