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Life here has been very busy. We just got back from our trip to Minnesota. We had a great time visiting with Mom and Dad. Jason and I were able to get away for a couple days without the girls. We went to Duluth and Jason surprised me by taking me to a bed and breakfast at this old victorian home. It was a lot of fun. Toward the end of the week we took the girls to Como Park and Zoo. They had a blast. Melissa stills talks about going to Minnesota to go to the zoo and the rides. We also went to the Children’s Museum. The girls had a lot of fun there. Melissa really enjoyed the little grocery store set up just for kids with the real carts just their size, the pretend food, and the real cash registers that they could play on. Melody liked the area that had the water exhibits set up. She had fun putting ping pong balls in the water tubes and watching them go. The drive to and from Minnesota was very long, and we were glad to finally get back home. Read the rest of this entry

Melody Grace Heinrich

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She’s here! Melody Grace Heinrich was born at 3:30am this morning (3/4/04). She was 7 pounds, 12 1/4 ounces, and 20 inches long. Pictures should be up soon; I just have to get a few minutes at home to upload them.

[Update 8:55pm]

Okay, the pictures are up! Check out the Bundle of Grace photo album to see our new arrival!


Things are starting to get busy around here as we prepare for the arrival of our new baby! We’ve finished the main bathroom, and have set up Melissa’s new furniture in her room. There is so much we want to finish before the baby comes, but sometimes it seems like it will never end!

It’s always good to hear from friends. A few days ago an old friend of mine from when I lived in Bremerton tracked me down and gave me a call. It was great to get caught up; one interesting thing I learned was that we both ended up doing computer work. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, since we had such similar interests when we were little! After reminiscing, I decided a blast from the past would make a good Featured Photo. That’s me and Justin; gotta love my vest!


Thought you all would enjoy some more pictures of Melissa. We have been busy with some house projects. We are redoing the bathroom right now. J has sanded down the walls, and we have primed and painted them. Today I plan to rag off the walls, and hopefully tomorrow put up the new wallpaper border. Last night we went out to a new place called Cornerstone Custard. They sell ice cream made with egg yolks – I guess it is a richer kind of ice cream. Anyway it was pretty good. Melissa wasn’t to interested in it, she was happy munching on her M&M’s. Read the rest of this entry


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Thought you would all enjoy some pictures of Melissa. She got the kitchen set for Christmas, and the care bear dress is from her Grandma and Grandpa Heinrich. The other picture is from yesterday when I decided to reorganize the linen closet. After I had taken everything out, Melissa decided to climb on the shelves. Sometimes she can be so strange. Read the rest of this entry

Jason and Melissa Go to WA

Greetings! Life has been very busy these past few weeks. Between Jason’s trip to Washington, my ladies retreat, and the general day to day living we have been kept very active.

Jason had a great time visiting with family out in Washington. Melissa did very well on the plane ride out there; all except for a couple landings where her ears bothered her. Glad it was Jason and not me that had to deal with those!! Mom and Dad Heinrich sure had a great time spoiling Melissa. Jason was also able to visit my Grandma and Grandpa Rodie. Melissa went right to Grandma which made my Grandma’s day. On Sunday Jason was able to visit with some of his extended family. Rob and Linda and their kids came down to visit, and his Uncle Mike stopped over as well. Melissa cuddled right up to Jason’s brother Matt. All in all it was a great trip. Read the rest of this entry

Melissa’s Rough Day

I don’t care what people say. Kids aren’t made out of rubber.

We took Melissa to the emergency room today. Don’t worry, she’s fine; the trip was more to reassure us more than anything else. It was just the cap on a pretty rough day for our daughter. It started out all right, as she played outside all morning while Rachel and I worked in the yard. It was really cute when she grabbed her little push-car and imitated Daddy mowing the lawn by pushing it all over the back yard. Read the rest of this entry


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Just an update as to what is going on down here in beautiful, sunny Florida.

Things are progressing very nicely with the house, and Lord-willing we will be able to close on Monday, June 16. We were able to lock in at a low interest rate of 5%. This was another answer to prayer. We were happy with the home inspection — there was very little that we requested to be repaired. And as for the appraisal, it came back higher than what we are paying for the house, so right off the bat we will have some equity into the house. We are so excited!!! We are renting our apartment until the end of June, so we have plenty of time to get things moved over and settled. We are hoping to do some painting and carpet cleaning before we move all the furniture over.
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Greetings from Florida!

Things are going well here. We are very excited about moving into a house! Right now we are in the process of negotiating the price of a house. On Saturday we took a home buyers class and have recently done paperwork for a loan. We are waiting for final approval on the loan, and we are also waiting for a contract for the house. If you would like to see pictures of the house visit this URL: then enter 239797 where it asks for the MLS number [Since the house is now off the market, these pictures are no longer available. -Jason].
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Life is busy here in Florida. Melissa is getting bigger and she is getting more hair. A week and a half ago she took two steps all by herself. She has not done much walking on her own since then, but she is getting more confident standing by herself, She can even stand and drink from her sippy cup at the same time. We also got her a tooth brush. She has four bottom teeth and two top teeth. She is also cutting a new top tooth.

Melissa and I flew home and surprised my mom with a birthday visit. Boy was she ever surprised. She had no idea I was coming. When we pulled into the driveway my dad had me go hide behind the house. He went in and got Mom to come help him bring in a box from the car. Mom came out to the car, opened the door, pulled the seat forward and looked up. That is when she saw Melissa. She screamed and was so happy. We surprised her real well. We had a good visit in Minnesota.
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