2009 has been a great year for our family. Shortly after our late honey moon in Japan we found out that we were expecting a baby. On August 21st at 1:35 AM, our son Noa Donny Maris was born. He weighed a healthy 8 pounds 5.5 ounces, and was 19 inches long. His middle name Donny is taken after Chad's late grandfather, Don Kim, who passed away in July of this year. We have enjoyed every minute with our little one. He is the joy of our lives.
Chad has been going to school and working in Utah. In February, he was called to be the 2nd counselor in the Japanese Ward Bishopric. He is enjoying his busy life with school, work, church calling, and getting used to being a new dad.
Megumi graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University last April. It was hard for her because morning sickness was the worst during her last semester of school. Now she is able to stay home with Noa dand be a full-time mom. She is enjoying her new role as a mother, and is rying hard to keep up with a very active 4-month old.
Noa is growing and changing everyday. He weighs close to 15 pounds now. He loves being with different people, talking, smiling, and laughing. He is very curious and has learned to turn over. Now he really wants to sit, crawl and stand on his own. He is the first grandchild on both sides of the family, and he loves all the attention that comes with it. He has two great grandparents in Japan, and two great grandmas and a great grandpa in America. He is excited to spend his first Christmas and New Year in Michigan with his mom's family.
We thank you for all the support and love that you have shown us this year. We are truly blessed to have such great friends and family in our lives. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Chad, Megumi and Noa Maris