Thursday, April 27, 2017

Heart Overflow

Today Jeffrey and I walked through the MTC courtyard with flower bushes and trees holding hands appreciating life here. Unknown to us our grandson was being born across the oceans. After a complicated day at the Dental Clinic with a new dentist on board, I opened my emails and found a voicemail from Matthew sent hours ago.
Born on Sunday night at 8:05 pm April 23 8 lbs 12.5 oz!
Mother and son doing well, I was informed he shares Shakespeare's  birthday!
Looking at the joy on Debbie's face and seeing this wonderful new baby fills my heart to overflowing. Joy, peace, happiness and love all merge at once. Life is good!
Addition of Love to the Adams family
She is loving that new brother
Oliver Yu-De Adams welcome to the world!

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Good Day

The morning breaks, the shadows flee.....

This is how my morning started out.

View of the temple from the MTC
We drove past the temple and I walked up to the MTC and then down to the dental clinic. We have the Stinchfields from Washington now working along side the Burtenshaw's and Stewarts. Dr. Stinchfield is an oral surgeon and will be a great benefit to many missionaries who haven't had their wisdom teeth removed. It is so hard when missionaries are just fine and then the wisdom teeth start to aggressively grow in and the pain can be quite bad.
Dr.s Burtenshaw and Dr. Stinchfield
The Stinchfields getting ready for their first patient
I had the privilege of assisting Dr. Burtenshaw so that Sister Burtenshaw could guide and assist Sister Stinchfield through the process of assisting her husband. It was very interesting and educational for me. I know the differences between an elevator, hemostat, condenser, explorer, acorn, number 12, plastic matrix, and lingual. 
Did you know there are 2 handed dentists and 4 handed dentistry? Dr. Stewart is a 2 handed dentist and  Dr. Burtenshaw is a 4 handed dentist. Just different ways of assisting. Putting your fingers in someones mouth is very interesting!
Well my day got really wonderful but the main participants will have to tell their own story first.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Feeling Needed

On Saturday I got an email from my team-teacher telling me she wouldn't be at Primary on Sunday - no problem I prepared a lesson.
When I showed up for class we had to go get chairs and set everything up. When class started the younger ones came in with us because there wasn't another teacher. I was glad I made extra handouts. When sharing time was suppose to start there was only one woman. I don't know what her title is but she comes to help out most weeks. As she struggled to get opening and closing prayers and such I couldn't stand it and with a prayer in my heart I went up to the front and started singing songs with the Primary kids. I've been gone so long from Primary I am not up on all the newest songs, so it was a little hilarious. The lady came back from somewhere and started the Primary with a prayer and an article of faith recitation. Then she looked to me to sing some more songs. The Primary counselor came in with about 20 minutes left of the day and had the kids draw paper flowers for their mom. I realized that mother's day is going to be in 3 weeks, one of which will be Stake Conference, so I went around snapping pictures of all the kids so we could make something for moms in a couple of weeks.
Lots of the children and parents are gone because it is "summer" here and they go to the Provinces for summer vacation. The Primary president has actually moved two months ago and comes back sometimes to help out. I've decided I'm need where I am - but - I am going to have a sharing time prepared in my back pocket and maybe learn a few more songs.
Dawn breaking
This week in the dental clinic we had a young man come in because, "I can't open my mouth further than two slices of bread without a lot of pain." The dentist took out his wisdom teeth and he couldn't thank the dentist enough as he walked out of the door. Of course he was still numb but hopefully he will heal quickly and be just as thankful.
Another young missionary came in with "something" spackel?, some kind of filling that looked terrible on his front teeth. The dentist was very careful to remove and check for anything underneath and then give him a lovely front filling that he can actually smile with.
This job makes it very easy to fill the importance of doing something. Much different from being a mom where the rewards are years and years later. Probably more lasting, though I am enjoying the feeling of rewards coming the same day I expend my efforts.

Time flying by

Beauty here every day

Life is moving at a fast clip lately. In the dental clinic we have a new dentist who has arrived with his wife. They are still adjusting to the time and will start working slowly next week. For one week we will have three dentists in the office until the Burtenshaws go home in May.
Last week I sewed up pillowcases for everybody in the office and next I will probably sew up some for the Eckerts.
Almost looks like a bed! The pillow is actually old and is to be used as a prayer pillow to kneel on

Elder and Sister Eckert work as nurses in the MTC infirmary and help out our missionaries as they heal from the work done. They get calls in the middle of the night for all kinds of things and lots of concerns during the day. I am awed by the caring, empathy, and teaching they do every day.

This week David Berrett from Salt Lake City visited the Legal office and Jeffrey and I had lunch with him. He was very nice and easy to chat with. He asked an interesting question, "What can we do to make your mission better?" Actually I could think of nothing that any man could do because my Heavenly Father answers all my yearnings in such a huge way. I have meaningful work, I have a creative outlet, I get to interact with Filipinos and their families, I live in air-conditioned places and this is a soul-filling beautiful place to live.

This week was our 33rd wedding anniversary and we spent it just like the last 25 - apart. Jeffrey was working late and I went to a farewell for the Soderquists after work. As usual we will celebrate in June (or July). Actually this whole mission has been a type of anniversary celebration as we talk and share with each other daily.

One morning this week the whole back floor of the clinic was flooded. Rizal and Ernesto got it fixed and cleaned up. We really have an awesome team who keeps this place running smoothly.
Rizal is great with the tools, Ernesto make our clinic run smooth
Jeffrey pointed out that 6 months have already gone by and I was a little shocked. Wait, I think I was suppose to know more before now......I'll have to step up my game.

What's the occasion?

This morning Jeffrey and I noticed lots of young adults 20's early 30's congregating at the mall. I did not know what the occasion was/is as we went to work at the Area office and MTC Dental Clinic. We only worked till noon and then came home. I have to admit I was pooped even though it was only 6 hours instead of 8 or so. I napped for just a bit and then studied my Primary lesson. Went grocery shopping and found a nice young man to push all my groceries back to the apartment. I love the service here.
Tonight the fireworks went off! Why?

I love the fireworks going off, I just wish I knew why. This was in a mall a ways away so I could actually photograph them.  The ones in our mall are too close and the camera picks up all the particles and dust smoke.  What kind of events are fireworks worthy?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Week up to Easter

I'm pretty sure Rebekah didn't tell me about how quiet it is leading up to Easter. On Thursday the mall was closed except for certain restaurants and on Friday everything was closed - except the gates leading into churches - they were crowded. On Saturday more businesses were open though I noticed the construction work around town didn't start up. I've heard that most people go to the Provinces and so the streets in Manila are practically empty. I drove by myself to the MTC Dental Clinic on Friday for missionary screening and had no trouble driving anytime this weekend. I am amazed at the way a whole city takes Easter seriously. I'm told the whole country does. This is amazing and wonderful. I think I'm still processing the idea. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints takes Easter seriously and Easter devotionals are planned in almost every Stake House. After church in the morning we'll go back for the devotional.

Jeffrey makes me happy

Skimming through Facebook today I noted a story I have heard before of a man who had been married for 20 years and was thinking about divorce. He had an epiphany and started asking his wife every day what he could do to make her happy.   I thought about the story for awhile and realized that both Jeffrey and I have made discoveries through out our marriage about what  we need to do and not do to make each other happy.
Jeffrey bought me a sewing machine. That makes me happy! I have a creative outlet now that fills a bit of my soul.
Round 2 High hopes
Brothers sewing machine that says Japan quality on it. I've come to love Japan quality in machines, restaurants, autos and industry.
Good quality fabric can be found at 4 to 7 dollars a yard - I'm in heaven

Sewing up pillowcases for two families
Ready to give away!
On Good Friday I was finishing up the last of my pillowcases and realized the material I bought for the last pillowcases just wan't going to work. All of the stores, malls and most shops were closed so I couldn't go out and buy anymore and we were going to meet the Soleras family early Saturday morning. Jeffrey was kind enough to give up one of his shirts so I could put the top on two of my pillowcases. Now that is sacrifice for a good cause!