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Showing posts from September, 2010

One last post from home

Here is our Texas home, sweet home.Linda sent these gorgeous fresh flowers to me the day I got back from taking Lindsey to BYU-Idaho. The cheerful arrangement brightened the entryway while I was at home. Thank you, Linda, for thinking of me while I was transitioning from taking Lindsey to school to heading back to Taiwan. What a wonderful surprise it is to open your front door and see a floral bouquet delivered to you with a smile. I made a trip to Chipotle for a burrito bowl while I was in the States. For some reason, I have missed Mexican food the most.
Here's a lovely view of our flower bed in the front of our house. Raul and his crew are doing an excellent job, as usual, keeping the curb appeal strong.
Our neighbors on the corner, Kathy and Darryl, have their white stone house well lit to give it a cozy look at night, so I copied their idea. Jim added some nightscaping lights to the front of the house and I love the way it turned out, with the lighting adding a tasteful accent…

I get by with a little help from my friends

Eventually I will get back on a roll with blogging about Taiwan, but I've had a few frustrations and I have not been motivated enough. You see, my colorful Dooney & Bourke black Wonder Duck wallet that I adore--filled with my drivers license, credit cards, temple recommend, NT $8,000 in cash and a couple of gift cards--got stolen from my purse while we were shopping on Saturday in a jam-packed store as everyone was preparing for the recent typhoon day we had AND the brand new vacuum cleaner I bought at the mall here in Hsinchu before going back to the States does not work and I threw away the box and the receipt since it was in Chinese.

In the meantime, please enjoy some pictures from when I was in Austin. My good friend, Sherrie, picked me up from the airport late the night I got back from Idaho after taking Lindsey to college. The next day, I got to return a favor, and picked her kids up from school while she was in San Antonio playing in a tennis tournament so I took her swe…


About five years ago, Lindsey and I attended an information meeting at the stake center about some of the church schools including Brigham Young University where Kelly and I met, BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, and LDS Business College. The representative made a few jokes about Idaho and their famous potatoes and the overall impression from that school in particular struck a chord with Lindsey. She made up her mind that is where she wanted to attend, regardless of my hopes and dreams for her to attend the Y. In fact, I even registered her for a summer camp session of EFY (Especially for Youth) a couple of summers ago because I knew she would fall in love with the BYU campus if I sent her there to check it out. She did like it, but her heart has always been set on BYU-Idaho, where she was accepted and just began classes for the fall semester. Here's my darling daughter outside her dorm at Chapman Hall on move-in day in Rexburg, Idaho. We flew in from Austin early that morning, hiked forever…