After 2 1/2 long days in the car, we were greeted by one the most glorious sights in the world (that we've seen) - New Mexico. It is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous there! We arrived Saturday evening and were greeted by Jason and Sheena who gave us the keys to the Indian House and we settled in. We went for a short tour of the mission and rested.
Sunday morning we walked (!!!) to church. For a family who is used to a 45 minute drive, this was a real luxury. Mr. Steady remarked that is was the most calm and relaxed Sunday morning we've ever had! We sang hymns in English and then Sarah led 2, maybe 3, hymns in Navajo. The tunes were familiar and the language was beautiful. It was not hard to follow along in the Navajo hymnal, although some blends were pronounced differently that I would have expected.
We were treated to Sunday lunch by the missionaries and had a nice time of fellowship. We rested in the afternoon and then Paul took us to see the job site - I regret that I don't have any pictures....there was a group of children swinging so Mary Elaine, the boys, and I went to go meet the children and talk to them. After looking at the job site Paul took us around the immediate area and behind the mission. It was a lot of fun to learn about the origins of the mission and see the area.
Sunday evening we went by bus to David and Mildred's for services in Rio Rancho. We traveled with A.J's and that was fun to get to know them a little better. It was a great time for our children to get to know each other as well. Fellowship is always sweet, whether with brothers and sisters you have known for years or ones you've just met!