This was the week that we pulled up stakes in Limerick and made the trek north to Omagh in Northern Ireland. It will be a change in assignment also as we will be assigned to the branch in Omagh as an MLS couple. We loaded up the Meriva on Monday morning with all of our stuff. We were quite worried, well I was, that it was not all going to fit. With a lot of prayer and effort, we got everything to fit except for our little Christmas tree. We are hoping it will somehow make it up here before Christmas. We drove to Dublin and met President and Sister Thompson to leave our car with them and take a UK licensed car. So we had to unpack everything and load it all up again. We then drove the last two hours to Omagh, got the keys from the realtor and moved into our little place.
It was not as well equipped as we had anticipated, so we did a lot of shopping on Tuesday and have been cleaning all week. To say it was not left clean would be an understatement. But we are excited to be here and look forward to serving in the branch in whatever capacity they need us. They have a nice little chapel here and we have been spending quite a bit of time there. We have to wait until Friday, September 9 to get our Internet service connected so we go to the chapel to use the wifi there to do things like write this blog post. Friday can't come soon enough!
We needed to get away from all of the shopping and cleaning for a while so we took a drive a little ways out of town to Gortin Glen Forest Park. It was high up in the hills and we went for a little hike on a trail there and really enjoyed it. We are going to revisit it and do one of the longer hikes next time.
We went to the library one day and got library cards so Maurene could check out a few books. The limit was 9 so that is all she could get but she was thrilled that you could keep them for three weeks. We did a little exploring of the city centre while shopping and had a nice lunch at one of the little cafes there. It is going to take me a while to figure out the roads here as they are quite a maze.
While we were walking around we came to little memorial park. It was built to remember the people in this city that were killed and injured in the horrible bombing that took place in the 90's. It has a plaque with all of their names and the story of what took place that day.
On Sunday we attended Branch Council and then the meetings of the day. The people in the branch were really friendly and we enjoyed the meetings. The branch president didn't have any specific assignments for us, we were hoping that he would. So we will just have to wait and see exactly what he wants us to do. I think we are going to be teaching a YSA Sunday School class and hopefully an Institute class. We just want to be wanted and needed and busy. We are looking forward to our service here.
After the hike at the Forest Park we visited the little town of Gortin. They had some beautiful flowers in the square in the town.
We will finish off with another "Vive la difference" moment. No real explanation needed.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.