Saturday, September 22, 2012

Only Birthday in India

Elder Wigg had a birthday and it's the only birthday he'll have in India.
We figured we would celebrate in the traditional Indian way and bring lunch into the office.

 But first, early in the morning, after our exercise, he opened a couple small gifts.
 It was fun to see him so excited and happy over the small and simple things in life.
 He loves body powder or talc and they have it here in Bangalore.
 Happy Birthday Elder Wigg.  These look like smarties on top, but here they are called gems.
 He had to blow out one candle, representing '1 couples mission'!
 We all cheered him on and he was successful.  This wasn't the relighting kind of candle.
 We had Chicken and Mutton Biryani, a local favorite, and Gobi plus Chicken Kebobs and Raita with Salad, as well.  It was all tasty and we had some leftover to take home afterwards.
 Everyone seemed to enjoy the food.
 This is the whole group.
l to r: Pres. William, Pres. Funk, Elder Vinck, Sister Funk, Sunil, Pres. Mudumala, Vivian, Prem, Jonas, Elder Wigg, Shankar, Rebecca, Satish, Judy, Sundar, Sam, Elder Sharma.
 President William took this photo so that I can be in the picture.
 Elder Wigg cut the cake.
 I fed the birthday boy. I know, it's a big bite!
 Then he fed me some cake.  It tastes good.
 I dished up cake and ice cream for everyone.
 I made the cake.  It was a chocolate cake layer with a white cake layer on top and icing between.  Then there was chocolate icing on top with 'gems' for decoration. Everyone said it tasted good so I'm glad.  It's always a wonder when baking turns out as the ovens aren't constant or reliable.
 I love the lines and angles in this shot.  These stairs are always interesting to go up and down.
 Elder Sharma had a fun time with my camera using the Birthday Boy as a subject.

 One of Elder Wigg's jobs is packing up the mail to go to the Elders. He takes his work seriously.
I seem to have a moments repose.

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