Puerto Rico San Juan

On September 14, 2013 I received my call to serve as a Mission Nurse Specialist in the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission for a period of 18 months. I am always up for a new adventure and look forward to sharing my journey with you.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mostly Photos......

Elders Bennett (Ofc Elder) /Eakle (Sr Missionary)/Helm (Ofc Elder)
Hi again......the photos will show that we do have a great time while we work!  After a busy week, we met at the Wentzel's apartment with the rooftop access for a 4th of July Cookout.  The next photos were taken at an upscale housing area, Dorado Beach.  One of the members of my ward lives there.  Brother Kingston's wife was out of town on business and he doesn't like to spend the holidays alone, so he invited the Senior Missionaries for a cook-out.  He included a tour around the neighborhood where we saw ChiChi Rodriguez's golf cart and Ricky Martin's home/helicopter pad as well as beautiful vegetation/pool/beach.  I had visitors from Dallas - Dani Stephens and her two teen daughters arrived 6 July and we toured the island Mon-Thurs. We had a lot of fun and laughs - great gals! They left on Friday and then I spent Fri/Sat catching up with missionary visits.  Ingrown toenails and foot problems top the list of complaints.  President and Sister Boucher arrived the end of the month and are busy already.  We are really blessed to have their friendship and leadership.  It has been warm down here, but not as warm as TX.  I don't get really hot unless I am cooking.  It was my turn to cook Sunday dinner for the Seniors last Sunday - Beef Stroganoff/Caeser Salad/Green Beans with Banana Pudding/Nilla Wafer Dessert.  We had a lively Yahtzee game following dinner.  Then I cooked dinner for our office Elders last night - food disappeared even more quickly - Swiss Steak/Mashed potatoes/Mixed Veg with cheese sauce/Green salad and dessert was a Choc Chip cookie/ice cream sundae.  No more cooking for a few days! 
Elder Bennett with Sisters Stevens/Me/Lopez/Allred

President/Sister Boucher

Caguas from Rooftop

Chi Chi's Golf Cart

Dorado Beach Flowers

Pool/Beach at Dorado Beach

Senior Outing

Crash Boat Beach/Aguadilla, PR

Crash Boat Beach/Beautiful Clear Water - Warm, too!

San German Church

Downtown San German

Ricky Martin's home/Helicopter Pad - Dorado Beach (Out of sequence - sorry!)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Independence Day ALREADY!

It is hard to believe that 1/3 of my mission will be completed already on 7/13!  The past week was busy.  Sheri arrived on Saturday PM and spoke at our Sacrament meeting on Sunday.  Then we were invited to dinner at the Mission Home.  President Zwick was visiting Dominica, but arrived home in time for the Sisters Conference on Monday, the 23rd.  Sister Zwick served lunch to 65 very noisy Sisters at the Mission Home following the conference.  Getting to know Sister Dew was a real treat!  I caught up with missionary visits the rest of the week and our new president (President and Sister Boucher) arrived late Friday PM.  A few of us met with them on Saturday afternoon as we bid a sad farewell to the Zwicks.  They were wonderful - accomplished an amazing feat in their short two month here.  Our lives have been truly touched by their love and service.

Not much more news, but more photos!  Take care and stay cool!

The Firestation in Ponce is the oldest in Puerto Rico.  There are many Lions in the parque as well - painted in many different styles.  The Flamboyant Trees dot the whole island with beautiful red/orange follage.

Sisters Dew/Zwick working on Sunday Dinner

Senior Missionaries/Sisters Dew and Zwick

Lion in the park in Ponce


Flamboyant Tree along Hwy 52 South of Caguas