As much as we would like to send each and everyone of you a Christmas card, we wouldn’t be able to even afford the postage. However, because we are so grateful for you, we still wanted to share our annual Christmas letter with you:
2013 has been quite the year for the old Stafford clan. Sure we had all the usual: Delaney (7) is still playing soccer and even started playing hoops for the first time. Ashley (10) also played soccer again and was even elected mayor for her 5th grade field trip to Young Ameritowne. Mackenzie (12), is still a dancing fool and enjoys participating in her middle school’s daily video news program. Emily (19) dropped out of college, started experimenting with drugs, and is now somewhere in Borneo trying to find herself. Okay, not really, but I just had to see if anyone actually reads these things. Emily is still doing great in school, playing on her college volleyball team, and is getting ready to leave for a semester abroad in Leiden, the Netherlands right after the New Year.
Besides all the usual, for us 2013 will always be remembered as the year our daughter Delaney was diagnosed with cancer (specifically Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). With what has felt like some sort of terrible curse has also brought us tremendous blessings and our family is so grateful for all of you that played a part in those. We have met so many nice people. We have had complete strangers show love to our family. We have been the recipients of meals, gifts, cards, prayers, and so much more. We had what felt like entire schools show us support and kindness. We’ve had hair, been bald, and grew hair back again. Delaney is doing great and her spunky self has inspired an entire “Cancer Can Kiss My Stache!” movement. I know that for some of you this is the first time you are hearing about this so if you want to learn more about our journey with that specifically you can go to her blog (www.nomoreadventures.com) or to her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cancercankissmystache). If anything our trials have reminded us that God is good… all the time. May HE bless you and yours as you prepare for the celebration of the birth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Delaney, Ashley, Mackenzie, Emily, Stacey, and Tom Stafford.