Since I was so busy before Christmas and am such a procrastinator I never got around to doing Christmas cards...one reason being I have Christmas cards somewhere so I didn't want to go out and buy more when I knew I had some around the house...but I never actually looked for them! Sorry everyone! Thanks to all who sent us a card. Here is our Family Newsletter for 2009 that I meant to send out!
This past year has been full of changes for our family. Sarah graduated from California State University Monterey Bay in December 2008 with her B.S. in Biology. The day after her last assignment she drove with her brother Jeff across the country to Georgia. David was still in Texas finishing up his training but came home for Christmas. In January David finished his training and went to Fort Benning, GA for some more training! Sarah took the PCAT for the second time, applied to Pharmacy School, and was certified to be a pharmacy technician. In March we officially moved to Columbus/Ft. Benning area and rented a nice apartment off post. In May Sarah went to Canada with her family to witness the sealing of her older brother Wesley to his wife Sara. In June Sarah started working as a Pharmacy Technician at Walmart. Over the Summer Sarah took Anatomy and Physiology I and II and a Microeconomics course to finish her prerequistes for Pharmacy School. Unfortunately both schools she applied to ultimately did not accept her. David spent most of the Summer and Fall traveling and doing some more training. Sara retook the PCAT for the 3rd time in October and reapplied to Pharmacy School for the Fall 2010. Sarah's father was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, cancer of the white blood cells. He is currently undergoing treatment at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT, stem cell transplants and has a great outlook! In November we went on a vacation for the first time in a long time. We flew to Las Vegas and drove to California to climb up Mount Whitney. We spent three days hiking up and camping on the mountain but did not reach the summit because Sarah was starting to feel the affects of the altitude. We hiked back down and spent the night in a hotel then drove through Death Valley, CA and made a few stops along the way. We spent the remainder of our trip in Vegas. We stayed at the Venetian and had a good time relaxing, eating delicious food, shopping, and seeing all the different casinos in the area. While on vacation Sarah received an email to come for an interview at Creighton University for their Pharmacy program. We flew home spent the night at our in-laws and David flew elsewhere for training the next day. December 4th Sarah flew to Omaha, NE for her interview. On December 14th Sarah received a call from the school telling her she had been accepted into the program. Sarah is especially excited about this school because they are currently the only accredited school that offers an online program. This means that Sarah has the ability to do school wherever David will be sent. We are both very excited about the coming years and are grateful to all of our friends and family who love and support us. David has more training to look forward to with his new job in the Army and Sarah will be training for her future career as a pharmacist. We would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Sarah and David Spencer