Sunday, December 04, 2011

10 years later...

  Yesterday we took a drive out to Santa Ana.  Ben served 12 months of his mission there.  It is a very special place to him.  We went to the home he lived in for 6 months.  And it was our lucky day, we were able to go inside!!  The woman who shared her house with the missionary's was lovingly called Abuela (Grandma).
  Ben asked one of the neighbors if she knew if Abuela still lived there.  The nieghbor he asked just happened to be Abuela's  Daughter-in Law. Abuela passed away several years ago.  But her and her husband still owned the house Ben Lived in.   Abuela's Son recognized Ben right away as the Missionary who played the guitar at his fathers funeral. (a song Ben had written for the occasion) He still had the recording of it and everything!
  They were so kind to let us see the house. Ben was very emotional a few times.  I can only imagine the flood of emotions, he said the place looked exactly the same.
  This is something I have been looking forward to in moving here.  Seeing the Mission I have heard so much about.  Ben's Mission really did shape who he is today and I am so blessed to get this opportunity for him to share this with me, and our boys.  Because we talked so much about Daddy's Mission, Joseph wanted to wear his "future missionary" name tag to church today.  That's precious.

 The kitchen he was electrocuted in.

The scene of the infamous "cockroach story". 
If you haven't heard it, you are missing out there is a fireball involved.

Many a gospel discussion happened at this very table. 

 This is the very pavement "Elder Markland" Pounded. 

They gave us some fresh Bananas and peppers from their garden!  I love it! 
The kids ate like 5 bananas each Muy rico!  (very yummy) 
Abuela's rocking chair.
 Elder Markland's  room.
"The soccer field"
The Late Abuela and Jose Gustavo Reyes.
10 years, a wife and 2 kids later... and at the front door again.
 (The kids just wanted more Bananas.)

1 comment:

Heather said...

Isn't that amazing. My husband, Craig, also loved his mission so much and has so many stories. It was awesome to be able to go back to Peru this year and see the people he loves so much. I'm glad you got to have such a fun experience.