May 7, 2007

New House, Wedding Planning, Phoenix & Spokane

Brenda's Family

Things have been very busy for Brenda and I since my last update. We have of course been working on our wedding plans, but we also completed the process of buying a house during the last couple of months. The new house is just a few minutes from my old apartment and is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac on a quiet street. The house has 3 bedrooms, a vaulted ceiling in the living room, a loft and a 2 car garage. There is also a very nice backyard with a fountain and woods on 2 sides. We feel very blessed to have found such a nice place and are excited about having our own home.

After I wrote my last update we enjoyed a good holiday visit with Brenda’s family in Wenatchee. We spent the first few days with her parents and then Braden, Johanna &
Brenda & Andrew
Keenan joined us for the rest of our time together. We especially enjoyed opening Christmas presents with baby Keenan who had just had his first birthday.

Since the holidays we have stayed in Chattanooga for most of the weekends since there have been plenty of things to keep us busy here. We did however take some time to visit my grandparents in McMinnville a couple of times. We also enjoyed a fun visit from Graham & Amber and Rich & Melissa over a long weekend in February. In March we enjoyed a relaxing weekend away visiting friends in northern Georgia at their log house in the country. On Sunday, April 1 we moved my things into the new house and then Brooke and Elise come down to visit for Easter the following weekend. My grandparents also joined us from McMinnville so there were guests in both of the extra bedrooms. It
New House
was fun to entertain company and to have room for everyone. The following Wednesday the Ondap family who I knew in Guam came and spent the night. In total there were three adults and three kids in their family so I had fun entertaining again in the new house.

The third week in April I traveled to Phoenix to attend a work related training class. I made my travel arrangements to Los Angeles instead though in order to spend both weekends with my family. I spent the first weekend at my parents house in Redlands before driving to Phoenix Sunday night. During the week I mostly just attended class and then relaxed at the hotel in the evenings although I did hike up Camelback Mountain one evening. After class on Friday I drove back to California with a stop at Pine Springs Ranch. I stopped at the camp to see where my sister Sarah is now living and working at her new job. I was surprised to find an inch or two of snow covering the ground and all of the trees at the camp. The snow was very beautiful and it was an unexpected treat to enjoy a little bit of cool weather on this trip. It was still snowing a little when we headed down out of the mountains to meet my parents in Fallbrook, but fortunately it didn’t stick to the roads so the driving was fine. My parents were involved in a Quiet Hour retreat in
Easter Egg Hunt
Fallbrook so I joined them for the weekend. I enjoyed learning more about the Quiet Hour and also got to spend some time visiting with my family between meetings.

This past weekend Brenda and I flew out to Spokane, WA to attend her 10 year high school alumni weekend. Brenda’s parents also joined us for the weekend so we had a fun time visiting with her old friends, seeing her school campus and spending time with her
Camelback Mountain

In the midst of all the busyness Brenda started getting sick and was eventually diagnosed with mononucleosis. Mono is a virus which drains your energy and it typically takes a month or longer to recover from. The only real treatment for mono is to get lots of rest. As you can imagine it’s hard for Brenda to slow down and rest right now but she has been taking time off work and is gradually regaining her energy. We don’t know how long it will take for her to fully get back to normal but she is doing much better already.

Well, I think that’s about all the news for now. As usual there are more pictures online including albums of our engagement, our new house and the church where we will be getting married.

Until next time,


Posted by andrew on May 7, 2007 | TrackBack

The new house looks cool man.

Posted by: Joel on May 8, 2007