December 17, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

What a busy few years these have been for our family! This is our first blog update since August 2014 and our first Christmas Blog-card since 2013. We are so thankful that in all circumstances we've been in, Jesus Christ has been our greatest help and strength. We love His gospel and it guides and directs our lives each day. At this special time of year where we celebrate His magnificent birth and condescension, we pray for God's choicest blessings to be upon you and we wish you a wonderful Christmas and the happiest of New Years.

Below is a brief update on the Shearers if you're completely bored and have nothing better to do.



















Joey, 19, is serving as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Raleigh, North Carolina, speaking Spanish. He has had a wonderful experience so far and loves the people. Not only has he learned Spanish but he is also now learning Swahili. He is serving as a Zone Leader in Wilmington and has about nine months left of his two years before he comes home. Click here to read his weekly updates and see pictures on his mission blog. He will attend BYU when he returns and plans to study Mechanical Engineering. Though still our "Joekster" he has grown up into a very kind, compassionate, service-oriented, wonderful man.
























Maddy, 21, attended the University of Utah for her Freshman year of college, studying Vocal Performance. She had the privilege of touring Paris and Spain as a member of the Chamber Choir. Click here to read about their first place award in a prestigous International Competition in Tours, France. She is now finishing her Associates Degree at Utah Valley University and plans to head back to the University of Utah next year to finish the music degree. Click here to see Maddy performing at one of her vocal recitals. Maddy has continued to mature beyond her years in her understanding of people. She is a champion for the underdog and loves to serve and help others in need. She has developed a talent for crafts and decorating that we have all enjoyed. She also went to the Temple this year to receive her endowment and had a wonderful experience. Lastly, she added a new companion, a 3 pound Schnorkie named Otis.



















Jeni continues to be the cornerstone in our home. Though her health is still up and down, she somehow finds ways to serve and bless the lives of those who come to see her. She is always quick to deflect praise or compliments to others and has enormous compassion for those who are suffering. Jeni serves in the Church in the Relief Society helping oversee Visiting Teaching. Jeni and Ro celebrated their 22 year wedding anniversary this month and are so grateful for each other. Jeni lost her mom, Kaye, nearly three years ago to Breast Cancer. They were best friends and Kaye was regularly at our home caring for Jeni and spending time with her, especially on the difficult days. We all miss her terribly but are grateful for her legacy of service, her testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and her love for Christmas, all of which now Jeni carries on.
























After a 15 year career with Wendy's, Ro has switched from burgers to pizza, having spent the last 3 years working for Sbarro, a global restaurant company, as their Chief Administrative Officer. Almost all of Ro's jobs since college have been food related. No surprise there. Ro dabbled in gourmet cooking several years ago but has not updated his cooking blog since 2013. Click here to see his favorite recipes. He now spends any spare time he has running. After several full and half marathons this year, it's an understatement that Ro has caught the bug. He still plays the piano, publishing a new hymn arrangement this year (click here to listen), and continues to serve as the bishop of our local congregation, finding great joy serving the individuals and families there.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us all!

Ro, Jeni, Maddy and Joey Shearer

August 30, 2014

Joey - Seventeen

Joey celebrated his 17th birthday earlier this week and we celebrated with a trip to the City Creek mall with Maddy, Grandpa Mike and Steve for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and a present of a custom shirt at Brook's Brothers. Earlier in the morning his friends Gordon and Ammon kidnapped him and took him to breakfast at about 5am. It really is amazing to me how quickly Joey has grown up. He still has the same smile and fun personality but he's matured into a fine young man.









Joey - Senior Year

We can't believe how quickly time has gone with Joey now starting his senior year. He has grown up to be a wonderful young man, very respectful and gentlemanly and he has a style all his own with nice shoes and a blazer almost every day at school. He is kind to all and looks for ways to serve others. He's also very outgoing and can strike up a conversation with anyone. We're looking forward to seeing how his final year of school goes before his plans to head off on a mission next year at this time.



University of Utah



Maddy has chosen to attend college at the University of Utah. She was accepted into their School of Music as a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. That means that the majority of her classes are music related which she's very excited about. She also received both academic and music scholarships to attend. We moved her into her single room dorm last week and she just finished her first week of classes. It was a bit overwhelming for her but we're so proud of her determination and resolve. And she made it into their prestigious Chamber Choir and was one of just a few freshmen to do so!









August 27, 2014

Kaye



Earlier this year our wonderful Mom and Grandma, Kaye passed away of breast cancer. Though she had been very sick for some time, nobody knew that she had been suffering from cancer. By the time we found out, she was gone in less than 24 hours. Below are some wonderful pictures of her as well as the obituary that Jeni wrote. We miss her terribly. She lived an incredible life of service and faithfulness. She was also so kind and caring to all that she met and she never liked to talk badly about anyone. She always treated me like her own son and Maddy and Joey like her own as well. She leaves a legacy of love for the Lord, love for others, love for music and love for her husband Mike. In the last few years of her life she personally wrote comments in a copy of the Book of Mormon for each of her kids, personalized for them. We think now that she must have known she was going to pass away but she only hinted at that a few times. We can't wait to see her again.

Here's the obituary...

Kaye Ficklin Halliday, beloved wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on January 29th.

Kaye was born on July 22, 1951 in Spanish Fork, Utah. She is the oldest of five children of Freddie Ficklin Jr. and Phoebe LaRae Isaac. Kaye attended Granger High School and then Brigham Young University where she was on the International Folk-Dancers team. While at BYU, she met Michael Vere Halliday and they were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 25, 1971.

Kaye loved spending time with Michael and they were an example of Christlike marriage throughout their over 40 years together. Almost every Friday night they went on a date as if they were still newlyweds and they held hands everywhere they went. Kaye also loved to spend as much time as she could with her six children and 11 grandchildren. She loved reading with them, teaching them, playing games and attending their activities and performances.

Kaye loved music. She loved to dance and she loved to play the piano. She even taught piano lessons for many years in her home. It’s no wonder that so many of her children and grandchildren sing, dance and play various instruments.

Kaye’s testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ was her most valued possession. A true scriptorian, Kaye spent hours searching and studying the scriptures and the writings of Prophets and Apostles. Her thirst for knowledge was unquenchable and she shared all she learned with her children and grandchildren. Kaye served faithfully in many Church callings throughout her life. To Kaye, it wasn’t where you served but how and she was an example to all in that way. Kaye never broadcasted or boasted about the service she was giving. She just quietly went about doing good, ward after ward, home after home, person after person, one by one. Kaye attended the Temple faithfully and always brought the peace and comfort of the Temple into her own home.

Kaye spent countless hours working on her family history and loved sharing stories of her ancestors. She loved having family over to show charts and pictures and talk about their lives. She was also active in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers program with her mom for many years. She was always so proud of her heritage and enjoyed sharing her patriotism for this Country and land which she adored.

Kaye will always be remembered for her contagious laugh, her ability to forgive, her unconditional love for everyone she knew, her missionary spirit, her sacrifice of time and talents for good, and for her love of the Lord. All who knew Kaye will greatly miss her.

Kaye is survived by her husband Michael, her mom, Phoebe LaRae Isaac, her brothers Robert and Terry Ficklin (LeAnn), her sister Karla Wallentine (Scott), her six children, Jenifer Shearer (Rohan), Rebecca Halliday, Bob Halliday (Carin), Trent Halliday (Whitnie), Scott Halliday and Steven Halliday, and her 11 grandchildren, Maddy, Joey, Elise, Gage, Mason, Brynn, Lea, Halli, Pagelynn, Emma and Makenlie.

We can only imagine the wonderful reunion as she was welcomed home by her many loved ones including her dad Freddie and her brother Randy.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations are being accepted. Please visit kayehalliday.blogspot.com for more information.





































August 19, 2014

Disneyworld 2014

We were very grateful this year to have gone to Disneyworld in Florida. We spent a few weeks enjoying a wonderful time at the different parks there including the Harry Potter world at Universal Studios. We stayed this time at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jamba House in a room with a queen bed and bunk beds for the kids. It was amazing as there was a savanna right outside our window with all sorts of animals including zebras and giraffes. The hotel itself was amazing with the most wonderful smell throughout the halls. By far our favorite hotel out of all we've stayed at. The Harry Potter world was amazing too but it was so hot there. We were privileged to take part in some wonderful meals too with some characters and then an amazing meal at the French Restaurant upstairs in Epcot. This might have been our best trip yet and I'm glad it was as this was Maddy and Joey's Senior trip.