Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas 2017

We wish you all a very Merry 2017 Christmas 
and a Happy New Year 2018! 

Our 2017 Family Reunion in Pacific Beach, Washington.  
Blue:  Tamsen's family (minus Todd).  White:  Kevin's family.  Green:  Ryan's family (minus Tyce).  Purple:  Russ & Suzanne.  Black:  Megan's family.  Pink:  Emily's family. 

News of 2017 from the Ballard family:

Our reunion this year was at Pacific Beach, Washington.  We had SO much fun together as a family and even got a family photo with each grandchild numbered and in order (see below)!

We have a new member of the LDS Church in our family:  Finley (Emily’s daughter, #18)!  Since we now live half the year in Washington State and half the year in Utah; we enjoy callings in both LDS congregations.  This also affords us the opportunity of seeing most of our family more times each year.  Three children live near our home in Washington.  Emily & her husband, Patrick, live near Seattle with their 3 daughters who are very involved in competition cheerleading and soccer.  Emily also began a new job this year with the school district.  Ryan & his wife, Sara, live near Portland with their 4 sons.  Ryan’s new job is going well & their boys are very active in sports & Church.  Their eldest, Tyce (#2), graduated last summer and is now working.  Megan & her husband, Nick, live in Vancouver WA with their 2 children.  Nick recently turned down an impressive promotion at work because it would have taken time away from his family.  Two children still live in Utah within 15 minutes of our Lehi home.  Kevin & his wife, Jana, have 6 very active children. All are very busy in Church and jobs, and their eldest, Sheridan (#3), will graduate from high school this coming May.  Tamsen & 3 children are in Cedar Hills while Todd lives nearby in a nursing home.  Their eldest son, Braeden (#1), is now 20 and working for a computer company.  We will spend Christmas 2017 with Megan’s family in Vancouver.  Our winters here are busy with fishing & Family History.  Gardening & canning occupy our Utah summers.

Our winter address:  PO Box 1416, Ocean Shores, WA  98569.   
Our summer address:  725 North 1200 East, Lehi, UT  84043.
(Of course, you can always reach us by e-mail at or by phone at 801-995-3001.)  

Below:  Our 19 grandchildren in order--missing #2 who had to work and #6 who lives in Heaven.  They range from age 20 to age 7.  #1 works for a computer company.  #2 works in a restaurant & graduated last year.  #3 will be graduating from High School this coming May.   #18 just was baptized.  
We hope this finds you all well and happy.  
Let us all remember that Jesus is the reason for this season!
We testify that He is the Messiah and Savior of the world.

May God bless you all in 2018!!