sept. 23. 2012
5:30am came quickly, as we of course go to bed late. i’ve been a little anxious about the drive to and back from montpellier. we found the train station, but couldn’t figure out the road close enough to it, so jarom walked over a couple of streets. i will miss that fantastic man! he’s so wonderful, an excellent father and husband, and just fun to be around. we have a lot of laughs. kisses and hugs, he was on his way, and i had the hour drive back home. thank goodness we have been here a couple days, getting settled, figuring out the exits and roads that we need but are closed and how to get home. i made it home seemlessly, thanks to prayers and gps. the tolls here are quite pricey, and it cost me over 6 euro each way.
when i came through the front door, my amazing girls were all ready for church, had eaten breakfast, and were chilling watching nemo. what awesome kids! i got ready, and we headed the 6 miles to beziers, to the nearest branch. we didn’t know what to expect, or find, but there was a building for the branch! we walked in, and realized, we were half the primary. i think there were five kids in primary, mostly from one other family, and ours added in made eight kids. no young womens, because there are no young women. so alex was with me in relief society. there are only two young men, and they passed the sacrament. the meetings started with relief society, then sunday school, then sacrament meeting. thank goodness for a lovely gentleman who sat behind and translated for us. made it way more enjoyable, and the spirit there was amazing. i love how the gospel is so simple for us, and yet life changing. it’s absolutely beautiful!
we came home, and realized we needed a few items, and even though we don’t normally shop on sunday, we figured since we are on a trip, we would go. all the shops and stores are closed on sunday, except for a couple, but the grocery is closed, so we were helped to keep the sabbath day holy. we drove about an hour, going back to the supermarche’, saw it was closed, and found our way back. made dinner, took naps, and walked through our little town doing a bit of exploring.
the girls love sitting and building with the lego’s the owners have left, while we watch a show or movie. they have been building with those lego’s since hour one, sitting and creating and designing, i’ve never bought them small lego’s because i didn’t think they would use them like the rest of the toys we buy. so we might buy some when we get back to the states, but i’m guessing they won’t play with them as much. it was a lovely sunday, long, but good.
now i have to learn to unwind my brain, not worry about things that need to get done, which is what my mind is always preoccupied with at home, and learn to relax and play and chill. i’m hoping to regroup my mind, and i’m not sure how to express this, but concern myself less with all the busyness of what needs to get done, and hopefully strengthen my relationships with my kids even more, and listen and have fun with them. i’m a little tired of being so responsible, i want to be silly and worry less about things and life. it can weigh you down too much, and you forget to be child-like, and be happy, creative, imaginative, silly, and fun.
this is the primary room and kids…five kids before we arrived…
relief society, sunday school, and sacrament room…