How grateful I am for the opportunity that we have had to get to know so many wonderful people here in Spain. I have been blessed by the example of so many good people. Their love for the Lord and desire to serve Him make me want to be a better person. We had the privilege of seeing many of these wonderful people this week.
Monday, Hermana Pack and I went downtown to buy fabric so that I can make valances for the two windows in the kitchen of the mission home. I wish I could adequately describe driving here in Spain. From the round-abouts that have 6 + lanes and 6 + exits, and cars going every-which-way. and the GPS gives us wrong directions, and having to go down to the next round about to turn back around to go back to the same round about, to not being able to get across the 6 lanes of traffic to exit the first exit, to go down to the next round about and then not realize that we had run a red light, (which by the way, they have these round-abouts so that you don't have to have lights, but then they have too many people and too many lanes, and now you have round-abouts and lights) and we're out in the middle of the intersection of the round-about. We were about 5 minutes from the fabric store and it took us at least 30 minutes to actually get there. Let's just say that by the time we got parked in the parking garage, Hermana Pack said she might not ever drive downtown again.
We were successful in getting fabric, and even managed to find Puerta del Sol and some stores where we found some good sales on clothes for our precious granddaughters. We ate at the delicious Greek Shop and I wished that the hermanas were with us to show us the way, because the walking GPS is also not so accurate. But we were happier to walk to all of these places than to get into the car and try to drive there!
Wednesday was a very special day. It was a little sad that Elder Larsen had already scheduled his driving test, and it could not be rescheduled, but we were happy that he passed the driving portion of the test, and he is now a legal driver. The license is good for 10 years, so we can come back on another mission and he will be legal to drive.
Anyway, he dropped me off so that I was able to go to the temple with many of our friends from the islands. It was their temple week, and Jonathon and Gabby went to the temple for the first time to receive their endowment and to be sealed. We had attended their wedding on the island, and that day, I so hoped that we would have the opportunity to be at their sealing, that would seal them together as a family for eternity. I was so happy to be there.
Here is information from lds.org that explains more about the temple:
This is just some of the people who were there for their special day.
Leidi and Luciano were there from the island as well. Leidi hand-embroidered this beautiful tablecloth for me. She told me that Luciano picked the color blue because he knew I would like it. I can't imagine the hours she put into making this for me. I love these sweet people!
And Jonathon and Gabby remembered to bring me salt from the island. When they spent the night with us several months ago, somehow I said something about not liking the salt here on the pennisula. It is very coarse, and is even hard to shake out. I told them that I had looked for the brand that I liked on the island that Al Campo sold. They told me that it was only made and sold on the island, and that they would bring us some when they came in February. They did not forget.
Afterwards, I was invited upstairs to each lunch. The Hostal is such a nice facility. Families can pay to stay there for a minimal cost, and they have access to this huge kitchen. I wish I would have taken pictures while the kitchen was full of ladies busily preparing food for their families.
Here is the group from Telde.
As we were walking across the square to the temple, after the fireside, I was surprised to see Irenis Morillo talking to Josué. She had finished her mission on February 2nd, and we had not exchanged contact information on our last email, so I had not yet had the opportunity to see her. I was ecstatic to see her. When she left for her mission in July, 2014, her family was living on the island, but they have since moved to Madrid. Elder Larsen and I had the chance to visit with Kimberly, Josué and Irenis for about 1 1/2 hours. It felt like old times being with our young adults again. I love these young people with all my heart.
I spent Friday morning, measuring and cutting for the the valances and then Elder Larsen picked me up to have lunch with Hermana West and her family. We enjoyed visiting with her sweet family. I will miss this wonderful young woman! They flew home to Canada on Saturday morning.
We ate at Foster's Hollywood. They had added a new page to their menu advertising their TexMex selections. I couldn't believe what it said! We actually lived in McAllen many, many years ago, and they do have some delicious TexMex there. I just wouldn't have imagined seeing that in Spain!
Friday I baked Banana Cake and Sour Cream Enchiladas, Josue's favorites. Kimberly's birthday is next week and she asked if I could make a Banana Cake, and I had already made it.
Saturday, our district met in the office and they all enjoyed bocadillos from our favorite sandwich shop. Elder Larsen and I ate our non-carb food from home. We do love these missionaries.
And, Elder Regehr, our financial secretary, was happy to get a new cash box. We get pretty excited about the simple things in the office.
The Elders and the Hermanas were happy to receive their cookies, so I guess it was all worth it!
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!