Saturday, December 13, 2008

Lee Christmas Letter 2008

Dear Friends and Family,

MERRY CHRISTMAS! We hope this holiday season finds you relaxed and anticipating time with friends and family. This past year has been filled with experiences that have built memories which will last a lifetime.
Jace Lee
Most importantly, our son , Jace David, was born on May 15th. Needless to say, our lives are now radically different. Jace is 7 months old and (fortunately for a rookie mom and dad) a very easy-going baby. He is growing like a weed, loves ‘real‘ food, and smiling at new faces. We are having so much fun watching him develop and achieve those ‘firsts’. John takes care of him on Mondays while working out of the house and Jace is in daycare on Wednesday and Thursday. We have felt incredibly blessed to find a great daycare provider and to be able to stay home with him the rest of the week.

John continues to work for WGM as Director of Major Gifts. He has hired three new staff members this past year who have proven to be a great asset to the team. As the development department of WGM heads in a new direction, John is anticipating the Lord’s blessing on both the partners of WGM and the organization in the years ahead.

Sarah still works for the Fishers Veterinary Hospital as an associate veterinarian but has cut back on hours in order to be home a little more with Jace.. She continues to enjoy all life stages and all aspects of general practice. In addition, she is also on a committee to plan the annual conference for the American Animal Hospital Association. The biggest changes within the practice include the addition of another full time doctor bringing them to 6 doctors and the anticipation of a facility remodel doubling the practices size.

In June, we hosted a 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration for John’s parents. We put a couple tents in our back yard and had about 40 people come. Great friends and family helped to make the occasion a memorable event. So many wrote to contribute to a scrapbook assembled by Becky (John’s sister) and Laura (John’s niece) that two books were used to archive the notes and pictures!

John’s mother has recovered from a bout with skin cancer. She had a spot removed from her right shin and had to endure a long healing process followed by a skin graft. Fortunately, she has recovered and is back to her daily activities. We are so thankful for the Lord’s healing and help.

In September we went back to Iowa for a few days to celebrate the wedding of Sarah’s sister, Hannah, to Blake Rieman. It was a beautiful, and we had a wonderful time with family. Blake is a wonderful man we are so happy to have him in our family!

May your hearts be filled with gratitude during the celebration of the birth of our Savior.. May you sense HIM near as you spend time with friends and family. May HIS joy be yours,

John, Sarah, and Jace

Is. 9:6 For to us a child is born, … , And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.