UTCH eHomestyle News April 2019 Spring Edition

Also in this Issue:

UTCH Lagoon Day

When: Monday June 10th
Cost: $41.95 per person plus Tax with voucher
Contact: Marianne Verboncoeur, kmverbo@gmail.com, text: 801-414-3326
Pavilion: Pine


Save the date to attend the UTCH graduation ceremony on June 1, 2019 at 5 PM at Mountain View Baptist Church, 2585 East Hwy 193, Layton UT 84040. Mark your calendars!

Mother Daughter Tea

UTCH hosted our first Mother Daughter Tea on March 16th. We had almost one hundred mothers and daughters who enjoyed tea, fellowship, pastries and fruit. We had a candid, encouraging, and delightful devotional delivered by Melissa Cutrera. Thank you Olga Runov, Nadia Reymer and all our willing workers who helped organize and run this enjoyable event!

Homeschool Humor
by Mike Smith, HSLDA

Just Lock Me Up

We know that homeschooling can be very stressful and tiring. But I'm here to share with you some of the humor in homeschooling, because sometimes we just need to laugh, even if it is at ourselves. After all, laughter is good medicine for the blues.

One homeschool mom was having trouble teaching her 6-year-old son how to read (been there and done). As a matter of fact, he told mom he just didn't want to learn how to read.

Mom, in deep desperation, decided to try psychology to motivate her son—you might call it reverse psychology. (I might have that wrong because I dropped my psychology class in college the first week. The professor was really weird).

She said: "Johnny, if you don't start learning how to read I will get in trouble and have to go to jail. Now you don't want mommy to have to go to jail, do you?"

He pondered, slowly shook his head side to side and said: "I sure am going to miss you, mom."

Destination Laughter

Geography also seems to bring out the best in humor.

Another homeschool mom and her children were studying the states and learning the capitals. She asked her third grader what the capital of Louisiana was, and she answered ‘L.' "

Yet another mom asked her first grader to give the names of the three ships that sailed with Christopher Columbus. He replied: " … the Pinta, Nina, and the Rosh Hashanah."

I hope this has lightened your day a little and served as a reminder that school can be really funny, and that kids can say the funniest things. But in closing let me give you one of the benefits of homeschooling you may not have thought of: If you get caught talking to yourself, you can call it a PTA meeting.

Have fun homeschooling today!



Anna Reymer

Anna Reymer, born in Utah, began homeschooling in the 6th grade. She was raised in a bilingual family and is the oldest of five children. Homeschooling has provided many opportunities for Anna to travel. One of her most treasured trips is Europe. Traveling has allowed Anna to learn more about different cultures, which inspired her hobby of interior design. Anna enjoys playing piano, photography, movies, and spending time with friends and family. She adores outdoors and enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, and swimming. In the past, Anna has taken debate, drama, and speech class. Anna accepted Christ as her Savior at 12 years old and has had the privilege of volunteering at AWANA and Pioneer Bible Camp during her summers. She hopes to participate in some future missions as a nurse. Anna's aunts have inspired her to pursue nursing. She hopes to start at a college this fall and transition to a university. She is very blessed to always have love and support from her family, friends, and most importantly God. Anna would appreciate your prayers as she moves on to pursue her career and be a light to others.

""Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."" - Isaiah 40:30-31 ESV

Ashlyn Whitton

Ashlyn was born in Enoch, Utah on September 10, 2001. From a very young age, Ashlyn has always enjoyed being in the great outdoors, whether it was canyoneering, hiking, rafting, camping, rollerblading, or just playing outside with her brother. She has been homeschooled since third grade, and has enjoyed every moment of it, well almost every moment. Ashlyn loves to learn and study geology and archeology. She has quite the rock collection and it continues to grow every year. Ashlyn has traveled all over Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado for many whitewater rafting trips. Ashlyn loves to see new places and to meet. new people wherever she goes. She enjoys a hard day's work with her dad, no matter the project; whether it be a bathroom, gardening, or planning for family summer trips during the winter. Ashlyn also enjoys cooking with her mom, barbequing delicious food, and doing just about anything with friends. She is so thankful to have so many wonderful and faithful family and friends in her life to help her learn and grow in her relationship with God. She is looking forward to seeing what God has in store for her life.

"In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul." - Psalms 138:3

Daniel Oldham

Daniel Oldham, son of Charles and Amy Oldham, was born on August 12, 2001 in Chandler, AZ. He lived there with his family until they moved to Layton, UT in 2008 where they have remained. Daniel enjoys reading classic science fiction and fantasy, acting in musical theater, destroying his friends at Super Smash Brothers, and taking long walks on the beach. He also loves skiing during the winter months and airsoft during the others. Daniel has been homeschooled his whole life, and really appreciates his parents for not only putting up with him, but also teaching him everything he knows. For the past few semesters, Weber State has been an excellent place to further his education, and he plans to continue there after graduation and major in Computer Science. Daniel is grateful to have known Christ personally throughout most of his life, and has been involved in several programs at his church that have shaped him as a person; namely Choir Camp, MVBC Encounter, and his youth group’s leadership team. His prayer is that God will continue to guide him as he takes this big step, and that he will keep Jesus as the center in this next season.

"And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." - 1 Peter 2:4-5 NASB

Eddy Gurlov

Edward Vlad Gurlov, "Eddy" was born in 2001 into a Russian Christian Family. From the beginning, he was taught about God and His amazing glory, power, and redemption. His name comes from Joshua 22:34, Ed means witness, and his prayer is to be a strong witness for God. Being the firstborn, he deeply loves his family, especially his amazing parents; and does a lot to take care of his younger sister and two brothers. Up to sixth grade he attended public school and after that was glad to be taught subjects with a Biblical worldview. One of his heroes is Jim Elliot who stoked his interest in apologetics and mission works. His other interests lie in sports, outdoor activities, technology, music, and traveling. Having recently spent a few months traveling in Europe, learning about different cultures and enjoying local cuisines also made him realize how important his family and their support is in his life. His future aspirations include more travel and attending SLCC to pursue a degree in computer science engineering, Lord willing. Above all he looks up to God as his ultimate Guide in life, where He leads Eddy will follow.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. " - Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

Emma Lane Thompson, daughter of Chris and Holly Thompson

Emma was born in Springfield, Oregon. When she was eight years old her dad got a job, as a Pastor at Sonrise Baptist Church, and they moved to Utah. Emma enjoys swimming, cross stitch, video games, and Rainbow Looming. She also enjoys watching football with her dad. You will often see her sporting Ducks and Patriots apparel. In 2015 Emma and her mom traveled to Haiti on a mission's trip with their church. She had the opportunity to teach English to elementary school students. AWANA has been an important part of her life. She competed in AWANA Bible Quiz for six years with her teams winning a 2nd, 3rd and four 1st places! Emma also has participated in AWANA Big Sky Scholarship Camp for four years and is planning on going back as a leader as long as she can. She received her Citation Award in AWANA this spring. Emma has participated in the local Generation Joshua Club for four years. Emma enjoys singing on the worship team at church as well as volunteering in children's ministries. After graduation, Emma prayerfully plans to continue working at Hobby Lobby to save money to go to school. Most of all, she plans to serve the Lord in all that she does.  

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Grace Marie Caldwell

Grace Marie, lives in Plain City Utah. She has lived in Utah her whole life and has grown up doing numerous sports including: Gymnastics, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and Taekwondo. When she grows up she wants to be a trauma surgeon, because she thrives under stress and pressure. Her friends would describe her as: Loyal, funny, passionate, kind, trusting, friendly, wise, responsible, energetic, and loving. She has been in Tae Kwon Do for five years and is a world class competitive black belt. She is thankful that God has given her the opportunity to travel all over through her competitions. Her favorite part of being homeschooled was the flexibility it gave her to go to competitions, ski, and go on vacations with her family. Her favorite vacations were Disney World, Hawaii, Vail, and Tahoe. She is very thankful for the opportunities God and her parents have brought into her life, and she cannot wait to see what He will do with her life.

"Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." - Romans 12:2

Hope Jakala

Hope Jakala was born in Fishers, Indiana, and was two years old when her family moved into Utah in 2002. She has a 24 year old sister and also a Chihuahua/Yorkie dog named Princess. As she grew up, she became interested in hobbies such as horse-back riding, writing books, and becoming an artist as well. She has owned two beloved horses in the past and got her dog when she was 5. She participated in 4-H horse competitions when she was young and won five blue ribbons and a trophy for her efforts. Hope has had a love for writing for as long as she can remember and she intends to sharpen her skills every time she writes. As for her books, well, she has so many ideas for them that she doesn't have time to focus on one project! She loves to read, listen to music, be with her awesome family and daydream about the different scenarios she can put her characters into. She hopes to become a published author and is so excited to be graduating with the class 2019!

"God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day." - Psalm 46:5

Joshua Mudge

Joshua Mudge was born in Brawley, California on August 28, 2000. He is very grateful to have been raised in a Christian homeschooling family. He has enjoyed the privilege of serving alongside his family in leading worship and providing technical support at church. Some of his interests include reading, writing, playing the piano, speaking, and singing. He enjoys the relationships he has built with people through AWANA, his youth group and local Generation Joshua club. He has especially enjoyed competing and growing with his friends in speech and debate for the last 4 years. He has worked at two technology startups and is considering going into the ministry and/or computer science. He plans on attending Frontier School of the Bible in the spring. Josh is grateful for how far God has brought him and looks forward to where God will lead him in the future. Through all of the difficulty he has encountered, his relationship with God has been the one constant to pull him through. God's word has power beyond what we could ever imagine.

"One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock " - Psalm 27:4-5:

Kristina Dorothy Dean

Kristina Dorothy Dean was born August 24, 2001 in NYC, New York. The daughter of Paul Dean and Martha Gamble. She survived her childhood in spite of many laundry basket accidents at the hands of her sister, Katherine. Kristina, along with her mother and sister, moved to SLC, Utah in August of 2008. She has been blessed with a total of six siblings, and is a mentor to them all. She enjoys reading, dancing, true crimes, and attending more comic-cons and Supernatural conventions than her family cares to remember. In the fall, Kristina will start her path in becoming a productive member of society while attending Salt Lake Community college, and transferring to one of the many options for Nursing school in a couple of years. She plans to take several trips across the globe with her best friend, Nicolena Gomez. Kristina is grateful for the incredible male figures in her life, especially her pappou, who is with The Lord, her father, and step-father, David "padestro" Gamble. Kristina and her family ask that you pray for her path and that the Lord may be glorified in all of it.

"Listen to the advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but is the purpose of The Lord that will stand." - Prov 19: 20-21

Luke Kaschmitter

Luke Steffan Kaschmitter, son of Bronda and Mark Kaschmitter, was born on February 25, 2002. He has lived in the same house in Utah for 17 years, and shares a home with his sister Elizabeth and his poodle, Nellie. He possesses a wide variety of interests, including mock trial, debate, skiing, biking, acting, playing the guitar, tennis, singing, and any time spent with great friends. Some of his most memorable moments were competing in the national Rube Goldberg competition and the National High School Mock Trial Competition. Currently, Luke is taking classes at Weber State University and loving the early college experience. In the future, he hopes to attend law school or start his own business. Ultimately, he desires to live a life filled with adventures, growth, and learning alongside the people he loves.

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity" - 1 Timothy 4:12

Madigan AnneLucille Thompson, daughter of Chris and Holly Thompson

Madi was born in Oregon where she first met her epic best friend & older sister; her awesome, amazing, & encouraging mom; and her hilarious, strong, & inspiring dad. Even though the Lord decided to move her to Utah when she was six years old, she still calls Oregon her home sweet home. She accepted Jesus to be her Lord and Savior when she was eight years old. Her love for Him has grown through her involvement in AWANA, which she has been in since preschool. She is an artist and loves experimenting with different styles of art, from realistic to Manga. She originally enjoyed telling stories when she was a wee little thing and has since been inspired to write the stories down in the form of her first novel-in-progress and tons of other short stories with more ready to be written. Her other hobbies include devouring any good fantasy book in three hours, Tae Kwon Do, swimming, playing video games with her sister, and eating ice cream. Her plans include pursuing her dream to become a published Christian author to bring praise to the Lord and to continue to beat her older sister in Mario Kart.  

" For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." - 1 Corinthians 13:12

Manny Leon

Manny Leon (Lay-OWN) was born in Maryland. Being a child in a military family, he has since lived in Missouri, Texas, Nebraska, Northern California, South Korea, Florida and presently in North Ogden, Utah. He serves as Student Leader in his youth group, plays guitar for youth and church worship teams and volunteers in the nursery. He loves the babies. He served on two missions trips- one at YWAM in Haiti and the other in Vancouver. He certified as a Lifeguard and was awarded Swim Instructor of the Year at Northshore Aquatic Center last summer. While working for Ogden City Pools, he completed his first year at Weber State, and decided to major in Computer Engineering and minor in Music. He has enjoyed studying the complex Japanese language, and aspires to study in Japan next summer, asking God how he might minister to the Japanese people. He hikes in the mountains and swims. For relaxation, he enjoys reading fantasy novels, watching anime, and playing video games. You will rarely find him without his beanie and his headphones, listening to a wide variety of music. At home, you will rarely find him without his beautiful black cat, Onyx.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." - Hebrews 11:1

Marshall Jackson Parish, son of Jerry and Carla Parish

Marshall Parish grew up moving around the country as a homeschooled Airforce BRAT. Because of this, he has been given the opportunity to take the classroom outside and learn about Paul Revere's ride along the path Revere actually rode, early American immigration at Ellis Island, and nuclear engineering on Navy submarines. An important part of his teenage years was the UTCH co-op he attended. Through this he has formed a closer relationship with his Lord and Savior as well as making lasting Christian friendships. When not taking early college classes at Weber State, he can probably be found in a remote area rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, or backpacking. Marshall plans to continue studying at Weber State over the next year while seeking God's direction in his life. After completing a major in mechanical engineering, he would like to pursue a career as an airline pilot.

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains– where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." - Psalm 121:1-2 NIV

Nathaniel Smith

Nathaniel Smith was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan the fifth boy of 8 children, born to Mark and Amanda Smith. He moved to Salt Lake City when he was 5 years old. Nathaniel has a natural ability for music and tumbling. He is able to play the piano by ear and compose his own pieces. Nathaniel's loves to be physically fit and has been coached in power tumbling for the last year and half. He has moved to a level 10 and hopes to complete the next two levels soon in his competitions which would finalize all levels. Nathaniel enjoys coaching other people to be physically fit and hopes to do that as his career.

"Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the Lord's anger. " - Zephaniah 2:3 (NKJV)

Nicolena Gomez

Nicolena Gomez, daughter of Daniel and Susan Gomez, was born March 15, 2001. She was born and raised in Utah with her four siblings: Michelle, Isaac, Sierra, and Emily. Nicolena enjoys sightseeing, and enhancing her knowledge. She met her best friend, Kristina Dean, at church where the two became inseparable. Kristina was already homeschooled, and her mother, Martha Gamble, graciously asked Nicolena to homeschool with them. Nicolena's homeschool experience was filled with devotion, and self discipline while providing her the opportunity to get a comprehensive and tailored education. Nikki will attend Salt Lake Community College in the fall. She plans to transfer to the University of Utah where she will major in Forensic Psychology.

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." - Eph 4:2

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