My 6 month pic at the Grove. When I first came out I told myself I wouldn’t keep track of time or count months. Yeah that didn’t happen. Oops.
Happy Pioneer Day! I forgot it was Pioneer Day until I heard the talks of the other ward being piped into the foyer before ward council. Without Oakley, it didn’t even register. Plus, the members in New York aren’t big on it, obviously. They are the ones who didn’t go west, why would they care, nevertheless we heard many great pioneer talks in Sacrament Meeting.
But, we are five months away from Christmas! Woohoo. We listen to Christmas music all the time, but I still can’t wait. Today after emailing we are going to walk the canal and go browse all the cute shops. I will most likely do all my Christmas shopping for you guys there today. No surprise right, Tessa’s going Christmas shopping in July? I love Fairport Main Street and have been wanting to look around my whole time here. Well, there is a good chance I get transferred next week, so this is my last chance. I don’t want to leave Airport!!
Well, my week was interesting. On Wednesday we did service at the Indian reservation again. This time we were working outside in the field. Pulling weeds and staking in black plastic around the corn: felt a lot like home! Also that day we had interviews with President Evans. Wow, he is incredible. He definitely feels like my mission president now. I’m excited to work with him over the next year. Thursday we were at the Visitor’s Center. It has really slowed down since pageant. Not many people came in. Friday we had zone meeting, Saturday was a 9-9 shift at the Whitmer Farm. I love the Whitmer Farm, even though the shifts there are long.
After a rough night of disappointment what do we do? Fix it with some FroYo and a pretty sunset by the canal.
And now, for Miracle Sunday: Lexy came to church!! We haven’t seen her for a few weeks, but she came! At first she said she could only stay for the first hour, but then she said she was curious about the next classes, so she stayed for the whole block! She seemed to enjoy it. Hopefully we can meet with her this week and keep teaching her. Then last night we had a pass off lesson with the AP’s for the man we met at pageant. It also went really well. Good stuff.
New companions are so fun. Sister Oliva (oh-leave-a:)is from Bicol Philippines! She has been out for 16 months and she is a party. She speaks 5 languages: Bicol, Tagalog, English, cat and dog. I thought she was kidding about the last two until our first lesson together when she spent the first 5 minutes communicating with the pets…She LOVES cats and dogs. As you know..I do not. She is the 5th of 6 kids and is a great cook. She came to the apartment and starting just pulling things out of the fridge and the pantry and threw it together and she’s made some really yummy stuff. She is very bubbly and hilarious.
We were at the sites almost everyday last week. I took a lot of bus youth conferences from all over the east, my favorite was some kids from North Carolina. We were at the Smith Farm together and then I saw them at the Grandin the next day. Also, big family reunions have come through. We had Marlin K. Jensen, emeritus seventy, here the other week with his family. They’re lots of fun. Right now it’s slowing down a bit. The calm before the storm. I guess most people are thinking if they’re coming soon, they might as well do it when pageant is going. We’re prepping. Lots of logistics to handling crowds at each of the sites. When we’re not at the sites, we’re teaching people. We had some good lessons this week. Lexy is still meeting with us. I got the greatest call on Wednesday night. Ashley, from my old area, called to invite me to her baptism on Sunday. She also wanted me to speak and do a musical number with sister Moore, so I was sooo excited. Then by Saturday night they had pushed back her date again..that was disappointing..hopefully next time she’ll go through with it!Today was the Francis’ farewell reception. They had one at our church and one in Buffalo. He and sister Francis spoke for a little, we sang Called to Serve to them and got pictures. It was sad, I sure love them a lot. I’m really excited to meet my new president, however.
It’s been super hot here. And humid. We haven’t had AC, but our housing coordinator is coming on Wednesday to put one in. We’ve been DYING!