Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas


Hopefully everyone reading this has received our Christmas cards by now. If not you should soon, but let us know if you don't. We made a bunch and we can guarantee that we meant to send one to you.


Every year we get wonderful letters from several families that we know detailing their years and what is new with them. We love receiving these and reacquainting ourselves with old friends. We always wanted to return the favor: but again, organization is lacking. Therefore, we've decided to make an electronic version of our yearly family letter. Here we go.

We are enjoying life in Ohio. We really feel that it has finally become home for us this year. We continue to serve our branch to the best of our ability and have been blessed to see that Heavenly Father has great plans, even for Podunk little places like Fremont Ohio. We hope to stay here for many years and watch this branch become a ward. On a sadder note, we lost John's father this year after a months long fight with lung disease. 'Grandpa' Bill Scherer died September 30 2008. We will miss his in our family here on earth, but look forward to a joyous reunion in the hereafter. Christmas morning will never be quite the same without Grandpa waking the kids up at ungodly hours, excited to experience another Christmas morning with them.


Hannah turned two years old on February 22, 2008. At present, she has begun potty training. When completed, this will be a major milestone in our family- No More Diapers!! Hannah Makes us laugh all of the time. She is the consummate girly-girl. She loves to dress up and play with Baby Dolls and the like. However, if one of her brothers were to cross her and say, take her baby doll? POW. That's right, our little girl turns into a vicious attack dog. The boys have learned to keep to her good side.
Wants for Christmas- A doll House.

Most memorable quote: "Mean Mommy, stupid dad"- quoted after being placed on time out during the summer.


"Right back atcha, babe"

Johnny Johnny Johnny. Where do we even begin. Johnny turned four on September 5, 2008. This is Johnny's last year at home all day before starting preschool next year. Johnny is still our comedian. We love to watch him attempt to talk his way out of the situations he gets himself in. Johnny played soccer at the community center this year. Well, "played" is a loose term. He mostly danced with his good buddy Jackson and occasionally critiqued the performance of his team mates while they actually played. He once told a teammate, who was covered in sweat, "You should have tried harder" after the other team scored a goal. Mind you, Johnny watched the kid score and did not bother even moving to try and stop him. Sports may not be his thing after all. However, we are very proud of his wit and we pray constantly that he'll use his powers of comedy and persuasion for good.

Wants for Christmas: A remote controlled motorcycle.- No trouble making can occur with that, right?

Most Memorable Quote: <While seated next to his father on the stand during sacrament meeting>. "Dad, Jesus isn't always nice. He created all of the animals and bears are animals. Bears are evil. THEY EAT HUMANS!" - John and the Branch President had trouble containing their laughter during some poor soul's testimony.

Second Memorable Quote: <To Kerri, who jokingly mentioned starting her own business some day> "I know what you should name your store:..........GROUUUUCH!!!!"

Conspicuously Absent from Photo Above: Santa Clause, Don't ask.


Our Matthew turned 7 years old on December 2, 2008 and only has one more year before accountability sets in. Matthew loves sports. He has played T-ball, soccer and wrestling at different times during the last year. He has quite a sense humor, but is a teacher's pet at school. Matt has been given an inner drive to do everything he does well. He works very hard in school, sports and at home. We have no idea where this boy came from! He has learned quite a few moves at wrestling that he likes to take out on Dad. Above all, Matthew has a good heart. He is a bona-fide Momma's boy who loves to stand up for his mommy, which usually involves beating up dad.

Wants for Christmas: A game boy and a pool table.

Most Memorable Quote: "Dad, do you think Mom might be a little.....crazy?"

Other Memorable Quote: "When I have my own wife and kids, can we come over your house and eat dinner sometimes?"


Sarah turned 11 years old on August 13, 2008. She is still a sweetheart, though the preteen girl attitude comes through now and again. She has worked really hard developing musical skills. She plays the violin and the clarinet. She had gotten quite good at the Violin and has played at church a few times. She just started Clarinet this year and just had her first band concert. She is in her sixth grade year at school and she does well. She has always been mindful of those around her who might need a little extra attention. She has several widows at church that she loves to catch up with each week and sit with during sacrament meeting at times. She is a good big sister and is usually patient with Hannah and the boys. She will enter middle school and Young Women's in 2009. This is very scary to her parents. We believe that Sarah will do allot of good in the world during her life.

Wants for Christmas: "Twilight" books, a Go Phone, Guitar Hero

Memorable Quote: <Written to a boy classmate who 'asked her out' on a date> "Thanks for asking, but you'll have to ask again in six years."

Kerri went back to work this year for a short time. This was short lived however, as she realized that neither she or the kids were ready for this. Right now, she is cherishing her time with the kids while they are still little. She is serving as the Young Women's President at church and loves her calling, though she does worry about the girls a little too much sometimes.

John is still driving one hour each way to work, but he loves his job. John has traveled for work this past year to Toulouse France and Seattle Washington. He is serving as second counselor in the branch presidency. This presidency is now well into it's third year and the branch is doing well. John has coached T-ball and soccer in 2008 and plans to continue coaching in 2009. John is still running regularly, though he says his diet needs improvement after New Year. John's excited that Penn State is in the Rose Bowl this year and is having a party on New Years day to make sure that his Buckeye fan friends get to experience Penn State's moment of triumph.
We love all of you and hope that you are doing well. Merry Christmas and Have a Happy and successful 2009.


Anonymous said...

so wonderful to get your card, ours is coming soon!

merry christmas

Larry said...

ohhh!! it's so wonderful! I really miss you guys, and sarah sounds so grown up! make sure she knows i miss her too! <3 have a great christmas!

Larry said...

that's actually from DeAnna <3

De & Matt said...

hope you're well!! <3 miss you guys!