Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Very Unusual...And...Very Sweet!

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Not too long ago, The Aggie Boy came home for a visit. 
 We do love it when he comes home! Our days were filled with fun activities and lots of delicious food. 
 One evening we decided that Tacos were in order and we headed off to a 
favorite taco location. We ate... we laughed...we ate some more and just enjoyed being together! 
As often happens during dinner in our area, young Tarahumara Indian girls come to the 
tables asking for money. They are not native to our community, but have come here 
over the years because they are having a difficult time surviving in the mountain 
areas where they are from. They beg for change, or whatever 
someone may be willing to given them.

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So as we were finishing with our dinner, two little girls approached our table asking for money. 
 The Farmer asked them if they were hungry, to which they replied "yes." 
 We gathered together a few tacos that had not been eaten and offered them to the girls. 
 They stood at the edge of our table and began to eat. 
It was very obvious that they were VERY hungry. 
 The Farmer signaled for the waiter to bring more tacos and a few sodas. And they ate.... 
A few minutes passed and a few more little indian girls arrived, when asked, they 
too confirmed that they were very hungry and so more tacos were ordered. 
 We all moved around the table and made space for them to join us...thinking that 
there was no way they would actually sit with us to eat...but we were in for a very big surprise! 
 The sat with us and they ate! Very unusual! 
I have never seen anything like this in all the years that I have lived in this area. 
 The Tarahumara Indians are very shy. 
 It is unheard of to actually have them sit and eat with you.

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After a few more minutes...another few little girls arrived at the table and began to eat. 
 We ended up with 8 little indian girls at our table.  
The Farmer requested all the tacos that they could eat. 
 The Rooster went to the salad bar and loaded plates full of lettuce, cucumber and limes.
 They ate every last piece of lettuce that he brought to the table. It was amazing to watch! 
 The more they ate...the happier they got and soon they were all talking and laughing! 
It was a sweet sight. After sometime had passed, the mother of some of the young 
girls came looking for them, wondering why they had not returned. 
 She stood at a distance close enough to see them but not too close as to be approached. 
 After a few minutes we carried a few tacos to her, so that she too might eat. 
It was such a special experience for our family to have!

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Wrecked Rooster...

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I am currently visiting The Grandparents S. in AZ. 
 The Grandpa is fighting a very valiant fight against cancer, and some days are better than others...
but he is doing his best to be strong and brave. I am so thankful that The Farmer and The Rooster are holding things together on the home front so I could spend a few days here with The Grandparents. 
It has been a really nice visit. This time is also allowing me to catch up on a few delayed posts. 
The Aggie Boy and a very sweet friend of his, came home for a visit a week ago. 
 When he comes home...he brings alot of energy with him! 
It is a treat to have him around!

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 The Rooster really enjoyed having his brother home. 
The Rooster recently wrecked his motorcycle and it left a few marks behind;) 
Which required a trip to the Dr. A lecture from the Dr. (who also treated The Aggie Boy 
when he...on more than one occasion... wrecked his motorcycle too! 
 It also required a trip to the pharmacy and a few different medications. 
Thankfully he didn't break anything...

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

"She Will Be Just Fine..."

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Early this morning my phone rang. 
(I am in the states visiting the Grandparents S. with Grandpa having some health issues.) 
 Anyway, when I answered the call, I was greeted by Pres. Jardine, 
Sis. Precious' mission president. He called to assure us that she was well...very sore...but well. 
 "She will be just fine..." he said "and we love her very much!" 
I love him for calling this morning, to ease the worry of a Mother's Heart. 
 I love him for leaving his family to serve the Lord and to serve Sis. Precious...
I love him...
because...
he loves her!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Answered Prayers!!

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Our Missionary Monday was a Missionary Tuesday this week. 
 We knew that we wouldn't hear from Sis. Precious until today, she mentioned it last week. 
 Around 1:30 we got a quick message from her telling us that she had been in a car accident on Monday afternoon, and that her mission president wanted to talk to us. So very quickly The Farmer made contact with Pres. Jardine. We just happened to be in El Paso... at the hospital...visiting a dear friend who is having some serious problems. The Farmer left the hospital room to talk to the mission president, 
and when he returned he had quite a story to share.

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 Sis. Precious and her companion were passing through an intersection and were 
broadsided by another car that had run a red light. The car was totaled, they were both taken by 
ambulance to the hospital, and thankfully the mission president was very close by. 
 She said that the moment Pres. Jardine arrived he placed his hands on each of their heads and gave them a blessing. She was so grateful for that. So today, with her signature humor and grace, she shared this experience with lots of detail with us through her weekly letter. Her perspective is amazing! Today and I am so very grateful for every prayer that is uttered throughout the world on behalf of our 
beloved missionaries. Prayers were answered today!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sis. Precious Update...

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Sis. Precious is awesome! 
Her letters are such a delight each week...we laugh... I cry a little (because I miss her)...
and she reminds us how very lucky we are to call her ours. 
She has the most unique and beautiful way of finding happiness and humor in the most 
mundane of situations. Each week I wonder what great adventure she has had and 
how she made it fun. I love that girl!! Yesterday, early in the morning a 6.1 earthquake 
hit the Napa Valley area of California. Although it wasn't right in her area, people have 
reported feeling the quake right where she is. This would have been Sis. Precious' first earthquake...
and I pray her last;) The church has reported that all missionaries in that area are just fine. 
 Yay! 
 I look forward to hearing from her today... to see what this experience was 
like for her and those in her area.

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This is Sis. Cleverly...The Trainer...she is a Saint I am sure;) 
She and Sis. Precious were riding their bikes when The Trainer felt she was going to pass out. 
 They quickly stopped...found a piece of grass and The Trainer laid down. 
 Turns out it was the yard of a less active member;) Anyway, to pass the time...
Sis. Precious gathered sticks to surround The Trainer, 
which brought alot of laughs and lightened a hard situation.

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While traveling through Cd. Juarez with The Farmer...
I came across a street vendor who was selling these blow up Lucha Libre dolls... 
since we love Nacho Libre so much...it was a must to send to Sis. Precious! 
Oh my goodness she is loving that thing! 
I also sent some funny curlers to her that I thought may help... 
but turns out...not so much...after removing the curlers she said she looked like 
she was ready to go to the high school prom!
So here is a little glimpse into the life of our Sis. Precious!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Farmers' Gotta Farm...

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A few days ago The Farmer and I decided to spend the morning checking the farms. 
 It is so beautiful here right now! 
 The abundance of rain has made it very plush and green...and muddy!

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These are a few of the "Farming Crew." 
 Please notice The Rooster in the middle...;)...

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The Farmer doesn't get to spend too much time on the tractors much anymore. 
 His days are filled with other issues. 
 But, every once in awhile...The Farmer "gets lost" and this is where he is usually found. 
 It's a therapy of sorts. 
This picture appeared in a text message in the last couple of days with this note... 
"Sometimes The Farmers' gotta farm!" 
And there you have it!!!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stadium Of Fire...(catching up)

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 One of our MOST favorite activities while in Utah is going to Stadium of Fire. 
 It is always a wonderful time! We loaded all of the family in 
The Farmer's truck and parked as close to the Stadium as we could...yet not too close;)

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And then we walked...
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 This is a member of The Brotherhood...
I happen to like him alot! He is a very good time!

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The Aggie Boy joined us...that is always fun!...
and The Rooster refused to let me take his picture...

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This is The Aggie Boy...dancing and singing with some of my darling nieces...
They really enjoyed Carrie Underwood! 
We were at the very top of the stadium, which we have discovered is the 
very best spot to be to enjoy the fireworks show. 
The evening did not disappoint!
(photos by The Farmer)

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