This past year we have had the privilege of meeting and getting to know the Serrano-Milone family. There is Elias, Aurore, Maëlle, Gabrielle (Dada) and Joshua. They are a kind, wonderful family who live in Toulouse, about 3 hours north of us. We love them and we are hoping they will get to America in the next few years. We have had many weekends and short trips together. This past 8 days they came to stay with us in Sanilhac, except for Elias who came for the weekend and then met us at the beach on Wednesday. We all had so much fun together! Many hours were spent poolside, at the river, jumping cliffs, watching movies, playing card games, catching frogs and crabs, laughing and laughing for hours! Many tears were shed as we had to say goodbye! We feel so blessed and grateful to have met the Serrano-Milone’s! The kids all had control of the camera for 8 days and we have hundreds of photos so I have had to go through all the pictures and try to choose a few for my journaling.
Saturday, July 18th, we had a ward party at our house. We were so happy to have our kind friends from our congregation in our home. We had a kitchen full of food, laughter and friendship! It was a hot humid day so the pool was enjoyed by many! We have made some incredible new friends this year! We feel very grateful to have served amongst so many wonderful people from all backgrounds!
Below is a picture of me and a few of the ladies in our Nîmes ward attending a Stake Women’s Activity in Montpellier. Left to right: Aline, Nicole, Isabelle, Darcie, Nicole et Claudette.
Alexis and I were grocery shopping in Nîmes one afternoon and we came across Lucky Charms in the international section. Alexis loves Lucky Charms and we were a little excited about taking a box home with us until we saw this:
That’s right, 9,49 euros or $10.69 for 16 ounces of Lucky Charms! They were not that enticing after seeing the price tag and they did not end up in my shopping cart!:(
Bruno is one of our good single friends that we have had the privilege of getting to know while living here in France. We met him at the church we attend in Nîmes. He lives in Alès, which is 40 km (25 miles) from Nîmes. He is a very thoughtful and kind man. We have had him to the house a number of times and he has come to help us with yard work, rides to and from church, and he has given our children gifts spontaneously. Bruno would always call and check up on me and the kids when Aaron was traveling. It has been a blessing to have Bruno in our lives. We will miss him!
Saturday, May 2nd we had the chance to go see a reenactment of the ancient Roman Games in the Arènes de Nîmes. The Nîmes arena is a Roman amphitheatre dating to 70 AD. We have visited the arena on a few occasions but this time was awesome (despite the mile long line and heat)! Jenn and John were still in town so we all got to have a new experience together. The spectacle is performed by 500 participants from around Europe. When we arrived at our seats, each person received a colored program with a red handkerchief. This “red” was our team and whoever was in the arena competing, the respective color would be waved in the crowd. The team colors were red, green and white. This Roman Games was based on the famous military commander, Hannibal. Hannibal was considered one of the greatest generals of antiquity. He played an important part in the history of the Mediterranean area.
The Games lasted 2.5 hours. It was a long time to be in the sun, but we did eventually get cloud coverage and it cooled off a little. This was a performance I am so happy we were able to participate in. I don’t know if we will ever get a chance to see a reenactment quite like this in a 2000 year old structure! We were all interested as chariots came roaring out in the arena and started “fighting” each other, or seeing the “fights” against the barbarians of different lands. It was very entertaining and we had a fascinating afternoon imagining life in times past!