This week we had a branch YSA service project. We had a Billion Graves activity at the Mungret cemetery which is close to where we live. Billion Graves is an online database of the headstones from cemeteries around the world. Maurene has used it often in her family history research. They depend on volunteers to visit the cemeteries and using their phone app take photos of the headstones and upload them to their database. The cemetery at Mungret had not been done yet as is the case for most of them around here. We only had three YSA show up but we had a good time together and completed almost all of the headstones. We will go back soon and finish up the small part that is left.
Before we did the YSA project I went for my usual Parkrun. I am going to miss the Saturday morning runs when we lose the car as they are held on the university campus which is quite a ways from here. I didn't feel too good that morning so took it easy. I had a nice chat with a fellow from Leeds, England about the Brexit vote.
Through our family chats and also Skype we are able to keep the communications open with our family at home and keep up to date with all the news. That is a real blessing for us. This past weekend Jay was able to travel to Cranbrook to watch Ty play in a baseball tournament. He is a member of an all star team from Creston and plays shortstop and pitches. Also Kailey and her family and Corey and his were in Lethbridge visiting for the weekend and they all got together at Skye's place. It is so nice that the cousins can get together and play. Kailey and Caleb got some family photos taken while they were down there.
We have done a lot of gardening this week at the church and also at the Haxhiaj's whose place we are looking after until they return home from their vacation. We enjoy doing the gardening and it keeps us busy when we don't have a lot of other things to do. They have a few raspberry bushes in their yard so Maurene has been picking the ripe raspberries and it has been nice to have fresh raspberries for dessert this week.
We took a little trip out to Askeaton which is a 20 minute drive from Limerick down the Shannon. Last time we passed it I noticed an old monastery so we decided to go and visit it. We had a nice walk around the town and explored the ruins. We stopped in at a pharmacy to pick up something that Maurene needed and when we were leaving a member of our branch, Brother Davison, came out from the back to say hello. It turns out he is a pharmacist and owns the business there. It was a nice surprise and we had a nice visit with him.
We got some sad news at Sacrament Meeting on Sunday. Our branch president, President Murphy and his family are moving to Finland this summer. She is from Finland but they have lived here in Limerick for 12 or 13 years. He has only been branch president for three months now and he has been really good, a very capable leader. They will be missed here in the branch.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.