December 29, 2009

15 Years






















Jeni and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary a few weeks ago and had an enjoyable night eating at the Roof restaurant next to the Salt Lake Temple where we were married. We also stayed at Little America, had a delicious breakfast at the Gourmandise bakery downtown, and finished off the day with some shopping at Tai-Pan Trading.

I am so grateful for Jeni and her patience with me over these many years. She is my best friend and the rock-solid foundation in our home. She is an amazing mother and wife and I am so thankful to still have her around given her ongoing health challenges. Though her talents are many, she never lets her pursuit of those overshadow her commitment and devotion to me and our family. Jeni defines poise and beauty and grace in every imaginable way.

I knew 15 years ago that I was marrying an amazing woman. Little did I know though just how amazing she was and is. Of the few decisions I've made right in my life, choosing to ask for Jeni's hand stands as one of the greatest. Happy Anniversary Jen. I love you.

We wish that at least one of the pictures of us together had turned out, but oh well. We'll have to settle for these individual ones from that night.





























December 23, 2009

Christmas Book Club Dinner

















Last week Jeni hosted her book club at our house and I cooked up a 7 course meal. I tried a few new recipes and thankfully they turned out ok. I don't know why but I just love cooking for groups like this. Maybe its because it gives me a chance to experiment with new foods and recipes? Plus I love seeing people enjoying good food!















Fourteen

















How did this happen? Our little sweet Maddy turned 14 a few weeks ago. To celebrate she had some friends over for movies and a 5 course meal. Pictures are below. Happy Birthday Maddy!





























December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009



























We are breaking from tradition this year with our family Christmas Card. Instead of using normal mail as we would have liked to, we're using our blog to deliver our Christmas greetings to you that somehow stumble onto this link. Sorry about that. Perhaps next year we'll be back to the more traditional method. If you're interested in what we've been up to during 2009, feel free to browse through the blog posts from this year in the Archives section on the left of this page. You'll see broken bones, fun recipes, talented kids and the like. Most of the major events of this year have been chronicled here.

Our family has much to be grateful for this year and we love this season that gives us pause to reflect on our many blessings. At this wonderful time of the year we remember the Savior’s mercy and his love. We think of the babe in the manger and marvel at His humble beginnings. (See Luke 2) We think of the life ahead of Him. How grateful we are. There is one element of His birth, not frequently spoken of, that leads our family to great admiration and awe - the condescension of God.

The Lord Jesus Christ, a God, voluntarily left his home above to be born on this earth. You can sense that amazement in the words of Abinadi. “I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men.” (Mosiah 15:1, Italics added)

Tad R. Callister explains “Jesus of Nazareth was no mere mortal. Yet, He made an unusual transition on that first Christmas—he was transformed from God to newborn child. How wondrous it is to truly understand what was packaged in that tiny body held by mother Mary? ... Speaking of Abraham Lincoln, someone once said that when God wants to change the world, He does it with the birth of a newborn child. Nothing could be more true of the birth of the Savior as God himself took upon himself a tabernacle of flesh. Oh, the magnitude of that sacrifice, that condescension! That night, God the Son traded his heavenly home with all its celestial adornments for a mortal abode with all its primitive trappings. He, the King of heaven (Alma 5:50), the Lord Omnipotent who reigneth (Mosiah 3:5), left a throne to inherit a manger. He exchanged the dominion of a god for the dependence of a babe. He gave up wealth, power, dominion, and the fullness of his glory—for what?—for taunting, mocking, humiliation, and subjection. It was a trade of unparalleled dimension, a condescension of incredible proportions, a descent of incalculable depth. And so, the great Jehovah, creator of worlds without number, infinite in virtue and power, made his entry into this world in swaddling clothes and a manger.” (The Infinite Atonement, p. 64)

This Christmas, perhaps more than ever, we are appreciative of the Savior’s birth. When we look at the nativity scene, instead of seeing just a babe lying in a manger with an amazing life ahead of Him, we also see a babe who was already a God, who left His home on high for you and for me to provide us a way back to that same home. We love that infant child with all our hearts and testify that it is through Him that we can be healed, made whole and saved.

We sincerely hope that you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and a joyous new year. We are appreciate of our association with you and pray that it may continue for many years to come.

With love,

Ro, Jeni, Maddy and Joey Shearer

December 20, 2009

Larceny and Old Lace

















Maddy just finished her first school play, Larceny and Old Lace, at the Jr. High. She played one of the female lead roles of Millie Peabody, a grandma who, with her grandma partner Gertie, robs casinos. Jeni and I were so impressed with her comfort on the stage, definitely taking after Jeni who had a Music, Dance, Theater scholarship to Snow College in Southern Utah. Below are some pictures of Maddy in her grandma wig and outfit, some pictures of the cast and family that came, as well as a brief clip from the production.


























































































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December 19, 2009

Star!

















Last week Joseph was awarded the Star Rank at his Boy Scout troop's Court of Honor. He has worked hard since the summer on merit badges and is doing great. His goal is to have his Eagle 3 months after turning 13 which is possible if he continues to do so well. We're proud of him, especially as this has really been self-driven. Great job Joey!

December 11, 2009

The Christmas Spirit

I love this "Mormon Message" about the Spirit of Christmas. It is so easy to get caught up in the busy days of shopping, gift and meal planning and to forget what Christmas is really all about. I am so grateful for messages like this that help me remember the real reason for the season.

December 07, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009

















We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Grandma Rae's house for Thanksgiving. There were Terry and Leanne's family as well as Bob and Carin's family and many of Jeni's cousins and their spouses. Jeni made her famous sweet yams and I made a Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake and Orange Peel Truffles. Thanks Grandma Rae for hosting!















December 03, 2009

Winter Voice Recital

Maddy has been receiving vocal training this year from Jeanice Woodbrey, a good friend of ours. It has been amazing for Jeni and I to watch and hear how Maddy's voice has developed under her direction. I have to say that it is such a humbling experience as a parent to watch your child grow up and do things that you can't even come close to doing yourself, whether its Maddy singing or Joey playing the piano or violin. It is such a treat and so rewarding.

Yesterday Jeanice put on a winter recital for all her students and Maddy sang two solos, a duet and two songs with the other girls. Below are videos of all the performances.

1. Mary's Lullaby
2. What a Wonderful Child
3. Baby It's Cold Outside (with Jonathan Woodbrey)
4. Angelic Carol
5. Candlelight Carol

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December 01, 2009

BYU vs. Air Force

















A few weeks ago Joey and I joined the rest of the Young Men in our ward as we attended the BYU football game against the Air Force Academy. While it wasn't as much of a nail-biting game as last week's win against the University of Utah, it was Joey's first time in Lavell Edward's Stadium for a game and we had a great time, despite it being incredibly cold where we were sitting (the highest row in the Southwest Corner of the South Endzone.)