Wow, can't believe it -- Thxgiving was about the last time we posted anything -- shame on us!! But thank you all for your posts -- and there's been a lot of them. We do have the "excuse" that we didn't have any internet for a while, but we're back!! So let's see if we can post some pics and bring you up to date.
Yours truely out in front of our rented church building in Goya, Argentina. Physical Facilities is supposed to refurbish the entire facility later this month -- it needs it.
Our Christmas tree (courtesy Ava McCoy) and traditional Nativity scene -- about our only Christmas decorations this year.
Presents under the Christmas tree -- opening them went pretty quick this year, but we still had fun trading hugs and kisses after each one.
Our district singing Christmas carols in the plaza on Christmas Eve -- got a few stares and a few smiles.
Us on Christmas day with elder Riley Gates from St George. He's a 19 year-old counselor in a branch presidency, has a full-ride scholarship waiting for him to play baseball at BYU, and we think he'd go pretty good with Kenzie. (haha)
Meet our friends Dom and Lia Rohde -- he's German, she's Argentine, they have 7 children and the whole family speaks three languages -- German, Spanish and English. They're starting up a big pecan farm here in Goya and plan to export pecans all over the world. When they're not doing that, he's the president of the World Peace Forum which puts on a conference every year in Luxembourg for peace advocates from all over. They're really down to earth people and we've enjoyed getting acquainted.
A shot of the "costanera" along the Parana' River. The authorities had to shut down all the swimming areas along the river recently because of piranas in the water -- the stuff you see in movies.
A real live Goucho out at the Rohde's farm. They still ride horses and work the land and live stock like they've been doing for hundreds of years. But now they have their own union and government retirement program -- pretty cool.
Mom's had some health issues lately one of which involved an infected "tumor" on her hand which had to be surgically removed (a story in itself) so the ZL's had everybody write get-well cards for her and then of course took pictures afterwards -- a very thoughtful gesture.
As if the get-well cards weren't enough, elder Gates and his comp ordered a cake for Mom and brought it over the other night. The inscription reads "Gracias Familia McCoy" -- he's really a thoughtful young man.
Well, there ya have it -- the latest happenings from the far south. Can't believe it's almost over -- just about 6 more weeks and we're done!! What a ride!! We're really looking forward to seeing everybody -- it's been a pretty long two years, but the lessons we've learned have been invaluable. So see ya'll very soon.
Love you all very much -- XOS!!!
Dad & Mom