The next photos are of the nice views of Avalon bay and harbor (Catalina) from on top of the hill while we rode their golf carts around the Island.
(side notes) Our family friends Kenneth and Rhona Lynn Olsen (Olson?) and their children were with us on this Catalina trip.
Over the past several months after we......
Bernd had promised them that if they took care of his Company while we lived in Utah, doing the majority of work, that soon they or rather Ken Olsen, would become 1/2 partners and get half of the profits.
Ken Olson did run our Tear off company (very well too) for a few years after our move to Utah. During this time, Bernd would go to CA. at least 3-4 times a month for a few days, to collect checks and see how things were going. Every other month we, as a whole family, would go to visit California with Bernd, every once in awhile, to take these vacations together, and sometimes with our good friends, the Olson family, or just hang out with these fantastic family friends.
Bernd had met Ken and his other Olson brothers at the "Don't Pay Taxes" or "Anti-government" seminars he attended while we first lived in CA., and we were all friends for many years.
Of the many things I remember of these super nice friends was of a neat story Ken told us of his near death experience and it's details.
As it goes, Ken Olson had grown up in a decent LDS family with his many brothers who they were all very close tight knit righteous family. Ken was the 'wild child' and had gotten into a very wild life style living in CA as a teenager. He rocked out (a drummer) with his band who eventually had a single world wide hit in the 80's. I forgot the song or the name of the band... but you would recognize them today from their song, because it was so popular and is still played! Ken had just left the band just prior to their hit song becoming popular, so he did not get credit or recognized for it.
One day soon after while still living this worldly, fast paced, crazy lifestyle he ended up in a terrible car accident. This accident threw him out his front windshield and pinned him between his car and the car that had hit him head on. He died.
The next thing Ken remembered (he tells us) is that he was floating over his body in the air looking down on himself, he could see everything. High enough to be able to look around this area and see the nearby rooftops. He told us that he recalled knowing every single bit of knowledge about these roof tops. What they were made of, who had roofed them, how much it had cost, who owned them, etc. etc. He said it was amazing how all this knowledge was instantly his.
Then he recalls a light being coming from behind him and putting their arms around him and feeling the most incredible warm love he had ever felt, and how incredible it was. While at the same time this person told him, "it is not your time to come home yet". .... Immediately after this, he was sent back to his body, and he recalled that he woke up in his cold body pinned between the accident and feeling incredible PAIN and heaviness as he came back to life.
After this, he recovered in the hospital and this rare and life changing event changed him forever. From then on, he lived a different life. He changed his ways, went back to the LDS Church, and eventually met and married a beautiful wife in the LDS Temple, (Rhonda is very awesome lady) and started having some really neat and adorable children. We really admired them and their extended family.
Ken's mom and dad gave them some property in the Temecula hills (or Hemet CA) next to theirs... along with his 3 -4 brothers, so that they could all build their own homes together. (p.s. this is where the pic of Bernd holding a snake is btw) Many times we would go over to their home they were building and help them. Bernd and Ken Olson were great friends.
We knew each other for about 10 years before and after we lived in CA and Utah, before we lost contact and Bernd and I eventually divorced and we lost contact with all of our friends. Ken was the person at Michael's death who took many intimate pictures for us to have during an incredibly difficult time. He was so Spiritually sensitive to our situation and a great friend for us and Bernd during that time. You can see their family in these birth and funeral photos I have of Michael when he was born and died.
In one of my videos of baby Jordan, you hear me talking about going to the funeral of one of our friends baby, Ken's brother and his wife, who died at 2 months old, soon after Jordan had been born and right after Jordan's baby blessing.
We were friends with Ken's brothers and parents also, since we all went to the same anti-government seminars together in the early 1990's.
As it turned out, after years of working hard for Bernd, Bernd would never make Ken Olson a business 50/50 partner, as he had promised over and over.... and kept stringing Ken along...and basically Ken grew tired of Bernds lies and decided to start his own company, after these many years of running Bernds, but not without a few nasty divorce fights between the two men. (some funny stories for sure...especially the putting sugar in the gas tank one)
*(Actually this had been the 3rd (yes,third) time Bernd had done this dishonest thing to one of our friends/ partners /pissed off Supervisors.... and this time it was an even uglier divorce between them, similar to yet worse than the others who had been lied to ..... (Silvio Rudy Acosta and Rodney Kartchner and in the near future, Ken Reeves)
....gee you'd think, by that time, I would of known exactly what was in store for me IF I ever happen to get the notion of divorcing myself from Bernd and being on his bad side???) (scary thoughts)
It was during the next few years that we dropped praying and began filling our lives full of entertaining trips trips and more trips.
Later down the road, Bernd still needed Ken Olson from time to time to help him with his business while Ken was trying to start his own, so Ken and Bernd became friends again while Bernd continued to travel back and forth from Utah to CA, for business (or so I was told and found out different later)....
hearing the stories later in life, I now know that Bernd had talked Ken into became worldly again and started taking him to bars, night clubs, dancing and womanizing, sleeping around, drugs etc. etc. (unbeknownst to me while I was raising my boys in Utah on my own)
This was all going on all a few short years before my own divorce with Bernd. (It was ONLY during my divorce...and after my divorce from Bernd, I finally began to hear many of these sinnful stories straight from Bernds mouth and then also from many others)
(gee, looking back, I don't have to wonder why, while NOT knowing all of this knowledge.... I was heavily prompted by God and my heart to divorce from Bernd? lol) HELLO! Hindsight is SOOOOOOO 20/20!
~ So, you see, I did NOT divorce Bernd because of the things he was doing...rather I divorced myself from him because I finally had enough self-esteem, love or courage in myself, to finally follow my strong Heart felt promptings, against all odds.
It only was later I finally knew that this act had been something which had to be done, to save both he, and I, and our children...IF THEY SO CHOOSE....even if I was simply going by my STRONG heartfelt promptings from God...or the Spiritual world (those Spirits who love us and who do God's bidding) .....
BUT whoa....I am getting WAY ahead of myself here....
*The next posted page will be pics of our family, along with Ken and Rhonda Olson family, on our fun Catalina Island vacation together while I was preggers with Michael. The good Olson family were really so much fun to hang out with.