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11:38 AM

We made it! Our grand moving plans did not go as...planned. Which is a nice way of saying that the poop hit the fan. Or the pee...? Too soon? Too far?

As one of my favorite priest says, if you don't laugh you'll cry.

So we moved in to our great apartment in Lakewood, CO! Our parents were straight up champions and our friend Greg deserves an award. 

I think the highlight of the trip was when we realized that our money order (also I had to google what that was, so thanks higher education) for the apartment was in our safe box somewhere inside our tightly packed U-Haul.

And that the office closed at 6pm. And John and Greg arrived at 5:45pm. And neither of them knew where the order was. So we couldn't get the keys to our apartment until we gave them the money order, so we started to unpack our belongings in the parking lot and frantically searched for the stupid safe box.


Thankfully, PTL, we found it. And the leasing lady only had to stay 10mins late (which she was not pumped about). Also my mother-in-law is quick with her digital camera so I'm stealing all these photos from her.

We went out to dinner with some of Greg's family from Denver which, if you know Greg in real life, was HILARIOUS. I've never met a more chatty and outspoken family...that someone is related to the quietest human being on earth. So fun. I'm not going to insult your intelligence and tell you which parent's belong to whom because, even at a side angle, John's face is almost an exact copy of his father's.

The first piece of art we hung up! It seemed fitting and there was already a nail in the fire place mortar so it was perfect all around. Also we have a fire place! And a real deck! And an icon of the Holy Family! AHH

So thank you for your prayers. Once we get our boxes collapsed and some more art hung up I will inundate you with apartment fotos. Get excited.

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  1. The one time I met/talked to Greg's sister I was just speechless at how different they are. Like, to the point where David and I asked him if he was making it up that she was his sister. Hilarious.

  2. Awesome stuff! Please overwhelm us with pictures!!!

  3. Reasons to Believe in Jesus

    Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook.

    Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

    Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

    And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

    Sartre speaks of the "passion of man," not the passion of Christians. He is acknowledging that all religions east and west believe there is a transcendental reality and that perfect fulfillment comes from being united with this reality after we die. He then defines this passion with a reference to Christian doctrine which means he is acknowledging the historical reasons for believing in Jesus. He does not deny God exists. He is only saying the concept of God is contradictory. He then admits that since life ends in the grave, it has no meaning.

    From the title of the book, you can see that Nagel understands that humans are embodied sprits and that the humans soul is spiritual. He says, however, that dualism and idealism are "traditional" alternatives to materialism. Dualism and idealism are just bright ideas from Descartes and Berkeley. The traditional alternative to materialism is monism. According to Thomas Aquinas unity is the transcendental property of being. Campbell does not even grasp the concept of monism. The only theories he grasps are dualism and materialism.

    If all atheists were like Sartre, it would be an obstacle to faith. An important reason to believe in Jesus is that practically all atheists are like Nagel and Campbell, not like Sartre.

    by David Roemer