Thursday, March 30, 2017

To market, to market...

To market, to market.  There is one on every corner and a few in between that.  Our cupboards were bare except for a few things the previous couple bought for us, so we took the plunge and guessed our way through the corner store.  We spent $1170.50 Rubles which turns out to be about $20.00 USA.

When I figure out the name of this grocery store, I will let you know.  

If you like buttermilk then you buy the bottle in the middle.  If you can not read the Russian language, you buy it and think it is regular milk.  Trial and error.  I can now make wicked Buttermilk Syrup.

We are homeless no more...

Efremova Street 14, Apartment 25
Moscow, Russia 119048

We are homeless no more.  

Our apartment is the original home of the first mission president in Moscow.  How appropriate that we are living in a historical location on a church history mission.

Elder and Sister Griffin give us the keys and open the gateway to our life for the next eighteen months.

Pretty excited about this kitchen.  It is the first time since 1985 Lou Adams Avenue that I have had a dishwasher!

Setting up the office and looking for his secretary to help!

The view from my kitchen window. 

The view from our living room window.  The building on the left is a school.  I can watch the children on the playground.  They were playing soccer with a basketball today.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

At first site...

We are in Moscow๐Ÿ˜ฑ

We were met at the airport by President and Sister Mcghie of the Moscow, Russia Mission along with Elder and Sister Griffin, the office couple.  It was wonderful to see those welcoming arms.  There mission van then took us to our apartment.  Alexander was our driver.  I snapped these pictures as we drove.  Our apartment is an hour from the airport.  The city NEVER stopped for an hour.  It is huge!  I guess it would have to be with 20 million people to house.  The first picture is a bank of apartments.  They go on, and on, and on.

I have no idea what the following two pictures are.  Much to learn.  Excited to learn.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The long-awaited day arrived...

Thirty two weeks after we first began this journey, the long awaited joyous day of our mission began.

But if by a still small voice he calls,
To paths that I do not know,
I'll answer dear Lord with my hand in thine, 
I'll go where you want me to go.

There's surely somewhere, A lowly place
In earth's harvests field so wide
Where I may labor through life's short day
For Jesus the crucified.

So trusting my all to His tender care,
And knowing thou lovest me,
I'll do thy will with a heart sincere
I'll be what you want me to be.

What a tender mercy the MTC was in our life.  Thirty-two weeks we labored to get to this point.  We reflect on the hand of the Lord in guiding us through the difficulties that we faced on many turns, and watching as he prepared and opened doors for us one by one to make this happen.  The teaching and training we received were evidence that the Lord is in the details of our lives.  This experience gave us the much needed chance to reflect on this principle.  MTC = Most Tender [Spiritual] Conditioning

Tom and Shauna Humphries.  They have been with us since October in all of our trainings and will serve as Church History Specialists in Kiev, Ukraine.

Our District.  Paul was asked to be District Leader.  We had an exceptional group.  From left to right are Elder and Sister McDougall serving in Martin Cove Mission with Nick and Launa Leavitt as their District Leader when they arrive.  The two sweet sisters are Sister Jones and Sister Conway serving in South Carolina as "WASP" missionaries:  Church service missionaries finding the less active.  Elder and Sister Nield called to serve in Croatia as MLS missionaries.  

On the left is our Preach My Gospel Trainer Elder Webber.  Below is Sister Anderson and Elder Arslanian.  All three taught with inspiration in the true Come Follow Me Method.

The Badges !

The Visa.  Whew.  Arrived on Wednesday at the MTC.  We could have been in a pickle, but once again the blessings of the Lord manifest itself to us.  

Monday, March 13, 2017

ั€ัƒััะบะธะน .... Russian Language for Dummies!

And who would like the task of teaching two 65 year olds the Russian Alphabet?  

Bless his heart.  Ricky Callister took us on.  So patient.  So Kind.  Also, Matthew Niu.  [sorry, did not get a picture].  We spent three days at the Amanda Knight Hall in Provo, Utah working with these two fine young men.  Prior to attending "Russian Immersion" we had several Skype sessions with them.  Again, bless their hearts.  We learned that we have a lot to learn.  

Paul was super dedicated at learning the Russian Alphabet.

Me, not so much.  But I did take a picture of the tile floor in the bathroom of the amazing Amanda Knight Hall that would be an awesome quilt pattern!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The magic number is Fifteen

In the marriage vows when they say "for better or for worse" I am sure that part of the "worse" includes the word MOVING, and for some cosmic reason we continue to pursue this despicable task no less than fifteen times in our 45 years of marriage.  

I am overjoyed to say, this will be the LAST!

With the help of 23 members from the South Jordan Sixth Ward High Priests Group and the Astling Family, we had everything loaded in 45 minutes in to a 24 foot Budget Truck and Doug Winder's Pick-up.  The truck was stuffed.

Imagine our surprise when we arrived at our conex storage box that in the nick of time was delivered to Mapleton, Utah on Kent Wheeler's property that it was only 20 feet long and not 24 feet long.  

Now meet the Tetrus crew extrodinaire.  These nine geniuses should be your go to guys if you want to win at Tetrus!  I basically stood around and did what I do best...worried.  The picture with my girls in it is all of the stuff that was not fitting in to the conex that somehow miraculously made it in preventing me from having a meltdown.  Thank you to Kaye & Riley Nelson. Mark, Lisa, Spencer, James and Loni.  

You made the impossible happen! 


And how do you get through an episode such as moving?


Lots and lots of chocolate.๐Ÿ˜œ