Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Thankfully I have never experienced this in my own life but I have had some close friends that have. One of my good friends had to actually run for her life in the middle of the night to protect herself and her children from her abusive husband. I also had a class awhile ago where I did a lot of research about abuse. The personal accounts of abuse survivors horrified me with the violence and pain they suffered through, but inspired me with their courage and resilience. What I learned touched me deeply and motivated me to advocate for victims and for an end to violence.
Did you know?
Nationally. . . .
• 25% of all women will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime.
• 1 in 4 teens is shown to be a victim of dating violence.
• Each year, domestic violence costs over $4 billion in healthcare costs and billions more in workplace absenteeism and lost productivity.
• 60% of victims cited job loss, including being suspended and fired, as a direct or indirect result of domestic violence.
• Pregnant women are more likely to be victims of homicide than to die of any other cause.
• 75% of domestic violence related deaths occur during or after leaving the abuser.
• Adults who physically abuse their partners typically enacted a first episode of dating violence by age 15.
• A woman is beaten every 15 seconds.
• While women are less likely than men to be victims of violent crimes overall,
women are five to eight times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner.
• 4 million women are victims of severe assaults by boyfriends and husbands each year and about one in four women is likely to be abused by a partner in her lifetime.
• Each day, more than three women in the United States are murdered by a male intimate partner.
• There are 16,800 homicides and $2.2 million (medically treated) injuries due to intimate partner violence annually, which costs $37 billion.
• It is estimated that anywhere between 3.3 million and 10 million children witness domestic violence annually.
• Research demonstrates that exposure to violence can have serious negative effects on children's development. Witnessing violence between ones parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.
• Thirty percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically
abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.
Shocking statistics but this is reality for many women in our country!!
Even more shocking is the fact that these women are in our communities and are our neighbors.
If you want to read more facts about this subject and why it matters go HERE.
If you are as passionate about ending Domestic Violence as I am, share your voice to raise awareness during the month of October.
If you want to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of thousands of victims, survivors, and their families, go HERE.
If you are in an abusive relationship or you know someone that is please call for help at the
National Domestic Violence Hotline at
Breaking the cycle of Domestic Violence begins with awareness!!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
. . . . and it looks like we have a "piano man" in the family. Or as Scott and Amy are calling him "Little Mozart!"
He is getting so big. I cant wait to see him!!! I think that they are coming to my graduation next week. In fact. . . all of my kids (except for Mindy of coarse) are coming. I'm excited to graduate but I'm way more excited to see all of my family.
But since we are talking about my graduation. . . I have one week until I am done. I cant believe that I have finally made it. Some of my professors arent going to be able to be at our graduation because they have a conference to go to, so last week we took pictures with them. This is about half of our class. The rest of them arent walking and they didnt want to be in the picture. Oh well . . . they missed out on being in a great picture. So here is a sneak preview of what I look like in my cap and gown.
Here we are ~ Class of 2010!!!
Just in case you cant find me
I'm the youngster that is 3rd from the right/middle row!!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
This quote is about missionaries . . . but arent we all missionaries?
presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table with the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, and paid up for the case of Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me and when He returns for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me”.
- Elder Henry B. Eyring
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
She is now the Senior Companion with another american sister that has been out about one month less than Mindy. Mindys other companions have all been Russian and they have been able to help her with the language and understanding the culture, etc. So now she is going to have to rely much much more on the Lord to help her with her understanding and speaking the language. She has great faith - I know she will do awesome!!