Dearest Friends and Family – This is such a wonderful time of year, our favorite, as we do all we can to pause and give thanks for all the wonders and beauties of life. Chief among these is our love for Jesus Christ upon whom we rely on daily. Without Him, we would not have the strength to make it through the difficulties of life or have hope for what is to come in the life following this. We wish each of you, our dearest friends and family, all the best this wonderful Holiday season and pray that we may we each be His.
This was a big year for Joey as he and his sweetheart Maggie Weaver were sealed together in the Payson Utah LDS Temple. Their wedding brought us all so much joy and we could not be happier for Joey’s choice. Maggie is an angel, soft-spoken, witty, grounded, with a real gift for art. We are thankful to have a new Shearer in the family and are proud of them both. Joey continues to work full time for Verizon Wireless as a Solutions Specialist while attending Brigham Young University, studying Psychology. Maggie is a full time student at Utah Valley University, studying Art, and is just starting to teach art lessons in her spare time. Together, they teach the 15 year old Sunday School class in their Church congregation.
Maddy continues to work at Galaxie Lighting as a Customer Service Representative and enjoys all that she has learned there about sales and guest relations. She continues to sing and act and audition for local performances, and even started taking tap dancing lessons this year. She will be a featured soloist in the upcoming production of Rob Gardner's "Lamb of God" in March. Maddy serves in her Church congregation as the Ward Music Chairman, selecting the hymns and music numbers for the weekly Sacrament and other meetings. She has also become quite the chef this year, mastering the art of the french macaron.
Jeni continues to be the rock of our home, keeping us all grounded in the teachings of the Savior. Though her health is still a struggle from day to day, she continues to minister to and bless the lives of all who come to see her. We are grateful for the good days we have with Jeni which more than make up for those that are not so good. She is selfless, always putting the needs of others above her own. She helped coordinate a wonderful Halliday family reunion in Southern California this year which was well attended and many memories made.
Ro recovered from last year’s broken foot and ended up running several more half and full marathons this year, rekindling a love for the sport from his early childhood. In May, he had the privilege of speaking about forgiveness at the BYU Women’s Conference, a cherished experience. Ro wrote another hymn arrangement this year which will soon be found on iTunes and YouTube. He also celebrated five years at Sbarro, where he works as the Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and enjoys eating the product more than anything. Ro just began his fifth year as bishop in his Church congregation and is thankful for the opportunities it has given him to be of service to others.