Well, we are not even at Christmas yet and the eating has started. We had 3 major food events this week.
We started off with the Christmas Conference for the Mission. This was a great event and a very spiritual one. We heard a great presentation, complete with photos, from Elder and Sister Todd on the Paris Temple. Each missionary received a Paris Temple recommend holder from the mission. It is absolutely beautiful and means something special to everyone who received one.
|Primary Children from a Utah sent these little notes to our Mission to show their support for us here. What a treat it was to see these.|
|This is our Mission Office. It shows a traffic circle that is typical. There are 7 roads that meet here. We find them very efficient and wish we had more back home in Canada.|
|Some of the Canadians that were at the office at the same time on Monday.|
When the Paris Temple is dedicated in 2017 our members will be able to go to the temple and back in one day. Therefore, they can go whenever they want and do not have to go when it is our stake's week for the temple. The temple grounds have a park which is open to the public to come and enjoy the peace and serenity of the location. What a huge blessing that will be.
Getting back to the Christmas Conference, Ed also gave a talk a talk about his conversion. This was very well received and touched many of the missionaries there.
At the Christmas Conference we had the first of our 3 food extravaganzas. As couple missionaries we had the responsibility of helping with the food. What a great meal this was. We had turkey with a mushroom and chestnut gravy along with mashed potatoes. This was our main course. As an entrée we had a salad made from lettuce, cheese, apples, clementines, cucumbers, cheese and peppers. For dessert we had a chocolate mousse with lemon sauce. And of course, we had the ever present baguette. What a great meal!
We took advantage of being in Paris to connect with other missionary couples and to visit some sites. We went to Galéries Lafayette, a high end shopping experience in Paris. It was a little too pricey to buy anything. We also visited a cool little section of Paris where there are pedestrian streets and nice little shops. We went out for crêpes with another couple near Notre Dame and had an ice cream afterwards. Are you seeing the food theme here?
|Ed just happened to run into Père Noël on the Champs Élysées|
|It's unusual to see a Nativity here in France.|
|Little shop with lovely decor for Christmas.|
|A M A Z I N G!!! Lynn was in her glory here looking all around at all the Designer clothes etc.|
|Pére et Mama Noël|
|As usual for our Goûter de Noël we had Gauffres or Waffles. They are so delicious. We got the recipe so we're all set.|
|Thanks to Isabelle for some great photos of our activity|
|This is our fun game. Elder Adams is stressed out about the possibility of loosing his coveted Star Wars box in the action.|
|Our Carol singing with Elder Daines at the piano.|
Following church we had our third food extravaganza. Whenever our High Councillor is here we have meal. Today was no exception. We had leftovers from our "Goûter de Noël" from yesterday. We also had stew, bread and cheese, corn on the cob, lentils, sausage, sweets, foie gras and veggies. It was fun visiting and talking with each other afterward. We sang more Christmas Carols around the table.
On the home front we had one more birthday this week. Our son-in-law, Tyler, is a year older as a result. Lynn made him a nice card and we tried to phone him and ended up leaving a birthday message. We hope his celebrations were lots of fun.
Ed's mom ended up going to the hospital on Friday. She has been falling lots lately. So much so that we got her some hip protectors. She has also been quite agitated and had a high fever. We have been worried. It turns out that she had and infection and is now on antibiotics. She is improving.
Since we have moved to the home front. Ed's mom and dad and Lynn's mom had a wonderful event a couple of weeks ago. All of our children and grandchildren had a Christmas dinner with them. They booked the eating/meeting room at St. Therese. It was a great meal and they had a great time. Grandchildren gave a little performance, gifts were shared and Lise-Anne gave a little talk. We were able to be part of the action by phone as we talked to our parents and Kevin while they were at the meal. What a great tribute to our parents. They were touched.
|As Star Wars is being shown all over this week we think this is a wonderful reminder of the real reason for the Season. Love to all.|
Au revoir de la France.
Lyndi-Lou and Eddie too.