Just so you all know....skyping with Hermana Rich on Christmas was amazing!!!! She is doing great and it was great to spend 40 minutes with her! We were blessed enough to have all of her siblings here with us to be able to visit with her since they weren't able to be here for Mother's day! We are so grateful for the blessing of technology to be able to skype with her. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!
This week has been really good despite not being in our area for two days!! I had a fun hospital trip to Montevideo to do some blood work and then we had our Christmas conference the next day!! The Christmas conference was really good and it was fun to be with half the mission! Plus we got brownies and ice cream..it tasted like America!!
It has been super, super hot here this week and super, super humid..that means we had a ton of rain!! Christmas day here was really interesting because it was pouring down rain and everyone was sleeping from partying the night before! So we walked around in streets with water up to our ankles. In the end we just laughed because there was nothing else that you could do!!
Christmas here is pretty different than in the states. Christmas eve is what they celebrate more! They do a big BBQ and stay up partying until super late in the morning on Christmas day! We went to Familia Barretos house and hung out with them until ten thirty. Then we stayed up at our house until twelve thirty! We got up on our roof at twelve to watch the fireworks show and it was pretty crazy!! At one point a big old part of a firework fell on our roof and their fireworks sound like bombs!! They thought it would be fun to set one off right in front of our door..not going to lie..I screamed a little!! The next day we had church and we had seven investigators there! We were super stoked and we have the familia rodriguez's baptism on Saturday!!They are soo excited and have progressed soo much!! Overall it was a really great week and I couldn't be happier!! I have loved being able to be an instrument in the Lord's hands and feel of my Savior's love for me. As this new year quickly approaches I invite you all to think about ways that you can come unto Christ a little more this year!! I love you all and I hope you have a happy new year!!
|Hermana Rich & Hermana Backstein|
|Hermana Rich and Hermana Backstein celebrating with the Barretos Family|
|Package arrived and it only took two months!|
|New kind of Christmas tree!|
|MMMMM...Brownies and ice cream! AND A STRAWBERRY! One of her favorites!|
|Hermana Rich, Hermana Backstein and President Eddy and his family|