2009 Christmas Letter

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:10-12

Happy Holidays!

We can’t believe 2009 is coming to a close. We are thankful to God for an incredible year filled with so many blessings. Our big news is the birth of our son Solon Robert, born August 7th at 5:02PM and weighed in at 6 lbs. 11 oz and 19.5 inches. Being parents is the greatest joy we have ever known and we love every moment we get to spend snuggling and loving our little guy! But let’s rewind….back to the end of last year!

As you have probably figured out we knew we were pregnant last year but it was our little secret at the time the Christmas card was sent out. We shared with both of our families our good news over the holidays. Then we headed out to Jackson Hole, WY with my family to celebrate the holidays and I was very sick with Solon. I did manage to ski and snowmobile at 8 weeks pregnant.

We planned a cruise for spring break in March and by then I was feeling much better and just barely beginning to show at 20 weeks. We enjoyed a beautiful week sailing across the Gulf of Mexico to places like Belize, Costa Maya, and Cozumel, Mexico. We were able to enjoy some snorkeling, cave tubing, and hanging out deck side on our ship.

In May, I packed up my first grade classroom and accepted a new position with my district. I am now serving as an Instructional Coach. I work with teachers on curriculum and instruction, provide professional development and then provide support daily in the building. Scott also packed up and headed to the wilderness with my dad, sister, and cousin for a 3 day white water rafting and camp trip to the Grand Canyon. He still raves about it and promises he will take me again sometime!

We spent the summer months with a few trips to the lake, preparing the nursery and enjoying our time as a couple before welcoming Solon into our family. I also graduated with my Masters in Educational Leadership in July!

We spent the fall traveling to Cleveland and Kansas City for Solon’s 1st two away games and his 1st airplane ride. He also attended every home ISU game except the last one (too cold). He looks great in red and loves to sing the ISU fight song. He just attended his 1st ISU basketball game and even made it onto the jumbotron!

We spent Thanksgiving in Minneapolis with my family. It was a true blessing because my grandfather had a massive stroke that left in a coma for several days shortly after Solon was born. He is doing tremendously well and we are thankful to God to spend time with him during the holidays! We will head out to Jackson, Ohio to spend the holidays with Scott’s family. Christmas with Solon is more fun than I could imagine already. I have to curb my shopping enthusiasm just a bit.

Scott continues to enjoy his job at Snyder. He is currently working on a 2 year project for an I-35 interchange in Ankeny. He plays on a basketball league on Wednesday nights and enjoys a Saturday morning church league as well. I am busy being crafty, being a mom did that to me. I also continue to enjoy running but now I have an audience in a bouncy seat.

Solon will be almost 5 months at Christmas. He is smiling, giggling, babbling, beginning to roll over with help, and loves to be sung to. He weighs about 15 lbs and is about 26 inches long. He wears size 2 diapers and 3-6 month clothes. He started eating rice cereal and for the most part is sleeping through the night! Cy is adjusting to Solon, gives him sloppy kisses and now will take photos next to him!

As you have read, we have been truly blessed in 2009 and thank God for our many blessings in the midst of so much economic stress. As we end the year, we reflect on the reason for Christmas and are thankful to Jesus for coming into the world and saving us from our sin. We are assured of heaven because of his sacrifice. We pray for safe travels, loving reunions, and joyful hearts. We have gone digital and have a family blog we update weekly – mark it in your favorites and keep up to date with our family at http://babyport2009.blogspot.com/.

Wishing you and yours a very blessed 2010,
Erin, Scott, Solon and Cy Port