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Big News!

For those of you that don’t troll our Facebook accounts, here’s the latest and greatest update from the Nafziger family.  We are going to be a family of SIX!  That’s right, Six ladies and gentlemen!  Lael is pregnant, and is due around January 10, 2011.  We are excited, and we feel this is the end of the road for our family growth.  Four is a good number, so we’re done.  If we ever decide to have more in the future, we will adopt.  Just wanted you all to know!

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The 26 Seconds Project: Please Give!

May 17, 2010 1 comment

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Every 26 seconds a girl is forced/sold into sexual slavery somewhere in the world.  Please consider supporting DestinyRescue.org.  Their 26 Seconds program is a way to give to the cause.  For a one time donation of 40 dollars, or a monthly commitment of 26 dollars, you can be a part of this program.  You will receive a free conversation starter necklace, and their website actually shows you how much money your efforts have raised to help free girls from this horrible practice.  Destiny Rescue also has prevention programs that take at risk girls and give them jobs and a place to stay.  Please consider giving.

If you do give to the 26 Seconds project, make sure to use my username JoelNafziger OR our member id 2795 when prompted.  This will link the donations to our family name so we can see the fruits of our giving (anonymous).  If each person that gives also gets two people to give, and so on, the results can be huge!

We have a responsibility to take care of the poor and unfortunate around the world.

From the website:

“Every 26 seconds a child is being lured or sold into the sex trade.

There are approximately 2 million children currently trapped in sexual slavery, forced to have sex with adults several times a day.

Here is a real opportunity that will help rescue some of these children. For only minutes of your time, you can play a vital role in ending child slavery!”

Please click here for more information!

A Loss of a Friend

September 10, 2009 Leave a comment

A friend I’ve had since I was born, but lost contact with when she moved to California, died last night.  She fell from a building in Toronto, where she’s lived for a few years.  She was 29.

Here are a few links to the story:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/693495

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2009/09/10/toronto-woman-falls-death523.html

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2009/09/10/10818431.html

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Is This Why I Love Music So Much?

May 4, 2009 1 comment

Is this why I can’t stand the silence?  Lyrics from a new Jars of Clay song…It’s really moving.  Great melodies, great message.  The video is under the lyrics.

I don’t have to hear it
If I don’t want to
I can drown this out
Pull the curtains down on you
It’s a heavy world
It’s too much for me to care
If I close my eyes
It’s not there

With my headphones on (x4)

We watch television
But the sound is something else
Just a song played against the drama
So the hurt is never felt
I take in the war fires
And I’m chilled by the current events
It’s so hopeless
But there’s a pop song in my head

phones on
With my headphones on (x7)

At the tube stop
You sit down across from me
I think I know you
By the sad eyes that I see
And I wanna tell you
Everything will be ok
But you wouldn’t hear it
So we go our separate ways

with our headphones on

I don’t wanna be the one who
Tries to figure it out
I don’t need another reason
I should care about you
You don’t wanna know my story
You don’t wanna own my pain
We’re living in a heavy, heavy world
And there’s a pop song in my head
yeah there’s a pop song in my head

Yeah it’s a heavy world
Oh no, I don’t wanna have to hear it
Heavy world

No, I don’t wanna have to hear it (x3)

Busy Weekend!

April 26, 2009 Leave a comment

What a warm weekend we had here in Northern Indiana.  Over 80 degrees both yesterday and today, with just a few sprinkles yesterday.  Very windy, but it was a warm wind.

Went fishing in the pond near our house yesterday and caught one decent sized largemouth bass.  Lost two others, but that was all the action we had.  Not sure if the pond isn’t stocked well, or if it was too windy, or if the fish just weren’t biting.  I’ll try again soon.  It’s across the street and about 6 lots down from us, so it’s easy to get to, to say the least.

We had a lot of visitors this weekend.  We had a good time, we are wiped out, but it was all worth it.  Brandon leaves for Air Force bootcamp on Tuesday, so we were able to spend time with him a lot more than usual this weekend.  Michelle will have it a lot harder than Lael and I did when we were apart during the summer.  He won’t have any communication other than letters and an occasional phone call.  At least we had the internet!

The kids had fun this weekend playing outside, going garage saling (sp?), and seeing family.  All three of them have done well during the transition.  Tomorrow starts a new work week.  Pray for good weather and good boat sales!

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We Are In!!

April 16, 2009 Leave a comment

We have all of our belongings now in our new home.  They aren’t all where they are supposed to be quite yet, but hopefully soon.  Thanks to all who helped!  The laptop is about to die, I gotta get this posted and go to bed.  More soon!

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The Winter Blues

winterWe are so ready for winter to be over.  It’s been a long, cold, and snowy one this year.  I’ve gained around 7 pounds of weight, and have been very inactive.  Bleah.  Hopefully things will warm up soon.  Work is still really slow.  Thanks to the credit crunch, dealers are still having trouble getting financing for their boat orders.  The future is very dim right now.  Nothing is breaking loose like we hoped it would after the inaguration.  Honestly, things have gotten worse in the economy since then, not better, and the spendthrifts in Congress are only hurting us all long term by driving the national debt to unsustainable and possibly insolvent levels.  The level of angst in our area has been especially high.  More boat companies have laid of worker, more RV companies as well, and our suppliers are even working part time.  I’ve had two weeks of layoff time since January, and am still fighting to get unemployment for one of those weeks.  I’m thankful for it, but wish it wasn’t so complicated to get.  And the government wants to run the health care system as well?  Not a good idea…

Our house still hasn’t sold.  We haven’t had many showings the last few weeks.  This is a good thing, since we’re still not sure what we want to buy since the layoffs/company wide salary cuts.  So that’s a blessing in disguise for right now.  God may be protecting us from getting into something too inflated in price.  We do need to move though, our house is too small.

We need warm weather, the ability to go out and enjoy it, and I think the winter blues will pass.

Home Update (UPDATED 12/9)

December 1, 2008 1 comment

We had a home showing on Saturday morning.  The people love the neighborhood, and looked at a few houses in it.  They love ours, and we were told it was on the top of their list, sooo tomorrow they are coming back for a 2nd showing.  This is VERY encouraging, and hopefully they will make an offer; one that we can accept, or at least counteroffer.

The baby is due January 23rd.  If the home sells soon, we could be in before the baby is born, however, Lael will be limited in ability before, and obviously after, the baby arrives.  Ideally, I’d like to be able to move in December, but it’s not our plan, it’s God’s, and we will roll with whatever happens.  We’ll just be excited to be in a new home, one we can stay in for more than 5 years this time.  We have a lot of friends and family that will be able to help us out, and that owe us a favor.  Haha!!

So if you can, please pray that everything goes well.  Financing hasn’t been a problem, we are in a great situation, having our realtor sell our house, and us buying hers.  Things have fallen into place, and we believe this is God’s plan.  Still a little anxious, with the economy, and working for a boat company, there is a little anxiety, but I suppose that pushed us to plan really carefully with the money, homes we looked at, and prayer.

Exciting times!

On a side note, Bryce had his 15 month checkup today.  He’s doing great!  A little ahead on his development, and is getting molars in now.  He’s doing so well, we are thankful for our little man.  Brielle had her 2nd flu shot today.  No tears!  She also has stayed dry for over 24 hours.  She woke up dry this morning, stayed dry during her nap, and even went potty (she told us she had to, rather than being asked) at Walmart.  She was proud, and we are estatic!

(UPDATE:  THE SECOND SHOWING WENT WELL.  WE ARE STILL ON THE TOP OF THEIR LIST.  THEY HAVE A PREAPPROVAL LETTER, BUT HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THEIR HOURS AT WORK.  WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE AN ANSWER ON HOW LONG IT MAY BE BEFORE THEY DECIDE TO MAKE AN OFFER AND GET FINANCING SOON.  I’M ASSUMING IT WILL BE AFTER THE HOLIDAY SLOWDOWN.  PLEASE PRAY FOR STEADY EMPLOYMENT FOR THEM, WHOEVER THEY ARE.  THIS APPEARS TO BE THE HOLDUP)

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15k Pageviews!

September 5, 2008 Leave a comment

We broke 15,000 pageviews today.  Thank you readers, and Google for linking to the site!

Just FYI, I’m planning on blogging during our third baby’s delivery, so bookmark the site, and check it out around January 23rd-28th.

Everything is going well here, just waiting to sell our house.  It’s been on the market for three months.  We’ve dropped the price around 5k, and still haven’t had a showing in the past 2-3 weeks.  With kids back at school, and a lot of manufacturing layoffs in this area, it’s possible we won’t be able to sell.  But it’s all in God’s hands, and if it’s not His will, we will have to be patient!  Work has been really stressful, with the slowdown, and a lot of pressure to lower inventory, and yet be able to build boats with a production schedule that’s about as stable as an elephant balancing on a toothpick.

The kids are growing quickly.  Bryce is one years old, HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE BUDDY!  We threw him a little party.  It was fun.  Brielle is talking better and better everyday, and her potty training is going great!  The #2 stays in the potty now, so that is awesome.  She doesn’t #1 in her training pants much, but she’s not perfect yet.  Lael is getting bigger now, the baby has tested great, the ultrasound went well, she’s about 10 ounces now.  We think we have a name (a first name) picked out.  It’s different, and rare.  Hopefully people will like it!

And the big news!!!!  Notre Dame starts their season tomorrow.  WHOOHOO!  Who loves football season?  I LOVE FOOTBALL SEASON!

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Will We Sell Our House?

August 14, 2008 Leave a comment

We had a showing tonight.  Lael wondered if it was a 2nd showing, but we didn’t know for sure.  I received a phone call tonight from our Realtor.  It was a 2nd showing, but the couple was torn between our house and another, and “need help” making a decision.  She is going to call their Realtor back and just chat about the pros to our home.  It’s only been on the market 2 months, so if we can sell this quickly, that is AWESOME.  Please pray that the right people come along, and that everything will go smoothly.  This is a big step for us, and we want to be sure it’s God’s will, and that everything falls into place.  We have a peace about the new house, we’re just anxious about selling ours and getting a fair price, which will help us put more down on our new house.  We’re so excited to get things moving!

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