Dear Family and Friends,
Merry Christmas!! We are so grateful for the birth of the Savior, the perfect life he lived, and the Atonement. The Christmas Season can be such a fantastic time of year—especially with young children. The magic of it all comes to life. We enjoy seeing Christmas light displays on homes, listening to Christmas music (especially on the radio’s “Christmas Station”), writing letters to Santa, baking cookies, and wrapping gifts for others. We are trying to teach our kids the joys of serving others, but (of course) always need to do better.
We feel very blessed and have had a good year. Simon finished (and passed!) his final architectural licensing exam. YOOHOO!! We are very excited for him. A few more hoops to jump through and he should have his license soon. He enjoys his calling as the primary teacher for the 11-12 year old boys and assistant scout leader.
Natalie tries to balance her life of kids and taking care of her mother. She enjoys her calling as the ward activities chairperson since she likes to organize and delegate (especially delegate J).
Chloe loves being in Kindergarten this year. She loves to read and is even on her school’s Battle of the Books team. She’s a fantastic big sister to Aaron and Emma.
Aaron loves trains (especially Thomas the Train). He is a very loving big brother to Emma and often plays well with Chloe.
Emma is now walking and getting pretty good at it. She is such a joy!! She’s a very smiley, happy baby who brings us lots of fun and laughter.
Watching the kids interact can be so heartwarming and fun (at least when they’re not arguing. . .) :)
Natalie’s mom, Karma, is still living with us. We enjoy her company and having her as part of our family. The kids keep her on her toes as they visit her room often. She is doing okay, but recently found out that the cancer in her neck has returned. She is struggling with decisions to make as she considers various treatment options. Please remember her in your prayers.
Natalie has been focusing on being more “self-aware” of her weaknesses and is constantly trying (though often failing) to improve who she is. Simon has joined her in the quest for improvement. They are both trying to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and be more patient and loving with each other and the kids. They are re-discovering (with a renewed sense of hope) how hard old habits can be to break.
May everyone have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Simon, Natalie, Chloe, Aaron, and Emma Guerrero
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