Is it really this time of year.... REALLY? Every year I am going to "start early" and take the time to do ALL the things I want to do. One of those includes taking the time to write individually on each Christmas Card and ask you about your children, your jobs, your life.... well, lately it seems lucky if they even get out at all, because I have to handmake the cards you know Ü. Anyway, this year an electronic update is what you get, LOL.
Some people refer to these as "brag letters", well, I'm glad I have something to brag about, ha ha ha, but we truly have once again been blessed. That is the best part of doing a family letter is making me stop and think (whether I include it in the letter or not) about all the things that I am thankful for or that has happened to us the preceding year. This year is no different!
Cassie - My beautiful daughter...she turned that magical age this year and offcially got her driver's license. Unfortunately for her the car we had for her to drive isn't working and she is forced to share with me. Hopefully we will be able to get another car for her soon and she will be a little toooooo independent! She once again is in the show choir at school and this year she is also in the girl's choir and tried out again for Girl's Quartet and made it.! She is still excelling in her piano as well. This Fall she also got to start Cosmotology School. She is one busy girl but aside from the stress it sometimes brings, loves it all! We have constant reminders that inspite of her busyness, her health has to come first. She got a new insulin pump in August and really is doing well.
Jacob - Well, he is Elder Scott this year! He is serving in the Oregon Portland Mission. He left the end of May so has been out for 6 months already! He is absolutely loving serving the Lord and sharing his testimony. He has had some great companions and just barely got transfered to his 2nd area. He told me he wants to serve a mission forever he loves it so much. I reminded him that "Yes, you can be a missionary forever, but in May of 2011, you have to come home to your Momma and continue to serve!" He is truly such a great example and I love his enthusiasm for the work, for the gospel and just for life in general.
Aaron - He has had a kind of rough year and yet is really is doing so well. He moved back home with us in April and was officially a single man again in August. It wasn't what he wanted but it is what he got. By the time is was final he was ready though, to start rebuilding himself and his life. Well, he had already been working on himself but it was a lonely process, he had "zero" friends and basically was my little buddy all Summer long and he plugged away. By the time August got here he was ready to dive into the singles ward and find him some friends at the institute. He is the Ward Mission Leader in the Single's Branch and teaches one Sunday a month in Elder's Quorum. He works at Wal-Mart and it getting ready to move out with some roommates. He has lost about 40 pounds through all this and definately has a smile back on his face and a skip in his step. What do they say..."what does kill you will make you stronger!"
Sam & Brie - They had an adventurous year! They spent the Summer on an Intership in Washington D.C. Sam worked for the Smithsonian Museums. They had so much fun and they took the time to experience EVERYTHING they could while out there, including driving two different directions coming and going so that they crossed 26 state lines! WOW! When they got back, Brie returned to her job at "Peaks" Ice Skating Rink that she loves and Sam got a new job, another Intership, at the Draper Temple. Yes, his paying job, is working with the Facilities Manager in the Temple. What a nice clean, no foul language job. He really enjoys it. Sam has 2 or 3 semesters and he will be finished with BYU and ready to tackle life! Who knows where they will end up, but as for me, I'm crossing my fingers it will be close! PLEASE! They will be home for Christmas this year and I can hardly wait!
Brian - Business has been a little hard this year.... and because of that the Scott Appraisals office was moved home. That's right, Brian took over Jacob's bedroom. I call it the cave! He says he is surprised that he misses the noise of the traffic and when he needs to go the post office or something, it is a little farther drive, but it really hasn't been bad having him around. He is still Bishoping and still loving the interaction with the ward members, I know he will miss it terribly when it comes to an end.
Me - Well, what can I say, another year come and gone, life changes and twists and turns like you wouldn't expect, but, we still have each other, our family and some wonderful friends have made such an impact on our lives. I am still Stamping and Scrapbooking with Close To My Heart and it has been such a great outlet for me. I've been playing the piano in Primary for several years as well as Assistant Stake Camp Director and that is a BLAST! I don't know, but I don't think there is a better program in the church than Girl's Camp! Ü
One of our Favorite blessing this year has been to watch the temple raise from the ground to what we see now! We were able in February to go to the Ground Breaking Ceremony and we were able to watch them place the Moroni on the Spire and that was a wonderful event with the highway lined with cars of people just as excited as us. We look forward to being able to attend the Open House and the Dedication in the next few months and then to just "Attend" the temple! What a blessing!
In a troubled world, we are so grateful to know, what we know and have the Lord on our side, and to know that he is in charge! Brian always says, "Everything will be alright in the end, if it's not alright, then it's not the end." Hmmmm, Everything is alright and everything will be alright! We wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and a very very Merry Christmas!
Brian, Karen, Sam & Brie, Aaron, Elder Scott (Jacob) & Cassie