Monday, January 13, 2014

Christmas Letter 2013

I was going to include this in my Christmas card but I just didn't ever get around to it. A little recap and holiday cheer for 2013:

Dear Friends and Family,
  Merry Christmas! We can’t believe how quickly 2013 has come and gone, and what an amazing year full of twists and turns. Here are some of this year’s Turney family highlights.
Adam was offered a new position at Forbuss Elementary as the Humanities (technology) specialist. This job has been a unique challenge, as Adam is no longer a classroom teacher and he is learning how to navigate his new role in the school. He teaches all the third, fourth, and fifth grade students in rotations. He’s also become indispensable around the school, fixing different technology related issues. His position allows him to experience other administrative duties as well and he’s learning a lot. He spent most of the year as an instructor in the Elders Quorum and is now the Elders Quorum secretary. He really enjoys his calling and loves serving in this capacity.
2013 was a significant year for me, because I finally, FINALLY accomplished a huge goal I’d been dreaming about ever since I could remember. I wrote a novel. A 60 thousand word, Young Adult contemporary fiction.  It took the better part of the year and hundreds of nap times for me to accomplish it, but I did it. Currently I’m working on revising and editing, and I’ll ether seek an agent in 2014 or self-publish via Amazon depending on current market trends. I am also loving my calling as a Relief Society instructor. It’s been a huge blessing to me.
Hannah has grown leaps and bounds this year. She is currently enrolled at Wright Elementary in a special pre-K class of mixed abilities students to model typical peer behavior. She loves preschool, and has been especially interested in letter sounds. She is taking a music class, which she loves. Hannah is extremely independent, and loves to take care of herself and her sister. Hannah started primary this year and almost every week she volunteers to say the prayer, read a scripture, or give a talk. She loves that microphone.
Paige is not your average two year old. In fact if you ask her, she insists that she is three. Her vocabulary is extraordinary and she is able to communicate easily with everyone.  She has the sweetest heart, and loves to snuggle and spend quality time with her family. She started nursery this year, and loves it. She loves her nursery friends, and especially loves her teachers.
Our most exciting news is that we are expecting Baby Turney #3 in June 2014. Adam has been incredible, taking care of our little family while I’ve been experiencing morning sickness and exhaustion. In fact, the whole family has really helped out and picked up my slack.  We can’t wait to meet this new edition and find out what new surprises lay ahead. Hannah is probably the most excited, and often asks to see pictures of what the baby looks like right now, or how big the baby is right now. It’s going to be a long wait! We are especially excited that HE is a BOY! We need a little more testosterone around here. 

We want to express our love and gratitude for each of you in our lives. We are so incredibly blessed to know you. We also want to share our testimony of our savior Jesus Christ, the reason we celebrate Christmas. We know that through His atonement and example we may find peace and happiness.  

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