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Thanks to be given

February 4, 2009

We feel very grateful for our friends and neighbors in our life! We are so fortunate to have so many thoughtful people who love and care about our family. Since early December our friend Beth set us up with a "Care Calendar" in which people could sign up to bring our family dinner in hopes of making our life just a little bit easier. It has been such a wonderful thing for our family! It has been so much more than just a meal. It has helped to give me more time in the day to spend with our kids, especially during that oh so critical homework hour. It has eased the burden of having to grocery shop as often. It has given all of us new foods to try. Lastly, it has given Drew and I more time in the evening because we are not spending as much of our time cleaning up the kitchen. We are also so grateful to those friends who have watched our three other children for us so that we would not have to bring them along to every doctors appointment. All of Lucy's appointments have been "important" as we need to have our undivided attention given to each and every appointment. This would be very challenging with four curious children in the room. These same friends love and care for our children like their own, and for that we can not say thank you enough! Drew and I are very often asked how we are doing. Our response is that we are doing well in spite of the circumstances. Our family grows stronger each and every day. At the same time, the reality of our situation becomes more real every day. We are adjusting to our "new normal" and are proud to say that we have a routine in place that seems to be working for now. We feel so honored to have been "chosen" to raise the family that have been given. It is an awesome responsibility! We know that we can not do it alone. We have learned to rely on family and friends more this year than any other time in our lives. So many thoughts and prayers have been said for our family that we have truly been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support. We have so much to be thankful for!
All the Marletts
Drew, Nicole, Jack, Megan, Sophie, and Lucy too
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