Dear Family and Friends,
It's the time of year to fill you in on all of the Warburton family news and while I'm typically on the "once every 10 years Christmas card sending plan" and you might be thinking "didn't she just do this?" it's been a whole year and lots of things have happened so buckle your seat belts and get ready for an update. 2016 was a bit of a rough year with a sprinkling of happy times and good news here and there.
Other than that, Gary's news is the same as last year....he works at the same place, he still teaches primary, he still takes wonderful care of his family, he still has the patience of Job, he is still the nicest guy you will ever meet, he still always has a smile on his face, he still never says an unkind word about anyone, and he's still just an all around great guy and we sure do love him.
She has spent most of the last three years serving as the Young Women's first counselor over the Mia Maids (the 14 and 15 year old girls at church). She really loved that calling but I suppose all good things must come to an end and she was recently released and is now the secretary in the Stake Relief Society Presidency. During the 25 plus years that we have been married Shanon has spent about 23 of those years in the Primary and Young Women's programs. She thinks that this new calling will be a stretch for her but I know that she will do great just like she has done in all of her previous service. She is still a stay at home mom which she thinks is the best job a girl could have. She likes to spend her free time with her nose in a good book or playing the piano. Although this past year has had its share of challenges, she has been able to recognize the hand of the Lord in our life and knows that He is watching over us.
said I wasn't very nice to myself). Chris
is working on getting his degree in Computer Science at BYU. He just started working at Sam's club there in
Gary and also
has an early morning janitorial job. He's
been waking up at 4am for as long as I can remember but I think the 4:30 am
janitorial job might be too early even for him....especially in the winter
time. He still loves all things computers,
Star Wars, and Doctor Who plus a few other things that are way beyond my
comprehension. He has always loved
playing the piano and is trying to get back into that with his early Christmas
present of a keyboard. Who
knows....maybe we'll get to see him in concert one day. Provo
Kinsey returned home in August after serving 18 months in the Washington Tacoma (WaTac)
. She absolutely loved her mission, the people
she met and the places she served. We
got to spend 9 wonderful days with her before she returned to BYU in Mission to pursue a degree
in Family Life Science. She was asked
out on a date by one of her zone leaders (who returned home about 9 months
before her) a few days after she got back to BYU and spent election night
getting engaged to said zone leader. His
name is Ryan Vorkink and they will be getting married on February 10 in the Provo . We liked him until we found out that he wants
to eventually settle in Alaska which is just a bit too far from Texas for my
liking so we have been trying to think of ways to stop the wedding. Not really...we are happy for them, think Ryan
is wonderful, and are excited for this new adventure in their life. Provo City
Jared is 16 months into his mission in
. He has also loved serving a mission and has
met many wonderful people. We love
reading his letters each week and seeing the occasional pictures that he sends
us. He will be returning home in August
(so far all of our children have returned home from their missions in August)
and will do just like Kinsey and Chris, leave to go to school at BYU within days/weeks
of returning home. He was accepted to
BYU-Idaho and has just applied to BYU Provo but we won't know until February
which school he will be attending.
Unless his goals have changed on his mission, he is hoping to pursue a
degree in Engineering. London, England
Emily is a senior in high school. She has also just finished her application to BYU and is anxiously waiting to find out if she was accepted. Her first choice is BYU-Idaho (which we just found out today she was accepted to) but has applied to both
Idaho and . She is hoping to go to a semester of college
and then would like to go on a mission.
She was a life saver this past year and kept our household running
smoothly while Gary and I traveled to Provo
each week. She is so helpful and loving
and boy do we appreciate all of the things she did while we were taking care of
Houston . She loves her friends, snap chat, not having
to share a car with her brother, and her class that takes her to the elementary
school across the street from the high school.
She loves working with children and is hoping to go into
teaching....maybe. The beauty (and
challenge) of being 18 is all of the decisions you get to make about your life
and the endless possibilities. Gary
We still have
's mom here with
us. We found a Gary
program that she goes to Monday-Friday during the day. She loves going and loves the friendships
that she has made. They always have
activities going on, a garden to tend to, and walks to take. She has dementia but is otherwise in very
good health. She just celebrated her
90th birthday and did a dance for everyone at the party we had for her. She still holds true to her English heritage,
has tea time every day and claims that a good cup of tea will cure what ails
you. She even convinced the senior
center to have tea time every afternoon. Senior Center
As we look back on this past year we feel so fortunate. Although it has been filled with challenges, we have been loved, provided for, and carried when we thought we couldn't go any further. We have seen miracles happen and been blessed beyond measure. We are grateful for the Atonement of our Savior ...it's cleansing power and enabling power....and His infinite love for each of us. We are blessed to know each one of you and are grateful for your love and friendship.
We hope you all are doing well and have wonderful Christmas season.
The Warburton Family
"Times change, years speed by, but Christmas continues sacred.
It is through giving, rather than getting, that the spirit of Christ enters our lives.
God still speaks. He prompts. He guides. He blesses. He gives."
Thomas S. Monson