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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Long and Winding Road, that leads to your stairs?

Its been a while since Ive updated Duncan and his whereabouts. He has been communicating well with all of his friends, and to me on Mondays, and we've even had a hand written letter or two. He is not big on selfies, or with using his camera much. He wanted to send me a picture of the road they had been riding on -- averaging 15 to 30 miles a day. This is the same "kid" that didnt ride a bike successfully until he was 14!  I used to just PRAY he could ride the Chipman trail with the scouts when he was 7. I held onto his bike the entire way -- he just had no balance.
If you look closely, you can see the tire tracks. This was taken in McKinney, and Duncan accounts that they also encountered a vigorous German Shepherd there, that chased them several miles. I imagine that for the dog, it was a grand adventure, but for the Elders, it was an unexpected test of their biking abilities!

Most recently, Duncan -- Elder Saxey, was transferred to Dallas Texas First Ward. He is near Love Field in a pretty cool apartment complex that looks like Sherwood Forest. I even google mapped him and got a big surprise when the picture showed the Elders Apartment! He has a new companion whose name is Elder Duce. Duce has been out 18 months, and is Duncan's second trainer. His first trainer also went home right after training him, so Im sure he is still fighting homesickness now and then, though he sounds positive and cheery as usual. Interestingly his companion is a Spanish speaking (Mission) elder, which means they get all referrals to those who speak Spanish, exclusively. This creates a bit of a concern for me, since Duncan speaks only the Spanish I taught him, and apparently most of that didn't stick! I told him "you should be ok, you heard it a lot at our house", to which he replied " MOM!! All I know how to do is ask where the bathroom is, and to tell people to shut up!'. OH MY. In this I have failed, but I found it pretty funny anyway.

I asked him how he liked his new companion and he said "I LOVE him", which in Duncan terms, means he is having a good experience, and I imagine a lot of laughter. 
The other day he said they had a wild experience. They were out tracting and had just parked thier bikes under the stairs. He was first up the stairs while Elder Duce was securing the bikes, when all of a sudden this happened:  He stepped right through a stone stair! You can see the bikes below.

 Then, you see this:

The falling concrete just barely missed Elder Duce's head -- he said by inches! He was really grateful that his companion was OK, when he shouldn't have been under the circumstances. Duncan didn't say how his pants fared, but I imagine there's some damage there. 

The newest development that I've found out is that since they are really close to the Family History Library, and since they have been iced in for more than a week, Duncan has done "some" (as in a LOT) of our family geneology.  He is pretty excited about it, which was a real surprise; I'm glad he has caught the "bug" so he can learn more about his ancestors.

 This is the scene that he sent from the Mission office on thier recent occurence of "SNICE" -- the combination of snow and ice that has caused gridlock and major accidents all over Texas:

Pictures from all over the mission have come in showing just how deep the snow is. A lot of the missionaries were not equipped for the weather, and many are wearing blankets!  I guess a couple of feet of snow in Dallas is more than rare! These brave sisters are pretty happy with the situation (thank you Dallas Missionary Moms for sharing!):

If you would like to write Duncan, you can do so at the following address:

3963 Sherwood Forest Drive #1253, Dallas TX 75220. 

I imagine a full mailbox would be awesome if you are shut in for a couple of weeks!