We are hoping this letter finds you well and excited to celebrate the birth of
our Lord and Savior!
We have had an exciting year. In April, our daughter, Melissa and husband Karl,
informed us that they were expecting a baby in early November. This is a huge answer
to prayer as they are older and were having trouble conceiving. Our God is definitely
in the miracle business!! In May, I, Pam, had another eye surgery. This time to remove
some of the oil from previous surgeries that had escaped the area it was intended to be at.
It was one of the hardest and longest surgeries Iíve had on my eye. After it healed, the
doctor was very pleased at the outcome. The eye has never looked better even though I still
have no vision in it. The goal was to be able to wear my scleral shell without irritation.
As I write this newsletter, I am in the process of getting the shell adjusted as the shape
of my eye changed due to the last surgery.
The end of June, we took our annual trip to Utah to celebrate our granddaughter, Taylor's, birthday.
We canít believe that she is twelve already. She is such a beautiful girl and loves school now.
She had to have her tonsils out early November and did wonderful. We are so proud of her.
In June our family expanded with the birth of Benjamin to my nephew, David and his wife, Michelle.
In August we hosted a surprise birthday party for my mom. My two cousins, a spouse and second
cousin came in from California. The other highlight in August was going to see the Chihuly
exhibit at the botanical gardens with my cousins. Then in October we saw it again lit up at night
with our daughter and son-in-law. It was magnificent!! On November 13th at 1:58 in the morning,
our daughter gave birth to our grandson, Grayson Karl Mascarenas. He weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces
and was 19 ľ inches long. He is very healthy. He was delivered by C-Section due to some
complications but we are praising God that both baby and mom are doing well. He now weighs
8 lbs. 8 ozs. and growing like a weed.
Thanksgiving was hosted at our house this year. The count was 17 people. Melissaís in-laws
came up from Alamosa and Shannon and Taylor flew in from Utah. Iím sure it wasnít only the
holiday that brought them here, but I really donít mind that Grayson was the star of the day.
We had a lot to be thankful for.
Steve and I went to Palm Desert in early December for an early Christmas with his family.
We stayed with his dad and got to see the new house that is being built for him and Delia.
It is beautiful! We also saw my 1st, 2nd and 3rd cousins in Simi Valley. And then we had a
birthday celebration for Steveís sister, Gina, at The Spaghetti Factory. We came back to
Denver to snow and a car that wouldnít start. We had to put a new battery in it. Christmas will
be different this year. None of our kids will be in town. The dinner will be at my momís house
with all of us pitching in to prepare the meal. This occasion will only have about 12 people
and no baby to swoon over.
We are still in the process of training Mylo to be a pet therapy dog. He still has to pass his
CGC test. We are working on him not jumping on people or lunging at dogs on our walks.
He has been a lot of fun but also a lot of work.
Steve is still working at McKesson, and I am still self employed as a bookkeeper and am now
entering my busy season.
Mom is still able to live on her own. She has thought of moving to a retirement center but wants to
stay where she is for now because of Holly. She doesnít think she would take the move well. Mom
is able to drive and bought herself a scooter so she could walk Holly. It is a sight to see!
Holly thinks she is a princess when mom takes her walking.
From our family to yours, have a wonderful and blessed Christmas and Happy New Year
Steve & Pam Walker