Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

This Thanksgiving will be one to remember.  Here in Utah the colors of orange and red have colored the trees.  The breezy chills have been calm but content.  These holidays have been anything but somber as Fall may feel like for many of you.  Instead I have found a second wind in life.  I have learned to live with an illness and have finally allowed myself to forgive myself for what many call an irreconcilable debt.  I have so much to be grateful for.  Once upon a time I lived life within the shadows of an empty shell.  I lived on the fringes of agony and strife, while barely maintaining day to day.  But no more will I allow the selfish concepts relative to self-defeat consume what little life I may have to live...yet to live.

Today at a stop light my wife played a playlist with musical numbers from my childhood.  The warm memories of my childhood kindled a fire.  I remembered many good friends I have come across.  As a military brat I have been through so many different schools that it is often hard to remember the name of every good person I have met.  I feel bad when people remember me, but I have forgotten a name.  I began thinking of all of the people in my life and I am grateful for all of those people I could share "war stories" with.

For the most part--my life can be broken up into geographical pieces.  I had a piece of Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Salt Lake City, UT; West Valley City, UT; Saint George, UT; Euless, TX; Las Vegas, NV; and Mesa, AZ.  If you live in these areas, chances are we may have been down the same streets.  I am grateful for all of the friends I have made while treading this somewhat infamous journey we call life.  I have had so much fun in my life it is not surprising to me that I have some kind of illness.  Or perhaps it is because of my illness that I had so much "fun!"  Either way life has been a roller coaster of ups and downs that I am grateful for the magical pills they give me that make the pendulum swings a lot more tolerable.  

I am grateful for things that make life tolerable.  Having a strong familial support network has helped me through my recovery process.  My family is well educated about my disease and they know what to do when I am having a symptoms.  Truthfully, some of the symptoms never go away.  It is a matter of minimizing the symptoms to where I am able to manage them.  I see a therapist once a week and a doctor about once a month.  I am grateful for a wonderful treatment team.   My therapist is awesome and she is really supportive and most importantly an open minded intellectual.  She's the type that likes to be the smartest person in the room.  (At least when I am not there!  LOL).  I think the most important part of my treatment team is my wife.  My wife is beyond supportive at times.  Like she says: "Kenneth, you are like my seventh child."  Ane is the most amazing wife and mom.  Let's not forget she had to play Daddy while I was in the hospital.  She had to be strong when inside she must of been feeling weak.  I am grateful to be blessed to have such a strong wife.

My wife is a part of a broader support network.  My immediate family and extended family have all shown their support.  They have compassion upon me and I am truly grateful to be a part of such a wonderful family.  I may not have much materially, but I have an abundantly rich and fulfilling life--knowing that I am a part of a family to which I have been born.  They are so understanding and concerned for my well being that I am truly humbled to the handicraft that binds a family for all the eternities.  Families are Forever.  I am grateful for Jesus Christ and his plan of happiness.  In this life I have felt the tender mercies of the atonement. 
I am truly grateful for the atonement and know that through the plan of salvation all mankind may be saved.

After I got out of the hospital I was able to baptize my son.  This was one of my greatest moments.  I was in the hospital for the most of two years so my father had to baptize my two eldest daughters.  I was grateful to baptize my eldest son.  It was a humbling experience.  I am grateful for such wonderful children.  If you are wondering what spawned such a long blog post--it would have to be my children.  Especially my 2 older children.  Today they gave us their Christmas wish lists.  My two oldest daughters (11 & 9) have begun to realize that Santa doesn't always bring them what they want.  Thanks to an obnoxious cousin I think they understand that my wife and I are the ones bringing home the gifts.  (Besides all of the secret Santas we have each year...Thank you much!!!)  The kids just have their way of finding these things out.  Long story short, when reading their lists I was touched by what they asked for:

  • Tanktops
  • Sport's Bras
  • Long black socks (sporty)
  • Long black and white school socks for school uniform
  • Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
  • Big (or not) Fluffy Stuffed Panda
  • Journal (Fat one like Pearly Shella's)

Pearly Shella--Needs:
  • 2 Jeans
  • 1 Hoody
  • Pencils
  • Bras
Pearly Shella--Wants:
  • Books
  • Robe (Fluffy)
  • Fluffy Penguin
Our budget is tight.  I feel for my children because they know that we do not have very much money right now and so they know not to ask for anything outlandish.  I am grateful for children that are low maintenance.  They take after their mother.  I had a sigh of relief when I looked at their Christmas lists and realized that we should be able to afford to get them all of their needs and at least 1-2 of their wants.  Don't get me wrong.  I know there are kids out there with less.  But I am just comparing my children to myself.  When I was growing up my Christmas list would be about a book long with the most popular toys and video games.  I am grateful for my two oldest daughters.  I loved their 2013 Christmas lists.  They each picked 4 "needs" and 3 "wants." I am glad when they do things together.

So in conclusion,  I am grateful for all of the wonderful people in my life.  I am grateful for friends (old and new).  I am grateful for the loving and nurturing support of my family and extended family.  I am going to make Thanksgiving 2013 my greatest.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Poem From Pearlie

By: Pearlie

Bedtime, I hate bedtime!

Nine o'clock Or eight o'clock always at night

It's so dark it gives me the fright

I have to take a shower at the last hour

It makes me so cold and sour

It makes me shiver in bed I always toss and turn my head

And then it makes my head turn red so I hold my bear named Ted

I always hear my daddy snoring that's why I fall asleep instead.

Sometimes outside it's pouring, but I don't care because at bedtime Ted's adoring

The sheets are torn and the blankets  been worn since I was born

My pajama's are old, but I'm never cold because I am big at bold

My mom told me stories my dad told me jokes, but they were usually boring because they were about old folks

My sister wore her princess cloaks my brother wore his mighty Hulk's every time they wear them my dog always chokes

I push off my covers then pull them back on, but when I wake up there always gone

That's why I bedtime, yes I hate it a lot you may like bedtime, but I do not.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Forever Yourz : Tupea-Browns

Bob Marley: No Woman, No Cry

                        I am especially grateful for this song.  Bob Marley’s No woman, no cry has struck a chord in my life.  It takes me back to when I was a young teenager cruising the streets of (Oahu) Hawaii with my older brother Jeff.  We quite emphatically loved everything Bob Marley.  We had heaps of his albums and you would often hear us coming down the street bumping “Bob” albums.  We would frequent the beaches of Oahu, but none more than the Waimea rock.  You may have heard the tunes of Bob Marley glaring from the speakers of our “boom-box” while catching the next wave.  I remember beach parties lit by car-light, with Bob Marley intertwined on island playlists. We were adept in a subculture heavily influenced by the positive lyrics of Bob Marley and The Wailers.  Bob’s No Woman, No Cry for me, has offered comfort during recent struggles.

--Just chilling on my laptop thinking about my wonderful wife.  Listening to Bob Nesta Marley singing “No woman, no cry;” I often think about the many tears Ane shed while I was away.  I think about the trials and tribulations we have faced—and then I hear Bob say, “…Everything is going to be alright.”  So let me just say: “Ane, everything is going to be alright.  Oh little darling, please don’t shed no tears.”

                        Ane…you have been the comforting light that shone through the midst of my darkest storm.  You have been the stalwart cohesion that has bound our family during times of lengthy separations.  You were there when I needed you the most.  You were there for our children when I could not be.  You were the whisper of solace in a crowded courtroom.  Weather, nor distance--could deter you from visiting me.  You lit up the visiting room with your presence.  I never imagined that a single hour could be so fulfilling.  You were the smile on the other side of the glass and the “I love you” at the end of every phone call.  “Ane, everything gonna be alright…No woman, no cry.”  No matter the circumstances, we will overcome all obstacles.  During your times of sadness and weakness—I promise to always reciprocate a comforting happiness and strength.  I pray that I can faithfully be there for you in your hour need.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Catching up.....again!

Just realized I haven't blogged for three months. So here is a quick update for October.....

We celebrated Lil' Pearl's 4th birthday with a tea party,  break dancing, games, her favorite Mochiko Chicken served with rice and veggies and of course her flower Chocolate-Chocolate cupcakes. 

We love you sweetie!


Friday, October 12, 2012

New School

This school year, we have 3 kids in one charter school and one still in public school.  Only because the charter school has a waiting list.  Hopefully our son will get in this month.  If not,  he will have to wait until next year.

We made the decision to pull them out of our local public school, because our kids were coming home from school complaining about other older kids displaying immoral, vulgar language and bullying behaviors at school during recess.  It's been a relief to have them at the new school,  but it has also been challenging.  We don't have many options close by that have good testing scores. Our kids were uncomfortable,  and I felt that they needed more challenges at school, rather than being bored waiting on classmates to catch up.

So far, we love the new school. They are more strict and follow through with discipline instead of brushing the kids off and letting the behaviors escalate.  The new school also uses Seven Habits of Highly Effective People as a guideline for helping the kids reach their educational and life goals. So the kids spend time in their first class learning techniques that encourage  I always want to support our local districts, but with this school we have given up.   I wish we had a better option available for our 7 year old son,  who is still at the old school.  He's doing well although he really does want to move to the new school soon.

Just going to keep on praying that he gets in soon.

The kids had a Monster Dash at the charter school.  

(I love how they encourage Health, Fitness and good our charter school.)

Thursday, August 30, 2012


We have some great things happening with our little family and I am so excited! It's been something we ahve been praying for and it's finally going to happen soon! :)

Also,  school is back in session for the kids, but not for me.  I had to postpone plans for school this fall,  because I am super busy.  I have 3 kids at a charter school and 1 in a public school waiting to get into the charter school.  So now that we have their schedule set,  we just have to get organized and set some goals for our family.  We look forward to this fall season and another great school year.  We are very impressed with this charter school.  It's definitely been a happier place to be,  for the kids.  I just hope and pray our 2nd grader gets into the same school.  I feel bad that he is at the other one alone.  

Have a blessed weekend!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How time flies....

I sure do miss them being so small! So grateful that I could capture some of these memories through pictures. Another school year is starting and I can't believe that we will have a 5th grader, 3rd grader, 2nd grader and Kindergartener and a 3-3/4! and 2 year old at home. In 3 years they will all be in school! (Gasp!) I have definitely made sure to capture more photos recently. At the beginning, with our older ones, we didn't have a good camera. So I didn't get as many photos of the older two. Kinda makes me sad. I am very grateful that I have been blessed to be a mother. Especially to these mostly sweet but yes...sometimes naughty kids. I am thankful that I have a great husband by my side to help me parent these kids. He's a great dad and I am so thankful for him. I have a lot to learn still...but as a mom, I have grown a lot. In some ways I still need some "help". (Potty-training...I loathe it, my husband can confirm this! lol!) I love my husband, and I am very grateful for his patience, love and support in raising these kids. He's definitely the more patient, nicer parent. I am grateful for each day that I have to be a mother. I have a tons more to learn from them.

Cherish the time you will definitely fly right by.

(FT&P honey! XOXOXO! Don't forget you can click on the pictures to make them larger, it opens up a gallery that you can click through...also Play a song from below, while you are watching this.)

K-Pearl @ Amazing Jake's AZ

Just moved to AZ.

Dancing in the new house.

Tired K-pearl, fighting a nap.

iPearl in nursery AZ Tongan ward

iPearl taking a nice nap- Las Vegas town home

Pictures @ the Las Vegas Temple

Pearly Shella doing her famous!

iPearl being a Lazy boy in the La-Z-Boy recliner

iPearl did NOT like Kpearl holding!

Pearly Shella and her Princess kite

K-Pearl and daddy!

Kids @ trunk or treat in AZ

Yummy cotton candy

the 4 little monkeys in downtown Mesa, AZ

Fun kids Poly Style photo shoot

Doing a real Hawaiian-style!

She still has the same huge it!

Pearly Shella and another of her "poses"...silly girl!

Pearlie's first day of hard for mama!

iPearl- 2 years old

K-pearl 3 years old

3 little ones..@ the Mesa, AZ temple

K-Pearl @ the splash pad in AZ

Pearly Shella @ the splash pad in AZ

Pearlie lovin' the splash pad!

Pearly Shella and her new birthday dress...

Her new laptop too!

Cheesin' with the cake...

Silly girls

iPearl @ Moki's in AZ

iPearl's 1st bday!

Making sure they fit...

Testing out the costumes

iPearl looking @ the temple- Las Vegas, NV

iPearl 4 mos old

ipearl  5 months old

K-Pearl 2 years old

iPearl 6 months old

iPearl NOT loving nursery

K-Pearl looking for every toy he can!

Grandparents visit 2007 Mesa, AZ

iPearl (03/2007)

Besties (West Valley City, UT) Spring 2006

iPearl peek-a-boo

Lil' Pearl @ 1day old.

The boys having fun baking with grandma Brown

K-Pearl spending time with new sis Lil' Pearl

Trunk or Treating in Arizona

The 3!

Pearlie so small...2 years old.

Pearly Shella...the most calm baby I have had.

K-Pearl - 2years old


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