Monday, September 17, 2012

I just want the to thank you all for the notes you have posted on this site. I am such a dummy I just figured out how to find the comments. So glad I did. I got Noma's some from Connie an  Jan
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Return from Phoenix to Polynesian Cultural Center

Today is Sept. 17th.  I returned to Hawaii last Thursday.  Kevin felt like he was okay to be
 home alone recuperating.  That is good news isn't it?  I have been pestering him everyday to see how he is doing but I will slow that down as well.  I was very happy to see everybody but found that the PCC is very quiet the month of Sept. as kids have gone back to school so families are no longer vacationing.  The month of Oct. will pick up again as we will start the Haunted Lagoon Oct. 4th I believe. that is very very exciting and people really come out for it.

I have also started with my new ward assignment which is a brand new Ward as they actually all have been reorganized. I have all freshman and since they are just beginning to call and make assignments there was nobody to organized Relief Society today. So being the obvious older person there I just ran the meeting and shared my story so they couold get to know me. It is a perfect mixture of cultures and beautiful to see.  This evening I went to what they call a meeting Gospel Forum. It is made up of students from Australiz and New Zealand. they planned a whole evening of music and it was wonderful. Each student bore their tesstimony and then performed. Some were groups, some were solos and some duets. Lots of great talent so it was a beautiful evening. We are all assigned to different countries or islands. they will meet once a month.

So, I am back at the mission settlement and back to playing the ukalele, or rather learning it. Michael Ballum and his wife Laurie and son Ben are now there and have been for a couple of weeks. Ben moves around from one place to another and that is good for him. He has a lovely voice and is learning the ukeleleThe family put on an amazing evening while I was still gone but my friend Janice recorded it so I sat and watched it this afternoon and it was amazing what this family has gone through with a son with Spina Bifida. He has had over 30 operations and not too long ago he wouldn't have made it out of the hospital . Now he is 21 and wears an Elder Ballum missionary tag so proudly. They are an amazing family and I look forward to knowing them better.
Well, must get some sleep, so very tired.

I am happy I came home  to be with Kevin and the rest ofmy wonderful family. So glad to be back here though to finish what I started. God be with you all and please feel free to write to me at

Love, Sis Woods

Monday, September 3, 2012

It has been quite awhile since I have posted on my blog and there is a good reason for that. About three weeks ago I got a call from my son Kevin in AZ and he informed me that he was probably going to need open heart surgery. Well, needless to say I was on a plane home within a couple of days just in time to accompany him to have an angiogram which again proved that he needed this operation.  This was causeed by radiation he had when he was 22 years old after having Hodgkins disease. Well, he did much reading and went to several Doctors to make sure that he had to do this and  he went in on that following Monday to have the surgery which ended up to be a tripple by-pass. All went very well and he has been recovering now for two weeks and I have been living with him helping him in his recovery.  He is very strong and recoverinng  well and following the orders given us. He has pretty much become a vegan so we have been eating very very healthy food. the truth is heart disease can be reversed by pretty much taking out all meat and even fish all oils etc. from your diet. So, it is a good idea if anyone you know has had a by-pass or is growing close to one, look up Dr. Dean Ornish, or Dr. Caldwell Esselsten. They have proven that they can reverse heart disease with diet. It's pretty strict but then life is worth it.
Today is Labor day and Trappers birthday so he has been gone for two years now and I can hardly believe it, it seems more like six months to me. We are getting together at Kimberly's for dinner and just being together and that will be great.  I haven't seen them much as I have been here at Kevin's. I think he will be ready for me to leave and go back to Hawaii next week. I will be ready and anxious to go back and get busy again serving. I have met wonderful loving people and now I have a ton of new friends who will be in my life in one way or another forever I hope. Just like all the friends I have now, they all mean so much to me as does my wonderful family and extended family.  Thank you all for caring so much for Kevin and for all of your prayers, they are being answered. Now please pray for a speedy recovery. God bless you all.