This is the Christmas letter I sent out with all the cards. So consider this your letter...
It is less than a week away from Christmas and I am just getting around to sending out Christmas cards.
This year has been plagued by hospital visits and sickness. Since this fall, the kids and I have had a couple of colds, John has had two ear infections and Brooke and Matthew have had one. Luckily this was the first time since they were born that they got ear infections.
Jacob goes to 1/2 day kindergarten and a full day on Wednesday. He acts like he doesn't want to go to school (and will frequently tell me that he's sick or got a fever in the morning), but he seems happy once he gets there. I was surprised to find out recently that he is reading. Its amazing the things they do in kindergarten now versus when Scott and I were in kindergarten.
Jacob has had an interesting year with hospital visits too. He "ground" off part of his thumbnail on the grinder in spring and then a few months later cut the tip of a finger off on the boat trailer. (Long story) He has recovered very well and his index finger is only a little shorter than the other finger on the other hand.
Matthew had stitches in his thumb in February as he got into a childproof cabinet and broke a bowl.
John has some graphite in his temple due to getting a little bit too close to Brooke. That was the first and last time I gave them pencils.
I had carpal tunnel surgery in October on my right hand. It’s been interesting trying to take care of the kids while nursing a bum hand.
On a happier note, Scott, his dad, and Jacob discovered an old hobby this past summer. Fishing on Lake Michigan. Yes, Jacob would get up with the boys at 3 a.m. and go fishing on Lake Michigan. They had a lot of fun catching trout and salmon.
Even though some things will not get done before Christmas, the most important gift I can give the children is telling them of Jesus’ birth. We’re starting a new tradition and having a cake for Jesus’ birthday.