Mori Zabron Mwaipopo: 05/08/06 - 06/27/08

Our beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend, Mori Zabron Mwaipopo, returned to his Heavenly Father after being tragically stricken with malaria shortly after his family's return to their ancestral home of Tanzania. This beautiful boy was one of the first Tanzanian children born into the new and everlasting covenant, and was the pride and joy of his parents Hope and Zabron, and adored by his twin sister, Dahari (not to mention the inspiration of his extended Knowlton family).During Mori's short life, he inspired the lives of all with whom he came in contact with. Mori and Dahari Mwaipopo were born on May 8, 2006 in San Diego, California, to the proud parents of Hope and Zabron. Zabron was Bill's traning companion in the Kenya, Nairobi mission and saved Bill's life on 3 different occasions. After Zabron's mission, Bill's family sponsored Zabron to pursue his education at BYU, where he obtained a BS in Civil Engineering. While at college, Zabron met his celestial bride, Tumwaini "Hope" Mfundo (who was, ironically, from Zabron's hometown in Tanzania). As can be expected, the Mwaipopo family became an extension of the Knowlton family, and we love them dearly.After celebrating his second birthday with his sister in Escondido, California, Mori's family returned to Dar-es-saalam, Tanzania to begin a new life in our Lord's east African vineyard. Mori and his sister were jubilantly welcomed home in Africa by a host of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, family friends, and Church members. The Mwaipopo's return to Tanzania was noticed by the Area Authority in Johannesburg, South Africa, who have big plans for them in helping to build the Lord's kingdom in east Africa.

Mori, our perfect "little gentlemen," will be dearly missed by his entire family here in the USA and in Tanzania. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mwaipopo family during this dark time. May our Lord's tender mercies pour out abundantly upon these good people. I love you Mori with all of my heart, and I look forward to the day that I can embrace you again. Your perfect life will motivate all of us to live better lives so that we can return to live with you and our Heavenly Father again.

Each life that touches ours for good
Reflects thine own great mercy, Lord.
Thou sendest blessings from above
Through words and deeds of those who love.

What greater gift dost thou bestow,
What greater goodness can we know
Than Christ-like friends, whose gentle ways
Strengthen our faith, enrich our days.

When such a friend from us departs
We hold forever in our hearts
A sweet and hallowed memory,
Bringing us nearer, Lord, to thee.

For worthy friends whose lives proclaim
Devotion to the Savior's name,
Who bless our days with peace and love,
We praise thy goodness Lord above.


Dirty Dancing UK

Those of you who are fans of the Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey classic "Dirty Dancing" will appreciate this! Umm...Bill, why didn't we do this at our wedding?


Ode to Molly

I love this dog.!! Yesterday she was smelling my belly and started licking it. Although she was probably sniffing leftovers from lunch that so easily relocate to my belly "aka shelf" these days, I like to think she was kissing the baby. I always wonder if dogs can sense such a thing? I can already tell that Molly is going to be such a good big sis to our new little one. We love this dog. From the moment she entered our home, we have embraced her with all of the love in the world, and she has given us the same in return. She is such a good companion, and always there for you with a smiling face. (Of course the smile is a little bigger if a treat is involved) Anyways, summer is a little rough for her because we can't go outside and play fetch as much due to the heat. Instead, we have to take her to our friend's house to go swimming...which she totally loves!!


My New Best Friend

Recently I've been trying to savvy up on my cooking skills, and my friend Erin gave me a copy of the Everyday Food magazine. Thank you Erin! It is awesome!! I've already tried a few recipes out of the June issue, and have loved every single one of them. The magazine contains really yummy everyday recipes that are easy and don't contain a ton of ingredients. The best part about it is that it's only $12 for 10 issues. Anyways...you can subscribe to it here. I highly recommend it!


Hot weather!!

So I'm sitting here complaining about the 111 degree weather today (supposed to be 115 tomorrow) which feels like 130 to me right now, and I came across a fun fact about five of the hottest places in the world and their average temps. Do people seriously live in these places?
  • Greenland Ranch, CA: 134 degrees
  • Kebili, Tunisia: 131 degrees
  • Tombouctou, Mali: 130.1 degrees
  • Ahwaz, Iran: 128.3 degrees


David's Baptism

This last weekend we went to SLC for our nephew's, David's, Baptism and to see Ashley and her cute new little baby boy, James. It was so much fun!! I got to spend an entire day hanging out with Ashley and little James...just like old times...thanks Ash!! David's Baptism was great, and Bill gave a wonderful talk. I also got to spend some time shopping for baby stuff with my grandma, which is always fun. I do have to say that it was a bit chilly for the typically perfect UT weather in June, but nice for a change.Grandpa Urie(Bill's grandpa), Casey (Bill's oldest brother), Hooper (Bill's dad) and David


A couple of things I just love

Otter Pops...so refreshing during the summer...a perfect treat
Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner...has a refreshing mint fragrance that wakes you up in the morning and is great for color-treated hair