Christmas in Bolivia 2014
|Our first Christmas in Bolivia. We decided to spend it with the missionaries - traveling through out the mission and also mixing in a little family time with our daughter who came to visit for 10 days.|
|Sonya keeps me sane. Here she is helping me bake cookies which we packaged and handed out to all our missionaries. We baked over 1000 cookies.|
|All 180 missionaries serving in Cochabamba gathered for a|
Sunday night Christmas fireside.
|They loved being together.|
|On Monday we got to spend family time. We traveled to|
Villa Tunari enjoying the green trees, rain and
|Sara got to play with a monkey - he grabbed her hat, her earrings,|
and climbed down to reach in her pants pocket and remove a coin.
Best of all was quiet time with our daughter who recently returned from her mission in Guatemala. It was a blessing for all of us!
On the 24th of December we flew to Sucre for another Christmas fireside, then quickly drove up to Potosi for a fireside Christmas eve
|Potosi missionaries and President Hansen|
|Our awesome Potosi Missionaries|
|Christmas Eve, at midnight, fireworks woke me from a sound sleep, and Christmas morning|
we woke to the sound of bells ringing from the Church. The city was quiet as we left early for
our next stop.
|Driving in Bolivia is always fun, these llamas greated us right|
|President hit the brakes as this herd of goats bolted across the road right in front of us|
|They safey crossed as the cholita/goat herder ran down the hill after them.|
|Our smallest and farthest area, Tupiza. The missionaries were waiting and even|
decorated the church for our meeting.
|Of course, we were entertained by the animals,|
|We were excited to see quite a few vicuna. They are related to llamas but are much smaller. They have extremely soft fur and are not domesticated. They are very skittish little guys.|
We arrived at Uyuni, where President had been asked to give a Friday night Fireside to the small branch there. We took advantage of our location and spent a famiy day enjoying the worlds largest salt flats at Salar de Uyuni.
|Isla de Pescado (fish island) right in the middle of the salt flats.|
|We had a GREAT time at the salt flats,|
|Visiting a little Amarya town on the ourskirts|
finding wild flamingos and viewing a volcano on the edge of the salt flats.
There a few llamas that wanted to say hi.
Sunday was Branch Conference. This is the entire Relief Society (including two Stake leaders from Tupiza and Sara and I)
The children love to have their photos taken. The especially love to see themselves on the camera afterwards.
|The end of our Christmas travels. We headed back to Cochabamba, Sara left for school and we started our first FULL year in Bolivia. 2015!|