Saturday, December 06, 2008

Christmas Letter 2008

Merry Christmas!

First of all, I am doing well, December 7th marks two years since I finished radiation treatments (after finishing chemo in November 06) and began figuring out the whole remission thing. It's been great, sometimes quite a struggle, but worth it. I am enjoying more time with my children and husband. For those of you I am just catching up with I had Hodgkins Lymphoma and my tumors were crushing my heart and lungs. I love creating amazing products for our photography clients. I recently created two digital scrapbooking albums in 12x12 and 8.5x11 and part of the proceeds will benefit cancer research -with video instructions. I'm glad to have a holiday break and you'll see it for sale the end of December at Cottage Arts. I teach Relief Society lessons at church once a month.

Tyler is a counselor in the Elder's Quorum at church. He is a Certified Financial Planner and works with his Dad, Jim Vanderbeek, and his uncle, Gordon Nelson, at Keystone Wealth Management. He enjoys the market and trading and helping clients. He still photographs a few times a month and enjoys the creative outlet. He's amazing with the kids and helps me so much.

Haeley is enjoying 1st Grade. She is really enjoying reading the Magic Tree House book series and has finished a dozen in the past few weeks. School has definitely changed since I was a kid - those books used to be considered 3rd grader books. She enjoys dance as well and is very precise. It's fun to see her gracefully move around the house.

Coleton is having fun with sentences and practicing new words. His smile is contagious. He is beginning to resist nap time. He loves trucks and trains. We had to get him a new car seat and he loves the new one! He loves to 'help' me with the yard work. He's so sweet and keeps me busy!

Other than that, we're pretty busy with homework, errands, church callings, and all the wonderful things life is made up of. Hope you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas Season.


thejohnmfamily said...

I'm so glad you guys are doing well! Thanks for the update.

Emily Hansen said...

Hi Laura! What a great post for those of us that don't see you very often. It was fun to read and catch up on your cute family. I'm glad you are doing well. Happy Holidays!

Trevor and Amy said...

Congratulations on the 2 year mark! That's great! I love your hair too! I loved your picture with Michael Ballam. What an awesome experience! You are so talented with your pictures! They are awesome!

Heather said...

So glad you're all doing well. It's fun to read a quick update.

What wonderful people you all are.