Sunday, September 25, 2011

Oma's Pages #12

Oma’s Pages #12
I began to ask the people around here what the meaning of the sculptures was. Nobody seemed to know what I was talking about so I quit asking.
After we had been here for a long time we were on our way home from the temple and one of our Dutch JoVo (the Dutch word for Young Adult) friends in the car told me that the sculpture with the boat sailing on the smoke of the house was how high the level of the water from the sea is compared to the houses in that area.
So the next sculpture shows the boat crashed into the top of the house. I guess that one means that the level of the sea is now closer to the house size there.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Oma's Pages #11, September 9, 2011 Happy Birthday, Richelle!!!

Oma’s Pages #11
Usually when the missionaries arrive here in Holland on their mission they fly into Brussels Belgium. Because we had to change things around to come earlier than we planned, we are the only missionaries at that time to fly directly into Holland. (Since we arrived things have changed so now all the missionaries fly into Schipol by Amsterdam)
So when we arrived our friends, Vincent and Anneke Feit picked us up at the airport. They brought us a car to drive. It was very different from the cars we drive in Utah. It runs on LP gas. I don’t think we even have LP gas in Utah. But almost every gas station here has a pump to put in LP gas. The gas pump hose snaps and locks onto the car. Opa lost all the gas caps to cover the place where you put in the LP gas. Opa was quick to learn how to drive it. The drive to our apartment in Groningen was very long. I think it seemed longer because we were so tired from not being able to go to bed for two days.
I saw these two sculptures when we were driving the road to Groningen. In Holland there are a lot of sculptures. It is one of the things I like about this country. These two sculptures were about 10 or 15 miles apart from each other and yet they looked to me very much like they were related to each other, but I had no idea what they stood for, or if they were just strange sculptures. 
What do you think they represent? Do you think they mean something?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Oma's Pages #10, September 3, 2011

Look closely at this picture. It shows the plane driving across the road

Oma’s Pages #10
We were supposed to have training at the MTC until Thursday night. On Monday some of the plans got changed because the flight schedules of most of the missionaries in our group were changed. Their flights were moved to Thursday and Friday. The leaders hurried and gave us all our information on Tuesday and Wednesday morning and let us go home.
Opa and I were so happy about this because we had so much to do before we left. Mary came over to the house and did my hair. As a matter of fact there were a lot of you who came over that night. Everybody had last minute things they needed to talk to us about. 
I never went to bed. When Matthew came to pick us up to take us to the airport. I was not even packed yet. I told Elizabeth that I was sorry but she would have to put all the stuff away that was left out from us packing. It is very difficult to pack when the whole family is there.
At last we were on our plane and flying to the Netherlands. All of the miracles came to pass just like Opa believed they would. All of Opa’s prayers were answered. All of my prayers were answered too. I felt like I was in a dream. Maybe it was because I was so tired.... I think I did dream most of the way flying over the ocean. 
At last we landed in the Netherlands. The airplane landed on a runway that drives on an overpass right over the freeway.