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We are still waiting for a medical miracle. We are still waiting for God's miracle. But the miracle of Christmas came through right on time. Santa Claus always comes through. Christmas in the eyes of a child is a wondrous joy that can put a smile on the saddest of hearts.

Andrew is old enough now to really get involved in the holiday spirit. His enthusiasm is a mirror of that of his big sister Mia, who loves the holiday season. He especially loved singing 'Elise Namina' ('Feliz Navidad') along with the crazy card from Aunt Etta. Mia loves playing Christmas music, having a fire in the fireplace and leaving cookies for Santa. She said she has three favorite parts of Christmas: making cookies, decorating the tree, and presents of course. Then as we were putting up the Nativity, she said that she actually has four favorite parts, the fourth being placing the figures of the Nativity in their places. "I just love holding the little baby Jesus in my hands," she says. And he just loves holding you in his my brave girl.

The joy of preparing for Christmas, the wonder on little faces on Christmas morning, the miracle of the birth of a child - yes, I believe in Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to our life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus - There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance, to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light in which childhood fills the world would be extinguished...Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. - I believe in Santa Claus. I believe in miracles. I have to.

Mia's Updates

Learn about what an inspiration Mia has been and the incredible strength she has shown during her treatment.

Family News

Our family has kept us strong during this time of trouble. Here we share what our lives are like while we help Mia battle her cancer.

Reflections

Helping our daughter fight this thing is hard. Here you can read our personal observations on the situation.