We celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary on Monday, 2 November 2015. It began with phone calls and emails from members and missionaries. We went shopping for drapes in the afternoon; had Family Home Evening with the Young Single Adults at the Church; and was surprised with a cake and other treats. When we returned home--we were presented with another cake from the Chinna Family. Boy--Indians like to PARTY!
Our new curtains
Top: Maroon and silver in the living room
Left: Brown and gold in the bedroom
Right: Bright red and gold in the office.
Here is our Family Home Evening group of Young Single Adults.
The Elders leaving the Church after a Zone Meeting.
Love those Elders!
We were able to find a 4'X4' white board for our office.
The Office starts to take shape with our desk chair and a file cabinet
The Yohan Family begins a new business.
This is the opening day of their food cart!
We purchased our lunch and had it parceled to take home--GREAT food!!
We went shopping at little Spener's in our neighborhood and found some FANTASTIC treasurers!
Lunch at home--toasted cheese sandwich and Diet Coke!
Look who came to Church...a lizard creeps along the window.
Never a dull moment in India!
Raju operates a taxi service.
This is his car-- manufactured by
Proud to be a member!
Shekar Alamury's brand new twins. Shekar is a clean water project monitor in Hyderabad.
Here in India families are not allowed to know the sex of their babies before they are born. What a surprise--a boy and a girl!
We went shopping at the Rajahmundry Main Road Shopping Area. WOW! Nothing but shops and people shopping!! No room for cars--just a few motorcycles and even fewer auto rickshaws.
You can see there is barely room for the auto to get down the street--suck in or get run over!
We found some muffin pans and three rugs for our apartment.
Sister Newton says we are coming back before we leave India and do some serious shopping!!
Rugs Aladdin could fly on!!
Playing "Musical Chairs" at Young Single Adult Family Home Evening. Only injured one Elder's finger and another Elder's leg.
We ordered 20 soccer balls to give to the children in the villages we visit. 20 balls. 20 packages. 20 sets of texts and emails telling the balls are sent, on their way and have arrived.
We gave one of the soccer balls to Pavan--the 7 year old son of our watchman. He was soooo excited. Sister Newton played with him in the parking area on the ground floor of our apartment building.
We found some "India Magic Masala" Lays potato chips.
At first they are pretty non threatening--but wait for the after burner! Yowwww.
One of our finds at Walmart this week was ground mutton. We are told it is probably goat meat.
Still don't know how we will fix it. Sister Newton thawed it and cooked it all so we could save it in the freezer.
Maybe mutton spaghetti or goat tacos...
There is an eight story building being constructed across the street from our apartment building. The shell is cement but the walls are all brick and block. These people worked all day long carrying brick into the building. What a load!
Brother Penugula drives a really cool Ambassador automobile. They are made in India and have had the same design for decades. We are not sure how old this car is. He says it is a 2002 model--we think he purchased it in 2002 and that it is much older. It rides very smoothly and everything in it works.
Oh, it also has a computer-generated horn that plays multiple tones.
We went to a Family Home Evening/party at Brother and Sister Penugula's home. There were about 30 people there. Great Food! Fantastic company!! Lots of fun!
Lunch at a restaurant down the street from our apartment with the Elders. Soooo many curries and sauces to try. It was an experience!
Mutual activity--First Branch
Beach Party in November! At Kakinada Beach Park
We were quite the attraction. Everybody wanted to shake our hands and get a picture with us. We stuck our feet into the Bengal Sea just to be able to say we did it!
The Dowleswaram Branch had their Primary Sacrament Meeting Program on Sunday, 15 November 2015. It is tradition here to decorate the halls with posters, pictures, flowers and balloons. In this program, all the girls wore red and white dresses and the boys wore black bow ties and white shirts. They did an excellent job!!
The Rajahmundry Second Branch Primary Program had sunflowers and posters with decorations too. It was GREAT!!
Young Single Adult Family Home Evening activity--drop the clothes pin in the cup...harder than it looks!