SALT LAKE CITY — Even for a family that has moved 15 times, Mary Kaye Huntsman says there’s some trepidation about the Huntsmans’ move to Moscow, as Jon Huntsman Jr. begins his service as U.S. ambassador to Russia.

It’s not so much the steep challenge of improving U.S.-Russia relations that weighs heavy on her mind; it’s leaving behind their adult children — two daughters, Abby and Mary Anne, are expecting — as well as the couple’s aging parents and “the warmth of people at home,” she said.

But it was the Huntsmans’ seven children who enthusiastically encouraged their father to accept the appointment, Mary Kaye Huntsman said.

“He couldn’t do it if it weren’t for them. Each one of them, everyone said, ‘Do it. Do it. Do it.’ As hard as they knew it was going to be, our two boys in the Navy particularly, said, ‘Without a doubt, Dad. You get up and you do this. You taught us about service, now you do it.’

“It’s really given us that extra strength to say, ‘Of course, we’re going to get up and do this.’ It’s not going to be easy; we know that. … This is not a role that’s just a cakewalk. It’s going to be difficult. But I think my husband does extremely well when he’s challenged, and I know he’s going to get in there and do some extraordinary things,” she said Tuesday during a taping of KSL Newsradio’s “A Woman’s View,” hosted by Amanda Dickson. The program airs at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday.

When Jon Huntsman Jr. broached the idea with his wife, she was getting ready for bed. He was in Korea when he received a phone call from then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who extended the appointment.

“So he called me, and I was standing, …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

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