Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Letter 2013

Dear Family & Friends,

What a crazy year 2013 has turned out to be! Here are some of the highlights:

We took our second (of hopefully many more) Disney Cruise for 8 days in the Caribbean. We visited Disney’s island, Castaway Cay and spent a full day in Disney World and also stopped in Key West. We had a marvelous time and can’t wait to do it all over again.

Dave continues to serve in the Bishopbric (3 years now). He seems to do it all, work, church, yard work, and even some home-improvement projects. In what little spare time he manages to carve out, he enjoys college football and his new favorite TV show: Fast N’ Loud. 

Eden and Jennie took a fun trip to Dallas, Texas with Eden’s choir, MCO. They performed two different shows and got over 10 standing ovations. 

A huge happening in 2013 was Teya’s baptism. She got to be baptized ON her 8th birthday. It was wonderful and we had lots of family and friends to celebrate her decision. 

Josh has a new hobby: Drums. He just scored an electronic drum set at a garage sale. We all know when Josh is awake each day. Drums, drums, drums.
We had some other fun family trips: going with our good friends to Lake Havasu to try out our boat there. It was absolutely wonderful. We also took a long trip up to Utah to go to a high school reunion, a mission reunion, and several get-togethers with family and friends. 

Jennie turned 40 in October and celebrated by completing 40 fun goals, having several parties and going on a 4-day trip with her college friends to Newport Beach. 

A week after turning 40, Jennie went to her doctor and found out she probably has a tumor in her pituitary gland (in the brain area). An MRI a few weeks later confirmed it and it has been a whirlwind of doctors and tests since then. She has one of the best neurosurgeons in the country signed on to perform the surgery, which is on Dec. 18th. Modern advancements allow them to go in through her nose, so no head shaving required. 90% of these types of tumors are benign, so we aren’t worried about cancer. Her diagnosis is officially called Acromegaly, if you want to look it up. (Abraham Lincoln had this, so she’s in good company!). We could sure use the power of your prayers and faith.

Christmas is a time to turn outwards and think of others, of family, friends and faith. Because that is what the Savior did. He lived a life outwards -- where everything He did was to serve His father and us. We are so grateful for His example and for every one of you. 

Love, The Blasers


Coleen said...

We are keeping you in our prayers. God bless. Aunt Coleen

hubba said...

Prayers your way. So sorry. Sounds like you're in good hands. Isn't that what Anny had? Hope ya'll have Happy holidays.

Julia said...

Jennie, I love your Christmas letter. Our prayers will be coming as you have your surgery and recover. Thanks for the sweet pictures of your family, too. What a wonderful blessing.

Jennifer Pelo Rawlings said...

Fun year.. you know, up until this last bit. I'm sure that hasn't been very fun. God bless you, Jennie, and your family.

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