Sun & Our New Sundays

Sunday, May 2, 2010

We got some sun this weekend! I have been feeling especially translucent, and I'm pretty sure sitting in a poorly-lit room with no windows for the majority of my day does not help the situation. Saturday was another hot day down here in Texas. I think from here through the rest of the summer it is going to be almost intolerable to be outside unless you are near water. Anyway, we spent some time at the pool. But here's the kicker of the whole story -- my Mexican husband is only HALF Mexican! He has always been rather proud of his skin color and the fact that it is immune from sunburns. This is not so, my friends. His brown skin is a rather deep shade of red. Poor Russell.

Here is Russ as we are wrapping up our time at the pool. You can't quite tell here, but Russ is feeling pretty fried. The beautifully red skin showed up a few hours later. I am no longer the only member of this family who turns red before they turn brown.

And now to the second part of this post's title. OUR NEW SUNDAYS. We got new callings in our church, and it appears as though we're heading back to the singles ward!! For those of you readers who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), the members of the church are all given "callings." A calling is an opportunity to serve and is a specific responsibility and duty in the church. Since the church has grown so much, it is organized into stakes and wards throughout the world to ensure the same doctrine and lessons are taught throughout the world in an organized fashion. And the SINGLES ward is just one aspect of the church where single adults in the area meet for church, to socialize and date those who are of the same faith.

Anyway, Russ is now the "ward financial clerk" of the San Antonio Stake, Palo Alto Singles Ward. I am the official ward pianist (surprise, surprise, right?) It's a pretty tiny ward, but definitely solid. Today was our first Sunday there, and it sounds like we will have some amazing experiences.

Some interesting facts you should know:
  • As you can see, the building the ward meets in is in an area of town that primarily speaks Spanish. Ole!
  • Russ and I left the singles ward only 9 1/2 months ago. We thought we were done forever. Jokes on us!
  • A large majority of this ward is older than us.
  • When I did my internship in San Francisco a few summers ago, I attended the Stanford's singles ward. This ward was ALSO called the "Palo Alto Ward." It's all come full circle.

That's all for now! 
We are excited about this new adventure, and will be sure to keep y'all posted!

PS. Made some cookies today. Not bad for being "healthy cookies."


Amanda Jones said...

How Funny! Back to Singles ward...but good for you and you will both be great in your new callings. One curse of having the great talent of piano playing is you get called into pianist positions ALL the time.

Natalie said...

That is so great! Wow! I have an idea, you guys should find me a boyfriend in your new ward. Then we will have him marry me and I can live in San Antonio. I will send some head shots you can put on the ward program.

Angela said...

The Palo Alto Ward is lucky to have you! I guess it was a Sunday of changes for all. . . we are now members of the newly created Colbert Ward! New adventures all around. Sidenote: Natalie cracks me up! She is so awesome. . . any guy would be so lucky to have her! I'm doing the ward program for this coming Sunday--send me a head shot Natalie!

Kristy said...

Hahaha of course you would get callings in a singles ward. Love it! PS - I'm totally jealous of the sun and heat right's been so gross in UT!

Sheri Bird said...

You look really pretty in that picture meally (I spell that different every time)
BTW, poew wittle wussell, sworry you gots a sum-burn. :)
Have way to much fun in Europe. You will never regret it!

B said...

Wow - we have the same life right now. Crazy.

Reeve family said...

I am being a little selfish right now bc I want you guys back in our ward! Sad news, but I know it will be good for you guys! I am sure it was super quiet there is sacrament, I miss that!

Caitlin said...

that is HILARIOUS! How funny is that, you guys will be awesome. Then all those single guys will think, "dang, I want a lady as cute as Camille" and then they'll all get inspired to go out and get married. Or something like that. I'm guessing that's why you're there...