Saturday, September 27, 2008

Get Registered.

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I've put this off for way too long, but officially got it in the mail today!  If you haven't registered to vote you should get on top of it, the clock is ticking.  Different states have different laws regarding registration, so check out your state's stipulations on google.  You could type something like "Register to vote in (enter your state)"  You'd better get on it quick if you haven't.  At least in Idaho the registration form must be out 25 days previous to the election.  
Everyone, get out and vote!! Its your duty.  D is aching to vote, but he can't - so do it for him! :)

Friday, September 26, 2008

#1

D was super excited for me to get home from work tonight to show me this...
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He, Jase, Mike, and Bria won the BYU-I golf scramble!  So we celebrated...and had a blondie of course.  M-M-Good. (if you don't know what a blondie is, you should go to Applebees and inquire.)
Can you believe this kid grew up 20 min. from the father of all golf courses, and didn't start playing until he came to the states?! 

The House of the Lord

Going to bed and waking up to this every day, makes every penny of overpriced rent worth it. 
These shots were taken from our bedroom window this morning, through the window screen :) 
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Click HERE to learn more about Temples.  Attending the temple has been a huge source of strength for us and our marriage.  We are able to learn much about who we are and our purpose here on earth.  The temple helps us to put our lives in perspective, and understand the plan God has for us. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Free Ticket Anyone?

Check this out.  Smithsonian is giving out free admission passes to museums all over the United States.  The day to go is Saturday September 27.  You can go to THIS (*click*) website to locate the participating museums in the various states, as well as to print off your free pass.  So if you haven't been to a museum in a while, or have never gone, now is your chance!! If you can locate one close to you, why not? Museums are great!

If you do go, tell me about it!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Dramatic.

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The sky was so dramatic this morning in Burley.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Helping Hand.

There are many organizations out there that are only half heartedly into their humanitarian efforts, they take in much of the donations for themselves. Others do their best to make a difference. Well, if you are looking to lend a helping hand may I suggest one of my personal favorites.
Kiva. Lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.
One of the greatest things about Kiva goes along with the old saying that goes something like, "if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a life time." ahh...I slaughtered that, but you get the point. Kiva is an organization whose slogan is, "Loans that change lives." Struggling people from all over the world apply for relatively small loans for supplies and other things they need for business. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need.

The loans these people seek are so minimal.  Today I looked at a sweet lady in Indonesia seeking her second loan. This time for twice the amount of her first loan....$125.  Through contributors she had received 60% 0f her loan thus far.  These people are so grateful for the money, and the company tracks their integrity in paying back the loan and being self-sufficient. In my opinion this is what we need more of in the world, people who are self-sufficient.  That is why i think this is among the greatest humanitarian efforts going on in the world.  So if you want to help, check it out! You can loan in minimal increments, to contribute to a persons loan.  Its neat to see these people and track their progress.
The history department at BYU-I had a little pot of money for Kiva donations, and we used to be able to get on and choose someone to lend $25 to.  The pot of money is revolving, because the loan is paid back, and available to help another person.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Man Down.

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And yes, that happens to be the one I am "mothering" this week, while my parents are out of town.  Time to play "Dr. Mom."

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

This Just In!

Rachel emailed me the yummy Monster Cookie Recipe, everyone should make it.

12 eggs
2 lbs. brown sugar
4 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla
8 tsp. soda
1 lb. butter or marg
3 lbs. peanut butter
18 cups oatmeal
1 lb choco chips
1 lb M&Ms

Directions: Mix in order given.  Bake @ 350 degrees for 12-14 min. 

if you make a 1/4 of the batch, you'll have plenty of cookies and dough to freeze, unless you are baking for a really big family reunion. 

Ahhh....I love this place.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

What do ya think?

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I think this might qualify me for some sort of award in the category of homemaking? 

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sneak Peak

These are our in-laws.  Well, close enough.  D's brother & sister are married to Jeff's brother & sister.  Jeff's dad was also the missionary that taught D's parents the gospel.  So I would consider 'em family.  

I honestly wouldn't have been able to take a bad picture of these two if I wanted to.  The entire time I was editing I had a big smile on face.  Aren't they cute?! They get married in December.
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Thanks Jeff & Jenny, you guys were great!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Officially Graduated, Officially Un-employed, and Officially only here for 3 months.

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This is how I am feeling about un-employment.  It was great when my sister lived 15 min. away.  but...not so great now.  I love to be busy, and feel like I am accomplishing things.  There is only so much cleaning you can do, before the house is clean enough!! I need out of my house....SOME BODY PLEASE NEED ME!  Employers think the thought of me is great.  Then the dreaded question..."how long will you be here."  Then the moral dilema in my head, "Do I tell them?"  "Maybe if I say 'until my husband graduates.' they won't probe further."  Well it always ends up, "we are hoping to hire some one who will be here longer than 3 months."  Can't blame them, but come on give a girl a chance!! Okay so I'll admit, I have a job, actually 2.   One was supposed to already start (subbing) but hasn't.  The other starts on Monday, but I am still keeping my eye out.  Until then I will drive myself nuts.  

Monster Cookies

Rachel, Hill, & I got together in all our un-employment glory!  We really make the most of our free time.  It was fun. We have been friends since I can remember.  Back in the day the three of us + Char used to form the "Singin' Babes".  We sang all over town, at Christmas events, and showers.  Oh those were the days.  We had fun chatting, eating lunch, and making Monster Cookies.   
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The cookies are super good!! As soon as I get the recipe from Rachel I'll post it.  Its one of those Evans classics, and makes enough to feed the whole neighborhood.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Who am I?

I am Brent and especially Jacque.   I am Isaac, Pearl, Geri, and Jack.  I am Jason, Ike, and Brent. I am Jaclyn.  I am Bekah, Trish, and Mark.  I am Aaron, Missy and Katie.  I am Christine, Dave, and Mike.  I am Dennis and Maggie. I am very much Donny.  I am Jake, Cade, & Asher.  I am Mhairi, Joe, & Finlay.  I am Preston, Braden, Addison, & Savannah.  I am Kristine, Cambria, and Shaundalee.  I am Mr. Mills, I am Mrs. Jensen.  I am Jody and John.  I am Deidra, Carla, Em, and Mark Bellows.  I am Dani, Rachel and Hill.  I am Whit Ro., Whit B, Kim, and Danielle.  I am Karen, I am Guy.  I am Erin, Kerry and Zac.  I am Katelyn, Kara, Char and John.  I am Colby and Bryce.  I am David A. Christensen, David Peck, and Andrea Radke-Moss.  I am David Pulsipher.  I am Ross Baron, Lon Pyper, and Kim Clark.  And the list goes on & on.....

Tennyson once said, "I am part of all that I have met."  
A wise professor of mine, David A. Christensen, added, "Others really make up a significant part of my life.  Everyone I have met and associated with have given something to my life.  Even others who have joined me in circumstances which have been somewhat negative have instructed me, and I must forever understand that truly I am a part even of them.  Both positive and negative, all who have touched my life have become a part of who I am today....A handful of people will emerge as the great teachers in our lives.  Those who have made great impact on "who we are" will usually be just a few.  Scores of others will combine to make tiny strands of steel into strong and important cables of "who we have become."  A few who have brushed our lives will have done so in the ardent furnaces of adverse conflict.  Carefully examined however, even those situations will render tutorial verdicts in the building of one's life."

I have always been fascinated with people and relationships.  I have kept a little journal of all those I meet and what they teach me.  The biggest thing I have learned is that we truly can learn something from everyone.  

I am grateful for all the people in my life and how they have shaped a portion of who I am, each has contributed to what I am becoming.

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