Since we have arrived here in Limerick I have been going out three times a week, most weeks for a run. I have routes of different distances that start and end at our place. It is nice to get out and run and although I often get wet, if you don't run when it rains here you won't be running much. I found out a few days ago about an organized run here in Limerick called Parkrun. They have a 5 km run on the trails on the campus of the University of Limerick every Saturday morning. You register online and print out a barcode that they scan at the end of your run. Your results are posted on their website along with lots of numbers about the run. There is no charge for any of this but they just ask that you volunteer to help once in a while. There were 135 runners on Saturday for my first run and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to running it on a regular basis when I can.
We travelled this week out to Kilmallock to meet with Amanda who is the person in charge of the project in this area to create an online database of all of the gravestones in the cemeteries in Ireland. We had a good visit with her as she explained the project and the process involved in taking the photos of the headstones and transcribing the information for the website. We thought it might be a good project to involve the YSAs in for service but it became apparent that it would demand too much time and be a little too involved for them. She did mention that she had a group that was going to do a small cemetery not far from there in a month or two and we said we would be interested in helping. So we look forward to being able to do that. Kilmallock was an interesting little town and we took some time to look around before we drove home. On the way home we drove through Bruff, which is the town where John F. Kennedy's family is from.
On Mondays, which is the young missionaries' P day, we usually give the sisters a ride home when they have finished their grocery shopping. When they phoned us they said they were unable to email since the library was closed so we picked them up, took them out for lunch at Miss Marple's and then let them use our computers to do their email. They enjoyed Miss Marple's but it is not a place I would take the Elders.
It was transfers this week and we had three Elders leave and of course got three to replace them. Elder Wall was one of the Elders leaving and we are certainly going to miss him. He is an excellent missionary and was full of life and energy. He calls England home. He and Elder Guymon, another Elder here in Limerick, are going to be companions and open up a new city in Northern Ireland.
On Thursday of this week the sisters phoned and asked if we would like to travel out to Killaloe to visit with a recent convert who was having a birthday. So we picked them up and drove out there, about a half hour drive, and had a good visit with her, sang happy birthday and had some birthday cake and tea. We had never been out to this town and it was a beautiful spot. We didn't get any photos but are going to try to get back out there when summer gets closer. We noticed on a sign coming into the town that it has been designated as a Heritage Site so there must be lots of history there. It seems like every little town we get to visit here has some great historical sites, it is amazing.
On the home front, a special event took place which was Quincee's blessing. We certainly wish we could have been there but we did get a short FaceTime chat with everyone at the Varty's home when Family Home Evening was over here on Sunday evening. We were also able to receive some nice photos of the event. It was nice to see the family get together and celebrate this happy event! Quincy wore a beautiful crocheted dress made by her Great Grandma Porter.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.