so as you would know this has been a absolutely crazy week. 1) all the arrivers came into darwin on thursday and i took the malak elders around and showed them their areas. it was pretty cool working with them. 2) CYCLONE MARCUS. so yeah you probably have already seen more photos than i have. sister lea was crazy taking photos. with permission from president we spent the whole day yesterday cleaning and seving the community and members. i split everyone into teams and we started to work. there is a lot of damage done all through out darwin. Marcus was predicted to hit darwin at a category 1 but upscaled to a 2. Most of the people said “eh its just a cat 2” but nobody was truly prepared. Heaps of damage. whole houses have been smashed by trees. pretty cool. so i am not sure how long we will be doing the clean up for because there is soooooo much to be done. we kept power through the whole thing (one of the only spots in darwin). it was really cool though.
so i think in regards to school, i think taking the course load at st.marys is the way to go.
K- Awesome. Are you working again today for PDay? How does that even get organized?
T- we are doing a little bit of cleaning today but i am organizing all of that
K- So do you each work in your areas or do you go to members and their neighbours? What was the most interesting experience so far?
B- What a cool experience being able to do all that service. You are making a real difference. What is the craziest thing you saw from the cyclone?
T- so we go to members and their neighbours. and its just been a really uplifteing experinece – we have cleared heaps of trees, and it was really cool to see how a community rallies together to help each other out
K- How have you helped? What was inspiring?
B- I was worried it would be like Sharknado. Was it a crocnado? Were there crocs flying in the air?
T- CROCNADO! actually funny story some crocs were lifted out of the harbour
K- Do you have equipment to work with? How hot is it? – No WAY…. ok I need the details on that!
T- no so it was all done by hand saw and axe and machete. we took down all in all between 4 of us probably about 40 trees – thats all the details i know
B- Any story you are telling gets cooler when you are using machetes. Not sure you could bring one home in your suitcase.
K- Ok you KNOW I am going to be looking that up it is too good to be believed. Did you get your birthday stuff? Not much but something ? Easter pouch?
T- no i haven’t gotten anything. it probably will be delayed with the cyclone
K- Ok my mom heart still wishes you happy birthday and take some money out of your account for a cake and pizza
T- ok thanks mom
B- Mom is working on us going to Waterton for a bit before you start school. We will leave Drew behind so he can work. 🙂
T- so waht kind of classes would i be taking in my first year?
K- For sure an English course or two and then probably history . I will look at the calendar and give you some choices when we get a little closer
T- ok sweet thank you for taking care of all of this
B- Are you kidding. This is a mom dream come true registering you etc. It is like Grandpa Steed talking cyclones and weather awesomeness. Mom will be on the Mary’s website as soon as you sign off. That is why she is so great.
K- Of course…. now for the most important point… can’t find the crocodile story but you know I am going to keep looking! May be an urban legend… I would be SO sad! Heard some great things about you and the other missionaries and your hard work. You will be tired and sore but people will be grateful. Does the city come and take big trees away?
T- yeah they will come and clear the streets but people are responsible for their own yards
K- That is a lot of work and lots of opportunities for service. When do the Parkers come again? Are both the Malay elders new? Is that Elder Miague? I’m now Facebook friends with his dad🙂
T- they dont come until april. the malak elders are elder davison and elder syme
K- What is the weather like now? Does it get dry after a cyclone? Hot?
T- its beautful outside, like nothing hapened other than the debris
B- Well I’m looking outside and it is snowing again. I don’t want a cyclone but maybe just a bit warmer.
K- Crazy! Well enjoy the good weather for cleanup.I’m getting sentimental and remembering when yo7 were born. You were in no hurry to get here, you were a week late but once you decided you were by far my fastest birth and biggest kid by one ounce. But the thing I remember most is your huge chubby cheeks😁
T- haha yeah its warm here but just heaps of debris
B- Oh chubby cheeks. You are also the only BC born boy. So special
K- Also Jake LOVED you he used to find you on the floor and just hold your face and look at you
T- haha i got to go, love you heaps!
B- Have an amazing week 20 year old
K- Celebrate this week! Tel” the Leas… have fun… order cool drinks or a treat