Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Best Ward Ever!

As I was walking into Young Women's last night I noticed a plethora of cars in the parking lot, but didn't think much of it. Then as I entered the room where we meet everyone yelled "surprise." Needless to say, my ward threw me a surprise baby shindig and showered me with baby gifts galore. It's official... I have the best ward ever!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

What an inspiration!

I often forget how cool my job is, but last night was one of those times I was reminded. A few months back I ran into the Mayor of Taylorsville City at a chamber meeting and after repeated emailing and back and forth phone calls, the Mayor wrote an editorial piece in the town’s newspaper about foster care. The article started out with imagining yourself during the holidays without a family. He then ended it with a quote from our foster dad of the year (who happens to reside in Taylorsville). The article was inspiring and it generated a few telephone calls, but what was even more inspiring was last night’s events. After writing this article, the Mayor wanted to honor Paul Jensen and his wife Nancy (who also happened to be voted foster mom of the year as well). The Mayor suggested that he honor them with a plaque in front of the city council. I had the opportunity to attend the meeting and take some pictures, but I was moved by the fact that when given the opportunity to speak after receiving the award, Paul Jensen spoke to the audience about the need for more foster parents. He proceeded to give an extremely self-less talk and behind my camera lens I got teary eyed. What an awesome family to care for so many children in need. I love my job!

Monday, November 17, 2008


I know what you're thinking..."what a hippie!" Don't knock it. So far, I think we've decided to try this birthing method. It sounds fascinating, but corky at the same time. In fact, during our first class Tim and I couldn't stop giggling about one of the exercises they had us do. I'm pretty sure everyone in the class thinks Tim and I are too immature to even be parents. Stay tuned for more funny stories about this birthing method. :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I found this online and thought it was hilarious. Enjoy!

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

SARAH PALIN: Before it got to the other side, I shot the chicken, cleaned and dressed it, and had chicken burgers for lunch.

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!

JOHN MC CAIN: My friends that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn’t about me.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where’s my gun?

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken doesn’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart-warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken 2008, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken 2008. This new platform is much more stable and will never crash or need to be rebooted.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?