Monday, August 13, 2012

1 Year Anniversary

Hola everyone! Sorry we have not updated in a while. I have been told by several members of my family that this is unacceptable. So we will try to to better.

So some exciting things are happening in Zacatecas! First of all Morgan Bauer is coming to visit this month! Our first guest!! She will be staying from August 26-Sept 29. We are so excited and have many fun things planned! Also we are coming home for a visit October 4th. We are staying for 2 weeks and would love to see as many of you as possible. :) Then when we return Zac is coming back with us and staying for 2 months!!! He will get to come to the district convention with us in Guadalajara. I know he just cant wait to be in the same house with his loving, sweet, caring big sisters again. ;) So we will defiantly be busy these next few months.

These past few months have been awesome! Tay and I each have some bible studies going and a bunch of good return visits. My Bible study Franzely is making good progress and coming to all the meetings.:) Her and her Little sister Michaella are a great encouragement to us! And in our congregation of 25 publishers we have 8 Bible studies who attend the meetings regularly. And about 4 more who are semi-regular. Its great to see how Jehovah is blessing the efforts of the brothers!

A few weeks ago we had our C.O. visit. Shane Flemming and his wife Misty served our congregation. They were Missionaries in Panama for several years before entering the circuit work. And funny enough they know many need greaters from Kentucky that moved to Panama like Doug & Peggie Isaacs, and Josh & Lisa Randal. What a small world it is in Jah's Organization. We had a great time with them and were able to have lunch with them at the Panduro's house. Unfortunately this is our first and last visit with them, due to the great CO shuffle of North America. I'm sure Jehovah well bless them in there next assignment, and we look forward to seeing our next CO. (Oh and thought you might like to know that Shane looks just like the adult version of Cole Sullivan.)

Now for some bitter sweet news. Our friend Massile Cortez is moving. :( She and a sister from Guadalupe English are moving to Aguascalientes. Aguas is about 1hour 15mins from Zac and is about 3 times as big. Massie is going to support an English group there and Nadia (sister from guad) is going to be helping a Chinese group. So our hall and Guad will each be losing a pioneer. But we are very proud of these girls and hope they are happy in their new assignments!

OK so now for the really cool stuff. We have a new elder in our congregation! Chris Panduro was appointed an Elder last week. We are very proud of him and Taby. :)) So now our congregation has four Elders and one Ministerial servant. Also this month was our congregations 1 year anniversary!!! We had a get together to celebrate!




 Michella, Franzely, Tay


 Irma
 Massie & Angel
 We all made good use of the swings

Of course a little friendly soccer game







Chris the grill master


Jill



Taby



Now of course these past few month would not be complete with out some good old fashion hiccups. Ours have included a nasty bout of amoebas, no gas in our house for over 2 weeks ,(that means no hot showers or cooking) & my car is in the shop cause it could die at any second. So that has been fun. But nothing we cant handle. Thankfully Chris and Taby live close so they are our ride at the moment, the amoebas were curred with some anti-biotic, and the gas.......well we are still working on that. But you would be amazed at how many things you can make in a toaster oven!! (Thanks for the oven uncle stu, idk what we would be eating without it ;)



Lots of Love,
Tay & Meg

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wedding Bells

  Hola amigos! So as a few of you know the last time we were here, we got really close to an awesome couple named Gabe & Jill. They got engaged in the fall at the big formal party. And this past weekend was their wedding.  So here is a look at what a Mexican wedding is like. ;)
Jill's Shower






 Tay & Jill
 Eri, Tania, Taby, & Ai
 The Beautiful Bride To Be





Callejonada

   So the night before the wedding, we went to a Callejonada. Which is a traditional celebration done here in Zac. (possibly all of Mexico, but I'm not sure....) It can be done for pretty much any special occasion, and goes as follows:



Step 1: Get Yourself A Cup
(They are little ceramic pots, worn around your neck. Ours were fittingly decorated with the wedding colors.)


Step 2: Get A Donkey
(The donkey carries Mezcal on his back, which is a type of Tequila)



Step 3: Find A Band


Step 4: Drink The Mezcal


Step 5: Follow The Band & Donkey Wherever They Go
(In this case all through downtown Zac.)




 Jill & Meg
(and Gabe's cousins in the background;)

 Gabe

Step 6: Dance!!!
(When the band stops, which is pretty much wherever they want, you dance!)

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Step 7: Take Ridiculous Photos
(Optional)

Gabe, Jill, Donkey 







Hey look, its two........well you get the idea.


 

 Gabe & Jill had tacos waiting for us at the end.





The Wedding

   Finally!! Its actually time for the wedding. First a little about Gabe & Jill. When we first came to Zac they were some of the first ones to befriend us. Jill was in our congregation with her 8 year old son Beto. And Gabe was in our sister congregation in Guadalupe. (They are both now in our cong.) They are both non-native English speakers who have chosen to learn a new language and help where the need is greater in English. We appreciate there sacrifice sooo much, they add greatly to the congregation. They are some of the most kind, loving, generous people we have ever met. And we are extremely blessed to have them as friends, they help us not miss home quite so much.;)



Beto walking Jill down the isle.






The Vows



Mr. & Mrs. Aboytes!


The Reception


   The wedding was held in a hotel, that used to be a Bull Fighting ring. The acrhes and old theater setting were a beautiful back drop.



 Tania & Taby

 Patrick & Dinah
(Our service overseer and his wife)

Chris & Tabs

 Tay & Eri

 Lucy

 Vicky

Bill & John


 Congratulating the happy couple.



 Chad & Tania

Chris & Taby


Dance, Dance, Dance!


















 Towards the end Jill & Gabe danced to "their song".


After which sparklers went off around the dance floor.


And then.............


Soo dad, I get fireworks at my wedding to right??
 
 
 
 
Mariachi
 
Last but not least we finished the evening (well by this time it was moring) with a little mariachi! And of course more food.;)
 
 

Then men of Gabe's family graced us with their singing.
 
 
 
   So there you go. A typical Mexican wedding. Ok, so not eeevery wedding in Mexico is quite like Gabe & Jill's. You must admit theirs was pretty special. ;) We love you guys, thanks for inviting us.
 
 
 
   And we want to give a Congrats to the new Mr. & Mrs. Chopin and  The Mills Family! Congratulations guys. We love you, and wish we could have been there. Come visit soon.:)
 
 
Love,
 
Tay & Meg