Saturday, March 11, 2017

 This is our pump house where our water pump is. You can see the doves all around the top on a metal pipe.  They are getting water and shade.  Below is a hooded vulture in the tree just outside our apartment.  Brent took this picture from our apartment.

 On our walk Saturday 11 March 2017 we saw this bird fly past us into the tree.  It is a greet Parrot.  It was pretty cool to see one in real life in the wild.
 We walk past this wall most days on our walk.  I have been wanting a picture and took it today.  We walked to our produce market today by Chorthrums and bought from our cute little lady.  I took her a copy of the pictures from last week and she was so pleased.  She was showing all the other shop owners on the street and calling me her friend.  The other ladies on the street thanked us for the picture.  I think they all felt pleased for her and it reflected on them. 

 We were almost home and saw these men building some little stores.  This is only about 50 feet from where we come into our compound.  I wonder what they will sell in these new shops. 
 Brent and his gardens.  The top picture is his pineapple garden.  He has planted all these pineapples from pineapples we have eaten.  This is how he waters his garden here.  The bottom is his regular garden.  The vines you can see are the red greek squash vines, the seeds we got from Jason.  There is not a squash on them, but the vines are beautiful.  There is some watermelon vines by Brent mixed in with the squash and Brent found 1 little watermelon today.  I hope it makes it. 

 Friday 10 March 2017 we went to the Women's meeting at Kissy for the District Conference.  This is the group of Primary Leaders.  These are amazing women and we talked about songs they knew and 4 of the sisters knew "A Child's Prayer"  We sang it and the spirit was so strong.  I was so proud of them for learning the song and teaching it to the Primary children in their Branch.  The church is growing.  The bottom picture after the conference and is by far one of the sweetest pictures I have taken here.  This little boy watched Brent as he was carrying materials out to the truck.  Brent asked him if he needed help finding his mom and he said yes.  He took Brent's hand and they walked to find his mom.  Brent and the little boy just sauntered and talked and I really felt the spirit.  I do love my eternal companion and my missionary companion. We both love the children.  

Elder Peterson, the red head, made some muffins and brought them to share with Brent and I.  He said this was his first time making them and they were yummy.  Left to Right is Elder Amoah-Baafi, Elder Gamil, Elder Peterson, and Elder Ayabowei
 Brent even took one, ate it and liked it.  He usually doesn't like muffins but liked the ones Elder Peterson made.  We love the young missionaries to come to the office.  They always make us smile. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

 Saturday 4 March 2017 we walked down town to our vegetable market.  We always try to buy from this vendor.  She is a little past Chorthrams and on the other side of the street and we are her "very good customers," as she calls us.  She agreed to have a "snap" with me last Saturday.  She is very proud of her shop and should be, her produce is very fresh and sweet.  She knows to let me pick my own and is very kind and patient with me.  She always gives me one extra.  The carrots and cabbage are very good right now.  In fact so are the tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes.  It is nice to have such a good selection.  For Mindee, the cucumbers are good also, but we are a little tired of them.  We have been eating them almost everyday since we arrived.  They never seem to go out of season and are very good. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

 Wednesday 1 March 2017 waiting on the dock at Sea Coach for our Visitors.  Sister McConkie (General YW first counselor) and her husband, Sister Jones(General Primary President) and her husband, Elder Nash(counselor in the Africa West Area presidency) and his wife.  It was a perfect day in Sierra Leone.  There was such a nice breeze coming off the ocean. 
 Brent and Ali Kargbo.  Ali is the Branch President of Jui Branch in the Kossoh Town District and he works for the mission.  He is invaluable to us and we love him dearly.  We love his wife and family also.  They are both returned missionaries and kingdom builders here in Sierra Leone.  He went with us this day.  Brent was a back up driver and Ali drove the luggage for our visitors. 
                      A boat that went by while we were waiting.  It was a nice afternoon. 
 Thursday 2 March 2017.  Brent and I with our Elders leaving from Sierra Leone today.  They went with us to the Stake Center and the office Elders took them to Sea Bird about 12:30.  Elder Kamara is next to Brent and Elder Steven is next to me.  They are both going to the Nigeria Enugu mission. 
 Leonard is one our guards.  He is assigned to the Stake Center right now and we miss him in our compound, but he will be back.  He was at the Stake Center for our meeting on Thursday and wanted a picture with Brent.  He was a lot of help that day. 
Our beloved Upgun Family.  President James Rowe,(our Branch President) is by Brent.  Sister Fotmata Conteh is by me, you can only see her face.  She is my sister in Primary and she is amazing.  The sister in front of her is Zainab Kamara and she serves in YW.  The sister next to Brent also serves in YW.  I am not sure about the other 2, but they were from Upgun at the meeting.  I have not seen them at church, but it was good to have them come to this meeting.  We do love these people!
 Out front of the Church, Elder Waybright, front R and Elder Evans Back R.  These two Elders teach here often.  This is their area and this is how they teach many lessons.  I see them out my office window often and had to have a picture.  They are both amazing missionaries and remarkable young men. 
 3 of our Sister Missionaries.  Sitting in Sister Soja. This was our last Transfer day. 
 Brent was talking to our AP's.  They were shifting positions.  Elder Oyebambi (Left) has been an AP and is being transferred for his last area out to Bo.  Elder Smith is still an AP and Elder Izekor (right) is the new AP.  Elder Izekor has been serving in Upgun, and though we are sad he is leaving Upgun we are grateful to have him as an AP.  We will get to see him more and get to know him better.  GREAT young men!
 You gotta love Africa.  We were going shopping on Saturday and this was in front of us.  We were driving down Wilkinson Road.  I also got a picture of about the only stop light in Freetown that works.  We have even had to stop at it a few times.  If this truck had to stop fast both of these young men would be thrown off 
 Here is a picture of our little Gecko now named Spot, thanks to Mindee.  He was above the toilet this day and I had just used it and was washing my hands and looked in the mirror and saw him.  We can always see where he has been, but don't always see him. 
 These two pictures are of a guy that was trying to knock down some plums that are ripe.  The tree is outside our kitchen window.  You can see he is on the high wall that surrounds the compound.  He had a stick that he would try to knock them down with.  I wanted a picture and took a few. I stood kind of behind the curtain in the kitchen because I didn't want them to see me, but I took a close up and there were two young men and they both saw me and looked right at me and then took off.  They were not suppose to be getting the plums, but I just wanted a picture.  They do notice everything you do. 
Our cute Grandson in the mission Elder Cornista.  This is how they show respect to their Grandparents in the Philippines.  Elder Cornista and his companion are serving in Freetown, so we get to see them about every week or so.  He is such a darling boy.  He is the one that reminds us of Nique.