January 12, 2016
I can’t let the New Year begin without sharing about the last 18 months. We have reached our half way point. We didn’t celebrate with any fanfare – no burning of ties, shirts, or suits. In fact, we didn’t do anything – Keith was ill. Once he was up and going again, life took over and we haven’t slowed down.
We have met, worked with, cried and laughed with 376 missionaries. We have sent home 24 with medical reasons, and 10 have decided that a mission is not what they want right now.
We have been to the airport 173 times – good thing it is close to the office!
We doubled the size of our mission when we added Ixtapaluca. It is so large that we made it 2 zones. Therefore we now have 7 stakes which translates to 9 zones. (La Perla Stake has 2 zones also because of size).
We quit counting the number of red lights we have run. It is into the hundreds. Red lights are sometimes quite hidden and when they are not, other drivers often ignore red lights and honk if you stop. (This has even happened when it’s the “policia” behind us). Divine intervention has kept us out of car wrecks but we have plenty of scratches!
We have had multiple traffic tickets (never for running a red light). Our latest ones were for factory tinted windows (they just wanted lunch money), and for carrying two mattresses on the roof of our car (our car registration says that our car is for people, not stuff). We try and not make eye contact with “traffico policia.”
Okay – the accountant in me feels better! Off to the second half.