MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OHIO!
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.
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...
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."