Saturday, January 23, 2016

Lindsley Year in Review 2015

January: We started the year by spending the night in Salt Lake City as per the yuzhe.

March: Rebekah helped to fundraise for the new UVU Arts building by joining the “Student 2 Student for the Arts” campaign and running donation booths around campus for two weeks. The UVU Chamber Choir also performed in a fundraising concert in Salt Lake City for many heads of state and high-ranking community officials. Also, the UVU Chamber Choir put on our “Best Of” show, which Rebekah helped to coordinate, direct, and accompany. 

Finally, in late March, Rebekah competed in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Competition at BYU and made it to the Semi-Finals.

April: After much deliberation, Steven decided to discontinue his enrollment in the master’s program at BYU to pursue other life goals. However, he retained his work-from-home Linguistics job. 
Rebekah’s 26th birthday fell on the same date as a final semester concert for UVU Chamber Choir, which was great because she had a solo singing about a cat so it was basically the best birthday ever. At the conclusion of the month we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary by spending a weekend in Wyoming and visiting Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, and The Grand Tetons.

May: May 3-13 The UVU Chamber Choir went on international tour of southern Spain. Rebekah served as the stage manager for the choir, became an international soloist, and on the final night was asked to be the tour manager for the upcoming season and a tour to Hawaii. Many thanks to the family and friends who donated to the tour fund and made this academic experience possible!

June: Rebekah volunteered at the “Free Hugs” booth at the Utah Pride festival and we both  marched with Mormons Building Bridges in the Utah Pride Parade for the third year. 

Later in the month we rejoiced and celebrated the historic legalization of Marriage Equality. 

Rebekah’s friend Xanthe also introduced her to the lucrative hobby of donating plasma, and Rebekah goes twice a week now to supplement her income.

July: For Pioneer day, Rebekah drove up 4+ hours to Idaho to visit her friend Katie, and they spent the weekend together at her family’s cabin, four-wheeling on the beach and going white-water rafting in a tiny kayak together. We were hulk-women!

This year Rebekah served as the choir director in the local LDS church ward, and in July debuted the choir with Peter J. Wilhousky’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic". This led to the choir being asked to sing at stake conference (a regional church gathering) with a combined stake choir directed by Rebekah.

Rebekah’s summer break was spent doing “Ology”, an independent study course to bypass having to take math classes at UVU. She passed and is done with math forever!!

August: A few weeks prior to fall semester starting, Rebekah got an email inviting her to be the assistant conductor of the UVU Men’s Choir. This was an opportunity not to be missed, but caused her to transfer departments at work due to a conflicting work schedule. She was transferred onto the Prevention Team and now works as an adoption respite specialist doing in-home visits for families that have adopted children from the foster care system. In August Steven began volunteering with Rebekah in The Family Support and Treatment Center Crisis Respite Nursery. The kids fondly refer to him as “the daddy teacher”.

September: Most importantly, September is the month of Salt Lake Comic Con! This year we went as Batman Beyond and Poison Ivy in costumes that were almost entirely homemade. We participated in several official photo shoots and interviews, and also helped beat the Guinness World Record for most comic book characters in one room!

October: Steven turned 27 years old and celebrated his birthday by being sick. Rebekah sang in the internationally touring “Zelda Symphony” with the UVU Chamber Choir at Abravanel Hall in SLC and sang one of the four solos. She was also one of four students at UVU who was asked to sing in a special masterclass highlighting pieces by American composer Libby Larsen.

For Halloween we hosted a Halloween party for the UVU Chamber Choir, and on Hallows Eve went out to dinner dressed as Harry and Ginny from the Harry Potter series.

November: Steven got a seasonal job working at Toys R Us in Orem, Rebekah directed a spooky and kooky student show called “Mad Scenes” for UVU, and we both enjoyed the annual UVU Chamber Choir “Friendsgiving”.

December: Rebekah was recruited to direct The North Star Utah Division Regional Choir for their internationally broadcast Christmas Fireside. Every Sunday for several months prior was spent rehearsing with about 60 wonderful individuals from the LGBT community in preparation for the event. Also in December Rebekah directed the UVU Men’s Chorus in concert, put together an entire Christmas sacrament meeting program for the LDS church ward, performed in two religious services at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary’s in Provo, AND helped to coordinate a surprise Chamber Choir flash mob love song medley at her choir teachers wedding.

Late in the month we were jointly hired to be “houseparents” in the crisis nursery at The Family Support and Treatment Center. We are very excited for this opportunity to work in such a wonderful agency together, and to improve our parenting skills as a couple.

2015 has been a year of huge change and wonderful opportunities. We are grateful especially for the new found friendships of this year, and are looking forward to 2016 with much excitement!

Favorite pictures from this year:

Singing at an academy in Spain

Me and Claire at the Zelda symphony!

Sister's chin picture at Elizabeth's wedding

Our first Thanksgiving alone, and we loved it!
Me and Xanthe recreating our "Best Friends" Photo for the third time
"La Hacienda" the best five friends of all time!

New Year, New Photos courtesy of Alec Powell. 
Here's to 2016!