Comings and goings are the normal activity here. The Jorgensens were the legal couple from Washington. They finished their 18 months and headed home just as we all do soon enough. So at our usual Family Home Evening, we bid adieu to our new friends and hope to see them back in the States. We don't lose friends, we just have old friends in new places.
Elder Roberts is the oldest senior here and an avid photographer. I think we have told you that their job is digitizing cemetery records for Australia. But he never seems to tire of taking pictures. You would never guess his age and we hope to act as young as him when we grow up. The Moores are the new kids on the block and are working in Public Affairs. Elder Moore knows Cousin McClain Bybee quite well as well as Cousin Les Feil. It is a small world in the Church and we always seem to find a connection.
This little Kookaburra has moved into our neighborhood. He seems just as interested in our antics as we are in his. But they are a noisy lot and wake us up about 7:30 in the morning - of course we are already up because we get up at 6:30 and exercise! We have enjoyed the crazy noise they make.
As for beauty, the pink and grey Galahs are spectacular. A few of the missionaries are able to feed them from their hands and get them to show up every day. Check out videos on youtube of their talking. The Magpies have a beautiful warbling to add to the noise of our day. They are not afraid of us at all and we can get quite close.
Did we mention that BYU's quarterback served in the Sydney Australia Mission? The missionaries are so pleased to have "one of their own" doing a great job. We do get to listen to the games on Saturday or Sunday mornings. We of course have both Utah fans as well as BYU fans amongst the Seniors.
Allison and Rob Williams came to Australia to visit an old missionary buddy of Rob's. Allison spent a few hours with us in Sydney and then she and Rob went to Jervis Bay/Hyman's Beach for a few days. It is enjoyable to see friends from home and share some of our life here with them.