|Sister Carlos as we start our project..|
|Imelda joining in the action|
|Some parents were helping|
|How could you resist this darling face??|
|See the cute bags??|
|Now each of you look for but don't touch the little nest...|
|See the little eggs??|
The following Sunday she decided to try to come back and asked her family to come with her-she told them that if they didn't like it, they would never need to come again.....AND THEY ALL LOVED IT!! They haven't missed a meeting since! Last Saturday, after a long wait [according to the dad-he is so precious and was so excited to be baptized!] the father and the two teenage children entered the sacred waters of baptism on their way to becoming an eternal family. They have one younger son who will be baptized in a few years when he turns 8. It was a wonderful day and we were so blessed to have been there and part of their story. We love this family-they have become wonderful friends whom we visit often.
Before I came to the Philippines, Sister Carlos decided that this mission needed music training as many of the units have nobody who can play for their meetings and so they sing accapella or use a tape of the accompaniment to the hymns. After some investigation, she found a program that is sponsored by the church whereas a mission [mostly in third world countries] can apply for the Harmon Music Grant. Our mission was awarded this opportunity and we received 8 electric keyboards and the teaching materials for students to learn the basics on the piano. Knowing we were hoping to come here, she closeted the materials and waited...
|Elder Griffin [he reminds us SO much of our Rob!] the family and Elder Rausa..the mom was|
late arriving and missed the picture..
|The Galbandan family after the baptism|
Now I must put forth a disclaimer...I am not an accomplished pianist by any means..my skill is intermediate at best but an amazing thing happens when you are set apart as a full-time missionary..the Lord makes up the differences in our weaknesses when our desires are righteous! It has been many years since I have taken or had the time or inclination to play often-I have always defaulted to another pianist when I could because there were always many more skilled than I. We arrived and voila! That skill is needed ssssoooooo....I started practicing again and lo and behold, the skill is slowly returning. My sight reading has never been a strength but I am finding I am able, when needed, to sight read the hymns and accompany as asked. My hands were SO stiff in the beginning as I hadn't played daily for 45 years but it is getting easier and we are having fun-we didn't realize we brought one particular book of violin/piano songs and have had fun working some of them up. Last Saturday afternoon, after the baptism, we had our first recital! NONE of these people have ever been to a recital of any kind in their lives, none had been to a performance like this and it was awesome! Sister Russell helped me make corsages and boutineers for the performers. That was my tradition when I taught in the 80's in Omaha, and the students shone! They all did a great job, Randy and I played a few numbers [the final one was my children's favorite when they were little-a medley of waltzes that really clips along and brought the audience to applause..fun for Randy to get that immediate feedback. His skill has improved immensely with so much practice..] We enjoyed the evening and ended up with banana bread with a peanut butter glaze, lemonade and little candies for the refreshments. I couldn't have accomplished that evening without my team...all of the senior couples came and lent a hand to set up the goodies for me. I love these senior couples-they are all so wonderful and we have established a great friendship.
About a year ago my friend and dentist, Kathy, gave me the most wonderful gift! She got herself a new electric toothbrush and she asked me if I would try her old one. She knows my teeth issues and thought, being gone for 2 years, my plaque issues would be helped by use of this device and never having used one before, I said I would try it AND I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!! My teeth felt so clean and I think the plaque was less and easier to scale when I used it daily...I bought and brought 2 years worth of little replacement toothbrushes and was set, or so I thought! Wwwweelllllll...my toothbrush died this past week!!! I was SO sad...I loved this toothbrush. I guess I will go back to my old handheld unit that most of you know well and live like the rest of the world lives...it was a sad day indeed...
Alas, another week is gone-it is so hard for me to realize that we are starting our 9th month of our mission...when I said that last week, Randy remarked..'we could have had a baby in that length of time'...oooooohhhhhhhhmmmmyyyyy I am SO glad I spent the past nine months here and not doing THAT again!!!
|Raymar and Femia are best friends and I invited them to play a duet-they loved it. |
They actually both played in church yesterday for prelude!!
|This is my first class-the students to my immediate right are both leaving soon for full-time missions.|
I presented both with a simplified hymnbook that I will sign for them as they will leave and I won't
see them again...
|my old companion...|