Monday, December 11, 2017

Results from Light the World

On Monday I asked Ernesto what he was going to do about his 21st Anniversary that night. He said they would just have a meal in. I said, "What! It's your anniversary and you aren't going to take Christy out?!!" He told me he had already used the money he was going to spend at the hospital when she broke out in an allergy attack and had to get a shot. I did remember that occasion - actually it happened twice in the past five weeks.
So I put on my cat-in-the-hat persona and told him I could buy some groceries that he could bring home so she didn't have to make a meal. I told him how great it would be if she didn't have to make something on their special day. He said three hours traveling with groceries would make them 'spoiled'. I agree - even going home through the mall can make the lettuce wilt. So after a steady stream of different scenarios and how he could make Christy happy, he agreed to take some pesos for Christy and his family to celebrate their anniversary.
Christy and Ernesto Solera 21 years of marriage
I got a a message and pictures on FaceBook this morning:
A surprise date and gift for our anniversary,thanks for my hubby,and Sis.Linda Ann Adams.I really appreciated.Thank you very much.....
Christy, Princess, Andre, Kyle, and Ernesto

Princess with a national favourite Halo Halo

Cute kids!!

Solera Family
Her end message was:
We celebrate our anniversary together with our kids.It is not complete with out them.Their very happy and enjoy eating and malling.We Love You Nana.

All Done!

I am grateful that as a 15 year old my son Michael introduced me to the "Piano Guys" saying, "Mom you gotta listen to this!'

The last of the skirts for the wedding are done!  As I sewed on waistbands I listened to the Piano Guys and thought about Michael and Julia and their new life together.
Romarie and Aaron are getting married next week and will be starting a new life together too. Lots of new beginnings.
Nine Circle skirts ready to go!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sunday Sharing Time again......

At least everyone mostly stayed in the Sharing Time room. I asked the children in the Senior primary and the Junior primary to do me a favour. I wanted them to draw a picture of something that happened at Jesus Christ's birth and I would film their picture while Christ's birth was being read.  Senior primary it went ok maybe great comparing it with Junior primary. Junior primary started out with three boys who were mad walking in the door. They wanted to dump crayons, write on the walls and poke at someone else. The rest of the children were just tired of meetings and were their usual restive selves.
The Primary president had to leave for an emergency, the music leader didn't show up, the other counsellor was ill but showed up, and luckily for me one of the teachers stuck around. I had a grandfather called in because the grandson was out of control. He ended up reading the scriptures for the Junior primary. After church he was heard to mention, "It's a jungle in there."
I think all I'm asking right now is that someone doesn't lose their budding testimony.

Using talents

We left early for church today because one of the members wanted to learn how to drive. For some reason Jeffrey thought he had some experience.
Jeffrey had to show him how to turn on the car and where everything was before they could even weave their way around the lot. I laugh because I usually was the one to teach our kids how to drive the car around the parking lot in the church grounds and Jeffrey usually came later - sometimes a lot later and drove with our children on the roads. He explained how hard it was...yup.

Friday, December 8, 2017

I know her

Yesterday while I was sewing on the Stockings and hanging them up as I went along, Sister Hoem told me some of them were on the pole wrong. They all needed to be taken off and put on right. I told her not to worry that Sister Stewart would come up and when she saw them she would take them all off, straighten them out, and put them in a nice neat matching order.
About 1/2 an hour later Sister Hoem's and I are cracking up laughing when Sister Stewart looks up from her efforts and says, "What?!"

Just like I know Laura Nausin would have matching bowls and implements when she is serving at high school graduation, a funeral, her home, or a wedding.  Then there is my sister Susie. Same kind of knowledge that she would straighten out my work.

Happy Birthday Sister Stewart

You've had a birthday shout hooray!!
Seniors from all over the MTC came down to help Sister Stewart have a great birthday-and eat cake

Lemon bars too

Sister Stewart stepped out of the operatory to have a picture with the maintenance men who came down to wish her a happy birthday!
Ernesto, Anton, Mike, Sister Stewart, JayAr, O.R

The next night we had a celebration at a restaurant where many couples came. Sister Stinchfield has  a few pictures as I forgot to bring a camera.  Happy Birthday Sister Stewart!

Batches and Girls Camp

Experience is really a great teacher. After a few years at girls camp I noted that there is always a pattern of major problems and miracles that happen. Sometimes the leaders can't come, at the last minute, sometimes the leaders have differences on how to run camp, sometimes there are forest fires, rain, landslides, late snow etc. etc., sometimes a girl will spill boiling water on her feet, a leader will have heart problems on the trail, someone will swell up with allergies etc., etc.  and then there are always the miracles of blessings, answers, and those who 'happen' to be in the right place to help at the right time i.e.: paramedic as a leader with the girl with burned feet. 1. There will be dangerous hazards 2. There will be miraculous solutions - usually already set up or near by.
Every Intake batch at the MTC isn't any different. Sometimes the leaders are sick, sometimes the missionaries have terrible thing happen or go wrong, sometimes the equipment this batch.
The air compressor just stopped working during a procedure.
J.R, Ernesto, O.R

Equipment has a hard time in this very hot, humid environment

Ernesto the major problem solver

Mike nearest the door can make miracles happen with electricity and machines

The heroes to the rescue!

Yesterday's Delegation

It is ironic or a conspiracy.
Yesterday morning I had three semi-dry scrubs and had the choice of putting on a magenta or grey pair of scrubs. Since we only had three hours of patients scheduled I thought why not wear my minions scrubs so the missionaries could smile at something during their (short) visit.
We all got caught up in re-doing the office because we had time. Sister Stewart was re-arranging furniture and paintings so a TV could be installed to show the waiting missionaries oral health movies, I was caught up in finishing my stockings for the dental clinic and Sister Whitehead was making sure things in the clinic were balanced and looked good. She moved tables and chairs and found a place for the stockings after I finished them.
Sewing up homemade ribbon so the stockings could "hang"
While we were twitching, tucking, and trying out other ideas, Elder Villanueva from the MTC came down and told us a delegation from China may or may not visit the dental clinic. Ahh, we cleaned up the debris and hauled the sacks and sewing machine to a bag under the counter and had everything looking spiffy in case they came.
Pictures re-hung on a different wall and all the chips, dust and tools taken out

Why is it that only when 'Very Important People' come, I am the one in the children's outfit?
It was a very impressive group of people who filled the clinic. Three men from China who will decide if other religions will be allowed in the country and what they can do if they come. Some of the top religious leaders in the Philippines who work together under a United Nations edict and of course the top brass from the Area Office.
In for a penny in for a pound.....I made sure everyone in the delegation came into the x ray room and looked at some x rays of the missionaries we are serving so they would know why we were here. The x rays can make you cry because these kids are so young. Just so you aren't anxious I covered the names with a napkin and didn't dwell on any one or two.
It was interesting that all of us had been doing our part to make the office a better place and just a bit later important people come......Sometimes prompting are so little and soft we don't recognise them as such..........makes me wonder about the sense of humour of my guardian angels though.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Solve the problem

Sister Stewart was explaining to the other women we were working with today, how I had recruited the maintenance men to make me a Christmas stocking stand. I hadn't thought about it as bold or uncommon because I had stockings and no place to hang them. I didn't want to put a permanent hole in the wall or desk and couldn't think of how I could hang them successfully. So I asked the problem solvers for a solution. I think one of my talents is using other people's talents.
So here are the men who can solve problems!
J. R. very helpful in hauling my sewing machine down to the clinic, Ernesto solves or finds someone to assist in all problems the clinic runs into, Mike lives in our ward and can construct everything mechanical and electrical
Thinking about it tonight I realized I really do have the good life.


President and Sister Carlos are determined to make this Christmas memorable and fun for the MTC missionaries this year. Sister Stewart and I went over to the Carlos' apartment this afternoon to help out with the preparations for Christmas weekend. Sister Carlos was making all kinds of cookies and assigned all her volunteers as we came in to different tasks. The MTC branch presidency's wives along with Sister Eckert the mission nurse and Sister Lee - I don't know her calling but she works with computers and information from Salt Lake all the time- anyway, we all were given projects to do.
I had lots of fun getting to know the wives of the Branch presidency of the MTC

Most of us were mothers of boys and had fun things to relate with each other

Sister Stewart and Sister Eckert were concentrating so hard they didn't notice the camera
Sister Carlos comes over to see if anyone needed assistance with their projects

So there are a lot of plans going on right now. Sister Carlos is organizing a life-size Game of Clue but instead of murder there has been a conversion. The teams will run around to various buildings on campus and find  Book of Mormon characters and ask them questions, by process of elimination the missionaries will be able to figure out who was the prophet that converted the person, where the conversion took place and what scripture was used. Then they will have to hunt to find President Carlos to get the suitcase full of candy and little trinkets.
The President, his wife and some of the staff (and dental) will go caroling in the dorms and will give out the "crackers" full of candy (that we wrapped and stuffed today) one night.There is a fireside planned with the Area Presidency on Christmas Eve.
I know they are giving each of the missionaries Christmas stockings as I was the one checking all of the little flashlights to make sure they were working. Many of the Senior missionaries have donated different things for the missionaries stockings.
On Christmas morning there will be stations of cookie decorating, building a Gingerbread house and a craft project - while the missionaries come in and out because they are calling home.
and then later that night skits and funny songs with the Christmas follies.
I don't know about the missionaries but the Carlos are sure to have fun because of all the service and effort they are investing.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Is it Worth it?

Last Saturday I spent most of the day hemming up circle skirts for Roma's wedding on December 21st. In my mind I wondered if it was worth it really. Was this going to make any difference in her wedding or was I just doing busy work.
Later that night I jumped onto Facebook I had been sent this picture of one of the skirts Roma had finished by herself for her sister.

Roma getting engagement pictures
She had even used some of the extra material to make her veil. Yes. I'd say it was worth it!


yup, they have matching outfits!
Sister Raiane Sereene Miranda Baysa and her mother Sister Anna Lorraine Miranda Baysa

The primary president Sister Lorraine Baysa and her newly called missionary daughter came to break the fast today.  I love these two dearly. If you are in Temple Square after April of 2018, look for Sister Baysa as a missionary and tell her I love her.

Half win Half fail

My King Benjamin was fine until his sister helped him out

He did NOT want to sit on a throne and ran to find his mama

My Isaiah was the only reverent child in the group

The rest of my "prophets" had issues

My new king Benjamin loves the attention

Then we had an extra sub when another checked out

Maybe role playing is not what it's cracked up to be. I really wonder what the children told their parents they learned today. There may be a really good reason none of the children knew who the brother of Jared was last Friday when I asked questions at Activity Day.
At least the Primary president had their attention today with listening ears.
One of these days I am determined to have a success.

Dance Practice

Only 5 children showed up for our practice and the teacher and assistant did not. For the first little bit we talked about Faith in God requirements (lead ballon stuff) and then played two truths and a lie. Luckily Sister Eugene showed up and got out the new poles and showed the children some of the steps in between the poles. They all had a good time and I could see Sister Eugene visiting some younger year memories in her smiles.

I had sewed up some circle skirts for the girls to practice in but only one 8 year old girl was there and the teacher wasn't. Sister Eugene only showed them the rhythm so that was good for that night.


Underneath the MTC gym in the garage is a big pile of carpeting on pallets. It has been delivered to go into the temple when the renovations begins in January. I heard through the grapevine that the old carpet is ripped up and burned before the new carpet it put in.  I thought about the why and what that would mean and if it sounded true or not. I do know that the furniture, plants and sometimes the paintings find new homes.
The little space to the left is our walk-way

Meanwhile everyone gets to edge past the full garage until work begins.There is nothing like living in the dungeon. Whenever something gets renovated the left over items end up in this garage until they are given new homes. We have seen some really fun stuff - including beds, toilets, bookcases, computers, printers and much more.  This is where we picked out our re-purposed potted plants for the clinic.


Dr. Burtenshaw came back to visit and talk to various authorities to help the Dental Clinic run smoothly. He ended his week by helping with the screening of the missionaries on Friday.  Everyone picked a night to have him for dinner and we picked Tuesday to come with the Stewarts. What a fun evening - I forgot to take a picture.
Tuesday late morning after the last appointment of the day, he met with all of the dentist and assistants to go over plans, policies, and practices. I stayed long enough to get a little background and listen to how the dental clinic got started - then took pictures and left them to their meeting.
Dr. Craig Burtenshaw, now on the MTC committee overseeing the dental clinic

Dr. Stinchfield, Sister Stewart, Elder Whitehead, Sister Whitehead, Sister Maryann Whitehead, Sister Stinchfield in foreground 

Sister Stinchfield's head and Dr Stewart

Everyone was gathered round to have a little meeting
Official picture of the doctors and MTC committee representative

Formal picture of Dentists, Assistances and Dr. Burtenshaw
It was nice to watch Dr. Burtenshaw interacting with the missionaries. It made me remember again that he had been a mission president here and loves missionaries.
Sister Stewart and Dr. Burtenshaw going over concerns and question before the missionaries arrive

Dr. Burtenshaw and Sister Stewart assisting during Intake screening


I've been watching the ongoing saga of certain ladies hair here in the Philippines. Hair products react differently, salon have a different way of taking care of customers, and results turn out differently than expected.
Helping with the spikes

The 'lift' lasted about an hour

On the last intake, Sister Stewart went to the barber that comes to cut all the missionaries hair and had her hair trimmed up. The poofing product she just wasn't the same result that she gets in the States. The reasons for this are the humidity and the fact that hair products tend to separate and have problems here. The interesting thing I found was that Sister Whitehead's super curly hair get too dry in this humid environment - why?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

OK, it finally happened

Why did he feel he had the right of way when I was further out than he?

All of those near misses and then I pull out of a gas station and for some reason the man coming up on my right felt he had the right of way as I was pulling onto the street. Luckily we were both going about 1 mile and hour so both cars only got scratched. Still.