The kids were really excited to go to the baptism an 8 year old girl in our branch, Emma or Emos in Lithuanian. She is a sweet little girl. We left almost 2 hours early. They were biting at the bits to get there. I am glad we left early because apparently there are two buses that are labeled Bus 10. Well Let me correct that statement.
There is a Trolly Bus 10.
There is a Bus 10.
One of these goes to the church and the other goes somewhere else.
Once I realized that we were going the wrong way. I tried to get off the bus, but the driver already started to go. I was at the door any everything trying to get out. That is the way it is. I am glad that I am resourceful and did not panic. We got off at the next stop. Waited for another bus to drive us back a stop to walk to the right bus. I just hoped the bus we had gotten on would go in the direction I had hoped. It did. It was a bit of a walk to the bus we needed. There the right bus drove by. On the weekends the bus is less frequent, but the 10 comes more often than most. The kids did get restless waiting. This is a small challenge only because there are three of them and one of me plus a busy road. For the most part the older two listened, but the smallest of them all has an agenda of her own.
We finally got on the right bus. We made it to the church. I am always so happy to see the church. It is a home and a refuge to me. Even if I cannot understand anything, I can feel the Spirit. I guess that is why I am willing to take the long trip to go there. That is why I have gone the last two days. It is the closest as I can come to the temple. I know they are buildings of different purposes, but the Spirit is strong in both. Before the ceremony began I found Emma. I gave her a white flower and some hair ties. She loved her flower. I thought it was really sweet to see her smile. Her mom was touched as well.
Her mother is the Relief Society President. She has been very helpful with the children. They are a handful. Side note: I bought these magnetic board cases at a store here. I got them thinking of a way to help my children stay quiet at church. I brought them with me today and they WORKED!
I love success.
I loved seeing the love of the two people who gave talks. They were short and very much tailored to her. One of the speakers, the girl who got married yesterday, gave Emma a contract. I was this little yellow paper that said she was making a promise and a covenant today. She had Emma sign it and told her to keep it always as a reminder. It was a sweet gesture. I do not think that would go int he US, but it worked here.
When Emma was baptized I felt a rush of the Spirit cover the room. It was a sweet, familiar, loving feeling. I know that our Spirit was present. I was so nice to witness it. The Elders are teaching a man with a baptismal date next weekend. He was there today. He seemed really touched and a bit excited for his own baptism. It is nice to see someone grow in the gospel.
After the little girl's baptism, the Russian branch had a baptism as well. It was a grown woman. I am not sure of the details. I did not stay for that one.
The kids and I went to the grocery store next door and got some lunch. As we left the store I bus drove by, again. It was ok because now we had 15 minutes to eat. The only down fall was the sky was getting darker. We had no rain gear, except on umbrella, and I had my suede material shoes on. Luckily most of the rain hit while we were already on the bus. I just kept praying in my head the rain would not follow us as we switched bus and than walked up our hill.
Guess what? The rain stopped moments after we got off the bus. For the most part we stayed dry. We were a little wet. Nothing like we may have been. I like to think Heavenly Father was watching out for us. He has been and always will be. I know it.
The rest of the day we just played, tried to relax, and Skyped with family. That was a great part of the day. I made us dinner. It was homemade Mac and cheese. The kids ate it. They even got seconds, but could not finish because they got so full. I am so proud I made something they like. We will be having that for lunch tomorrow.
BTW, tomorrow we are planning on going to Rita's and Rimante's house. They are Adam's cousins. Elizabeth is really excited to see Rimante. Elizabeth is almost beside herself. It is really cute how much she likes her. BTW, Bebe said she wants to go to Mak's house to play.