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Archive for September, 2005

Attention All Seamstresses!

Okay, my latest sewing experiment is going terribly wrong. Are there any sewers out there who are willing to make two doggie jackets??? I have all the supplies, just no desire. Sewing those sleeves in is the pits!

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Donor Family Tribute

This afternoon after church, Leah and I went to a tribute for families of organ and tissue donors. Everyone I talked to beforehand said it was very heartwrenching and they were not wrong. As one lady put it, it is like a 2 hour funeral. Fun huh? Basically, there were some speakers (one received a new liver and another received a new knee), then Donor Alliance gave away gifts to all the families, finally, there was a video with family members talking about their loved ones that had died. I was amazed at how many of the donors were younger than I am and there was even a small child. This certainly was very difficult to sit through, but it definitely puts things into perspective.

Onto better news, our house is nearing completion. Well… on the outside that is. As you can tell, the outside, besides the porch and paint, is done including a roof! The inside has all the plumbing and I think the wiring should be in this week. On Thursday, we are supposed to have a walk through with the builder (pre drywall walk through) to make sure everything is A.O.K. before they drywall up and insulate everything. We should have some interesting things to say after Thursday!!! Basically, everything is on schedule and we should be moving in November. So, if anyone feels a huge urge to carry some boxes around that time, we will have plenty!

That is our exciting news and I hope to see you all soon.

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Fall has finally arrived


Leah and I decided to take a short trip up to the mountains this morning to see if the leaves have changed. They certainly have and we have never seen this dramatic of a change before. It was awesome and I think there were lots of other people that had the same idea that we had because there was a traffic jam at Kenosha Pass where we stopped. I just thought I would share some of these pictures with you guys and I will post more tomorrow about the house and stuff. Later.

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Bachelor


Aren’t Pugs cute???

Tonight, Leah is off volunteering for the “survivors” of the Katrina hurricane so I am a bachelor. It may sound bad, but I kinda enjoy having the evening to myself. I have ordered a pizza, drank coke and watched the Raiders and Chiefs game. This is after I cleaned the garage and went to the gym. Does it get any better than this? I am sure Leah will have more to say about her evening when she gets home.

It has been an exciting week at work. Monday, I finally received my promotion. I have been doing this job for a year now and they have been dragging their feet. So now I am the Joint Restoration Operational Trainer. That was supposed to sounds impressived, but I don’t think it worked. The best part is they gave me a 10 percent raise, which will certainly come in handy with the whole house situation. Tuesday, we went out to a restaurant in Stapleton to celebrate, but since we had never been there before, it probably wasn’t the best place to choose. Neither one of us were impressed with the food, but we had to try it once. The only other exciting part of the week at work was that we have signed a contract with another company that will increase our production significantly. They have already talked about hiring new people in my department because of this.

The past couple of days have been very relaxing. We have rented a couple of movies, visited the house a couple of times, Cold Stone, walked the dogs at a dog rescue event, taught Bible class, bought ski passes, etc, etc. For some reason, we really do enjoy teaching the middle schoolers at church. We had 18 people in class today and, for the most part, it went really well. Our lesson was about Acts 3 and we included skits and group activities. Basically, we just try to find something useful to do with all their energy. I can’t imagine being a full time teacher of them. That would be totally exhausting.

Now, for the house. Nothing significant has changed. We now have a mostly sided house complete with windows. On the inside, we now have heating ducts. Yep, thats about it, but it is starting to look like a house and I am getting really excited about it!!

I guess that is all for now. My pizza is getting cold.

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End of an Era

Well, today was a sad day in the Stephens’ household. Today we got rid of the Cavalier. I have had it since high school, so it really was a little bit sad. It has been a good car. It got me through high school and college with very few problems. We brought it to Colorado, and, although it broke down on the drive here, it has been a good and faithful mode of transportation. Jason has been driving it to work, since the Camaro uses lots of gas, but it was finally time to say good-bye. It decided once again that it did not want to start, and we decided it was time to say good-bye. Jason has sunk enough time and money into the car. It has been sitting at Allosource for about two weeks now. We had a tow truck come and get it today and haul it to the junkyard. After paying for the tow, we got a whopping $50! We cleaned it out well (and looked for Jason’s ring one last time) and sent it on its way. So we are now back to a two-car family. I will miss that car (but not too much).

On a happier note, things are coming along with
our house. I have been feeling really bad about
blogging about it, since so many people in our country no longer have homes, but here is a quick update. We now have a roof! It seems like most of the framing is done, and the house behind us has windows and siding, so that should be the next step! We also got to meet our neighbors tonight, which was fun! We were out at the house, and they stopped by to check on theirs. I think they will be lots of fun. They are a young married couple without kids, just like us. Good times!

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Another Amazing Story

Read Mike Cope‘s blog for another amazing story regarding hurricane relief efforts. Some evacuees have been sent to Abilene and Cisco, and Mike shares an incredible e-mail written by Wayne Barnard from ACU.

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Back Home

Thanks for asking about our brother-in-law. Tuell did indeed make it back safely late last night from his trip to New Orleans, and it sounds like they had quite an exciting time! Check out Sharla‘s blog for more information on the trip, including the fire on the way! I am so thankful they were safe and admire the risks they were willing to take to get much needed medical supplies to the hurricane victims. Please keep praying for the situation. There is definitely more good news now but there is still a long, long way to go. Will life ever be “normal” for those residents and families affected by Katrina?

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