Dear Dad, Mom, Aleksi, MITCHELL, and Cassie,
I'm going to cry! I can just feel the anticipation reading your emails. MITCHELL'S HOME! or he's really, really close! I love you so much family. Mitchell's HOME! It doesn't seem real to me. I'm so happy the Snider's are there too! and Emma! and the Dearmans! Gah! So great!
September 18th was a chilean fiesta! We went to the parade in the center of Lago Ranco and watched all the clubs, teams and volunteers march across the stretch. It wasn't like an American parade - Everyone stood in a circle and the people who marched, marched through the center. My favorite part was the cueca. The dancer's had the same wassa outfit as mom and mewhen we danced it! It was incredible. I got a little teary eyed thinking about it, there was a dad and his daughter - they were so good! Dad, I got photos of the fire station and the firefighters. It's all volunteer work, no one is paid. Crazy. The little boy in the wasso outfit is the Mamita's grandson. He didn't dance the cueca but the day care walked in the parade so he was in it, hah. A photo of the Mamita's hostle and me and my companion watching the sun set and that bird in that one photo kept swooshing down and trying to attack me! Feliz 18!
Elder Trejo's still felt really sick these past few days so we haven't gone out much...on Friday we had to travel to Osorno (2 hours away) to go to the doctor. He has some cousin of broncitus and was given an additional 3 days of rest. I took advantage of our time in Osorno (so much stuff to buy!) and now have everything for the package to send home! I took a photo of everything, just to document in case anything gets stolen. I have it all ready and will probably send it tomorrow. It's going to be a surprise, I don't want to tell you what's in it. Happy Christmas in three months.
The 21st we had an empanada activity in celebration for the 18th. (Most people travelled or had family, so it's the date we decided to celebrate). We thought we could prepare everything all on our own in the capilla - we thought wrong. A mexican and a gringo making chilean empanadas...Mamita saved us, and helped us make the masa and the meat and the eggs and onions. I can't wait for that sweater to get here, because she deserves it. She does so much. I was thinking of what I could get her to agradecerle and the sweater's perfect mom, thanks!
Yesterday, I spoke in church. I prepared a talk about missionary work based on John 21:17 "Me amas? Apacienta mis ovejas" and a talk by Jeffery R. Holland called 'feed my sheep' I started talking about Mitchell and how he left two years ago and tomorrow he'll be coming home! And then I started to cry! I miss you so much Mitchell, I'm so proud of you.
Cassie! Happy 18th birthday. I'm going to write you a nice letter, but closer to the 29th. So you won't get it until mid October. and you can just count what's in the package as your birthday AND Christmas gift. What are the big plans? Remember in our old house that time you fell asleep in Mitchell's and my closet? Remember what you were wearing?! Wear that for you're birthday, it's appropriate.
Today, Elder Trejo and I went for a hike. We found this place called 'La Pizada del diablo'. It was absolutely incredible. The water was SO blue. It was one of the first times, here in Chile, that my breath was actually taken away from me. I hope the photos show just a small part of what it was like.
I'm so happy there are so many people to welcome Mitchell home. I love you brother!
OHMYGOSH! I just saw the photo of Mitchell with the Group!
Ok, I love you family. I'm so happy today.
Love you forever,
Elder Maxwell Poirier
I should've just left and saved the videos for next time. I'M A MESS! Mitchell, we have the same nametag! I love you brother. Served and Returned with Honor.
Family, I love you so much!