Monday, December 25, 2017 – Merry Christmas
The Nicaraguans celebrate Christmas on the 24th at night. They started lighting fireworks about midnight. Then they eat and eventually go to bed in the early morning hours. When we walked this morning, there were very few people on the streets.
Michelle cooked a wonderful Christmas dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, yams, happy Jello and gravy. The Helbergs came over and brought green beans and brownies/ice cream. It was wonderful. We then went to see the new Star Wars. We hope that the good guys finally win out in the final movie.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
We had our weekly office planning meeting, then we went to the store and home. Pretty uneventful day.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
We had our new missionary training. Sister Bell and I taught a balanced diet. We had Tip Top for lunch (not our favorite). Sister Bell talked with several missionaries that were ailing in various ways. We took Elder Arias and Elder Bashore back to their apartment, so we could change out one of the mattresses. It was old and dirty. We made a quick stop at Pricesmart and then home.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
I took David, our guard to file another complaint about our light bill. There is an organization that receives second level complaints. Our light bill, increased dramatically in October, November and December. An electrician came out last week and found that even when all the power is turned off in the house, there is still current going to the meter. He hopefully fixed it. But now we want an independent person to come and figure out how much was excessive and how much we really used. So we went this morning to make that request, but we found out that everyone is on vacation this week. We will need to come back on the 2nd of January.
We then sorted through 5 bags of clothes that the sister missionaries left when they went home. We will take these up north and share with the sisters who are going to the temple, or in leadership positions.
We had dinner and watched a movie.
Friday, December 30, 2017
We had another adventure today. We went to Ometepe, the Island in Lake Nicaragua. The Helbergs wanted to go. We left at 5am so we could catch the 7:45 ferry.
The ride was much smoother than the last trip which we took last April with the Lee’s. The boat was full so we ended up on the top deck. It had been raining on our drive down to Rivas, but by the time we got on the ferry, it was sunny and warm.
There was a full rainbow over Lake Nicaragua as we got off the ferry.
It took us 3 hours to go and down, twice as long as we expected. Coming down was hard on our knees. Then it started raining so by the time we got back to the car, we were soaked and muddy. But we still had smiles on our faces.
We eat lunch at a little cocinera at the bottom of the trail.
We didn’t have time to see anything else, so Daniel took us back to the ferry. It left at 5:30pm. We arrived home about 9pm.
The sunset was a fitting end to our trip.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
We stayed home most of the day (except for two quick trips to the store). It was nice to have a day to recover. Our legs, knees and feet are very sore from yesterdays hike. We worked from home, taking care of some administrative type work that needed to be done.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
We went to Church in Trinidad. We left at 6am. We both talked. Sister Bell talked about repentance. I talked about President Poncios plan for family success; scripture study, family prayer, Family Home Evening, pay tithing and attend the temple. We paid the bus fare for 8 members that are planning on going to the temple in two weeks. President Cruz will interview those needing interviews and two will need an interview from President Perez, 1st Counselor in the Mission Presidency. We arrived home early, about 4pm. The Koellikers will be staying with us for two nights before they go home on Tuesday. We will miss them dearly, but we are glad we can host them for a couple of days, since they have hosted us for 1 ½ years in their home in Esteli.