As we reflect on 2014, we are thankful for the miracles that we have had in our lives. We remember the trials and the triumphs of the year. We are so thankful for the blessings our Heavenly Father has sent to us and to our families. We can truly say, as the song teaches, that we are in the hollow of His hands and He is guiding our lives. We are looking forward to 2015 and whatever adventures it will bring to our lives.
We celebrated Christmas with all the missionaries on the 24th with a dinner and games and songs.
Front Row: Hna. Guzman, Hna. Tanner, Los Brubaker's, Los Allred's Second Row:
Los Thompson's, Hna. Barney, Los Eberhard's, Hna. Gardner, Hna. Wilson, Hna. Burk
Third Row: Los Burbidge's, Hno. Barney, Los Roberts, Hno. Gardner, Hno. Wilson, Hno. Burk
One of the fun dishes was this new way to fix a relish dish. A fun tree of veggies.
Lon wanted to try and cook a turkey with all the trimmings, just like he remembered from his youth so we bought a turkey and he made us a wonderful meal on Christmas day.
We had a white elephant gift exchange with the missionaries and I was blessed with the last pick so I could get anything that I wanted. I had a wonderful time putting this puzzle together, remembering all the puzzles that I have put together with my grandchildren at Thanksgiving time at Mindi and Justin's home. I did miss Hannah's help with the hard sections. It was a used puzzle and ended up with one piece missing. Remember our tree puzzle that we couldn't find that last piece? I have passed the puzzle on to another missionary who wanted it real bad at the gift exchange.
On the 26th, we Temple Missionaries were invited to the Dental Clinic for free teeth cleanings. The Catholic Charities provide the money and a building for this clinic and the LDS church provides missionaries who are retired dentists and dental surgeons and their wives to run it.
The front door.
The open air waiting room.
They have three chairs and we were very well taken care of. These dentists treat, free of charge, anyone who walks through their door. They have several schools and orphanages that they work with to help the children.
Shayla, it was very clean and Dad and I were told that all looked good with our teeth.
The "orphanage" here is for girls only and I was surprised to learn that not all of the girls are true orphans. It is for any girl who needs help. Most of the parents of these girls just can't take care of them so they live here to go to school and only go home for the summer break. There is also a boy's orphanage run by the same group.Just out the back door of the clinic. It is summer break now so no children here. There are about 27 girls living here right now.
The kitchen grills
The kitchen sink and work tables
The dining room
It is amazing just how many different missions are available for Senior Couples. These dentists and their wives love their missions and are so happy to be able to help the poor and the young missionaries here in Guatemala.
Right beside this orphanage and clinic there is a baseball field.
Not too many seats. It amazes us to see a baseball field in a country that lives for soccer.
We had a wonderful Christmas week with lots of good food, visits with children and Mom and siblings, clean teeth, and lots and lots of people visiting the Temple on Friday and Saturday and Tuesday. Right now it is time for the BSU Fiesta Bowl football game so I will close. We love you all. Thank you for your prayers in our behalf this year. You are always in our prayers. Dad and Mom, Grandpa and Grandma, Lon and Nancy