Robert & Shauna Valentine Family

Robert Young Valentine and Shauna Burgon Valentine met at BYU, fell in love and were married in 1967. They have lived in Provo, Utah; Durham and Laurinburg, North Carolina; and, for nearly three decades in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bob and Shauna moved back to Utah in 2004 into a new home in Highland. They have five grown children, Christopher, Lisa, Gina, James and Amanda and a lot of grandchildren. Enjoy news and photos of our growing family. Send comments, too. Stay in touch!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Multiply and Replenish the Earth, OK?

Left to Right. Grandma Shauna Burgon Valentine, mother of five and grandmother of ten going on thirteen; Marilyn Ashby Valentine, mother of three, soon to be mother of four; Gina Valentine James, mother of three, soon to be mother of four; Lisa Valentine Clark, mother of four, soon to be mother of five (like any minute for crying out loud). By July 2008, Bob and Shauna Valentine will have thirteen grandchildren, which is NOT an unlucky number. Hugh Valentine Clark is hugging Grandma Shauna and at the far end is Miles Valentine Clark listening to Uncle James Valentine of Maroon 5 play the guitar.

James Burgon Valentine of Maroon 5 plays jazz again!

The wedding party asked James Valentine of Maroon5 to play a couple of jazz classics with the combo at the Naegle/Stagg wedding reception. Mom and Dad Valentine remember Monday Night Big Band in Lincoln, Nebraska where James played for years in high school and as a student at the University of Nebraska. James has not lost any of his touch! The jazz combo included a cousin of the bride and high school friends of her sister Christina, who plays a mean jazz saxophone, too.
Earlier in the day, in between the luncheon and reception, we all loitered at the Naegle residence. Soon, Christopher Layton Clark, a superb jazz pianist, and James Burgon Valentine, were jamming while the kids danced and the adults snapped their fingers.
Dance to the music!

The Jacobs Clan all together, mostly!

Judy and Hank Douse left the Naegle/Stagg reception earlier and were not in the picture, nor were Hugh and Mildred Jacobs (who was celebrating her 80th birthday the same day!). Dee Jacobs and wife Katie (in blue dress) just returned from presiding over the Denmark LDS Temple in Copenhagen for the last three years, one of many of their assignments since retiring from all kinds of service with the U.S. Government all over the world. Also pictured are KIm and his wife Shirley (blue scarf) and David and Gayle Jacobs (actually, Gayle is NOT in the picture, but was nearby). What a great family! The Jacobs are Robert's first cousins. Their mother Erma was Robert's father's sister.
We found another picture! Judy Douse is on the right! David Wade Jacobs, David and Gayle's son is on the left with one of his boys! Where is Hank! Where is Gayle?

Niece Stephanie Naegle marries Brian Stagg in the Mormon Temple!

BYU students Stephanie Naegle and Brian Stagg were married by Thomas S. Monson in the Salt Lake Temple. Stephanie is the daughter of Robert's youngest sister, Angela and her husband George Naegle, a Salt Lake City attorney. No pictures allowed inside the Temple, and it was very cold for outside pictures. Later, we had a wonderful lunch and reception in the hills of nearby Bountiful, Utah. Brian is headed to medical school and Stephanie is a junior at BYU. What a georgeous couple!To the left of the bride are sister Christina and brother Eric. Amanda Valentine (in green) ponders her own marital future.
Dad George Naegle gave a heartfelt tribute to his oldest daughter.
Grandma Amy Valentine (who is also a great-grandmother) spent the day in the temple, the luncheon and the reception. Not bad for a 91 year-old who had serious surgery in the LDS hosptial three weeks ago!

The Day After Christmas in Park City!

Park City is about 45 minutes from our home in Highland.
James Valentine gets ready to hit the trails!
Hot chocolate, please!
Derrick teaches Amanda to snowboard!
Shauna and Robert walked around and looked in the expensive gift shops while James, Amanda and Derrick went snowboarding! Later, we had a delicious meal at "The Legends," which did not refer to our winter sports skills. Later in the week, the boys went to Solitude with Jonathan James. One of these days, Robert is going to take skiing lessons.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas Day, December 25, 2007

Marching with presents to the Regional Center units.

Early Christmas morning, our local Mormon congregation, the Canyon View Ward, along with other nearby LDS wards, sings carols and hands out (carefully selected individualized) presents to the people at the nearby American Fork Regional Center for the mentally challenged. We are not allowed to take pictures inside the units. It is always a sobering experience that reminds us of our bounteous blessings. It was a beautiful morning! Later, we visited Great Grandmother Amy Valentine in her downtown Salt Lake City condominium.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2007

Gina announced her pregnancy with a present of pink and blue baby socks! Grandma reacts with joy!
Big brother Chris paints a portrait of early little brother James from an old photo. Chris became a physician so he could afford to be an artist!
Christmas Eve Chaos!
Can Valentines talk?
Valentine cousins can talk, too!
Can Grandma Shauna sew or what?
Best Christmas Presents? Marilyn Ashby Valentine is expecting her fourth child in June, our 12th grandchild. Gina Valentine James is expecting her fourth child in July, our 13th grandchild. Of coures, Lisa Valentine Clark is expecting our 11th grandchild like any minute! James Burgon Valentine returned from Europe safely after completing a successful Maroon 5 tour! Amanda Valentine and boyfriend Derick Brown ( arrived from Nashville. We are all together! Grandmother Amy Melvina Young Valentine is getting better from her emergency surgery! We gathered in a blizzard at our Highland, Utah home to eat and joke and talk and talk. Later, we opened presents. Shauna made six nightgowns for the granddaughters and four pijamas for the grandsons! We are truly blessed!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Family Home Evening Message, Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dear Family--FHE on a Tuesday--Well, it's been a most busy time, but 'tis the season . . .

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Christmas Eve. Hope your week is going well and that you are taking time to enjoy the spirit of the season.

Remember this story, our five Valentines? Maybe spouses and the next generation will enjoy it too. It's one of my favorite Christmas stories. . .

Trouble At the Inn by Dina Donohue

For years now, whenever Christmas pageants are talked about in a certain little town in the Midwest, someone is sure to mention the name of Wallace Purling. Wally's performance in one annual production of the Nativity play has slipped into the realm of legend, but the old-timers who were in the audience that night never tire of recalling exactly what happened.

Wally was nine that year and in the second grade, though he should have been in the fourth. Most people in town knew that he had difficulty keeping up. He was big and clumsy, slow in movement and mind. Still, Wally was well liked by the other children in his class, all of whom were smaller than he, though the boys had trouble hiding their irritation when Wally would ask to play ball with them or any game, for that matter, in which winning was important.

Most often they'd find a way to keep him out but Wally would hang around anyway--not sulking, just hoping. He was always a helpful boy, a willing and smiling one, and the natural protector, paradoxically, of the underdog. Sometimes if the older boys chased the younger ones away, it would be Wally who'd say, "Can't they stay? They're no bother."

Wally fancied the idea of being a shepherd with a flute in the Christmas pageant that year, but the play's director, Miss Lumbard, assigned him to a more important role. After all, she reasoned, the Innkeeper did not have too many lines, and Wally's size would make his refusal of lodging to Joseph more forceful.

And so it happened that the usual large, partisan audience gathered for the town's yearly extravagance of crooks and creches, of beards, crowns, halos and a whole stage full of squeaky voices. No one on stage or off was more caught up in the magic of the night than Wallace Purling. They said later that he stood in the wings and watched the performance with such fascination that from time to time Miss Lumbard had to make sure he didn't wander onstage before his cue.

Then came the time when Joseph appeared, slowly, tenderly guiding Mary to the door of the inn,. Joseph knocked hard on the wooden door set into the painted backdrop. Wally the Innkeeper was there, waiting.

"What do you want?" Wally said, swinging the door open with a brusque gesture.
"We seek lodging."
"Seek it elsewhere." Wally looked straight but spoke vigorously. "The inn is filled."
"Sir, we have asked everywhere in vain. We have traveled far and are very weary."
"There is no room in this inn for you." Wally looked properly stern.
"Please good innkeeper, this is my wife, Mary. She is heavy with child and needs a place to rest. Surely you must have some small corner for her. She is so tired."
Now, for the first time, the Innkeeper relaxed his stiff stance and looked down at Mary. With that, there was a long pause, long enough to make the audience a bit tense with embarrassment.
"No!!" Begone!" the prompter whispered in the wings.

"No!!" Wally repeated automatically. "Begone."

Joseph sadly placed his arm around Mary and Mary laid her head upon her husband's shoulder and the two of them started to move away. the Innkeeper did not return inside his inn, however.

Wally stood there in the doorway watching the forlorn couple. His mouth was open, his brow creased with concern. His eyes filling unmistakably with tears.

And suddenly this Christmas pageant became different from all others.

"Don't go Joseph," Wally called out. "Bring Mary back." And Wallace Purling's face grew into a bright smile. "You can have my room!"

Some people in town thought that the pageant had been ruined. Yet there were others--many, many others--who considered it the most Christmas of all Christmas pageants they had ever seen.

Our Christmas wish is that you'll always make room for Him in your heart and in your life.

Love, Mom and Dad xoxoxxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxxo Enjoy a lovely "Christmas card" at :

Sunday Nights at the Valentine Home in Highland!

Some of Shauna's sisters came over to visit with cousin Sterling on Sunday night, December 16. Grandkids ran around, too.

What do physicians do when they get a chance?

If you ever get a chance to get tickets, go!

All too quickly another edition of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square Christmas Concerts has come and gone. This year’s guests, The Kings Singers, delighted all with their precisely tuned and elegantly blended harmonies.
Concert goers left such comments as “the concert was simply amazing!” and “it was a very classy concert and truly did sound like angels singing above.”

A highlight of the concert was “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” with cleverly-costumed dancers choreographing each gift as The Kings Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square performed a delightful new Mack Wilberg arrangement of the song.

Family Home Evening Activity, December 15-17, 2007

Shauna's first cousing Sterling and her husband Jim Flynn, a neat advertising guy, from Phoenix spent several days with us. We invited them to the Saturday night Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas spectacular at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City. We got lucky with tickets this year. Over one million people apply for about 86,000 tickets available for three nights. Here is the Family Home Evening message from Bob and Shauna this week: Family is everything! Brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles, near and distant, have a duty to stay together, have fun and love each other. Simple enough, huh!Shauna's BYU office.
Minerva Teichert exhibit at BYU art gallery. Don't miss!
Lunch at GURU's in downtown Provo.
Soup at CUCINA'S on 2nd Avenue in Salt Lake City.

We had a ball with Sterling and Jim and hope they will visit often!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Family Home Evening, Monday, December 10, 2007

Our favorite picture of 2007. Art Festival at Park City.

This week's message comes from portions of the BISHOPRIC MESSAGE of the Canyon View Ward, where Bob and Shauna Valentine belong and participate.

"The safest place and the best protection against the moral and spiritual diseases is a stable home and family. This has always been true; it will be true forever." Boyd K. Packer

"Let me assure you, brethren, that someday you will have a personal interview with the Savior Himself. First, He will request an accountability report about your relationship with your wife. Have you actively been engaged in making her happy and ensuring that her needs have been met as an individual? Second, He will want an accountability report about each of your children individually. He will request information about your relationship to each and every child." David O. McKay, June, 1965 (From notes of Fred A Baker, Managing Director of Physical Facilities.)

"Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her and none else." Doctrine and Covenantes 42:22.

President Kimball commented further on this scripture as follows:

"The words 'none else' eliminate everyone and everything. The spouse becomes preeminent in the life of the husband or wife and neither social life nor occupational life nor political life nor any other interest nor person nor thing shall ever take precedence over the companion spouse. We sometimes find women who hover over the children at the expense of the husband, sometimes even estranging them from him. This is in direct violation of the command: None else." (The Miracle of Forgiveness.)

Amy Lee Valentine Corbin is a SAINT!

After two weeks, Amy Lee returns to Colorado Springs. Grandmother Amy Melvina Young Valentine is feeling much better!

The BACONATOR challenge continues!

Number Four, Grampa, with prejuidice!
So, who is eating the OTHER order of fries, huh?

Miles Clark challenges his brother Owen to ROUND TWO! We also enjoyed watching BYU (#25 ranking) thrash Lamar University at the Marriott Center.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sunday, December 9, 2007

After church meetings and choir practice from early Sunday morning until late afternoon, we ate a delicious dinner prepared by Marilyn Valentine in Sandy, and then drove to Gina's home on nearby South Mountain for dessert! Monday = treadmill!

The nice thing about winters in Utah Valley!

Less than twenty-four hours later, the roads are dry! Back in Lincoln, Nebraska, where we lived for twenty-eight years, the black ice would remain until March!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Big Snowstorm!

The white blobs are lighted green Christmas wreaths!

The back deck has been decorated for our neighbors to the North!
Wet snow clogs the snowblower. Sometimes a three-car garage and big driveway are a pain in the back! Aren't the Christmas lights beautiful!