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I pray because I believe, and I believe because I pray.

Joseph Walker--Deseret Morning News

Utah, United States

Kelly is the mother of 5 adorable kids--4 boys and a girl. The girl came in a package with a boy (twins). Kelly is married to a charming young man who lives and breathes computers. They are also guardians for three nieces and a nephew.

She is active in the community having served as PTA President of a local elementary school, on the board of the Salt Lake Mothers of Twins, as a district round-table trainer with the Cub Scouts, as a volunteer for Sidelines (a support network for Women on bed rest during pregnancy) and she and her husband are active in the LDS Church.

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Salt Lake LDS Temple Centennial with a full 3D model of the building in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This Single Image Stereogram was done at the 100 year anniversary of the building's completion.

Printed at 18x24 inches.

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"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

Helaman 5:12

Courtesy of Scott Kurtz


Saturday, June 23, 2007

I am NOT a hard core gamer!

A few weeks ago my husband convinced me that I ought to play City of Heros. I have resisted the idea of playing any MMORPGs. For those who don't know, an MMORPG is an online game where you get to wander around with a bunch of other people, interacting, and beating the snot out of creatures and bad guys...or rather getting the snot beat out of your character.

Along comes this invitation/arm twisting/gentle prodding to play the game. Before the week was over I was hooked. I have to play the game on my kids computer, however, because mine....ahem...does not have the wherewithall to run the game.

I was expressing this frustration to a friend saying that I wished I could have it on MY computer. He joked that if I had it on my computer it would be TOTAL neglect at my house. Yeah! I am that hooked....well almost.

Until this evening.

I was playing with a group of superheros when my game crashed on me. I was having a difficult time getting into the team I had been with so I joined another team doing much the same thing. I was 2 minutes into that team mission when not only did my game crash, but the whole computer crashed. Mind you, this is my KIDS computer. This is the one that is supposed to run computer games.

Another frustration is that I would really like to hang out with some of my friends in some adventures/missions, but they need my character to be a little bit higher level, say 14th level instead of 12th. Sigh...I am trying to get there...but with the computer crashing and not getting enough time to play the game, I am reminded why I play more casual games than this.

Perhaps I will feel better in the morning....after the city parade, the eye doctor appointments, the house cleaning, the extended family get together and the RPG game night with friends.

MUST get kids to bed sooner! characters, if you should see them are golden starmage and cho far...oh and blaze ryder.

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Friday, June 08, 2007

What's wrong with this picture?

Getting into this country, for some people, seems to be a matter of crossing the border. When they do they aren't even punished for it. So, now, someone wants to get into the country legally for a mere 2 weeks and can't even get the visa because "it's an easy way to infiltrate and get into the country."

Well, for the annunal Springville World Folkfest, this has become a reality. They have had to cancel the event this year because of visa problems and other red tape issues. Read More...

This event has been going strong since it began in 1984. My husband and I hosted some of the dancers who came to perform at the multicultural event. The first year we had two young men from India stay with us. We drove them to their practices and performances. We also fed them and housed them. We had the choice opportunity to experience another culture right in our own home.

The second year we had a couple and their son from Italy (Sardegna) stay with us. They spoke no English and we spoke no Italian. Yet we had a most enjoyable 2 weeks with them. We learned how to tell them it was time to eat and when it was time to go.

I still keep in contact with one of the young men from India...though he isn't such a young man any more. He is married with two adorable children. He runs a business in Bombay. Thanks to the internet we can now chat (he speaks very good English) via one of the popular IMs.

I was saddened to read that the event had been cancelled this year. I do hope that the future brings a solution to this problem and that our leaders can see the real issue here. If they really want to keep the wrong people out of this country they need that policy to be across the board.

Keeping those who want to come for legitimate purposes from coming when our borders are so porous makes little sense to me.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Mitt Rommey defends his religion

Whether I support Romney or not for President, this here tells me a lot about his character...his convictions. He is not going to back away from something that he strongly believes in just to get elected.

(KSL News) Last night [June 5th] the Republican presidential candidates squared off for their second debate.

And, as has happened in the past, Mitt Romney had to defend his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"I also believe there are some pundits out there that are hoping I'll distance myself from my church, so that it will help me politically. That's not going to happen," he said.

Romney got a solid round of applause after making that statement.

There are far greater things than being President of the United States.

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