Thursday, November 29, 2012

Working On The Youth

My dad recently decided to try to get our youth more involved in church and so he sat us all down and asked us what were some of the things that we would like to do in our youth group.
One of the answers was, a youth meeting with youth from the other churches in Mexico. 
My dad thought it was a good idea.

A month later (last weekend) we had the services that we requested!

Notice who's sitting on the front row of the girl's side! ...
It's Bethany Wakefield (with the blue scarf)!!!  And also notice that the guys have their faces covered (I have no idea why)!!

Abner came from Puebla to come preach the services!
He is 16, cute, and preaches really well. Needless to say, some of the girls have crushes on him!! 

The guys at the altar call.


Afterwards we went to our old church building to go eat. Several of the people from church had agreed to prepare food for all of us. 
These are five of the six "kids" that came from the church in Mexico City.

Having fun socializing!

Bethany and I!! I was sooo excited to see her!! I had so many things that I just HAD to tell her!! And the best part was that she stayed at my house so we got to stay up "all night"!

The next day we all went to have fun at the park! 
Kids on the bridge!

Me and Bethany again!! 

The girls decided to play some game. It was the strangest game.

It was like kickball/baseball except that you hit the ball with your hand. I don't think most of them got the point of the game. And my team lost BIG time!

Meanwhile ...
... the guys played Mexico's most popular sport ... Futbol!

Look at them go!!

And Bethany, who is like me and does not like sports, sat on the sideline taking pictures (thanks to her I have these pictures)!

Later all us girls went for snacks! We saw this thing that looked like a ... what are they called? ... Funnel cake! So Bethany decided to buy one to try it!
YUCK! It was not like a funnel cake at all!
Tasted like fried tortillas!

That night we had another service!
It started out good!

Then Abner preached again!
God really moved in that place and almost everyone ended up getting a blessing!
It was ... magnificent! :D

This is the group picture that we took!

Oh, and the good news is that we had a girl who had quit coming to church and she prayed back through!!!
I was really excited!!

I cannot wait to see the things that God is going to do with our youth ... if they'll let Him!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Newest Member Of Our Family

Meet Templeton:

(Yeah, sorry, he's got a cold so he has stuff around his eyes.)


King of my room!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Halloween/Dia De Los Muertos

 Halloween/Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a very pagan time in Mexico. Being that it is so pagan I have never really been out and about around this time of year. Well, this time I got to go downtown with some of my friends.

I had never seen it so packed down there. You could barely walk. I was accidentally kicking and punching people the whole time while attempting to navigate through the masses.

 The whole place was lined with shops selling traditional Day of the Dead candy.

Calaveras (skulls).

There was a weird shrine:

And then we happened upon a bunch of "monsters".
Look! It's the mad hatter! :D

It took all our courage to take a picture with this evil looking man!

 Then I got chased by these two below. 
Of course, I thought it was funny. But my friends freaked out!


This guy tried roaring in my face, but ... I think he got confused after I just stood there. 



Ok, enough "monsters"!

On the bus back to my house this poor guy in the white shirt ...
... got an egg splattered on him. Of course, no one saw who did it! We all just heard the SPLAT! 
He looked angry. Then he just stiffly sat there as the everyone in the bus snickered behind his back, including me (I couldn't help it)!! 


Monday, September 10, 2012

My Time In California

I know, I am REALLY late in writing about my time in California (well, not that anyone knew that I was there anyway)!
Well, I went to CA for three weeks and had an AWESOME time! I mean, I never expected to have SO much fun!

I was debating on whether to write about it or not, but my brother insisted that I write about it because he gets bored on his lunch break and wants something to read! Aw, I miss my little brother!

Okay, I shall start at the beginning. I really didn't take that many pictures so this really won't be that long!

I went to Elder Frazier's church camp! It was the first time I had ever done anything like it! As soon I was thrown into a room with girls I didn't know, I PANICKED! I think I was having a "culture shock" moment. I just stood there awkwardly with my suitcase in hand. 

I was in the "Senior Girls" dorm. I felt like such an lady being referred to as a senior girl! HAHA! I guess that's what I get for being 21!

Right off the bat I made friends (besides there were a few girls that I already knew).

Christy, Jenny, Me, and Symphanee on "Crazy Hat Day". Unfortunately, I didn't have a crazy hat, but Jenny let me borrow her completely normal hat! :D

The girls from our room! Christy, Melissa, and I holding poor Kayla! HEHEHE!

Little group picture of some of the other senior girls!

Some of the guys! 

Heidi & Emily ... love these girls!! :)

Emily, Carissa, and Chuck (I think ... hard to tell. LOL) ... love their hats! 

The cute little lake that was there at the camp!

Basketball (not that I played ... you know my feelings about sports ... I stink at them)!

Ohhh, I'm scared!!! 

Me & Symphanee!

Me and some of the girls!! :)

My tag!!! I think I was the only one to decorate it with aliens! But, hey, what can I say? I love aliens! 

The services were the BEST thing about camp! They were phenomenal! I was so encouraged just being around youth who are hungry for God and want to live for Him!

The choir! I'm in there somewhere! I decided before I even got there that I would be in the choir because I have always loved choirs!

I think this is the only picture I got with Heidi the whole time I was in California (which is weird 'cause I hung out with her the most) ... and I look terrible! 

Kayla & I (she was so sweet!)!

Me and dear Christy!!! 

By the time camp was over I was a bit sad. It was so fun that I was depressed to leave all of my new friends! All the girls in my room were definitely THE BEST! ;)

Buuuuttt ... I was still in California for two more weeks after camp and so I had plenty of time to hang out and have fun!

I stayed at the Frazier's house the rest of the time I was there! They are GREAT people!
And I just had to take a picture of their dog ... 'cause it was the cutest thing I had ever seen! She had pink ears and a pink tail! HEHE!

Sweet Sis. Frazier!

Went to the mall in Rancho Cucamonga ... HAHA! What a funny name for a city!
Carissa & Emily making their wishes. 

One of the most fun times was when some of the youth went to eat at this restaurant called Farrells! 
Ace told the people that it was my birthday! 

Us at the table ... and unfortunately this is the only picture I got and my mouth is OPEN! I'm so dorky!

The employees came to sing me a dorky birthday song while I had to awkwardly stand there!

And I got a birthday sundae! YUM!!! 

Well, here I am at the end of this post. I must say that my trip to California was way different than I imagined it would be. I made some dear friends and had a blast. When Sis. Frazier dropped me off at LAX and I stood in line to board the airplane back to Toluca, I almost cried! 

Although I love Mexico I was a bit sad to be back! But after two weeks of being back I think I am adjusted back to my regular routine!

Peace & Love!
Until next time,