Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Greetings!

Dear Friends,
In keeping with our yearlong quest, we continue our journey of doing all kinds of new things including this, our first online greeting card. Our apologies for using technology to send our hearts warmest greetings and thoughts your way, but it has been a year where we have found both our hearts expanded as well as our budget tightened.

2010 has been a long winter for us as we continue mourning and missing our sweet little Luke who was born and passed on January 4, 2010.  His birthday and getting to meet and spend time with our favorite little guy remains the greatest day of both of our lives.  Unfortunately, the days, weeks and months that followed were heartbreaking and difficult for us as well.  We continue to cherish our memories of our time with Luke as we gradually allow our hearts to heal and look toward our future with hope.

A quick recap of our year's big events...
Sarah returned to work from an abbreviated maternity leave in mid-February.

The company where Joe had been working was forced to downsize in April due to lack of venture capital funding.  This put Joe back on the search for the next opportunity at the beginning of May.

We traveled to Estes Park for a short get away together, and then on to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the wedding ceremony of Joe's brother as he married his beautiful bride, Mandy.

In late July, Luke's memorial bench was completed and delivered to its new home in Heartland's Lightbox (our church's indoor/outdoor garden).

In early September, we traveled to Jackson, Wyoming to visit Sarah's brother and girlfriend for a week.   Later during this same month, Sarah began taking a photography class at a local art institute with some dear friends.

In October, we traveled to Nebraska to attend Joe's first Husker home game in Lincoln.  It was one of our most favorite days of the entire year. We also traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma to visit some of our favorite friends over a weekend.

In early November Joe's brother was deployed to Saudi Arabia for a six month deployment. Later in November, we received the wonderful news that Joe received a job offer at a non-profit here in town called MARC.  He started in November, and so far is really enjoying learning a new software program as well as meeting a wide variety of interesting and wonderful people.

This fall has also brought with it many changes in Sarah's extended family. Her sweet grandmother and great uncle were both moved to a nursing home here in town and her beloved great aunt began chemo treatments to treat a form of lymphoma.  With all three of these elders being over the age of 90, it all continues to come into focus how precious life is and how important it is to treasure time that you have with those you love.

Our biggest blessing of the year after getting to meet and love our sweet son, was receiving the blessed news that we are joyfully expecting a beautiful (and very healthy!) daughter in the spring of 2011.  Her presence in our life has been a true gift and because of her, we are able to begin to feel our hearts beginning to melt a little more every day after surviving this long winter of a year.  Sarah will be writing soon about our experiences with little Miss L. and we remain overwhelmed by His goodness and are beyond thankful for His provision in our lives this past year.

We hope and pray that this message finds you well and warm.  May God continue to hold you in the palm of his hand as you celebrate this season of love, miracles and hope and may your heart and eyes be opened to the beauty that surrounds us all.  Merry Christmas to you, we are so thankful for your presence in our lives.


Joe, Sarah and Baby Girl L. (!)


  1. Miss L is so very beautiful. Love you all. Thanks for sharing your journey and friendship.

  2. Look at her adorable nose! Thank you for the lovely e-card. I'm praying that 2011 brings the Leimer clan an extra, much-deserved measure of love, health, and happiness.

  3. What a joyful arrival Baby L will be! We will be praying for a safe and healthy journey until you get to meet her.
    Lisa & Travis Cason

  4. Thanks for the update Sarah! 2011 awaits you all full of much joy and love. I pray you are feeling well. :)

  5. Agree with all the above comments. Please make us a prayer list like you did for Luke's birth so we can cover your whole family in prayer at that very important time and welcome little Miss L into the family as your little online tribe!!

  6. Dearest hearts, oh how we love y'all so! I have been reading through the blog tonight...there are no words for all the emotions that well up--they are all there...I sent sarah a few texts for y'all with some words. just wanted to say that I love the ending of your christmas card--with God holding us in the palm of His hand~that was a verse that really sustained my mom and our family as she was battling cancer...and I have a small ceramic figurine that has a little girl nestled in a palm of hand with the verse on the bottom from Isaiah...."see I have not forgotten you, I've carved you out in the palm of My hand" Isaiah 49:15, 16 love you all!!--april tebbe