Jordan had asked in his letter if I would try to be online when he was during his p-day. I wasn't sure if I would like that, or if it would make it harder. He said he just really wanted to know that I was there talking to him. I thought it went pretty well. Here is the conversation:
Elder Parkinson: Hey I am online if you are there
Mom: How are you my sweetheart?
Elder Parkinson: I'm good, just got back from the Temple
Mom: I have so many questions for you. How are you sleeping? Are you eating? What is your schedule like?
Elder Parkinson: Yeah I am sleeping great. I would like some more food and the next letter will have my sim card in it. My schedule is packed. I wake up go to breakfast then go to study then teach a lesson then study then language study.
Mom: That's great. What kind of food would you like?
Elder Parkinson: Um just more snacks and also will u send me a spanish hymn book and more pics.
Mom: What kind of pictures? Do you need more ties?
Elder Parkinson: Just some pics of the fam and friends and some more ties would be great.
Mom: Do you use the blanket we sent?
Elder Parkinson: Yeah I had to wash it because it was getting red stuff all over my shirts and will u send more shampoo?
Mom: Yes, I will send shampoo. How are the showers?
Elder Parkinson: It depends what ones u get i always get the good ones
Mom: Of course you do :) Are you happy?
Elder Parkinson: Yeah. I miss u guys but I know that u are in good hands. I read a scripture that helped me and all of those things that are happening since I left are crazy. The Lord does bless us.
Mom: I just want you to know how much we love you and think about you every day. You are such an amazing person and we couldn't have asked for a better son. I smile every time I think about you and the amazing things that you are doing. I will send more snacks, shampoo, ties, pictures and some other things. I love you soooooo much. Can't wait until next Thursday. I want to leave you a little time to just write your feelings.
Elder Parkinson: Do you have to go?
Mom: No, but I want you to write your feelings so I can have something to hold on to until next Thursday.
Elder Parkinson: I feel so close to God and that the spirit is just so strong here. I just love it. The temple today gave me that peaceful feeling that just keeps me going. I also know that the Spanish will come. I am starting to get it. I love my district u will see a pic of everyone of them and their name tags. Are you still there?
Mom: Make sure you get a picture with Dave in front of the map, pointing to where you guys are going. How is the laundry?
Elder Parkinson: It's hard to find Dave, but the laundry was fine. I am going to iron my shirts today and I can't wear anything but suit pants so those others are just sitting in my closet. My weight is 230 still and I am eating a ton.
Mom: Did you get the donuts? Have you seen Richard yet?
Elder Parkinson: Yeah they are way good and yeah I've seen Rich like 10 times.
Mom: How does Rich seem?
Elder Parkinson: Um he is good since he is english speaking.
Mom: Tell me about your companion.
Elder Parkinson: He is from Draper. He is going to San Fernando. He is funny and a very good person. We are good friends now. I love my district.
Mom: Do you have any questions for me?
Elder Parkinson: Yeah. So is the car sold and how is coop doing with bball. How is Austin's therapy? Tell Austin and Coop I am writing them a letter today.
Mom: The car sold yesterday. I will write you the details. Banana man is safe in my care until the next time I see Kilpack. Coop is doing well. He has a pretty shot and I think his confidence is growing. Austin's therapy is coming along, but it is slow. He is ready to start playing basketball again.
Elder Parkinson: Sounds good. Also tell llama that he will be getting a letter too hahaha. If u see Abby, tell her I'm still waiting for those popcorn balls :)
Mom: Well, I love you lots. I know your time is almost up. It was nice being able to chat with you and get a feel for how you are doing.
Elder Parkinson: I love you so much! I am going to get off so I can write letters. Tell everyone that letters are like the best thing in here so send them. I will talk to you next Thursday. Love you.