Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Lois and Vince have promised us Portuguese Bean Soup before we we go home so tonight is the night! Yum!!! We wondered if we would be able to have our final evening together because Vince's dad is in the hospital. Wally and Vince administered to him and he has been doing better but we still did not want to take them away from family or feel like they had to spend the evening with us. They were glad to have us come. We had such a wonderful visit. They also invited Bishop and Maxine and we had a lot of fun together. When you talk story and laugh and share with each other it helps to take our minds of things sometimes. The soup was so fabulous. Lois is a really good cook. We had 3 kinds of fresh baked bread and a luscious green salad to go with the soup. Then Lois pulled out all the stops and for dessert she had her famous jello cheese cake. It was to die for! Bishop brought an apple pie and we all had a piece of that too. You can imagine how happy and full we were when the evening was over. Here I go again but how we are going to miss these wonderful friends when we fly away home. How dear they are to us.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
What a wonderful evening we spent with the Blevin's. We had a scrumptious dinner before our lesson. How kind they are to us. Then we taught The Plan of Salvation. What a wonderful message. To know where we came from, why we are here and where we are going helps us understand how much our Heavenly Father loves us. We taught together back and forth as we always do but tonight it just seemed to flow so well and touched all of our hearts. The spirit was so strong. Margarita is so lovely and appreciates all we are teaching her. She told us tonight that we explain things so clearly she understands what we are teaching. That really made us feel so happy that we can do that. She also gave us a beautiful wedding invitation. My what a beautiful couple she and Kekoa make. This is another wedding we wish we could be here for!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Tuesday we couldn't stay for our usual afternoon with the Cox's so we decided to come back today and go and tour the Coco Palms. It was a fashionable and expensive place to stay in it's day. It was ruined when Hurricane Inki came through in 1992. Someone took off with the insurance money and it was never repaired. In case you don't know what is important about the beautiful Coco Palms it is the hotel that was used to film the Elvis Presley movie "Blue Hawaii" also the coconut grove in the back was used to film "Pirates of the Caribbean 4." This is a picture of one of the famous shell sinks that are in each room. They are going to sell about 5 of them to raise money to help take care of the grounds. It is hoped that someday they will be able to make this into a running hotel again.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
We had the most wonderful Sunday today. The Stake Presidency came to speak at Kekaha Ward. Their messages were so uplifting. They spoke about forgiveness, scripture study, activity and tune ups. They are very kind and gracious men. Our Sunday School lesson was on keeping records. Of course, I felt good about that one. I am keeping records right? After church we had a 3rd baptism, in as many weeks, for a sweet little girl in our ward. We taught the 3 baptism lessons to her. Dad was able to stand in the circle when she was confirmed. And of course, we were invited to a wonderful luncheon afterwards. Yum- sweet and sour pork, mac salad, chili, rice and _____. We went home for some R & R because one of us has a cold and is coughing and wearing himself out. The highlight of the day or should I say evening, though, was being invited to Karratti's for dinner and an evening of sharing experiences. The best green salad and Sis. K's outstanding stew and rice with chocolate strawberry cake, ice cream cake and blueberry crisp for dessert was unbelieveable. We love the Karratti's so much. They have become wonderful supporters and friends. Bro. K is our ward mission leader and works tirelessly to find people for us to teach. Sister K has been the R. S. President and is now the 1st counselor. She is also a wonderful distributor of oils. She has taken care of our health on more than one occasion. We talk of the gospel, laugh, sing and share lots of things together. We said our good byes to Bro. K because he will be off island for work for the next 3 weeks and we won't see him again. We will miss them very much and have invited them to come and see us whenever they come to Utah. Their's are some of the footprints that will be left on our hearts.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Just like Jeff and Jarrica, Brandon and Jana had to check out of the Marriott by 10:00 this morning and their flight isn't until 8:00 tonight. They packed the car and stopped off to get lunch at the Port Allen McDonald's and then headed down here to Kekaha to spend the day at the beach. We had a great day and the weather was beautiful. Body surfing and boogie boarding were the cause for high 5's all around. After a while in the water the boys came out to play in the sand. You know to dig holes to China, bury each other, have sand fights and all that kind of stuff. We were having a great day when all of a sudden--- you guessed it a ROGUE wave struck. We were soaked and filled with sand and had to come back to our house to shower, dry clothes, eat some more and get ready to be at the airport on time. How funny that the same thing should happen to Brandon and Jana as happened 2 weeks ago to Jeff and Jarrica. We laughed and laughed and couldn't believe it could happen twice to the same family! Goodbye guys. It was fun to have you here and we can't wait until we see you and everyone else again when we get home in 2 weeks.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Brandon and Jana asked us if we would like to go on a helicopter ride with the boys. Are you kidding, how could we refuse? It was the chance of a lifetime. Brandon and Jana had been before but wanted the boys to go and thought we would like that as a gift for our birthdays, Mother's and Father's Day and Christmas too. Wow! Thanks you guys. It was spectacular!! This first picture is of the Wai'aleale Crater. It is the wettest place on earth. It rains here 350 days a year. Some 400 inches, I think. The morning tours couldn't go into the crater because it was so socked in with clouds and it was raining so much. Andy, our pilot, said lucky for us it cleared just in time for the 2:30 flight and because of the rain at lunch time there were hundreds of waterfalls rushing down the walls of the crater. As we flew along the NaPali coast line the water was crystal clear and looked like a huge lake it was so still. It was a beautiful turquoise too. This is one of the many sea caves worn away by water along the coastline. I think this is also the one that is seen in the Harrison Ford movie 6 Days and 7 Nights.
Jurassic Park here we come. The first scene in the movie showing the entrance to the Park is taken at this water fall. It is up a private valley owned by the Robinson family and the movie company was given permission to come up into the valley to film here. No one else can get in to this fall so it can only be seen by helicopter. It was breathtaking.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
We got to tend Sam today while the rest of the family went on the NaPali coast cruise. Here is Sam posing for a picture with Kekei, our neighbor's granddaughter. It is so interesting how little children make an instant connection and can be friends and pose for pictures and act like they have known each other for ever. They were so sweet playing together. I think Kawehi and Willy enjoyed it too, seeing the kids be friends right off the bat.
I guess the cruise was absolutely wonderful today. They all had a ball and didn't even get the least bit sea sick. I asked Braden what his favorite part of the trip was and he said the sandwiches they had for lunch! Sounds like a hungry teenage boy. They saw the Kalalau Valley from the bottom and this time it was clear and they also snorkeled and saw some turtles. I think someone said they saw a whale and her baby. They must be the last left here. Well, it was fun for us getting to know Sam and playing with him. He sure has grown up while we have been gone. I must say though that we are 2 years older and we were worn out when the day was over. How did we manage 5 all at once?
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Another six weeks has gone by. Transfers are next week. It will be our last apartment and car check too. We will be going home 2 weeks after the transfer. Today the ZL's, Elder Porter and Elder Edwards played Jeopardy for me as part of our training. They know I love that game and they were so sweet to let us play it today. I must say the questions were hard though. Did you know that Bruce R. McKonkie wrote the introduction to the Book of Mormon. I didn't. Anyway our team lost so I owe the elders and sister's a home cooked lunch next Monday. Hmmmm what should it be? I'll have to think about that one. Sandwiches anyone? Homemade cookies? Love these young people. Have I said that before? My prediction--Elders Moore and Obray bottom left and right will be going. I'll let you know what happens next week.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Well, we went up to the first 3 look outs of the Waimea Canyon this morning. When Wally and I walked this morning we looked up at the mountains and thought what a perfect time to go. It was clear and the sky was so blue. We were sure we would be able to see for miles. By the time Brandon and family got here (9:00) and we started to drive up the clouds started to roll in. The canyon is so beautiful we wish they could have seen all of it. You can tell by their jackets and Jana's towel it was cool. The coolest we have seen since we have been here. Cool not cold! At the very last stop I prayed for just a short window of time so they could look down and see the ocean at the bottom of the canyon with the waves breaking against the shore. Sure enough we were blessed with a quick view. How happy I was for answered prayers.
"Catch a wave and your sittin on top of the world.." Anyone know that song? Body surfing anyone? This is Kekaha Beach. When Jeffrey was here we went all over the island to different beaches to swim. On their last day we stopped for minute at Kekaha Beach and they wished they had spent some time here. Jeff told Brandon it was a good beach and so did we. Because it was rainy up the canyon "Brandon guys" decided to see if it was true that it never rains in Kekaha and that it is the hottest place on the island. We were rewarded with an absolutely gorgeous day. A perfect beach day. We spent the afternoon playing in the sand and water and watching all the fun. You can tell by the picture that the body surfing and boogie boarding were the BEST! I love our "wild" beach and I am sure going to miss having it just down the street when we get home.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Here they all are! Everyone was glad to see Grandma and Grandpa but Sam. He doesn't know us. We aren't scary on Skype but real life is different. We are so glad to have Brandon, Jana and family here. We feel so spoiled because we can show our island off and have their undivided attention. No one else is around. They came down to Kekaha today to church and to meet the members of our ward. Wally and I bore our final testimonies.The most precious thing was Dusa blessing a baby girl in Hawaiian. It was a beautiful Easter Sunday. It is always warm and beautiful on our part of the island. They liked our little house and our town and especially loved our ward. We visited for awhile but then they went back to Poipu because we had another baptism this afternoon. We went to the Marriott after Tiare's baptism and had a nice dinner and visit with everyone. We have already planned to go up to the Waimea Canyon tomorrow and then hope to spend the afternoon at Kekaha Beach. Goodness these boys have grown in just a year and a half. This family has our oldest grandson and youngest grandchild. Brandon, I remember when you were 16. When I look at your family I can see ours. All those boys......
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Today's the day!! Shelbri was baptized. What a wonderful day. Wally baptized and confirmed Shelbri and I gave a talk on the Holy Ghost. Sister Cardejon gave a talk on baptism and Sister Mecham and Kunane played some beautiful music. After the baptism Dayla and Palani held a luncheon in the courtyard at the church. Everyone who came enjoyed a spiritual feast as well as good food. We will surely miss this part of Hawaiian culture. We love having the food (our waistlines show it) along with activities. Everyone has such a good time talking story and sharing memories. The love and support is amazing. There is such a spirit about it. We know Palani won't be too far behind Shelbri and we told them we are already looking for tickets so we can come back for their wedding and his baptism.
Friday, April 6, 2012
This is a Bamboo plant. It grows in water. It has special meaning to us. The Blevin's and Margarita gave it to us tonight after our dinner and lesson (The Plan of Salvation). Margarita continues to enjoy the lessons. English is her second language so we are going slowly so we make sure she understands all we have to share with her. We had a turkey dinner with all the trimmings because we can't meet on Easter Sunday because of other family things going on. The pot has elephants all around the outside and that is important too. The Bamboo was trained to grow like this and Sis. B was telling us that the 2 bottom leaves represent Wally and me and the next one up is the Savior watching over us. The heart is their love for us. How sweet is that? We want to bring it home but don't know if we can. We will go to the airport and ask next week. It grows in water so there will be no dirt being transported or anything. We are constantly amazed by the love and support of the people we have met here in Kekaha. Our hearts have been changed forever.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
We have taught 2 baptism lessons to 8 year olds so far this week. Shelbri's baptism is this weekend and she is so excited she can hardly stand it. I met her and her mom at the church so she could try on her baptismal clothes and she could hardly stand still. "I love Primary." she kept saying. What a cute little girl. All the missionaries went over to Oahu for 8 Step Training and so there was no District Meeting this week. Wally and I didn't go because we will soon be coming home and we wanted to save the mission money. It costs so much to fly inter island. We are busy doing little things on the list of things that have to be done before we go home and were glad to have this time to do them. Especially getting that Red Dirt sweatshirt for when we have to face the cold days in Utah again. At lunch time we decided to go to Yumi's for our last lunch with Gena. We met Gena when we first moved here and lived in Handy's house. She was our neighbor. When we found out she ran her own little restaurant we would go for hamburgers and Pumpkin Crunch every so often. We taught a lesson to Palani and Dayla. We read Alma 32 together. Palani has his scriptures loaded on his phone now and is so happy with it. How happy that makes us to see his joy in the gospel. What a great man he is! How blessed to share the gospel with someone who is loving it and taking everything in and embracing it.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
We can't believe this has been our 3rd general conference since we have been here! We got up early this morning so we could be in our seats by 6:00 a.m. for the live broadcast. It has been such a wonderful conference. Yesterday, Bishop was even able to get the Priesthood Session at 2:00 in the afternoon so Wally didn't have to go alone into Lihue. It was funny having the session in the middle of the afternoon though. I still get the times mixed up because I think in the here and now and not 4 hours ahead to Utah. We had one sad note. Our Bishop's wife was taken to the hospital with pneumonia. We hope she will recover quickly and come home soon. After morning session we ran home for breakfast. Back at 10:00 for the 2nd session. How great was that session? Loved all of it! After the broadcast we were invited to the Mecham's for a farewell dinner. It was delicious. We had a lovely visit. Bro. and Sis. M are both school teachers. They told us they are retiring this year. We gave them a high 5 and told them they will love their freedom. Woo hoo for them! In the evening we went to the Blevin's to teach their son Kekoa's fiance a lesson. Guess what? We had a lovely dinner there too. Oh my goodness how kind is everyone... Margarita is a really sweet girl. We are having a nice time teaching her. We hope she will be touched by the things she learns and will want to be baptized.