Thursday, June 19, 2008


On June first, our family had the privilege of being photographed by Michael Corsentino and Dennis Urbiztondo as a gift and expression of support. (You can see more shots and read more at our friend Martha's site). They captured some AMAZING images. We're looking forward to sharing some of them with you in the upcoming weeks. (The photo above was taken by local photographer Alexandra Frankel.)

Isaiah's appointment this week went well. He's feeling a little queasy but has a great attitude. Thanks for praying for him...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Celebrating Isaiah

Thank you for celebrating Isaiah's baptism with us!

We have more to celebrate!

Jedi Master Isaiah Oates can read Set 1 of the Bob Books.

He had a great close of the season game, catching an out at first base and ripped the ball out to right field to end the game! He also dodged the catcher to score safely at home.

Very close to being water safe, Isaiah has almost mastered his next Jedi challenge: swimming lessons. Check in later this week to check out pictures of his backstroke and knee dive into the deep end.

He lovingly and excitedly received communion for the first time yesterday. His sweet heart is a gift to all of us.

Thank you for celebrating our joys. As we enter week 4 of our Third course of Maintenance we pray for strength for Isaiah's bones. His steroids have been cut in half for the remainder of treatment but the doses we have left can still produce continued bone loss. Pray for us as we seek God's wisdom. We will be at Sutter Memorial this Wednesday, June 18. Isaiah will receive chemotherapy through this port (Vincristine) and will begin a shortened course of steroids.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Into the Water

Not too long ago we joyfully celebrated Sienna's baptism. Isaiah cheered her on enviously, wishing he could tell everyone that he loves Jesus and wants to follow Him for the rest of his life. I remember him tugging at my skirt while I talked to Sienna about baptism and its meaning. "I'm ready mom. I'm not afraid. I know what it means," he whispered. I knew he was ready then and I know he is ready now to express his love for God through participation in the sacrament of baptism. We invite you to pray for him this week as we help him prepare for this sacred day in his life.

The baptism will be Sunday, June 8 at the American River Confluence, 1:00pm. If you live locally please feel welcome to come out and share in this part of his life. Check out for a map or updates on the baptism.