Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Love of Dear Friends

As we wrap up the final month of our mission we have to say good-bye to our very special Guatemalan friends.  Mama Oli came over last night with her family to bring a traditional Guatemalan dinner and to celebrate our friendship.  The food was amazing and the company even better.  

Just me and my girlfriends....

I had some cookie dough in the refrigerator, so we decided to bake some dessert afterward.  

After dinner Mama Oli teases us by threatening to throw my exercise ball at us.

In just under two years we have shared joys and sorrows, sickness and health, calm and tragedy with our friends Rosy and Jaime.  It's difficult to comprehend how many things have tried all of us.  This family has a place in our hearts forever as we prepare to leave.

Marvin is another special friend.  He helps us at the correo with the mountain of mail the mission receives.  We occasionally take him plates of cookies to share with his family.  He makes my job as mission pouchero so much easier, especially when he directs us in and out of the door to the correo in our car when the streets outside are barely wide enough for one car and traffic is bumper to bumper.  

Signing off for the packages we have received for the last time.  Next week I'll take my replacement (a young missionary) to introduce him to Marvin and the process of sending/receiving mail in Guatemala.  We are so thankful for the dedicated postal workers and how carefully they handle our correspondence.

Saying good-bye to Hermana Villeda over birthday cake for her companion, Hermana Canfield.  They are about to separate, as Hermana Villeda is returning to El Salvador.  

Hermana Villeda's family arrives from El Salvador to drive her home.  They lived in Minnesota for several years, so it was delightful to chat with them.  One of her brothers is about to receive his mission call, so we will be excited to hear where he will be assigned.

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