We are planning to have a farewell on November 18. We will enter the MTC on November 26 and when we are finished we will return home to....wait. Then we will be ready to fly immediately when the visa's arrive. I can't say we are getting good at waiting, but we hang in with very little murmuring, at least not out loud.
22x28 oil on canvas board from my photo
I started this painting in January. In February our first mission call came for Scotland , reporting in May. I didn't think I would have time to finish it but the call changed to Spain and visa delays have gone on giving me ample time. The pressure to study Spanish has filled up a lot of my disposable time or it would have been finished long ago.
Two years ago we were in Paris France on a Sunday afternoon. Look here for photos and story. The sweetest thing I have ever seen is the bird feeding in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral. An older man was there with a basket of bread and he would stand the children upon the marble ledges and put bread in their hands. The birds obviously knew the routine and would jockey for their turn. The hedge was filled with little birds, waiting for a chance. The pigeons on the ground pecked for stray crumbs. The kids would laugh and giggle as the little beaks tickled their fingers. I couldn't get enough of the charm of it all.