That’s right. Stephen got a hold of the blog again. This is what our Christmas letter would look like if I had written one…

Our family is like the heart. Forgive me, but I’m a med student. So you’re getting a med student analogy.

Joshua is like the right atrium. The right atrium receives blood from the entire body, taking basically everything that is given to it. Joshua has this problem as well, as he has to deal with his rambunctious big brother, a sometimes crabby daddy, and an overworked mommy.

I (Stephen) am like the right ventricle. The right ventricle takes the blood from the right atrium, and pumps this deoxygenated blood to the lungs for the future needs of the body. I am always thinking about the future – what the needs of our family will be, what we need to do now to plan for the future. Also, as a med student, I am often “deoxygenated.” Like the right ventricle.

Jeremiah is like the left atrium. The left atrium receives oxygenated blood back from the lungs, and delivers it into the left ventricle to be pumped to the body. Further, the left ventricle is often the source of problems, such as blood clots (which will pass through the left ventricle) or increased pressure (backing up on the right ventricle). Jeremiah is like this in that he can cause problems for both mom and dad.

Erin is like the left ventricle. The left ventricle is the workhorse of the heart, providing for the needs of the entire body. Erin is definitely like this in our house, managing the needs of our entire family, always making sure we have what we need. Further, she deals with the problems of the other three chambers, making sure our family runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

I love you, Erin. You too, Big J and Little j.