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2017 Chris H. Update #HappyNewYear

I have not blogged in 2017. This post will make my one and only post of 2017. In some ways, 2016 burned me out early in the year. I didn’t recover in 2017.

I don’t have any lists of best movies or best books from 2017. Maybe I will keep better track of such things in 2018.

But here is a quick update:

My transition to teaching middle school after teaching in higher education for nine years has been a rough one. Luckily, I have now found a school that is a good fit. I am part of a strong team, I am connecting with my students, and I have a supportive administration. I have had one or more of those elements at other schools, but never all three. So I am looking forward to this next semester and the coming years. It is a nice feeling.

I still have some academic and intellectual projects in the works. You will hear more about those here at Approaching Justice in 2018.

Religiously, the last few years have been a whirlwind. This past summer, my family and I spent three weeks as cast members at the Hill Cumorah Pageant. It was a great experience for us as a family. It allowed me to reflect upon my connection with Mormonism, scripture, and the LDS Church. I might write more about this. But writing about religion can be tricky. We shall see.

My family is my focus and my joy.

My wife is finishing her masters and continues to be a stellar elementary school teacher. She will be an amazing principal some day. She was in the Hill Cumorah Pageant cast the summer after she graduated from high school, so our family’s pageant adventure helped us all connect with her earlier experience (and our Upstate-NY roots).

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The Henrichsen family at the Hill Cumorah Pageant in our cast costumes.

All of our children are now in middle school or high school (6th, 10th, and 12th grades). Feeling old…but in a good way.

My oldest is in the middle of the college application process. It is a rush and a stress all at the same time. The best part is getting to hear him talk about his hopes and dreams. We are all excited/anxious to find out the results of this process.

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Todd led the escape from an escape room that we visited on Christmas Eve.

The middle child of the family is still a baseball freak. He transferred to a new school that has an IB program and a stronger baseball program. He suffered a concussion in football this fall. He has not fully recovered. He will not be going back to football.

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Shem got to attend a baseball camp at the University of Utah.

The baby of the family is now in middle school. She is actively involved in student council had a great first semester of secondary school. While she has a few years younger than her brothers, she is also making grand plans for the future.

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The wand chooses the witch. The witch does not choose the wand.

My children are a delight. They are beautiful and a pleasure to be around. Lyndee is also a delight…but that goes without saying.

My father died August 12 of this year. I think I am still recovering from that blow. He was 77, so it is not so much a sadness because he was taken too soon. But it was unexpected. I wanted to tell him more. I wanted to show him more. I know he was proud of me. I guess I am not convinced that I was worthy of that pride.

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Richard Henrichsen (1940-2017)

I am hoping to blog more in 2018. We shall see. Happy New Year!

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