Hello, how are you? Wow, after many attempts we finally are on at the same time!
(How are you doing? )
Great. Actually it's very lucky that I had the $100 in emergency fund, because I had to use it for the medicines, and the mission will reimburse me next month.
Thank you so much. So I haven't had a chance to read the other emails now, but did they start school again?
(No. Tomorrow is the first day. Except for me. I get to do laundry all day)
Wow, exciting. Same here. I actually found a laundry ship in our area, so I can pay a little bit to get it done. But, I still need to do garments. Let's just say that I will never complain about doing laundry again. The washing machine is so easy.
(Amen. The trick is to let them soak. A little bleach now and then should help too. On my mission, a couple made a washer out of a bucket and a plunger. You could try it. Ha ha)
haha, that does sound easier. Basically I just let it soak all day, and I wash it at night. it is still really tiring, especially to wring out all of the water.
(Don't forget to whip your clothes after you wring them out. It gets out the wrinkles and is quite refreshing also. How are you adjusting to life in the Philippines? Are you eating well? Lots of fresh fruit I imagine.)
That's a good trick, thank you for that.I actually feel like I am adjusting pretty well to the climate, and my best friend is my umbrella. it helps keep me from getting sunburned, and the mosquito's haven't been biting me as much.. Most of the time it is pretty hot, which probably is the reason that foreigners get boils. But the clothes that we picked out are very cool. To your question, yeah, they have a lot of mangoes and bananas, and everyone here loves boiled bananas. It's kind of weird, but with sugar, yum. I am sleeping very well. We just sleep with a fan, and that keeps us cool throughout the night. Then, when we have our showers, it's not as bad to have cold water since it was a little bit warmer during the night.
(Good to hear. How about clean water. Remember soda is always safe out of the bottle, but be careful of the ice.)
hear hear. for clean water we have mineral water delivered every week, so we use that. Other wise, the water isn't safe to drink. Everyone in Kalibo actually has a few more pimples, but we are no worse for wear.
(Sounds good. Is there anything you need right now?)
No, just a little bit of money for food this week. Usually I can budget pretty well, but, the medicine was very expensive. Do you need anything?
(Just stay safe and healthy. That,s all we need. )
Okay, I will. Hey, do you know the blog that you really liked? Elder Robertson is actually my zone leader.
(Cool. He is probably almost done. Lindsay and Meagan say they love you and good night.)
Tell them that I love them. Good night, and enjoy school. Actually he is only halfway done, about a year in his mission
(So he probably goes home about the same time you do. )
I think so. I'm not exactly sure.
So, how are things in the first ward with the new bishopric?
(They will be really good. They are super guys. And super scared. It will make them rely on the Lord)
That's good. It's great that Brother Haarala's bishop. You are really good about guessing who will be. How did you get so talented at it?
(...You get to see traits in people and you see their potential. You probably notice that you have it sometimes. It's called discernment. That and the Crystal ball I keep under my pillow.)
haha. I have noticed it sometimes, but it's a skill I'm still working to develop.
Well, dad, I really have missed you. Sorry, I have been talking with you and replying to others.
Thank you for your advice, and know that I love you and the family so much. Just keep rockin', and let me know what other questions that you do have.