Tonga Tales August 2nd 2012
The Trip Home
On Wednesday we went to Hamilton and went to a temple session. The missionaries from the New Zealand MTC were there, so we got to see Brent Makeheli. It was fun to see him. We had our first real almost American hamburger at Burger King. Funny thing happened. When we went to pay we wanted to use our credit card. It seems that in New Zealand if you want to use a credit card now you need to have a pin number. We do not have one. So I told the boy at the counter to wait while I went across the street to an ATM. About that time a nice younger New Zealander walked up to the counter and laid down a 20 dollar note and said “Here let me buy you dinner.” I tried to get him to wait while I got money, but he just smiled and walked out.
All of the Utah Grand Children and their parents were there to greet us. (Eric was in Australia) They had a big banner and many small signs welcoming us home. Levi was the first to run to us to greet us. It was so much fun seeing them all again.
We had our home coming on the 29th. and we also got a family reunion in that week. The only two members of our family who were not there were Jeremy and Ethan. Jeremy had been out on a ship and Ethan is in the MTC. All three of my sisters came to the Sunday service, and we had four of the senior missionary couples from the mission there. It was so much fun to see the Cards. We have really missed them. The Bains, Rawlins and Bowdens were also there. There were several members of our Centerville Ward and from Teri’s service mission at the Joseph Smith building who attended.
A few thoughts:
1: It sometimes feels like we never went to Tonga. It is like it was a dream or a book that we read.
2: I cannot stand to wear shoes. My feet do not fit into the toes of the shoes
3: Corn on the Cob is the best.
4: I can get all the Diet Dr. Pepper I want
5: There seems to an unending line of boxes to unpack and get stored so we can live again.
6: There are so many details that we have to take care of: phones, TV service, medicare, doctors visits, shopping, new clothes, etc. It has been two and a half weeks of work, and were are still not complete.
7: Americans drive too fast.
8: I cannot find the turn signal in the car. I have yet to get in the wrong side of the car, but have found myself driving down the wrong side of the road.
9: I can no longer rest while a file is down loading on the internet.
10: We love the e-mails from the teachers and friends in Tonga.