Saturday, June 30, 2012

We Are Here!! Life in Guadalajara!

We have arrived!! After a wonderful five days of MTC training where we feasted both spiritually and physically, we packed our bags and flew south to rainy Guadalajara, Mexico!  We spent last evening with the outgoing mission president and his wife and much of today getting unpacked, and learning our way around the city.

And Wes is having to get used to being on call 24/7 (with the phone ringing very frequently) while I have been praying no one will call me with an illness until I learn the language and get a nursing degree.

In the meantime . . . here are a few pictures from the past twenty four hours!

Here we are with all our luggage at the Phoenix Airport with our 8 suitcases. (Four of them were mine:-)

And here we are a few hours later,  meeting the outgoing president and the office staff.

Dinner at the mission office with the staff.

A picture of our new house. The previous one was over 40 years old and so the church just bought this one--three days before we moved in. They did an amazing job getting it livable before we arrived!

Here is my "office"  (I don't really have any where to put all my study materials, computer, teaching supplies etc, so I plan to take over the kitchen.

And here is Wes' office--taken from the family room. It has some really nice built in bookcases across one of the walls.

And here is the view from one of the balconies. We have two balconies. One just has a viewing area and the other has a table and chairs for eating. We may just eat our breakfast out there every day for the next three years. :-)

Okay--here are a few of my favorite pictures from the past week as well. Doesn't she look so cute!! I am so glad she is here with us in Mexico!

This is from our setting apart with Elder Oaks and Elder Gonzales. We had all of our children there and my parents. It was a very sweet experience.

And I just love this picture!! All six of the grandbabies--in a circle of Love!!

Yes, I had to go off and leave these two little guys!! So sweet and precious.

Our four generation picture on the day of Emmitt's baby blessing.
 I miss them all! But tomorrow we go to church and then Monday we start regular missionary days. We are looking forward to that!

Love to you all!


Dave and Camille said...

So fun! I'm glad you posted pictures, we want to see many more. Today at the pool Carly kept correcting Dave saying that that's not how grandpa does it. We was pretty disappointed to not have all the family at the hotel with us. Love you guys!!

Momza said...

Yea! I was hoping you'd get to share your mission experience! What a beautiful mission home! I am so excited for you, Lori. What a choice experience! I hope I get to serve a mission someday.
Saw Dave the other day--we've got to make plans to have them over soon!
I hope you both have a wonderful Sabbath!

Shannon said...

What a fun adventure. You will be blessed. Your family will be blessed! Enjoy every minute!

Erin said...

That looks so fun! You guys are going to be amazing!

Dixie Mom said...

I can't wait to hear about all your experiences! Just amazing!

DianeSS said...

I am sure the next three years are going to be amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

So exciting! You are in for a wonderful experience, albeit a trying one at times...


LeAnn said...

You are going to be blessed with some marvelous experiences. I loved all the pictures and thoughts. I was the nurse for the Spokane Washington mission and was on call 24/7. I even took my phone on vacation because I loved them all so much. I was able to attend the Zone conferences and usually had the opportunity to do some lessons on nutrition and other health issues. You are going to enjoy your work with these wonderful missionaries. My stories could fill a book. Having a blog will help to keep a good journal.
Enjoy the moments and blessings to you!

Kristin said...

Thank you for the note - and yes, the Burr family lives right up the street - what a good family! Elder Burr's grandmother is a sweet friend of mine, just love her dearly!

Best wishes - what an adventure you're having!