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Thursday, May 17, 2007

An Update...Finally!

Life has been happily busy, and has prevented much blogging. So here is our initial attempt to catch you up since our last update in March, with all that has been going on...

First and foremost, as this photo suggests, we have a little Mato junior on the way! Please keep mom, dad, and rapidly growing junior in your prayers. We expect the little one to arrive in September (will he or she - the gender is top secret, so place your bets - get dad's genes and aim to run the Boston marathon like a Kenyan, or more like mom and perhaps pick up the cello and play a little classical music? It is fun to speculate!) THEN, as if life wasn't exciting enough, Christina's sister Emily and her boyfriend got engaged, and then married a month later, on April 21 (the holiest Baha'i holy day of the year, by coincidence). It was so perfect and so beautiful. We will post more photos of the actual ceremony and events another time, but to start, here is one the day before the wedding with some of the bride's family getting pedicures (from left: Candy (Em and Christina's mom), Christina, Emily, cousin Alyssa, and aunt Lydia).
Here are the newlyweds, with their wonderful little puppy, Attie.

And THEN, as if we could all stand any more, we were able to attend an honoring ceremony for Emily who will be finishing her PhD this year - it is in Organizational Behavior from University of Michigan Business School (to learn more, click on her link on our blog). This is a photo of the 12 graduating honorees.
Last but not least, in early May, we went to Green Acre Bahai School for a weekend gathering. It was to train and support institute coordinators, simply, members of the Bahai communities who have been asked to give special attention to enouraging other members of their communities in certain activities.

Well, our good friends Perrin and Shane and their daughter Mia, pictured below, were kind enough to host us in their home for the weekend. They live across the river in New Hampshire, and it was wonderful to spend time with them AND to see what it's like to live with an infant!! Good practice...


Life is never boring. Jafred had a whirlwind end to his semester of college courses, finishing his final exams two days before flying off to Kenya to visit his family and friends after being away for two years. He is having a wonderful time, although I miss him terribly already, but then again I have time on the computer to do things like this!!

Love to all our friends and family, and thanks for your patience with our updates...keep in touch.

9 Comments:

  • At 6:05 AM, Blogger Phillipe Copeland said…

    Hey big mama, it looks good on you. You seem happy which is nice to see. Give my best to Jafred who should get in touch with me soon if he can. Did you guys get a chance to check out my on-line poll?

    'Allah'u'Abha, 'Allah'u'Abha

     
  • At 11:07 PM, Blogger AM, Reluctant Blogger said…

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is wonderful news.

     
  • At 1:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    YAYYYYY!!!! Congrats! I'm sooo happy for you guys!!!

    I can't wait for the little one's arrival! I hope you are both well and happy!

    Much love,
    Hoda Etemad

     
  • At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Emily said…

    Wow! Your post reminds me what a momentous time in your - and our - lives this is - may we treasure it and live each moment to the fullest! Lots of love, Emily

     
  • At 2:10 PM, Blogger Negar & Nima A.H. said…

    Congradulations you two... this is definitely an exciting time!!! Can't wait to see pictures of the new baby :)

    Love,
    Negar & Nima

     
  • At 7:58 AM, Blogger Nancy said…

    hey, congratulations!! Just checking some blogs, and I saw yours, so happy for both of you.
    check our blow www.meetun.blogspot.com for pics of princess Leah.
    we are doing fine.
    take care
    Nancy

     
  • At 12:26 AM, Anonymous hope said…

    dear christina and jafred,
    So glad to see you bringing a beauty into the world, a marathon cellist! I am electronically challenged, but thought of you all when mitch and i sat by the windy gray foliage, and wondered about summer. I am a little slow on the blog register, and hope my wishes and thoughts and affection find you, over the clouds if not over the "blog" or the internet.
    xx
    hope

     
  • At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Evelin & Santana said…

    Dear Christina and Jafred,
    Congratulations!!! We are so happy for you! Enjoy every moment.
    With much love,
    Evelin, Santana and Rocco

     
  • At 3:17 PM, Blogger Elin said…

    Congratulations to you!!! We wish we could be closer to you all.
    lots of love
    elin, dominic and jamila

     

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