We had our usual District Meeting on Tuesday of this week. We enjoy meeting with the young missionaries and although the discussions and instruction are not always germaine to our assignment, we like to meet with them and show our support. It is also an opportunity to meet with the Reimers, a senior couple who serve in Galway and are now in our district. Together with the Reimers we provide lunch for everyone and this week Maurene made burritos which was a big hit. Our sisters also showed up as twins for the meeting!
We were thrilled this week to get news and to share in three great blessings to our family. We got a text from our youngest son Scott towards the end of our Institute class on Thursday. "Well I have good news. I just got a letter of acceptance this morning into the pharmacy program at the U of A! I start in September! I'm at work so if I don't reply, that's why. I'll be on my lunch break soon though" I was so excited I could hardly stand it. Maurene was teaching her part of the lesson at the time so I had to wait until after the closing prayer to share it with her. She was so excited she was dancing around the room and it was great to share it with our students. We are so excited for Scott and Stacey and this has been an answer to prayers. Scott has worked so hard to get to this point and the hard work is not over but now he can work towards the career that he wants.
This week was also the convocation at the University of Calgary and Caleb received his PhD. He has been working long and hard to get to this point and so has Kailey to support him in his educational efforts. It is a such a great blessing for them to finally have this milestone achieved and we are so happy for both of them. We only wish we could have been there to show our support and offer our congratulations. The cherry on top is they are moving into their new home soon and it will be great for them to have the extra room that they need for their family. Again we wish we could be there to help with the move.
To finish the week off our granddaughter Ayla was baptized. It was such an exciting day for her and her family and we so wished we could be there to share in this great event. In the photos Ayla looked so happy and we are proud of her for this important step in her life.
We had a phone call from the mission president this week telling us that he was considering moving us to Stornoway in Scotland for the rest of our mission. For the Americans on missions here and for Canadians in Ireland, our driver's licences are only valid for one year. So if you wish to continue driving, you either have to get an Irish licence or move to the other country and your year starts over. The couple in Stornoway needed to move and our year was coming up in a few months. Getting a licence here in Ireland is a time consuming, complex and expensive process. I had told the president that I was not going to go through that. We heard from him shortly after that he thought we should stay in Limerick to complete our mission and we would not have a car for the last six months. There went my dream of serving part of our mission in Scotland and not having a vehicle here in Limerick will be challenging as the public transportation is not stellar. Somehow we will manage and things will work out. We're here for a reason and we trust that we will be blessed for our service.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.