So you know how inevitatably you get That Christmas Letter every year that leaves you thinking, “I really don’t care if your daughter is acing out her 6 yr. old Gymboree class and now knows how to shake a morraca with the best of them?” It also cracks me up when couples write about all the amazing things the wives are doing as a SAHM. Bully on that. If I was ever to really write a letter, to recap my major annual accomplishments, it would say, “Meredith survived 2011, and both of her children are still living.”
In any case, I have never written a Christmas letter before and don’t plan to start a tradition here, but this one is purely for the record books and for my husband and sister who have been my rocks through a year of note. So this is another post my regular readers may want to bail out on. Here goes…
|“I Heart 2011”|
April began on an alarming note when my sister, my son and I routed my dad from an appointment at his primary care doc to the ER at Lancaster General Hospital for emergency open heart surgery requiring a double bypass, repair of his aortic walk and a valve replacement. While he hung out in the hospital for the rest of April, my sister, BIL, husband and I threw my mom’s retirement party, which was a rather large affair. She taught at the same school for 40 yrs. as a high school math teacher until the day she was literally pulled from her classroom last year and sent to the hospital after tests came back indicating that she had liver cancer. She is currently continuing with chemo treatments while her condition declines. We rounded out April by biting the requisite parenting bullet and buying our first minivan 🙂
We rolled into the fall with continuing issues with Jared’s maternal grandfather’s health, but after twice very nearly exiting this earth, his cancer now appears to be in remission. We enjoyed a happy day dedicating our daughter with most of our family present on 9/11/11. Sadly, my grandmother passed away that night. I never dreamed how difficult it would be saying goodbye to this wonderful woman whom I loved very much. 4 weeks later, my beautiful sister and BIL got married and their wedding was just too special and too much fun 🙂
Plus, my son’s go at being a ring-bearer was pretty cute 🙂
We are so blessed, and we are so grateful.
|“2011: The Legend”|