Tis the Season ……..
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
It’s time once again to share with our friends and far-away family a little bit about the season of life our family is in! I hardly know how to characterize this season, to be honest – maybe the best word would be ‘changing’! When compared to ten or even five years ago, in some ways we are almost unrecognizable! I have seen other families go through this season, and it always seemed so far away for us … but our turn has come!
The year began by sending Brennan (now 22) off to his first semester of college after he returned home from his missionary service. Eager to find his place in the “real world” again, off he went to BYU-Idaho to enjoy college life. I’m not sure
qualifies as the real world, but enjoy it he did! He stayed for a spring semester as well
before coming home in the fall to work in preparation for transferring to BYU-Provo
in January ’14. Since being home, he’s
worked full-time as a landscaper. Thanks
to that job, he can add “trailer backer-upper” to his resume, which we can all
agree is no small achievement. He also
worked evenings at GNC (the vitamin place!), and loved it. It’s been so wonderful having him home – at
least for us – but it wouldn’t surprise me if it didn’t happen again … Rexburg, Idaho
Kristi (20) spent the winter semester at home working full-time for an insurance company. She made some great friends there before heading back to college for the spring semester with Brennan. While at school, she made her decision to serve a mission and thought it would be a fun little secret to keep from her family! So she began the application process, had her interviews with ecclesiastical leaders, and made the required medical and dental appointments, all without telling us anything. What a funny joke to play on Mom! At the end of July she received her Associates Degree as well as her mission call to the
Mexico mission, departing December 11th. She then came home, was re-hired by the same
company, and has spent the last 4 ½ months preparing to serve. She is now in the Oaxaca Provo
Center, learning Spanish and getting
eager to leave winter behind and head to the warmer climate of ! It was hard to say goodbye to our precious
girl, but we couldn't be more honored and proud to have another missionary
serving in the Lord’s vineyard. Oaxaca
Gratefully we still plan to hang on to Dallin (14) for a while longer. This year has seen him grow taller than his mother AND his father, and while that may not be saying as much in our family as in others, it is still a big deal! He is in 8th grade and looking forward to high school when he won’t have to wear a uniform to school every day. He’s on the 8th grade basketball team, is almost done with the merit badges needed for his Eagle Scout rank, and tells us this will be his last year playing trumpet in the band. He loves card tricks, tech gadgets, and watching movies with the family. When I feel sad about Kristi being gone, he puts his arm around my shoulders and says, “She’s just in her room, Mom. She’s just in her room.” Dallin is a very r-e-l-a-x-e-d kind of guy. He almost never feels the need to hurry and he doesn’t get too stressed out about anything, so he’s usually the perfect ingredient in our otherwise hectic household.
Keith and Karen celebrated 25 years of marriage in 2013! To celebrate, we left the kids to fend for themselves for several days while we ventured to the
Northwest. Sigh, it was
wonderful! On the home front, Keith is
still the Capitol Projects Manager for the school district, with six sites
currently under some sort of construction.
He still wears his PEAK hat now and then, doing some consulting work in
his spare time. I’m still enjoying my
job as a reading tutor, and especially enjoy having summers off – such a great
Whatever season of life your family is in, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and the best of everything in 2014!