Friday, May 29, 2015

Cycling to a higher realm

One of my dearest and best friends of 37 years
left this world suddenly on Memorial Day while on a regular bike ride with his wife Ann.
He arrived at the summit just a few minutes before her and when she caught up she found him
down on the road still clipped in his pedals.
Apparently it was heart failure.
The shocking thing is that he was 55, in perfect health with excellent weight and blood levels.
As Ann put it, "It was simply his time to go."
And then this beautiful declaration:
"He is my eternal companion-he is still just a few minutes ahead of me."

Trey is an exceptional person.
Our friendship goes back to university days.
I always felt like he was a brother to me.
I sang at his baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(in which he is currently serving as a Bishop),
I, and my other dear best friend Robbie, introduced him to his awesome wife.
(Ann was one of my mission companions.)
Trey is literally an "Ironman."
Almost 24 years ago he was hit head-on by a narcoleptic driver while cycling,
By all accounts he should have been dead.
After countless surgeries he is filled with metal
He is a miracle.

I blogged about our relationship in a post a few years ago.
You can read it HERE

Trey wrote an excellent book in 2013 that is on many 'must read' lists.
It details his accident and the lessons learned through his bike-riding experiences.
It is titled:
'Pedal Forward: The 10 Life and Business Lessons I Have Learned on My Bike'
You can read more about Trey here:

I have been a bit weepy this week as well as remembering so many wonderful times.
I was so looking forward to spending time with Trey and Ann
this summer as they come to Utah for their youngest son's wedding.
(Of course, I know Trey will be here regardless of his passing.)

This is how I've been feeling:
"The thing about old friends is not that they love you,
but that they know you.
And then one of them is gone, and you have lost a chunk of yourself.
Loss is singular, one beloved at a time."
~Anna Quindlen

Until we meet again my friend,
Happy cycling in the great beyond!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Laie Hawaii Temple

 Such a lovely temple.
Bill and I enjoyed a portion of our day doing work for some 
family members we had found through Family Search.

 As we were leaving the temple we had a serendipity moment.
We ran into some former neighbors of ours who were there for their son's wedding.
They insisted we stay to witness their marriage sealing.
It was a lovely moment.

 Another wonderful serendipity moment was seeing our friends Gene and Andrea Priday.
They are serving as directors of the visitor's center.
They oversee several missionaries with a large amount of them being sisters.
Gene was the Registrar for several years at BYU when my daughters worked
in Records and Registration. 
And his sister Janet is one of our dear, long-time friends.
The world is indeed small and especially in the church family.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Polynesian Cultural Center

 The Polynesian Cultural Center was born in 1963
as an extension and focal point of BYU-Hawaii.
I have been hearing about it for most of my life.
What a thrill to finally get to go there.
It is everything I had heard and more!

 My husband was in charge of this year's university conference for technology
which is held every four years on the BYU-Hawaii campus. 
He has been a few times over the years and it has never worked for me to tag along.
But this year, the stars aligned.

A new addition to the PCC.
This is Joseph Kekuku, the inventor of the steel guitar.
The statue was done by sculptor Leroy Transfield,
a BYU-Hawaii alum. It was unveiled on April 27th of this year.
Kekuku, born and raised in Laie, was a huge influence
on country, jazz and big band music.

 Check out the guy climbing the coconut tree!
The PCC is comprised of different villages representing all of Polynesia.
My favorite village of the day was Samoa...
(Photo credit: Trip Advisor)

Mostly because of this guy:
Kap Te'o-Tafiti of Samoa.
He was amazingly talented and so very funny.
He had the entire crowd in the palm of his hand.

 I loved seeing the carved tikis.
They remind of my dad.
He was a talented wood-carver
and carved many different tikis during his lifetime.

 I also enjoyed visiting the Maori village.
My dad served a three year LDS mission to New Zealand
and I grew up hearing the stories and feeling a connection to the people.
(Isn't this a beautiful ceiling?)

 After visiting all the villages we were treated to a delightful water parade.
 This was my favorite photo I took all day.
I'll admit I was super excited for the luau.
Okay, I like food!
It was fun to see the unveiling of the kalua pork
that we would soon be eating.
Sorry Wilbur. You were delicious!!

 Bill let his sweet-tooth take over and went back for seconds at the dessert table.

 There is a new shopping village that has been added to the PCC in the past couple of years.
Several retail shops as well as food carts and other vendors.
Many of the employees are BYU-Hawaii students.
We happened upon these sisters performing a lovely hula dance at the center gazebo.

(photo credit:

The highlight of the experience was the outstanding musical production
performed in the arena theatre called "Breath of Life."
Complete with amazing fire-dancers.
It was stunning and and the perfect way to end our wonderful day!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Just a tease of vacation 'slide show'. You know you can't wait!

Departing San Diego

 A couple of weeks ago my husband and I hopped on a plane
and flew to the beautiful Island of Oahu.

This is the view I awoke to the morning after our arrival.
The backyard of our little beach house on Hukilau Beach.

Sunrise at 5:30 AM.
Who on earth would sleep through this?!

A beach to ourselves.
An introvert's paradise.

(Disclaimer: You will probably be sitting through the longest vacation slide show of your life if you stick with this blog. *My computer is dying a slow death, and it is actually my daughter's computer which she gave to us when she moved away because our former computer was doing the same thing. Time to buy a new one I know. But I will slowly but surely get these pictures downloaded. As much as we have deleted files and tried to clean up space on the hard-drive it is not allowing many downloads. So, I may have only a few photos to share a day.
And I do have many.
It was such a lovely Hawaiian holiday,
and I realize I am spoiled and fortunate to have gone 
and I'm ready to jump back on the plane and do it again.)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Check this Blog with Updates on New Provo City Center Temple

I have added a new blog to my left sidebar that you should visit.
This blogger has been keeping a photographic journal of 
the progress of our new temple here in Provo.
Click on it and enjoy.
(And soon I will have uploaded my photos from my recent trip to paradise for a new post.)