December 18, 2013
Merry Christmas 2013!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
What a year… Amy and I celebrated 12 years of marriage; Grace turned 7; Isabel turned 5; and Michael, well, he turns 3 in March but you wouldn’t know that by looking at him. On his occasional doctor visits, he continues to rank at or near the 100th percentile for kids his age. I hope he does that well in school when the time comes! Yet, he’ll probably need to master going on the potty first, which will be good since he’ll stop trying to change his own diapers. It’ll be nice not to have to buy diapers anymore (or all the cleaning supplies needed for the aftermaths of his self-changing attempts).
The girls continue to excel in school and have made big strides this year in swimming, skiing (snow), tennis, and living out of a suitcase (see photos of our travels on my Facebook page). Now only if they can ride their bikes without training wheels. Soon — I’m determined.
With the loss of Amy’s dad, the year was a bit more challenging for us (especially Amy), but Pat’s passing brought folks together, old and new, that have been a big blessing to our family.
And, this Christmas, as we again reflect on the past year and the incredible blessing that His birth is on our lives, we are grateful for the gift you have provided us in your friendship and for allowing us to share our lives with you.
May God bless you with a joyful holiday season and a prosperous, healthy year ahead.
P.S. In case you didn’t get a hard copy of our annual card, you can find an electronic copy below.
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When will the media elite and others get it: @POTUS is always one step ahead of you. You keep thinking he's a fool, then he plays you for 1.
Well said: Yes, the Russian ambassador met Trump’s team. So? That’s what we diplomats do. https://t.co/YQ3vllpbxi
So that no one accuses me of hiding it: I rode a gondola up the mountain yesterday with a Russian. We talked too. He skied well.
Little man turns 6 today. He's all boy and the coolest kid (most of the time), and a huge blessing in our lives. Happy birthday, Michael!
The anti-boycott: "Since news got out abt potential boycott, sales of Trump winery products at Wegmans have soared" https://t.co/3RPGf8WTWI
Even if Flynn spoke to Russia about sanctions, so what? Clapper lied to Congress under oath about breaking law and CNN barely mentioned it.
When will the judiciary stop trying 2 b the legislature? Who would've guessed that nonlawyers know the role of the courts better than judges