Wednesday, November 29, 2006

For those who haven't heard...

I'm engaged as of last week!

Here's the story:
Jen and I wanted to do something special for her birthday (last Tuesday). Since we're both biology nerds, we decided to go to the Bodies Exhibition in Downtown Seattle (a human cadaver exhibit). After that we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Then, we went to Green Lake (a popular park in Seattle) and walked out on a dock in the rain. We talked for a while, and then as we were leaving, I "spotted" a wine bottle on the shore that Jen's roommates had planted for me. I picked it up and said, "Hey! What's with the litterbug!? I'm gonna go recycle this." And then I looked down and found a note inside the bottle and asked her, "Hey, what's this?!" She had guessed at that point that I had something to do with it, but went along with my plan of opening it anyway. She pulled out the scrolled up letter, unraveled it, and as she was reading the proposal, I got down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and asked her to marry me (which is exactly what the note said). She said, "Of course!" and then Jen's roommates came out from behind the bushes and took our picture. Then we all went back to their apartment and celebrated with birthday cake!

Woohoo!! ...and by the way, we are tentatively planning on an October 2007 wedding in Seattle.

I hope that all of you will continue to keep praying for us so that we would continue to be servants to each other and most importantly be focused on Jesus! Thanks so much everyone!!

Aaron (and Jen!)

P.S. - You can see pictures here:

Sunday, October 15, 2006

great quote - who is Jesus?

"A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." --C. S. Lewis

I've made my choice. Have you?

Friday, September 22, 2006

I'm excited...

Here are the things going on lately in my life...

Continuing relationship towards marriage with my Jenny Penny, my sister moving to Spain for 4 months, my roommate working on helicopters overseas for another year, my first car accident, work changes, friends' relationships, finally getting a cell phone, the Cleveland Indians sucking big time, future changes, and God's peace in my life.

Jen and I are doing wonderfully. Okay, now that's the broad statement of our relationship. Now what does that mean exactly? Well, I'll let you in on a secret... no relationship is perfect. I'm stubborn and she's stubborn. I expect one thing, and she expects another thing. That's just the way it is with two relatively selfish people coming together to learn and grow with each other while on a path towards marriage. Knowing boundaries and keeping them is something that is just so difficult, sometimes we question why God wants us to obey Him. But we think about it, and realize how we are just His creation and have no right to decide that our way is better than His. My relationship with Jen is not a two-person's a three-person one... me, her, and Jesus. And Jesus is what holds us together. That doesn't mean that whenever we get into an argument or a disagreement or miscommunication that we just say a prayer and it's all fixed. No way. Jesus wants us to work at being better communicators, better servants to one another, better at putting ourselves in each others' shoes and understanding each other. If we want this relationship to last, we have to look at it from God's perspective and realize that when we are selfish and stubborn and sinful, the relationship will go nowhere. So yeah... Jen and I are doing wonderful!!! And I'm excited about the future.

My sister moved to Spain almost a month ago to study abroad for her Spanish major. I can't say that I have any idea of what it is like for her over there seeing as how the furthest I've been outside of the US is the Canadian-side of Niagra Falls and that's it. This is a weird change on our family as she has been close to home her whole life. From that going to Spain in just a handful of hours on a plane, it's quite a big leap. But thank the Lord for the technology that we have in the internet and she's actually been able to talk on Google talk to family and friends back home! Even though she has been having a great time while also missing home at the same time, she knows that God is the only one who will allow her to feel a comfort of being at home in God's arms no matter what country she is in. And I'm excited about her future.

My best friend Dave decided to take a civilian job as a helicopter mechanic and go back overseas for another year to either Kuwait, Iraq, or Afghanistan. He flies out of Texas on Sunday and it will be difficult to be without him again for another year. He has brought so much joy in my life as well as being challenged on my own views about God's world and my opinions about them. This job overseas will be a great opportunity for him for his future with teaching and provide stability in many areas that he was unsure about. He knows that God will use him while he is over there and when he gets back too. And I'm excited about his future.

My first car accident was just crappy. I was looking in my rear-view mirror for too long while driving and saw a car stopped waiting to turn left in front of me. I slammed on my brakes and slid into them, rear-ending them. There was little damage to our cars, mostly just pushed-in bumpers. At the scene, they seemed like nice people and no one was hurt and they were understanding about the fact that "accidents happen." But the next week I get a phone call from the insurance company telling me that they are now reporting injuries. I was very thankful that I had the insurance to cover anything that might have happened. However, I have been getting more calls from the insurance company and they are still trying to settle disputes. This could be anything... maybe people trying to be greedy and get free money from the insurance company, but I just don't know right now. And I'm excited for this to be over.

I'm very thankful that I just got a new position at my work that will secure my job for a year until next August, so this accident couldn't have come at a better time because of my paycheck now coming in consistent amounts. This position will be good for my resume and getting into grad school and I know that God has provided for me. And I am excited about the future at work.
It also seems like so many relationships out there are not the way that I want to see them being developed. I am always saying, "why are they doing that?" My problem is that I want to control other people's relationships but I know that God is telling me to just trust Him and know that He is in control. I have to continually tell myself that I have no control over other people's relationships and that I need to pray more instead of saying "why?" all the time. I know that God is bigger than I think He is. And I am excited about the fact that He is in control of things bigger than myself.

I have finally got myself a cell phone, and I must say that I'm still not used to it. It's been over two months now! Haha, I have to admit that it's really nice to get ahold of people whenever I need to and I don't have to come home to get my messages. I'm not just using the phone either, I'm also using the scheduler and the to-do list and making my life much more organized! I finally have all my notes and dates in one little hi-tech device! I have finally caught up to where I wish I was years ago! And I'm excited about how my organization will benefit from these new resources.

My Cleveland Indians have been doing very crappy. I'll just leave it at that. And I'm excited for next season to begin.

The future holds a lot of changes. I know with my continual service to God, the church, my community, my girlfriend, my friends, my family, my coworkers and also all the strangers out there, a humble heart will get me through. Putting God first is certainly the answer to all of life's hard questions, but it's not without hard work, the desire to run away from the crap, and seek after what is holy. The Lord is our shepherd and we should be knowing that He takes care of us and leads us, and even though we have the freedom to run away from the flock, that's just our own pride getting in the way of something that can be so great.

I want to be the one who is joyful even through the pain and crap that unfortunately happens in these sinful lives of ours. And I'm excited that I've found the joy and peace that is Christ.