Friday, May 17, 2013

A Christmas Letter

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

We're sorry that we didn't get around to sending Christmas cards this year. It's been a little hectic, to say the least.
Eliah at the hospital
We've had a year with a lot of ups and downs, to be sure. Natalie got a baby brother, Eliah, on May 28. Eliah, as most of you know, was born with hemophilia. He has had several bleeding episodes on his brain, and we have been in and out of the hospital a lot. His bleeding caused a lot of seizures, too. We think we have everything under control now... but nobody knows what the future holds.

Natalie turned three this year, and we are finding out that three year olds ask a lot of questions. Not different questions. Just the same two or three, over and over. And over. And over. And over. She loves to draw. We noticed tht every time she draws a person, there are a lot of lines coming out of the head. At first, we thought "hair". But then, we started to see circles on the ends of the lines. When asked, she said they were the wires that get put on your head to make you feel better (like Eliah got in the hospital). Everybody gets them. We're so glad that she is becoming more and more independent. She can get in and out of the car by herself, take dirty dishes to the sink, and get her own snacks. We're also so glad to know that her favorite color is pink, that Pluto is her favorite planet, that her favorite TV show is "Go Diego, Go!", that water is important because it is healthy, that she likes to paint, and that sometimes her poop looks like a rainbow (don't ask).
Natalie and Paint

Once Eliah got out of the hospital last time, we sort of lost track of a lot of you. It's generally known that babies do nothing but eat, sleep and poop. What we didn't know was that mommies generally do nothing but hold babies, change diapers, and catch any illness that any kid within 20 miles has. Daddies basically do the same, they just trade diapers for working at the office. Since we got out of the hospital, not a single day has gone by that someone in our house hasn't been sick. I'm hoping that we're building up a massive immunity to pretty much everything, and can continue the rest of our lives without getting sick again.

Dad helping us, as usual
One more thing sorta went wrong this year... I think I got on Santa's sh*t list. Literally. Santa decided I was so bad, he skipped the "coal" method, and went straight to the other brown stuff. Right before Christmas, the city decided to clean out their lines. Somehow, something must have gotten stuck in our connection down at the road. Our sewer line backed up and filled our house (well, just the tubs) with some pretty bad stuff. I worked all night trying to figure it out and fix it, but only had tears to show for it. Thankfully, the next morning, my father showed up and saved the day. I don't know what I would have done without him.

Which brings me to my next point: over the course of this year, we have suffered a few set-backs. But we have also received an outpouring of love and support that has helped us make it through. Friends, family, and complete strangers have continuously been there for us. Everybody at my work has been very supportive, understanding, and caring. We even received some pre-cooked meals (which we're still eating!). Our families have been, since day one, patiently waiting on the side-lines... just waiting on any word that we need help. And boy, do they come through! They are the main safety net that catches us when we stumble. And we have friends all over the world who care and have been involved... sending nothing but love, asking nothing in return. I honestly don't know how we could have made it without all of you!

Many things are starting to look more positive. Eliah has started smiling and laughing, responding to our smiles and laughs. He really is a very happy baby, in general. And Natalie's belief in Santa this year lit up our whole little family. I wish you could have been there when Santa's sleigh bells woke her up shortly after she went to bed. She was so excited that he was getting close to our house, and couldn't hardly go back to sleep.

Vote RON PAUL!!!!
Oh, and one other thing helps to sum up this year:
VOTE RON PAUL 2008!!!!!!!!! :)

We do wish that everyone has had a wonderful Christmas, and will have a wonderful New Year, too!

Ann, Kelley, Natalie & Eliah

The Pearts

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