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December 5, 2005

Greetings to our Family and Friends!

As you can see from our family photo, God has chosen, yet again, to bless us by adding to our number! On September 9, 2005 at 5:58pm, Hudson Maclain Bakke joined our clan weighing in at 9 pounds 14 ounces and measuring 22 inches in length. He was born just eight days before what would have been the first birthday of our sweet Katherine. Our year was spent mourning the passing of our baby girl while experiencing the great joy of anticipating the arrival of our new son. God remained faithful through it all! Hudson is absolutely precious and looks just like his sister who preceded him to heaven. We couldn't possibly be more thankful than we are at this moment!

Not only are Don and Ronette parents of a newborn, but they are now the parents of a teenager! That's right! Jordan turned 13 this year! Where has the time gone? What a blessing he has been in our lives! He is tall and handsome and so very smart. Science is still a passion of his and he can often be found reading books about physics for fun.

Brenna is now 9 and is growing into a lovely young lady. Reading is her favorite past time. The local library is one of her favorite places to be and she checks out as many books as she can carry. In addition, she loves baking, sewing, crafting and playing with her Golden Retriever, Tucker.

Our business is still thriving. We added to our office space this year which even allowed us to put our company name on the marquis on the street corner. Don has always envisioned his business growing to a respectable size and he has definitely realized his dream.

In the spring, we took a wonderful vacation to Lake Tahoe. It's one of our favorite spots to spend time together. Jordan and Brenna loved playing in the snow which was a first for them. Don took them snow tubing which was a ton of fun! Ronette just watched as the activity was impractical at five months pregnant! We hope to plan another memorable trip in the coming year adding Hudson to the fun.

Ronette's Grandma Mary went to her heavenly home in July after 88 full years of life. She was a complete joy to anyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting her; full of life and laughter. She is greatly missed but we rejoice that she finds her rest with her Father in heaven.

Don's sister Jennifer delivered a lovely baby girl just five weeks after Hudson entered the family so their parents became grandparents twice more this year. Productive year for them!

As you can see, we have so much for which to be thankful and we are mindful that all of our good gifts are from the hand of God. We thank Him and praise Him and pray that He would shower all of you with blessings during the holiday season and in the year to come.

With Love,

Don, Ronette, Jordan, Brenna, and Hudson Bakke