The older we get, the more it seems like the years fly by in hyper-speed.
We’ve enjoyed the holidays with family and friends, and we’ve enjoyed receiving updates from many of you.
Now it’s time to recap a few of our family highlights from 2017:
Dominic — age 12, 7th grade
- Continues to be an Xbox enthusiast (sometimes, much to his parents’ chagrin)
- Enjoys having our Ausidoodle, Jetson, around and convincing him to sleep in his room instead of Ellie’s
- Received the Aaronic Priesthood in July and serves as secretary in the deacons quorum in our LDS ward
- Likes reading Harry Potter books
- Is in his second year at American Academy of Innovation in South Jordan
Eliana — age 16, 10th grade
- Continues to be an excellent student; she’s on the school honor roll
- Had a blast in Lion King Jr. with Sandy Arts Guild last spring
- Serves as Laurel class president in our ward
- Started dating and driving in 2017 (what?!)
- Loves playing with Jetson and enjoys his companionship
- Wrapped up her third year as young women president in our ward and organized a high adventure summer girl’s camp
- Started co-teaching biology at Copper Hills High School and manages 40 IEPs
- Completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University
- Chopped off 12-inches of hair
- Successfully managed the family schedule and activities while Pete was busy with Joseph… for five months
- Returned to the stage, performing the role of Reuben in the Hale Centre Theatre production of Joseph… last summer
- Also, returned to full-time employment as public affairs manager at LDS Business College and loves his new work environment
- Taught ‘introduction to public relations’ as an adjunct instructor at UVU during the past winter, spring and fall semesters
- Continues to serve on the stake high council, and posts his sacrament meeting talks here
- In his spare time, enjoys working on landscaping and home improvement projects
- Will be in Hale Centre Theatre’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in February and March
We are richly blessed. We appreciate the association of good family and friends. Our family is happy and healthy. Sure, we have our struggles, but we can’t complain. The Lord is mindful of us. Each day, we feel His love, guidance and protection.
We choose to live by faith, not fear, relying upon the merits of Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith (Moroni 6:4).
We know our royal birthright and the Savior’s atonement provides the way for us to return to live with Heavenly Father after this mortal experience.
Like the Savior told his disciples, as recorded in Matthew in the New Testament:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).