The kids are both doing great. They started school this week. They're both home schooling again this year.
Both had fun birthday celebrations which seemed to stretch on far beyond the actual day. We were so thankful for many phone calls from friends and family. And with 4 or 5 other family birthdays in August, we've been eating a whole lot of cake!
There are more pictures of Matthias and reflections on his birth at nathanoates.com
summer vacation 2009
We just returned from a beautiful 3 weeks in the midwest!
messy = fun
Merry Christmas Friends!
Thank you to all of you who have sent us pictures and updates! It's great to see your faces once again. We've not been able to put something together this year (yet!), so here's a quick update for those who visit us here:
Carmen: doing a great job teaching our kids at home this year, running, hiked Half Dome, lovingly and consistently caring for all of us (and lots of others).
Sienna: super-creative and always nurturing, loves studying at home, played soccer, raised chickens and looking forward to horse-riding lessons in '09. See pictures of her 8th birthday here.
Isaiah: 08 highlights include playing t-ball, learning to swim, riding his bike, a trip to Disneyland, trip to Alabama, and lots of playing.
Nathan: ran a 25K trail run at Stinson Beach, loved our family vacation in San Diego, and is so grateful for our staff, church community, and the ongoing adventure of leading/serving Emmaus. Nate blogs very infrequently here; you can access his pod/vodcasts here.
batman and his magic fairy
pirates and mermaids
master and apprentice
(but which is the master and which is the apprentice?) Isaiah and Lyle duel in Birmingham
Thanks to all of you who are fasted with us on 8/14!
to emily n., steve, angela, kait, jacob h., scotty, donna, nathan, carmen, pat, rick, kizer family, angie, marisol, henrietta, erica - isaiah says, "thank you, may the force be with you."
big thanks to Tom, Rina, and all who cheered for Isaiah this season!
March 3, 2008: In the men's room at Topelo's Coffee House:
Isaiah: Your life is your life. What happens happens.
Dad: So what do you do?
Isaiah: Let it happen. Then you move on.
Dad: You move on?
Isaiah: You move on with your life.
life is good with my big sister
thanks Lincoln HS students!
Students from Mrs. Nelson's and Mrs Pierce's classes recently raised money for Isaiah. Here he is receiving the generous gift from our friend, Mrs. Nelson
Forever Be Strong
Our church community's first worship album releases Easter Sunday. It includes a song written for Isaiah called "Forever Be Strong." You can download it here.
Isaiah's t-ball games begin March 20th
There are many ways you can continue to pray for Isaiah. He has some exciting goals ahead in 2008! Here is the list:
1)Get Strong! He does physical therapy at home 3-5 times per week and at the office 2 times per month. 2)Play Ball! He is working hard to get ready for T-Ball season. Pray he will play and that his compression fractures will heal. 3)Learn at Home! He is working on Kindergarten school work at home. Many factors make school work a challenge. Pray for a healthy brain and a desire to learn.
We're continually encouraged by all of you who visit this site. In the last two months we've received hits from 22 countries!
Thank you for praying for our sweet son. On his first day in the hospital, Isaiah told his mom, "I will get strong again." We'll keep you updated and celebrate his progress here.
"I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous..." - joshua 1:5,6
pre-bedtime pep talk
Some of the men of Emmaus have shaved their heads in support of Isaiah. From left: Rick, Nate, Steve (Isaiah's godfather), and Sal. This means more than we can express.
isaiah's community of support
I recently hooked up Isaiah's blog to google analytics (and am kicking myself for not figuring this out earlier). But just to give you a glimpse into the remarkable support network of which you're a part, consider this:
In the last 11 days, Isaiah's blog has been viewed 1015 times, by 324 different people, in 134 cities, including those in 27 states, and 8 countries.
Thank you for sharing life with us!
Isaiah and Sienna in September
12/21 Should be a simple blood, etc. check at the clinic. We're down to every-other-week appointments for a season!
even more thank yous to...
the students of Amber Bobst's 2nd grade class from Eastside Christian School in Belleview, WA for the cards
all those who have contributed to our gas and groceries fund...you're keeping us going!
all the Emmaus families who have brought dinner to us in recent weeks
the Harrington family for the picnic package
Anne for the book and CD
The Hoke family for the birthday bird
Goebel, Linville, Nutti, and Ferrara families for the great gift certificate
Doris for the pint of ice cream
Emmaus for being the Church and supporting us in countless ways...for the gifts for Isaiah and Sienna...we're so thankful to be sharing life and discovering Jesus with you.
Betsy for the care package for the kids
Diane for the one-prize-a-day gift
Glenda for the beautiful superman quilt
Mrs. Liden for the SuperIsaiah cape and blanket
The Keaton Raphael Memorial Fund
everyone who is praying
friends and family for the financial support
Shirli and the Needle Arts Group for the blankets and hats
Susanna for the cleaning supplies
Susan, Laura, Sandie for nutritional help
Bob and Elaine for the motorhome
The Arena for the Batman blanket
Anne for the quilt
The Arena and The Ridge for supporting Carmen
Sunrise Church for the prayer quilt
Ms. Della Roca's 4th graders at St. Mary's for the beautiful cards
Josh and Lisa for the superman blanket
Celebrating Sienna's Baptism 2007
more bands are here!
We've just received another shipment of 200 Strong and Courageous arm bands: How do I get one? They're available at Emmaus Church Community or you can send a request with a check to this address. How much? $2 covers our costs. Is this a fundraiser? No. We created these as a call to prayer and a quiet way to show support for our family during this season.
Thanks to all of you who are remembering to pray for Isaiah. Seeing these bands on friends in our community is a quiet, significant source of strength.
splitting wood with dad
ready for church
with sister and cousin in Santa Cruz
Isaiah fighting with dad's college roommate, Aaron
camping at bita and papa's
Thanks to all our friends who fasted with Isaiah!
Superman and Supermom
blood from another
receiving blood before going home
the steroids make him HUNGRY
He is superman now
He is going for a walk i think he going home. -sienna