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Showing posts from December, 2015

Our 2015 Christmas Letter

This year has sure had it's ups and down.  We started 2015 with the death of Deanna's father, Phil Maestas.  He died unexpectedly at the age of 60 in December of Stage 4 Liver Disease.  Deanna and her younger sister Adrienne were able to go out to Seattle in December to say goodbye before his organs shut down.  She is very thankful for the relationship she had with her dad and so glad he was able to know all 4 of our children. Soon after that loss, John's mother, Sue Hanson, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer.  We are still in shock by her diagnosis since she doesn't show any huge symptoms yet. She is 64.  Her life expectancy at her diagnosis was 6 months to 2 years and we were told it is terminal.  She has undergone a couple chemo treatments and after months of medical care and research, she is now on a maintenance chemo.  Her tumor has started to grow again, but is stable right now. We have been reminded through these 2 life changing events that relationshi