New missionary

Ken and Dani Lyn’s oldest child, received his mission call. Guess where??

Equador! (not the same mission as Jane and Rulon, though)

 

Published in: on July 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm  Comments (2)  

Foote Family

School has started again and I am now done to 2 kids at home.  Kadin is in 1st grade and Janae is in Kindergarten.  They started at the new school down the road and love it.   Of course I love it as well with a little less noise during the day, but of course they make up the noise when they get home and I say they have to do their homework.  Walt leaves to work around 4am and so when he is home he is tired, poor guy!  He works so hard for the family and we love him, but miss him!

Kadin is in football and Uncle Ty is his coach and the twins (Janessa and Janelle) are his team mates.  He is enjoying that.  Janae is loving school and thinks she is old now that she is 5.  Harley is our sassy child, she says what she wants and tells you when she thinks you are being mean (when we tell her no to something). Kole is climber, he gets into and onto everything.  I now have to keep bathroom doors locked all day because he loves to climb onto the counters get into the sink and turn the water on, getting himself soaked.

I keep myself busy with the kids, doing vinyl orders with Wendi and playing volleyball.  After not playing for 10 years this last year I started playing again and I remembered why I loved it so much, so I play as much as I can.   I would love to see everyone and hear what everyone is up to!!!

Published in: on August 22, 2008 at 6:14 pm  Comments (2)  

Already 3 Months? WOW

We have been here in Ecuador for about 9 weeks now and it has been a very rewarding experience.  In my entire life I have never heard of anyone going to Ecuador with the exception of a few missionaries.  For the life of me, I can’t understand why not.  It is one of the most beautiful, interesting and wonderful places.  For the most part the people are friendly and very helpful.  They speak Spanish but many have a good understanding of the language.  The only really rude person I have encountered was an American who  had a truly negative attitude about Ecuadorians.  I tried to be pleasant with him but really wanted to ask him if things were so bad why he didn’t just go home.

Working in the Temple has been a wonderful experience.  I am doing better than Jane, but that is to be expected since I came here with a good deal more experienced with the language than Jane.  She has progressed tremendously.  She can follow conversations and understand a great deal of what is being said.  What comes next will be getting the courage to actually say what she knows.  She is getting past the stage of talking baby talk mixing a few Spanish words with English words hoping that they will understand her English.  She understands better if they are talking to me and she can just listen.  She tends to panic if they are talking to her directly.  This is natural since after the first word that you don’t understand you stop listening while you try to figure out what that word meant, and by the time you have it figured out or decide to just go back to listening you are hopelessly lost.  Anyway I am very proud of her progress and know that she will do fine.  She has even asked if she can organize a choir for the ward Christmas program in December and a Missionary farewell in August.  It is proving to be quite a challenge what with the language barrier and the fact that very few here have any musical training.  In the end they probably won’t sound exactly like the Tabernacle choir, but that’s OK.

The city where we live is quite interesting.  There don’t  seem to be any streets that that run parallel or even perpendicular to each other. They go in every direction to each other.  I believe in whatever direction the sheep or goats wandered over 400 years ago.  Yes it is well over 400 years old. In fact this past weekend the whole city has been celebrating it’s birthday.  Back to the streets.  The taxi’s here are everywhere and when we have gotten lost we just get a taxi and tell them we want to go to the Templo Mormon.  They take a different route every time and I only realize where we are when I can see the Temple in the distance.  It’s a good thing they have a taxi and bus system here.  The bus system will take you anywhere for .25 cents and most places that we want to go we can travel in a taxi for $2.  The buses come by about 10 minutes apart and the only problem is if you want to transfer you have to buy a new fare.  The other problem is we don’t know where they run so we don’t know which one to take.  The good news is we don’t have to go very many places.

A few weeks ago I got the idea that it would be fun on one of our days off to take a pocketful of coins (they use US dollars) and just take a bus until we wanted to change buses and just get a good idea of what the city is like.  Its really quite big.  About 4 million people.  At any rate I asked one of the workers in the Temple how the routes ran and he said that if we got on a bus it would bring us back to the same point without having to pay another fare.  He said that I could just ride all day for my 25 cents.

Wrong…We took bus 13 to the mall ( I can actually stand up in it without having to hang my head on my chest because there is not enough head room or sit in a seat without my knees bending in two direction because there isn’t enough room between the seats.  It isn’t uncommon to have to stand because everyone rides the bus.  At any rate we missed getting off at the Mall and so decided to just make the loop.  Big mistake.  Two hours later the bus stop in what looked like an unsafe area of the city and turned off the key got out of the bus and left.  We were parked behind about 7 buses.   Of the 8 buses only one had a driver in it.  When I asked that driver when we would start up again he said it would be about 45 minutes.  We decided that we didn’t have that much time so we opted to activate plan B.  Our plan was if we got lost we would just get a taxi and have him take us where we wanted to go.   With this  idea in mind  we started walking.  I guess the driver  that I had talked to  must have had pity on us or feared for our safety, but at any rate, we hadn’t gone 25 feet when he pulled out and motioned for us to get in.  It was another hour at least before we got back to where we wanted to go.  I believe he must have broken some rule about leaving early, because every so often they have a check point where someone on the street checks to see if they are on schedule or not.  At any rate they had  a heated discussion and he response to the check point was that this was the first time he had made this mistake and we drove on.  Our good fortune.  Since that experience we have gotten a book that gives us some information about where the different routes go.  Hopefully it is accurate.

Since the Temple closes twice a year for 2 weeks at a time we can spend this time seeing some of the country, which by the way is spectacular, especially in the mountains.  We and another missionary couple decided we wanted to go up the coast  to Puerto Lopez to see the whales who come here from the Antarctic to breed.  We hired a driver and van who took us up the coast through every little town to our destination.  Lots of poverty but they seem happy and do the best they can.  It was very interesting and some of the beaches are very beautiful.  At  Puerto Lopez I had made reservation for the four of us to stay a the Montaraya hotel for two nights. It was rustic but very nice.  We enjoyed out stay there.  The next day hotel had made arrangements for us to take a boat  out to see the whales.  We never got close enough to get any good pictures, but we did see a lot of whales.  It wouldn’t have mattered anyway since I make an adjustment to our camera and inadvertently erased almost all the pictures we had taken.  Fortunately I was able to get some of the Fitches pictures to replace some of those we had lost.  During the middle of the day we went to the Isla (Island) de Plata (silver).  They have many of the same birds that they have on the Galapagos Islands.  The Blue footed Boobies were amazing.   At any rate it was a fun trip.

Back at our apartment we realized how lonely we would be since everyone else was gone so we decided to go to Cuenca for 4 days.  I got on the Internet but all the hotels listed were booked up.  I finally found a bed and breakfast in downtown Cuenca that really sounded interesting.  I sent them a email and ended up getting reservations for 3 nights.

Tuesday morning early we caught a taxi to the bus terminal (Terminal Terrestre) and caught a bus to Cuenca.  We have to cross two wide rivers each about 3/4 mile across and in the middle of the 1st river our bus broke down.  Not a very good start.  It took about 45 minutes to get a new bus and the rest of the trip was without incident.   We saw rice fields banana plantations and crops of every description lots of little towns with vender’s getting on the bus at every stop trying to sell us fresh fruit or baked goods.  They would ride with us to the outskirts of town and then get off.  No chickens, pigs or ducks were on the bus.  One man has two small dogs in a box.  He got off before we got to Cuenca.

The hotel (Casa Ordonez) was wonderful.  It had been built about 1902 and had been in the family for all but 8 years of that time.  At the time it was built it stood all by itself  and looked like the Spanish ranch houses you see in the movies with a central courtyard and a balcony around the courtyard with the bedrooms leading off the balcony.  It had been fully restored with the original locks and keys of  late 20th century.  The courtyard  had been covered and served as the dining area.  The owners were most gracious and were asking to everything for us.  We became good friends in the few days we were there.  All in all it was a wonderful time.

The owners sister Maria Eugenina teaches English at one of the local schools and was off for the holidays.  For two days she took us on a personal tour of the city and the surrounding  country side.  We even traveled up to Inca Pirca an old Inca ruins about 90 minutes away if we had driven straight through.  We of course didn’t because there was so much to see.  Some of the things we saw were:

– Inca Pirca built in the late 1400 and then destroyed by the Spaniards in their search for gold.  It is shaped in the form of a Puma.  They believed this would protect them from their enemies.  Originally it housed about 600 people, but with the exception of the Temple of the Sun the only things that remain are footing walls about 2 feet high.  The walls on Temple of the Sun are composed of very large rectangular stones that are so closely fitted together that you can’t stick a small knife blade between the stones.  I have no idea how they did it.  The only tools they have found are copper  and must be much harder that what we have today.  Even the smaller blocks would require 4 to 6 people to lift and they are the smaller ones.

There is a tree growing there with a yellow flower that we were warned some people use to make a solution that when it is put on a piece of paper  can cause you to loose your will power and resistance to attackers.  What they do is dip a $20 bill in the solution and then hand it to you asking if it belongs to you, when you touch it, it penetrates your skin and you are theirs.

– When we went to Biblian there is a Cathedral built into the side of a mountain.  It looks like an ancient castle.  The interesting thing is that along with their usual statues and cross’ they have a cross on the wall with the resurrected Christ with outstretched arms and all in white.
– We stopped at a small hut on the side of the road where a family of Indians make and sell blankets and shawls.  They make their own yarn and die it with native plants and then weave it on 150 year old loom.  It was most interesting and they have been doing it for generations.

– Even thought we were at an elevation of about 8 to 9 thousand feet about sea level  they never have freezing weather and never snow.  They grown almost everything the year around.  the weather seldom goes over 80 degrees F and cools down in the evening I never felt the need for a jacket.  While we were there we went to a store that sells only orchids.  There were hundreds of varieties.

We are now back in Guayaquil and ready to go to work in the Temple.  It was a fun time and we saw a lot of beautiful country.  You would love it here.

Rulon & Jane

Published in: on August 6, 2008 at 7:32 pm  Comments (1)  

We have arrived

This place is heaven! The weather is excellent, it truly is beautiful all around. We have our own apartment, and across the hall is another couple that is serving. Rulon is able to do just about anything in the Temple, they are impressed with his spanish. Jane is working on the spanish and it is coming along great. We Love you all and we are excited we are serving.

Published in: on June 4, 2008 at 11:02 pm  Comments (2)  

Water is refreshing

The kids have all signed up for swimming lessons

Published in: on June 4, 2008 at 9:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

School is out Summer Break

Well the kids are out of school for the summer break, so much for Wendi’s free time. We took the first weekend since they were out and went camping. We love the outdoors and the cooler weather up north.

Wendi is preparing for girls camp, she in charge of the stake activities each night. She has prepared a lot for the girls.

Published in: on June 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm  Comments (1)  

Welcome all family members

Hello, I am hoping that we can start this blog and it will allow a representative from each family to write a little something about what is going on with them, new news, etc. You may also share photos. nice thing is everyone will be able to see it and visit it anywhere they are even on missions.

I am also hoping to have a section that will let everyone know who is expecting, getting married, going on a mission, getting baptized, getting the priesthood, etc.

Published in: on June 2, 2008 at 5:05 pm  Leave a Comment