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Monday, September 14, 2009

here's our week and...

The changes for Devin and her callings have started to fall into place. Devin was released from her calling as assistant primary chorister and got a new calling as the primary pianist. This may not seem like a big change for Devin but it really is. Devin is a very good pianist and the time needed to fulfill her new calling is much less. Devin is very excited about needing to stop studying school stuff and take a break an play the primary hymns.

Much of Sunday night Devin and I worked on our birth parent letter for LDS social services. We are going to attach the letter for the majority of this family letter. Enjoy the letter and we hope you have an exciting week.

Dear friend,

Welcome! We hope you will quite enjoy learning a little bit about us. We'd like to begin by thanking you for taking the time to read our letter. We may not know you yet, but we feel blessed that you would consider getting to know us. We can only imagine the difficult decisions you are facing and rough time you are going through. All we can really say is, may the Lord help guide and bless you as you go through this journey.

We'd like to start out by introducing ourselves, individually, then tell you about us as a couple. To make things more fun, Devin will write about Jared and vice versa.

When I first meet Jared, I didn't know what to think. One of the first things Jared told me about himself is that he likes to sort numbers for fun! Nerd all the way! Now, if you had asked me if he was a nerd when we first met, I would have said no. What changed is that I came to realize that Jared really is a nerd, and that he's proud of it! Jared is very proud of who he is. He has no question about who he is either. I think that's one of the things that attracted me to him. Another thing I first noticed is that Jared is also very loving, caring, and compassionate. He shows this by opening car doors for women, every time he talks to his mom Jared tells her she's a great mom, and he also is always willing to serve. These are just a few examples too. Those are just a couple of Jared's traits. As far as what he likes to do, I mentioned sorting numbers. He is a huge science fiction fan. In Jared's opinion, they can never make enough “Stargate”. He is into documentaries as well. The history channel is his friend. He likes to run, garden, and cook. Yes, he is a great cook! Anyway~ these are just a few of the awesome things about my incredible husband.

Certain forms of communication are more effective than others. I believe poetry is one of the most effective. I would like to describe Devin with the following poem.

Power from within is not kept hidden

Caring eyes exude with fervent delight

Sharing many kind words lifts others in turn

Patient to the core need I say any more

Passing time never diminishes these

Cuddling preferred at every moment

Affectionate animals feels sublime

Giving love brings happiness everyone

Hats worn are many and quite fun to wear

Student is tough her diligence plays rough

Nurse at heart bringing patients needed life

Cub Scouts play with paint and cheer “DEVIN HERE!”

Her music quickly calms the fiercest beast

Hands at the Piano to play the piece

Ears hear country background of inner thought

Heart feels the hymns guiding spiritual strength

Wrapped in a bundle in my silent arms

Letting go feels like it would cause great harm

Heart a garden tended with immense joy

Unending love fills eternities bliss

I can not express how wonderful my wife really is. Devin is one of God's greatest gifts to me.

The story of how we met is best told with an over dramatic voice. The first time Jared spotted Devin was at the church early in the morning on a totally average Saturday. At the time the darling woman was dating some other guy and Jared thought to himself, “That girl looks like she would be much happier with me”. The next day the two of them attended the ward choir. Our practiced pianist hid behind the piano and tried not to be noticed, while the tone deaf tenor stuck out like a sore thumb because his singing sounded like a very loud dying frog. For some unexplained reason the flustered female left choir quickly to go inform her roommates that the bodacious boy was a hottie and she wanted a piece of him. That was the end of the other guy. At an activity a short time later the heroin of the story approached her desired target and bravely said, “Hello”. For such a shy creature this was a major accomplishment. From there Jared was transfixed by the maiden's immense beauty. The affore mentioned gathering was a great distance away and grouped transportation was to be used. The decision was quickly made to travel in the same vehicle. In the same car were a few acquaintances of our buxom beauty. It was soon learned that their presence presented a quandary. Our kind gentleman and lovely lady wanted to converse with each other but the dead weight in the back seat wanted to steal the attention of the masculine male. Lucky for the fortunate female the distractions were not noticed and the very next day a phone call was initiated and dinner followed. The rest goes like this, “They lived happily ever after”

You may look at people sometimes and think “They live a charmed life”. I want to point out that if there is such a thing, we are living it everyday. Our family is exciting! There is never a dull moment at our house. For example a little while back Jared lost this nice pen that he uses to write in his journal. This caused much distress for Jared's hand. After just two days Devin found it in a place where Jared would never have looked, the pen can. We may not have children of our own but that does not stop our messy toy closet from distressing Devin. The neighbor kids, nieces, and nephews love to come over and play at our home. Many times the kids leave in tears because they feel that their parents are being cruel by making them leave. Relaxation is low key at our home. A run around the block is more entertainment than watching the monkeys at the zoo. There are lots of children out playing with each other and just being happy to be in the world, enjoying life. We love to watch movies and a few TV shows like “Monk” and “Psych”. The summertime is our favorite. Long days with lots of light helps to raise our spirits. Living where we do we find many opportunities to have picnics in the park and enjoy being outdoors in the beauty that is all around us.

We'd like to thank you again for taking the time to read a bit about us. We won't pretend to know what you're going through, but we would like to be there to help you if you'd like. We'd love for you to join our family!

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