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Thankful for Christmas

Friends and Family,

We have had a crazy year. In some ways it has felt like the longest year ever and in other ways it feels like the whole year just passed us by.

The big events that have made our life crazy this year have all related to Nathan’s health. This journey began last November when his knee went out playing basketball. He had surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon and had to keep the leg straight for the next 8 weeks. His recovery was much harder than we anticipated resulting in multiple ER visits, tests, and scans. The end result was the discovery in February that he had last stage testicular cancer and severe blood clots in his abdomen. Nathan was in the hospital for a continuous 2 months as doctors diagnosed his condition, did surgeries and began chemotherapy treatments. In total Nathan went through 3 rounds of chemotherapy and 4 surgeries. The final surgery was in June where doctors removed the remaining tumor and then were able to declare him cancer free. Needless to say those months were long and hard. The chemotherapy Nathan endured was strenuous making him incredibly sick and preventing him from being able to eat. He lost a total of 40 pounds during his treatments. Currently he continues to go for routine doctor’s appointments, chest x-rays, and CT scans. He also remains on blood thinners for the blood clots. Looking at him however you would never guess he had been sick. God has been so good to heal him and restore health. He is working full time and even went on an international trip in November.

Cancer is the hard part of our story. But it has pushed us to an exciting new season. Last year we began to pursue growing our family with no success. After discovering the cancer we understood why our efforts to have children had not been successful. Adoption is something we have had a heart for both individually and as a couple. Our initial plan had been to wait several years before pursuing adoption. The events of this year have caused us to decide to pursue adoption now as the primary way of growing our family. We are so excited about this opportunity to reflect our Father’s adoption of us as we seek to adopt children of our own. Please pray for us as we begin this new journey. We know it will not be easy and step forward with great awareness of our need for Father’s grace.

We wish we had the privilege of seeing you and catching up in person. Have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the Father’s gift of His Son!

Love,

Nathaniel & Sarah