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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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"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."

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Friday, June 08, 2007

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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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On Saturday, June 09, 2007 7:29:00 PM, Blogger Phelonius wrote...

Bureaucrats exist of and for themselves. I have always thought that having tall fences and wide gates was a fantastic principle in the past, and for some reason we have lost that. Well, I say for some reason. What I really mean is the huge, bloated INS and their greed for control and power.

I am familiar with them through my years of experience in college admissions and the enormous amount of red tape that they throw at perfectly willing, law abiding peoples that want to come here for school. Most of the foreign students that I know and a large number of legal immigrants are furious at our government now trying to push amnesty for those that skirted the law, while they themselves have invested years in red tape, hard work and honest attempts to get here for legitimate purposes.

We are a nation at cross purposes with ourselves.

On Sunday, June 10, 2007 1:28:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

That is my point exactly. And these people just want to come for a short time...not even to stay. Yet if you come illegally to stay then they turn the blind eye.

Reminds me of the expression...its easier to get forgiveness than permission.

At the same time they deport those who think they have gone through the proper chanels and missed a step in the red tape.

...just frustrating, that's all.

On Monday, June 11, 2007 10:27:00 AM, Blogger nanc wrote...

hip-hip, kelly!

the dogs are barking up the wrong tree.

On Monday, June 11, 2007 10:56:00 AM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

The wrong tree...indeed!

On Tuesday, June 12, 2007 5:41:00 PM, Blogger Phelonius wrote...

That is exactly why you need to elect ME as Emperor in the next election....isn't there a write in for that sort of thing??

On Tuesday, June 12, 2007 6:49:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

Hmmm....emperor, eh? So, what are your credentials? What is your platform?

Oh, wait a minute...they aren't elected. They are themselves and backed by their minions.

On Thursday, June 14, 2007 9:17:00 AM, Blogger Phelonius wrote...

According to Pope Leo II and Charlemagne, Emperors are appointed by GOD. So get your petitions in....

On Thursday, June 14, 2007 5:44:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

So, you think GOD would appoint you...bwahahah... j/k ;)

Hey, I got a home/disaster story to tell...leaky water pipe, basement all wet story....must find out the end before posting it though.

On Saturday, June 16, 2007 4:10:00 PM, Blogger Phelonius wrote...

Well lately I have been too busy to make preparations for Emperorhood, so I guess it will have to wait until 2012.

Sorry about plumbing issues. I know them well and I HATE to do plumbing. Still, a fellow medievalist reminded me that the problems associated with NOT having plumbing in a city far outweigh those of having running water and sewage.

On Tuesday, June 19, 2007 4:00:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

As soon as I get past this pinewood derby this evening I can actually find a bit of time to post a new entry. I've got the track coming in about 45 minutes.

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