The neighbor children come over regularly to plunk away on our piano. They are all learning "Chopsticks" and "Mary had a little lamb" and they know how to make the piano play recorded music. Tomorrow their parents are going to come over and we'll show off their children's musical abilities. Will be fun.
I've been asked to help out with the Primary music in our little branch. It was so fun today. Took me back to my days doing the music in the Grassy Lake Ward. My brother-in-law, Wayne Torrie, was the pianist back then. I learned to lead music and absolutely loved it. One day, Wayne said, "You know, I can see you and LeRon doing the music in Primary in some far-off country someday." And now . . . here we are doing the music in a far-off country. Teaching the children "Once There Was a Snowman" and "Popcorn Popping" and of course the many songs about Jesus. I intersperse the activity songs with the religious ones. The children are learning fast and they really sing out.
LeRon and I are planning to start a "leading the singing" course and a piano course. There are many people, young and old, who would like to learn. Our goal is to help the people to help themselves so that when we are gone, they can carry on just fine.
LeRon also has the wild idea of having a Saturday branch activity and teaching the people some of our fun dances such as the chicken dance, the Virginia Reel, etc. We may also get him to do "Father Abraham" if any of you remember that little ditty. We are thinking of doing it for Pioneer Day in July. Just a thought at this point and of course it needs the blessing of the branch president.
Following are some photos of life here in the last week.
|We love these missionaries that we work with. We don't see them as often now that our office has moved. They came to see our new office this week so we had fun taking pictures. Elder Hales is from the US and Elder Mwaja is from Tanzania.|
|Elder Mwaja wanted a picture of him and me with the Kenya/Tanzania map and the plaque with the Angel Moroni on it.|
|Elder Wafula, Elder Arudo, and Elder Hales having fun together. Missionary work is serious business but it's also fun. Nice to see the missionaries enjoying each others' company.|
|Elder Wafula laughed and laughed when he saw this picture of himself. I finally caught a good candid!|
|After we finished at the office, Elder Torrie took me to a lovely place nearby with a beautiful garden and a delicious restaurant.|
|We ate outside on the balcony. They brought us a charcoal-burning brazier to warm us and it really did the job. Cute little frog! And yummy chocolate milk, not too sweet.|
|We ate delicious salmon. We had had it here with President and Sister Hicken and we loved it so we ordered it again. Just as delicious the second time! The brazier warmed us up so we took off our coats.|
|This is the cover that goes over the Nativity scene for storage. A Christmas star scratched into it. Lovely!|