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Sunday, December 22, 2013

2013 Christmas Letter

I'm going to have to interrupt my sad attempt at blogging our trip from last year to bring you our Christmas letter! I was doing so well and then we got a new computer and it doesn't have Windows Live Writer on it. I'm still trying to figure something out!

2013 has been a good year for us. M'Recia recently reached her 1 year anniversary with North Canyon Care Center as their facility Social Worker and Brent has been with Wise Company (Food Storage) for about 3 years now. 

We've been in our house for about 18 months and it feels like home! We've enjoyed all the opportunites to decorate and make it our own. 

We've finally become "those people" when it comes to our dogs. We've gone from not letting them in our bedroom at all to having the sleep on the couch and on the bench in our bedroom (and, let's be honest, one of them is usually in bed with us when we wake up in the morning). Sometimes we're not sure whose house it is! The dogs have been a great blessing to us and we love them to death.

M'Recia teaches Relief Society once a month and Brent just got called to be Elder's Quroem Secretary this week. M'Recia has gotten into photography quite a bit this year and has taken a few photos she's pretty proud of. Brent continues to work on his Bachelor's degree in English and hopes to graduate this summer. He's already looking into Master's program so he can get his degree in Social Work and become a counselor. We both sing in the Salt Lake Choral Artists Concert Choir and enjoy being involved in something artistic again. 

Last year when Brent's company sold, we came into a little bit of money and decided to live our dreams. We took a trip to New York City, London, Paris, and Rome. We had a marvelous time and we highly recommend it. In fact, we are so enchanted with travel that we are planning to go to Ireland and Scotland this spring.

In August of this year, M'Recia's younger sister got married. It was a wonderful family time and we really enjoyed the wedding. We're happy to have another brother to tease. 

In October of this year, we FINALLY got our home study completed with LDS family services. Our profile can be viewed here: 

We also have a facebook page: 

Being parents is our dream and we feel like we getting
a little closer. Adoptions these days are all about networking, so please share those links with everyone you know. Our caseworkers at LDS Family Services have told us that the key to being successful is to "get your name out there."

We are thankful for all the support we have already had from our friends and family. 

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Brent, M'Recia, Belle, and Beast

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New York City, Part 3


After we left Central Park, we found our way to the LDS temple in Manhattan.

It’s really strange to see such a familiar and iconic building in such an unfamiliar place. It was also kind of jarring how it’s just sitting in the block like any other building.

There was a huge shift in feeling inside. We weren’t able to go into the temple itself (didn’t have time,) but the third floor serves an a meeting house. It looked just like several meeting houses back home. We may as well have been back in Utah. It was very quiet and peaceful. It was neat to see a piece of something I love in this city.



We went through Grand Central Station to get to the other side of the city. 



Since they were still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, Ellis Island was closed. We rode the free ferry to Staten Island and went right past Lady Liberty.


At that point, we hoped to go the the 9-11 memorial in a cathedral, but it was closed. :(


On the upside, we did get some yummy food while waiting for the ferry.


DSC05694DSC05698If we would have been able to make it into the 9-11 memorial, this is where it would have been.

We were getting close to time to get to the airport. We grabbed some dinner and headed back to the dreaded subway!


We got back to JFK, and realized we were VERY lost. JFK is big and our tickets didn’t say where our terminal was. We ended up finding out our flight was in a terminal that was going to be closed in a few days and clear across the airport. We full on RAN across the airport and got to security in the correct terminal. We could hear them paging “last call” for our flight and were pretty panicky. However, we made in on just in time.

New York was awesome. I don’t think I would like living there, but visiting was amazing! I hope we can go back some day. I don’t know if we’ll ever get the hang of the way the j-walk there. We almost got him by a car because we’re not good at it! We also were surprised by how nice everyone was. Not at all snooty like we had heard. Busy, yes, but not rude or impersonal.

I’ll work on posting our pictures from London soon!

New York City Part 2

After we left the New York City Public Library, we headed over to 30 Rock to check it out. Once again, they wanted a lot of money to go to the top, so we explored the outside and part of the inside.



We found our ways to Little Italy Pizza and picked out a few different kind.


We got Spaghetti and Meatball, Chicken Parm, and Bacon Pizza.

As you can see, we enjoyed it quite a bit!

Then we headed to Times Square.


We headed to Central Park from there.


Central Park is HUGE. We had a guy drive us around in what I can only describe as a Bike Trailer and told us about anything famous in our sights.

DSC05520DSC05531This marks the Center of the city. Hence the name “Central Park.”



Here is a Statue of good old William Shakespeare.


More to come soon!