Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Unexpected Toys

It was so fun to have almost every seat filled in Sacrament Meeting today. One cute family came with 5 of their 7 children, so I asked Sister Williams, the Primary President/Organist, if she needed any help since they were a variety of ages. Actually, it was Kimberlee's idea. Of course! She's always aware of others' needs. Sister Lou said she was fine, but 5 minutes later decided a few more hands would be helpful. Tia (aka Kimberlee) and I were supposed to have the 2 youngest ones but ended up with 4. No problem. Tia is the closest thing you'll ever see to the Pied Piper. Must be a throw back from her Mission. ALL the children loved Hermana Lausper and followed her everywhere!

Back to my story. One of the little ones picked up these 2 cars and Tia noticed "The Happy Factory" on the bottom. That wouldn't have meant a thing to me, but she recognized it because The Happy Factory is an organization based near Cedar City. It's non-profit and has shipped over 1,200,000 toys--small cars and trucks--to more than 125 countries, schools, hospitals, shelters, churches, foundations and humanitarian organizations around the world. I don't know this for sure but am thinking that these little cars may have made their way to Louisiana after hurricane Isaac in 2012 then somehow found a home with our nursery toys. I don't think it was a coincidence that Tia was here and saw them.

These are some of the sweetest, most polite and lovable children I've ever met. On the left are Johnell, Day'Jon, Braylin and Sister T's grandson:). Day'Jon and Braylin are holding the Happy Factory cars.

This is China Rhodes, usually our only Young Woman, Sister Morris, the newest Plaquette, and Sister Lindstrom. Sister L's birthday was last week and her brother and sister-in-law sent her all the makings for a pumpkin pie, her favorite birthday dessert. That included the pie crust and all-measured-out spices and vanilla. The only things she needed to get were the milk and eggs.
On the way home from church we stopped to see if Mike was out and about. Hooray for us! He was. He must like the rainy weather. This is my best pic ever. My cousin, Lisa, keeps posting the most incredibly spectacular pics she taking on her African Safari. This is probably as close as I'll ever get to a wild animal:)

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