Week 35 Christmas in Paraguay Dec 29, 2013
I can´t believe how time flies!!! It is unreal! But first off I must say it was so refreshing and exciting to see you all and hear every ones voices!!! Oh, I miss you all tons but seriously hearing you all just got me pumped to go work even more. I can´t believe I am almost halfway done with my mission!! unreal.
We had Christmas Eve at Presidente´s house and his family. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner and dessert by Hna Mcmullin. It was so fun to spend it with them. We went caroling at this hospital in our area and the bishop’s house. It was definitely a different Christmas, but there was no denying the incredible love and spirit of our Savior Jesus Christ. We played white elephant at pte´s house. All the office elders were there and hermana Fuller (the nurse) and hermana Siddoway (who is here on a mission with the church perpetual fund i believe?). And we got to ride around in the Presidents car and hang out with cute Erin (daughter) the whole time. That girl knows how to quote Brian Regan. Man, it was a stellar Christmas. Plus a member gave my comp and I a plate full of Chipa Guasu which is this cornbread type stuff but made with fresh corn off the cobb instead of corn flour. We were sick full.
Half-way through the week we headed back to Yby Yaù. We put on a big fin de año cena with there tiny Rama (branch). It was an absolute blast. So many came. Non members and less actives! We hung up the fabric tree mom, that you sent, all the decorations and we blew up balloons, and made silver stars to hang from string, cardboard, and tinfoil. It was such a perfect little night. We helped the primary perform a Christmas song and some young woman performed a dance to ¨Feliz Navidad¨.
So, I did yep, I did... get to hold a monkey. We named him Clever. I think I mentioned last week. He is so cute. He´s not feisty if you just love him and don´t try to pull him away from anyone. Hahaha
So mom you wanted to know how often I travel and do divisions with the sisters. It depends, usually 2-3 times a week depending how far we are traveling. Some places are up too 8 hours away so we travel all night on a big bus and then work all day and then jump on the bus the following night to come home and work the next day. It can be tiring but it is just an absolute blast. Especially when we get to buy hot chipa on the bus in the morning and you have crazy fun adventures like last night on the bus. I had this crazy old lady behind me like freaking out yelling and nonstop talking for what seemed like 2 hours. I was actually just laughing. I was half asleep and did not understand a word she was saying I think she was just freaking out about when she had to get off. I love Guarani and Spanish it is so cool understanding other languages. Well can´t really understand guarani quite yet but a few words.
Changes tomorrow. Got to give a devotional tonight and teach the trainers in the morning with my new comp, Hna TOMCO!!! We were in the ccm juntos!! so fun!!
xoxoxo Love HNA OWEN
Other replies to our emails:
I loved hearing your voice mom. I say we go (travel to Paraguay and Argentina) during the summer cuz it´s so hot here in Dec. but we´ll chat :)
Nick, so fun!!!! Oh it was so good to see you on skype!! didin´t seem like it was really happening. it felt like no time had past. Sounds like Chirstmas was eventful and fun! miss you xoxo love hna owen
(response to an email I sent to Hna McMullin thanking her for taking care of Hillary and watching out for her and allowing us the best Christmas ever…)
She is doing a fantastic job. We are so looking forward to the time we will have together watching her serve as one of our sister training leaders. She is very loved and respected by all the sisters here. Has she always been such a happy person? I have never seen anyone adjust so well to the stresses of missionary life. She truly seems to focus on the Gospel and on the people around her and loses herself in the work. She is a great example to us all. Thank you for sharing her with us!
|When the call came in. Pic on right was her first reaction (laughing and crying at the same time)|
It actually froze right there on the big screen.
Then fixing computer so it works with the help of Elder Bayless (friend from home)
|Singing Silent Night in Guarani|
|Most of her facial expressions through out our Skype time. Gosh we miss her. |
What a blessing to see her live and hear her voice