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Long Time Update

10/23/2009 8:50:20 PM

So, I got a message from someone the other day and realized we haven't posted a REAL update in a while...wish I had a ton of happy news.

I still have that job at the law office in Bellevue.  It's an interesting job and I like my coworkers.  I am technically the Receptionist, but do a lot of Paralegal type work.  I'm on a contract that expires at the end of this month and it will probably be renewed for a second time, but we'll see for sure soon.

My hCG finally dropped to safe levels at the beginning of June and we've been trying since then to get pregnant.  We haven't been successful yet, but are praying and hoping we will be soon.

Mom is doing well.  Some of her long term memory is slipping, but she still remembers people.  I help her write her dad once a week and visit her regularly.  We take her out for the day on Sundays and she loves that.

Philip is home from Iraq as of June and with his wife, Courtney.  They live in Texas and things are going well for them.  They just got a girl dog that he named Huck, then decided that was a boy name and changed her name to Maddy (the name she came with).  They came up for a visit in July and it was so good to see them.  They plan on visiting for Christmas and we're really looking forward to that.

Nick's job is going well.  He's been away for teaching and to a convention and has been getting lots of exposure at Microsoft.  He really likes his job.  It's challenging and fun and he gets to be creative.

He's also still a youth pastor at Abundant Life Christian Fellowship.  We have good kids and we love them.  Continue to keep us and them in your prayers.

If there's something you're curious about and I haven't covered here, please let me know!

Posted by: katie

BizTalk ESB Toolkit 2.0 Released

6/9/2009 4:03:14 PM

Woo-hoo! It's about time.

Download:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=bc86cf1e-ef29-4b19-95f7-388f64555090

 

Posted by: nick

Memorial Day 2009

5/25/2009 8:39:37 AM
Today is a holiday for us in the United States and I think we often forget what Memorial Day is all about...which is REALLY ironic. We all get excited because we don't have to go to work/school and we can sleep in and we get to eat barbecue, but let's not forget what today is all about.

Today, we, firstly, remember all the men and women who have given their lives in service for this country...for all of us...and for the freedom and liberty of certain countries around the world. I have a brother and dear friend who have both lost brothers-in-arms over there and I know today must be difficult for them in that sense. My thoughts and prayers go out to you both and to the families of your lost friends.

Secondly, we remember those who are still serving in the military. They daily sacrifice things we take for granted and I, for one, really appreciate them. Like what? The right to make your own decisions on some things, the right to spend time with your family every day, the right to wear what you want, the right to say what you want (all the time), the right to settle down, the right to get fat (hahaha...good thing I'm not in the military :-P), and many many more. There are also thousands of our men and women fighting overseas in a variety of places, putting their lives in danger right now. Philip, I know you're returning next month, but don't think we've stopped praying for your safety.

And finally, and often forgotten, the families of those who are serving in the military. Being the daughter of a man who served in the military, I know that the families of those in the military make a sacrifice, as well. Spouses marry their men/women knowing full well they will go many months at a time without seeing their brave spouses and they live their lives while waiting for them to come home; crying themselves to sleep some nights; raising their children as a single parent, essentially; not knowing the exact date of leave/returning from deployment until the last minute; being in charge of maintaining base housing. Children don't get a choice in the matter, which is difficult for them. Moving from base to base, not having the opportunity, really, to make life-long friends, having to be the new kid all the time, and many other things like that really suck...and I know how you feel. Thank you, famillies.

I know this has been a long post, but it is something I feel really strongly about. So don't forget why today is called "Memorial Day." Thank those in your lives that you know that are serving in some way today.

Posted by: katie

Downtime

5/15/2009 8:43:48 PM

For those who were unware, NickAndKatie.net runs on a server that we own in Everett, WA powered by a Comast business cable connection.

The server has been running fairly continuously since 2001. This last week the primary hard disk failed hard (after the backup failed a few months ago). Luckily we had adequate backups, but getting a new drive to replace it, back ups restored, and everything back in order took some time, and I have been away on business (more on that later).

We are back for the time being, but there might be other as of yet undiscovered issues with the server. In the meantime you can use my @quicklearn.com email address to contact me, and Katie's @msn.com email address to contact her.

Side note: My @microsoft.com email address is down too (and I don't know why)

Posted by: nick

I'm Employed!

4/24/2009 10:08:54 PM
Tuesday, I found a job listing for a secretary at a law office in Bellevue and submitted my résumé and cover letter.  Wednesday, I had an interview.  Today, I had a practice day.  And this evening, I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!!

Posted by: katie

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