Sometimes I hate computers!!! Maybe that was a little strong but I spent three hours on Monday composing a blog post and all of a sudden...IT WAS GONE! I was SO frustrated and confused. I have no idea what happened to my original settings and such but you will all just have to deal with what I can do. My guru is my youngest daughter and this week, she is indisposed to bail me out...the mom of very active kids so I will do my best to recreate..
Our responsibilities in the mission are varied...we often spend days at a time helping with managing the 70 or so apartments in the mission. Keeping them all supplied, the landlords happy and the elders and sisters working hard for the Lord can be very time consuming. This past three weeks have been NO different-in fact, we have been much busier than normal. Last Thursday we got a new 'batch' of missionaries [14 to be exact] and they all needed a place to live!! Five went home the night before so that freed up a few beds but Elder Shaner and I have been hunting, talking to landlords, negotiating, etc. and that is why I haven't been visiting with all of you-sorry...we find that the housing responsibility takes us about two days a week-we still have plenty of time to spend in our precious branch of Mallig.
Elder Shaner is checking out the kitchen area of a potential
apartment in a beautiful mountain village.
|Elders Mousely and Acu visiting in the living area of a potential apartment. This cute little|
girl is enjoying their company-she just wandered in off the street.
|The employees of the stores where we purchase the supplies often|
will tie us in and load for us-a real help for sure!
|Elder Nielson and Elder Pinol navigating a refrigerator up some steps and into the house.|
|Elder Nay and Elder Reyes with his box-I bet he shared with his great companion.|
|Elder Nay, Elder Landeen, Elder Needs, Elder Zeigler and Elder Rostedt|
The day after my last post we had a great opportunity to attend the birth of our 25th grandchild...via SkyPe. We knew early in the day [the middle of the night for them] that things were popping and after spending an evening in Mallig, we arrived home around 9 to find that he hadn't been born yet-we hooked up the computer, grabbed our dinner and attended the event. Gavin Paul Shaner was born on the morning of September 5th [the late evening for us here]. He weighed 7#9oz. and after a battle with pneumonia [he inhaled merconium] he is doing good. It was such a thrill to be there-we have missed many important days in the lives of our family while serving here and it was nice not to miss this special evening!!
|Rob testing out the connection.|
|I visited with them both between contractions. I called it my dinner and a movie-I sat there eating|
my salad [and teasing them with the marvelous mangos] while they worked hard. Good job kids!!
My garden is doing ok-the corn is a disappointment but I think the overall climate is just not appropriate for our great American sweet corn. The tomatoes seem to be flourishing so maybe it won't be a total wash. I also planted some squash along the drive and it is doing well.