Excuse #1 - At the end of 2012 I was in the middle of muddling through post-race depression compounded by an over-use hamstring injury. In order to try to heal the hamstring, I stopped running for 2 months. Didn't help. It just made me more anxiously depressed and stressed out. Correcting my gait/form and making sure my stride alignment was spot-on is what helped the most.
So the year-end, "family news letter" didn't happen last year.
And here it is, way past time for another wrap up and I have run out of excuses. What significant things happened in 2013 for my family? Hang on, here goes!
January - Scout was still in the Chicago area working as a nanny. Rock and I had enjoyed a trip out to visit her in the fall and had an interesting experience going to the Chicago Temple and meeting a long lost cousin there, going to the Field Museum and the Art Institute and then playing on the roller coasters at Six Flags. But while she was home for Christmas she went on a date with a very good friend and they began dating long distance when she returned to her nanny family.
February- Scout & Drew were long distance dating/skyping...and setting a temple marriage date for 11-12-13. In the mean time, Rock and I did a little bit of snowshoeing.
Shematite started working part time at Dr Major's Farr West office by helping me in the billing department, learning to apply payments and track claims. That meant that "Q" took over the janitorial duties in our Farr West office. Which gives her a once a week job and the chance to earn her own money. Yes, for a few months last year Dr Major was writing 4 checks to the family! We are so grateful for that:)
April - Scout flew home for a short visit over Easter and she, Drew, MO & Rock went to St George for a quick run through Yankee Doodle canyon - and to visit family and friends.
Amazing May! - The Red Rock Relay team strikes again with another trip to Moab. This time Beth, Kira, Tris, Nicole, Rock and I made our way out of town and up and over the La Sal mountains for 70 miles in 11 hours. Trailblazer and Dreampacker drove SAG once again and I had a marvelous time with my family!
MO went to through the Logan Temple in May in preparation for her mission and Shematite was in full performance mode as she portrayed the character AMY in a community theater production of the musical "Little Women". We also enjoyed Q's final performance as a Knight Minstrel at NOJH.
June was a blur of shopping, gardening and planning. Our dear friends, the Coombs, paid us a visit to see Shematite's performance and test their lungs on the Skyline Trail with us one evening to watch the sunset.
And then came the last few days with our darling daughter....I am so proud of her!
Saying Good Bye at the MTC in Provo July 3, 2013.
I was totally unprepared for the wave of shear LOVE that came pouring out of the MTC at us that day as we dropped off MO. She hugged us and was quickly scooped up by a couple of smiling sister missionaries and she was gone! Rock barely had time to get her luggage out of the car and put it on the sidewalk. It was perfect:)
Luckily, I had no time to think about missing her the next few weeks. Rock and I were busy preparing for our Uintah Highline Hike (see previous post) and for Scout's return home at the end of August and marriage in November.
August - hiking, back to schooling, Girl's camping (for Q) and working for Shematite. Drew drove to Glenview, Illinois to officially propose and bring Scout back home. She arrived safe and sound at the end of the month with a ring on her finger and a wonderful man by her side.
In September we had fun taking engagement photos in St. George...
and getting a little down and dirty as we ran the Dirty Dash with cousin Kyle and dear friend Jennifer!
bridal photos ...
... a quick overnight backpack to the hot springs up Diamond Fork Canyon.
and one more end-of-season 5K just for fun!!
Rock received his Master's Degree in Teaching with Technology from Leslie University!
We had so much help from family, friends and coworkers! I definitely missed my "MO", but I felt her celebrating with us as she continued sharing her love for the Gospel on her mission and inviting others to Come Unto Christ and enjoy the blessings of an eternal family. That is what this year has been all about for us - blessings!! As we skyped with her on Christmas day, tears of gratitude and joy ran down all our faces as we sang Silent Night and other hymns together and felt of the Savior's love for each of us.