Category: Family

Remove the tint…

Sunset on the Barnegat Bay and Sea Oats -

This morning, while riding into work, I was looking out the window at the sun rising over the mountains.  And I was enjoying the sunrise when we turned and headed towards it.  At that point the sunrise came to life.  The colors were amazing.  It was at that point that I realized that the tint on the side window was not only removing the harsh glare from the sun, but it was also muting the colors.  Making the sunrise less colorful and vibrant.

Herring Cove -

How many times do we allow ourselves to look at life through tinted eyes.  How often do …

Angel Baby

Over the last few months, I have learned exactly how hard it is to try to do everything the Lord asks of you and not expect him to help you out while doing it.  One of my big struggles with religion I would say is Faith.  I know that there is a creator, that things were planned and created and did not happen just by chance, but I find I have a hard time letting my pride go and actually rely on the Lord for help.  This blog post may sound different from other posts, but this one I am …

Septic Tank knowledge.

We recently purchased a new house, with some land.  Momzoo has posted a lot about the changes that we have made to the new house, and some of the challenges we have had to overcome.

The big one that I had to worry about, besides having no propane when we moved in, would be servicing the septic tank.  Momzoo and I both have had no or little experience with a septic tank.  So we did not give it much of a thought we we purchased the house.

We have had some problems with the toilets flushing since we purchased the …

15 Years and counting…

Momzoo and Dadzoo

NOTE: This post is not political in nature, and may been seen by some as a little sappy.  This is a heart felt post.  You have been warned.

The best thing that ever happened to me started because a friend of mine (co-worker) was a visiting teacher to a lady who had an open employment opportunity for a Computer Geek at a local Credit Union.   That friend knew that I was about to explode into my career path with a brand new shinny IS&T degree.  One thing lead to another and I found myself working for that …

Do houses have a soul?


Do houses have souls?  Most people would tell you that the answer to that question is No.  I would have to agree with them, to a point.  I don’t think that houses have souls, but I would say that they have a spirit.

Houses are basically containers.  They contain the people that live in them, the items those people own, and the at times the family and friends they invite over.  Like any container it eventually is changed and either improved or ruined by what it holds.

For example, would you want to put your milk in a gas can …

Why I live in UTAH

Utah!!!   Utah may have it quirks, it may have its problems, and it definitely has its false reputation accusations to deal with.  But there are a lot of reasons why I live and stay in Utah.    Here is a recent list of news items that make me proud to be a member of this state.

Alta and Snowbird ranked #2 sky resorts to visit in 2013. Utah tops Forbes 2012 list of The Best States for Business. Utah is the 3rd best state to retire in. Utah #5 in the Most Peaceful States. Utah #1 in income equality in the…

Alvin Kieffer – Lt. Col. US Air Force

This is a tribute to my Grandpa Kieffer.  This is taken from “The Life History of Maxine Englestead Kieffer” written by his wife Maxine in July 1956.

“I met Alvin Kieffer there (Salt Lake City) the day i arrived on September 12, 1940, and we were married on October 12, 1940 at Evanston, WY.  he was a Sargent in the Army Air Forces.”

“Alvin joined the Church on February 6, 1941.  I was so thrilled that he could see how much my religion meant to me.  He went to church with me and decided it was (the) true church, so

Karl Englestead – History by Ellen Maria Owens Englestead

This is another tribute to one of my ancestors that fought in a foreign war.  This was written by his mother, Ellen Maria Ownes Englestead.

While attending school there (Arizona State Teachers College, on a scholarship) he joined the National Guards to help pay for his schooling.  The National Guards were the first to be called into training and were sent to Louisiana for three weeks.

He came home for a while on September 15,1940.  he was inducted and sent to For. Sill, Oklahoma for a years training.  During this time a change was made in the service requirements and

Max Englestead – History written by twin sister Maxine 3-6-1981

This is a written history for M. Max Englestead, written by his twin sister, Maxine E. Kieffer on March 6,1981.  Maxine is my Grandmother.

I will try to remember things about Max when we were children.

Max was born on April 13, 1920, being a twin to Maxine.  Maxine was born 15 minutes earlier than max.  We were born at home, as we didn’t have a hospital in the small town.  We had a small home.

His parents were Marion Henry Englestead and Ellen Marie (known as Nellie) Ownes Englestead. We were born at Panguitch, Garfield County, Utah, him being