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Happy New Year!

Hallelujah! Another year has come, and we are rejoicing in the blessing of the Lord, and His abundant goodness towards us, and all His saints!

Sarah and I think back on last year's events, and are amazed at how the Lord has led us, and how wonderfully He has provided for us. What the Lord has done for us, we can not tell it all (this is what we were singing this morning)!

He gave us a beautiful baby boy, whom we love beyond words, and are so excited to see his progress day by day, which is far greater than we expected. Wow, little did we know all that the Lord would teach us through him (although we know this is just the beginning), and all the joys he would bring to our hearts, in soooooo many ways!

He kept us in our lovely home, which is our favorite little spot in the world.

He gave us a cozy pellet stove which Daddy learned how to install with the help of kind friends and neighbors.

He grew Sarah and I closer together (although it is hard to believe that we could be closer than we already were, in our estimation).

He gave us a special thanksgiving day with part of our family.

He kept an abundant supply of food on our table and in our cupboards, regardless of how slim the finances looked.

He kept daddy safe in an accident, where both vehicles involved were totaled.

He gave us a sweet and happy First Anniversary vacation getaway, where we were able to enjoy the last days of just us--a little over a month before baby Tyler came into the world.

He gave us 6 new nieces and nephews to love, pray for and inspire in the Lord (making a total of 25 altogether, I believe).

He kept our five puppies safe from a life threatening disease (which at least 2 local vets agreed that they would get), and each of them went to loving homes, while supplying much needed finances for us.

He gave us a beautiful summer and fall, in which we were able to get some sweet photos of our little family, and take nice walks, enjoying the special scenery.

He kept us healthy, in spite of all the sickness going around.

He kept gas in the rigs.

He supplied through friends and family and Daddy's work many, many special things which Tyler needed immediately at birth and beyond--clothes, toys, cribs, bassinets, bouncer, car seat, stroller and much more.

he supplied a new (used but in excellent condition) computer.

He blessed with many special fellowship meetings on Sunday evenings where we meet in Tumalo with a dear local group of saints.

He surrounded us with brethren who with their counsel in many things inspired and helped us in the Lord.

He blessed our marriage with a local newlywed marriage retreat, which we hold dear to our hearts, along with those precious saints who minister there. They, the retreat, and those who attend are in our prayers.

And the list goes on and on, and I don't think I could ever think of all the many amazing ways our loving heavenly Father has blessed us and has been with us. That takes me back to the song we were singing this morning, altogether now, "What the Lord has done for me, I can not tell it all...(and the crowning of all His blessings, above all else by far), "He saved me, and He washed me in His blood!"

Now for this year, we have something we want to share with are readers something that we can't wait to share until next year--Sarah is pregnant!!!

Our hearts our so filled with joy, amazement and thankfulness to the Lord for answering our prayer and the desire of our heart, even if it was before we expected it or planned (Our Father knows best, and we want our family planning to be done by Him). My eyes well up with tears, and my heart is overwhelmed at just the though of having another precious baby to hold, comfort, protect and cherish! And that very baby is being formed in Sarah's womb at this very moment--wow!

We love being parents, and look forward to the whole beginning process again with joy and hearts filled with love for this heavenly gift He has so kindly bestowed upon us.

Thank you for sharing in our joy, and for your prayers too!

Blessings in Christ our Lord,

Brendan, Sarah and baby Tyler

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