Saturday, May 16, 2009

May 15, 2009

Hi all--

We have another week accomplished. Things are getting easier though still busy. The weather has turned really warm even for us. We open our sliding door first thing in the morning, close it when we go to the office and then keep it open all evening. We can only imagine what it will be like when it gets hot here. There isn't any air conditioning in the apartment but we do have two fans so I'm sure we will survive.

I have had computer problems off and on, mostly for the entire time here. The mission "computer" expert came from Laie on Wednesday and spent the whole day working on the four computers in the office. I haven't had any problems since Sister Petersen worked on mine, but now Elder Miles whose computer worked and he had her switch it out for a different computer can't even get a screen on his. It has died. I feel really badly even though fixing mine had nothing to do with his dying, but I know how much work he has to do and how frustrating it is to not be able to do it. He handles all of the cars in the mission and it is a full-time job. There is no sense of satisfaction in getting my work done when he can't get his done.

Ed has been working hard closing one apartment and trying to find four more. it isn't easy trying to find places for the missionaries that are acceptable and affordable. So he has his hands full right now. We are losing 5 missionaries in June and getting 12 new missionaries.

We had a wonderful Mother's Day (and my birthday) celebration at the Whitings last Sunday. It is the first time Jeri and I have been together on Mother's Day in over 20 years so it was a very nice day. Last Saturday we had just arrived back at our apartment from seeing Joe play flag football and a nice dinner when the Assistants to President Peterson called. We buzzed them in to the building and they arrived at my door with roses for Mom's Day and my birthday. Now they want me to go to a zone conference so the missionaries can sing Happy Birthday to me. I think I can skip that!!! Isn't it true if you don't celebrate your birthday, you don't get a year older? That's my theory anyway and I'm sticking to it.

Last night we walked from our apartment to WalMart. It is just a stone's throw from the Ala Moana Mall, which is the best mall around. It was a nice walk plus we stopped on the way home at a McDonalds for a cool drink and a hot Taro pie. Not bad.

We can't go to Joe's game tomorrow because we have a baptism to attend. Elder Stanger and Elder Topoki invited us to come to the baptism. They are the missionaries assigned to our Makiki Ward. We will take them to dinner after the baptism. Last Sunday we noticed that one of Elder Topoki's shoes was split down one side. We offered to help him get a new pair of shoes but he said no. He is from New zealand and is so nice and soft-spoken. He said he would get it fixed but didn't know where. He and Elder Stanger are a "walking" area with no car to get around. We found that Sears at Ala Moana has a shoe repair shop and had him bring them to the office today. We then drove to Sears (he can't go to Ala Moana, it is in the "red zone." So the shoe will be fixed and we are having them both polished for him and will get them to him in the morning so he will have them for the baptism.

We will have to keep an eye on the shoes though, he is really wearing them out and I wouldn't be surprised if he won't need a new pair soon anyway. But he is happy getting it repaired.

The "social" couples group is getting smaller. Dr. Dahl and Sister Dahl will be leaving next week, then the Tolman's in June. So we will see how the Sunday dinners go. I don't think we will do it every Sunday with just two couples.

That is about it from here. Take care, we are fine and time is flying by.

Love, Elder & Sister Fowler, Ed and Carol, Mom & Dad,m etc.

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