Bernard Family Christmas Letter

As usual, my Christmas card/letter has been completed after the holiday this year. I did scale back on my snail mail list this year. For all my online friends, please enjoy here!

Love and blessings to you all.


The Year in Review • 2008 With the Bernards

• Strangest thing I’ve heard myself say, “No. You can’t go potty with a pancake in your hand.”

• Weirdest thing I’ve laundered: a used (yes, used!) Pull-Up (you should have seen the lint trap afterward)

• Loads of laundry washed, dried, folded, and put away: at least 550 (washed and dried; only about half of those actually folded and put away)

• Strangest discovery in my van: Spencer’s toothbrush

• Most anticipated acquisition that has not been adequately used to its potential: deep freezer

• Number of children’s birthday parties attended: 14

• Firsts for Susanna: dance recital, day of Kindergarten, attending a play, cheerleading camp

• Firsts for Seth and Spencer: riding a horse, swimming pool, trip to Pump It Up! , going potty

• Firsts for Chris: trip to Boston, trip to Philadelphia, asking for and receiving a pay raise

• Best-intended home project that didn’t get completed: painting dining room

• Greatest home project I did accomplish: installed closet organizer in boys’ room

• How we observed our 13th wedding anniversary (July 22): seeing the long-anticipated and much-celebrated X-Files movie, I Want to Believe, on opening night

• My new favorite truism: The quickest way to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.

• Number of times each day I hear, “Mommy”: 3,592,824

• Greatest delusion I want to believe: that I can get anywhere on time with the children

• Second greatest delusion I want to believe: that I will get my Christmas cards mailed before Christmas

• Most precious message that continues to warm our hearts:
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” —(John 1:14, ESV)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours.