December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

Dearest Friends and Family - It is hard to believe that another year has passed and here we are celebrating Christmas again. As we get older, we recognize how much we cherish these times together as a family. We love this season of the year more than any other as it seems like the world slows down just long enough to enjoy the spirit of Christmas and the spirit of Christ upon which Christmas centers. We love the Savior and we are so thankful to God for sending Him. We rely wholly on His matchless life and example, including His marvelous Atoning sacrifice which gives us endless hope and comfort during difficult days. Like you, our greatest desire this coming year is that we can be His; His servants, His helpers, His advocates, His witnesses, His followers and His disciples. We wish each of you, our dearest friends and family, all the best this Christmas and a wonderful new year.

Joey returned home from his two-year LDS mission in North Carolina in September, having served the people there while speaking English, Spanish and Swahili. He will be attending BYU Provo in January and plans to study Mechanical Engineering. He is also working full time at Verizon as a Solutions Specialist so if you need any phones or accessories, come and see him at the Spanish Fork branch! He launched a debut album before his mission, “Beneath the Glass,” which is available on iTunes and he plans to record a follow up album this coming year. Joey is serving in his singles ward in the Elders Quorum Presidency.

Maddy completed her Associates Degree this year, having studied Vocal Performance for one year at the University of Utah and then one year of General Studies at UVU. She is currently working at Galaxie Lighting as a Customer Service Representative and enjoys the computer work and interaction with customers. Maddy continues to sing and serves as her Ward’s Music Director. Last Christmas she sang the Soprano part of Handel’s Messiah with the Payson Chorale. Maddy also played “Wednesday” in the Payson Community Theater’s musical production of “Addam’s Family” this year and had rave reviews.

Jeni is still the cornerstone of our home. While her health continues to be a challenge, she presses forward with faith. Despite her trials, she continues to serve and help so many people, even if that means them coming over and sitting on the bed and just being with her. Jeni had several months this year where she was able to be up and about, including the month of Joey’s return home which was a blessing for us all. Jeni was also the mastermind behind some minor home remodeling and decorating this year. She has such a gift for finding beauty in life, whether it’s in home d├ęcor or in the lives of those around her. Jeni loves serving in the Church, even if that’s just through a text or phone call to see how others are doing. Her love for her family, her friends, for life and for the Lord are inspiring to all. Nothing brightens one’s day more than a smile or laugh from Jeni.

Ro had his own health challenges this year. In addition to several back issues, during a half-marathon in October he fell and fractured his left foot and unwisely chose to finish the race. His reward? A nice medal and a walking boot for three months. Ro wrote another hymn arrangement this year which can be found on iTunes and Youtube. He also celebrated four years at Sbarro, where he works as Chief Administrative Officer and eats more than his share of pizza and strombolis. Ro loves serving in the Church and especially enjoys his time with the young men and young women in his local congregation.