After a Long Few Weeks We Got Some Great NEWS!

March 5, 2017

^^This is us in our cute little house in Provo…. an oldie but a goodie.

I have had a really crappy couple of weeks.  I haven’t been this stressed out or frustrated over multiple things in years.  It’s really awesome that I’ve had a pretty smooth sailing road for a bit, but it’s been a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY tough few weeks.  My car got totaled (I’m ok, and we got a new car), my Grandpa passed away Saturday, work has had some struggles and a few other difficult challenges have come up.  I’ve been grumpy, mad, sad, stressed, teary, tired, short fused, and overall not my best self.  “Rough patches” as we call them at Timpanogos happen to all of us and it is my turn to stretch and grow.

I pretty much asked God the other day for something.  It didn’t have to be big.  Mountains didn’t have to move but I just really needed to catch a break in something, anything.  I mean my Dr. Pepper and Taco Amigo intake the last few weeks have been at a lifetime high so….. I was hoping for something a little healthier to come down from the heavens.  Then miracles happened and one of my professors moved a huge assignment that was supposed to be due last night to next week.  I WAS SO RELIEVED!!!  The last few weeks if something could go wrong, it did. I have been in “survival mode” for weeks so to have this happen I literally was jumping for joy.  I know it’s so little but I needed it.  I thought that was my something from heaven but then….

After 3 years of applications, lots of no’s, lots of money, lots of frustrations, lots of tests and time, lots of wondering where we are going to be at the start of the next school year….

As of yesterday Brandon has officially been accepted as a PhD candidate/student in the Molecular Biology department at BYU.  [I know, I know…. BYU…… it’s not green…. or red…. but I’m trying to come to terms with it ;).]  I am so proud of him, all his work, and all his patience. He is going to do AMAZING at BYU.

It will be a 5 year [paid!!] program.  He will be working in a lab doing research, which he is so excited for.  He’s really interested in cancer/disease research and there are a lot of opportunities for him there.  I love you B, you’re going to do awesome things.


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  • Reply Kacee Houle March 5, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    So exciting!! Congratulations to you both!!

  • Reply Amber Henrie March 6, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Yay!!!!!! Congrats you guys! That’s so awesome! I’m so happy for you!

    • Reply brookegojazz March 28, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks Amber!

  • Reply Marie March 6, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    That is so exciting! I think you have been so stressed because we haven’t hung out in a long time! You need me.

    • Reply brookegojazz March 28, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      I think you’re always right.

  • Reply Stephanie March 25, 2017 at 11:29 am

    We have two friends on that same road at BYU the paid program sounds amazing! Congrats to you both!

    • Reply brookegojazz March 28, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks so much!!

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