Sunday, January 4, 2015
This was a busy week as usual. Every day we spend most of the morning doing personal and companion study, planning and Lynn does language. It seems that we are always on the go which is what you want when you are on a mission.
Sunday was great. We had 10 people at Sacrament Meeting! Afterwards we were invited to our new friends, the Oliviers, for snacks. We had such a nice afternoon with them.
|Guillaume and Marine|
|They had this incredible bread oven in their kitchen.|
|One of many cool little areas outside of their home|
|Guillaume and his Mom|
On Tuesday we headed to our meeting in St. Quentin, about a two hour drive. The meeting was great. We had a lesson and set some goals. We chose to finish up our member's list by looking up names in the phonebook. We also decided to spend at least 3 hours a day speaking French to each other so that Lynn could work on her French. I am pleased to say that we reported success on both of these goals by Sunday. Our meal went very well. Everyone loved the dish we brought. We also had bread and cheese, pop and ice cream floats. We continue to be impressed with the missionaries in our district. We love them all and love what they do for the Church in their areas. On the way home we chose to drive on secondary highways because it so much more interesting and scenic. Lynn kept track of how many villages we drove through. Amazingly, we went through about 35 French villages just on the 2 hour drive home.
On New Year's Eve day I had a Branch presidency meeting with my counsellor. We accomplished a lot and then he came over to our place so Lynn could help him sew a pillow case filled with flax seeds that became a bed warmer when it was heated up.
We had a quiet New Year's Eve. Lynn and I watched a movie and had some appetisers. It was quite nice.
On January 1 we were invited to lunch at Laurent and Isabelle Biver's house. We had an amazing meal. It was typically French. We started with appetisers (asparagus, squash, artichokes, carrots, lettuce, eggs...) and apéritifs (non alcoholic of course). We then had the main meal of potée (sausages, cabbages, potatoes, greens, turnips...). We had bread and cheese and desserts to top it off.
|Great Food, Great Company|
|These guys really enjoyed the warmth by the fire!|
|Beautiful manger scene. Laurent hand crafted the stable piece by piece.|
|On our walk we saw the Lavoir (The place where laundry was done)|
|You can see the shelves where they used to put their baskets.|
|I love this place.|
|This was the original outdoor laundry facility. The animals would come to drink at the trough along the wall.|
|Elder Wilson, Laurent, and Isabelle|
|So this is outside the Elders apartment. Ed lived in the apartments on the left just after the large apartment building.|
|Rue Pierre Perrat. The Front of the Apartments. It's the white ones on the right that bow out beautifully.|
|4 Pierre Perrat|
|So third floor just above the front door was their apartment.|
|Gorgeous marble staircase in the Museum|
|Georgio Vasari 1558 He knew and was influenced by Michelangelo|
|Giampietrino (in the DaVinci circle) early 1500's I just love this painting.|
|My favorite (Lynn) by Philippe de Champaigne "La Charité" between 1635-1638|
|Oh man another favorite by Émily Friant "La Toussaint" 1888|
|I just love bicycles and old buildings so had to take some more.|
|Jeanne (Joan) of Arc|
|For those who speak/understand French! What an amazing Woman!|
Church this morning was great. It was our first fast and testimony meeting because we were at a stake meeting last month. The testimonies were incredible. We are very fortunate to be in a Branch with such faithful members of the Church. The spirit is always very strong at our meetings and we love it and our Branch members. It's interesting. You go on a mission to serve and help others and yet we are the ones who have been enriched beyond belief. The Lord continues to bless us daily.
Aurevoir from La France.
Lyndi-lou and Eddie too.