This year I again have decided to just do our Christmas letter on the blog. With everything that has gone on these past few months I have lost my motivation for the year. I did get some Christmas cards out, which I thought was a big accomplishment. I think I have given up on neighbor treats and office gifts though. I am just not feeling it this year.
2012 brought some great things and some heartbreaking things. I don't think I have had a year this emotionally draining in my entire life. I am so thankful for family and friends that have supported us. They have cheered at our happiness and been a shoulder to cry on in our sadness. We are so lucky to have such wonderful people in our life.
Jeremy (21) - Jeremy left for the Army on my birthday in February. I never would have thought I would have such mixed feeling about my boy leaving the house. I cried for a week before he left. I was so excited for him, but also so worried. He arrived at Fort Benning Georgia a few days later and started getting settled in for Basic to begin. Then he got sick. He had a gall bladder attack and was put in the hospital. They decided to send him home for surgery. Nothing is fast in the Army and it took at few weeks for the paperwork to process to get him home. Poor boy was miserable. But he was a trooper and got home, had surgery (gall bladder and appendix removed) and found a job and is working full time. He lives with his girlfriend Amy close to us. He is still deciding whether or not he wants to go back in the Army. He will have to get a medical waiver if he does.
Rachel (5) - This girl is all about Barbies, art/drawing, frilly skirts, lip gloss, fingernail polish and DRAMA. Oh my gosh, if I survive until she moves out it will be a miracle. She has a late birthday so she won't start Kindergarten until next year. She was lucky to get into the pre-school at the University and loved it. She is a Daddy's girl and loves to wrestle and snuggle with him. She keeps us on our toes and I imagine this is Karma biting me in the butt for everything I did in my youth. Sorry Mom & Dad. I understand now....
Tony is still working doing construction. Housing has picked up again and he has been quite busy this year. I am still working for the Police Department for the University. We keep busy too, but I don't know if that is good or not. Our big new for the year is we got married on October 20th. We "eloped" with family and a few close friends down in Springville Utah at the Art Museum there in town. It was a beautiful day and I couldn't have imagined it turning out more wonderful.
Again, we are thankful for all of our family and friends. Thank you so much for all you do for us.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a successful and happy 2013.
Tony, Heather, Jeremy, Jonah & Rachel