Ich bin ein Schenewark: Dec. 9-15

I’m committed to going to Germany this summer. My itinerary is slowly shaping up. My language skills are progressing. The plans are coming together. Initially, the idea was to be more of a tourist. Now, I am set on doing family history. I will travel to the hometown of the Gerken’s, the Hesse’s. And, I hope beyond hope, to find where the Schenewark’s come from. Exciting update: I believe my father will come along!

Finals have descended upon BYU and the student populace is preparing to leave for break. Which meant this past week was mostly quiet on the social front. I read and read. Attended the last week of institute, went to book club, and worked out.


The cinnamon roll factory was firing on all cylinders this weekend.

Deseret Industries saw me coming from a mile away. What a book!

My propensity for wearing my bathrobe to evening events is spreading. Here I am with my friend Maddie H. Sunday night at ward prayer.

Dinner on Sunday was with Tanmarie. We ate good food and I relished my time with them and on their magic carpet. When I’m over there, inevitably, I wind up on their magic carpet rug. Nora was a lot of fun and kept coming back for more tickles. I think Cooper is still the favorite uncle though.

This week I’ve been researching and writing on economic inequality. There is a lot of uncertainty in the world, and I think there always will be. Impeachment might be shelved, trade deals could be made, sweeping policies enacted, yet uncertainty will always be part of life. I am not even sure where the Schenewark line comes from. Nevertheless, if there is one thing I do know, it is that we are all children of our Heavenly Father. I love Psalms 82:6, “Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” And we truly are. I know that a firm testimony of this truth will help us navigate the challenges of life, and add more truth to that foundational precept.



3 thoughts on “Ich bin ein Schenewark: Dec. 9-15”

  1. Good morning, Hunter,

    I am so excited that you are going to Germany. German is a hard language to learn, and kudos to you for studying it. Both of my grandparents on my father’s side of the family were born in Germany. My grandfather was born in Seligenstadt and my grandmother was born in Essen. My grandfather was John Martin Brauneis and my grandmother was Kathryn or Katie Merz. My grandfather came to this country as a young man and became a citizen of the United States in the mid 1920’s. Later in life, he had his own carpentry business. My father worked for him, and I think that is how my Dad got into construction.

    When I was going through my Christmas ornaments several years ago, I gave your Mom all of my German ones that were my grandparents. I knew that she and your Dad would appreciate them.

    Loved our bathrobe–nice color.

    My knee is doing very well and I am now using a cane. The sleep is a little better but not great. I wish I could do as Uncle David did and put my head on the pillow and go to sleep. That is a gift, one that I do not have.

    I’m making this short, as I have to shower and get dressed and ready for the day ahead. We had snow, rain, sleet yesterday and hopefully the sun will come out and melt some of this. I was supposed to go to PT yesterday but cancelled because of the roads. I could have had a ride, but when I heard how icy the roads were, I decided I didn’t want the driver to take any chances. I go again on Friday but I do them here at home twice a day.

    Take care, good luck with your exams, and safe travels to Texas for Christmas. I am sure everyone is looking forward to your visit.

    Love, Aunt Shirley

  2. Heidi Hunter,
    It has been a while since your last post. I find them to be immensely inspiring and I feel truly blessed, because your posts help me through the week I hope that this finds you well.

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