Merry Christmas 2015

Erin’s holiday decorating artwork

It’s been a crazy year for our family; we are grateful for life, family, friends, and another year of celebrating our Savior’s birth. With everything going on we are not able to send out Christmas cards or reply to everybody personally, so I hope this post will find you blessed this season as I share a few things to bring you up to speed on our family.

In case you don’t already know, Heidi and Megan were in a deadly head-on collision North of Appleton on Thanksgiving morning. They were traveling North on Highway A to meet up with the rest of the family in Wausau when the driver of a Southbound vehicle crossed the centerline and hit them at highway speed. Megan is still recovering and finding new aches and pains as she returned to school and work on a limited basis. Heidi is recovering at a local nursing home and gaining strength through daily OT and PT treatment. She underwent two surgeries to repair her multiple injuries and fractures.

Today we are welcoming 16 members of our family (mostly Heidi’s, but also my parents) to the nursing home for our Christmas celebration. We’re all pitching in to bring food and will a very non-traditional family holiday πŸ™‚ Heidi has been making the most of her stay at the nursing home, getting to know some of the other residents and building relationships with the staff too. I try to visit and spend time with her a couple of times each day. She appreciates visitors too, it can be a lonely place at times.

Andi and Andrews live in the Wausau area and both of them are enjoying their jobs as they complete their first year of marriage. They are also doing a great job of fostering our two little doggies until we are able to move to a place that will allow pets.

Erin is home from college. She will be returning to Illinois State University in the Fall of 2016 after staying home to work and save money. She will be taking some classes locally that will transfer so she can keep momentum towards her degree in Graphic Communications. We are very proud of her academic drive and wisdom.

Megan continues her senior year at Appleton North. She is involved with band (bassoon) and choir and looking forward to a band trip to Hawaii during Spring Break 2016. She is also enjoying her job at McDonalds. She has been a trooper through the trauma and we are blessed to have her fun spirit and spunky way of living in our lives πŸ™‚

We are still waiting to get any dates for Heidi to be able to leave the nursing home. At this point we really don’t know where she will go or when that will happen. I will provide updates when we know something.

THANKS so much for reaching out and showing us your love and generosity — we love you very much!

~Brian & family


4 thoughts on “Merry Christmas 2015

  1. So thankful everything is progressing so well. God’s blessings on all of you this holiday season, and during the coming year.

  2. Glad you could all be with Heidi for Christmas. We made a quick trip into Appleton Christmas day, but had to head back. I’ll be back to visit one of these days soon. I continue to pray for an uneventful recovery.

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