Mrs. Luke.......Sister Luke........Rebekah Luke..... Bekah Luke.....oh right thats me. To say that it has taken some getting used to that name change is an understatement. But it's the best change that ever happened to me.
A whole blog is in the works about that perfect day on April 16, 2013. But for right now I'm humoring my dear friend Lori Shirley. I think it's fun to read what other people have to say when doing these little questionnaires so I want to join the fun.
Here are the rules:
A. List 11 things about yourself
B. Answer the questions the nominee created for you
C. Choose 11 bloggers to nominate
D. Create 11 questions for them (or use the previous questions)
1. I'm the middle of 7 children in every way you look at it. 3 older 3 younger. Girl-boy-girl--ME--Girl-boy-girl. And out of the 5 girls I'm the middle as well.
2. When I was born I left the hospital with out a name. It took 4 days for my parents to decide on a name. Perfection takes time obviously :)
3. 9 months ago I stopped eating Gluten (wheat, oats, barley, and rye) and it has changed my life. I'm not celiac, but have a gluten intolerance. It's not as hard as it sounds. There are lots of substitutes and I feel so much better about life.
4. When I take a nap in bed or lay in bed at all I take my pants off. I can't stand wearing pants in bed. I found out recently that it is because when I was little my mom would take my pants off to take a nap. Sorry if thats TMI.... :)
5. I am a HUGE fan of BYU football and basketball. I LOVE everything about it. Well except when they lose. I love to read about the players, coaches, and the games.
6. I was an intern at the White House under the Bush Administration.
7. I play the cello. I took lessons from 4th grade till my senior year. I played in a children's orchestra, middle school symphony and utah youth symphony. When I got to high school the orchestra program wasn't so great. I played in college and now I play at church and funerals. I still love it and want to play more.
8. I worked the same job from when I was 16 up till I graduated college. Macey's grocery store. They were good to me, with a flexible schedule and letting work weekends and summers during college.
9. I took a canoeing class and love to canoe. I prefer to be in front and paddle on the right side. And yes it is a "paddle" and not an "oar".
10. I've been to Disneyland on my birthday 4 times. It's magical.
11. I played co-ed kickball for 3 years. Some of the most fun I've ever had.
Now to answer the provided questions.
1. What is the strangest thing you've ever done?
I guess it could be considered strange that in college my roommate Kimberly and I would walk to a friends house and lay on his trampoline without him knowing. I drive by that house frequently now, I love the memories there.
2. What is your most embarrassing moment?
I walked all the way across campus up to the temple for the open house. Once we got inside a sweet little sister missionary came up to me and pulled back of my skirt out of my tights. Awesome!
3. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully some cute kiddies, as a stay at home mom, in a house with a yard and Jared working as a PA, and maybe teaching at the local college.
4. What's the best decision you've ever made?
Jared Wilson Luke
5. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Paying and graduating college is up there, but I think accomplishing the goal that I had since I was 15 to work in the White House is pretty cool.
6. What does a perfect day look like in your life?
I recently experienced the perfect day on April 16 2013, but cruising with all of my family would be pretty perfect!
7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I think it would be so cool to be a wizard. Like Heromione Granger.
8. What is your greatest fear?
Recently it's been something happening to Jared. Too many sad stories in the news of husbands and wives dying.
9. If you had to choose a different name for yourself, what would it be?
I really love my name and how it's spelled. I haven't thought of ever changing it. But recently I did want to change my last name to Luke...so I did. :)
10. If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be and why?
I think a nice sharp knife. Everyone appreciates you! Although sometimes I would accidentally cut people and I wouldn't like that.
11. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pot Belly's sandwich and Ice Cream Sandwich. Or Zuppa Tuscana soup!
Nominees ( no pressure, really!)
Mandy Torgrimson Carlye Morgan
(and whoever else wants to)
1. Who is your movie character crush?
2. What is your favorite house hold chore and why?
3. If you could be any book character who would you be?
4. What is something you look back at think, "what was I thinking"?
5. What is your favorite physical feature about yourself?
6. If you could go any where in the USA where would you go?
7. If you could have dinner with someone from history who would it be?
8. If you could go back to college and study something else what would you study?
9. What is the worst dream you've ever had?
10. What is your favorite musical?
11. What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do?
Hello readers today we have a special treat. We have an interview with Jared Wilson Luke with our first edition of Meet Jared Wilson Luke.
BH: Hello Jared thank you for being here today
JL: Thank you for having me. It is great to be here...with you. BH: Has anybody ever told you that you are very good looking?
JL: Not until I started hanging around you. You must be the one that makes me look good. BH: Oh I do have that effect on people. So Jared you were born?
JL: Yes, I was born just like everybody else. 4 years after you... BH: Not 4 years. 3.5 years
JL: RIght, and in math we round up, if we are rounding. BH: we aren't.... Where were you born?
JL: I was born in Murray, Utah. My family lived in West Valley at the time. BH: How many siblings do you have?
JL: I have five siblings. I am the 5th child. BH: How many sisters/brothers and what are their names?
JL: Three sisters, two brothers. Oldest to youngest: Spencer, Krista, Adam, Megan, me, Amy. The three oldest are married, and their names follow respectively. Heather, Aaron, Sarah. BH: Oh thats wonderful. Who is your favorite?
JL: The soon to be in-law, Rebekah Susan Hintze Luke. BH: Good answer. So Jared when you were young what was your biggest fear?
JL: There was this big tree in an area of our yard we called the forest. It was section of grass, encircled by trees. One night my older siblings explained to me that it was a big scarecrow man. I was petrified of the forest at night for many years. Later I learned that it looks nothing like a scarecrow man. I was scared of that, and wetting the bed. BH: Well that explains why you are so brave now. I hope you don't wet the bed now. Other wise we may have a problem.
What is your favorite memory growing up?
JL: Definitely family trips in the car, and family reunions. My cousins remain some of my best friends I have in the world. Parading through the forest, holding off the German front, capturing the flag on the other side of the park during a reception. Those are the best times I had as a child. BH: How nice. BH: So lets talk about your middle school years
JL: Hmm...okay BH: Would you consider yourself a popular kid? BH: Did you ever wear braces? BH: Did you wear Jnco jeans?
JL: Heavens no! I was definitely a nerd. I still tucked in my T-shirts till the middle of 7th grade. I certainly wasn't popular. And yes I did have braces for a good 13 months. And what are Jnco jenas? That might be a little past my time. BH: I think thats cute that you tucked your t-shirts in. Your braces did some nice work! BH: We wont get into jnco jeans, condsider yourself lucky
JL: Most kids didn't think it was that cute. I got teased for it. BH: Jared, what did you do in high school to fill your time outside of school?
JL: Play tennis a lot. I loved almost any kind of sport. I was in choir as well. That was one of the most influential activities I did. I also took AP Calculus my junior year and that became a extra-curricular BH: Oh well thats nice but please read the question?
JL: Besides mutual, I think that is what consumed my life. I did enjoy being with friends and going on camping trips together. But most of my social life revolved around high school activites. BH: Where did you serve your mission?
JL: I served in the Peru Lima South Mission, under Pre. Roger C. Manning, 7th of April 2010 to 11th of April 2012. BH: What was your favorite food in Peru?
JL: There was this dish that was served very commonly in the southern provinces called Carapulcra that they would have with birthdays and special occasions. It is amazing. BH: I feel like you should make it for me sometime.... BH: after all, I'm a special occasion
JL: It wouldn't do it justice. We need to go down to Peru to have it. And you are the most special occasion. I think I should make you something even more special! BH: such as...
JL: Cajun Steak. BH: Oh like Ka-Hoon
JL: Exactly! BH: Well up north here we say kay jun BH: So Jared, what first attracted you to Bekah?
JL: Her striking personality. The first time we spoke, she was so engaging. She made me feel very important. It was very easy to talk with her. And on one of our first dates, she let me put my arms around her when she drove my scooter. That was pretty attractive. BH: Everyone is trying to get their arms around me...you were lucky
JL: I really was. In an interview the other day, the interviewer asked me, after seeing your age, asked me, "How did you get her to look at you??" I was really in the right place at the right time, and got my arms around you just tight enough to keep you. BH: Oh Touche! BH: Jared how you feel about marrying someone who is older than you?
JL: Oh so lucky! I never thought about it, but it really is the way to go. I couldn't have made a better choice.
JL: Not that I really made the choice, it just happened to fall in to my lap. I mean, you did. BH: NO I did not fall into your lap. Please keep it appropriate here.
JL: Well, not at first... BH: hey... BH: What are 3 words you use to describe our relationship?
JL: Extremely humorous, open, fulfilling. BH: as in we're a big joke
JL: Extremely humorous meaning we laugh a lot BH: Jared I take this relationship very seriously
JL: Like a lot BH: hahahaha..... BH: So when you say open do you mean we're in an open relationship like on FB?
JL: Ha ha, not precisely. We are very open to each other. Like a stallion is open to fresh grain. He isn't open to pizza. He is open to grain, and grain only. BH: Oh I see, so now we are horses eating grain BH: You can call me Black Beauty
JL: Enjoying and savouring every moment of it.
JL: Black Beauty BH: I'll call you Secretariat
JL: How about Maximus. That is the epitome of manliness
JL: As I am the epitome of manliness BH: Oh ok Maximus...hahaha BH: So Maximus when did you know you love Black Beauty? BH: I'm sorry *loved
JL: When I said good bye to her for the first time, when she went on a business trip to California. I realized it then. BH: You just could stand to be apart BH: you just couldn't stand to be apart
JL: Yeah, one of those, you don't know what you got til its gone type of things. BH: She back though right? BH: She came back though right?
JL: Oh she sure did! BH: Oh good BH: Jared, what are you going to school for?
JL: My major is Health Science, and I will minor in Medical Assisting. My final goal is to become a PA. That is, a Physician's Assistant. BH: Oh so like medical school right?
JL: Yes, its like getting a masters degree to be a doctor. BH: So we should call you Master Doctor Luke?
JL: If you want, but it wouldn't be a correct. I won't have a doctorate, so I won't be known as "Doctor" but you most certainly can call me master. BH: Oh ok Master Maximus.
JL: Maximus is only the horse analogy. Master is for my careeer. BH: Oh...right BH: Jared where do you see yourself in 5 years?
JL: Hopefully just getting done with PA school, finding a job and settling down with my family. Hopefully in Utah area.
JL: Oh that would be lovely. BH: Well for our last question why do you think Bekah is marrying you? Why you? What do you have to offer? BH: Besides have good looking babies
JL: That certainly is a plus...I guess. Well, I mean, how can you find two cougar fans that are better than us? Come on, we are the best BYU fan couple there is. Plus, I fit her criteria of being funny, hardworking, and worthy to go to the temple with her. Appearantly, she finds me funny, and I try to do my best in whatever I do, so I say that since I love her, and she loves me, we should get hitched. BH: I agree. Well Jared thank you for your time. If you were here right now I would give you the biggest kiss of you life....well one that is appropriate anyway.
JL: Thank you for having me. And I would gladly receive it.
Well folks there you have it. My future husband. Stay tuned for our next edition...Jared Wilson Luke the Fiance.
On February 8, 2013 Jared Wilson Luke asked me to marry him. I Rebekah Susan Hintze said YES!
He was tricky tricky and told me that he wasn't getting into town until 9:30 pm 10:00 pm. He arranged for Bishop and his wife to get me up town by inviting me to dinner. My parents were supposed to be having a quiet night at home while Sarah was going to a Singles Ward activity.
I was walking across temple square when this handsome fellow popped out. I was completely shocked. He took me by the hand up on to the pedestal, told me "Stand there" handed me a rose and got down on one knee. He said something beautiful and then popped the question. I was laughing and crying through it all. I couldn't believe that it was actually happening. After hugging and kissing him silly I turned and there was my parents, my sister, his parents and of course Bishop and Sister Cook. It was wonderful. I'm so glad that he arranged for them to be there.
It was the perfect setting with the Salt Lake Temple in lit up in the background.
Jared is everything I've ever wanted and so much more. He keeps me laughing, and makes me want to be better. The best thing about him he can take me to the temple to be married for Time and All Eternity.
January - Brad Paisley. My cheeks still sore from smiling so much.
February - Lots BYU Basketball, and went to Lady Antabellum
March - Played with niece and nephews, end of BYU basketball
April - the break up, Kickball started, state Republican convention
The Kicker Bockers!
May - Learned to play tennis, Clay Walker concert
June - The Osmonds, Rexburg trip, 7 Peaks, Kicker Bockers got 2nd place, and lots of out door activities
July - 4th of July, Rodeos, Pageant, 7 Peaks, Olympics
August - New job, Makayla Madge was born, Josh Gracin concert more fun activities with family and friends
September - BYU Football, Family camping trip to Manti, Fall Kickball, Miller Sports Track, Healing Field
October - Conference, Fall Ball, Jared, roommate reunion Halloween
November - Election, Caleb's first school musical, California, fun at work
December - CRUISE, CHRISTMAS, BIRTHDAY...first speeding ticket
2012 was a great year. Lots of change and growth. It's always great to look back and be reminded of all the good things in life.This year turned out a lot different than I had imagined, but it was so much better and just feels right. Through all the change and growth my family has been my biggest support. I wouldn't be where I am with out them. The love from my parents and siblings really has held me up when I've been down. I've made lots of great friends this year and been able to keep the ones I had already. I love the ward I'm in and love and cherish all my friendships. The Gospel has been my strength. I love my Savior and so grateful for His Atoning sacrifice for me. I've been comforted, lifted, and felt true happiness because of my Savior and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the temple, and have been more this year than I ever have. It's been a huge blessing to go to the house of the Lord and feel His spirt there. I love life and look forward to 2013.
This Birthday will go down in the books as one of the best. As usual I was pretty excited to celebrate they day I made my debut into this world. My family and friends are champs for enduring and acting excited.
The day started out right by returning to the Salt Lake temple where a year ago I received my endowments. It was wonderful, except for the fact that I got a bloody nose right as the session was starting but I got all cleaned up fast and was able to enjoy the session.
Afterwards we (Jared and I) met my family at the Energy Solutions Arena and cheered on the BYU Cougars basketball team. It was a great game. Tyler Haws got a career high of 42 points.
Then my parents and I went to cash in a free meal at Tucano's. It was so good. I love that place, and I really enjoyed being the only child for a bit with my parents. After we were full, they humored me while I went to go pick out a new dress.
The night was still young...Jared picked me up at home and we headed out for a surprise date. I was so excited when I found out we were headed to Scheels to ride the farris wheel.
We waited in line well over 30 mins....it was so worth it.
A kiss at the top!
We ended the night over a bottle of Martinelli's.
Sunday my family gathered for a Gluten Free meal of funeral potatoes and ham. It was delicious. My birthday cake was a family favorite - Scotcharoos!
I was showered with some pretty great gifts. It was a wonderful birthday!
Oh we mustn't forget about the many many many texts throughout the day from the birthday committee. My phone almost blew up from all the vibrating. It was so fun!
Here's to another great year! Being 26 is pretty fabulous!