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.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

And nearly another month has passed!

10 months quickly completed and 8 to go!

The good news is that it is starting to cool down a bit!  Down to mid 80's during the day and 70's at night.  It is getting to the point that the new Senior missionaries are not doubting their decisions to serve here and we can sit comfortably in our living areas with just a low fan. The natives will be wearing jackets soon and we will be rejoicing in the beautiful weather!

We welcomed another new group of missionaries on Oct 21st and said a sad good-bye to some great ones on the 23rd.  Since then, I have been pretty busy with miscellaneous missionary health issues - lab/sonograms/CT/ingrown toenail surgical treatment.

On Halloween, our ward hosted a Trunk-R-Treat and chili dinner at the Church.  We had great attendance and it felt like 'home'.    I have been busy playing piano for primary programs and the Stake choir for Christmas.  Last Sunday, I sat on the piano bench a total of 4 hours - played for a sacrament & Primary program in one ward and then on to another choir practice.  A Senior dinner at the Mission Home was a great reward at the end of the day.  I have attended quite a few baptisms across the island on Saturdays.  Last night was dinner at Macaroni Grill to celebrate Sister Boucher's birthday.  We had already celebrated Sis Lee and Sis Eakle's birthdays at P.F. Changs on Tuesday at Plaza Las Americas (home of the largest J.C. Penney store in the chain).  

I forgot to tell you about an interesting experience - one day I was walking into an elders apartment and felt something on my head.  I thought I had just walked under a pull chain for a light.  One of the elders said, "Sister Heidenreich, you have a lizard on your head!"  I calmly brushed off a little gecko - after he visited us for awhile, he was later found deceased under their refrigerator.  My only regret is that it was a missed photo opportunity.

Windmills in Santa Isabell

Caguas Missionaries at a Baptism (the 4th Elder was pianist)
Elders Lugo and Deaver at KFC after a baptism in San German

Fall Senior Dinner at the Mission Home

Happy Birthday, Sister Boucher (Macaroni Grill)