June 22, 2017

Lisa and Danny-Huntsville Square in Huntsville, UT

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Huntsville is such a charming little city!  Lisa and Danny were married at an earlier date so I was only present for the reception which was held at the Huntsville Square in the center of Huntsville. The lighting was beautiful because of the large trees. The buildings and ambience were amazing! Loved the venue! Lots of fun with this couple and their guests. Best wishes you two!


May 18, 2017

A great opportunity for your teen…in Guatemala!

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When I was 16 my dad saw fit to send me off for the summer to work in Las Vegas on his friend’s concrete crew. Being away from home with new people in new surroundings changed my perspective on life. I can’t tell you how glad I am that my parents sent me off on that adventure. I came home more grateful, more focused in school, and I loved my family and my hometown more than ever. You have heard the old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”?

If you are a parent looking for a good experience for your teenager I want to recommend a great week long opportunity in Guatemala on a farm run by a good friend of mine and his family. We have stayed with our friends on this farm two times and I promise this would be a life changer.

The farm is located in the hills of Solola, Guatemala in Mayan country. It is a beautiful and safe location away from just about everything we call modern. Greg and Lucy have worked to help local families learn modern farming techniques so they can be self sustaining. It is really amazing! As part of this expedition your child will take a boat across Lake Atitlan, eat local foods (delish), and help on the farm and meet locals. You can look at the weeklong itinerary here: https://cultivainternational.org/expeditions/

I consider my experience in this part of the world with this family one of the best and most beautiful of my life! I am happy to discuss or you can contact the Jensens on the link above. 

February 13, 2017

Sibling trip to Oahu

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I know I am going to sound like a brat but I didn’t want to go to Hawaii. I have really wanting to take my sister Holly to Jerusalem because everyone should go to Jerusalem at least once in their life for many reasons which I won’t go into. My other two siblings have been already so the urgency isn’t there for them. Holly has had a tough year losing her husband and raising three kids and she really wanted to just chill and Hawaii was on her mind so after all of my persuasiveness we ended up in Oahu which was for the better. For some reason I have had this strange first world aversion to Hawaii. I think it is cause my dad hated tourist traps and has always been very vocal about avoiding crowds. I knew I would like it once I got there and what I found was that for it being a really nice place for tourists the beaches are incredibly public and accessible. I won’t go into it since I know everybody on the planet has been here but me.

Here are a few of the best things Oahu has to offer besides warm weather:

Korean food in abundance

Public beaches with easy parking

Friendly people

Garlic Shrimp

No billboards

Mac salad

Road side Banana Bread

Great pie at Ted’s Bakery (who knew?)