Sunday, September 20, 2009

The passing of a friend

So I usually don't actually write much on this blog but I thought I would follow Sarah Tafuna's example and write a little something about Amanda Gunter. She was a dear friend of mine who died Thursday in a car crash. She is survived by her husband, Levin Gunter, and one year old daughter Ansley. She was primary president in our ward, 12th Ward and called me as 1st Counselor. We worked together often and she was an incredible president. She loved those children so much and would often have the older primary girls over to her house to do activities with them. She was very compassionate and loving. When I was struggling with infertility she was often comfort me and ask me how I was doing. She was always happy and had no pretensions or pride about her. She was so incredibly talented and shared those talents readily with those around her. I really looked up to her as a person. She loved her little girl so much and was the cutest little mom. Her husband and her were inseparable and she was very loyal and loving towards him. It was such a shock to hear of her death. I must admit it showed me some of my weakness because I just cried and cried all day and found myself questioning the purpose of it all, I thought of how Levin must be feeling and how I would feel if my own spouse passed away. Is it worth all the sorrow and pain? - sometimes loving someone so much can be a dangerous thing. I do see that I can not ever understand God's will but I wish I could! I feel so badly for Levin and little Ansley and I really pray for both of them that they can feel Amanda with them. I do take comfort in the knowledge they will be together again but I pray that their transition to this new life without their precious wife and mother won't be too much to handle. But I am so grateful that although it is okay to grieve in times of loss, we all know where to turn and we all will be comforted in these times.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Baby party

They all want the same book:) Samantha and Henalei
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Me and Cal

The joys of dorm life, those obedient residents:)

Calvin went a little overboard with celebrating my birthday:)
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Calvin and the girls

With Samantha
My RA's for a end of semester/birthday lunch- Sushi and mangos:)
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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Calvin after the Oklahoma Game, he is so happy we won!

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Nude photo shoot

Check out my nice bod

Showing off the guns
I am starting to look like the Michelin Man!
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Calvin loves to give kisses! Six Months and already practicing!

Calvin has learned what to do when we say, give kisses - he just goes crazy on you! He especially loves kissing daddy - should I be worried?:)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


So I thought it was time for a little update. Great news! Moema got a job offer from State Farm! We are so happy and relieved, what a blessing to have that security. It pays pretty well and Moema will enjoy it - he is the Financial development program so he will start off in a zone - likely either Arizona, Florida, or Washington. After two years they want us to come back to Blooming ton, IL to the headquarters. Who knows what the future holds but if they pay for his MBA we will probably stay with them for about four years. My brother Taylor, who is VP over Human Resource for Pepsi Canada was making fun of Moema yesterday. He said it is a good sign you are not on the cutting edge business world if your company has the word Farm in it. Then he teased that he would probably be over insuring milk cows utters or something:) Ha. He reminded him that State Farm is in the top forty on the fortune 500- yet we do wish they didn't have such a dumb name. So we will start June 2010, but before that the real party starts.

We have eight more months in paradise and then back to the mainland. Our plan is to ship or car to LA then drive to Flagstaff, AZ to see my sister, then to Utah to see my parents, then cross country to Washington DC to see my brother Oliver, then fly out of NYC to Jerusalem to do 10 days in the Holy Land and Jordan!!! Then we spend three weeks in South Africa with Moema's family - we hope to do a safari in Botswana and do a genealogy trip to Lesotho. What a party! We then are flying back to NYC, going to see my sister in Albany and my brother in Toronto and then to wherever we are "stationed". Here is our trip map,-41.484375&spn=122.3829,225.351562&z=2

I am very excited. I have been to Jerusalem before but Moema never has and neither of us have been to Jordan. Our goal is to do one international trip a year. We did India in 2008, Canada (I know its lame) in 2009, and we will do this big trip 2010. Next I want to go to Russia or Southeast Asia.