December 2006


Teen Girl Squad, as managed by Nicolas, is the 2006 fantasy football champion for a league of friends.

It began snowing late Tuesday night. In the morning Kara and I awoke to, oh, 2 inches of snow. The forecast was for 1 to 2 feet of snow. “Yeah whatever”, we said to each other.

Then another couple inches fell in an hour…

…and another couple inches after that.

Finally by 10:00 AM we were beginning to realize that the forecast was going to be accurate. Once word began spreading that my (Nicolas) office was going to close at noon, I rapidly contacted Kara to encourage her to leave her nanny job ASAP, which she did. The drive home took about 40 minutes instead of the usual 20.

pc200563b.jpgBy 8:00, the scene outside our porch door was such that it was either shovel the snow off , or have the deck collapse. The “thing” on the left side of the picture, is our BBQ grill with a 3+ foot tower of snow accumalation.

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Despite clearing the deck, there was another 1 1/2 feet to 2 feet of snow in the morning. This accumalation eventually led to us building a snow-people likeness of Kara, myself, and Bean.

Finally, our snow day concluded with a tromp through the park.

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Life has been really interesting the past few days. Trying to sort out a lot of feelings and emotions. We recently discovered that the pastor of our church, who started the church some 25 years ago, confessed to homosexual thoughts and actions. He resigned and now is the process of trying to sort through and deal with all of this. This has come out because of a call who knew and cared for him heard that some people were going to take it to the press, which would have been devistating. It’s hard enough to hear something like this from his mouth let alone read it in the news. . . Anyway, if you think of us, please pray for the church family and for his healing!

This weekend I also found out that my aunt is struggling because she lost her job and my uncle has been given a year left to live because of cancer. wow, I remember when I only knew one or two people with cancer, now, it is almost like everyone has had it or have it, or will get it. Do I sound melancholy. . . I’m feeling it. . .

Personality: I guess not much has changed the past year, I think this is what I tested at a year ago. . . it still says I’d be a good teacher, I have my doubts though.

I know Nick hasn’t spoken on here recently. . . but things have been busy for him at work. Please keep us in your prayers. There is so much going on and so many emotions involved in it all.

You Are An ESFJ

The CaregiverYou are sympathetic and caring, putting friends and family first.
A creature of habit, you prefer routines and have trouble with change.
You love being in groups – whether you’re helping people or working on a project.
You are good at listening, laughing, and bringing out the best in people.You would make a great nurse, social worker, or teacher.

What’s Your Personality Type?

So, here is the extent of our Christmas decorations. . . we are still looking for stockings we like to hang on our mantle. Yes, our icicle lights are on the inside, b/c our deck is supposed to be resurfaced and then they have to crawl over our deck to get to the one above us. . . Our tree is one that Nick gave me last year ornaments included except for the few new ones this year of our 1st Christmas together. It has been fun to drive around and see the pretty lights and decorate.

Yes, our decorations are a bit lopsided because every morning and afternoon I pick up at least 2-3 ornaments that Bean has knocked down. . . oh well.

So, Nick and I are done with Christmas “shopping”. We have done things a bit differently this year. . . not wanting to propagate the comercialism of this time of year, but yet still wanting to show our loved ones we care about them. . . so we’ve spent 2 weekends now ordering pictures, putting them in frames, baking and creating Cd’s for gifts. It has been fun and not the stress of the malls and a grumpy man who doesn’t like to shop . . . We’ve also given gifts of time spent with people doing things together. It keeps the true meaning and purpose of gifts to light.

Merry Christmas to all. May Christ be the center of all you do this Christmas season!