With the coming of fall it brought some calmness to our challenges that we have faced this past year, which we are truly grateful for. No family is without trials and ours was no exception this year.
In the spring Nathan was rock climbing (bouldering) so he was without a harness and fell 13 feet and landed between the mats and broke his ankle. We will spare you the awful pictures of his compound fracture. They did emergency surgery that night, coming out with new permanent hardware…two plates and twelve screws. He was on crutches for the next three months and finally out of the boot in July. With all that happened, he still managed to finish his Associates Degree, work, date, and start up to the University of Utah. He is finally back on his two feet and going strong.
At the same time Landon was in his senior year of High School, deciding where to go for college, playing baseball and trying to enjoy all the senior fun. He graduated from Cottonwood High School, Seminary, and the Academy of Finance and is going to Salt Lake Community College and working as a runner for Jeff’s work. With the missionary age change he is working on putting his papers in January and hoping to leave the middle of May, right after school gets out in the spring.
Jeff was released as Stake Young Men’s President in August and is a little lost after being involved with the Young Men for the last six years. Not too lost though…they have asked us to be a Ma and Pa for the Trek to Martin’s Cove in July. He continues to enjoy hunting & fishing with his Dad, brother and boys when he can sneak away from his busy job.
I faced my own health challenges. In April I ended up in the hospital with Pericarditis which was fluid and inflammation between my heart and the lining of my heart caused by a virus. It has taken until fall to fully heal. I still managed to drive Nathan to school and work during his recovery and go to Landon’s games and all of his senior events.
Landon’s much awaited graduation trip came in July and we headed to Boston to see his favorite baseball team the Red Sox play against the Tigers, Twins, & the Rangers. Boston is an amazing place and so rich with the history of our countries beginning. It was a memorable experience for our family. Through all of what life has given us this year, we are grateful for the peace we have of just being a family.
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” -Robert Brault
Enjoy the Seasons of Life,
Jeff, Joan, Nathan & Landon