Christmas 2018

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Brough Family Update 2018

 

Happy Holidays!  We really don’t think anyone even looked at our update last year!  But that’s okay.  We totally get it and we understand and our life is really not all that interesting anyway. Hopefully our posterity will find something of value though!  We mainly do this as a history of our family since we are not journal writers! Warning!  This is SUPER long so we are not offended if you want to get out now!

Our Arizona kids:

Jordan and Casey are in Gilbert and we are so grateful that we at least have them nearby and get to have at least one of our families for Sunday dinner on Brough Sunday (2ndSunday).  Jordan is still working at Go Daddy and is involved with scouts and the young men in their ward.  He also coached high school swim team in the fall.  He just recently had an appendectomy but is healing nicely.  Casey is a fun mom to their busy girls and has a darling salon in their home where she does hair and Maskara makeup.  She also styles hair for weddings.  Casey serves in the presidency of the Primary (children’s auxiliary) in their ward.  Lindy (4) is a budding makeup artist herself and loves to put makeup on Jade.  She goes to pre-school and takes dance classes. She completely decorated their nine foot Christmas tree this year going up and down the ladder while Casey helped with only a few things AND it looks fabulous and professional!  Jade (2) is a cutie and sometimes a force to be reckoned with.  She loves to ride her scooter and also takes dance classes.  One of the dance numbers they did at the summer recital was a dance with their dads so Jordan danced with Lindy and Don danced with Jade!  We just went to their latest Christmas recital this weekend.  They did so great in their dance numbers and even though it is a little out of Don and Nancy’s element it was fun seeing them enjoy what they are doing!  The exciting news for this family is that Lindy and Jade are going to have a new sibling in June!  We are so excited for grandbaby number nine!

Our Washington kids:

 Zachary and Tara are in Seattle.  Zach graduated in April with his MBA from Brigham Young University.  Following graduation they took the kids and went on a month long trip to Europe before moving to Seattle where Zach works at Amazon headquarters.  Tara is a busy mommy vlogger on their YouTube station, Broughington.  She has gotten a few editing jobs as a result of people that have viewed it.  A portion of one of her vlogs was featured on a Google Assistant commercial recently.  In September our prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, spoke to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the greater Seattle area at SafeCo Field so Zach and Tara and Porter went to that.  Then the next day President Nelson attended their ward’s sacrament meeting (worship service).   Tara had been scheduled to sing a solo at that meeting before they knew that President Nelson would be coming and earlier that week her bishop called her to let her know that the prophet would be there and wanted to know if she would still be comfortable singing.  Fortunately, the song she was going to be singing was one she was familiar with so she was okay with it and did a beautiful job.  (Zach recorded the song).  After the meeting they got to meet President Nelson and his wife and he thanked Tara and gave her a hug!  They love their new ward where Zach serves as a ward missionary and Tara teaches in Relief Society (women’s auxiliary).  Porter (6) is in first grade and is really starting to enjoy reading and writing. He loves playing with his friends and playing with Piper.  Piper (4) goes to pre-school and loves to color, draw, paint and sing and is almost always singing while she is coloring, drawing or painting.  She loves playing with her brothers.  Beau (1) is a delightful little boy and almost always has a grin on his face.  He loves trains and animals and Porter and Piper love wrestling with him.

Landon and Ashlin are in Pullman.  Landon is in his second year of veterinary school at Washington State University. He is the class president so along with being busy with school and studying he is also a party planner!  Landon also enjoys cooking and experimenting in the kitchen and every once in a while calls and asks for one of Nancy’s recipes!  He serves in the Elders Quorum in their ward. Ashlin does freelance graphic design and has an Etsy shop called Popsicle Paint.  And she is also doing online classes through Arizona State University majoring in Graphic Information Technologies.  She is a fun and busy mom and serves as the activity day leader for the girls ages 8-11 in their ward.  Dora (3) also loves to color and draw and is into horses now, although she still loves her sharks and recently took a pocketful of them to church.  She goes to preschool and takes gymnastics.  Theodore (1) AKA Theo, Teddy and Bubba loves stuffed animals, books, balls, cars and trains.  Our grandkitties, Ruben and Maple continue to survive all the love they get from those two!

Our Utah kids:

Dalton and SARAH! Yes!  Dalton married the beautiful Sarah Cummings on August 4thin the Payson Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  We are so thrilled to add Sarah to our family and she fits right in.  All of our kids and grandkids were able to be in Utah for all the wedding festivities as well as some extended family and a few friends from Arizona.  Our Christmas card picture was taken in front of the temple and I’ve decided that with this many little people we will never get a picture with all of them looking at the camera!  It is what it is!  At least you can see all their faces on the picture on the back of the card!  After a honeymoon to the Bahamas they settled in Orem, UT in a conveniently placed basement apartment close to the Frontrunner train for Dalton to take to work and they are super close to school for Sarah. Dalton is finishing up his last year at BYU and will be graduating in April majoring in Human Resources.  He works in Lehi as a recruiter at a tech company called Jolt.  He serves as the mission leader in his ward.  Sarah attends Utah Valley University majoring in Deaf Studies with an emphasis in Interpretation.  She works on the Payroll team at Bamboo HR.  She previously worked for a jeweler designing engagement and wedding rings and she still designs for them from home on the side.  Sarah teaches an adult Sunday School class in their ward.   We hosted an open house for them in October so our friends in Arizona could celebrate with us.  (Casey did Sarah’s hair on the wedding day and Ashlin designed our pre-wedding dinner invitations, table numbers and seating chart as well as our open house invitations.)  We really enjoyed getting to know Sarah’s parents a little better when they came for the open house.

Caleb and Mollie live in Provo.  Caleb works for Wells Fargo Bank full time and took courses earlier this year to complete the FINRA Securities Licensing program for the bank.  He is now taking college courses through the Brigham Young University-Idaho’s Pathway Program and plans to major in Business Management. Mollie is finishing up her masters program at Brigham Young University in Communications Disorders.  She interned at Avalon West Rehabilitation Center in West Jordan as a speech therapist intern and is currently one of the graduate speech clinicians at the BYU preschool as she is finishing up her thesis. Caleb and Mollie teach the nine and ten year old kids in Primary and just recently had a class party for them at their apartment.  They are also so good to tend our great nephew in West Jordan from time to time. Caleb and Mollie adopted a pretty and playful cat named Peia so we now have three grandkitties.   They also bought their first home in Mesa and are renting it out until Mollie graduates and they move back to Arizona in April! We can’t wait!

The Empty Nesters!

Don and Nancy are missing the kids in Washington and Utah but fortunately we have been able to travel often*this year to see them quite a bit and they’ve made a few trips here as well. Don is still working hard at Wells Fargo Bank and though he’s not loving a lot of the changes the bank is making he is grateful for employment and dreaming of retirement sometime in the not too distant future.  He is enjoying working from home on Fridays.  He only went on two business trips this year – one to Richmond in March and a quick trip to Charlotte in December. Don serves as the executive secretary in our stake.   Nancy continues to love working at the temple on the Tuesday morning shift.  She is still in the process of getting a sewing room set up so she can dabble in quilting a little more. She still has a small calling with the young women in our ward encouraging them with a program called Personal Progress and has almost completed the program herself.  She also teaches an adult Sunday School class every third week, something that is totally out of her comfort zone!  We have enjoyed being ASU Gammage season ticket holders the past couple of seasons and especially getting to see Hamilton in January!

*Travel Log (you can seriously bow out now and just scroll down to our Holiday Greeting!)

January – Before heading off on our first trip of the year we got to have a wonderful visit from our niece, Rachel, and her family while they were in town for a family event on her husband’s side.  Then we took off on a meandering road trip starting with a stop in Las Vegas.  We are not Vegas people but thought it might be fun to hit a show and went to Blue Man Group which was horrible!  We hit St. George to celebrate Don’s dad’s birthday and then headed to Provo via of Manti where we stayed at an inn across the street from the beautiful and historical temple.  We had been to the Manti Pageant in the past but never been in the temple so we went to a session this time.  After leaving Manti we stopped at a cemetery in a nearby town called Spring City where some of Don’s ancestors are buried.  We spent the rest of this trip in Provo spending time with the kids and grandkids and just enjoying the snow.  We also went to Bountiful to visit my mom’s grave but had to spend a lot of time digging through snow to find it!  Don was able to work remotely on this trip so he didn’t have to use any of his PTO.

February – Our nephew, Brayden, returned home from his mission so we went on a quick weekend road trip to St. George and Santa Clara to hear him report and while there we also celebrated Don’s 56thbirthday.  Dalton and Caleb drove down from Provo and met us there.

March – We headed to Utah again since the Gilbert Temple had a two week maintenance closure and Don could work remotely.   We hit St. George on the way up where we got to have lunch with family.  We took Dalton, Sarah, Caleb and Mollie with us to visit Don’s brother’s family in Clarkston, UT on the Sunday we were there and went to their ward for church.  The building they meet in is a unique old one with lots of church history and family history on Don’s mom’s side. We also visited a cemetery there where some more of Don’s ancestors are buried as well as the grave of Martin Harris. On the way back to Provo, we drove through Logan and visited a couple of friends.  That week, Don worked in an office in the same Wells Fargo building that Caleb works in while I did some sewing projects in the hotel, went to the Provo City Center Temple, shopped and met up with Don and the kids for lunch. We hung out with the kids at night and went to a couple of their BYU intramural flag football games.  One night Don and I went to Sundance with Dalton and Caleb and they snowboarded while Don and I skied for the first time in 40 years! On our drive back home we found out that Nancy’s brother, Eric, and sister in law, Alex, from Pennsylvania were in St. George, so we got to meet them for brunch!

April – We went to southern Florida for the week of Easter to spend some time with Nancy’s extended family.  It was so wonderful to spend some time on Easter Sunday with aunts, uncles and cousins, most of which Nancy hadn’t seen in years.  Her cousin, Joe, hosted it at his beautiful home in Miami Beach.   While there we did a whirlwind day trip to Key West. We spent some time at the Everglades and Homestead, which is where Nancy’s mom grew up.  We attended an endowment session in the beautiful Fort Lauderdale temple (actually located in Davie).  This temple was dedicated shortly after our temple in Gilbert and has some similar architectural features.  The decorative theme of this temple is the Everglades and there was a beautiful mural of the Everglades in one of the rooms!  After our session we drove to Hialeah so Nancy could drive by one of her aunt’s homes and then ate at a delicious Cuban food restaurant (we discovered our love of Cuban food on this trip!).  We enjoyed a dinner cruise in Fort Lauderdale as well as a nighttime cruise to see Millionaires Row in Miami. We got to spend a little more time with a few of Nancy’s cousins at breakfast in Hollywood.  The rest of the time we just drove around taking in the sights and going down Nancy’s memory lane to see each of her aunts’ homes, most of who have passed away. This trip brought back a lot of happy memories for Nancy and she was sad to leave.  And it wasn’t even humid at all and the weather was perfect!   Nancy loves her “Engel Folks”!  Her mom’s maiden name is Engel and that’s what her family always called their extended family on her mom’s side.   Later that month, we went to Provo for Zach’s graduation and the night that we arrived Dalton proposed to Sarah and she said yes! So we got to celebrate with them as well!  And we also got to see my sweet dad again.

May – We flew to Provo for a few days so we could watch Porter, Piper and Beau while Zach and Tara went to Seattle on a house hunting trip.  We also got to see Nancy’s dad.  Then I flew home for my temple shift and Don flew from Provo to Pullman to spend some time with Landon while Ashlin and the kids were in Arizona for some of her family’s events.  Don was able to work remotely in the day and then hang out and explore with Landon in the evenings.   Dalton and Sarah came to AZ  for a quick visit this month.

June – Nancy went on a trip to Hamilton, Missouri with a dear friend.  Any quilters would know what Hamilton (the town, not the play) is all about!  An amazing lady, Jenny Doan and her son and family have revitalized this small town! Forbes recently had an article about them! The Doans have done for Hamilton what the Gaines have done for Waco but through quilting instead of home renovations.  But they don’t have a TV show!  We had a great time there and then also got to see the temple in Kansas city and go to some church historical sites in Liberty and Independence.  Later this month Don and Nancy wanted to get out of the AZ heat and actually went back to Pullman because now that Don got to see the rolling green hills of the Palouse during the spring, Nancy had to see them too and it just happened that Landon and Ashlin were spending most of the summer in AZ, California and Mexico with Ashlin’s family and so we were able to stay at their apartment with the cats while we were there!  So, Don worked during the day while Nancy hung out with the cats, ran some errands and just relaxed and then we ate out at some of  our favorite restaurants there and checked out some new ones and went on a really cool hike one morning and several drives.  We also met up with a childhood friend of Nancy’s from when they lived on Fairchild AFB near Spokane when she was little.  Nancy had reconnected with her on social media.

July – We wanted to get out of the AZ heat again so decided to drive back to Provo for the week of the 4thof July.  Eric and Alex (Nancy’s brother and sister in law from PA) were in Provo this week as well so we got to see them and we had an impromptu gathering with my dad at the VA home.  Again, poor Don had to work during the day at the hotel but we had fun every night with the kids and got to do some 4thof July activities in Provo, including getting to watch the Stadium of Fire fireworks from our hotel across the street. The 4thof July in AZ stinks so it was nice to get to spend it in UT.  Nancy and Mollie attended a wedding shower for Sarah in Centerville.   Later that month, Caleb and Mollie came to AZ for a week to purchase their home in Mesa and during that time Dalton and Sarah came for a few days as well for a wedding.

August – Back to Utah for the wedding of Dalton and Sarah on August 4th!   We hosted a dinner on the eve of the wedding at Archibald’s in West Jordan and a brunch before the wedding.  The sealing in the Payson temple was beautiful and the reception that evening at Cactus and Tropicals in Sugarhouse was lovely!

September into October –  At the end of September we embarked on a three week road trip, stopping first in St. George and celebrated Don’s mom’s birthday and saw the plays at Tuacahn, Prince of Egypt and Matilda.  Then on to Provo to see the kids and to celebrate my Dad’s 90thbirthday at a nice big room at the VA in Payson.   Tara put together a video of all the pictures through his life that Nancy could dig up.  It was a wonderful gathering.   We took the Provo kids to Bountiful and Centerville one day to show them all of our old houses, schools and stomping grounds and have a picnic in Muehler Park which is in the mountains behind the house that Nancy lived in during high school. Sarah is from Centerville and she and Don actually went to the same high school.  From Provo we drove via Boise, where we got to have lunch with some family friends, to Pullman to spend time with the Landon Broughs for a few days and got to attend the WSU vs UofU football game.  Then off to Seattle to be with the Zach Broughs for a bit.  Since we had already been there when Zach was doing his internship and seen most of the iconic Seattle things we mostly hung out with them, eating at yummy places, spending time with the grandkids and Don and I went on a tour of underground Seattle which was very interesting if you can handle a little potty and brothel humor!  We headed to Portland via Cannon Beach and Tillamook and that night we went to the Portland temple which is gorgeous!  It has a two story Celestial Room!  And the sister missionaries at the visitor center on the property were darling and invited us to watch general conference with them the next day, which we did for the Saturday afternoon session.  We ate Voodoo Donuts and watched the morning session in our hotel room where we were excited to hear about the change to the two hour block next year!  We tried to go to Multnomah Falls but it was closed for some reason so we just drove around until we came to Vista House and got to see a beautiful view of the Columbia River Gorge.  We took a tram ride where we could see an amazing view of Portland then ate at Screen Door and it was fabulous.  Took off the next morning (watching/listening to  conference on Nancy’s phone) and headed to the Redwoods via Acata, a cute little California town where we stayed overnight.  We spent the whole next day in awe of the huge redwood trees stopping everywhere we could to see them and taking little hikes to every point of interest. Such a unique part of this earth. We made it to San Francisco that night. Don worked at a Wells Fargo Bank office for the next couple of days while Nancy enjoyed the city and then we ate at our favorite restaurants at night.  For years Don had traveled a ton to San Francisco on business and in more recent years Nancy would get to go with him several times a year.  But it had been two years since we had been there so it was so nice to get to be in what is probably our favorite city.   We headed back home via Bakersfield, where we stayed overnight and then made it home safely the next day and got to see our front yard renovation (we had to do something to spruce up the house for our upcoming open house for Dalton and Sarah) which had been going on the whole time we were gone!  Thanks to our neighbors we got play by play photos of the process during this whole trip.  At the end of the month Don went to West Jordan for a week to help with the family of his sister, Joye, who is battling cancer.

November – Caleb and Mollie came to AZ for a family event in Mollie’s family and stayed with us for a week and were here for their birthdays.  Since they were here we had an early Thanksgiving dinner with them. Then the next weekend we went to St. George for the wedding of Don’s nephew, Brayden and his darling bride, Sammi. While in St. George we had another partial extended family Thanksgiving dinner.   For the week of actual Thanksgiving we both went back to West Jordan to help with Don’s sister’s family and had another Thanksgiving dinner!  Congratulations to anyone who even read any of this long drawn out travel log!  Like we said, this is really just our annual family history update mainly intended for our posterity.

Our Holiday Greeting   

We are so grateful for this time of year where we can reflect on our many blessings which includes our association with each of you.  We love celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ and hope and pray each of you may feel of His love always. Wishing you all a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful new year!

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Christmas 2017

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Brough Family Update 2017

The main reason we even started composing these updates years ago is because we aren’t journal writers and so they were our only documentation of our life to pass down to our posterity.   Then we thought it would be a good way to let those of you who we send Christmas cards to see what we had been up to each year so we started making copies of them to send with our cards.   But the more we heard about people who hated getting this kind of thing in the Christmas cards they received the more we thought about doing it this way.  So if you are one of the few people that are reading this we want to thank you for the time and trouble it took you to do so! We will try to make it as concise as possible!

Three/fifths of our kids are currently living in Provo…

 Caleb continues to enjoy working at Wells Fargo Bank. He transferred from the branch in the BYU Bookstore to the North Provo Branch right next to campus. He is taking online classes through Rio Solado Community College. Mollie graduated from BYU in April majoring in Communication Disorders and is now working on her masters. She is such a devoted student and we are so proud of her. Caleb and Mollie team teach the 8 and 9 year olds in Primary (our church’s childrens’ auxiliary).

Dalton got accepted to BYU for Spring Term and moved to Provo in April. He got accepted to the Marriott School of Management and began his program in Human Resources in the fall. He is working for a start up company called Jolt as a recruiter and in the new year will also be working with a couple of his friends as the producer of a podcast called Ticked. Although he has always loved being an Arizona boy he really loves living in Utah.  He is in the Sunday school presidency in his ward and really enjoys that because he loves to teach.

Zach is finishing up the last year of his MBA at BYU. The first year of his program was mostly about securing an internship which took them to Seattle for the summer to intern for Amazon. They loved it there and it led to Zach getting a job offer from Amazon after completion of his MBA this coming April. Tara continues to be a creative vlogger on her youTube channel Broughington and through that caught the attention of a really successful vlogger who hired her to do some editing for him. She is also very involved with the MBA Spouse Association at BYU. Of course that is in between being a busy mom to Porter (5), Piper (3) and baby Beau David (11 months) who was born on January 13th and is the sweetest and most smiley baby! Porter is in Kindergarten, just learned how to ride his bike without training wheels and likes Pokeman. Piper is our little singing artist! Zach serves with the 16 and 17 year old young men in their ward and Tara is in charge of the ward newsletter.

…One fifth of our kids live in Pullman, WA…

Landon graduated from ASU in May with a degree in Applied Biological Sciences. After being accepted to vet schools at Washington State and Oregon State, he chose Washington State and in August they moved to Pullman, WA and has now completed his first semester of vet school!   Ashlin started taking online classes through ASU majoring in Graphic Information Technologies. She is a talented artist and has an Etsy shop called Popsicle Paint. Dora (2) is a busy little girl that loves sharks, her kitties Ruben and Maple and her baby brother, Theodore Raphael (aka Theo, Teddy and Bubba) who was born on May 9th! He is the chunkiest and sweetest little guy and loves watching Dora and all her antics. They are enjoying their new neighbors and their sweet ward (geographically determined congregation) and are learning all about researching family history as they have been called to help others research theirs.

…and one fifth of our kids still live in Gilbert!…

 Jordan and Casey sold their first home and have recently moved into a beautiful new home they built that includes a hair salon with its own entrance for Casey to work from home.   We are just grateful that they didn’t move to Provo or Washington but are still in our neck of the woods! Jordan loves his job at Go Daddy and once again coached the girls swim team at Gilbert Classical Academy this fall. In addition to cutting hair Casey has a business called AZ Bridal Hair and really enjoys doing hair for wedding parties and she also sells a line of makeup called Maskcara. Lindy (3) loves playing with her mommy’s makeup, riding her scooter, Paw Patrol and took a dance class and did great in her recent dance recital (a new thing for Nana and Papa!). Jade (1 – and the one on our card that was not so thrilled about sitting on Santa’s lap) also loves riding her scooter and Peppa Pig. We are so grateful we at least have these two darling granddaughters nearby! They love their new ward and Jordan serves with the 12 and 13 year old boys in their ward and Casey is in the Primary presidency.

Don and Nancy became official empty nesters in April when Dalton went to Provo. It can be kind of lonely at times but we are not going to lie – we don’t hate it!  And we have been in the process of finally having proper guest room accommodations at our house.  We aren’t finished yet but we were ready enough by Thanksgiving to have Zach’s family and Dalton stay with us at Thanksgiving and Landon’s family and Dalton stay with us at Christmas.  All the kids will be in town for Christmas.

Don is grateful for his job at Wells Fargo and even though he didn’t have any business trips to San Francisco for the first time in many years he did travel on business a few times this year and of course Nancy made sure she went along. In March he had to go to Charlotte for a few days and then afterwards we went to Hilton Head Island and met up with Nancy’s only cousin on her dad’s side and her family. Even though Nancy lived in SC during her childhood she had never been to Hilton Head. It was wonderful! While down there we did a little day trip to the Isle of Palms to check out a beach house that Nancy is hoping she can talk Don into letting us rent for the whole family one of these summers!   He also had work in Minneapolis in July which was fun because Nancy had never been there before either. Then in October he had some meetings at Lake Las Vegas (actually in Henderson and the resort had no slot machines or gaming going on which was nice – we are not big Vegas fans) and then we drove up to Utah from there to attend Don’s sisters 5K run for her charity in West Jordan and to see our Provo kids, then flew home from SLC.

We also went to Utah several other times – in January to visit Don’s dad in St. George for his birthday and then up to Provo to visit kids and Nancy’s dad in the VA hospital in Payson – in April for Mollie’s graduation – in September to spend some time with Don’s sister and see our Provo kids AGAIN! In May Nancy’s brother, Eric, married a darling woman, Alex, in the Washington DC Temple so Jordan and Casey went with us to that and then we stayed for several days to see the sights in DC (Jordan missed out on a family trip we took with all the other boys when he was on his mission). It was a beautiful wedding and Nancy is so happy to have a new sister in law that she loves! In June Landon and Ashlin invited us to join them in Solana Beach, CA with Ashlin’s extended family’s annual trip there. We love to go to southern CA and it was fun to experience a beach trip Blake style (Ashlin’s mom’s maiden name). So we spent a few days there and then Don and I also spent a night at our family’s favorite boutique hotel in Hermosa Beach, Hotel Hermosa. In July Don, Landon, Jordan and Dalton helped Landon get their car and U-Haul to Pullman, WA and then Ashlin, the kids and I flew up to meet them and we helped them get settled in and toured the campus and the buildings that Landon will be studying in for the next 4 years. We loved the Palouse (a unique terrain of rolling hills which were covered with wheat fields while we were there).  Pullman is a cute college town and we feel really good about them being there.  While we were there Zach and Tara came down from Seattle (a 4.5 hour drive) for the weekend to join us.  We went to Seattle in August with some dear friends and loved seeing the city, Mt. Ranier, Victoria on Vancouver Island in Canada and got to spend some time with Zach and Tara and kids and tour the Amazon building that Zach worked in. We are excited that we will get to spend more time there in the future since they will be living there. On Labor Day weekend Dalton, Caleb and Mollie met us in Denver, where we met up with Nancy’s niece, Katie, to go to two Diamondback vs Rockies games at Coors Field.

We were blessed in September to get to meet up with Nancy’s cousin and his wife from Florida when they were in town for their son’s football game.

We didn’t renew our Diamondback season tickets this year and so of course as luck would have it they had a good season which Don enjoyed watching from the comfort of our family room. We have enjoyed going to a couple of musicals at Gammage on the ASU campus since we decided to get season tickets for the plays and musicals coming there this season, mainly so we can see Hamilton this coming February which we are looking forward to. Don keeps busy as the stake executive secretary.

Nancy started working at the temple again after taking an 18 month break. This time she is an ordinance worker on the Tuesday early morning shift and loves it.   She also has a small calling with the Young Women (girls 12 to 17) in our ward encouraging them with some requirements to pass off in a program called Personal Progress and is working on passing off some of the requirements herself. She is trying to learn how to play a couple of hymns right now. She also spent a lot of time making 72 holiday pillowcases for the grandkids which is going to be their Christmas present this year (of course it won’t be the most exciting gift for little kids but hopefully in time they will enjoy them).

It’s hard to watch our parents age. Don’s parents are doing fairly well, although his Dad did recently have a mild heart attack. He is doing well though now and getting used to his new normal. As mentioned before Nancy’s dad is in the VA hospital in Payson, which is hard for Nancy, to not be able to see him as often as she would if he was nearby. Thankfully our Provo kids can stop in from time to time.

As we write this at the end of another year we want to express our love and gratitude to you for your love and friendship through the years. We love this time of year as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Our church is doing their “Light the World” campaign again this year which helps to remind us each day of ways we can help others to feel loved and nurtured. We hope you all are enjoying the season and wish you all the best in 2018!

(So much for making this concise – sorry!)

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Merry Christmas 2016

img_1533Merry Christmas to you all! We hope you are enjoying the season and had a great Thanksgiving. We are on our way home from a fun Thanksgiving weekend in St. George with our extended Brough family and thought this would be a good time to knock out this update of what has been going on with our family this year and we look forward to hearing what has been going on with all of you!

Caleb and Mollie got married in May in the Gilbert Temple and had a beautiful reception in Mollie’s parents’ gorgeous backyard. We are so excited to have Mollie in our family. We have loved her for years and always hoped for this! After a cruise to Baja California for their honeymoon they went back to Provo for work and school. Caleb was working for Frontier Communications and Mollie is continuing her education majoring in Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University and will be graduating this coming spring. Shortly after they returned to Provo Caleb got a new job at Wells Fargo Bank as a personal banker at the branch in the BYU Bookstore. This works out perfectly for them because they can ride to campus together everyday. Caleb has also started online classes at Rio Salado. Caleb and Mollie are learning how to research family history since they have been called to help other people in their ward in researching theirs!

Dalton continues to work at Pay Pal while attending Chandler Gilbert Community College. In December he completed his Associates of Arts Degree. He will be transferring to Arizona State University in the fall majoring in Human Resources. In between school and work Dalton found some time to travel.   In April he went to New York City with one of his best friends. While there he saw Hamilton with the original cast. He recently went to Hawaii where he was able to spend some time with one of his former mission companions. While there they did many hikes and also a cageless shark dive! Dalton loves his Young Single Adult ward and the activities it provides including a hike to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon in May. After serving in the elders quorum for two years he is now serving as a Gospel Doctrine teacher which he really enjoys.

Landon and Ashlin live nearby in another ward in our stake. Landon is finishing up his undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Applied Biological Sciences at Arizona State University and will be graduating in the spring. He has been accepted to vet school at Washington State University and Oregon State University and will be visiting both schools in early 2017 before making his decision. At any rate they will be going to vet school next fall! We will certainly miss them but are so excited that something he has worked so hard for is coming to fruition.   Landon also works at his father in law’s vet clinic and pet store, Market Street Pet Depot.   Ashlin works from home at Info Track Services and also has an Etsy shop called Popsicle Paint where she sells her darling handpainted watercolor products. But she is mainly a devoted mom to our aDORAble Dora (1), who loves her kitties, Ruben and Maple, and will be a big sister to a baby brother this coming May! Landon serves with the Young Men in their ward and Ashlin teaches the 11 and 12 year olds in Primary.

Zach and Tara moved to Provo in August. Zach was accepted to the MBA program at Brigham Young University so he left his job at Burns and McDonnell and they sold their home in Gilbert. We were sad to see them go but now that we have two of our kids in Provo we have more reasons to go visit! And we have quite a few times this year!  They live in a cute neighborhood with lots of other MBA students. The program keeps Zach busy not just with classes but also with efforts to secure an internship for next summer. He has traveled to New Orleans and Chicago for job fairs and interviews. Meanwhile, Tara is involved with the MBA Spouse Association along with posting videos every weekday on her YouTube channel, “Broughington”. One of her videos has received over a million views and another video at almost a million. She is such a fun mom to Porter (4) and Piper (2) who are often featured in her videos and are the cutest little siblings. And they will be getting a little brother soon because Tara is due in January with baby number three! Zach and Tara teach the 15/16 year olds in Sunday School.

Jordan and Casey will be our only married kids that haven’t deserted us come August! Jordan is still working for GoDaddy and loves his job. In the fall he also coached the girls swim team at Gilbert Classical Academy. Casey works a couple days a week at Blossom Salon and Boutique as a hair stylist and she has also started a new business called AZ Bridal Hair. Lindy (2) got a little sister in January when Jade was born! They are darling little girls and we are so glad that they will be sticking around because they will be our only nearby grandkids once Landon and Ashlin move. Jordan is a ward missionary and Casey serves in the Relief Society presidency.

Don and Nancy are just growing old together now that everyone has flown the coop except Dalton and even though he still lives at home he isn’t home all that much.   Don continues to work hard for us at Wells Fargo Bank (for almost 34 years now). Even though the bank has gone through a rough patch this year and has had a lot of bad publicity they have a long history of being a great company and of service in the community. We are proud to be associated with Wells Fargo! He has traveled a little bit on business this year to Portland and Salem, OR – Nashville, TN – Birmingham, AL – Charlotte, NC and San Francisco, CA twice.   Nancy was able to go with him on all of them except Oregon. While on the Charlotte trip they stayed in the south for a weekend and went to Columbia and Charleston, SC where Nancy got to wax nostalgic since she lived in the Charleston area (Mt. Pleasant) while her dad taught at the Citadel. Don ran in three 5K races this year, one in Chandler with Zach (Ostrich Festival) and two in West Jordan. One was with his sister and brother in law to benefit a charity for a friend of theirs whose granddaughter has a brain tumor. The other one was to benefit a non-profit that his sister started called Joyful Welcome which provides layettes for babies in need. There was a lot of Brough extended family participation in this one including Caleb and his whole team from the Wells Fargo BYU Bookstore Branch. Nancy walked in the two West Jordan ones and is a little bit bitter that her running days are most likely over. Don and the rest of us enjoyed going to Diamondback games this year although they did not have a good season. Don serves as the Executive Secretary in our Stake’s presidency.

Nancy loves going to the temple every week and goes to both the Mesa and Gilbert temples alternately. She refers to herself as a” temple junkie”. On their trips this year she and Don were able to see LDS temples in Birmingham, Nashville, Columbia and went to the new Provo City Center Temple for the open house in March with Caleb and Mollie. She and one of her dearest friends went to the Houston temple while there for the Houston Quilt Festival in November. They also took a little road trip to Waco to see all the Fixer Upper craziness and it was a blast! Speaking of which, she loves HGTV and binge watching shows on Netflix and Hulu. She hosted book club a couple of times this year although she has not been a super active participant. Once again she is making a new year’s resolution to get back into it. She has loved her 9/10 year old Primary class this year and sharing her testimony of the Book of Mormon with them. Most of them memorized Moroni 10:4 and 5, which tells us how we can gain our own testimony of the book. She will miss her class and being in Primary as she has a new calling in the Young Women’s organization which she is looking forward to.

As a family we went to our favorite beach town of Hermosa Beach, CA in August for several days and stayed in the newly renovated Hotel Hermosa, our digs when we are there. In addition to our other previously mentioned jaunts to Utah we also helped Caleb and Mollie move into their newlywed apartment in June. In July we went to St. George for the return of one nephew from his mission to Mexico, the departure of his brother to his mission in California and their youngest brother’s ordination to the Aaronic Priesthood. Then most recently to St. George again for the above mentioned Thanksgiving weekend where a bunch of us hiked Angel’s Landing in Zion’s National Park on Thanksgiving day followed by a quick amateur photo shoot in St. George for the picture on our card taken with Dalton’s iPhone 7. On the day after Thanksgiving we had our Brough extended family dinner at the historical St. George Social Hall. Almost everyone was able to attend.

We were blessed to have Don’s parents come visit us in January to celebrate his dad’s 81st birthday complete with a cake with 81 candles that he blew out with no problem! Lighting them was a little tricky though! Several extended family members were able to join us for Caleb and Mollie’s wedding festivities and just recently we were so excited to get to have a visit from one of Don’s darling nieces for the weekend. Don’s parents are doing well and looking forward to his sister moving nearby them in January. They have been fortunate to also have his younger brother living nearby as well. Nancy’s dad, who is 88 years old is now in the VA Nursing Facility in Payson, UT due to some dementia and some recent falls. His wife has taken very good care of him for a long time but he along with the rest of us realize this is the best thing for him. It’s been hard for Nancy living so far away and she has always dreaded this day when they moved from Arizona years ago. Don and Nancy are planning a visit in January and we are glad that Zach and Caleb and their families at least live nearby.

We love this time of year as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We have enjoyed our church’s Christmas campaign this year, “Light the World” and how it has helped us to remember each day in December the ways in which we can be a light in this world for good. We hope we can do these things not just at Christmas but always. We appreciate your love and friendship, hope you are enjoying the holidays and wish you a very happy 2017!

Love,

The Broughs

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A “GRAND” Christmas 2015

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Brough Family Update 2015

Here we are again scrambling to get our card and this update out to all of you, hopefully before Christmas! We want you all to know how much you mean to us, not only this time of year, but always! Here is a recap of this past year for the Brough family:

Caleb returned home from his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in July. He served in the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission and in March, category five Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu. There was devastating damage to the island of Tanna (where he had served previously) and significant damage to the island of Efate where he was serving at the time of the cyclone. Fortunately there were not very many deaths but there was a lot of rebuilding to do, which he and the other missionaries were able to help with for several weeks. After the cyclone all the missionaries that were serving on the island of Tanna were brought back to Efate but that caused a lack of housing for the missionaries so it was decided that most of the missionaries that were due to go home within the next few months would be reassigned to missions in their home countries. Caleb was reassigned to finish the last three months of his mission in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission. It was heartbreaking for him to abruptly have to leave Vanuatu and the people he had grown to love so much, especially at such a devastating time for them but he ended up enjoying his experience in Hawaii where he actually served in a couple of Samoan wards in the Honolulu area. At the end of July, Don and Nancy took him back to Vanuatu VIA Fiji for our last “post mission” trip. We’ve loved visiting all of our boys’ missions but we would have to say that this was by far the most eye opening, adventurous one of all! We fell in love with the beautiful and sweet people and their amazing hospitality.   For a few days we even stayed in an authentic village with Caleb’s Ni-Van (native people of Vanuatu) “family” on the island of Malakula. We also visited the islands of Santo, Tanna and the main island of Efate. While on Tanna we got to be up close and personal with an erupting volcano, Mt. Yasir!  We could see some of the damage from the cyclone but for the most part they had recovered and rebuilt by the time we went which was only a little over four months later. However, they have been in a drought ever since the cyclone and can still use prayers! Caleb is now living in Provo, Utah and working at Frontier Financial and is recently engaged to Mollie McCurdy, a darling girl who he has known since junior high. Mollie is attending BYU and majoring in Communications Disorders. We are all looking forward to their wedding in May!

Dalton continues to work full time at Pay Pal and attends school full time at Chandler Gilbert Community College and Rio Salado College. He will be transferring to Arizona State University next fall to major in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He loves the young single adult ward he attends and keeps busy with his calling in the Elders Quorum. He went to Victoria and Vancouver, Canada in June for one of his mission companion’s wedding and loved it there.  He joined the East Valley Millennial Choir Organization because he said he missed singing in a choir. They put on an amazing concert at the beginning of December. We love having Dalton living at home with us although he isn’t home a lot!

Landon and Ashlin blessed us with a new granddaughter, Dora Capri (bottom right), in May, who has delighted us all. We surprised Caleb with her at the airport when he returned home from his mission. He knew that he would be getting to meet his other two nieces who were born while he was gone but we never even told him that Ashlin was pregnant or that Dora was born six weeks before he came home!   Landon and Ashlin live in a condo in another ward in our stake with Dora’s feline siblings, Ruben and Maple. Dora loves her kitties! Ashlin’s dad opened a new veterinarian hospital and Pet Depot in October at which time Landon quit his job at Pay Pal and is now employed in the family business. This will be great training, as he will be applying to vet school in the near future. He just finished another semester at Arizona State University. Ashlin enjoys being a stay at home mom and is also fortunate to be able to work from home for Fast Track Legal. She is the oldest of six children, and her youngest sibling is only six, so she is a natural at being a mom to little Dora.  Landon serves in the Young Men organization and Ashlin serves in Primary.

Zach and Tara keep busy with their little family. Porter (top left) is three and goes to pre-school two times a week. He loves robots and garbage trucks. Piper (top right) will be two in March and enjoys being entertained by Porter and loves to line up her toys. Zach continues to work as an engineer at Burns and McDonnell in Phoenix. He travels quite often to California on business. He took the GMAT this year and is now starting the application process for graduate school. So who knows where they will be this time next year. Zach ran the Phoenix half marathon in February. Zach enjoys his calling in the Young Men’s organization and Tara is an Activity Days leader and was also involved with their stake’s Young Women’s Camp last summer. Tara is a fun stay at home mom. She also teaches voice lessons and enjoys the world of mommy blogging!

Jordan and Casey are also busy with work and being parents to Lindy (bottom left), who will be two in April. Jordan’s new schedule at GoDaddy also allowed him to be a part time swim coach at Gilbert Classical Academy in the fall, which he really enjoys. Casey continues to cut hair at Blossom Salon and Boutique and is the sweetest mom to Lindy. Jordan is a ward missionary and Casey has recently been called to serve in the Relief Society. In July, when we were gathered at the house on Caleb’s homecoming weekend, Jordan, Casey and Lindy came into the house and Lindy handed Nana a paper which was actually an ultrasound picture of her sibling due to be born in January! They later found out that it will be a little sister for Lindy! We are all so excited for her arrival at the beginning of 2016!

Don and Nancy love being grandparents and almost empty nesters!! Don has worked for Wells Fargo for almost 33 years now of which we are very grateful. He didn’t have to travel on business as much this year as he has in the past. He did travel to Charlotte, NC and while there also visited a facility in Columbia, SC where he was able to visit Nancy’s niece. Nancy did get to go to San Francisco with him in July on one of his few trips there. Don and the boys are Arizona Diamondback fans and we all enjoyed another year of taking turns getting to go to their home games a couple times a week.   Both Don and Nancy had a few health “events” this past year. Don had his gall bladder removed about a year ago and Nancy recently had her thyroid removed. We can’t complain, though, because we have both enjoyed over 50 years of life without having to be on any medication. Now we are getting used to our new normal of getting old, dang it!  We both work out at a local gym four to five times a week. Hopefully the upcoming nuptials of Caleb and Mollie in May, will be incentive for us to get in shape! Due to our almost three week trip to Vanuatu and Nancy’s surgery, she quit her volunteer temple shift in the baptistry, which she had done for over five years. She misses it but still enjoys attending the temple once a week and hopes to be a temple worker again in the future. We enjoyed having extended family visit when Caleb returned from his mission and also went on several road trips to Utah to visit Don’s parents and brother in St. George, Don’s sister in West Jordan, Nancy’s Dad in Lehi and Caleb in Provo. Don keeps really busy with his calling as the stake executive secretary. Nancy was released a year ago after serving three years in the Relief Society. She was then called as the ward camp director and had a fun time with the young women in our ward in early June at a three day “glamping” retreat. She was recently called to assist with our stake’s girls camp next summer and will also be teaching the eight and nine year olds in Primary starting next year. Don and Nancy are on Facebook but are only “friends” with family members and currently serving missionaries. We are also on Instagram (herdofbroughalo), though, and our account is private but if any of you request to follow us we will accept. However, you need to be warned that Nancy is known to severely “overpost” especially when we go on a trip. Good friends have even unfollowed us because of this!

We are so grateful for our associations with all of you. We are especially grateful for this time of year as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

Hapi Krismas 2014

Caleb in VanauatuIn April of 2013 our son, Caleb, opened his mission call to serve a two year mission for our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called to serve in the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission. When he read where he was going most of us said, “Where’s that?” However, there were a few people that were somewhat familiar with it. Landon had heard of it from serving in Australia, where a lot of the missionaries that served in his mission were from various islands in the South Pacific, including Vanuatu. Zach had heard of it because he had a friend that had served in the Fiji Suva Mission years ago at which time Vanuatu was a part of that mission and his friend had spent his whole mission serving in Vanuatu. (Apparently, less than a year before Caleb received his call, Vanuatu was moved out of the Fiji Suva Mission and was made its own mission.) Our neighbor informed us that there was a recent episode of House Hunters International about a family that was relocating from Brisbane, Australia to Vanuatu and there were several people who remembered that the 9th Season of Survivor was filmed in Vanuatu.

photo-2 Other than that, the rest of us had never heard of it. So, of course we started looking up information online about Vanuatu. Here is a little bit of what we found in our search: Vanuatu is an island nation in the Oceanic South Pacific. It is located east of the northeast coast of Australia and west of Fiji.  Included in Caleb’s mission boundaries are the Solomon Islands which are northwest of Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the southwest. Vanuatu is part of Melanesia.

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Caleb has served in the main city of Port Vila on the island of Efate, several areas on the island of Tanna and several areas on the island of Malakula.  On some of the islands, including the island of Tanna, are active volcanos which Caleb felt erupt on a regular basis.

vanuatu Caleb was called to be English speaking but was informed that he would be learning a native language, Bislama, once he got to Vanuatu. It is an interesting “pidgin” English language and Caleb speaks it fluently and has also picked up some other island dialects as well. The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ,  has been translated into Bislama.

photo-3 For this year’s ornament I wanted to represent the Vanuatu flag in the design because I really like the description of what the colors and emblems on the flag symbolize: The black represents the Melanesian people that make up the majority of Vanuatu’s population. The red represents the country’s unity through blood. Green represents the land and its agriculture. The yellow Y-shape represents the light of the gospel going through the pattern of the islands in the South Pacific (approximately 83% of the people profess Christianity). The yellow emblem in the black is a boar’s tusk – the symbol of prosperity worn as a pendant on the islands – along with two leaves of the local namele fern. The leaves are supposed to be a token of peace and their 39 fronds represent the 39 members of the Parliament of Vanuatu.

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Brough Family Update 2014

Merry Christmas! We enjoy the cards, photos and letters we receive from you this time of year. Here is a recap of what has gone on in our family this past year:

Don and Nancy started out this year having the opportunity to serve as ushers during the open house for the new Gilbert Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   This was such a great opportunity to invite those not of our faith to see the inside of one of our beautiful temples. In addition to a weekly shift as ushers we went through the tour several times with different friends and neighbors. It was dedicated in March and it is such a blessing to have this beautiful temple in our own town in which to worship.

Jordan and Casey were blessed with the birth of baby Lindy Nicole on April 10th! She is such a beautiful and sweet little girl and has truly healed our hearts since the loss of Elliot last year. Jordan changed jobs and is now working at Go Daddy and really enjoys it.  He is a huge ASU fan and has season football tickets and loves going to the games even when it is over 100 degrees outside.  Casey continues to cut hair several days a week at Blossom Salon and Boutique in Mesa, has a jewelry business called “A Little Bit of Princess” (www.alittlebitofprincess.com) and is the sweetest mom to little Lindy. They recently bought their first home about eight miles from us and have been busy getting settled in and seem to like their new ward.

Zach and Tara welcomed little Piper Amanda to their family on March 7th! She is a little brunette beauty. Porter turned two in February and continues to delight us all.  Zach continues to work as an engineer at Burns and McDonnell. He has traveled quite a bit on business to California and had a trip recently to Wisconsin as well. He just ran the Gilbert Days 5K in November and is training for a half marathon in February. Tara is busy being the mom of two and does such a great job. She has a business making videos called “Shorts for Life” (www.shortsforlife.wordpress.com) and also teaches voice lessons in her home. Zach is serving with the Young Men of their ward and Tara is an Activity Day leader.

Landon and Ashlin were married in the new Gilbert Temple on May 16th and we are so grateful to have another beautiful daughter in law join our family!  It was so nice to have lots of extended family in town for the wedding and while here they were also able to attend the baby blessings of Piper and Lindy. Landon is finishing up his classes at Chandler Gilbert Community College and will begin classes at Arizona State University in January. He is majoring in applied biological sciences (pre-veterinary medicine). He also works full time at Pay Pal. He has been working out with a trainer and is planning on doing a mini triathlon in the new year. Ashlin is working at Zerorez, where Jordan used to work. They are busy newlyweds and the proud parents of two kitties (our grandkitties?), Maple and Ruben. They’ve enjoyed serving as ward missionaries in their ward.

Dalton returned home from his mission in the Australia Adelaide Mission in March and then a week later Don and Nancy flew back with him for his post mission trip. It was so great to be able to see the areas that he served in and meet the people that meant so much to him on his mission. We got to see the Adelaide area, Alice Springs (with a day trip to Uluru) and Darwin. On the way to Adelaide we stayed in Sydney for a day so Dalton could see some of Landon’s mission and it just so happened that when we were there we were able to go to the season opening game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the LA Dodgers at the Sydney Cricket Field.  Dalton is working full time at Pay Pal and attends Chandler Gilbert Community College. He enjoys the YSA (Young Single Adult) ward and stake he belongs to and serves in the elders quorum.

Caleb loves serving in the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission. After serving on the islands of Tanna and Malekula for most of the year he is back in the main city of Port Vila. He was able to wear sandals (even flip flops sometimes) when he was in the outer islands but now that he is back in the “big city” he has to wear his dress shoes again. We also had to send him some new white shirts because his were all yellow from having to wash them by hand. He loves the people of Vanuatu so much and loves sharing the gospel message with them and has been fortunate to see them accept it. We have really noticed through his emails a big change in Caleb. We miss him so much but are so grateful he is having this wonderful experience. We are still looking forward to June 30, 2015 for his return, though!!

Don continues to work for Wells Fargo Bank of which we are so grateful. He has traveled quite a bit this year for work and Nancy got to go with him on several of his trips to San Francisco. On one of his trips to Charlotte, NC he also visited a facility in Columbia, SC and was able to visit our niece, Katie. He’s also traveled to Birmingham, AL and Boise, ID. Don has always loved to read but this year he has started reading a lot of books electronically. He also enjoys going to Diamondback games even though they didn’t do so great this year. He is enjoying serving in the High Priest Group in our ward. We are so grateful for Don and the great husband, dad and papa he is!

Nancy loves volunteering in the baptistry of the Gilbert Temple on Tuesdays, traveling with Don on business (and also pleasure) trips and stays busy with her calling in the Relief Society (women’s auxiliary).  She made some baby quilts for the new granddaughters and has discovered that she really enjoys piecing quilts. Lately she has been busy making ornaments to represent Caleb’s mission.   In September she went on a quick trip with a dear friend to St. George, UT to see the plays at Tuacahn as well as a “girls” trip to Chicago with some of her sisters in law and nieces. She (Nana) has been watching Lindy on Mondays for a few months to “pay it forward” for Don’s mom watching Jordan when he was a baby!

As mentioned earlier we were blessed to have extended family here for the wedding weekend in May as well as some family that came in March for Dalton’s return home from his mission. We were also so happy to have a visit from Don’s sister in September for a few days.

Don and Nancy also went to visit Nancy’s dad in June while Don worked at a bank facility in Salt Lake City for a week. He turned 86 in September and then a few weeks later had open heart surgery in October.   Nancy is grateful that she was able to visit him for a few days in November.  It makes her sad that he lives so far away but she is grateful that she got to spend some time talking to him when there and expressing her love and gratitude to him for the loving way in which he and her mom raised her and her brothers. She is blessed to have had parents who loved each other and made sure that we kids knew they loved us. And that they made it possible for us to learn about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

In October Don and Nancy went on a trip to visit Nancy’s brother and nephew in the Pittsburgh area as well as some of Nancy’s and Don’s family in Ohio. While back east they also went to Niagara Falls and visited the LDS church historic sights in the Palmyra, NY area. It was such a blessing to feel the spirit as we sat in the Sacred Grove where the simple ernest prayer of a young farm boy was answered and the restoration of the gospel began.

When we returned from that trip we were able to attend the open house and dedication of yet another beautiful temple in Phoenix. We are so blessed to have so many temples in our midst!

Don’s parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in November at a Thanksgiving gathering in St. George, UT.   Most everyone was able to make it and it was great being together to honor this wonderful couple.  One of Don’s sisters and niece asked Tara to put together a video which we surprised them with at the gathering.  She did an awesome job!

We are so grateful for all of you and wish you all a “Hapi Krismas” and all the best in the coming year!

The Brough Family (brough7@q.com)

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Giving Tree 2014

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Kangaroo Christmas 2013

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While our third son, Landon, was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Australia Sydney North Mission, our fourth son, Dalton (who is currently serving his mission in the Australia Adelaide Mission) and I came across this cute and cheesy Australian Christmas song.  We both got a kick out of it (especially the part where the artist, Rolf Harris, says, “Mummy, where’s my mummy?  They’ve taken her away.”).  As per my tradition of making Christmas ornaments that represent the country where our boys have served I knew when Dalton received his mission call that his ornament would be a white boomer.  As I was trying to figure out how to share this song with the recipients of my ornaments, my eldest son, Jordan, came to my rescue and set up this blog for me.  I hope you will enjoy listening to “Six White Boomers” by Rolf Harris.

Brough Family Update 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!   We love receiving your cards, photos and updates this time of year.  Here is what has been going on with our family this past year:

Jordan and Casey :  Sweet baby Elliot Robert was born on March 7th and after being given a name and a blessing by his father,  peacefully passed away.  This was a very tender time for our family and we want to thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers.  They truly helped to sustain us all.  On a happier note…Casey is pregnant again with a healthy baby GIRL!  She is due in April.  Jordan graduated from ASU in Public Relations in May and is working at Zerorez Arizona as their digital marketing coordinator.  Casey continues to work at Blossom Salon and Boutique and at her parent’s home décor store, Rodworks.  She has been extra busy lately because they just opened a second store in north Phoenix.  They still live in our stake so it is nice to have them nearby.

Zach, Tara and Porter:  Zach graduated from BYU in April.  We packed them up the weekend of graduation and they are now back in Arizona.  In May he started his job at Burns and McDonnell, an engineering consulting firm, and they just bought their first home not too far away from us.   They have been busy painting walls and cabinets and getting settled in.  Zach and Tara both participated in a choir called East Valley Millennial Organization.   Porter is a delight to us all.  Tara is a darling mom and Porter is definitely a mama’s boy.  He only likes us if Tara isn’t around! Oh, and by the way, Porter will soon be a big brother to a little SISTER!  Yes, Tara is due in March!

Landon:  He moved out in May with a couple of friends.   It has been a good thing for him and he has enjoyed it and the singles ward he attends.  He is still working at Pay Pal and attending Chandler Gilbert Community College.  He has one more year there and then will transfer to Arizona State University majoring in Agribusiness.  He loves playing his guitar and writing songs and on Thursday nights he sometimes performs at an open mike night at a local coffee shop.  He has been volunteering at a veterinarian’s office on Mondays and the temple on Friday nights.   He has also planted a small garden in what is left of our yard around the perimeter of the pool.

Dalton:  He is still serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Australia Adelaide Mission.  This year he has served in Darwin and several different areas in the greater Adelaide area.  He is currently in the Klemzig area of Adelaide and loves it.  He has had some great experiences and it is going to truly be bittersweet for him to finish his mission in March. But we are not going to lie…we can hardly wait!

Caleb:  This has been a whirlwind year for Caleb!  He finished his senior year and graduated in May from Mesquite High School, but not before receiving his mission call in April to the Vanuatu Port Vila Mission!   I’m sure that the majority of you are saying what we said: “Where’s that?”  Vanuatu is an island chain in the South Pacific south of the Solomon Islands, north of New Caledonia, east of Australia and west of Fiji.   It was actually part of the Fiji Suva Mission up until about 18 months ago when it became it’s own mission so that is why not very many of us have ever heard of anyone getting called to serve there. Apparently, one of the seasons of the television reality show, Survivor, was filmed there, called Vanuatu: Islands of Fire.  Yes, there are live volcanoes on some of the islands!  He reported to the Provo MTC on July 3rd and after his two week training went to the Maryland Baltimore Mission with five other missionaries assigned to Vanuatu to wait for their visas.  Upon his arrival in Baltimore he had an appendicitis attack and had an emergency appendectomy the next night.   At this point we were feeling grateful that they had to wait for their visas because if they had gone to Vanuatu as planned he probably would have started having his attack mid flight and who knows what the medical conditions would have been like in Vanuatu!  He healed quickly from the appendectomy and loved the time he spent in Baltimore.  The visas came the end of August and they finally got to go to Vanuatu.  After serving in a pretty remote area for awhile he is now in the main city of Port Vila.  He truly loves the people and is pretty confident speaking the local language, Bislama.  We miss him terribly and of course Nancy will always worry about his living conditions (some places don’t have running water and limited electricity), but we know he is where he is supposed to be and wouldn’t want him anywhere else at this time.

Don has traveled a little bit more on business with Wells Fargo Bank this year and Nancy has had the opportunity to go with him on a few of these trips especially since they have become temporary “empty nesters”.  Nancy loves going with him when he goes to Charlotte and San Francisco.   On one of the trips to Charlotte Don also needed to visit some of the bank’s facilities in Columbia, SC, Roanoke and Richmond, VA .  So it ended up being a business “road trip” and while in Columbia we were able to see Nancy’s niece and also made a stop in Greensboro, NC to see Don’s nephew and family.  Don enjoys his calling in the High Priest Group and Nancy keeps busy serving in the Relief Society.  Nancy has loved volunteering at the Mesa Temple baptistry for over three years now.  Don and the boys enjoy going to Diamondback games during the summer.

We enjoyed a couple of trips to San Diego, once with Caleb on Memorial Day weekend so he could go to the San Diego temple with a good friend and his family and again in September with the rest of the family to go to a D-back/Padre game and the San Diego Zoo.  In the fall Don and Nancy went on a trip to Pennsylvania to visit Nancy’s brother and then to Ohio to see some church historical sites and visit relatives on both sides of our family.

We are excited about our new Gilbert Temple that will be dedicated in March.  Before the dedication there will be an open house for all to attend.  It is from January 18th thru February 15th and will be a great opportunity for those not of our faith to see the inside of one of our beautiful temples.  We have been assigned to be on the usher committee every Thursday night during the open house.   For information about the Gilbert Temple visit www.gilbertmormontemple.org.   Beginning on December 30th there will be information on how to acquire free tickets for the open house.

We are so grateful for our many blessings this time of year.  We know that we have a loving Heavenly Father that hears and answers our prayers and helps to sustain us through the trials of this life.  We are blessed to have all of you in our life and want you to know that we love you all and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

The Brough Family                                                                                           brough7@q.com

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