Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Dear Family and Friends,

On behalf of our slice of the Morgan family, we send warm wishes to you and your family for a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season. It is amazing that yet another year is coming to a close, and we pray that it has been a great one for you all. As always during this special time of year, we feel compelled to not only reflect on the events of the year, but also give thanks for all of our blessings and optimistically look forward to the year ahead.

2010 has been another big year for Gavin (7) who started first grade this year. He has been very blessed to have another amazing teacher, who peaks his interest and keeps him eager to learn. Gavin loves to go to school, and has made many friends who he enjoys battling at tetherball during recess. Gavin has maintained his friendly and fun loving demeanor, and is a wonderful big brother to his sisters. He has also continued playing flag football, which he absolutely loves. His team went undefeated during the season and even won the playoffs, with Gavin scoring some touchdowns along the way. In addition to football, Gavin took tennis lessons, learned to boogie board on our Destin vacation, and continued to polish his skills playing Nintendo DS and Wii games, handily beating everyone else in the family. We could not be more proud of the man he is becoming, and are so thankful and lucky to have him as ours.

For Ellie (5) it was a really big year as well. Ellie started Kindergarten this fall, which was a tough decision given her birthday fell right on the enrollment deadline. We decided to have Ellie attend kindergarten at Son Kids, which is the school all of our children attended for preschool. Ellie was extremely excited to start kindergarten, and certainly feels like a big girl doing so. She embraces the challenge of learning new things, and regularly asks us on Saturday mornings to get her homework folder out to work on. She loves her teachers, and looks forward to school each and every day. Ellie learned to ride a bike with no training wheels this year, and has even gone “off roading” with her big brother Gavin on the bike trails. She also started to attend cheerleading classes this year, and works very hard to keep improving her cartwheels and splits. Just about every evening you can find her doing cartwheels all over the house. Ellie is a loving girl, who adds fun and excitement to everything we do. Ellie has also successfully figured out how to keep her Daddy wrapped tightly around her tiny finger, and he knows it and loves it.

Hadley (2) has continued to blossom and flourish this year as well. Hadley is certainly the spark plug of the house, always willing to express her opinion and mix it up with the bigger kids. She truly has gone from being in the baby/toddler phase to being a little girl. She loves to play baby dolls, ride her bike, and do just about anything outside. Hadley is still going to preschool, and really loves going to learn and spend time with her friends. She is eagerly awaiting the day she gets to participate in cheer like her big sister Ellie. Hadley is a music nut, and can always be counted on to break out a dance and sing along when music is on. She is an absolute blast to be with, and always adds a ray of sunshine around our home. We feel exceptionally blessed to have her in our lives, and are so proud to have her as our little girl. We cannot wait to see what 2011 will bring for this little lady.

Lacey has continued to remain steadfast in her dedication to sacrificing herself to do all she can to provide our children with all the love and support they could ever dream of. She can be found carpooling to cheer, football, play dates, or taking the kids to any special activities she has found that she thinks would interest them. She tirelessly works to ensure that all three of our kids always feel loved, nurtured, and get to do as many activities as they wish to participate in. However, in October the driver and rock of our family took on a new and difficult challenge. In August Lacey noticed a growth on her thyroid, and underwent some testing here in the Woodlands to determine what it was. The tests proved to be inconclusive, so we decided to go see a specialist at MD Anderson downtown. The doctor immediately suggested getting surgery done, so they could go in and take a biopsy of the growth. When the Dr. emerged after surgery, she informed us that it was in fact cancer, and they were forced to remove her entre Thyroid. Needless to say this was a tough diagnosis to digest, but Lacey handled the adversity with grace and strength as she always does. The toughest part of the entire ordeal for Lacey was that during the radioactive iodine treatments, she was forced to be away from the kids for nearly two weeks. This is a mom who has only been away from the kids for a few nights total during their lives, so the news was devastating. Lacey decided to spend the sequestered period living back at her parent’s house, who took excellent care of her. Meanwhile, my mom stepped up to help with our children, and even made sure to take care of me. After the two longest weeks of our marriage, Mommy was finally able to come home and make us whole again. Word cannot adequately express how much we missed her love, guidance and support during her time away, nor can they express how happy we are to have her back at home. We are extremely proud let you know that on December 10th, we got the great news that her treatment was successful and she was deemed cancer free. Lacey is still battling to get her medication regulated and energy back, but we feel certain we are on the road to recovery and 2011 will be a better year. We cannot properly express our gratitude and appreciation for the amazing outpouring of love and support we received during this trying time. Lacey and I feel so amazingly blessed to have such supportive and loving family and friends in our lives. We hope each of you know how much you helped us, and how blessed you made us feel.

As for me, I am merely along for the ride. I feel very blessed to be the father to three amazing kids, and husband to a wonderful wife. I enjoy spending my “free” time playing baby dolls with the girls, or getting spanked by Gavin at any video game. I truly feel lucky to have the family I do, and enjoy every minute I get to spend with them. I am also enjoying the madness of the natural gas business, and enjoy the challenges and camaraderie that my job provides.

As the year closes, we hope each of you take time to give thanks for all of the blessings in your life, and the wonderful people you are fortunate enough to share them with. As we learned this year the journey is not always smooth and easy, but having great family and friends around you makes it worth traveling. We are very thankful for all of the blessings in our lives, and having you in our lives is one of them. We hope that you have a very Merry Christmas, and a healthy, meaningful and prosperous new year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

The Morgan Family

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