Actually, it is not for 1000 days. It is just that 3 years times 365 days plus June 27 through June 30, 2008 equals 1098 days, and that is way too cumbersome to convert into a blog headline. Futhermore, our release date will not be determined until May or June of 2011. Therefore, 1000 Days sounded just about right, more or less. Having noted all that, we are humbled and thrilled (Pres. Uchtdorf would refer to the feeling as "joyfully overwhelmed") about having this marvelous opportunity to serve in La Mision Mexico Veracruz.

Con amor,
Pdte. y Hna. Pete and JoElla Hansen

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Surprise Luau!

Becca and Jon surprised us with a luau on Friday night. It was amazing. They reserved a party area on the edge of Mayor's Bay, a private beach on the Naval base, about a mile upbeach from Becca's house. The setting is magnificent. We were presented with leis. The flowers all grow in or near Becca's yard. The red lei is plumeria and is mildly fragrant. The white/yellow one is also plumeria and is intoxicatingly fragant. Many members of the Kekaha Ward attended. They are like family. Several greeted us with kisses as they said, "Welcome home." The food was outstanding. Becca's next door neighbor made kahlua pig, which is my favorite. Jon barbecued teriyaki chicken. There were many salads and at least a million desserts. Members of the ward played ukuleles as all sang along. Some danced hula numbers. It was quite a wonderful gathering which went into the night. We ate too much. Great fun. At the end of the evening they asked Mom and I to stand with the performers. They all sang to us "Aloha Oe." Very beautiful, very emotional.
Kendall is having a discussion with one of the members of the ward. This blonde-haired, blue-eyed little guy is quite a hit with the locals.
This view of the island called Ni'ihau is taken from the site of the luau. It also represents a fairly typical sunset from Becca's backyard.

1 comment:

Linsie said...

I'm super jealous. Wish I was there. Looks like ya'll are having a great time!