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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas from the Pedersens!


Merry Christmas! 2015 has been a year of UPS and DOWNS for our family.  Enjoy the ride (we tried!).  Our family motto for the year came from Joseph B. Wirthlin, who said, "Come what may, and love it!"  There were definitely more UPS than DOWNS, but the DOWNS we had this year were some biggies. We are just SURE that 2016 will be filled with many less downs (at least not as many big ones!).

General Info:  Although Dan experienced a lot of drama and changes this year (you'll read all about that below), my year was pretty much the same. I continued to grow my business with Close To My Heart.  I am currently a Senior Executive Director and enjoy teaching classes and leading my team. I am serving as the Sunday School teacher at church for the 12 and 13 year old youth.  I love it. I got another new calling in May (see below). Dan continues to serve in the Bishopric and makes it his goal to tell as many jokes from the pulpit as he can.

January:  Dan was called into his boss's office in January and was made aware that they were going to be closing his division in the company.  That meant we were back on the job market.  It was something we knew could be happening at some point, but we thought we'd have some warning.  The day they called him (and the others in his division) in was their last day of work. DOWN! The good news is that Dan found another job quickly. By the end of January he had 2 job offers, had chosen the one we felt the best about, and was all prepared to begin work mid-February. UP!  Easton, Daysha and Sage moved to Minnesota (DOWN for Dan and Karen) for 9 months of training for his new and awesome job (UP for Easton and Daysha).  Karen headed to Grand Junction, CO for several days for her business and enjoyed herself there. UP.  Twin grandkids, Livvi and Street turned 3. UP.

February:  We began February with a big UP!  Dan and I traveled to Hawaii and spent a week at Aulani (the Disney resort). I had earned this FREE trip through my company and was excited, after a little bit of an emotional roller coaster in January, to take Dan and enjoy some R and R, with no cost.  We had a wonderful time.  We returned home and Dan began work with his new company, selling water, heating and air. UP! Granddaughter, Daci turned 6.  UP.


March:  Dan continued with his new company and was off to a great start! He set a record for the highest first 6 weeks of sales of any new rep in the history of the company.  Things were going well. UP! Karen headed to Denver, CO to present at a meeting for some her downline there, and to celebrate one of her downline promoting to Director. UP

April: I spent a weekend with Rick and Kori's 3 kids while they had a little getaway before baby #4 arrived about 6 weeks later. It was lots of fun. UP!  We also headed to Cedar City to watch the Southern Utah University Spring Scrimmage.  It was strange not to see Easton out on the field (DOWN), but we really enjoyed watching Tannon do his QB thing. UP!  On April 27, Dan came home from work and hobbled into the house. He had hurt his back so badly, it was all he could do to make it in the house. DOWN.

May:  May is a month we would mostly be fine with erasing from our history. Dan spent the whole month sitting in one position. It was the only way he could exist.  Standing, sitting normally, laying down, or walking were not options.  DOWN! Like I said, it was a month we would be just fine forgetting.  Dan spent a lot of time at hospitals, in MRI tubes, and having numerous injections in his spine. We learned that he had two inflamed discs that were pinching his sciatic nerve. DOWN! He was in severe pain 24/7, and highly medicated.  I learned really quickly that not only Dan, but I would be in big trouble if this became permanent. A big guy like Dan the Man is impossible for me to carry!  Pushing him in a wheelchair was even a bit of a challenge. DOWN! There was a lot of praying happening this month! Thanks to all of you who were doing all of that praying!  UP!  On a brighter note, I had fun watching granddaughter, Daci on the soccer field on Saturdays.  UP!  Another UP in May is that I was called as a temple worker in the Provo Temple. It was a huge blessing to me and really renewed my faith and filled me with the Spirit during a difficult month for our family.  Dan and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.  Keep in mind it was celebrated with him on the couch with a stack of pillows to lean on. Very romantic (UP and DOWN).

June:  On June 1, because Dan couldn't work with his back injuries, he was let go from his new job.  It seemed more than a little unfair, but after consulting with some legal counsel, we decided that legal action wasn't worth persuing.  DOWN.  Dawson returned home from his 2-year mission for our church in Sydney, Australia on June 3 (Dan's birthday). UP!  Dan set a goal to be able to be at the airport to greet him.  When walking from the couch to the bathroom was still a huge accomplishment, this really was a really BIG goal.  We had a family fast, in addition to all of the prayers that were being said.  He did it!  It wasn't easy. It took a TON of time to get him from the car into the airport, and we brought a portable chair that he had to sit in once we got into the building, but he did it!  He was able to be there to watch Dawson arrive and enjoy the celebration. He even stood up long enough for a few photos. UP!  Having Dawson home after 2 years was a definite UP!  Three days later, Rick and Kori welcomed their 4 child, Stade Justus Roberts.  He is a keeper!  Dan began improving and by the end of June was functioning...albeit slowly and very carefully.  He was walking, attending church, and had begun interviewing to find a new job. UP! Dawson also found a great full-time job that would allow him to work through December and save for school. He'll be attending Southern Utah University, just like the rest of the family has, beginning in January. UP!

Dawson's return on June 3
There's nothing quite like that first hug after 2 years!
Stade joins the Roberts Family

July:  Dan's health continued to improve and he found a new job! UP! He is working in sales for Vivint Solar.  He likes his job and is doing very well. He is leading the inside sales force in sales. UP!  I headed for Anaheim for the Close To My Heart North American Convention, where I enjoyed presenting again. UP!  My team was awarded #2 in team sales!  UP! I returned just in time to help my parents host my dad's family reunion. It was so much fun to see family I haven't seen in years! UP!

August: August was a pretty low key month.  UP! We needed a break!  I was invited to serve on the Close To My Heart Product Development Committee this month and enjoyed that immensely. UP!  Granddaughter Sage turned 2. UP!

September: Football season began!  UP!  Tannon spent 2015 as a sophomore being the back up quarterback.  Our starter was a senior, so we are hoping to see Tannon leading the team in 2016.  Tannon did get a lot of playing time and even scored his first collegiate TD. UP!  Tannon decided to grow a lucky beard this year. He began as the season began and that beard stayed with him right up until the end.  Whether that was an UP or a DOWN depends on who you ask (Brookley would definitely say DOWN). Easton, Daysha and Sage finished their training in Minnesota and received their territory here in Utah. They moved back the end of the month. UP!  They are currently living in Saratoga Springs, UT.  Daysha quickly got some jobs doing dance choreography and Easton dived right into his job selling corporate insurance for Federated Insurance Company.

Easton, Daysha and Sage (and baby #2 on the way)

October:  Football season continued.  Tannon and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds continued to dominate in their conference.  UP!  Brookley, in addition to her coaching gymnastics at SUU, was offered a job in the Athletics Department doing marketing. She is loving it. UP!
Tannon's first collegiate TD
Tannon and Brookley after one of SUU's many wins this year

November:  Dan and I, Dawson and Brookley took a little trip to Montana to watch Tannon and SUU take on Montana State.  It was nice of them to win for us after the drive!  UP! Football season ended with SUU winning their Big Sky Conference Championship, and being ranked #16 in the country (UP) and opening the FCS playoffs in Houston, TX against Sam Houston State the day after Thanksgiving. Sadly, that ended in a loss, which ended their season (DOWN), but which mean Tannon's lucky beard could come off. UP!  I was invited to present in a 2-day live streaming event for Creative Live, so I hopped on a plan to Seattle and had a blast doing it. UP!  Rick took up Pickle Ball this year and he and his doubles partner are tearing up every tournament they enter. UP!
arriving with my cohorts at CreativeLive and getting ready for 2 days of live-streaming presentations

December:  Dan received a promotion at work. UP!  Although he loves what he is doing at Vivint Solar, it has been a big step down financially.  He'd love to stay there and continue what he's doing, but we really need to have his income improve.  As a result, we are always looking.  If you know of anything great, please let us know!  This has been a month of preparing for and enjoying the holidays.  We love time spent with family and friends.  That is truly what its all about.  UP!

We are anxiously awaiting the birth of grandbaby #6. Easton and Daysha will be welcoming her into the world in January.   We are looking forward to a 2016 filled with a large majority of UPS!  But, whatever happens, we'll keep the "Come what may, and love it!" motto!  We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a joyous 2016!  May the love of the Savior, who we celebrate this time of year and ALWAYS, be felt in your lives.

3 comments:

Mary Newman said...

Oh Karen....you are a ray of sunshine and such an inspiration to everyone to accept what happens in your life and make the very best of everything. Your Faith is strong and clearly shows through in your life. Merry Christmas to you and your amazing family. That is what life is about, Family, Love and spending time doing the things you love most.

Kim Richardson said...

I agree with my mom Karen! So grateful to have met you through ctmh. You're an amazing person and an inspiration to many. Thank you for sharing your year. It sounds like your husband is pretty amazing too. He's never given up and how cool that he was able to see his son come home!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Mary Gunn FUNN said...

I'm all in for all UPS in '16 for you and your family!

Merry Christmas and a FUNN New Year.

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