Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dear Family and Friends, 

"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace."
                                        ~Isaiah 9:6

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

So much of 2020 was captured electronically that we thought we'd share our memories of the year here.


 Much Love, 

Patrick, Sarah, Elliana, Christian, and Bennett

A Different Sunday

A different Sunday morning. It took a little getting used to for the kids but I sure am thankful that we can still gather with those around the world to worship our Savior.
Since our local church was having some technical issues we watched Shadow Mountain, our church while in San Diego.
Dr. Jeremiah gave a powerful sermon on what we can learn and who we can turn to during these difficult and uncertain times.

    You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.
                                          Isaiah 26:3

I pray that this messages will introduce you to the hope and peace you can find in Jesus Christ.

Facing Coronavirus - Sunday, March 15, 2020 from Shadow Mountain Community Church on Vimeo.

Happy 70th Birthday

she’s got them!
Happy 70th Birthday Mom!

It was a little different than planned but we are so thankful for the time we had together.

afternoons at the beach
sunset at Ft. Pickens
Instead  of flying home she rented a car and drove...she still has her  adventurous spirit!

an early morning farewell
We love you!

God’s Fingerprint in Japan

Is there evidence of a creator God in Japanese history and culture?
This international Telly Award winning documentary does a wonderful job answering that question. We were first introduced to it by Japanese group handing out DVDs at a Cherry Blossom festival in Washington D.C. When we watched God's Fingerprints in Japan we were blown away by the beautiful cinematography and fascinating information. Enjoy!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Happy Purim

Chag Purim Sameach! 

 This holiday celebrates the victory of the Jewish people in Persia during the fifth century thanks to the boldness of Queen Esther.

at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
Though evil designs continuously arise to destroy the Jewish people, God is faithfully working to save His people. 

The Pensacola Chabad Center hosted a Jerusalem themed party to celebrate the deliverance of the Jews. 

Purim greeting.

There are four commands that the Jewish people should fulfill on this holiday.

Reading the Megillah in Hebrew.

Se’udar Purim - a taste of Jerusalem meal.

Hamantash - Haman’s Ears cookies
Mishloach Manot - giving gifts to friends.

Matanot - giving to the poor.

There were also some games to keep the evening lively.

“Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:13-14

Happy Hinamatsuri

Happy Hinamatsuri to our dear friends in Japan. You are in our thoughts and prayers during these uncertain times.

"coming out of the box
this pair of dolls
I have not forgotten their faces"

We didn't get the kimonos out this year but we did pick up sushi for lunch and then mochi ice cream after dinner as we watched videos from Japan and reminisced about our time there.

Fur Babies

Albert and Capri
Albert got to spend some quality time with Capri, our first fur baby.

Capri is PopPop’s baby now.

Albert also got some time with Lily

 She doesn't usually get along with other doges but seemed to put up with him.

Though she's sixteen she can still keep up.

Overnight Roadtrip

loaded up
 This road-trip we wanted the kids to experience a little of our childhood memories. Remember those Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager days? 

 We put the back seats flat, covered them with sleeping bags and then stopped at parking lots for a few hours rest (or until the car got too cold) in between driving.

a pile of blankets
While it may not have been our best night of sleep, the kids said it was the "most fun ever!" 

One of the advantages of driving is getting to bring the Albert along. He didn't sleep a wink.

After 12 hours of driving we made it to Wilmington, NC for lunch

 and to drop of DaddyO's motorcycle for repairs.

unloading the trailer
a couple months and it should be a new ride
Another six hours of driving and we made it to family and a good night sleep.

This makes all the hours driving worth it!

February Rain

The kids don't mind taking Albert for walks in the rain when the temperature hovers around 70 in the winter.

Wild Azalea Masterpiece

We found an art teacher from the neighborhood. She brought some wild azaleas from her yard when she came to meet the kids for the first time. The arrangement inspired EJ to paint and so she made this mini masterpiece for her teacher.

Looks like the beginning of a creative relationship.

Egg on Rice

A go to meal when on the go. So simple yet fills the kids up with the carbs and protein they need before a sports practice.

Just make some steaming hot rice and add a fresh egg on top.

Sprinkle with some Japanese furikake (seasoning.)

The rice is so hot that it cooks the egg into a creamy mixture.

The Architecture of American Houses

I ❤️ our neighborhood’s wonderful collection of houses. This helps me classify the variety of architectural styles while walking around North Hill.
Ours is Victorian - Queen Anne - Hipped Roof:.

Pensacola Double Bridge Run

Over 6,000 runners participated in the 2020 Double Bridge Run and DaddyO was one of them!

He was out at the starting line by 7 a.m. Thankfully it was just a couple blocks south of our house so EJ and I were on the corner to cheer him on as he started the race.

The course starts in downtown Pensacola and takes the runners over two bridges to Pensacola Beach.

It was a Saturday full of swimming and soccer so we received updates from DaddyO as he progressed along the route.

He finished in 1:32:47 and received a medal to remember the accomplishment. Now he has his eye on a half marathon...

Avia and PopPop Step In

When DaddyO found direct tickets to Denver in January for just $77rt he immediately started planning  ski trip for our 15th anniversary. The only thing we needed was childcare. Thankfully Avia and PopPop were more than happy to to step in for the weekend and parent while we were away.

Time with the grandparents means crafts, fun recipes, and new adventures. This time Avia taught them how to make sock dolls...

...and two new cookie recipes.

They also dropped EJ off for a couple days at our church's retreat.

The boys played a soccer tournament.

Went to see the ice flyers.

And sent us lots of photos reminding us of how much they loved us

The weekend got thumbs up from everyone:)

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