January 20, 2009

Choosing Hope Over Fear

Kealy and I both had the opportunity to watch President Obama's Inaugural ceremonies today. I've always loved history and government and we didn't want to miss this momentous occasion. It was a joy to watch a new era of American History dawn. Whether you voted for Obama or not, his presidency will be one of national interest and opportunity. My prayer is that those opportunities will be used for good, not for harm. That the American people will respond with love and servanthood and change and better America and the world, not because we have a 'hip' new President, but because something has changed in our hearts.

Even in my optimism I will try and balance a realism. There is only one man that can radically change the world and that man is Jesus. But God has given us the privilege of living in America and the opportunity to create change in His name. There were some great lines from President Obama's speech today. Some of my favorite were:

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. "

"we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned."

"what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage."

"This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny. "

"Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations."

What did you think of today's events?

January 17, 2009

Christmas and California

Hey Everybody,

Thought we'd give you an update on a crazy Christmas and a foggy New Year! We had a wonderful, albeit, different Christmas at home in Sandy with our families. The snow made it quite different and difficult to get home and get around, but once we did, we had a wonderful time with our family, relaxing and celebrating the holidays.

Two days after Christmas we took off for a Thorson family wedding down in Southern California. We drove to Pasadena and spent the week enjoying the sunny weather, Rose Bowl atmosphere and spent New Year's Eve at Disneyland! We got the most out of our day and it was a great day to be there, with the Christmas lights and the festive atmosphere.



We are enjoying the New Year and a new school semester, new apartment and exciting new things coming up. We will keep you up to speed and let you know what's going on in our lives on this blog. Happy New Year!