Our Family Christmas Letter


Where do we start!  What a year it has been.  “Challenging” might be the best word to describe it!  Most of you know that Jen was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer on February 3rd.   So most of last year has been focusing on life with cancer and getting her better.  Her treatment entailed 6 rounds of chemo, a double mastectomy and 6 weeks of radiation.  We are happy to say that the pathology report came back completely clean after surgery, which indicates the chemo worked and the cancer is completely gone from the lymph nodes and everywhere else!  She will be going through reconstruction surgery sometime this spring.  They don’t say she’s cured till the cancer has been gone for 5 years, but we are thankful it seems to be gone and are prayerful and hopeful it will not return.  Jen also blogs about her experience at www.clergygirl.wordpress.com

  Jeremy started his second year at Parker Hannifin in Kalamazoo this fall as a quality manager and continues to enjoy it.  This year he’s had a lot to juggle with a sick wife and a new job.  He had to put a lot of his life on hold.  Jen and the kids think he might qualify for “super dad” after this year. 

  Charis is 7 and started second grade.  She loves everything to do with creativity.  She loves to write and draw and comes up with all kinds of stories and creations. 

  Meleah is 4 and enjoys preschool and ballet.  She loves everything girlie.dresses, make-up, cutting her own hair, princesses and anything pink. 

  Elijah has been such a joy this past year to Jen as she has struggled with her health issues.  He is an extra cuddly little boy and spends a lot of time hugging, kissing and sitting on her lap.  He also adores trains, trucks and balls and has an impressive throw for a one year old.  His sisters are often the recipients of his tosses (even when they aren’t ready!).

  We are especially thankful for our family and friends who helped us immensely this year.  We are grateful for your love and support.


“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace

as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Roman 15:13


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