I just read my brother's blog. He blogged about how he deals with the difficulties he see in the world right now (economic, etc.). It started me thinking about how I feel about the world now. Maybe the blood pressure medicine has decreased blood flow to my brain to the point that I am semi-delusional. I haven't felt terribly traumatized by the financial problems currently plaguing the world. Because I limit my financial world to my online banking system, I am sure that I don't fully comprehend that extreme circumstances we find ourselves in perched on the edge of the "depression precipice." As long as I am able to meet my monthly financial obligations and throw money into the 401(k) hole (bottomless pit) I guess I am satisfied. Unlike most of my family (well, probably all of my family) I have different political leanings. I actually feel energized by the political season. I am excited to see history being made. I feel very hopeful and excited for the future of this country. Inside of my I just feel like things are going to get much better. I look at my children. I have so much to be grateful for and proud of. While it causes feelings of melancholy to watch your children leave home. I also feel so much happiness for them as they make good decisions and pursue courses that are going to improve their lives. While there are always rough spots in marriage, I am grateful and blessed to have married such a talented, beautiful and focused woman. She truly is the love of my life. I commented to Sherrie last night that while our house is not what I would have dreamed of 21 years ago when we were married (we had that house in Idaho Falls and Eugene), I have come to realize that property, houses, careers, eduction and other worldly pursuits are not nearly as important as one's spouse. With the economic downturn I may not have much to retire on (although I am confident that it will turn around again -it always does) but I have a companion by my side that I love so I won't need much. The political winds will continue to blow and change, and to be quite frank, in 46 years they haven't really had that much influence on my life (so I don't expect much influence in the next 46). I am happy to see my children grow and mature and I am anxiously looking forward to the day when I will get to play with my grandchildren. While the world is broiling in turmoil, I feel like I live in a little haven (my own little Garden of Eden in my backyard), nestled up against the mountains in Tooele, Utah (who ever though).
I am the father of 4 great children and two incredible daughters-in-law. I have been married to the same amazingwoman for over 26 years. I enjoy life especially when I am outdoors. I am employed as the Environmental Manager for a mining company.
I think that the Disney character that I'm most like would have to be
Aladdin. I'm not sure if this is because it was my favorite Disney movie as
a child ...
10 years ago
Elder Jared Gibby
Jared preparing to leave on his mission to Birmingham, Alabama
My sister Kimberly is 10 years my junior. She is among the most adventuresome and accomplished of my siblings. She is married to Sione Fifita and they have one son Viliami who just turned two. She has been a professor of English in Hawaii and currently works for a scrapbooking supply company (Stampin Up). She has actually changed jobs more often than I have! She is writing a novel (has been for years) which I am eagerly anticipating. She has always been a great sister and in some sense is the glue that keeps all six of us bonded together. It has been nice to have her family back on the mainland and to live closer to them.