We have had a wonderful week traveling our mission with our
mission doctor and his wife, Elder and Sister Stevens.
Our Mexico Guadalajara Mission is filled with majestic ocean scenes,
gorgeous mountains, vast and varied countryside, and wide open fields.
There are also sad and desperate places where people are
working so very hard to just scratch out an existence.
But I will be quick to add that without exception,
everywhere we go and everyone we meet is friendly,
happy, and so willing to help.
As we have traveled, we have stopped countless times :)
to ask directions, and time and time again, these good folks
are up and so willing to point us in the right direction
and get us on our way.
As we are learning more of our mission, we continue to stop
along our way, as we drive into cities, towns, pueblos, and neighborhoods.
We hop out and visit with people, we roll our windows down to say hello
and we wave as we drive slowly by, trying to take it all in.
We are tying to talk to everyone we meet.
We are trying to open our mouths and be good examples.
We love the beauty and diversity that we are experiencing.
We love our mission!
Here are some of the places we have visited this week
President and I overlooking Manzanillo
Here are some of the beautiful views in Manzanillo
We came upon this truck heavily loaded in Colima
let's just take a closer look at those lawn chairs piled up high :)
In Manzanillo we saw this couple selling juice from the back of their pick up truck.
Bless their hearts, notice the Flinstones sheet covering on top.
a church in the plaza in Manzanillo
I loved seeing this young man mending his net on his boat
I loved seeing this little preschool in Manzanillo
It looked like it was time for mothers to come and
pick up their children
ok... in Puerto Vallarta, Sister Stevens and I watched this guy
on the fence for quite a while. He would lean way over and take of bite
of those orange flowers and then bask in the sun again.
a few side roads in Manzanillo
Ok, this is the sweetest picture. I caught this little boy standing outside his home. His mom was right inside the door. This pictures tells such a story. I fell in love with him the moment I saw him standing there.
this is my favorite picture. He is so precious.
This little boy waited on the motorcycle while his mom was
in the corner store, She dashed out, and hopped on,
put on her helmet and they were off.
looking down a street in Santiago
Another church in Santiago
This mom was getting fish ready for dinner
ok, these kids are playing on some rebar on their front porch.
This little boy was bouncing and bouncing on it.
I am always so taken with all of the laundry
out drying in the hot, hot air.
It represents so. much. work.
I love the little bike right. there.
still in Tepic
Coming out of Tepic, we passed these girls crossing the overpass.
Isn't this the funniest picture ever! She's looking at me like she is
saying, can I help you???
she's on her way...
the cobblestone streets in Santiago
do you see him balancing that box on his head?
we see bikes with baskets full of this and that all the time
another thing we see all the time
ok, another thing we see all the time...
and it pulls at our heartstrings each time
watermelons for sale
another cobblestone street
Seriously, we see this all the time. There are so many
brooms for sale everywhere. They are well used.