June 7, 2011- Is There A Doctor In the House?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Four years of medical school are now over.

Congratulations Dr. Justin!

We are pleased to announce that we have now have a doctor in the family.  Justin's hard work paid off as he graduated from medical school this past week.  Because we are serving a mission out of the country, we were unable to attend.  We so wished we could be there, but Justin was in our thoughts and prayers. We are very proud of him and his accomplishment. 

We are grateful that all four of Justin's brothers were able to travel from out of state to be there to support him.  

And, of course, Justin's  lovely wife, Joslyn, and many of her family members were there.  But since we were not there, we didn't get to take photos of them.

It's hard to believe these two have been married for 6 months, already.  We are so glad we were able to make it to their wedding this past December. 

Next, off to Ohio for a 4-year internship in emergency-room medicine. 

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We've had quite a bit of work to do with Perpetual Education Fund recently, as many loans have had to be renewed.  We are also working with a couple of participants applying for loans for the first time. 

This little guy is a bit young for a PEF loan, but he came with his parents as they checked on a loan for an older son.

We got a new lock installed on our front gate this week. 

We were surprised that it took all day and 3 men to do it.   

 Notice the headwear of this worker. When the weather is hot, people often wear a wet towel or cloth on their heads.  

Some of this past week we spent helping the elders get a new apartment ready for two sister missionaries.  We have not had sister missionaries in Belize City in many years.  They are being sent here from El Salvador to work especially with less active members.  They will be kept very busy.  

Here is the apartment with Elder Pattee and Elders Lunt and Perez helping deliver some beds. 

Putting things together

Sister Pattee discovered a house pet in the bathroom sink of the soon-to-be sisters' apartment.

We did some of the shopping for the furniture for the apartment at this Mennonite shop. 

The Mennonites make good furniture that is inexpensive.  The craftsmen only come to town on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Many of their wares are displayed outside on the sidewalk.  We also did lots of shopping for other items for the apartment at other places. 

We attended another SOY meeting (For the Strength of Youth).  This time in Belmopan.  Things seem to becoming together a bit more each time.  December 19 will be here before we know it.

This shot was taken on the way to Belmopan, which is one hour's drive southwest of Belize City.  (You can tell this photo was taken out of the van's window as we traveled down the highway.) 

The elders gave us lots of ripe bananas a few days ago, so Sister Pattee baked banana bread.

It was a good thing, because suddenly we needed refreshments  for a "last minute" young adult fireside at our house. 

What a nice group of young people!

The week was topped off with a baptism for Jamayl.  L to R: Alwayne, Ellsworth, and Jamayl. 

Also, Sister Pattee gave the lesson in Belize City Branch relief society on "Courage to Live the Gospel."  During discussions the sisters made some very insightful comments.

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