Monday, October 13, 2014

Exciting Times Approaching!

Hello all, it has been a very long time since I have posted a new Blog post, all I can do is chalk it up to life being busy and my lack of motivation to sit down and write a full thought out post. Whatever it may be, I hope that I can brighten your day a little with my words in what otherwise if a society of gloom and doom. We are unfortunately living in a fallen world and most people's first inclination is to complain or give the "bad" news, which is unfortunate.

When I last left you, we had revealed that we are having two boys, which hasn't changed. The boys are growing well and are on schedule to be here in November as planned. My prediction is November 7th or 8th, for no apparent reason at all. Pauline, unfortunately, has been getting more and more uncomfortable as the babies grow and I have been doing my best (failing at times) to make her more comfortable as best I can. Prayer is always appreciated, for a few things specifically, for Pauline's comfort, for the twins' safety, and ultimately for a good birth, we'd love it if Pauline could deliver the both of them without the need of a C-section, but know it would only be by God's grace.

In anticipation of the boys, we have been doing a lot to get ready. Mostly working on the boys' room, we have put the cribs together, put the sheets on the mattress's, spray painted the dresser, put new hardware on the dressers, hung curtains, my mom painted the room, my mother-in-law helped us reupholster the glider we got, and so many other things! Their room looks great and we have gotten to fill it with so many things for the boys thanks to the two baby showers we have had. We definitely appreciate anyone who was able to help us out, we are so very blessed to have such generous people in our lives. A special thank you to all of the men who were able to attend my "Dadchelor" party, we got so many diapers, it should help out a lot to not have to make diaper runs when the twins get here, thanks to my Father-in-law and brother Stephen for helping to make it a great party!




Lucky for us, so far it seems like Benson semi-understands that he is going to be a big brother and we anticipate he will be a big help. He doesn't seem to get jealous of other babies if Pauline or I hold one, which is a good thing. Overall we can just tell that he is excited and should be a great big brother, he is so caring and loving, we just know he is going to be that way with his brothers. Our only fear, which we have been assured will not be an issue, is that we continue to make him feel special and loved even with the new additions to the family.

Benson is such a little firecracker now. He loves to run and play, rarely sitting still for more than a few moments. It can be tiring at times, but it brings me so much joy to know he is growing and learning as he goes. I feel a little bad for him, because I know he is going to be as big of a dork as his dad. Luckily I was able to balance myself growing up to be a decent combination of smart, dorky, athletic (at least in High School), and "cool" (whatever that may have meant in the 90's/00's). My biggest hope is that I can teach him the love of a Savior and rely on Jesus in his daily walk and hopefully be more bold than I was growing up, to step out in faith and see what God can do through him. I pray that for all my children and hope that I can teach them all through my actions as their father.

Here are a few of the dorky pictures of Benson:
















As you can see, he loves to play around and is just enjoying being a kid so far.

We continue to anticipate the coming of our two little ones as they are closely approaching being ready for the world, we appreciate all of your prayers and words of encouragement as we become more and more excited.

Be warned that the next time I post it will likely be with a link to a new website to accommodate for the fact that I will no longer be a first time daddy, but instead will be a three time daddy!

Thanks as always for taking the time to read my thoughts and sometimes my out loud prayers, our family is truly blessed to have so many loving and wonderful people in our lives.

May God bless you in keep you, until next time!
-Bryan

P.S. Here are a few other photos to enjoy as well:













Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gender Reveal! Other Randomness.

Hello all!

As always I will start my blog post with the reference that I haven't posted in a while, because, you know, I haven't!

Now, since that is out of the way, I want to make way for more important information that I will bringing to you today. The main thing being the gender reveal for the twins that are in Pauline's womb currently. This is mainly due to my readers that are not friends with me on Facebook, because I know there are a few out there!

Without further ado, I will let the pictures do the talking, but in case the pictures aren't clear enough, I'll reference the information after as well.




Two more boys!!! The Game of Life® car has two more boys in the back, the shoes and ultra sound pictures are boy related (football and baseball shoes), Benson is trying to hold up two powder blue outfits for his brothers, and the last picture he has two blue fruit loops in his mouth.

Speaking of the twins, as they relate to this blog, the issue I have now, is that technically when they are born, I will no longer be a "First time daddy," and instead will be a second and third time daddy. Because of that, to have a proper Blog, I would assume I need to have the website named correctly to remain grammatically accurate, however, for those of you who have this current link saved (I know there are so many of you...) how would you know to go to my new link? This is a semi-joking question, but I suppose the final solution would be to create a link from this current blog to my new blog in what will be the final blog post of this blog, crisis averted. Hot off the presses, here is a recent pic of the two of them! Little blurry and sideways, but they both have a similar pose in the picture.



As mentioned in my prior post, we got a new car, Benson and I have already had a lot of fun watching Frozen in the back, in fact he is currently obsessed with the song "Let it Go," likely because one of the words he knows and says very clearly is "Go," as you can imagine, he loves to try to sing along! But overall we love the new car, there have been some minor tire issues that we have addressed and the gas mileage is nowhere near how it was in our car, but it is going to be wonderful for our growing family!



Benson has had a pretty busy summer, whether it be dancing at weddings (links to YouTube to follow), going to the beach, or just chillin' at home, this kid has the summer lifestyle down! We recently attended, along with Benson, a wedding for Emily and Tyler Sander, the wedding was amazing and Benson was able to get his dance on all night!









Not sure how good the quality of those videos will be, but if they are terrible feel free to find them on YouTube.com directly https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJLnxZRb4rUmJ5n9c-2Y87Q

As stated before, Benson loves the beach this summer. He, Pauline, and Pauline's friend Lindsay have gone several times and I don't know that I have heard of them having a bad trip so far! They have also ventured to other places in the Minneapolis area, all while I am slaving away at work! ;)






Ok, I was able to make one of the beach trips... haha.

I will leave you with a smorgasbord of pictures like I always do, but I wanted to leave you also with some encouraging words. Recently our family has been going through some struggles that have been very trying and very difficult. We attributed this to selfishness on my part and my lack of reliance on God as a whole in my life. Because of the struggle, as a family we prayed and re-dedicated ourselves to Jesus Christ. Shortly after we did that, we didn't see much improvement with the struggle, apart from our focus on communication with each other and our commitment to be in God's Word. Just recently, however, we have seen the true sovereignty of God and what seemed to be an insurmountable issue has become something that is definitely manageable, but only because of our prayer and commitment, as well as the prayers of our family members. It will still be a constant commitment to make sure we are fully relying on God, but I am thankful that He has given me the opportunity to do so and didn't disown me in my selfishness. God is sooooooo good, there is no denying that in my life!

As promised here are the random pictures that are mostly duplicates of Facebook, but here they are all in one place!


Recent picnic with my co-workers from Ameriprise, we had such a great time, Benson loved running around and all the food!


Recently the exchange student my parents had from Norway came back to visit for the summer and we recreated a photo from last summer. After dinner we went for ice cream where Benson has his first cone.


Can't forget about our other "kid" who recently turned 1, this is how he spent his birthday, away from anything that my terrorize him, which was short lived.
The rest are random other Benson happenings that I didn't document from my last post till this post, so here they are!







As always, God bless and have a great rest of the summer!

-Bryan