Sunday, June 2, 2013

A Week of Looking. . .

We spent a lot of time this week looking for a new apartment for ourselves in San Fernando.  The good news is--we found one!  Now we're hoping the contract will go through without a problem.  Anyway, we'll show you some of the things we did this week.

It was a really hot day, and these kids were cooling off in the water as we walking to some less actives' homes.  They know how to beat the weather!  So cute!!!!

 We visited with two of the Relief Society sisters.  This is the yard of the home that missionaries might rent.
                                                     Jackfruit growing in the tree in the yard.
                                                               Man picking the jackfruit.
We looked for an apartment in Manaoag for the couple who will replace us.  This sister's sister has a home she doesn't use since she lives in America.  Her sister thought she may rent it to the church, but we haven't heard back, so we think she isn't interested in doing that.  A jackfruit tree was in the yard, and the sister had this man pick one for us.  She said it should be ripe in 3 days, so after 3 days I cut it open.  It still wasn't ripe, and its sap was like latex.  It stuck to our hands and the knife something terrible!  I ended up putting some fruit in a saucepan with water, then blending it,  and making jam out of it.  It was okay.  Ripe jackfruit taste like juicy fruit gum, I'm told.  That's where they get the flavor of the gum--from jackfruit!

We went to San Fernando for two days to look for an apartment for ourselves.  One of the apartments was on the beach.  But the house had to be remodeled, and couldn't be ready for July 1.  Wouldn't it have been great to have this as our back yard, though (except in typhoon season, that is!).

                                         This is the house we are trying to get in San Fernando.

A beautiful kitchen with room to actually cook, and enough room to have several missionaries over for dinner.  We're hoping the contract goes through and we'll be set for moving to San Fernando.

I did another bread/scone/tortilla/no-bake cookies demonstration for two branches in San Fabian.  The overall favorite is always tortillas.  Cool!  We started out with 5 sisters, and ended up with 25 or so.  We actually ran out of food.  People kept coming to eat, but we had a good time.

I found this under my sink in a dishpan--a drowned gecko.  Yuck!  Oh well--life in the Philippines!

 It was one of our sister missionaries's birthday today, so we had them over for dinner and cake.  The cake was pretty ugly, but I decorated it the best I could, and she was happy.

 This is one of my special girls--she was supposed to be Heather's running partner, but she was sick.  Anyway, she's a sweetheart.
Well, I guess that's all for pictures.  Check out our letter for other happenings this week.  Take care and God bless!

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