Sunday, November 15, 2009


September was a month of getting use to life in America again.  We do miss things about the Middle East (the heat, our awesome shower, long bumpy bus rides, our apartment guard Mussin, the lack of pork, the call to prayer 5 times a day, and Ahmed.... just to name a few) but it sure is nice to be back.  September was eventful and busy but lots of fun.

First, we were so blessed that Chana got a job within a week of being back in the states.  She worked hard in Jordan searching the web and emailing potential places for a job.  She hadn't heard much back from anybody until the night we got back when she found a message from The Black Goose Design on her phone that we had left with her parents.  She called them back the next morning and they wanted her to come in for an interview ASAP.  So we left Boise early and made the trek down to Utah.  Not surprisingly she rocked her interviews and got the job.  Best of all she is doing what she loves - designing!  She has to commute to Midvale five days a week but for our situation and how the economy is doing we won't complain.

Second, we got to meet for the first time our brand new (and first) niece who was born in June while we were gone.  Eric, Rachel, and Lucy came to Utah to do Lucy's baby blessing and of course mom and dad Alder came too.  Craig also got back from his mission while we were gone so it was the first that with the whole family together.  Lucy is awesome and she quickly decided that Chana and Andrew are her favorite aunt and uncle.

Third, Chana turned 23.  Chana doesn't really like to celebrate birthdays and against her will mom and dad Allred came down for the weekend to party.  The dad had tickets for us to all go to the BYU game and after that we went out to eat at Chana's least favorite restaurant, The Pizza Factory.  Chana also hates sweets, but we forced her to eat some cake and ice cream. Lucky for her though she got a brand new sewing machine as a present.

The whole family at Lucy's blessing
Moving back in 

Dad enjoying the game

Rise and shout, the cougars are out...

Mom and Chana frosting the carrot cake


  1. Chana! Nice to see an update!

    I miss you in our office....

    We need to arrange a get together!

    Did you hear about fashion remix?

  2. Congrats on the job! Sounds like it was a great month.

  3. What a fabulous month! I am happy you guys are still blogging, and I am super excited to run the MOAB HALF with you guys! I will send you a schedule soon!

  4. Yay!!! I'm so glad you finally updated this blog! You need to do it WAY more often! It's true though, it just makes me miss you.

  5. Congrats you guys! I hope you're settling in well. I just thought I'd drop you a line and tell you that I met one of Andrew's teachers. His name is Sallah Hourani (I hope I spelled that right). He and his wife are in our ward. Great family. Love them to death! Love you guys too!