November 2006


As a a wedding gift, Aunt Heidi and Uncle Dennis (Nick’s side) gave us a book to read as a couple. Well, that is, a book for Nick to read to Kara! Most everyone is familiar with The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks because of the movie released several years ago.notebook.jpg

After beginning the novel on our honeymoon 2 1/2 months ago, we finally finished the book today. And to say, the story did not end like the movie. In fact we were quite disappointed in how it finished so we “replaced” it, in our minds, with the movie’s ending!!!

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Kara and I attended the openning festivities for the new light rail train in SE Denver. One of the events was a characticture drawing. It was cute and funny so I thought I’d share it with everyone.

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The “soup” reference is from a previous activity of a soup-off / taste testing contest amongst local businesses. Also, Kara was asked to start telling people that the artist’s time was up and so as to perform “line control”. However, she was too pre-occupied watching the artists draw that a long line had formed after her. She was given a hard-time for not doing her job.

The artist drew both of these as part of the scenary, which we didn’t realized he was doing until seeing the final product.

Kara and I had a rough Sunday, mostly because of a short night’s rest, but also because we were feeling inadequate in our personal journey of faith. A major cause leading up to these feelings were birthed from our frustrations with some home repairs, lack of substitute jobs for Kara, Christmas spending decisions, financial challenges, etc etc. While these are ‘minor’, we still felt in a downward spiral.Later that evening, church and Paul’s teaching on the Holy Spirit begat reviving our own spirits. Afterwards, we came together for a time of prayer and petition to our most Holy Father. We realized there really were blessings all around us but we were not recognizing.

The following morning, after the alarm sounded, I looked out the window to witness a beautiful and amazing sunrise, one that is difficult to catch. With a smile in tow, my lips uttered, “God you are truly with us and blessing us”. Not a moment after closing my lips, the phone rang. It was a sub job for Kara for the day. One blessing. Then later that afternoon, I was given an unexpected check. Two blessings. And Kara now has a job for tomorrow. Three blessings. And my shower drain problem is fixed. Four blessings.

God is truly with us…

…we just need to recognize His presense.