Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas to You

If you missed my Thanksgiving letter it's because you're not in my address book.  I probably either need to put your address where it belongs or one of us needs to move farther away.  This is a real problem because chances are there's a picture of our family that's sitting piled on my desk that was intended for you.  Feel free to demand your copy.

Here's what I would have shared about our family if you haven't received your copy...

Dear Friends and Family,
It's hard to believe that a year has come and gone.  It's been an interesting year for us as we've continued to adjust to being a family of seven.  In the spring Emily was diagnosed with cyclic vomiting syndrome and Long QT.  She's only had two episodes/hospital stays since she began taking meds for CVS.  We are so thankful that we have been able to resume a normal family schedule.  Last year's schedule took a heavy toll on our family.  Since she was sick on both Thanksgiving and Christmas last year we are looking forward to a real FIRST Thanksgiving and Christmas with her this year.  Her first year home was characterized by hospital visits on every trip and most holidays.  We are so thankful to have a diagnosis, effective treatment plan, wonderful hospital staff, and to God for helping us survive a difficult time.  I know may of you prayed for Emily and our family.  God answered so many of those prayers with YES!  Thank you!

Jamison (12) was thrilled that our new homeschool group has a woodworking class.  He loved every minute of it.  He still plays soccer, planted most of the cover crop this year, and shot his first buck, a six point.

Megan (10) loves to play with dolls, scary rides, playing piano and singing, being with friends, soccer, reading, listening to music, and being active.  She's still neater than I am and I foresee a day when I get complaints about my housekeeping from her.

Davis (8) likes to climb trees, listen to music, finish school before everyone else, and fish.  He plays soccer and still thinks John Deere tractors are the only ones that anyone should own.  He's our family comedian.

Kaitlyn (6) is loving having a younger sister.  This is partially because she loves to be the boss.  She plays with her dolls and bears, makes "nest" on the floor of her room, can't wait to read fluently, finished kindergarten math in two months, and can't wait to be a grown up.  The other day she told me that she's going to have 43 children.  When she takes one to the doctor, I get to babysit the other 42.  That should be fun.

Emily (3) is exuberant, joyful, and messy.  She loves to look at the photo albums, cut paper, playdough, dance, jump, make noise, and all things Mickey/Minnie Mouse.  She had many delays but now that she is well she is catching up.  No more "failure to thrive" for her!

Kenton and I have been so blessed this year.  We hope each of you are experiencing God's blessings as well.  Merry Christmas to each of you!

Lots of Love,
Kenton, Holly, Jamison, Megan, Davis, Kaitlyn, and Emily

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