Sunday, July 28, 2013

Week Forty

                On the way to Bangued, we pass a row of these trees lining the road.  They are beautiful and remind me of lilacs, kind of.
         This is how they prepare fields for planting rice.  First they flood it, then plow it with this machine.

                                                         Then they plant the seedlings.
                                                   The planters stopped to pose for me.
    A planted field.  First they make a row of seedlings, then plant a big square, then fill in the square with little seedlings.  They say it's back-breaking work.
                                        On the way to visit a family--through the jungle.
                                       New apartment in Baguio--on the bottom floor.
                                          View from the new apartment of Baguio hillside..
 We visited this widow of two weeks and her family who lives with her.  There was no furniture in the house, just pillows.
 We took several pictures of the two little children, but every time we had the flash turned on, the little girl closed her eyes.  Cute!

                                                             This was the outside of their nipa hut.

                                       At Church, everyone wanted to have their picture taken with us.
                                         Cute 2 month old baby and proud parents.
 The building where they have church in Langangilang.  This is a branch of about 40 people who meet in a home that's been converted to a chapel.

 We explored the Elder's area in the boonies with them after church.  We weren't sure we'd make it, but we did!
    Just a typical jeepney ride on the main roads in the Philippines.  Often, they are piled even higher than this!  Well, these are our pictures for the past two weeks.  I keep forgetting to take them.  But maybe next week will be better.  Take care and have a great week!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Week 37

We are settled in our new mission area and will send you some pictures from there.
                       But first, here are some boys enjoying a dip in the ditch before Malou's wedding.

 One last bread demonstration before we left Mangaldan.  This was the Relief Society President, and she wanted her picture taken with me.  Sweet!

Missionaries in Baguio with our new Mission President.
                  President and Sister Balledos--sweet Filipino couple with big hearts and spirits.
                President Balledos with his family--three daughters, two sons, and a son-in-law.
 We have been assigned to a place 3 1/2 hours north of us.  These are scenes along the way.

                                                              The chapel at Bangued.
Swimming pool in our hotel in Bangued.  Cool!

                                       Catholic Church in Santa Maria on the way to Bangued.
                   Beach near us.  We took a stroll one afternoon and these are some pictures.

                                           Cute little girl.  All her front teeth were rotted out!

                                     This is the girl who said she was a little drunk, and her friends.
                                                                             Our front door.

 Look closely behind the water tank.  There is a huge gecko who lives there.  This was the first time we actually saw him.  Before we just heard him call his name.

 This is our house with its beautiful narra furniture.  It is very heavy and dense, and in the States it's called rosewood.

 This is Jeanette's friend from Thailand.  She is now one of our missionaries who live near us.
 The four sisters who live near us after our dinner appointment on Sunday.  We love missionaries!!!!

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