It has been 4 years since our last newsletter. As you may recall, we were just preparing for the birth of our first son at the time. Logan was born right on schedule, March 25th, 2010, and our lives have never been the same since. Logan has blessed us in more ways than we could have imagined. He was a very happy and easy going baby who started walking at 9 months of age. He is now almost 4 years old and just started attending preschool this summer. He really seems to enjoy school and showing off all he learns. He knows the alphabet and phonics sounds, spells/reads many words, identifies colors and shapes, and counts all the way to 1 billion!!! Just to name a few. He also has a very impressive ability to remember and recite lines from his favorite songs and shows. Despite being delayed in communication and language skills, he is actually quite the talker! This past October, he started attending an ASD special education preschool program offered through our public school system. After just a few months, he is making noticeable progress in expressing his needs/wants, potty training, self-feeding, and interacting with his peers. We hope he continues to benefit from this program and pray God will equip us as his parents.
Despite these last 4 years of harder economic times and high unemployment rates, we praise God for the very good secure jobs he has provided us. Pat was promoted to Associate Dean at PBA school of nursing several years ago. This year he worked very hard developing a proposal for a doctoral level nurse practitioner program at PBA, which was recently approved by the Board of Trustees. He also was distinguished as one of UF’s Young Alumni award recipients. Last October, Jen was able to start doing her VA pharmacy job from home (telework). Although working from home can be challenging with young children, thanks to our excellent nanny helpers, it has been working out fairly well. Jen really enjoys being able to maintain her full time career while also being able to stay connected with the kids at home during the day.
With Jen working from home, living close to the VA was no longer a priority. So when the real estate market picked up last year and we were expecting our 2nd child, we felt it might be a good time to try to sell our home and relocate out west (30 minutes) to be closer to family and friends. After many months of intense house hunting and with Jen 7 months pregnant, we were almost discouraged enough to give up the idea all together. It was then, that God answered our prayers by providing a home that was as close to everything we wanted as we could hope for. Not only did the sellers accept our offer, but we would be able to move in before baby’s due date…3 weeks before. Even though that wasn’t much time, we felt like that would work better than trying to do it after the baby was born. We then put our house up for sale, and found a buyer within 24 hours! That’s how crazy the South Florida real estate market can be. Fortunately for us, it all worked and we moved into our new home as planned the last week of April. Thanks to the generosity of our friends and family who helped us, we quickly got settled in our new home. Only 1 week later, our son decided to make his early arrival. Although we were not planning on having a baby that weekend, it worked out well since Jen’s mom was already staying with us at the time and was able to be there for the birth. Needless to say, our house-warming party plans have been put on hold for awhile.
For those who have not already met our newest addition, the youngest little guy there in the photo is Corban Patrick (or Corban Dallas Multipass as Pat prefers). Like his Dad, he apparently has a flair for drama and a mind of his own as evidenced by his decision to be born early on International Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you…get it?), rather than share a birthday with his Dad on May 15th, which was his official due date. Even though he arrived early, he was heavier at birth than his big brother was. He is a very happy boy, doing great in all areas, following in Logan’s footsteps (literally) by standing and cruising at only 7 months of age. He really seems to admire and adore Logan.
Some of you may recall our “1st child” the Doberman named Glory. As happens to many Dobermans as they age, Glory developed large tumors on her body. One in particular was the size of a bowling ball attached to the side of her abdomen. Because she was 14, there was nothing that could be done for a tumor of that size, so we eventually made the very difficult decision of putting her down. Although she is no longer with us in body, she will always have a place in our hearts.
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We wish the best to all of you and look forward to hearing from you soon. Pat, Jen, Logan, and Corban