Saturday, August 02, 2008

Synes (or something close to that)

My sister Brandi and her wonderful family are moving at the end of the summer. To Sweden. I am going to miss their family. She always comes over with the best-tasting dish I've ever had, and she always says "Oh, it's the first time I've tried it. Is it good?" They are both very environmentally and health concious (can't you tell by looking at the beauties?) and they have inspired me to be as well. Jesper talks in Swedish to their daughter (don't know if they want her name published or not) and Brandi speaks in English to her. She understands both just as easily. They are brave and adventurous and want to do what's best for their family, and I so admire them for that. We will certainly miss them. I don't expect we'll be able to see eachother every month or so as we have in the past, but I do hope they "keep us posted" (hint to blog, Brandi!) on their new home, because I cannot imagine what they have in store for them! We love you Pietsch's! (The best part about them in their last name - it's pronounced like the summer fuzzy fruit!)

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Good People

I once heard my cousin Mitsi describe a person as being"good people". And she is highly educated and intelligent. These are some of my favorite "good people". They are always bringing new traditions to the family and keeping us educated about new ideas, such as Li Hing Mui powder on all sorts of fruit. And great Hawaiian music. They practice what they preach. Only they don't preach. My aunt and cousin anonymously do service for others, even if it means driving all night to get there. Because it's the right thing to do. I love what they teach my children, and that they have patience for all of the little ones at Grandma's house, giving each child individual attention. They are easy and quick to accept new family members. I have learned so much from them. And I know they do not want this attention, but I love them and am grateful for them. They truly know the meaning of "Ohana".

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