The Energizer Cowboys who kept things humming at the reunion

The Energizer Cowboys who kept things humming at the reunion
These kids know how to have fun!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Letter 2012


Christmas 2012 (The abridged plates of the past year)

Dear Family and Friends,

Greek philosopher Epictetus once said, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” Our family has had many occasions to rejoice this past year and recognize the many blessings we’ve received. For this we are truly grateful. As we celebrate this Christmas season we are especially thankful for the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and for His atonement. It is a gift that can bless all those who embrace it.

     The arrival of three new grandchildren this past year was a special blessing. After Rob and Kathryn’s sad loss of Travis last year, they continued their efforts to adopt. This spring a lady from Idaho contacted them about adopting her baby. They went to Idaho on Jun. 7th and were there for the delivery. Serious complications arose, and the baby was life-flighted to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah. The doctors figured the baby would be in the hospital for three weeks. Family prayers were answered and the baby was released after three days. He is healthy and strong and doing fine. They named him Ryan Lemuel, after Kathryn’s father. The adoption was finalized Dec. 11th and Ryan was sealed to them on the 15th in the Monticello Temple. His older brother Ethan is ecstatic (as are his parents and grandparents)!

Nathan and Tammy had a baby girl, Isabella Felice, on May 9th.  Laurie and Brendan were especially happy to welcome a new baby sister and have been really good helpers.  

Chris and Pam still live in Provo and have seven children. He works for BYU keeping their heating and air conditioning running. He was released as Scout Master this past summer after serving many years in that position. Pam is a counselor in the Primary. Their oldest child C.J. will graduate from high school this spring. He also turns 18 in Jun. so he would be ready to serve a mission and is attending the Mission Prep class.

Quentin and Bev are in Gilbert, Az. Quentin works at Avnet as an accountant. Bev was recently called as primary president in their ward. Anthony and Ashley now live in Mountain Home, Ut. Anthony graduated from Law school this spring, passed the Utah State Bar and was hired as a prosecuting attorney for Duchesne County. He and Ashley had a baby girl, Lawsyn Margaret, who was born on June 25th

Autumn and Theron are in West Valley where he serves as bishop of their ward. He works for the State of Utah Dept. of Health and still rides his bike to work each day. Autumn is chairman of the cub scout committee and helps to plan lots of the ward activities.  She is a great neighbor, and is always looking for people to help. She competed in a couple of marathons and several other races this past year and has run over 1000 miles this year. They have three children. Andrew and Amy live in Kaysville. He is an investigator for the Utah Workman’s Compensation in Sandy, Utah which takes him all over state investigating accidents. Amy is a nurse and teaches CNA classes. They have three children.

The main traveling we did this year was to visit our kids and attend family reunions. there.  For Janet’s 70th birthday Bev and Amy initiated a 70 plus page collection of letters from family, friends & former students.  It was a very tender and special gift.

At the CEU/USU graduation we were given a Student Service Award, for our help over the past dozen years with college kids. Janet organized a two-day 4-H quilt camp in June with about 25 kids attending.  In June we went to Payson Lakes campground for a reunion with Steve’s siblings. The last part of June the Steve Wilcox clan (32 of us) met at Mountain River Ranch near Ririe, Idaho for a family reunion..In addition to learning more about Ririe, via a treasure hunt, we took a tour of the Keeler farm, which was only 15 miles from where we camped. Janet was able to show her children and grandchildren where she grew up.  She also created a couple of family jeopardy games for the reunion.

    Starting in April we began a big outdoor improvement project which included cleaning out weeds, putting in a meandering walkway at the top of the garden, as well as new flower beds and a fire pit. Then in August we had a deck built providing much needed shade for our patio, plus a fun place to sit in the evening, or have a sleep over for grandkids.

Even though our garden has half the size as usual we still had tons of tomatoes and other produce to share. We initiated a big 4th ward reunion in Blanding Sept. 22, as our ward had been dissolved a year ago, and divided into three others.  Janet created a 80 min video featuring ward events of the past 38 years.  It was a big undertaking as she used nearly 800 photos set to music, but everyone seemed to enjoy it.  We keep busy teaching Addiction Recovery class every Tues night.  Steve works in the Monticello Temple Tuesdays in the morning, and we also shepherd the Young Singles in our Ward and hosted many dinners and parties for them during the past year.  We also go visiting teaching and home teaching…so we manage to stay out of trouble.  We love Blanding, the slower pace of life, little traffic, the good people we constantly rub shoulders with and the good clean air we enjoy when walking.  Janet walks every week day and has gone over 750 miles so far this year.  Our family blog is


Our best Christmas present was getting this little guy (in white) officially adopted and sealed as part of our family on Dec. 15, 2012. 

           May you continue forward, holding to the “iron rod”, with faith in Christ as your guide.

"Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born,
if he is not born in thee, thy soul is still forlorn."
(Angelus Silesius)




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