It is hard to believe fall has arrived. It has become very apparent in the last week. The Poincea trees are losing their leaves and others are turning yellow. It is still warm but most evenings cool off now so it is easier to sleep.
January was a quiet month. It was pretty warm so we did not venture far from home. I did take the opportunity to swim several times a week but found out it was irritating my back and causing me pain so had to give it up. It has been real hard because I was enjoying the lap pool.
February 24, 2015 We had a surprise visit from Tonga the 24th of February. The Office Couple, Elder Garth Hamblin and Sister Sandy Hamblin flew into Brisbane. Sister Hamblin came for some tests to check out pressure she was feeling in her chest. The mission was able to provide them with a vacant flat in which to stay until Sister Hamblin was cleared to return to Tonga. The best part of the visit is they are friends from Alaska. In fact I was working with Elder Hamblin and the Tonga Mission President (President Tupou) to be called to Tonga. The Missionary Department had Sister Parsons and me flagged for Tonga but when the call was issued the Lord had a different plan and therefore we are here in the Australia Brisbane Mission. We had a great weekend together. Sister Hamblin was released from the hospital on Thursday afternoon. Friday evening they went to the Brisbane Cultural Arts Center to see Wicked and they loved it.
At noon we excused ourselves and went to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and met several other missionary couples from Brisbane. A young sister serving in Tonga had come over to have her tonsils out but it was determined it was not necessary so she also joined us. Had a great time seeing all the various animals, having a picture taken with a koala bear, feeding kangaroos, and feeding Lorikeet parrots.
|Sister Madsen, Hamblin, Mickelsen|
|Sister Madsen & Tavolea|
|Baby Koala with Mom|
|Baby and Mom|
After our visit to the sanctuary the Hamelin’s and I took a ride on the City Cat to see the city at night. It was a fabulous evening on the river with gorgeous views of the city skyline.
|Garth & Sandy Hamblin|
|Garth, Sandy & Giant Tree Roots|
Monday came too soon and they had to fly back to Tonga. It was so good to spend time with friends from home......
March 14, 2015
Sister Parsons and I went to Mt Coot tha which has a lookout over the city, many hiking trails, a planetarium, and botanical gardens. There was a Dahlia show on the day we were there that we enjoyed. We enjoyed the view from the lookout of the city of Brisbane. Walked through the Planetarium and found out just where to look in the sky for the Southern Cross. I also got the answer to my question about the moon. When I first arrived the first thing I noticed was the moon. Instead of sitting on it’s side the rounded side was facing down. The man at the plantitarium explained that once you cross the equator it changes positions in the sky.
|Brisbane from Mt Coot tha Lookout|
March 23, 2015 The Senior Missionaries from northern Queensland arrived for a three day Senior missionary conference. Tuesday morning we went to the Temple as a group. It was a special experience to be together in the Brisbane Australia Temple. We then met at the Stake Center next door for lunch after which we took the double decker bus tour of Brisbane. Learned some really cool things about Brisbane. We got off the bus at Southbank where we went our separate ways to find dinner. We met up again at the Brisbane Cultural Center to attend the musical play Wicked. It was an amazing production which I truly enjoyed.
Wednesday morning was open for us to do whatever we wanted until 2:45. Sister Parsons and I worked at the office until we had to leave for the Kangaroo Point Chapel for a few hours of training in which many of the senior couples made presentations. It was very informative and interesting to hear what they are doing out in the field. At six we were back to Southbank for a lovely dinner at The Shores restaurant.
Thursday morning we met again until noon with more amazing presentations. We have really wonderful senior couples in this mission here in Brisbane and all the way north to Cairns.
Sister Parsons and I ended the week on Saturday by visiting two flats that the mission is closing. One was south of Brisbane in Mt. Gravatt while the other was an hour north in Minyama. A bond and carpet clean is required prior to turning in the keys. We were checking out the flats to ensure all was ready to turn over the keys to the flats. After our last inspection we took a lovely walk on the beach at Sunshine Coast and finished off the afternoon with frozen yogurt I had a bowl which included mango, lychee and pineapple. It was Great.
Brisbane is looking at some rain this week. It is okay though because it is not a constant rain for several days. You get a shower or downpour and then it clears us. It remains warm so we look forward to the rain because it cools things off.