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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