Monday, November 29, 2010

For Cherie :)

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Man Am I Smart or WHAT?

Oh goodness gracious Lordy I did it!!!!!!!!! I really can't believe this. It wasn't that hard. I just kept guessing until I guess I got it right. WOW. Man it's late and I'm tired. But I feel like having a party.
I feel like a nerd...

(see below)
We used to have the Be Safe filter on our computer and it would block these. We converted to K9...although...come to think of it, it blocked the blogs too. I was gonna say "if you can't see this, let me know..." But I guess it's all good. 

Good night!! 

More on Cajeles

Everyone is mad at me because I gave so little info about our trip. So here is some more:
The state of Guerrero, including this little village in Cajeles, are where they grow the plant called Amapola, which is used to make heroin. It is an extremely violent area with very little police protection. 
The pastor told us we needed to leave before 7 pm because anyone out on the streets after 7 is killed by the drug people. 
The people that live across from the pastor make this drug. They go into the forest and cut around the plant. The plant then drips some kind of juice, which is used to make heroin. We didn't have a chance to try any because we had to leave so fast. Just kidding. 
The pastor's wife has lost 3 of her brothers to the drug war and another has been recruited to work for the cartel. Men showed up one day and jumped out of their car, put bags over the heads of the men, and beat them with bats and threw them in the car. They were never seen again. 


Saturday we went to a little town called Cajeles in the state of Guerrero, to visit the church there. 
We had a good church service! It was weird to be sing and hear the preaching while feeling the breeze. 

The ministers...
Bro. Mario (Elder Wakefield's assistant), Bro. Cortez (the pastor of the work in Kajeles), Bro. Kiros (pastors in Acapulco, about 30 minutes from this place), Bro. Wakefield (Dad), and Elder Wakefield (Grampa). 

The pastor's wife

Look at the beautiful trees and the mountains!!

This is how we drove for 5 hours. A little cramped but we had fun!

We had to go down this terrible steep hill to get to the pastor's house. 
So scary :(

Elvira and Hayde
This where the pastor's wife does her laundry and washes her dishes. 

Me and Nicole washing our hands

Looking out the window of their house. A lot of the houses are built up about 3 stories, above everything so the wind can blow in the windows. It gets super hot and humid there and only the rich have air conditioners. 

They grind their corn in this machine and with the dough they make tortillas and tamales and all kinds of other yummy Mexican food. :)

Looking out the window of the house...GREEN!!!

When we were eating this cat came over. I gave him a piece of chicken and from then on he sat my chair meowing constantly. He was all skinny when he first came over, but after we were done his stomach was bulging. Haha :) 


Maribel and Nicole

Nicole caught this picture. Haha!

This thing is telling me I've used up all my space for pictures??!! My 1 GB. I have no idea what that means. I know a GB is unit of measurement for computers but...1 GB per post? Per day? Per blog? Per what? But it won't let me put anymore on here. I gotta investigate. I still have lots more to put up here! 
Ya'll pray for this here blog. 
Or that I figure out how to fix my 1 GB. 

Thanksgiving 2010

The story behind our table decoration:
Gramma sent Grampa to town, telling him to get a nice flower arrangement for the center of the table. 
He comes back with this assortment. We laughed and laughed at his creative-ness. 
The middle piece that looks like a bundle of sticks...
...Because really it is a bundle of sticks. A broom. They sweep the streets here with those. 
Hahaha it looks like a Halloween decoration hahaha!
Elder Wakefield said to make sure and put a picture of it on here, so here tis:

Hayde carrying the beloved brocoli salad. 

Getting ready to give thanks, then pig out :)

Austin told Elder Sis. Wakefield, "This looks like a Grandma's lips."
Bahahah! It's a Chayote...don't know what it is in English. 

Fill 'er up!

Grampa and Nicole

The broom and me

Looking over the bush at the other side of the table. 

 Food fight anyone?


While everyone was eating, Nicole and I went inside and filled all the black olives with uncooked black beans. 

Olives are Grampa's favorite. 
Grampa - "I thought these things didn't have seeds???"

Then Hayde ate one and took the "seed" out and looked at it...and found a bean in her olive. 
Grampa's at the end, "I was wondering why you guys were hanging out around the table, looking suspicious! IT WAS YOU!!!" Hahah :))

Then everyone started throwing the beans that were in the middle of the table. 

Elder Wakefield -- King Flicker of Beans

Then bigger table decorations were getting thrown. 
Hence the flying red chili in the middle of this picture. 

Gramma flickin'. 

Hno. Isai and his son. 

We played this totally fun game called Pass the Ring

Everyone sits in a circle and the ring has to be passed along the string without the person in the middle figuring out who has it. It's sooo fun. We laughed allll the way through it. :))

The ring

Elder Wakefield

Younger Wakefield

Abner and Josias

I am so thankful for all of the people in these pictures. I have a fabulous family here in Mexico. 
Of course my blood family is totally AWESOME, but the rest of these people...
They are my family. I love them so much!

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