Tuesday, March 25, 2008


As many of you know, I work at Goldenwest Credit Union. A year ago I was helping with our annual 5k run. As we were making the packets for the runners, I got this crazy idea to put on a Youth Small T-shirt. Not a small, but a youth small. It took my a few minutes to get it on and we had to cut it off. But it was very funny. I had someone take a picture with my camera phone. Now one year later I am helping with the annual 5K run again and someone made mention of the shirt I had worn last year. So this year I put on the shirt again and took another picture. I decided to compare the two and was amazed at the transformation. My wife told me I should put this on our blog. So...here you go:

My 1 Year Transformation from BenJoe Markland on Vimeo.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Deseret Morning News | Mom blogs — Does posting photos online jeopardize your family?

Deseret Morning News | Mom blogs — Does posting photos online jeopardize your family?

I read this article this morning and it really struck a chord. My wife and I have talked a number of times about our blog and the blogs of our friends. We started this blog a little over three years ago to document our wedding plans and share them with our family. It has grown to a fun family website and scrapbook. But recently I read a post on another blog and saw their pictures of the family and it started my wife and talking about the safety of blogs. If you have ever gone to the Utah Sex Offender Registry, you will see there a number of registered sex offenders in our area. In addition there are cyber-predators all around looking to steal your information and identity. Our blogs provide a lot of information to these people. Often our address, school names, photos of family and children.
About a year ago a new accounts representative at a local bank helped a new customer. She was very friendly and started a great conversation with the customer. The new accounts representative told the customer about her family, where they lived, what school her daughter attended and her teacher's name, etc. Well, two weeks later she gets a call from a stranger saying they had kidnapped her daughter and wanted $1 Million dollars to return her. They said they had gone to their school, to "so-in-so's" class room and picked her up. The information was spot on, because they were that new customer she had helped weeks earlier. Fortunately all was well and the child was safe, but a friendly conversation was turned into a horrible situation.
This same information is on our BLOGS! Along with photos of our children. Now I am not trying to scare us from blogging, just the opposite. Instead I want us to just be a little careful. Maybe I won't post that picture of my son running naked through the back yard (so a child molester doesn't see him) or talk about my specific address (so he can't find him). Still I think blogging is great and fun. I love keeping in touch with those around me. Just from now on, I will be a little more careful about what I post.

Monday, March 10, 2008

At home and alive

Surprisingly I feel very well for having had surgery. My stomach is really tight and sore, kind like I had been doing crunches all week and now finally taking a break. The part that hurts is the gas! My shoulders and back are aching with pain from the gas they use. I can't lay down, cause it hurts, so standing up is easier, but it hurts. So I back and forth looking for a good, comfortable position.

Thanks to all who have called and emailed.

Leaving the Hospital

They have given me the O.K.

I am pretty sore and beat up and I'm surprised how much you use your stomach muscles for everything. The real pain comes from the gas they use to blow up your stomach. But LeeAnn our nurse is great and I am ready to go home.


I'm now in recovery with a bunch of pain but all is well.

Dressed and Ready

I am so excited.

Surgery Day!

It is just after 6:30 am and we have arrived for surgery. I say, bring it on! I want this thing out of me. I had a bad Gallbladder attack on Saturday and I am ready. I will keep you posted on my exciting day.