Hey everybody! November 7, 2010
Kasie and I are enjoying much of the beauty of Italy and the wonderful blessing of working for the US Air Force. Kasie got to go to Venice this past Friday (without me) with the senior couple that serves in the military ward and the seminary students from our ward here in Pordenone. Pordenone is the main town nearest to base. We got the chance to walk around in one of the shopping markets there and it was exactly what you would picture Italy as. So beautiful and sooo dang expensive. You might of thought of me being pretty cheap back at home, but kasie will agree that I have become even cheaper out here. For one night at our hotel out here is 85 euro which come out to being $119. Yeah and on the 10th it would be our 20th day in this hotel. That’s border line $2400 freakin dollars out of my own pocket(well yes but not really) the air force reimburses us fully but we still have to fork it out ourselves. And that’s only one expense we have, not to mention food, transportation, or any entertainment. I suck at trying to learn a new language. Kasie giggles at me all the time as I’m trying to learn a new word. I’m such a late bloomer. And the worst part of it is is that I get board with the one I’m working on or I think I got it down and so I go onto the next word and totally forget about the one I’d worked on before. haha kasie is so good and excited to learn Italian and catches on pretty quick or at least a lot quicker than me.
I get a lot of support from the people who work with me in the water and fuels shop. They all were there to greet us as we got off the plane here in aviano. One of them just so happens to be the ward clerk. So finding the church wasn’t hard at all. You could say it found us(gods looking over us). His name is Jeremiah Case and his family is so awesome. He’s like 35 and his wife Jen is about 2 years younger. They have four children, two boy and two girls(boy, girl, boy, girl) and another child on the way. So they are a great help and example for Kasie and I. I have a sponsor who has also helped us out a ton. She gives us, or at least arranges someone to take us to an appointment we need to get to and we always get there on time. There is so much more I would like to tell you about our adventures here. I will tell more when I have time. Love you all!
Alright so I was sitting next to Benjamin as he was writing his protion of our letter, and then he says, “hey you falling asleep? Here you write”. He hands me the computer and then is instantly distracting me. He is so sweet. AND he is annoying cause he keeps telling me what to write. GO AWAY BENJAMIN.
Ok so now that he is gone. I want to say that I am really enjoying getting used to everything. I had a great time at church today. We finally got to meet our bishop. Bishop Lasenby (lazz-en-bee). He had been out of town for our first two Sundays here. All the families have kids…actually I think we are the only ones without. But it is okay cause I get to see the great examples from all the wonderful women here. It is a difficult job to be a mother and father and also a difficult job to be a military wife and Military member. What a blessing to have the gospel in our lives. Everyone wants to help us get started here. They all know what it is like to be in our same position.
Ben and I are participating in the ward choir and practicing for the Christmas program. We will all sing “O Holy Night”. There is a great spirit in our ward, we all can relate because of the military and the gospel so we connect really well. Some families have had us over for dinner, which helps out so much because we don’t have much of a place to cook, or much money to cook cause it all goes to the cost of the hotel. Its crazy expensive. I have been searching for a job and there are a few places that would be perfect. The Child Development Center seems like a very nice place and great people working there. Also there is the Outdoor Recreational Center that I am really interested in getting a job there (mostly cause we would probably be able to rent camping and snowboarding gear for cheap). I am looking into going to school online, and that is going well so far.
I guess that is all I can think of right now. Im pretty tired. I love you all and miss you!