Nov 26, 2010


We had a very special Thanksgiving. It was a Thanksgiving of first's. This is of course Brendan's first Thanksgiving--what a joy and blessing he is. We are definitely all thankful for him!!

It was also the first Thanksgiving (and the first big holiday) that we were able to celebrate at my parents new lake house on Priest Lake. Here is a picture Josh took from the deck at the beautiful winter scape and the little family of geese.

It was also Brendan's first time in the snow. He wasn't so sure what to think at first but then loved it. We went for many walks. It has been a relaxing and wonderful weekend.

Brendan's Dedication

We were able to dedicate Brendan at our church. We are so thankful for the amazing Resonate community. We have so many people who love us, support us, and help us walk through this life continuing to grow closer to Jesus. We appreciate all those who have already invested in Brendan's life. It made the evening special to be able to have Jamie's parents and Grandma and Josh's Dad there. Brendan was actually the first baby to be dedicated at Resonate. We are excited to have him grow up around this wonderful community of people.

Jamie's parents had us all over for dinner after the service.

Here is a great picture of Josh and his Dad with Brendan.

Here is Jamie's family...

Jamie's cousin Drew also goes to Resonate and was able to come have dinner with us. What a gift to have him in town.

Nov 14, 2010

Born a Coug

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If you are born and grow up in Pullman you are destined to be a Coug. Brendan attended his second WSU Cougar basketball game last night and had fun cheering the Cougs on to a victory. We were excited that our football team finally won yesterday also (beating Oregon State). Brendan has already outgrown his "cougar gear" so Dad let him borrow his hat.

Nov 11, 2010

Family Pictures

Josh was able to set up a time to take some family pictures with a friend of ours who is a photographer. Kaarin did an AMAZING job!

Let us know if you would like Kaarin to take pictures for you. She is GREAT!!!

Nov 7, 2010

The Little Bather

We are leaning more and more about the attitude and temperament of our little guy. As previously noted, he's been dealing with some ear infections. It's probably similar to having a nasty in-grown toe nail or a badly sprained finger, no matter what you do it hurts. Brendan has had some form or fashion of an ear infection for about 6 weeks now. Once one gets better the next one sets in. All that to say, much of the time you wouldn't even know he was in pain. He's smiling and looking you in the eye and crawling all over the house. For the most part he's eating normally and napping/sleeping normally. We truly have a remarkable little man!

More recently we started him on some antibiotics. To spare you the details, the side-effects have been physically and emotionally demanding. We can gladly report that he's doing a lot better but we're still not out of the woods with his ear infections.

One fun thing we got to do was give him lots of baking soda baths (3-5 baths per day). Like other areas of exploration, he's laughed and cried in the sink. The great majority of the time he's laughing and splashing about like in the picture. It's our observation that his favorite part is getting out and having some cuddle time with mom or dad as we dry, diaper and cloth him.

In other news, we're getting to Skype more and more with Josh's Mom and Step Dad who live in Sun Valley, ID. It's really fun to be able to share with them what Brendan's been doing (crawling, climbing, laughing, waving bye-bye, etc). They get to see what he's up to and he gets to hear their voice and see them on the screen. He likes to show off and they eat it up - everybody wins!

We also have been able to visit some friends and family the past few weekends. This picture was taken at our friends Kim and Zach's house. We had a fun weekend celebrating the upcoming arrival of their little boy.
We also got to spend some time with Jamie's sister Jenni and her husband Justin at their new home in Missoula Montana. What a fun city to explore.

Nov 1, 2010

8th Grade Volleyball

I love spending time with middle schoolers, the game of volleyball, and coaching. So, coaching 8th grade volleyball is a BLAST. We just finished our season. The group of girls I had this year were the highest skilled team I have coached since my first year coaching at the middle school 5 years ago. It is going to be fun to watch them play at Pullman High School and see all that they will accomplish.