That’s one of the reasons that one of
the most difficult things we have done
with each of our boys is say goodbye
at the end of their senior year. Not for
college, but for a two-year LDS church
mission. Ace, our oldest, recently
returned from his mission in Brisbane,
Australia. We had three weeks together
as a family before his younger brother,
Kyler, left for two years in Guam.
While they are away—for the purposes of focus and obedience—we don’t
talk to them except for Christmas and
Mother’s Day. It is church protocol.
Our only other form of communication
is to email for 60 minutes on Mondays.
Difficult? Absolutely! But it makes those
moments most precious and sacred in
our lives. We are so grateful for the sacrifices and service of our boys. Of course,
they’ve been serving me their entire life!
We also adopted two other children.
Gracie, 13, is from Guatemala. And
Kaleb, 9, just joined our family this past
year from Ethiopia.
Together, the six of us love running
our family farm, which exists because
we have united in building our dream:
Royal Creek Ranches ( RoyalCreekRanches.com). When
I’m not on a plane, you’ll find the Hymas Fam all together
with our horses, pheasants, elk, and cattle—and an occasional game of wheelchair basketball going on!
We truly are living a dream! ■
Rural life has always been in our blood. And every day I spend on our family farm in Rush Valley, Utah, I feel ike I’m living a dream.
My wife, Shondell, and I moved our family there from
Salt Lake City shortly after we were married. With our
two boys, ages 3 and 1 at the time, we began building our
dream of raising elk. The other thing we did immediately
was install a basketball court. My father taught me how
to dribble and shoot when I was just a toddler. I’ve always
wanted to do the same for my boys.
After a farm injury left me paralyzed, I relied heavily on
Shondell to do what most fathers do on their own. When
the boys were young, we would spend all day on the ranch
as the family did chores and I observed and enjoyed time
with them. Together, we coached our boys in basketball up
to the high school level. Quality time became most precious,
especially when speaking and travel entered my life.
CHAD HYMAS, CSP,
CPAE, is first and foremost
a husband and father. He
and his wife, Shondell,
currently reside on their
650-acre ranch in Rush
Valley, Utah, and have four children. Their family motto
is B-F-F-F: Basketball, Farming, Family First!
BY CHAD HYMAS, CSP, CPAE
Where basketball, fun, and
family time are the focus