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~





Loehrmann Family Favorite Recipes

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My first Trunk or Treat...

was quite a scream! Tons of little cute costumed kids running around, trunks decorated with amazing skill, and even a guy with a popcorn machine. I've GOT to get me one of those someday! It was so fun to see people look twice and then laugh when they figured out who I was!! YAYYYYY! Oh, and if you hear music, it's from the previous blog post that you MUST see, and just click on the horn to make the music turn off!


Here are the rest of the pictures!!

Rally on capitol steps in Sacramento: See yes 8 blog to right for more footage!





Monday, October 27, 2008

a- MAZE- ing night with the Institute & Apple Hill



We had maps, but new ways were cut into the corn field, signs marking the coordinates had been "relocated" by locals, and everyone seemed to think that they were going in the right direction. Those lucky enough to get to one of the three look out points in the World's LARGEST CORN MAZE could get new bearings and keep on the path toward the entrance. Truthfully, I don't know how the place can ensure that nobody gets left in there! The best was when we hid in amongst the corn stalks and scared the daylights out of people walking by, off their guard because the exit was within only 100 yds by then! I've never heard so many profanities strung together in the same sentence. My sides hurt I was laughing so hard! p.s. And what a great parallel to life... no wonder there's already a seminary video like it!



On Saturday, our friends drove us up to Apple Hill to get a literal taste of California! Hand dipped corn dogs & tri-tip steak don't exactly grow on the trees, but that deep fried and barbequed goodness was too much to pass up. We certainly had our fair share of "samples" (Is it a sample if you just keep going back for more??): We watched apples gets dumped into huge containers, get squooshed through a press (I'm sure that's the technical term Amy) and watched the juices ooze through strainers into a huge vat of pure liquidy apple yumminess. I discovered Pippin apples, jonagold apples, apples as big as a baby's head, and apple pumpkin butters, and a jillion other things made from ... apples. Even apple DONUTS! Thanks JoLynn & Casey for an awesome afternoon!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Prop 8 Booth on UCDAVIS CAMPUS

BOOTH on UC-Davis Campus
President Hinckley said "We are involved in an intense battle. It is a battle between right and wrong, between truth and error, between the design of the Almighty on the one hand and that of Lucifer on the other. For that reason, we desperately need moral men and women who stand on principle, to be involved in the political process. Otherwise, we abdicate power to those whose designs are almost entirely selfish."

...There we were, right along side the Filipino Health Science Careers booth, staking out our claim to express thoughts openly on a college campus. And boy did we get noticed. Someone said they were impressed that we had the [guts] to be there, and we even got a volunteer or two out of the hour that I sat on that table, chattin' it up with passersby.

One guy, upon seeing the signs to vote yes on prop 8, assumed I just hated gay people and started walking away expressing this. "It's not about that" and the cookies lured him back (way to go Waite Fam) and we had a very interesting conversation with him and another girl, neither of whom was gay, but professed through their comments and beliefs to have latched on to the "new tolerance" which seems "progressive" to embrace all of these evolving morals, and seems to have the belief that if we don't embrace everything that you do, then we must be intolerant.

Hmmm, here is where respect and goodwill and information goes a long way. There are a few people out there still who didn't know what prop 8 is even about. Luckily they asked us, right?

It's not about taking away civil rights from the gay community, it's about preserving traditional marriage as we enjoy it today... with my religious and moral rights still intact.

Guys, people are willing to talk/debate without yelling and hollering like one guy who visited our table today did. Everybody looks at them weird... not us. People who came to talk to us have generally good intentions and don't want to "hurt people's feelings" and I think the more that they are informed about what rights we are really trying to protect, the more they'll understand why we're so passionate about passing this thing!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Scones... & 8

Where there are Mormons there is usually food- not just food, but good food.
Just a shout out about Bishop's scones with Sister Gubler's homemade jam: If you weren't there to eat it this morning for prop 8 calling, you missed out! And so you know, everyone I've called, even the NO voters, have been really nice--- or they just hang up if they have a different opinion to save me a tongue lashing!

My favorite quote of the day: "Thanks for everything you guys are doing." - A guy we called who is voting yes on prop 8. There are a ton of people out there who are hoping this thing passes!

Living in 597 square feet...

...is the title of an IKEA room set up. Perfect. So I ask myself when company says something that I think should not be persued further in conversation, to which Jared's mom suggests to ask, "Could you come with me in the kitchen real quick?" to which I laughed histerically on the phone "We eat in the kitchen, and half into the living room!" Maybe I shoulda said, "Could you come look at something in the bathroom with me? (Die Klobrille!!haha)"

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Discovery Bay Discoveries


I felt like a little baby: Wet, cold, crying for my mommy. Well it wasn't quite that bad, but pretty close to it. My first attempts at wake boarding failed miserably as the slides adequately document, but I earned the respect of the guys by getting back on the board. Ah, let me amend that, because I the closest I ever got to being "on the board" was when I put my feet into the shoes of the board. The thumbs up was a little premature, I guess. It was fun none the less to get a few drinks at the Discovery Bay "Bar". I was for sure well hydrated by the end of it. Although I did not do as well as I had hoped, I made a few discoveries: For example, how much water I can displace, or drink, that you lose count after so many time of bouncing all over the water, and that a wet suit is really cold if you are third in line to use it. Chris, next time I will go first. My spirit might have been drenched, but not broken...I'll be back!!!

A Weekend out of Davis- already!



Palm trees swishing in the wind, ripples cutting through the water, a hammock nap, watching the boats from the big glass doors, watching cute little Bailey fall asleep, chattin in up in the warmth of the house while the guys (and Devery) froze their kiesters off in that choppy cold water! Jared and I had a blast, and it was a great retreat for us after all the moving, starting pHd, going to FL, coming home, and running around all over the place... just a great chance to sit down, and breathe! Thanks again guys for a super weekend!
Great company and yummy food = a great time!

Relief Society Broadcast Sept 21st- Flashback


We'd moved here just two days before, and what a great feeling it was to actually find the church on my own that evening, and then meet up with sisters in our ward to drive to the Stake Center. The talks were moving and the music inspiring. I thought, "Yeah, now LET us rejoice!" Never having had sisters, I find something peculiarly fun about hanging out with Relief Society sisters, and there's a common bond between these women and me, although we know only names and where we've come from, but unspoken, we know so much more.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Master's Thesis Completed


I know, I know, it's been more than 4 weeks since the actual event, but at least I am finally featuring my first blog contribution (apart from looking pretty in all the pictures). On
9-11-2008, from 9-11am, I was first grilled for one hour by three BYU professors to test my knowledge of a reading list comprising literary works from the middle ages to the present: dramas, theoretical texts, poetry, music, architecture,... Yeah, and if that wouldn't be enough, the second hour was an inquisition on the merrit of my thesis.

Well, it was not quite as bad as it sounds, but humbling for sure!!! While I noticed holes in my knowledge of literary periods, my thesis passed without revision. Dr. James even said that she really tried to find something awful and just couldn't find anything. An additional rare honor was the thesis committee's expressed desire to find a publisher for my thesis. I am extremely relieved to have jumped this hurdle, and to receive my MA in German Literature after only one year. Furthermore, I am deeply grateful for the support of my thesis chair, Rob McFarland, and my committee members, Michelle James and Hans-Wilhelm Kelling. They, as many other professors in the German department at BYU, have become not only esteemed mentors, but great friends, and hopefully, one day, colleagues.

Of course, since this is a blog, I had to put up a picture to document the occasion. From left to right we have Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Kelling, Dr. Robert B. McFarland, Yours truly, and Dr. Michelle Stott James. You might be able to tell that my smile bears relief more than joy, my eyes reflect the lack of sleep the night before, and my whole body mental and physical exhaustion. If not, that's how I felt. Good thing, Jessica was there to first let me cry out my penned up tension and exhaustion, and then celebrate with me. In four years, many courses and a dissertation later, I might post a simlar blog article, and then might have grown up enough to get a real job. You may call me Doctor phil. then. For now Master Jared will do, although I don't know what I have mastered. I'll let you know as soon as I have figured it out.

Peace.

Monday, October 13, 2008

NEW ADOPTION BLOG!

http://www.joininouradventures.blogspot.com/

We just made a blog to attach to our Adoption Agency web profile, which should be up again in the next day or so. Check it out!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Remembering Memories!!

My friend Kelsey had this memories thing on her blog, so I decided to put it on mine. You don't have to have a blog to comment. I would love to hear from you all. So here are the rules.

1. Add a comment on this post, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

For my sweetpea

I treasure the universal feeling of togetherness and love how I feel during General Conference weekend. Knowing that you and one other person might be looking at the same sky is one thing, but knowing that a large percentage of 13 million people will be watching what you're watching at the same time is amazing! And amazingly, when I choose questions about things I'd like to know for my life, Heavenly Father has a way of answering them through the words of his prophets and apostles. I know that prayers are answered when we take the effort to pray. I came away feeling uplifted, more knowledgable about God's plan for me, and hopeful for my future.

I enjoyed the line that said something to the effect of "We're not asking you to pull a handcart,...we're not asking you to be a martyr,...we're asking you to be kind to neighbors,..." and (in my words) to support the teachings of Jesus Christ in all that you do. Proposition 8 people! Talk freely about the gospel, and let's live it. Let's be more Christlike and look for opportunities to serve one another!

Being somewhere other than home for awhile always has a way of helping one appreciate loved ones and familiar surroundings. I miss you sweetpea! I'll be home soon!
~Jess