Sunday, May 27, 2012


When I found out my grandfather (Opa) had passed away I was riding in the car listening to church music somewhere between Roosevelt and Heber Utah. The song we were listening to was called “faithful til the end.” It was a sweet and tender moment to think of my grandfather and how he had been faithful til the end.

He spent the last year and half of his life paralyzed on his left side as a result of a stroke, but managed to maintain a wonderful attitude. After putting up a good fight he had finally been allowed to go back to his first home with his Father in Heaven, reunited with his family, including his twin brother. It brought tears to my eyes to think of that sweet reunion, I am happy that he is free from all the pain and suffering he had endured for so long. I know that there is life after death and families are eternal. I will see him again.

One of my favorite memories of Opa is sitting next to him in church, I was young and we were singing “there is sunshine in my soul today” I remember him belting out those words as if the sunshine he felt in his own soul was coming straight through his voice. Every time I hear that song I think of him and smile.  He lived his life as if there truly was sunshine in his soul, through his, humor, friendship, service, and love, he spread that sunshine to all he came in contact with.

He has added much sunshine to my life, for that I will always be grateful. I love you Opa.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Walmart: China style

Our last days in Nanning

Our landlords sister's grandbaby

Our last meal at Pizza Hut


our last trip to WALMART- -da-da-da-daaaaah

free sample?

plastic pizza

cups of noodles

soy sauce- the only suace you'd ever need

 I once saw an old lady lean over and take a big lick right out of one of these rice bins—I guess she just wanted to test out the goods!


How do you like your chicken feet?

don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry

this little piggy went to market........oh wait he has no feet

your guess is as good as mine

rubber ducky?

if you listen closely you can hear them beat

 so cute- she's sleeping

 strange fruit

 some of you may recognize this fruit ( ;

 a la carte


 giant eggs


The olfactory experience is amazing!

 a mix between jello and gummy worms, in every flavor you could ever dream of

 little eggs

 I was so mad, there were no turtles the day we took these pictures, just a couple of unlucky frogs

 I think these speak for themselves

hungry why wait?

intense and stimulating, oh yes


 Green tea flavor--EVERY food has a green tea flavor

We were meant for eachother---why is there a sweater in Nanning China that says Utah on it? I don't know, but I just had to have it!

Last but not least-- sometimes you just get sick of squating.