Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas letter to family and friends

December 10, 2009
Dear Family and Friends-
As the days begin to get shorter and the weather turns cool, we enter a wonderful season when we take time to give thanks for all our blessings, and to focus our attention on the Savior’s birth and the blessing that this event has afforded all of us. This last year has brought countless blessings to our family and we would like to take the opportunity to share these with you.
On Easter Sunday, Eli Rogers was born. Eli is a happy healthy 8 month old monster of a boy. Eli loves to play with his sisters and is rarely found without a smile on his face. Eli’s favorite thing to do is eat, and eating he does! Everything he finds goes into his mouth. Eli is the fastest army crawler the world has ever seen. He is quick to follow his sisters everywhere they go.
During Thanksgiving, we paused to celebrate the 3rd Birthday of our little Lucy. Lucy has really grown this last year and her personality is quickly developing. Lucy has learned a thousand new words and has begun to communicate with others besides her immediate family. Lucy loves to ask questions such as, “What would happen if an alligator bites you?” Lucy has begun taking “big girl” dance classes and is excited to perform in her first recital this next week.
Joy turned five this year and has begun kindergarten. Joy is thrilled at this new stage of her life and is anxious to learn as much as she can. Joy loves to practice reading and is getting quite good as this new found talent. Joy also loves her social life. As everyone knows, Joy is always surrounded by friends and does not know a stranger.
In October, Amanda got one of her heart’s greatest desires for her birthday as we moved into our new house. Our house was begun in June and was finished in time for Amanda’s birthday. We got to plan and select many items for our house. At times this was a bit stressful, but in the end was so worth it. Amanda works full time raising her family and feels blessed to have this opportunity.
Dale is still at Home Depot where he works as an assistant manager. Dale enjoys his position and the challenges that it brings. Dale was able to lay tile in our new house with his bothers and friends to help out. Dale loves his new garage and has spent countless hours in there building shelves, a work bench, and organizing tools and toys.
We hope that this past year has been as good to all our friends and family as it has been for us. We feel so grateful for the blessings we have received this past year. Thank you to everyone for your love towards us. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Love Dale, Amanda, Joy, Lucy, and Eli Rogers

Thursday, December 3, 2009

"Love Song for a Baby" - by Marion Dane Bauer

This one's for you, Sarah!

"Your laughter was the sun. Your smile, the moon. Even your burps were bells, since we loved you."

"Round cheecks, a round tummy, a round little bottom all made us love you."