Sunday, September 27, 2009

This is our newest grandchild. Her name is Mahala Rae Fisher. She was born last Sunday and we got to see her before we left for Spain. She is the daughter of Reg and Amber Fisher and she weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz. and 20 1/2 inches long. We I talked to Amber today, she said everything was going fine and that her kids really missed her while she was in the hospital. We are so glad that she is here and that she is healthy. This makes 5 children for Reg and Amber, 3 boys and 2 girls.

We went to church this morning to the English branch, it is a very little branch, about 14 members, but this seems like it is and international branch. Members from all over the world go there. We had about 3-4 people from the Philipines there, a family from Finland and their daughter and son-in-law and family were there. A couple from England have been there for 7 1/2 years and their kids have been going to school here. Their oldest boy is in Australia going to a music school and will be filling out his papers soon to go on a mission. There was a man from Germany, who had been there last week and will be moving his wife down here at the end of the month. I spent a lot of time speaking with him in German, but his English is getting better. He says his wife speaks better English, but he didn't learn it in school. We met about 30 minutes before the Spanish Ward meets so they overlap. We met several Spanish members also. The branch president is from Colorado, but married a Spanish lady. They plan to move back to the states within the next month. She is learning English and they have a 3 month old baby girl. There were a couple of other couples from England also. We have been invited to attend a family home evening with some of the members tomorrow evening. We will spend our first full day in the office tomorrow.

This is a picture of the school that is below our apartment window. It isn't a very big school but you can see the kids during their play time. On Saturday there were a lot of kids over there playing, some of them older than the school children. To the right of the picture there is a small farmyard with a couple of roosters and geese that are noisy in the morning, but not as noisy as the garbage truck that comes at 1:30 a.m. This has woken us up a couple of times and we couldn't go back to sleep for an hour or so, so have called Andrea and Dennis and Kathleen. This magic jack works really nifty for us, we just have to remember that it is 8 hours early here.

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