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Thursday, May 29 2014:  I went to clean up the car after we checked out the stork nests on our walk.  Before coming home I picked up a bottle of Nutella for Win.   She needed it for an ice cream cake she made this morning for Sister S’s birthday.  At noon we were invited to a members home for lunch.  It was very kind of her to cook for us.  She served us home made tomato soup from her garden.  Then a main dish of potatoes and some grilled turkey chunks.  The meal concluded with a bowl of home canned cherries and thin crepes with fruit and chocolate filling.  She has the only baby in the branch and the baby let both of us hold her which was a special treat (see picture).  After lunch she showed us her incredible garden which is maybe a half acre in size.  The garden provides all of their fruit and produce needs.  Her husband, who is not a member, works as a painter and installs tile.  At 3:00 Win sat in on a program with the Sisters and I joined the Elders for program.  After dinner we hurried back to the branch house for English class at 6:00.  All three classes were well attended.  We ended the day with a surprise birthday gathering for Sister S at our apartment about 8:00.  Her Birthday is tomorrow but this was the best time for the six of us to get together.  The cake was delicious and we had a good laugh listening to Elder O’s high school secrets, which would have remained a secret if it were me.

 

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Friday, May 31 2013:  Win felt dizzy and had an upset stomach this morning so we cancelled out on going to Bekescsaba for District meeting.  Three hours in the car on that bumpy winding road would not have been good for her.  She has never fully recovered from the ear problem she developed on the long flight to Hungary.  Plus, she is feeling homesick today because we are missing Carsen’s ordination to be a deacon and Colt’s baptism this weekend.  Just know that we love you and are thinking of you boys.  I went for a walk after Win got out of the shower and was feeling a little better.  I went up river for a change to find this restaurant that we want to try but it must be farther up than I thought.  I took a few pictures of things on the way back.  Gillian, what do you think of these monuments?  I went to gas up the car and get some groceries around noon and then we just stayed in most of the afternoon so Win could rest.  For dinner we had a couple of small beef steaks we found at a store the other day.  The texture was a little like some horse I had in Brazil once but the flavor wasn’t too bad.  Yesterday Win baked a chocolate marble pound cake for the District meeting so I took that with me to the YSA activity at 6:30.  There were 7 YSAs at the Church tonight.  They had a short spiritual message and then played Foosball and a blindfold game.  They all left together at 8:00 and asked if I would like to go with them but I said, I think you will have more fun if I don’t.  They laughed and agreed.  When I got home, Win was doing some English paper piecing.  She is using the scraps from the sewing projects to make a cover for her sewing machine back home.  She will have that as a memento of her time here in Hungary.

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Thursday, May 30 2013:  Dad’s birthday today, he would have been 89.   A lot of thunder and lightning last night.   We were up way too late so I was a little slow in getting going this morning.  When I got down to the river on my walk, there were dozens of students in small groups.  We have seen lots of field trips around town lately as school is winding down.   These students were going all along the river, from building to building and monument to monument, taking a test on the history of Szeged and Hungary.  They had a sheet of paper with pictures and statements and they were to find the answers and fill in the blanks.  Work continues on the the concrete floor at the new meetinghouse.  The project manager is not real friendly and doesn’t like me to take pictures.  This afternoon was mostly study time and baking for tonight.  We had a great turnout at institute tonight, 9 not counting the teacher and us.  Win served maple coconut cookies.  One of the boys drew the picture below of the class and Win got him to give it to her and sign it.  It shows the class as he was looking at them from the end of the table.  It includes his arm drawing the picture but does not show the girl sitting beside him.

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Wednesday, May 29 2013:  Up early this morning to meet the Elders at the car dealer to have the major repairs completed on their car.  I was there at 7:30 but they forgot the appointment and went to work out.  We finally connected up at 8:30 and I went for a short walk after I got back.  Win has been wanting me to get a picture of this monument in front of a grade school for Gillian so I walked in that direction to take it for her.  We studied till noon and then the Elders called and asked if we wanted to go with them to make a hospital visit.   We were happy to so they walked to our apartment and we drove to the hospital. The person we visited was scheduled to be baptized this weekend but it is now pushed off a week due to the hospital stay.  As we left the hospital the dealer called and said the repairs on the car were done so we took the Elders there and picked it up.  At 5:00 we headed to the Branch house for sewing class.  A little after 6:00 I had to run Win to the apartment and then go back to the Branch house to pick up Laci.  He agreed to come along to help me find the village where one of the men I home teach lives.  The man has not been to church for two weeks now so we are off to try and rescue him.  It was a beautiful drive of about 20 minutes out into the country NW of the city.  We found his house and were there for about an hour.  He would not commit to coming back to church on Sunday but he did accept our invitation for a priesthood blessing.  Then it took me an hour to drive Laci to his village and back which is SE of Szeged.

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Tuesday, May 28 2013:  It was nice out this morning so we walked to the river and back.  There is this guy I see once in a while who has a small boat and he fishes from it while it is tied to the dock so I took a picture of him for the blog.  Also you can get an idea from the second picture how much water there was in the river when it was about 6-8 feet above the road. I got a hair cut just before lunch and then we went to the store for our groceries.  This afternoon we studied, Win did laundry, ironed and started on a new patchwork and yo-yo project.

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Monday, May 27 2013:  No walk this morning , too much rain.  After breakfast we drove to the store for the FHE dinner ingredients.  We have a set budget for each week for the Monday night dinner and treats for Thursday and Friday.  So, it is best if we purchase the food one week at a time and get a special receipt (számla) to submit for reimbursement.  After lunch I tried to get a hair cut but the lady who cuts my hair will not be in till tomorrow.  I studied for a while and then worked on the YSA budget for the month so I can submit it on Sunday.  Win spent most of the afternoon preparing Lasagna, carrots, fresh bread, fresh fruit salad, creme fresh and snickerdoodles for tonight.  I don’t think I mentioned that Win got a box full of fabric from Lola a couple of days ago.  She keeps looking at it and thinking up things to make with the wonderful colors and designs.  There were 5 at FHE plus Win and I.  When Win brought the Lasagna out of the oven the boys said ooooh.  They finished off the first dish of Lasagna and half of the second.  We had a spiritual message about the importance of Institute and then an activity to make little banks to hold play money.  Win is giving out the play money for good behavior, attendance or acts of service.  They will use the play money at an auction in the future.

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Sunday, May 26 2013:  The Elders and Sisters each had an investigator at Church this morning so they were beaming with excitement.  The Elder’s investigator was a miracle  man and he stayed for the whole block.  I don’t remember the exact story but basically it goes like this.  At zone training on Thursday, while we were at the senior conference, they decided on a new set of goals and to do some role playing.  The acronym for the zone goals was “PAUL” after the great missionary example of Paul in the scriptures.  PAUL stands for: Planned, Adjustable, Unity and Listening.  The zone leaders had previously asked one our our YSA investigators, Pal (short for Paul), to come and play the role of an investigator at the training meeting so the other Elders and Sisters would have a real investigator to practice with.  When the time came for Pal to show up, he was not there and one of the Elders went out side to see if he could see him.  Just then an older man was walking by the Church and the Elder started to talk with him.  The Elder asked him if he knew anything about the Mormons and the man replied that he was given a Book of Mormon some years ago.  The Elder asked him what his name was and he said Pal.  The Elder then told him what they were doing and asked him if he would be willing to come into the Church and let the others practice answering questions from a non member.  He agreed and I guess it went very well and he came to Church this morning.  So, Pal is one of those missionary miracles that happens around the world every day.

Our talks went pretty well at Beke.  It was funny because the group is so small that it is like talking to a small class rather that a congregation.  When the Elder that was translating for Win would not get the translation right or know the correct word, one of the ladies who knows some English would speak up and correct  him.  It rained pretty hard going and coming from Beke.  It sure gets old to look at windshield wipers going for three hours.  We had to turn the heat on when we got home to warm the apartment up some.

Wildlife sightings:  3 deer, 6 pheasants, 4 cranes.

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