A Little Something Extra

Sunday, December 13, 2009

2009 Christmas letter

I bet the title caught your attention. You were wondering, "How does she have time to write the Christmas letter when she hasn't updated the blog for almost a month?" The answer: I don't.

The title of this post should have been, "Do YOU have time to write my 2009 Christmas letter for me?" And if you did have time, what would you write? I'd pay you for your time.

But I did order the cards. They're addressed. Also enclosed are Matthew's birth announcements (yes, he was born in February) and our change-of-address cards. I need to print return address labels and they'll hit the mail (along with extremely tardy thank-you notes). Here's a preview:

All joking aside, I'll work on the letter and will post it as a link in the top right (above the 2008 Christmas letter, which, by the way, is a great summary of 2008 for those of you who don't know us that well).

We're attempting to get settled in our house here in MN. The search for Christmas CD's has not been successful, though Mark has worked diligently through piles of boxes in the basement. The important things are done, though. A gate has been installed at the base of the steps as Matthew thinks stairs are a pretty fun adventure. Speaking of whom, he's cruising the furniture and will most likely be walking before his first birthday. (hey, look, I'm writing good text for the Christmas letter just by doing a blog posting).

Micah has had a lot of doctor's appointments since we've been here (nothing for an illness, thankfully, just getting to know his new specialists). We've decided to take him to private speech/feeding therapy and we're thrilled with his new SLP (Speech and Language Pathologist). Please pray that the appeal with our insurance company will be successful or this will be quite an expensive month.

Nathan has had some issues with behavior since we moved here, but he seems to be doing better. He informed me a week or so ago that he doesn't like his new school and he wants to go back to Wisconsin to school. I think that was his way of saying that he misses his friends and Grammie and Pop.

We're planning to head back to Wisconsin for Christmas (and the Packer game on 12/27). Please pray that Mark's parents will feel better by then so they can handle our crazy crew. Otherwise, we might have to bring spaceheaters and air mattresses and set up camp at our former house (that has not sold and has been winterized).


James 1:27 Family said...

So good to hear your update. I love the Christmas card. I'll keep your new requests in my prayers.

Much love,

Emily said...

Darling Christmas card. Loved the little updates too! Happy Holidays!

Heidi said...

I love your Christmas card - such great pictures of your boys! I will keep you in my prayers as you head back to Wisconsin for Christmas.

Jessica-MomForHim said...

LOVE the Christmas card! It's great to hear from you, but don't feel bad about a letter. I just stuck my photo cards in envelopes and mailed them off. I figured I was already ahead of last year when I never did get any sort of letter or card out to anyone. Sometimes life is too busy and you have to give yourself permission to let something slide.

Monica Crumley said...

What darling photos of your boys. Don't beat yourself up on being behind in sending things... you're normal... life is busy. It's OK. I never do a long drawn out Christmas letter b/c with 4 kids, it would take up too much space, even if they only had one paragraph for each child. I basically give the overall family update and share any important family news without all the bragging.

Jessica-MomForHim said...

I also meant to mention since you can't find your Christmas CDs--there are TONS of great Christmas mp3 downloads available for FREE right now, mostly on Amazon. I listed a few in last Monday's blog post, and will be listing more tomorrow. Download them for free and listen from your computer, burn a CD, or play on your mp3 player. There are many from Christian artists, even!

sara p said...

jennie, i love the Christmas card:) the pictures of the boys are so cute:) they are all geting so big:) thanks for the update, i'm happy to hear micah is doing well:) happy holidays.

Four Wonders Mommy said...

That is a great Christmas Card! Hope you are enjoying MN! Hope to meet you and the boys in the New Year!

ATLKrafts said...

um moving and 3 kids entitles you to no pressure on the letter this year... it hadn't even crossed my mind that I should write one!! good to talk with you yesterday