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    Happy First Birthday to our Nephew Jonah!

    Dear Jonah,

    We can’t believe it’s already your first birthday! We hope you have a very happy day. We can’t wait to see you and meet your little sister this summer. Uncle David and Aunt Leah love you!


    Us and Jonah



    Our Christmas Break

    We had a wonderful Christmas break!

    We especially had a lot of fun playing with our nephew Ethan. He’s about 15 months old now, babbles away in his own language, and loves running and kicking a ball. He reaches for everything and likes to look through his board books. Such a cutie!


    David feeding Ethan a bagel


    Ethan reaching


    Leah Reading to Ethan


    Christmas Eve was the annual Benedict caroling and fondue party:


    Fondue meat




    Our families live less than a hour apart, and we were able to see them both on Christmas Day. (This was the last year for that, though! My mom is retiring and heading south as soon as she can!)


    Family Christmas photo


    We spent Near Years Eve with our dear friends and their sweet little one. (David was annoyed though – everyone fell asleep before midnight. He had to wake us up to watch the ball drop!)


    New Years Eve


    We also spend some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa. We love them so much!


    Family Christmas photo


    We even got in one of Sam’s basketball games:


    Sam basketball


    It was so great to catch up with family and friends. We were also glad to visit with our church family. And we attended the wedding of one of our friends!

    We made it out of Michigan just before the polar vortex. And even though our travels didn’t go completely as planned, we made it back safely and for the most part on time. There was a short week of school last week and we’re slowly getting back into sleep patterns and a routine. As much as we love our time at home in Michigan, it also feels good to be back home in Turkey!



    Happy Birthday, Ethan!

    Happy FIRST birthday to one of the sweetest, smiley-est nephews around. We wish we could be there to celebrate with you! We love you, Ethan!


    Ethan, our nephew



    Our Nephew Ethan

    We’ve loved, loved meeting our two nephews this summer. Ethan was born in October. He’s a sweet little man with a whole lot of personality. He’s very friendly and loves to grab everything in sight and test them out in his mouth.


    John and Ethan


    My mom adores babies. It’s fun to watch her with Ethan.


    Ethan on the porch




    He was pretty tuckered out after playing:


    Mom feeding Ethan


    Such a cutie!



    We Have A New Nephew!

    Horray! We are excited to announce the birth of our nephew Jonah Joseph Benedict! Jonah was born yesterday, January 24 at 7:11 MST. He is the first grandchild for David’s mom and dad. We are so happy for David’s brother Joe and his wife Brittany.

    Isn’t he a cutie?


    Our nephew Jonah was born yesterday!


    I like to design birth stats for friends and family with my favorite fonts:


    Jonah Birth Stats


    We can’t wait to meet him in person!



    Update: We got to meet him through video chat! Technology is awesome.


    Meeting Jonah through video chat