Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy White Christmas from Nashville!

Dear Friends,

It ain’t easy being green! At least the environment was our excuse for not sending hard-copy Christmas cards this year.

We brought in 2010 with the purchase of a new old house Nashville. It brought us back “into town” after living in the quiet, country community of Pegram for eight years. We are absolutely loving being close to everything again. The house was built in 1935 and we think that there may be a ghost of Christmas Past here…a lovely woman who passed away in the home several years ago when she was close to ninety. We understand she liked brandy, so last night for Christmas Eve we left some out for her along with cookies for Santa!

Jim continues to rock along as a PR man here in Music City and 2011 promises to be a great year with some exciting new business.

Lauren, when not being a “stalker mommy,” promoted her book/CD, wrote music and blogged, continued to do a bit of acting, and followed a whim and decided to get certified to teach “Zumba” (the Latin-based dance/fitness craze) just for fun.

It is hard for us to believe that our little guy was born this time of year six years ago! I’ll Be Home For Christmas always has special meaning for us since our baby got to come home from the NICU in 2004 just in time for Christmas. He graduated from preschool in the spring from a Montessori school we loved and started kindergarten this fall at an acclaimed elementary school. While it has been a transition, we trust it is the start of exciting times for him. He is a great little reader and loves going to school. He is currently all about zoo animals and magic!

2010 was a hard time for some with the economy, and notably for Nashville, with the 1,000 year flood in May. Our basement was flooded (about four feet of water) but so many others were hit really hard. People in the community rallied and helped one another clean up the awful mess. Our hometown made us so proud showing itself to the world as a brave, kind, and resilient place. The Volunteer State indeed!

We are enjoying a quiet first Christmas in our new home and Grand-Bobby stayed over with us. Nashville is having it's first white Christmas since 1993! What a magic way for little man to wake up!

We are so very thankful for such amazing friends and family. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas (Hannukah, Kwanza or Festivus!) and hope that 2011 is everything wonderful you want it to be and more!

Peace and love from our family to yours!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December 11

Six years ago today my little boy and I almost died during his birth due to amniotic fluid embolism. Today, I joyously and gratefully celebrate every minute of his six years! He is an amazing little guy and we are so very thankful.
Today we also remember those who were effected by AFE. To find out more about AFE visit To learn more about our experiences and the book about it please visit