In case you missed our Christmas letter for this year... here it is. I couldn't think of anything happy to write about that happened in 2014, so Shane and I decided to write something a little different. Be warned, this letter was written with Shane and I laughing to the point of tears sitting around the dinner table composing the exact opposite of a brag letter... hope you can laugh with us. ;D
This year started with Morgan and the kids moving to Highland, Utah perfecting the art of being snowbirds during Shane and Morgan’s trial separation of 9 months. Shane practiced being a celibate bachelor, kept the house clean (thankfully!) and faithfully paid his alimony and child support, face-timed the kids and enjoyed his once a month, supervised, 4-hour visit with his children. With her alimony, Morgan bought her own set of wheels and heated seats and is very happy with Pearl (the Jeep Grand Cherokee). The kids and Morgan quickly discovered that the cold isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and have permanently returned to Saint George to thaw out. Shane and Morgan remain busy passing each other like ships in the night. Shane continues to work at CAL Ranch as a manager for his second year and is trying to enjoy crazy retail life, while Morgan is busy with her new calling as Beehive advisor, but is learning to enjoy the wild youth.
Lexie (5) is trying to break through Hollywood as a “One-man-do-it-yourself-flash-mob” member. Lexie spends most of her spare time: choreographing, directing, filming, acting, singing and dancing to her own original songs. Her unique interpretation and wardrobe choices are sure to bring a smile to your face. Rehearsals are held spontaneously with a good musical beat, anytime, anywhere- space is not an issue for Lexie, and even practicing in mom’s closet will do. Performances are done nightly, you must have a free ticket and intermission and popcorn is included. If you ask nicely, Lexie would be tickled to show you hours of her self-filmed and dizzying footage on the iPod. (I dare you not to go crossed-eyed watching!)
Linkin (2) is battling chronic multiple-personalities. One minute, we’re spooked by a shadow in the hallway and with his best Christian Bale impersonation, “I’m Batman!” Or we’re chasing down the naked blur otherwise known as The Flash to put on his superhero undies (the potty-trained expert). Or we’re playing knight in shining armor searching for “bad guys” to defend the Dewey castle and resident Princess. Shane and Morgan giggle seeing Linkin seemingly growing like a weed overnight as our Iron Man stretches his suit to new limits and busting the seams- we add it looks rather uncomfortable.
The year 2014 has too many downs and a few ups, but we are trying to find good moments from this year to smile about. Our family has been blessed through the love and support of two wards (Highland and St. George) by our friends (near and far) and family. Words can never adequately thank those that have reached out to our Widmer family and this family in our time of need, but thank you! This year our family has been forced to focus on what matters most and to look at life’s challenges with an eternal perspective especially with Morgan losing her mother. April will be greatly missed, but our testimony on fasting, praying with a purpose and especially trusting the Lord with our all our hearts has grown by leaps and bounds. We are thankful for the gospel’s knowledge that families are forever and we will eventually be with each other again. This Christmas we are thankful for so many things, but for our family, for the reason for the season, our Savior, Lord Jesus Christ.
May you find this Christmas in good spirits and great health!
Shane and Morgan, the happily married couple, the Hollywood hopeful, and Batman