Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Letter 2008

***I usually send out a Christmas letter in our Christmas cards. Due to some one's unforeseen early arrival...I'm finding myself a bit behind. So, I will post my Christmas letter here and hope that I've caught up enough by next actually mail cards out. ***

Dear Family and Friends,

What a year of changes! I can’t believe another year has flown by, while we weren’t looking! Our children continue to surprise and delight us everyday and we could not imagine our lives without them.

We’ll start with our most recent big…yet tiny…change! Our little princess, Presley, was born on November 21st. After having a miscarriage in April, we were shocked to find out only a few weeks later, that we were expecting again. Following a month of threatening to come early, she arrived by emergency c-section at 33 weeks, 1 day. We were warned that she would be spending almost two months in the hospital, due to her premature birth, but they severely underestimated our little peanut! From day one, she became a legend. She was known as the “preemie that didn’t know she was a preemie.” The nurses, doctors and I would joke that if we just didn’t tell her she wasn’t full-term, that she’d keep doing well. After only nine days in special care, she came home! She is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen and has an incredibly laid back personality, that fits in well with our chaos.

Luke is no longer my little baby boy. He has the vocabulary of a five year old and the mess making abilities of several 2 year olds. He loves Thomas the Train and only wants a train set for Christmas. He loves having Pres home and calls her, “MY baby!” He can’t wait to start pre-school next year and hates when we drop off Avery and he can’t stay. It’s strange to think that he’ll be old enough to be starting school already!

Avery is in her first year of pre-school and loves it! She is starting to pick out letters and tries to write her name. I have seen a lot of changes in her in the last few months. She is more helpful and gets into trouble a little less. She still has the biggest eyes and the cutest smattering of freckles on her nose. She wants a new baby doll for Christmas and she already loves to “feed” her babies like I feed Pres.

Ryleigh is really enjoying kindergarten. She has picked up reading quite easily and her teacher just adores her. She gets along with everyone in her class, but is more on the shy side. She has developed a little attitude, but overall, is a good kid and is a big help, most of the time. She loves holding Pres and changing her diapers, when asked. She played soccer again this year and really seems to have a natural talent for it.

Bailey is doing really well in 2nd grade. She loves reading and drawing pictures. She has times when she thinks she’s already a teenager, but thankfully, that isn’t too often. She has a lot of friends at school and is very much the social butterfly. She has a gentle personality and always tries to make the right choice. She also played soccer again this year and improved quite a bit! I love watching her attempt new things and succeed.

Josh is still working for XXXXX and working crazy rotating hours. He got our yard completely finished this year and has been busy painting various areas of our home that weren’t done yet. He got into the Christmas spirit even more this year and decorated the house and front yard. The kids are quite impressed with what he’s done! His Mom has done well with her cancer this year. It has been a lot of ups and downs, but we are still extremely thankful for every day that we get to spend with her. Josh’s brother and his wife are expecting another baby girl any moment and Josh’s sister is expecting another baby boy at the beginning of the year. We are excited to have a new niece and nephew to grow up with our children!

I’m still working at home for XXXXX and going to school at XXXXX. Unfortunately, due to Pres’s arrival in the middle of fall semester, I had to take an incomplete in my pre-calculus class, so I’ll have to finish it up in the spring. However, she is worth any “trouble” she may have caused, so I’m not too upset. I’m not too far away from my associate’s degree! That is only the first step, in the long walk to graduating nursing school, but I’ll get there. Knowing that Presley is indeed our last baby, I can tentatively look toward the future and plan the completion of school.

Well, that is a quick update of our lives! We hope that your family is doing well and that this letter finds you all happy and safe. We are so grateful for the presence of each of you in our lives. To our friends and family, both old and new, thank you for everything, this past year. There is no way that we can repay you for everything you have so selflessly done for us. We wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Love, The Garrard Family


suebug said...

WOW- what an amazing year it has been!! You are oober blessed with such a big beautiful family!

Pamela said...

Great minds think alike, lol! i just posted our Christmas letter and then came to your blog and found yours. Merry Christmas to your family and may 2009 bring you all the best!

Pam said...

I'm just so glad that this year had more ups then downs for your family! You have had a lot going on this year and handled it all so well! Merry Christmas to you and your family!