Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Hoffman Family Christmas Letter 2010

Merry Christmas!

2010 has been a year of challenge!
the last 6 months have been the most challenging.
In July,
Jenny was diagnosed with cancer -- multiple myeloma -- which is the same cancer that Dan had.
Jenny is doing extremely well!

In spite of this extreme life challenge,
we have drawn closer as a family,
and that's good!
We appreciate each other more than we have ever have!
I am so proud to be the mother of Jenny and Nick!

I don't know how we can thank all you people who have been so wonderful to us!
You know who you are.
You are the ones who called, wrote to offer words of support, help, your prayers, and love.
You didn't hesitate.
You joined us for dinner.
You listened.
You held us up when we most needed your love and strength.
You were there when we needed you.
You have no idea how much this meant!
You have our eternal gratitude!

This is Jenny's Caring Bridge site:
There's not a lot of activity there,
but you can sign up for emails when we post.
I usually just copy and paste Jenny's Face Book updates.

We can all be found on Face Book now.
Look us up.
We have a lot of photos there.

Nick is busy, as always.
He still loves Chicago.
He loves the area where he lives!
He's a Cubs fan!
Nick makes frequent trips home.
This is great because we love to see him!
He is a rock, and he has so much strength!
Words just aren't enough!

I'm still busy with my beads and jewelry.
I enjoy going to the Bead and Button Show each year,
I'm looking forward to that again in 2011.
I am also hoping to attend the Gathering this year.
That is truly a gathering of other glass people.
It's so much fun to see everyone!

Pixie is coming along very well.
She's come a long way since I adopted her a year ago.
She gets along well with Jenny's kitties.
They teach her the rules of their house when we are there.
Pixie simply avoids them when they are here with us!

As we look forward to 2011, we look forward with HOPE.
We know that there will be challenges.
We know that there will be obstacles to these challenges.
It doesn't matter.
Jenny, Nick, Pixie, Walter, Marvin, and I are a family.
What more could we ask for in this crazy life of ours?
We are family!

Just a quick update:
Jenny's stem cell harvest will begin on January 3, 2011.
We don't know when her stem cell transplant will be,
but it is a future part of her treatment.
The first step, however, is to harvest her stem cells.
Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers.

Merry Christmas!


Studio Marcy - Marcy Lamberson said...

Mallory, what a lovely letter. Wishing you and your kids, love, joy and excellent health. Go Jenny!!
love, Marcy

Paula said...

Love the pictures! Mallory your friendship this past year has meant a lot to me along with being a lot of FUN, we always have a good laugh. Warm wishes to you and your family HUGS, Paula

Beadwright said...

You and your family are in my prayers. You are so fortunate to have each other.
Blessings to you

Carol Jean / Lovethemsteiff said...

Merry Christmas Mallory and family. I'm sorry about the troubles and worries you have, but I'm also glad that this brings you all closer as a family. Love is all thay matters, and sharing it every day we can. I pray you all have a great and glorious new year ahead! May God hold you in the palms of his hands. Love to you all, Carol Jean~

TesoriTrovati said...

Prayers and blessings to you and yours Mallory. Wishing you a joyous 2011!
Enjoy the day!