Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 With the Fabians Christmas Letter

2012 With the Fabians

Let’s start with last Christmas, which extended into February.  Brent and Mandy visited from Anchorage in January.  Then Rhiannon, Mike, Carter, and Ella came in February.  No problem!  It was a good reason to leave the Christmas tree and décor up longer!  Brad joined his brother in Anchorage for the summer.  We got to dog sit Otto.  Brad is back in Helena, but we still get to keep Otto…for now!

July brought company from PA.  Dave’s mother (now 90 yrs old!) and her husband, Gerry, rode the train to Spokane and we picked them up there.  We had a wonderful visit there with Brandon, Rhiannon, Mike, Carter, and Ella before returning home.  We loved having Mom and Gerry here!  Brandon finishes his degree this month, in Exercise Science.  2013 will bring us grandbaby #3!  Carter and Ella will be welcoming a baby brother in March.

In the spring we did our kitchen remodel.  We designed the kitchen of our dreams, lots of hickory cabinets, extra-wide island, double ovens, French door fridge, new flooring for kitchen, dining room, entry, and both bathrooms, and tons of counter space.  We love every inch of it!  In the process, Dave’s bathroom also got a new toilet, vanity, and sink.  Dave also built a retaining wall by our parking area and reinforced the balcony support in the living room.  In his spare time Dave loaded 6 cords of firewood onto the porches and “practiced” using his tractor.

Dave spent a lot of time this year with doctors, the orthopedic surgeon in particular.  In May we found out he needed both hips and one knee replaced.  In June he had the left hip replaced, in September the right hip, and December 18th the right knee.  The surgeon’s office worked hard with us to get them all in this calendar year so we only had to pay one deductible.  The hips are doing great and we are expecting a good outcome for the knee also.  He has shoulder problems too and will have physical therapy in conjunction with his knee therapy.  He is looking forward to retiring, hopefully December 2013.

LaDonna quilted as much as she could this year, including a couple of table runners, several baby quilts, a wall hanging, and two queen-sized quilts.  However, the quilt want-to-do list continues to grow!  So much fabric, so little time!  She wants to retire too, so she can quilt more.  Unfortunately, that won’t be until about 2025!  She stays in contact with family and friends, far and near, via facebook.  Feel free to friend her, LaDonna Todd Fabian.  You can also see pictures of the quilts and kitchen there!

As we approach the end of another year, we think of you and are thankful for our relationships.  After all, without relationships we aren’t really living.  The most important relationship is the one with Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate this time each year.  We pray that each of you have or will begin a relationship with Him and that you will grow closer to Him each day of 2013.

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and may God bless you greatly in 2013!

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