Saturday, April 29, 2017

Lunch - Missionaries - FHE - Nora, Crew and McKenzie's Birthdays

Monday Lunch at Chili's * Missionaries * FHE
Nora's Birthday * Crew's Birthday * McKenzie's Birthday

Monday as usual, we went to Chili's for lunch.  The woods came with us to check out the lunch special.  We all enjoyed it.  

Elders Morote - Nunez - Peek - Moore - Babbel
Just as we were finishing lunch, these office Elders came walking in Chili's.  They came for the lunch special too.  There is just something so special about the young missionaries, it was fun to see them.
Monday night we had FHE.  We welcomed the Woods, and the Coacalla's did the lesson.  We had  some yummy stuff to eat after.   


The 25th was Nora's Birthday
Happy 1st Birthday Nora!
We Love You!!

Yesterday the 27th was Crew's Birthday
Happy 4th Birthday Crew!
We Love You!

Today, the 29th was McKenzie's Birthday
Happy Birthday McKenzie!
We Love You!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lunch with Jaun and Emma Alva

Lunch with Jaun and Emma Alva
Sunday afternoon 4/23/2017

Last Monday while were were at the grocery store, we met Brother Alva's niece.  She told us Juan had been in the hospital for several days and was having a hard time.  When we got home Wayne made some phone calls and finally talked to Sister Alva.  He told her we wanted to visit them and she invited us for lunch.  We were happy to go see them.  

In March when we were home in Utah, I made the Alva's a quilt.  I wanted to do something nice for them because they've been so good to us.  We weren't going to give it to them until we leave to go home, but Wayne wanted to give it to them now, thinking Brother Alva might enjoy it now while he hasn't been feeling very well.  They loved it and were grateful for it.   I made them some chocolate chip cookies too. 

Sister Alva gave me a set of Napkins she's made.  They were just like the ones we use when we go to eat with them, so it will be a wonderful keepsake and will always remind us of them.  

Brother Alva's birthday is May 27th  He will be 97 years old.   He is a wonderful man and I know how much Wayne loves him.  They will always be great friends!  Sister Alva use to cook for Wayne when he was a young missionary.  She always prepares something delicious for us.  We love visiting them and enjoyed our visit.  Juan and Emma will always have a special place in our hearts.  We love them.  Rosemary, their youngest daughter and Diana, their grand daughter were there too, I didn't get their pictures.  

These are some of the pictures I took on the drive home.  

On the way home, we pass through the Mayorista, I didn't spell that right.  
This is where people sells their goods.  There are people selling everything.   

Bicycle carts parked on the island in the street.  They unloaded these carts on the sidewalk and parked the carts here. 

Did you ever see such big pots and pans??

Vendors selling stuff across the street

I love going down these streets.  I always want to walk along and see what is being sold.  Wayne on the other hand is happy to stay away from it.  He lived this for two years 40 years ago and it is kind of still hard for him to see how poor some of these people are.  It amazes me that they can all be selling so much stuff.  I wonder who buys it all and how they know where to find what it is they might need.  It is pretty amazing to me.   This is a part of Trujillo I hope I never forget.  It makes me be humbled and grateful for the life I have always know at home in Hooper. 

Jardines Ward

Sunday 4/23/2017

Jardines Ward

We are always sop happy for Sunday to come around.  We enjoy being in the temple, but it is nice to have a break from it once in a while too.  Wayne and I go to a different ward each week.  this week we went to Jardines.  This is the Tirado's ward, so we thought it would be fun to go there this week and we haven't been there for a while.  

I took these pictures along the way.  It is so dusty and dirty from the dirt that was left behind after the Huayco.  The streets are still tron up and very rough and dirty which adds to the dirty.  I tried to get pictures of it but you can't see it very well.  

These young men were at the church when we arrived.  they had prepared the sacrament and were waiting for the meeting to start.  They greeted us and talked to Wayne for a little bit.  They just seemed like really good kids.  Future missionaries!

The meeting started at 10:00 am so it was at a good time.  We arrived a little early and I couldn't believe the dust and dirt all around the church.  This chapel got flooded when the Huayco s came.  it was clean inside but around the church grounds was very dusty and dirty.  It was hard on my contacts with so much dust flying around.  We chose to go to this ward because we wanted to share the meeting with the Tirado's, and Sanders. It was a good meeting, Jessica sang I Stand All Amazed and her dad played for her.  This is one of my favorite songs in Spanish because I've memorized some of the words in the chorus.  Jessica sang beautifully and her father was amazing on the piano.  We enjoyed the meeting.  

I didn't get any pictures.  I figured I'd taken a lot of the Sanders and Tirado's at the wedding.  What I didn't know is we really didn't get a good picture of Jessica with her parents, which I guess is ok.  

Elder Walker from Highland, Utah

It was fun to talk to him.  He seemed so happy to visit with us, it was almost like he was feeling a little at home with us.  He was there with an investigator and his companion kind of got left to help the investigator because he was talking to us and the Sanders. 

We left this ward and went to the Palermo church, we waited there until it was time to go to Brother and Sister Alva's for lunch at 12:30 pm.  While we were there, we saw these missionaries and had to take their pictures.  

Elder Choque and Elder Near
Elder Peterson and Elder Apaja

Next post will be lunch with the Alva's

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tirado & Sanders Wedding

Tirado  &  Sanders Wedding

Tonight we went to the 3rd wedding reception for Boris Tirado and Jessica Tirado.  They got married on the 12th in the Salt Lake Temple, had a celebration that night, then went to California for a celebration on the 15th and to Peru for a celebration tonight.  The previous post I explained a little more about how we know them.  The invitation said the celebration would be at 7:00 pm.  President and Sister Casos were invited too so we rode with them.


Things in Peru rarely start on time.  On the way to the celebration, Sister Casos explained how the last wedding she went to should have started at 7:00 pm but it didn't actually start until 9:00 pm.  When we arrived at the church, the gate to the parking lot was locked.  Wayne went inside to see if he could find someone to open the gate, but Brother Quintanilla  was the only one there getting sound set up and he didn't have a key.  We waited in the car and it got to be 8:00 and still no one showed up.  Finally about 8:30 Sister Quintanilla and Kira arrived, she said she'd get a key.  She couldn't find anyone with a  key either.  At about 8:45 pm they got the gate opened, we parked and went inside. It was decorated beautifully.  It looked like a wedding party! 

Adriano is 3 years old.  He is Brother and Sister Tirado's grandson.  He looked so cute all dressed up.  

Adriano with his mom.

Adriano escorted the bride and groom in to start the celebration.

Boris and Rosanna Tirado - Boris and Jessica Tirado - Jeffrey and ???Stacey Sanders

After the Bride and Groom danced, they did the usual dances including the daddy daughter dance and groom mother dance.  Brother Quintanilla was the Master of Ceremony and they had a little program.  Jessica sang a song to Boris, with her dad accompanying.  And of the moms and dads each spoke for a few minutes.  They asked Wayne to interrupt the English to Spanish when Jessica's parents spoke.  That was kind of neat and he did a great job.  Sorry no picture, Wayne had the camera in his pocket on the stage.

They served us a lovely meal with a chicken breast, heart shaped rice, puree potatoes, and applesauce with chicha morada to drink.. The food was very good.  

After the meal, they took pictures of Jessica and Boris with each of the tables and we all danced.  Yes! I said WE!

Wayne and I have never ever really danced.  We've just never been much into dancing, but Wayne took me by the hand and we danced for a few minutes.  He twirled me and turned me and even dipped me, when he did that the crowd cheered.  It was kind of fun.  A little later,  he took me out to dance again because he wanted to have a video of it which he got, but it wasn't nearly like the first dance.  I don't know how to put videos on here so sorry you'll just have to imagine. 

The older sister of Boris and her husband.

Brother and Sister Quintanilla with President Valdivia behind

President and Sister Valdivia

Brother and Sister Haro

Brother and Sister Luperde 

Sister Tierado's sister and her husband

The group dancing

Brother and Sister Leon - Grandpa and Grandma to Boris

We sat by President and Sister Casos.

Most of the people on this table were related to Brother and Sister Valasquez who are on the left.

Wayne - Jan - Diego - Kira - Samir - Jeffrey - Brother and Sister Quintanilla
Boris and Jessica behind

Boris and Jessica with the Quintanilla brothers
Samir - Jeffrey - Boris - Jessica - Diego
Wayne and Jan with the Bride and Groom!

It was such a fun night.  We knew a lot of the people at the party and we really had a good time.  We left around 11:59 pm.

*** FYI ***

Wayne said this is the second wedding he attended in Peru and they were both in this same chapel.  the first one was for Berta Briones and Sergio Bendizu 40 years ago.  It wasn't as fancy at this reception.