Rather than spend several thousand words (a picture is worth a thousand words, right?), I'll opt for the easy way and post a few pictures to answer that oft-asked question. Draw your own conclusions:
|Look me in the eyes and tell me this: are you as happy as I am?|
The Friday morning ritual when Doug arrives at the office and greets the lovely Cecilia, a convert of ten+ years who makes us smile and keeps our office looking good.
A few of the missionaries who make every day joyous:
|Our mission's amazing assistants--Elder Pieksma and|
Elder Stephenson who are both leaving next month.
So sad for us!
|Our Elder Nagloo who always brings light and life into the office--|
oh, that smile!
And, especially enriching our lives...
|The incredible Président et Sœur Babin--always teaching, enjoying,and loving.|
This day at Consecration Hill
Then there are the P-days (preparation day) in Paris--why stay home cleaning, doing laundry, shopping, etc. when you could go to Paris?
|Voltaire--love the look on his face.|
|A really fun bookstore (so small that only a few people can go in|
at a time--hence the line)
|Love walking across the bridges over the Seine|
|Luxembourg Gardens--so beautiful|
We love going to dinner with our friends and this night was especially memorable. Doug's mission president from over 53 years ago, Henry D. Moyle, Jr., came to town and invited his two former missionaries--my Doug and Doug Todd--and the wives to dinner. What a delightful evening!
|The Dougs with The President|
|Doug Barnes, Henry D. Moyle, Jr., and Doug Todd|
A lot has changed in France in 50+ years, as I constantly remind Doug. But, I don't think these three have changed THAT much! Still such handsome missionaries!