Sunday, June 3, 2012

When I got up this morning to check our email as I do every morning, the first thing I saw was an email from Kathy telling us about the death of my friend Suzy Nicholson.  She was killed in a tragic car/taxi accident in NYC and her 11 year old grandson was hurt.  The taxi driver was also killed.  Suzy was a wonderful person.  She was the secretary of the Geosciences at WSU so we interacted everyday.  We would go walking every day about 10:30 to get our blood moving again.  She was so great to talk to and share life stories.  I remember when I left WSU she said she wouldn't be able to come to our farewell because she was going to be in NYC then but she said I'll see you when you get back.  I'm truly heartbroken and saddened by her sudden tragic death.  She was a light in the world and did so much good.  I'm having a hard time processing that she is gone.  People as wonderful as Suzy should still be here.

This week we had district leadership conference.  Elder Subandriyo of the 70 came to conduct the training.  He is a wonderful witty spiritual man and the members are so lucky to have him come.  He is native Indonesian so most of the members could relate to him better than some white dude.  Some of the people had to travel 6 to 7 hours by bus to come to the meeting and then turn around Sunday afternoon and travel 6 or 7 hours back.  I'm always humbled by what they are willing to sacrifice for the gospel.  We complain if we have to travel 15 minutes farther than our ward house for meetings.  I'll never complain again.

Last night the Elders, BP and us went to visit a young member man who had a stroke a few years ago.  It left him with a limp and difficulty in getting around.  He hasn't been to church since his stroke so we went to see him and his wife.  We talked about temples.  He said that he wanted his family to go to the temple.  He MUST work on Sat. and Sunday but he wants his wife to start attending and paying their tithing so they can go to the temple in a year or so.  I sure hope and pray he can find another job and that they will make it to the temple.

On Friday President Clark called and wanted to take a trip to the Tip of Borneo.  It is about a 3 hour drive from KK and his plane didn't get into KK until about 1:00.  Well, we made arrangements for a car to take us up to the Tip and we went with President Clark and the two AP's.  We didn't get there until about 5 and the sun goes down at 6 so we didn't have too long to spend there.  I hope we can go back sometime and spend more time, possibly even stay over night.

Looking up the path that leads to the TofB overlook.  It was pouring rain and blowing so hard.
The marker at the TofB.  We look like two drowned rats, which we are.  We were soaked.
See the flag blowing straight out?  See us looking wet?
View of the So. China Sea where it meets the ocean at the TofB.
this beautiful rainbow came out just before it got dark.  I love rainbows.
Well just a little bit of the Ramblin' Read's.  Please let us hear from you.  We enjoy your comments.  Love to you all.


  1. I'm so sorry about your friend Suzy. My mom told us about her yesterday and I read the story in the Standard Examiner. How tragic for her family. We went to get our diplomatic passports this morning, and we are only two months from leaving. We are planning one of our first trips to visit you guys. Have a good week.
    Lots of love,
    Doug, Nat and kids

  2. How are Ben's kidney stones? We keep praying they pass quickly.

  3. Mom,
    sorry about your friend. That's really sad. Wish I could do something for you or her. Thanks for commenting on Ethan's blog, he was excited.

  4. Sorry about your friend, so sad. The tip of Borneo looks cool (and wet)! Love you!