My name is Havilah, although I go by Hava or Havs online (I’m lazy, what can I say? Havilah’s a long name.) I was born and raised in the LDS Church, and have been active all my life. I’m the fourth child out of five, and I love my family dearly. My father was a Marine for 20 years, so I was raised as a military brat (lots of emphasis on brat!) and lived all over the world before my father retired when I was 12. He was from a very small, very rural town in Idaho, and when he retired, we moved home to Idaho.

When I graduated from high school in 1999, I went to Ricks College (which became BYU-Idaho after I left) for a year, during which my roommate told me about a neat college called BYU-Jerusalem. I applied, and got accepted into the Fall 2000 program. BYU Jerusalem Center I spent three months in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel (including when I lived at the Sea of Galilee for three weeks) and got to also travel to Jordan and Egypt. I climbed Mount Sinai on the back of a camel and snorkeled and swam in the Red Sea. It was a wonderful experience, but it was cut short when the Second Intifada broke out and violence spread like a rash across Jerusalem and Israel. We were sent home a month early, and I never got to see the pyramids of Egypt, which I really regret. The violence was so bad, the Center only very recently opened up for another class to come, seven years after my class left. I was so lucky to experience the Middle East, and it gave me a sense of great empathy for both sides of that struggle.

I ended up Logan, Utah where I met my husband in the fall of 2001. In fact, the first time I clearly remember seeing him was the day of the 9-11 attacks. My apartment had the only cable reception in the complex, and he stopped by to watch the news. It was so crowded, he was forced to stand in the doorway, practically on the front porch, in order to see what was happening.

Doug at the San Diego ZooFrom those very humble beginnings, Doug and I eventually fell in love and got married in 2002, in the Idaho Falls Temple. We moved up to Idaho and bought a house, and in this house we’ll stay probably until the day we die. We’re not an adventurous couple. 😉

We don’t have any children, but we do have two mangy pups we adopted from the pound who love us to no end, and who drive me crazy to no end (like I really needed the help.) I currently work at home while waiting for school to start so I can go back to college and become an elementary school teacher. I blog at as the Jobs blogger–that is a paid blogging position. I have a personal blog here at WordPress that I don’t keep updated as often, although some of the archives are pretty darn funny (I can be a real idiot, and I don’t mind telling others about it. That about sums that blog up.)

My only other blog is this one here for Mitt Romney–I am proud of him and what I know he can do for this country. I can’t wait to see him show Washington just how it’s done!


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