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Author Topic: Life goes on-at a better level!  (Read 1320 times)

LJRead

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Life goes on-at a better level!
« on: July 18, 2009, 09:37:14 PM »
Malia is back after being away for two years, seven months and nine days - something that people find incredible, but just was the way things worked out.  Malia, my wife of 28 years, of course, brings back much of the joy I have been missing, but it has been so long, I failed to notice the loss.  She loves singing, laughing, chatting on the phone with her many friend, in other words, bringing a lot of sunshine with her.  And already the house is becoming organized and much cleaner, my many tools and projects put away on shelves here and there (none really that important anyway), and life can now proceed as if never interrupted.

The interruption came with two children needing a start in life outside of Tonga, which is a dead end for kids like them, and also the need to keep our finances in order while the bridge to our place is out and still to be replaced.  No business here for over a year, and without Malia's job in the U.S. we would have been in a very difficult position. Someone had to keep the home fires burning here in Tonga, so that left me.

 We fortunately don't need much, but our two children did, and now they have a good start, with 'Ana Malia already looking toward grad school (in genetics) and Phillip beginning a career with the Navy.

So life goes on.

« Last Edit: July 18, 2009, 09:39:33 PM by LJRead »
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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2009, 09:53:54 PM »
your wife has been gone for 2 years? :o


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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2009, 10:02:21 PM »
Good to hear from you LJ,
That's tuff having your wife gone that long.
I'm glade she is home!
Man, I think it tuff being gone a few weeks
.Any way I recommended you take sometime off and spend time catching up.
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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2009, 10:51:48 PM »
As REpozer said...

May your blessings with Malia continue!

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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2009, 11:31:52 PM »
your wife has been gone for 2 years? :o



Closer to three years, actually, but it was only to be one year, then the bridge went out and that too was supposed to be done soon, but nothing, but nothing, gets done here 'soon' (Tonga time means manana time) so the months kept going by.  I have put 4500 km on my RE going around the lagoon the long way into town, only two or three km to town if we have the bridge.  Bridge materials are all here now, waiting for the next hurricane season to end before the building can begin.

Thanks for all the good wishes, folks.
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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009, 07:33:32 AM »
Wow, I have a hard time when wife leaves to go to the store! Of course, that's because I have to stay home & keep the kids from bickering>  ;) :D
Anyway, congratulations on your reunion. If you had posted this on Facebook, I'd be clicking the "like" button right now.

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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009, 01:40:24 PM »
I'm glad all is well in Tongaland with you Larry. Say which of those two pretty girls is Malia?

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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2009, 02:13:37 PM »
  Congratulations..it's mighty darn hard to live for an extended period of time when a part of you is somewhere else..been there done that.  Didn't like it.  Will.
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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2009, 04:56:19 PM »
It's great to hear she's back... and I'm sure your life is much the better for her now!

Of course, it will probably mean less posting to the forum...

c'est la vie :)

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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2009, 07:19:30 PM »
Great photo! I have to assume that Ana Malia gets her looks from her mother . . . beauties both  :)

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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2009, 07:43:30 PM »
As we like to joke, 'Ana Malia has Malia's brains and my good looks!  (not!!!)
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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2009, 05:37:43 PM »
Congrats LJ.
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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2009, 03:43:07 AM »
Br. Larry, great news about Malia, Ana Malia, Phillip and you... CONGRADULATIONS!!!
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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2009, 03:33:07 AM »
Let's remember our old friend this way.
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Re: Life goes on-at a better level!
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2009, 06:46:09 AM »
  Agreed..when my Mom died some years back I refused to take pictures at her wake/funeral.  I said to my siblings I will remember how our Mom enjoyed life and being surrounded by her children/adopted children/family.  She's just waiting for us to catch up to her in a far better place.  Will.
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