Sunday, February 28, 2010

Strong Marriages Class

I just wanted to write and inform you that Online Registration for the Strong Marriages class for March is now available on our website! There are still slots open and we would love for anyone – whether married or single – to join us as we talk about learning skills to strengthen your most important relationships! To register, go to our website: There is a link right on the homepage, or you can click on the Right-Hand link for Strong Marriages and register online either way.

We hope to see you at our class! Please share with others who may need or be interested in a class like this.

Thank you for your support of Extension!

Jana Darrington

Utah State University Extension Assistant Professor Phone: 801-851-8468

Family and Consumer Science Agent Fax: 801-343-8468

Utah County Office Email:

100 East Center L600, Provo, UT 84606

Utah State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Hobby Night RSVP

Last reminder for this! You should come! :->

Thursday, March 4th 2010, at 7pm
- We will be having a photography class taught by Heather Mildenstein. Check out her work at Come and learn some new tips on how to get better photo's! Please rsvp to by Monday March 1st. We are having cupcakes from a local bakery and I want to make sure I have enough for everyone! Room 306

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fun for This Week

  • Exercise Group - MWF 9-10:30 at the chapel located on 86 South 900 East

  • Children's Hour - Lil Pirates Playtime at Pirate Island story time and an activity following. They have inexpensive kids meals if you decide to stay for lunch. Wednesday, Feb 24 11am
    Pirate Island - 959 South 700 E in Orem (Next to Costco)

  • Forum: Preparing to be Instruments in the Lord's Hands Wed Feb 24 7pm
    JRCLS room 303

  • Dinner Group - Pizza Factory 2230 N University Pkwy, Provo, UT‎ - (801) 812-0200 ‎Thursday Feb 25 7pm. Please rsvp by leaving a comment on this post or by emailing me at justinaselim(at)gmail(dot)com

Eli McGregor Bradshaw
8 lbs. 3 oz, 19.5 inches long
Born February 18, 2010, 11:14 AM

We love our new little boy! Colton is very cute with his "baby broder." We are tired, but feeling well. We feel so blessed to have such a beautiful, healthy baby.

Much love,
Tracie, Justin, Colton, and Eli

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Nominations & Elections

Here is a refresher for how the elections will work. The following posts have the information for who will run for each position. Please read through and select who you would like to hold each position. The actual election will be held from February 24th - 26th. All votes should be emailed to Please let me know if you have any questions.


All nominations for the 2010-2011 Law Partners Board Members must be received by me (Sam at no later than midnight on February 10, 2010. You may nominate yourself or another Law Partner for any position you are interested in (according to the rules listed below). I will need a summary (no more than 200 words) of why you would like to fill the position and what you would like to improve about Law Partners as well as a 100 word bio no later than February 15, 2010. These will be listed for 1 week prior to the election on the blog, the google group and will also be sent via email.


The election will be open for 48 hours (2 days) from February 24th – 26th and all ballots will need to be turned in electronically to If there is a tie, there will be another election for that position only for 24 hours following the election.


Elected Board Members will be notified by March 1, 2010 and must accept (or decline) their position no later than March 7, 2010. Law Partners will be notified of the new 2010-2011 board via email, the google group and the blog by March 10, 2010.

Changing Hands:

The new board will take over the duties and responsibilities of the Law Partners board by March 31, 2010 with the out-going (2009-2010) board finishing their responsibilities (the planned activities) through the end of April.


1. President must be an incoming 3L (graduating in April 2011).

2. Each member may only vote once per person per position.

3. Current board members cannot run for (or hold) the same position more than once.

4. The elections will be blind for everyone but the out-going President.

5. All board members must be a spouse of a current law student.

6. You may only nominate yourself or someone else for 1 (one) position.

President Position

Heidi Bradford

I grew up in Meridian, Idaho. Served in the Ireland Dublin Mission from 2003-05. Student taught in Washington D.C. Jan-March of 2006. Graduated from BYU in Elementary Education in 2006. Married Trent in June of 2006. Taught 6th grade at Canyon View Middle School in Cedar City, Utah from 2006-08. Became a Mom in February of 2008. Became a law student spouse in August 2008. Love singing, racquetball, volleyball, hiking, reading, writing, and watching movies (while consuming popcorn). Favorite candy: sour patch kids.

Law Partners has positively affected my law school experience and I'd like to perpetuate that for other law student spouses. Up to this time,I have attended LP forums, children's hour activities, hobby night, dinner group, and socials. I've also helped with the Gifts of the Heart Exchange multiple times and look forward to serving with the MBASA in that effort. Currently I'm serving as the LP Treasurer and help organize the LP forums. As LP President, I see myself maintaining Law Partners rather than considerably changing it. I'd like to bring book club from an online discussion to a meet and discuss event, but besides that, I'd like to maintain the activities that are already ongoing and continue to build interest and involvement in Law Partners. I would sincerely appreciate your vote. Please vote for me, Heidi Bradford, for LP President 2010-11.

Vice-President Position

Tausha Bentz

I would like to hold the position of Vice President because first and foremost I have been very impressed with Law Partners this last year and would love to become much more involved. I love to plan activities and always make sure they are exciting and fun! I am dependable and will complete any task that is given to me. I will be a leader who listens to the ideas of others and incorporates them when making decisions.

As I said earlier, I have been very impressed with this last year’s presidency. I love that they have incorporated technology such as a blog, email, and Google group to help keep everyone informed. I believe the most important part of a presidency member is to keep everyone informed! If elected, I will do my best to keep everyone informed, especially new 1L members. I will also continue the current activities and create simple surveys to find out more of your interests and plan activities to meet all of your interests such as sports, music, games, etc. Above all, I have a love for life and will bring a pizzazz to Law Partners that you will never forget.

I am number six of seven children and was raised in Manti, Utah. I am married to Steve Bentz, a 1L, of Tempe Arizona and have a beautiful 3 month old daughter named Andrea Grace. Growing up I was very involved in athletics and music. I play softball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, water sports, and hunting. I play the piano, violin, and organ. But, my two passions would have to be singing and dancing. I have held several leadership positions both in the community and in the church. I just graduated with my degree in Elementary Education!

Devan Gardner

Hi I'm Devan Gardner, my husband is Preston is a 1L. I am from Scottsdale Arizona and love it there. I'm the youngest of five girls all who are my best friends. Preston and I have been married 4 1/2 years and have a son, Conway who just turned 1. We are expecting our second this June and I'm super excited/scared!haha! I have some college done- mainly art classes and can't wait to be able to finish up and preferably major in art history. I love art, fashion, crafting, cooking and trying to learn to sew.

I would like to be Vice Presidnet of Law Partners for many reasons mostly because I have LOVED being a part of this fun organization this year. Having lived in AZ my whole life and moving out to Provo has been an adjustment for me. Being away from family and friends has been hard and being able to have Law Partners has been such a blessing in my life. I have met so many wonderful people who I know will be life long friends. Not only is moving away a difficult process but the absence of out spouces can make it that more of a struggle and to have such a support group of people who are going through the exact same thing is so comforting. I want to be involved in the group that has made my first year such a great experience and be able to give that experience to someone else. I want to give all my talents to this group, maybe a game night or movie night once in a while, or organizing special reality tv viewing parties- cause we all have at least one guilty pleasure! (mine is the bachelor!) Most of all I just want to do all I can to make Law Partners even stronger next year and be able to help others have a really enjoyable law school experience!

Historian Position

Sarah Banks

Hi, I am Sarah Banks and my husband Aaron is a 1L. I am originally from San Diego Ca, and I am the 3rd of 4 children, and I have 8 step-siblings. Aaron and I have 4 kids ranging from a year and a half to 8 years old. We are living in Wymount and really like Provo. My interests include: baking, hanging out with friends, exercising, spending time with my family, blogging, and making cute hair bows for my girls. I began my education at BYU-Hawaii, and would love to finish it in Culinary Arts. I have loved getting to know some fellow law partners this year, and hope to serve as Historian for the 2010-2011 school year

Law Partners is a wonderful organization to help give support to spouses of law students. I have truly enjoyed being on the board this past year, and feel that I have done a great job at getting other 1L spouses introduced and involved in the organization. Serving as Historian next school year would give me a chance to serve and be able to keep the blog updated and the LP Google group up to date as well. Historian would be a great fit for me and I would continue to try to get people involved who have not been to activities before, and keep those who are active informed & interested. I would improve Law Partners by being myself, and being a friendly face that old and new people would feel comfortable around. I am dedicated, hardworking, and outgoing, and those are traits that board members need to have to keep LP a great thing.

Treasurer Position

Wendy Nichols

I’m Wendy Nichols and my husband Brett will be graduating in 2011. We’re from Salt Lake City. I have a BS from Weber State University. I am a nurse at an emergent care clinic for uninsured/underserved populations. I served a medical mission to Ecuador where I met my husband. We have two daughters: Katie, 3 years, and Amanda, 1 ½. I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, card-making, sewing, and crafts. My dream would be to have more time to dedicate to them! I love playing outdoors with my girls and exploring new places. We love getting to know other law families!

My name is Wendy Nichols. I am running for Treasurer on the Law Partners board. I have been involved with Law Partners for two years, serving this year as Vice President, and I’m very excited for another great year. I’ve gained valuable experience about the workings of Law Partners by corroborating with other board members, learning about the budget and finances of the organization, and trying to meet the changing needs of our members. Most importantly, I’ve gained many friends and associations through meeting other Law Partners and members of the legal community. I believe this is a group that can strengthen and serve one another, lift each other through difficult times, celebrate many successes, learn from one another, and make our experience here at the J. Reuben Clark Law School uplifting and positive. If I could improve one thing about Law Partners in the coming year, it would be to increase these personal connections between members. The heart of our group lies in learning from those around us and knowing that we are having similar experiences. These new friendships can lend great strength and create bonds that hopefully last a lifetime.

Lynda Stratford

I’m Lynda Stratford. I’m from Mesa, AZ and lived there my whole life until I went on a mission to Taipei, Taiwan. Three months after I returned home I started attending BYU studying Chinese. I met my husband Robert while we were taking the same class and we got married almost a year later. We lived in China for one year before receiving our undergrad degrees. We have a baby boy, Simon, who was born in June 2008. Robert will graduate in 2012 and we expect that our family will eventually return to China on a more permanent basis.

I may have lived in Provo for close to seven years now, but this past year is the first time that I’ve really started to feel like a part of a community, especially since being married. I love what Law Partners offers to spouses of law students. I want to help others feel like a part of this community. I think I can reach out to other “law partners” that haven’t seen all the great things this group has to offer. As treasurer I can do all these things and make use of my talents with numbers and money. After all, I worked at a bank for 5 years :) I know there have been new changes to the schedule this year but I don’t know what it was like before. I do think the activities and forums and dinner group have been great. The biggest change I would work on is to reach out to more spouses. I don’t feel like the blog or google group reach out to enough of them and I know a lot of them don’t even know about Law Partners. With greater turn out I know the activities and community will be even better.

Secretary Position

DeAnn Mehr

I think by now there are many of you who know me and my story, but if you don’t, here’s a brief introduction. My name is DeAnn Mehr & my husband’s name is Dan- he is a 1L. We have been married for 10 years and have 3 children: Todd is 9 years old, Ian is just about 7 and Lucy is 1 ½. This is a second career for us and the decision to come back to school was a difficult one, but gratefully now we are here and enjoying what Provo and the BYU Law School offers.

Being involved with Law Partners during this first year of my husband’s law school has been a lot of fun. I have met some wonderful ladies and have appreciated who they are and what they have to offer in life. I’d like to serve as Secretary on the Law Partners Board to help associations like these grow among us. During this past year I think that Law Partners has done well in providing a variety of fun and meaningful activities, and I hope to continue this tradition in order to fulfill all sorts of interests. Specifically as Secretary, I will help facilitate organization and clarity about the Law Partners happenings. And finally, through my service I look forward to helping us spouses of law students feel encouraged, supported and even find great happiness during these brief, yet sometimes seemingly long, years of the law school process.

Erin Urrutia

I am Erin Urrutia (you-roo-tee-uh), I’m from California (S.F. Bay Area), I’ve been married for 3 years, and am pregnant with our first (due the end of July). I graduated from BYU-Idaho with a BS in Communications (minor in Information Systems and Graphic Design) and I work full-time in SLC. My favorite things in the world are probably camping on the lake and eating out (love the atmospheres). I like running, eating ice cream sundaes, writing, snowboarding, organizing and meeting new friends. I believe in hard work and the power of a positive attitude.

After having such a positive experience and creating great friendships within Law Partners, I really want to help other members achieve the same. The duties of the LP Secretary are right up my alley; I love design, I love learning about new people and I love keeping a calendar to be organized. I studied graphic design in college and absolutely love it, especially typography. With this passion, I would look forward to designing the newsletter every month. I would enjoy collecting biographies from LP members to include in the newsletter, thus allowing me to get to know the spouses as individuals as well as about their families. Last, my obsession with keeping a calendar would come in more than handy when keeping the calendar of events for law partners. I am organized, love writing and really would just love to help with the LP program this year.

Alison Love

I feel like I am at a point in my life where I want to be involved in as many things that I can. I want to make the most of the time that I have and the opportunities that I am presented with. I know this time in my life is a unique one…my husband is a first year law student, we have a brand new little girl, neither of us is employed; we have experienced a lot of changes. I want to be able to be involved in something where I can form new friendships and experience this unique time in my life with others that are in very similar circumstances. I feel like being involved as much as I can with Law Partners is something that can help me obtain this goal of making new friendships and making the most of this time in my life. I would be honored to hold the position of Secretary of Law Partners; however, whether I am Secretary or not, I am determined to make the most of the situation and to form as many of those friendships as possible.

Arizona. I am from Glendale, Arizona, but have lived in Utah for about seven years now.

Love. My last name.

I love to spend time with my family, exercise, read, sew, and watch favorite TV shows with my husband.

Spanish. I got my BA in Spanish from BYU in December 2006.

One day I would love to have my husband back full-time; it has been a hard adjustment having him studying all of the time.

Norah. Our new little girl, who joined our family on December 23, 2009. I am amazed every day at how much I can love this sweet girl.

Shelf Reliance Group Order


We are beginning another series of group purchases for Shelf Reliance products. And for those scrapbooking fans out there we are also working with Roberts Crafts to do a group purchase on some of their most popular products.

For now pleaes let me know the products you are most interested in from Shelf Reliance. Examples -

Free Standing rotation shelves (3 different sizes and 3 models)
Cansolidators (3 different sizes)
72 hour kit

These are great deals we are getting. On some of the shelves we are knocking off almost $200 if enough people buy! This is open to friends, family, ward members, etc. This year will be even easier because we are using a website instead of the previous email and google doc. The website is easy to use. You will register your name and info then specify the price you are willing to pay and the number you want. Remember - IF YOUR PRICE IS NOT MET YOU WILL NOT PAY! That means you will ONLY pay the price you want or better if the final price drops below what you set. You will NEVER pay more than the price you set. And it will be easy to see how many people are already committed to know whether or not the price you set will likely happen. Also in the site you can easily notify others about this group deal by email, facebook or twitter with a single click.

More details to come and if you have any questions please contact me.

Taylor Fisher

Justina Selim - Mary Kay Party

Sarah Banks - Scentsy Party

Hey everyone! Just thought I would let everyone know that everything
in the scentsy catalog this month only is 10% off. I will be having
another open house here at my home so if you are interested you can
smell all of the testers and place an order. The open house will be
Thursday Feb 18th from 5-8pm. Please feel free to stop by for
some treats even if you are not planning on ordering. However, if you
have wanted a burner for a while, now is the time to treat yourself!!
Please e-mail me if you plan to attend so I know how many refreshments
to make.
768 wymount terrace
provo 84604

Thanks, have a good week!!
Sarah Banks

Fun for This Week

  • Exercise Group - MWF 9-10:30 at the chapel located on 86 South 900 East

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fun for This Week

  • Exercise Group - MWF 9-10:30 at the chapel located on 86 South 900 East

  • Children's Hour - Craft Project Room 206 Thu Feb 11am. Appropriate for all ages. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Congrats to Tausha Bentz! Andrea Grace Bentz was born November 7th at 2:45 am. She was 6 lbs 10 oz and 19 1/2 inches long. It was a fantastic labor and delivery. She's really beautiful and we are so blessed.