How are you all doing?! I am sorry that I wasn't able to write a proper email last week - I wish I could say that this week I can make up for it.
|The Zona Villa El Salvador!|
Sometimes, with a 10 second timer on the camera, we don’t quite make it. The results afterwards are sometimes entertaining, like this one.
|The Elderes from Villa 1, the ward that shares a capilla with us. One of them (the one next to me) just was transferred to be zone leader! We will miss him.|
|Luicito. My favorite buddy in church :)|
|Hermana Calderon and I :)|
|A few other Hermanas of family history and us! We usually run into them in the temple on Thursdays when we take converts and rescues :)|
|One of the converts we took this week!|
|The family Escobar! They are the best. Hermano Segundo is our Elders Quorum President.|
|His two sons picked the colors for the cake and drew my face on it.|
|Birthday Cake Number 3.|
|This one was my favorite. Luzmila, our recent convert, invited us to a Noche de Hogar in her house. All in all, it was a surprise birthday party that she had been planning for weeks.|
|Her family testified that all she had been able to talk about for the last 2 weeks was my birthday. I sure love Luzmila – she is such a special daughter of God that means so much to my heart. I will remember her and her faith forever.|
|This cake was also the yummiest.|
|Right when we thought we couldn’t be more “caked out”, the Stake President and his family came down to our room with another beauty.|
We ate another round of birthday cake, even though it was 10:00pm and our sugar levels were already through the roof. I guess birthdays DO only come once a year, right? ;) No problem with gaining a solid 5 pounds worth of frosting and cream filling.
Well, today we had to spend our whole Pday in San Isidro for a handful of doctors appointments. San Isidro is the richy-rich part of Lima – nada que ver con Villa El Salvador where we are…. Which is full of dirt, dogs, and palomas. While we were there, I enjoyed some very American things that I have not seen in a LONG long time. Namely….
|Capt’n Crunch Berries. My favorite cereal. It cost about an arm and a leg, so I didn’t buy any.. but it was good to know that it still exists.|
|Starbucks. Since we had to wait almost 5 hours in between appointments, this was a given. Also cost an arm and a leg, but somehow my companion convinced me.|
|Grass. Grass. GRASS. Grass. It has been more than 16 months since I have seen GRASS. I was happier than a clam to lay down and enjoy that luxury for a few long minutes.|
We found some cool Incan ruins right in the middle of San Isidro. We didn’t go in to check them out, because it cost a ton to get past the gate (richy-rich San Isidro), but we got to see a little from the outside :)
I hope the pictures were able to speak a lot for how my week has been :) My birthday was wonderful - thank you so much for all of the wishes, prayers, and psychological hugs that I received :) I love you all so much.
In other happy news - my companion and I do not have cambio :) We will be staying here together for this next cambio of 8 weeks! YIPPPEEEEE!!!
There is a lot more, but it will have to wait until the next time :)
THE DOCTRINE IS TRUE. I know it, feel it, live it, and love it.
Hermana Sintay :)