We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Dear Family & Friends,We wanted to send some pictures and happy greetings this year!

It's been a whirlwind of a year, finishing my first year of teaching
The 6th graders graduated without any screeching.
The newly opened charter school 's future will certainly be bright
after finally overcoming that first-year-school fright.

With field day over and out of the way,
We set off for Europe-to Austria and Germany to play
In the Austrian National Library, with lunch breaks for schnitzel
Jared continued his research on delle Grazie- an epistle!

I worked on scheduling and lesson plans,
And we enjoyed playing tourists in the faraway land.
“All work and no play make Jack a dull boy,”
so we made sure to see King Lear and Midsummer
Night's Dream - whay a joy!

On the Danube Island we had a chance to really break loose,
And eat real Greek food, go paddle-boating and get away from the books!

We even ventured upon a river-floating trampoline
how high we flew would you not believe had you not seen!

And on our last night in Vienna you should've seen our faces,
when in the famous OPera house we got 'Romeo & Juliette' standing places!!

In Dortmund with Mama, Papa, Steffen & Flo,
It was wonderful to feel the spirit of family grow.
The break was much needed and the care was divine,
To have such a beautiful family is fine!
We walked many walks and played many games,
and tears were shed when it was time to leave again.

On the way back from Europe we came through Manassas,
in Virignia where it's hot and the mosquitos harass us.
We had a great time and saw friends from long ago,
that remind us where we come from and why we go where we go :)

Once summer was over, we were supposed to head off to Cali,
after having finished a European researching rally.
But little did we think that my school would protest,
and offer us a deal we just couldn't resist!

So I kept my job at Noah Webster Academy,
teaching 6th grade and taking upon assignments a plenty.
I arrange schedules, and plays and teach German after school,
while I mentor the new 6th grade teacher and the PE teacher, which is cool.
Jared graduated summa cum laude from BYU- to our elation!!,
and looked really schnazzy as he took part on the stand at graduation.
In the program he was honored on paper,
So that nobody could forget this BYU scholar later!

Jared, took on a HUGE feat...
to complete his Masters in a year with a thesis complete!!
He teaches German, mentors other teachers and goes to school full time,
And we’ve even found time to go to Dick’s Sporting goods to rock-climb!

He’s been really supportive and does it with heart.
Like a Mary Kay business that I really did start!
In October with no question he bought me a ride
To visit Florida when my beautiful Aunt Shari passed to the other side.
There family bonded and stories and pictures where shared.
It was beautiful to see the influence of a woman who so deeply for others cared.

The fall semester has been full of amazing experiences we'd say,
and we've grown closer to each other and family on the way.
Jared's bent over backwards to get so much done
and still have time for me, his own sanity, and fun!
With the turkey bowl, our fun neighbors, and our jobs on committees
And Joel and Amy around, life appears much more pretty.

The Christmas season of course helps us reflect
Upon all that we’re blessed with, much of which we didn’t expect.
We are grateful for your part in our crazy but blessed year
And pray for you and yours, -then in our hearts you are dear!

Jared & Jessica