Sunday, 23 October 2016

Finally cool

Oct 23. Fall is finally here with some nice cool weather, rain at times, even a frost one day. After a long hot summer, it has been a very pleasant change for those of us cold blooded. The Moldovans are dressed as if winter has hit, with winter coats and hats, but we are fine. It was cool for a week until our hot water in the heat radiators was turned on, but all in all was just fine. There are a few yellow trees here, but most leaves have just been brown. We continue to have fruit in the fruit markets, plums, grapes, and apples by the bushel. Every type imaginable is here and they are sweet and delicious- no pun. We have been as busy as ever in the last 2-3 weeks with much to do. There was some self Reliance training with a Brother Mathias from France coming in, and since then , we have done a lot of job training and resume preparation. The program is called My Path, and it leads into other programs. All inspired programs. The medical lectures are definitely getting busier, we continue to teach and help in a lot of Institute classes. We have done a lot of apartment inspections, and have been searching for a new apartment for a new set of missionaries. Inspecting apartments is always interesting, some mothers would be proud and some- well, let us just say it is good their child is an ocean away. We have had 3 apartments lose power because they forget to get us the power bills, there is no leeway or forgiveness here. Patience is so interesting. Deb is now in charge of Primary or the young children. She is an expert in the area and does so very well in teaching kids. We have been finding many ways to help, medical, counsel, temporal, and it is all gratifying. We are about a week away from a presidential election here. There are multiple candidates here- hard to tell who is honest or not. The country seems split, half long for old Soviet days with a bit more stability and half lean to EU and prosperity. Trouble is many EU government supporters in the past have seen a lot of years of corruption. That is such a serious problem here and so difficult to root out. It is hard to make progress with dishonest leaders and a dishonest justice system. Our FHEs have been fun, mainly thanks to Deb. Trouble is , we get so busy it is hard to take pictures. We have had a YSA activity for all of Moldova, with a lot of personal history done. We did a STARE game which was a hoot. We have had human horse races, human tic tac toe, and last week had the old stand by, spoons. We used some old face cards, our Rook cards were too valuable to use. We have made a lot of zucchini or bostan bread and cake, as long as there is chocolate, it will be eaten. Pics this post are very random, sorry.
What would an Edwards blog be without a horse and wagon? This one was loaded with corn stalks.

A YSA activity, Maria Gorea in the foreground

Vitally Argint and Nic on the left, doing a puzzle. Each had several pieces missing with another team, they had to problem solve it.

In the foreground, Chiril and Nikki Thompson

In front , Maria and sister Nicol

Evening meal was Sloppy Joes, wow, they were a big hit and devoured. Mihai Zgarbor is supervising.

Nina, Elder Green and Chiril enjoying

Deb had a RS project tying fleece qhilts. From left, Hannah Gibson, Sister Nicol and Sister Gorgos.
Picture from missionary conference in Romania
It has been good to be much busier. We hope that keeps up. We realized last week we are half finished our missions, it seems very fast and in some ways seems much longer.  Someone misses grandkids.

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