Monday, August 9, 2010


Mind you, we're not complaining! Warm weather is a blessing and without it, there would be no flowers, and grass and yes...longing for the snowy days of winter. Proof, we're delirious with the heat! Denny keeps, at the ready, handkerchiefs to blot his beading, hairless scalp and I have had my first experience with running sweat burning my eyes! It's dang hot, but mind you, we're not complaining!

Enter...the simple pleasures of summer...WATERMELON!

Romanian watermelon is famous in Europe. They are cheap, delicious and everywhere! Recently, on one of our humanitarian assignments, we found ourselves in a hotel room, far from home, yearning for a slice. We had a paring knife and a small cutting board (salami/cheese/crackers) so we were set. Here is our watermelon recipe for happiness:

First step. Pick out a good one without climbing in. We have mastered the art of "thumping".

Chill the watermelon.

While doing a balancing act, cut it open with the biggest knife you have.

Dive in! (We ate the whole thing!)

Clean up is easy!

Another day, another watermelon feast. We always have one chilling in our fridge and this time, we shared with three of the best Soras in the world who spent the night in our "sauna" before a Zone conference.

We also had watermelon after this District meeting but the major attraction was the main course. The week before, the missionaries were discussing the simple pleasures of the MTC and they started raving about biscuits and gravy. I decided to surprise them and now I'm famous! I'll do anything for these wonderful missionaries!

This is a Zone meeting, where missionaries teach and inspire all of us.

And...this is why we're here. Alin was baptized on Saturday night by Elder Bennett. This is a picture of our entire District. Powerhouses all!

The Church continues to grow in Romania and we are thrilled to be a part of the miracle.


  1. The picture of you and Denny eating watermelon over a "trough" are priceless. I'm sorry you're sweating bullets while I'm sitting in my 72 degree house. But not that sorry. Love you!

  2. Priceless, indeed! Reminded me of our time on Crete. The little carts full of watermelons would drive by and they'd be yelling "Ella Carpuzie" which meant "Come~watermelon!" I was much younger then and would race down to the street to buy some cool refreshment. Ahhh..I miss those days, but am so thankful for AC

  3. Guess what we are going to have for lunch? That looks too good to pass up! Did you bake all those biscuits in your "efficient" oven? It's nice to see you spoiling those missionaries--they deserve a little pampering. Like you, I'm grateful summer is on the downside. Te iubesc.

  4. I miss the Watermellon sooooo much!! It's so true, it is delicious! Here it's like hit and miss but it is hard to pick a bad one over there. I think I would take that kind of heat if I could have that watermellon again! Maybe :) I love the Zone Conference Pictures. Say hi to Sora Owen, Elder Suppes, and Elder Bennett for me if you get a chance! :)

  5. Pablo and Glory HermanAugust 21, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Thats our boy!!!! How great to see Elder Herman in these photo's!! You must be the couple who made him his Birthday cake?? Thanks for taking care of our boy! And for posting these wonderful pics!