The tail end of 2007 has brought with it a series of both good and bad news.

In October we learned that Amy was pregnant. Shortly thereafter her morning sickness started in earnest. At one point it was bad enough for us to spend an evening in an emergency care facility. Another time her doctor admitted her to the hospital for a few days. Thankfully is has been subsiding though lately for us to enjoy a wonderful Christmas. With some help we pulled off a spectacular feast complete with smoked turkey, cornbread and shrimp stuffed acorn squash and roasted french green beans.

In the last few months Ben has answered answered every Christmas present query with a puppy. Amy and I weren’t quite sure how to answer that request other than to say that Santa makes toys, not puppies. Then we took Daisy (our 8 year old Golden Retriever) to the vet to have a lump on her back looked at. They removed a handful of cancerous tumors from inside her back, neck and leg. X-Rays showed that the cancer has spread to her lungs and lymphatic system. Bottom line, she has roughly 6 months to live. Now we are thinking that a puppy sounds like the perfect companion to help him through losing his best friend. Santa brought (among many other cool things) a dog Encyclopedia so he and Amy have spent several days pouring through it to search for the perfect puppy. Looks like we’ll be looking for a Corgi in a few months. For now though Daisy is fine and has recovered from her surgery with flying colors.

Here’s to a strong finish to 2007 and a wonderful 2008. It may have a few rough spots but we’re looking forward to a new puppy and new baby.