It’s amazing how many things can change in a year. I selected a few of moments from the year that I captured on camera.

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The very first thing that happened in 2016 was getting our first puppy – Missy. She has been a great addition to our family. 
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Drama crashed its way into the year via an off-duty cop that totaled our car in the parking lot of the mall.
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Our car getting towed away. Sad day.
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But it was soon replaced by a new-to-us Subaru Forester.
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Perhaps one of the biggest moments of the year was having Micah genetically tested, through which he was diagnosed with a rare syndrome called Kabuki Syndrome.
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As a stay-at-home dad, most of my days were spent playing with the boys. Often with them in the “oven.”
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Micah also started preschool in January, which has been an incredible and wonderful blessing to Micah and our family. 
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Micah loves school, and gets excited every day to go.
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One of his favorite aspects about school is that he gets to ride the bus. Here is his first day riding the bus to school.
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His teachers always say that he is the happiest person in the class, always welcoming everyone with a big smile. 
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As the boys grow older, they are becoming better and better friend.
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My good friend James drove all the way from Chicago to visit our family for a few days, and we went to go see Josh Garrels and John Mark McMillan. 
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John Mark McMillan
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Josh Garrels and John Mark McMillan
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During the winter the boys and I have to find ways of entertaining ourselves, and Missy definitely added to the fun.
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My best friend Dennis came for a few days to visit our family. It’s always SO great to have friends visit us. It means so much to me.
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One day Micah wasn’t feeling so well. With bed head, no pants, and one sock he wanted to learn how to take pictures, and so I showed him.
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Sarah and the boys snuggling before bed. 
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Micah got to help me get the yearly three red carnations for Sarah – a tradition I’ve now kept for 13 years.
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Micah got to experience his first valentine exchange at school. 
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One of the saddest events of the year was the passing of my grandmother. It was good to be here to be with my family during this time. 
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There was a warm spell that happened in the middle of winter and I took the boys to a park to enjoy some much needed time outside.
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I don’t get many pictures of me and the boys, but this is one of my favorites.
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On Easter my aunt treated us to a visit to the Easter bunny. 
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During our unseasonably warm winter, the boys, Missy and I spent a good amount of time in the backyard getting rid of some energy.
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One of my favorites of the boys.
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Micah and I enjoying a nice fire in the back yard. 
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Ezra hitting age two was a big milestone, and one that has changed the dynamic of our family in many ways.
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In March we met up with a few local families with children who have Kabuki Syndrome. We met at a huge indoor playground.
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In April, Sarah, the boys, and I did a March of Dimes walk. 

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#toddlerlife
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Out on a family walk.
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My perdy wife. 
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One of the most exciting events of the year was my sister’s wedding. #weddledbliss
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The boys playing the piano at the wedding.
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Going back home for my sister’s wedding made it so we could also the grandmas and grandpas. Here Micah and Ezra enjoy playing the guitar with Grammaw. 
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Here’s the boys and Sarah playing with Grandpa Glenn and Grandma Ingrid. 
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It was also great to meet up with two of my friends at a local park. 
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We also got to spend some time with some friends in their new house. 
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Micah and Ezra – their personalities in a photograph.
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Sarah looking over the boys playing in our pool. 
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Micah being goofy in Sarah’s glasses.
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Another huge event that occurred this year was my brother’s graduation from high school. Here is my 96 year old grandma and my dad congratulating him on his big day.
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During some of the hottest days of the year we took the boys to a nearby park that had these fountains to play in. This is one of my favorite pictures of the year.
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It was quite the experience meeting Pope Francis at an event about racial justice here in town. He was a lot thinner than I expected. 
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During the fourth of July my sister and her husband came to visit, and it was good to hang out with the newlyweds for the holiday.
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Not the sharpest picture, but one that captures joy and love. 
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During the fourth Micah got to hang out with some cats. Greenie, the cat pictured here, was twenty at the time this picture was taken. She passed away a couple months later.
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Ezra and Greenie. 
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Micah and Ezra watching the fireworks at the lake house.
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We had a great view of the fireworks from our porch. 
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Every year a group of friends hosts a summer event called Comprestival. Here Andrew introduces Eric, who kicked off the music for the event. They are two of my oldest friends.
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July 4th was Sarah’s last day of breastfeeding Ezra. A moment that was very bittersweet for her.
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Perhaps the biggest transition we had this year came when Sarah and I accepted the position as a Family-Teaching couple at Boys Town. After we were offered the job, I took half a day and just walked around campus, thinking about what life might bring us here.
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We soon found out where we would be living, and we came to visit it one day with the boys. Here, Micah stands at the entrance to our apartment.
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Missy at the back gate of the backyard of our apartment.
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Micah and Ezra eating breakfast at our big dining room table.
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The view from our dining room window in the morning.
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Micah turned four this in September of this year.
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It was fun to celebrate it with two of our Boys Town girls this year.
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One day Micah came home from school with his school pictures, and I couldn’t believe how cute and perfect the picture was. Definitely my favorite picture of Micah.
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Ezra at an event we participated in. 
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In October we met up with a group of families that had kids with Kabuki Syndrome, like Micah. Here is a classic “Scrunchy Smile” that is very common among Kabuki kids.
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Micah and me at the Kabuki gathering in Norfolk, Nebraska.
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As Autumn arrived, the colors exploded both inside and outside my home.
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So many leaves to rake!
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So many cute smiles to take pictures of!
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Micah has really grown accustomed to living with teenage girls, and loves to sit at the counter with them for breakfast.
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This winter we took a trip to a nearby state park and stayed in the lodge and let the kids play in their huge indoor playground, the same one we visited in March for the Kabuki gathering.
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Micah climbing the ropes in the playground.
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Each day I spend some time at our dining room table to think and reflect on the upcoming day.
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It’s been quite the eventful year. Who knows what 2017 will bring for us?

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