Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

As we enjoy this most wonderful holiday it’s an appropriate time to say happy holidays to the family. Best wishes to you and yours and here’s hope the coming year brings health and happiness.

The last six months have been intense around our house. But with only a few exceptions, everyone is here to celebrate Christmas with us. That’s children, grandchildren and the straw that stirs the drink in this family, Anita.

There were times over the last months I wasn’t sure she would be with us for the holidays. They’ve shot her full of radiation, pumped her full of caustic drugs that destroyed her energy and operated on her brain just two weeks ago to remove a rapidly growing tumor.

Today she sits with grandchildren, laughing and telling stories – the best possible medicine for her. She has a smile on her face and worries more about everyone else than herself. I’ve learned again that I’m married to one tough Missouri farm girl. She is an inspiration.

The future? We live by the Marty Schottenheimer credo of one play at a time, or in this case, one day at a time. It’s still quite early in this game, probably just finishing the first quarter. We are trailing, but the momentum seems to be turning our way.

Your thoughts and prayers have been appreciated more than you will ever know. Take care of yourself and those around you, enjoy the holidays and Happy New Year.

14 Responses to “Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays”

  • December 25, 2013  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Bob, do you not find it ironical that the woman we marry can becomes stronger that we are?

    I took a very young and beautiful girl and morphed her into the strongest weapon the military has: a military spouse.

    Not all can do it. Like I’m sure not all Missouri farm girls can do it.

    But those that can. Like juggle jobs and kids and moving and cooking and transporting. Sometimes by themselves. And still care about others more than themselves.

    Air Force understands it. I got a retirement certificate and so did she. Except hers was larger.

    Let me tell you a guarded military secret. The military does not want women in combat because it would utterly ruin whatever little adventure is still left in war.

    There would be no POWs.

    Bob, take your hope from the ones you love, as should be.

    And follow Marty. Three yards at a time.

  • December 25, 2013  - Merwin in NY says:

    Bob, I hope you and your wife had a wonderful Christmas, and enjoyed all the children. Our thoughts are always with you two.
    This year has been an exceptional year for all of us fans. No matter what the next two games bring, it has provided us hope and excitement, especially after the past several seasons. Your coverage has been top notch, well worth the money.
    Bob, best wishes for next year to the two of you.

  • December 25, 2013  - KC_Guy says:

    Bob, from quite a ways from Missouri – all the best to you and the family. It’s good to hear Anita is still fighting and having a good time.
    Enjoy the season, the family, and just kick back a little bit even if the Chiefs’ season is still going on.

    The next game is meaningless – the time you have to spend with your family is not.

  • December 25, 2013  - Ernie Barney says:

    Best wishes to you and yours Bob. May the new year return health to Anita and happiness to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • December 25, 2013  - R W says:

    Bob, all the best to you, your wife, and family. My gal has survived two lung cancer surgeries over the past 3 years, so I have a sense of what you describe.
    The Marty mindset is a good one for all of us.

  • December 25, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    Thoughts and Prayers to you and your family Bob. As others have said, Marty’s one play / day at a time is a great way to battle. Take care!

  • December 25, 2013  - aPauled says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Bob. Continued prayers for healing for Anita. As Jimmy V said “Don’t give up…Don’t ever give up!”

  • December 25, 2013  - Craig says:

    Merry Christmas Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Anita. May God Bless.

  • December 25, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Thanks for taking the time to speak directly to us and sharing what you and your family are dealing with. Hopefully you and
    Anita can take some comfort from all of the thoughts and prayers we’re directing her way. We know they surely can’t hurt. Marty’s mantra is certainly a good approach to dealing with adversity and life in general. I hope the holidays and your family bring some rest and joy to you both. Know that your fans in Gretz nation are solidly behind you and pulling for you both always as well. Take care.

  • December 25, 2013  - Richard Chambers says:

    Bob – Merry Christmas to you and your family and best wishes for 2014! Glad to hear Anita is pressing forward with determination. Just tell her to keep matriculating…down the field. Our prayers are with you.

  • December 26, 2013  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    My family continues to pray for your family and wish for a Merry Christmas & Happier New Year. A hearty “here here” from me to all the great sentiments and wishes above.

    Go Anita!

  • December 26, 2013  - jimbo says:

    Bob, Merry Christmas to you and yours. I can tell that Anita is an inspiration to all that know & love her. My wifes eyes light up when the grand kids are around and we were blessed to have a few little feet bouncing around the house over the weekend.

    Thanks for sharing and Godspeed thoughts for Anita.

  • December 26, 2013  - SteveO says:

    Bob, thank you for sharing your Christmas story with us. As you can tell from the personal stories and good wishes in the comments to this post, your coverage of the Chiefs and your love of Anita have touched many. My prayers are with you and Anita.

  • December 27, 2013  - Tenand6 says:

    Marty also said:

    “Never, never, never, never give up.”.

    Keep the faith, keep the love. Best wishes for the entire Gretz family.

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