Whicker Family Christmas - 2006
|May Day! Glenn made his long-awaited flight in a powered parachute with his Dad on 1 May 2006. It was a blast! And a BUST! On our 3rd takeoff, we hit a downdraft that slammed us into the roof of a garage in Syracuse, UT. Both Dad and I were hurt pretty bad, and I'm still suffering from a left leg that won't heal. More details are available at http://whick.com/fly/Mayday!.htm. Dad (age 73) has recovered nicely, while his young son is still being a wimp - I've had to use crutches for over 7 months already. Darn!||
Here's a shot of my grandgirl, Brinly, pushing me in my wheel-chair during our visit to Kirtland, OH, during our cross-country move to Utah from Virginia.
|Missionary! Our #4 daughter (by age, not quality!) is on her way to Neuquén, Argentina, to serve for 18 months as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has been in the Missionary Training Center for almost two months and is very anxious to head for Argentina itself in a few days (Dec 18). Her Spanish is steadily improving, and she's even been called to act as Coordinating Sister in her MTC zone.|
|Farewell, Virginia! For Pioneer Day this year, we decided to become pioneers ourselves, so we started West with our wagon!||
Hermana Ali Whicker
Argentina Neuquén Mission
Salt Lake City, UT 84130
miss all of our dear friends there - many of whom we've known since
our first arrival to Virginia in 1991. Thanks to all of you
who made Dale City such a beautiful spot for us to raise our
children in. They will
always consider VA their home, and we will forever be your friends! Lyndsey especially misses her MIA Maid class, who were so loving to her, even as we left.
Lyndsey remains the volleyball queen here in Utah! She's really enjoyed it, and also participates in choir at school, has completed driver's ed, has her learner's permit, and gets straight A's, as always. She's serving as MIA Maid class counselor, but she does have the luxury this year of getting released-time for Seminary, rather than having to get up so early every morning! She LOVES that idea! All-in-all, I think she has adjusted nicely to her new environment, though she doesn't yet have any friends as close to her as the gals were in Virginia.
Hello, St. George!
We added Addison Harward to our collection of grands in October. Daughter of our #3 (by age, not quality!) Jami and her husband, James, Addie is perfect in every way! It's really fun to watch Jami as she becomes accustomed to the rigors of motherhood. She's a beautiful Mama and they'll both excel as parents. They live in Provo, so we get to see them often. It's fun being a grandparent! P.S. Two more grands are on the way! Cami, with a boy in March; and Tara in August (gender unknown)!
A Pet At Last! Because of Katie's trach, we've never allowed her to have a house pet (dander danger!). So she's been in dog heaven since our arrival here, because our sweet neighbor, Claudia, hired Katie to take her dog, Tilly, on a walk every day after school! The two - dog and child - love each other so much, it is just darling to behold! And we still don't have to have a dog in our house!
|Two New Graduates!||New Career!|
Jami and Ali graduated from BYU in April - at least that's when they
walked the aisle! Actually, Jami finished her degree
requirements in Dec 2005, and Ali finished everything up by August.
But the April commencement was a beautiful time for all of us as we
finished up with our 3rd and 4th college graduates!
Jami, Pam and Ali
As we settle into St. George, with Glenn starting a new career
teaching high school Junior ROTC and Pam organizing a new home, we
wish to stop and consider the many blessings we have because of the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. We send our love to you, our family
and friends, and hope you'll have the chance this season to consider
all you've been given. There are no challenges we face that
cannot be overcome by appealing to our Savior, and all of those
trials can help us become more like Him. Have a blessed
Christmas season, and may your heart be warmed knowing that you are
Glenn, Pam and the Whickerettes