Monthly Archives: March 2009

Old Age Begins at 27? Bring it!

Well, we are back in Texas and it is feeling good! Actually, it’s really windy and cold but it’s good to be home. We are missing our family in CA though but are hoping to visit again by the summer. But before I share our ridiculously fun trip to Disneyland, I had to share this news story from the UK’s Daily Mail that I saw the other day right before my, gasp, 27th birthday.

Old age begins at 27: Scientists reveal new research into ageing

By MAIL ON SUNDAY REPORTER
Last updated at 1:14 AM on 15th March 2009Old age is often blamed for causing us to misplace car keys, forget a word or lose our train of thought.

But new research shows that many well-known effects of ageing may start decades before our twilight years.

According to scientists, our mental abilities begin to decline from the age of 27 after reaching a peak at 22.

The researchers studied 2,000 men and women aged 18 to 60 over seven years. The people involved – who were mostly in good health and well-educated – had to solve visual puzzles, recall words and story details and spot patterns in letters and symbols.

Similar tests are often used to diagnose mental disabilities and declines, including dementia.

The research at the University of Virginia, reported in the academic journal Neurobiology Of Aging, found that in nine out of 12 tests the average age at which the top performance was achieved was 22.

The first age at which performance was significantly lower than the peak scores was 27 – for three tests of reasoning, speed of thought and spatial visualisation. Memory was shown to decline from the average age of 37. In the other tests, poorer results were shown by the age of 42.

Professor Timothy Salthouse said the results suggested that therapies designed to prevent or reverse age-related conditions may need to start earlier, long before people become pensioners.

He wrote: ‘Results converge on a conclusion that some aspects of age-related cognitive decline begin in healthy, educated adults when they are in their 20s and 30s.’

There is some good news, though. The report states that abilities based on accumulated knowledge, such as performance on tests of vocabulary or generalinformation, increase until at least the age of 60

I say, “Bring it old age!” Ever since I was, well, younger than I am now, I have vowed to not get upset/mad/irritated/bummed/or any other negative feeling about getting older. I just really refuse. I’ve watched too many people dread their birthday and getting older and I just don’t think it’s healthy. Shouldn’t we be thrilled to be living another year?! Shouldn’t we be thankful that God has granted us another day of breath to honor and glorify Him?! Sure, I don’t always think that every morning I get up…or when things are stressful or tough but I really want to make it a point to be grateful every day and especially on my birthday. So, anyway, that’s my birthday soap box. On to Disney!!!

We had a lot of fun. I mean, hello, it’s Disneyland! Jon and I drove down to L.A. as mom flew into LAX. We met up at our hotel, the beautiful Hyatt where butter-ific chef Paula Dean happened to be staying as well. Then we proceeded to Disney our little hearts out Wed through Friday. We decided to get there early, then take a nap break in the afternoon, and then head back around dinner time until the park closed. It worked out pretty well I must say. It was of course a lot easier not having any kiddos to worry about just yet but it will still be fun to do family trips in the future. :) So, anyway, mom was excited that she had a roller-coaster/scary ride buddy with Jon and I was perfectly content to take their pictures on said ridiculously scary rides. We ate expensive food (not meaning they were delicious just expensive b/c we were in the park) and saw some of the shows and the Pixar parade. It was a lot of fun and pictures are below!

After that, we headed back to Texas in both cars and my mom was kind enough to help us with the drive. (Thanks mom!) We made it back to Dallas in about 2 and a half days which was a good mix of long driving days with enough rest in between. Jon has already started work with Kinetic and is loving every minute of it. :) I have been sending resumes galore and just praying for a good job to come my way. Not much else to report…just glad to be back and looking forward to hanging out with family and friends.

Much love!

J+B

Jon and I at my bday breakfast

Jon and I at my bday breakfast

We got to ride in the front of the monorail!

We got to ride in the front of the monorail!

You don't get much cuter than that!

You don't get much cuter than that!

Me and the Dapper Dans (I love barbershop quartets!!!)

Me and the Dapper Dans (I love barbershop quartets!!!)

My princess birthday cake!

My princess birthday cake!

the Pixar parade that came right by our dinner table!

the Pixar parade that came right by our dinner table!

Thanks mom for a great birthday at Disney! :)

Thanks mom for a great birthday at Disney! :)

Texas, here we come! (back)

Dear friends and family,

  Hmm, this sounds familiar, uh? Bre and I wanted to update all of you on our journey so far in our life together. We’ve been spending some time evaluating our priorities and talking through what excites us about life and where we want to go. Last summer, all we wanted to do was move to California. There were many reasons for this, and they are all great reasons. We know that God brought us out here because our hearts were at peace with it, and He really provided in some amazing ways. Since December, we have been in and out of being sick, starting Jon’s business and acclimating to life in Folsom. I (Jon) knew it would be hard, and it’s been a little bit hard, but I’m a determined person who, for better or for worse, tends to be less sensitive to my environment, more focused on the job at hand. For Bre, it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, but the outcome of which was the realization that we both needed to sit and talk and truly distill our highest priorities for living life.

   So for the last month now, we have been asking ourselves the tough questions, and trying to determine the complex answers. What we have realized that is so very important to us is the value of our friendships and the desire to “do life” with our friends in Dallas. We have both been missing everyone a lot, not that our family means less to us than our friends. We do love all of you very much.  We have been praying hard again, asking the Lord “Why”. Why bring us to CA, and then turn our hearts around toward TX? Why break us away from steady jobs, and place us into the uncertainty that we find ourselves in now? Something Matt Chandler often asks is “What stirs your affection for Christ?” And what we have been seeing is how God is growing our hearts and focusing them on Him, and on Godly principles, and on people, instead of ourselves. We’ve decided that being in Dallas, with all of our friends from The Village, IBC, and Kinetic is, in reality, an extremely important part of who we are, and our future.

So we are moving back to Dallas. We are praying and looking for good friends or maybe an older couple from the Village who would be willing to house us for a while as we get back on our feet. We are both super excited about it all.  Jon will be rejoining Jim, Marcus and Kyle at Kinetic Technology Group to continue building the company and continue doing great work. And, before we move, we expect God will be leading Bre to a new job that will fit her perfectly. George called and is excited we’re joining him and Laura in Dallas…just wanted to do a shout-out toW.

 

Us with W last time we visited ;-)

Us with W last time we visited ;-)

 

 

Anyway, ;-), we ask for your prayers and continued encouragement during this time.

 

Thank you for your patience and support!

Much love!

Jon and Bre