Thursday, May 7, 2009

Update from Oahu

Hi all--

Just an update from the warm, wonderful Island of Oahu. We have been really busy. Both of us are still waiting for the 9-5 office jobs we thought we were going to do. The mission has over 170 missionaries (not counting the couple missionaries) on the Islands. It seems everyday we learn something new and struggle to learn how to understand all of the different kinds of English spoken here.

The mail last week and Monday was incredible. Every missionary got some sort of Easter package from home. One mom sent a HUGE package FedEx to her son on the big Island. We can't forward packages unless they come through the US Postal service. I called her son and asked permission to break the package down hoping to be able to send the contents back with the zone leaders who were in the office for a conference. Inside was an Easter basket full of goodies. The basket pretty much filled the huge box. The zone leaders just laughed when I asked if they could take it back with them. They had boxes of printed materials to take back and couldn't manage the Easter Basket. We ended up taking it to the Post Office and paying to have it shipped to the missionary.

Ed has been busy finding new apartments for missionary use and that keeps him busy. He is paying the mission bills and that is a full time job plus helping me with the mail. He has to make sure the missionaries get their money each month. Last week he along with the two assistants to the president were at WalMart buying mattresses, box springs, and dryers and then delivering them.

I continue to enter the baptism information and referrals plus order supplies and update reports.

As couple missionaries, we have had two get-togethers. One at the apartment of the mission doctor and last night we all went to Buca de Peppo's for Family Home Evening. Tomorrow night is a Cottage meeting at the Mission President's home and then Thursday evening we are feeding the two missionaries in our ward, the Makiki ward. And that ends the sixth week of our mission.

Last Saturday we went to Ala Moana Mall, parked our car and took the trolley to Waikiki. There is a great cheeseburger place called "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" that we found about three years ago and had a craving for one. Then we walked back to Ala Moana hoping to walk off a bit of the great cheeseburgers.

Sunday after church, we went to Jeri and Scott's for Easter dinner. Had a wonderful meal and enjoyed visiting with the Whitings and their guest, a young marine from the Kaneohe Marine base. He is from Utah and they try to have him to dinner once a month and/or on special occasions.

The weather has been great, a bit windy but not too hot. It is really just nice weather. I am having a bit of trouble adjusting to apartment living. We are on the 27th floor and while the view out our windows can not be beat, the traffic noise is distracting. The owner of the apartment is suppose to be installing a new bathroom cabinet next week. That will really improve the bathroom.

Take care, we hope to get into a routine and write more often.

Love, Mom & Dad, G.Carol & G. Ed, Ed & Carol

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