Where will Matthew Serve?

Matthew turned 18 back in August of 2015 and desperately wanted to serve a mission before going off to college. He deferred his first year of college to work and prepare himself for his mission. On January 25th the call came!

He opened it up and he is going to the Georgia Macon Mission speaking English. But get this, his report date is March 2, 2016 to the Provo MTC. That is 36 days of preparation! 

We quickly got an appointment at CTR clothing for the next Saturday. Made appointments for him to get his temple recommend. Get this, in those 36 days from call to MTC, the Seattle Temple was going to be closed for two weeks! Boy talk about shoe horning in some appointments! Thankfully we were working with friends who knew the importance of this call and moved heaven and earth to make it happen. He is going to make one heck of a missionary! 

Picking out ties!  

Picking out ties!

 

Dance, Dance, Dance

It must be dance competition time because that is all Jessie's calendar is full of. For the Redmond competition she tried out for the Pom and Jazz routines and made them both. She danced so well! We are very proud of her. February will bring two competitions and we are sure all her hard work will pay off. 

At the Redmond competition, Matt was one of the boys to sweep the floor during breaks and he did a fabulous job. They will miss him next year. 

 
Jessie is the far left girl in pink.  

Jessie is the far left girl in pink.

 

Matt and his moves!

Matt and his moves!

Catching up with the rest!

Lest we forget that Chris still lives at home. Chris has been doing fabulous in school! This past fall term he earned straight A's! He practically aced his History of Rock N Roll and Music Theory classes and received an A- in College Calculus. He is working one afternoon as a Chess 4 Life instructor at a local elementary school. He is just a good kid! 

He is playing on the ward basketball team. He is by far the oldest and maybe even the tallest (if he would stand up tall). But the team is so young they are struggling. We are so glad he is patient and kind to these young boys. He has recruited one of his old soccer friends to play with them. Rand French (#8 in the picture) is a great addition to the team.  He is a great help and a great example of what true sportsmanship is. We just wish his asthma wouldn't show up so often. 

Chris is #5

Chris is #5

Jason is at BYU and doing well. He has a job with BYU Grounds and will be working primarily at the Provo Temple. His major is Computer Science and he is enjoying college life. He continues to play guitar.

Kray and Alysia are still living in Bothell and have added another dog to their family. They now have Harley (new) and Winston. She is working and going to graduate school. Kray is working at a student load collection agency. This last month he was able to earn a bonus.

Steve is working hard at his real job and has found a new passion: video editing. He has a YouTube channel and for the most part it has been his outlet for Minecraft videos, but this past summer he got a GoPro and this Christmas he got a green screen and has been busy doing a lot of other things. He has a channel dedicated to motorcycle rides he has taken. At work they got wind of his editing skills and he spent about a week filming and editing some how-to videos for his work team. He has learned a lot and has enjoyed it. The only draw back is his studio, my office and the kids computers (think school and work) are all in the same room so sometimes we get kicked out.