This year Isaac got to celebrate his ninth birthday eight hours early from the Central European Summer Time zone. He has a party planned at a future date, as well as birthday treats at school on another day, so we anticipate Isaac's Ninth to encompass the entire month.
While in Spain Isaac was recognized with a birthday serenade by the Madrid missionaries, and a fabulous American-style birthday cake from Nana, with her four remaining birthday candles. Of those, Isaac successfully extinguished three of the four flames resulting in 3/4 birthday wish fulfillment.
More birthday reporting later...
We spent Sunday, April 6th taking it easy in Spain. We spent much of the day on Temple Square. We hung out with Bubba and Nana as they rehearsed and conducted the missionary choir for their weekly performance on the temple steps. The music was beautiful and I loved hearing the missionaries in their native language and as they all sung together in Spanish and English. I am gaining a new appreciation for how much courage it takes to leave so young and preach the gospel in a foreign place and often in a foreign language, especially for these missionaries who come from a place where it is not the cultural norm. I have so much respect for the missionaries we met there.
While at Temple Square we met the Elder who was caught in the high-speed train wreck in Madrid last summer. He and Dave were in recovery at the same time and have matching spiky hair, spine hardware and neck scars which they are showing off here. He is a super optimistic guy and I'm glad that he is walking the streets of Spain.