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May 3, 2010

This is a little bit ridiculous, but here it is . . . 2009 Holiday Letter

Filed under: Family, Personal — llcall @ 9:29 pm

I guess the title says it all about this letter, written a couple months ago, about a year that ended a couple of months before that.  Better luck next year.

20 March 2010

Dear Friends and Family,

I used to write these year-in-review letters religiously, but during a few bleak months of 2006 I let the tradition lapse.  This seemed like the perfect moment to reinstate.

2009 brought its share of ups and downs, so we are desperately hoping for a more even-keel 2010. I loved teaching my first class at BYU, Marriage Enhancement. Watching firsthand the sincerity of my students was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life—but if Neal has anything to say about it, teaching will remain a wonderful, distant memory (apparently I put in way too much prep time for his tastes). On December 9, I also managed to finish my graduate coursework, leaving me ABT: All But Thesis. To celebrate, I promptly fell violently ill and went into preterm labor (pretty sure everyone knows this, but if you missed the memo, I was 7-months pregnant), all culminating in an emergency appendectomy.  It seemed like the only way to commemorate the day. 🙂

Neal really excelled at school over the last year. He is majoring in film and English, and has had professors in both departments approach him about publishing some of the papers he’s written. Bless his beautiful artist-soul, he ultimately wants to create something other than academic prose, but he has received some grant money to work on these publication projects.

To take our minds off the many bumps on the road to parenthood, we decided to treat ourselves to a fabulous summer vacation. In July, we drove from San Diego all the way up the coast to Vancouver, Canada, where we boarded a cruise ship for the Alaskan Inside Passage. Two and a half weeks alone finally gave us the “real” honeymoon we’d be dreaming of since we got married in ‘07.

The day we arrived back in Provo we heard the sound we had been impatiently waiting for, our baby’s heartbeat. And now she’s here . . . ready for her formal introduction:

Addison Sage Call

16 February 2010, 1:52 a.m.

7 pounds, 13 ounces

Considering how many scares the pregnancy brought us, the actual labor and delivery was fairly uneventful – I can’t say that I loved every minute of it, but it was a wonderful experience. I think Neal described what we feel at this moment best back in September when he wrote about our first ultrasound: “For both of us, we can’t wait to get to the end of the movie, just past the part where things are at their lowest, and to the next scene where suddenly everything seems possible, and everything that happened in the past is okay because the present is so wonderful.” Our little girl, our miracle, is safe, healthy, and sleeping eight hours at night . . . suddenly everything does seem possible!

We express gratitude for the unending love and support we’ve received over the last year. It has made all the difference! And we hope 2010 is full of possibilities for you and yours!


Lindsay, Neal, and Baby Addison



  1. Better late than never! Great letter!

    Comment by Vickie Blanchard — May 4, 2010 @ 1:03 am

  2. I liked the ABT abbreviation. That was funny. It’s so fun to see you guys becoming a fam.

    Comment by Audrey — May 6, 2010 @ 1:20 am

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