Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas letter 2009

Many of you will receive this in the mail, but I thought I'd post it here too (for my sake, if for no other reason.)

Dear Family and Friends,

Merry Christmas! Is it really possible that yet another year has passed? Christmas NEVER came this quickly when I was a kid!

Camden is 6 now and is following his father's footsteps when it comes to his love for Tigers Baseball. Many summer nights he fell asleep listening to games on his radio. It's hard to believe that our oldest is halfway through 1st grade! He is a quick learner and is really developing a love for geography. He even asked for a globe for his birthday this summer.

Josiah gave us quite a scare this year. In the summer of 2008, I discovered a strange bony bump on Josiah's left leg. It was originally diagnosed as a ganglion cyst (very common), but this summer the bump grew dramatically. In August we took Josiah to the University of Michigan Hospital at the advice of our pediatrician. The bump was diagnosed as an Osteochondroma, which is a benign tumor. We had an MRI done in September to make sure that the tumor is in fact, benign, and that it is not affecting the growth of the leg. Having confirmation that our little boy is okay was a huge relief! We are so thankful that God chose to protect our son from some major medical issues! Josiah continues to be our little ball of energy --who knew that 4 year olds could be so active?-- but we are so thankful that he is healthy and able to keep us busy.

Trevor is 2 now and thinks he can do everything his brothers do. He talks non-stop (can't imagine where he gets that!!) and loves to cuddle with his mom. I'm relishing every minute because I know the day is coming when kisses and cuddles aren't so freely given.

This summer we were able to travel to New Hampshire for the first time in 3 years. We enjoyed taking the boys to the ocean (my sister, Jen, did a photo shoot for us there). The boys enjoyed playing with Grandma's dogs and learning how to shoot guns at Grandpa's house. It was great to see family and to catch up with dear friends!

The Lord continues to use ministry to teach us and help us grow. We've been working with our teens for more than 6 years now, and we love them dearly! We consider it a privilege to serve the Lord with our lives.

Please join us as we slow down and remember what Christ did for us on that very first Christmas so long ago. It's amazing to think that He sacrificed for us, to give us life eternal! May you have a blessed Christmas!

Love,

Dawn for the Gearharts

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