Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

December 20, 2015

Dear Family and Friends, 

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It is always a challenge to distill a year of living down to a page, or even a couple of pages of highlights. Briefly here are some family highlights:
  • Daniel and Ashley are in Provo where Dan is finishing up his schooling. Their three boys and two girls keep them busy. Dan works for Vivint, Ash keeps the home fires burning and wrangles their active kids.
  • Julie and Chandler live in Sandy. They have a girl and a boy.  Chandler travels a lot and saved up his travel miles and they were able to travel to Spain this summer and see some of the places where Chandler served his mission. Julie also works in mother/baby delivery.
  • Katie and Conor moved to Vancouver Washington this summer! It all happened very quickly as pieces fell into place.  Their Denver home sold before they had time to drive to Washington.  Katie is a pediatric nurse, Conor is starting his law practice.
  •  Travis and Becky live in Salt Lake City.  Travis got a promotion this year that has him working graveyards (he is the Hero - and I have worked them, so I know) and allowed Becky to be a mom-at-home. She is expecting a little boy this spring.
  •  Andrew and Caren live near Vancouver WA.  Andrew and Caren have a graphic design business that keeps them busy when they aren't wrangling kids.  
  • Mike and Jenny bought a house that is a good rock throw from Andrew and Caren's home!  So there will be a lot of cousin activities.  Jenny is expecting a little boy this spring as well.
We have been blessed, and they have been blessed.  And we all still struggle with the ups and downs of living in this old world.  Both of our mothers are still living, and that is a great blessing.  Anita's mom is 94, and my mom will turn 93 at the end of this year.  On a sad note, Scott Muhn (Janet's husband) passed away this summer.  We miss his testimony, his dry humor, and his ability to fix just about any mechanical or electrical device.  Scott blessed all of our lives.
Tonight we closed the curtains on the dark outside and turned to the light in our home. It is the 2nd longest night of the year, and seems more than a little symbolic of the darkness that seems to be creeping over the world. To endure the dark times in our lives, in our world we only have to turn to the light of the Gospel to find respite. A good part of that hope came when a baby was born in a stable. The King of Kings. 
We have a lot of nativity scenes that make the stable look quaint and kind of comfy with lots of nice clean straw.  I don't think it was like that at all.  Probably a lot more manure and flies.  I'm sure that Joseph did what he could do to make it comfortable, but for the ladies that say that camping to them is a Holiday Inn...well, this was probably not even a Motel 6.  But Mary and Joseph were true and faithful. They protected and nurtured him in very humble conditions.  Joseph had the faith to listen to his dream, and Mary had the faith to pick up in the middle of the night and follow her husband into a foreign country.   Because of these faith filled actions, and many others Jesus was able to live and to thrive, and to finally conquer death.  He brings light and hope into each of our lives, and that hope comes from the Atonement.  Without that hope our lives would truly be dark and sad.  With that hope we can rejoice with the shepherds and know that the dark parts in our lives, whether sickness or death, or any of the sad or scary parts of this life will not prevail in the eternities.  We are our Father's children, and through the Atonement, we can be healed, made clean, and come to live with him.

We wish you all the best.  Health, happiness, and all the blessings that a loving Heavenly Father has reserved for you. 

Merry Christmas from the Hahns