What a wonderful sight as we cleared the airport and our Mission President and his wife, Leif and Linda Erickson, were there to greet us and scoop us up and take us to our flat. I have to admit that when I saw them, I was so happy to finally be there that a few tears were shed. On the way, they showed us the Mission Home and where our Perpetual Education Office was located. Then they gave us a car and keys and turned us loose. That was pretty scary. The driving in Lusaka is a little hazardous. The roads are narrow, lots of traffic, and there is so much foot traffic. Pedestrians just take their chances and cross amid the traffic. I think if may be a very long time before I get brave enough to drive! President and Sister Erickson invited us to dinner in the evening and that was very much appreciated and enjoyed. For the past thirty-six hours we have been eating meals on planes or in the airports so Sister Erickson's delicious cooking was wonderful! Before we left Utah, someone suggested it might be a good idea to purchase a GPS. Stanley took granddaughters Alyssa and Camille to help him find a Best Buy to find one. When I found out how much it cost, I about had a heart attack. Well, Zambia doesn't have street signs or street lights and it is incredibly difficult to find our way around. One day we gave the seminary/institute director a ride which turned into a several hour adventure. We got right in the middle of the city during rush hour and were moving very slowly. He told us to go ahead to the round-a-bout and just keep going straight ahead. He then opened the car door right in the middle of the street and traffic and jumped out. Said this was where he needed to go. Stanley and I just looked at each other and neither of us had any idea where we were or how to get back to our flat. Stanley punched in HOME on the GPS and about 30 minutes later we were pulling into our complex. I grabbed that GPS and nearly gave it a kiss! Whatever he paid for it was worth it! We have been lost more than once and that little gadget has saved us.
Living Room--We still need to get some pictures or decorations up on the wall.
We are totally fascinated with the banana trees at the Mission Home. Those little bananas just seem to change on a daily basis. Sister Erickson told us that the bananas really taste good and she also likes to watch them grow.