Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Week 78 - French food, protecting eggs, and a battle with stickers

Well, I have inadvertently kept a photo shop in business.  I have tried my best not to spend an arm and a leg and a mini fortune there, but the Mongolian photos are just too fun to resist.  I have such cute pictures from last week!  Sorry I can't stop.  And I'm also sorry because I haven't actually seen the finished product yet, but we sure had fun on Pday last week getting them!  And my cute companion just hit her year mark, so we celebrated with her MTC group sisters and ate lunch at the best little French bakery called Tous les Jours.  It's pure heaven.  That day it was pouring.  The pictures are on the other cameras, but when I get them I'll forward them.  Everyone was soaked, and it was quite the sight to see.  We flagged down a taxi after standing in the pouring rain for a while, and 6 of us stuffed ourselves in.  The Mongolian law says only one person can be in the front seat, but it doesn't matter how many were in the back.  So we put the most soaked sister up in the front and then everyone else sat on laps.  5 adults in the back seat.  Good times.  And our taxi driver had just purchased a tray of 30 eggs.  I had the job to keep the eggs safe, despite all 5 of us squished in the back.  
My ward is so good to me.  Have I ever said that? I can't say it enough!  They are so good!  They set up a dinner calendar, and we have been loving going to the different houses and getting to know everyone better.  We went to one beautiful home where one of the daughters is a student at BYU Hawaii.  So I kinda made plans to go to Hawaii.  I can't pass up that kind of offer!  And she fed us chocolate covered macadamia nuts.  I'm pretty sure heaven is in Hawaii, and I got a taste of it this past week.  We also met with the bishop's sweet family, and the little 2 year old daughter lovingly licked my arm as I gave the spiritual thought.  It got nice and moist.  And it kept her busy through the lesson.  We all got a good laugh.  
During church yesterday, we brought a cute little sticker mosaic activity to do with kids who seemed bored.  The idea was that the parents could listen and we could keep the kids happy!  It was a success!  So we pulled it out during Sunday school for the 2 little toddlers.  The activity was maybe a little advanced, but we were having a great time!  The kids were happy and quiet.  And then, I had to go to the bathroom pretty badly, so we left. And when we came back, there were sticker backings ALL over the floor and little mosaic stickers stuck in the toddler's hair and on the ground and on the chairs.  Probably not the most spiritual lesson I've ever sat in, but it was pretty funny.  The parents laughed at the end of the lesson, but in my defense, I had it all cleaned up by the closing remarks of the lesson.  So I guess we win some and lose some.  Maybe I won't try mosaics with my toddlers when I'm a mom.  Lesson learned.  
This week has been great overall.  I love the people here.  I love my calling to be a missionary, and I'm so grateful the Lord allowed me to come here of all places.  Heavenly Father is so kind and merciful, and I'm learning more and more about His love every day.  I feel so happy and loved getting licked on the arm.  And I feel so many tender mercies in eating macadamia nuts and talking about Hawaii.  And even through making a big mess in Sunday school, I felt God's love for His children.  That's what my mission is doing for me.  My capacity to love is getting bigger and stronger and faster.  Instant love is what I feel when I'm surrounded by God's beautiful children each and every day.
Love you all!
Sister Bottorff


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