Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Traditional Indian Welcome!

We were preparing for the arrival of our daughter, Kamille and her husband Paul.
Our landladies helped to prepare the necessary items to give them a Traditional Indian Welcome.

 She was very patient and took her time decorating the plate.
This is the plate prepared with the candle and rice and bindi powder of some kind.

The weary travellers have arrived.
 Yes, Kamille and Paul are a sight for sore eyes!  We are so happy to see them!
 It was about 19 hours of travel time.  Crazy, really!
They had to wait outside the door until they were officially welcomed.
Remember that this is about 4 am!
 The plate of decorations, candle lit, ready.
 Each one got a bindi first.
 And then some rice stuck onto that. Paul was first...
 ...then Kamille.
They're looking pretty Indian now.
 I purchased the flower garlands. They were really fragrant.
Welcome to India!!
Now they can step right foot first, over the threshold and into the apartment!  Welcome!  
We are super thrilled to have you visit!! 

1 Elder & 1 Sister Ready to Go!!

Recently 2 missionaries were ready to go on their missions, 1 Elder and 1 Sister.

Sister Natta is going to Delhi on her mission.  Her Mom, Sister and 2 nieces came into the Mission Office to see her set apart and wish her good luck as she departs.

It is great to have such a supportive family.

President Funk has set apart both these missionaries.  Sister Natta will serve in Delhi and Elder Dhandapani will return here to this Mission to serve.
 Sister Natta, I love to see your teeth!!  You are beautiful!
 We had lunch at Laajawaab Buffet Restaurant.  It was so good.
 Elder Dhandapani, Elder Solomon, Elder Coombs

 Sister Natta & Elder Dhandapani, just before going to the airport.
 They look amazing, don't they?

These are 2 wonderful people and they will make great missionaries!!
Go Forth and Serve!!

Specialized Training - Bangalore

We attended Bangalore Zone Specialized Training. 
It was great to meet together with the Elders to learn and partake of the Spirit!!

 Sister Funk is doing some teaching.
When I had taken the first photo...
...some of the Elders thought I was done and started doing a little bird watching!
But they should know by now that "1 is never enough"!!

Starting at the back right: Elder Barlow, Elder Pehrson, Elder Bean, Elder S. Kumar, Elder Yardley, Elder Dass, Elder Randall
Middle row: Elder Watts, Elder Solomon, Elder Coombs, Elder Worton, Elder Pydimalla, 
Elder Christensen, Elder George, Elder Sarkies, Elder Morrill
front: Elder Yelisetti, Elder Kashyap, Elder Thanniru, Elder Srigiri, the Future Elder Dhandapani, 
Elder Ramaraj, Elder Henrie, Elder Kandukuri, Elder Kullai

Parks in the City

We had a very good day visiting the parks in Bangalore City.

Below is the newly renovated park near our apartment.

I must be a child as sometimes I feel the need to play!!
And we both love to walk!

This is a Green Wall -a living work of art.

I like these wind chimes.

It's Preparation Day and we're having a rare break from our Missionary clothes.
Yup, we're the senior citizens in the 'senior citizens' corner'!
 This is Sankey Tank, a cute little park that we enjoy occasionally.
 Now we have arrived at Cubban Park.
 An interesting park bench
 These ladies are resting in the heat of the day.

 Jerome just walking and thinking... I love the trees in Bangalore!

 Now we have arrived at Lalbagh, our very favourite park in Bangalore.
 Public dogs
They say that the dogs in Lalbagh are all spade...I don't think so...

I know this isn't the greatest view, but it's a Eurasian Golden Oriole. (a new bird!)
 Jerome scouting out the birds.
 The Glass House
Nice Egret reflection.
 Roses are one of my fav flowers!
 I always love the rose garden.

 The Glass House from a distance.
 We are leaving Lalbagh Botanical Gardens.