hello! it's been a while since i've written so i thought i'd post my christmas family newsletter that i sent to our family and friends.
dear family & friends,
what a long year it has been. normally i say it was so fast, that i didn't see it slip by, but not this year. although...since last year is over, maybe it did slide by pretty quickly. eh? :)
most of the year was a blur until summer when a few things happened at once. in june, jeff suffered a series of heart attacks, was hospitalized and had a stint put in a blocked artery. what a stressful time. with a lot of prayers, he's doing great now.
in july the four kids enrolled in theater camp at the theater house and had the best time performing in Once On This Island, Jr. Later in the month, my niece gave birth to a darling little boy. she and her husband are having the time of their lives with their new, happy bundle. he is so caaauuute! we all had a lot of fun with him at christmas.
august rolled around and can you believe we have two in middle school and two in elementary? however, this fall all that will change but the biggest change will be nathaniel's heading to high school. lord help me! :) crazy. they grow up too fast.
november came and i turned thirty. i mean forty. wait. what? what just happened there? ten years? where did those years go? well. poo. yeah. so i'm forty. :)
our december was eventful. nathaniel landed a role in our town's theater production of Scrooge, the Musical. he was peter cratchet and young ebenezer. we all saw it several times--the entire show was like being in New York. it was fantastic! i wish you all could have been there to see it. all the kids seem to have the acting bug and it's been a joy to see them perform.
my purse was also stolen last month. so sad. so much loss. it's unfortunate that people choose a life of crime that causes so much heartache to others. it just makes you stop and realize how we all need the lord in our hearts.
twenty-twelve came in with a bang, and we couldn't be more thrilled! jeff will walk the line in may from asbury university and begin student-teaching in the fall. currently he's teaching kindergarten and of course those little kids love him. he's always been my hero, but seeing him work so hard for our family makes me so proud. i adore him so.
we hope you are all doing well and keeping safe. may your year bring you happiness and cheer and in the words of Buddy the Elf, "take time to snuggle." hopefully we'll see you soon, but if not please know that we think of your often and love you all so much.
jeff & laurie
nathaniel, natalie, nicole & nadine