July 2007

As I was leaving for work this morning, I found the back window of my car was shattered. Who knows who did it, how it happened, and when it happened….fortunately nothing was stolen.


My sister had her second baby girl, Elise Abby Girard, born July 19. The middle name “Abby” is our sister Abby Moseley. Official announcement and pictures are as follows:”Hello everyone and thanks for your thoughts and prayers – we appreciate them all! For those of you who didn’t get the first email we would like to announce the birth of our gorgeous daughter ELISE ABBY GIRARD who was born Thursday night at 11:35 p.m. and was 6lbs 15 oz and 20.5 in. She is currently still in the ICU but the GREAT news is they took her OFF the respirator and the tube is out of her throat! Thank the Lord! She is completely breathing on her own in the incubator and they only add a small amount of oxygen inside to help her along. She still has a little bit of the spasms in her lungs though and you can see with the naked eye her breathing is not completely corrected and her lungs are not completely opened yet. She is basically on 24 hour observation then if she keeps improving she will be moved to a lower level of the ICU where I will be able to finally hold her and nurse her 3 times per day. They say somewhere between 5-7 days she should be able to come home but we hope much sooner. We love and bless all of you- thank you! Nicolas, Leia, Eva and Elise”


p6300005.JPGKara and I took advantage of the 100 degree weather in Denver to escape to the cooler moutain air via a motorcycle ride. Our trip began from our home in Littleton to Estes Park, through Rocky Mountain National Park (we stopped there for a sack lunch near the continental divide). Then we continued our trek to Grand Lake, southward to Winter Park, and onto Idaho Springs (where we then stopped for homemade gelato and chocolates). The final leg of our journey was the SH 103 towards Mt Evans. We did not, however, actually turn onto the Mt Evans highway, but continued toward Evergreen and eventually junctioned with highway 285, which took us back home. All-in-all, it was an 8 hour/275 mile trip. Fortunately my bike averaged 40+ mpg in fuel.

Our route…


Me and my faithful Caroline…