Friday, December 26, 2003

I've changed some settings, and added a link to a page of links I'm working on. Let me know if you have any suggestins for favorite links!

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled.
This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria.
And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David, To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.
And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them:
Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying:
Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

hi all, laura here!

i just got my monitor in for my new computer, so it's very nice to be sitting in my room, in my pajamas, and be on the computer.

things here are going well. there're only about 5 and a half weeks left in the semester. 41 days i believe [including weekends and holidays].

i made my first trip home last weekend, and i surprised my family. hehehe.

well, i think that's all i have for now. i'll see ya'll at thanksgiving.

laura

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Thought for the day:
"I will sing forever of your love, O Lord;
through all ages my mouth will proclaim your truth.
Of this I am sure, that your love lasts forever,
that your truth is firmly established as the heavens."
...Psalm 89

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Happy Mother's Day to Katie! Welcome, Josephine Catherine, to the Kopff family! It's a wonderful world! We all can't wait to meet you.

Also, a little update on the college front: Laura will be going to Truman State U. next fall. When Laura started high school, I was warned tht the four years would fly by. Believe it or not, they really did. Cor Jesu Graduation is next Sunday, May 18th.

Monday, April 14, 2003

"sometimes the way things play out, all you're left with are questions."

"i guess this time that has to be enough."

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Good news!! Debbie went to the doctor yesterday, and everything is fine! She goes back in five weeks so they can begin checking her thyroid levels to see if any medication is needed.

I want to thank everyone for their prayers. We have been so blessed!

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Debbie's home!!!! Praise the Lord!!!
Laura went to pick her up. (I'm really going to miss our extra driver next year when Laura is off at college.) We were visiting her, (Emily, Caroline, and I) and left just before the doctor came in and told her to go home! I hadn't taken the cell phone along, so she had no way to reach me--I was probably still on the parking lot!
The hard part will be getting Debbie to slow down long enough to recover.
Thank you all for your prayers!
Well, Deb's surgery went well. They took her back to surgery about 2:30 (we thought her surgery was scheduled for 1:00 pm, and they had her listed at 1:50, so it was a little late.) About 6:30, Dr. Boyle came out and talked to me. He said she had a really big goiter on the one side, and the other side was more what he was expecting. In his experience, he said, the goiter looked benign, but they won't know for sure for a couple of days until the tests are done. He said Debbie would come home either on Tuesday or Wednesday. I got to see Deb for a while about 7:45, when she got to her room (Room 564, bed 2). She was sleeping most of the time, but was aware that Laura and I were there. We left around 8:30 pm. I'll be going up today to check on her and see when she is going to come home.
Thank you all for your prayers, and we'll see most of you on Saturday!

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

If you are desperately seeking Lenten reading, here's a list compiled by Amy Welborn from her readers. I've read many, but not most of the works. I can second the recommendationof 'In this House of Brede' by Rumer Godden, 'To Know Christ Jesus' by Frank Sheed, almost anything by C.S. Lewis.
Now I need to get to the bookstore!.

Sunday, February 16, 2003

Well, I hate to say this, Joe & Lois, but it's about 19 degrees and snowing here. I've been watching Tiger Woods on TV and San Diego looks real nice about now. Everything got cancelled here today--Amanda's choir practice, Emily's and Caroline's basketball games--so we are having a nice snuggly day at home. Laura was supposed to leave for her senior Kairos retreat tonight at 5pm, but they have delayed it unitl 8 am tomorrow--she's disappointed, because it means one less night there. Oh, well--we just have to make due with what we get--I hope everyone else is well--Emily, Caroline, and Amanda are fighting some kind of sniffles/fever/cough illness, and feeling kind of tired.
Talk to you all later!...Tom

Sunday, February 09, 2003

Hi All, this is Mike. Not much going on up here in Alaska, it is warm (for AK at 35-45 degrees) and rainy. Work is the usual stuff, and the spring and summer are up for grabs with Iraq looming on the horizon. Sorry to hear about Uncle Bernie. Please say hi to all in St. Louis! - Jenn and Mike

Monday, February 03, 2003

I just heard from Marianne that Uncle Bernie passed away yesterday evening (Sunday) at 5:40 pm. Visitation will be at Kutis in Affton from 2-9 pm on Tuesday, 2/4, with funeral Mass on Wednesday at 9:30 at St. Simon's.
May he rest in peace!

Sunday, February 02, 2003

update:

15 days until dar's new cd is out

2 months, 27 days, and 22 hours and 15 minutes until the concert

~laura

Thursday, January 30, 2003

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

It's good to see everyone posting! Katie, apparently you neglected to click 'publish' after you posted, so I published your post for you. Let me know if you need any help.
Well, Laura and I left at 6:15 this morning to drive to Truman State University today--it's a 217 mile, 3.5 hour trip. Laura was going down to be interviewed as part of the competition for the General John J. Pershing scholarship--the most prestigious they offer! (Pardon my paternal bragging!) We had a good trip, the weather cooperated, not very cold, and no rain. Laura had her interview, and then we ate lunch with a Cor Jesu alum who is a sophomore at Truman now. She seems to like Truman a lot, says it is hard work but that she was well prepared by CJ. Laura met a girl from Bayless, also interviewing, who has French class with Amanda. Another girl interviewing for one of the scholarships is a girl Laura knows for Assumption Life team. Talk about old home week!
Whenever I go visit a college campus, I am ready to go back. I just love the academeic atmosphere (as a student!). I like the campus, it's pretty compact, and I would have no problems with Laura going there. Now she just has to wait and see what other offers come through. Please say a prayer that God will guide her to make a good choice. I'm really proud of my girl, and very happy for her. Talk to you all later.

Monday, January 27, 2003

Hi everyone, Katie here. Adam's off at a rehearsal tonight (big surprise), so I'll be entering our post for tonight. Great idea, Tom! This will be fun for keeping track of everyone. Especially with Joe & Lois, Nancy, and Mike & Jen out of town. Adam and I finished wallpapering the baby's room last weekend with the help of my mother, who is an expert wallpaperer (is that a word?). Last night, after I spent the whole weekend cleaning, waxing, and buffing the floors, we moved in the crib and rocking chair. Next weekend we will be getting the changing table and armoire. It's starting to look more and more like a nursery. It's very exciting!! I know that we still have 3 months (14 weeks to be precise) until the baby arrives, but we wanted to be really prepared just in case she decides to come early! (with us as parents, I can't imagine that happening though!) Everytime we go to Babies-R-Us or Target, we come home with some new cute little thing... everything's just so irresistable! No agreement on the name yet... we're still "discussing." We'll be sure to let everyone know if we can ever agree on one. Hope everyone is staying warm. Take care. - Katie & Adam & "baby"
Greetings to all you cold people up north. It is 77 degrees today in Goodyear. We went up to the clubhouse to go swimming last week. The water temp is a nice 84 degrees. Joe bought a used golf cart. It's not too powerful, but it runs. We are not sure if we want to stick with an electric one or get a gas one later on. We're not too sure how long this one will last. it is a 1992 but was reconditioned in 1996. We also found out that the six batteries which last 3-4 years cost about $500. Was I shocked!! Every day is a learning experience. I'm taking a decorating class which I really love. We go on field trips all around Phoenix and Scottsdale. Then we also go through people's homes. We went through a home today that had Asian art. I'm sure the art alone was $100,000 easily. I've joined the Good Time Gals club which has as its mission and function -- read the title! Joe is working for Jerry Walker down here on some of his fireworks shows. he does the electrical work only. We're not sure how many hours this will entail, but he thinks maybe only 20 hours a month or so. We'll see. Take Care. See you in march.

Joe and Lois

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

Hello Everyone. the aunt nancy here. enjoyed a white christmas eve and christmas day. listend to caroline's choir at church and sat at amanda's table at the extended family christmas dinner at aunt marianne's. visiting mike and jenn was great. laura did a great job of driving. and i'm finding out that emily is quite a shopper. i had a great time in st.l and enjoyed your hospitality. looking forwrd to coming back in march. i'm forwarding mike and jenn's email address so you can get the weather scoop and other stuff directly from them. if you ask they will send you photos too. now january is moving along. i was sick for two weeks when i got back so i feel that january is long gone. i'm making sure i get out. saw jack nicholson's movie and it is depressing from beginning to end. DON'T GO TO IT. saw chicago and it is a great musical but not for YOUNGUNS. am going to a coed poker party this saturday (january 25). will be fun since i know several people who are going. i have a friend who went to Nairobi, Kenya for 6 weeks to visit her daughter who is in the peace corps. My friend was there for thanksgiving and christmas. She is back now and had a group of us over for a souvenir and slide show. the travel bug is on my doorstep. i won't be able to ignore it forever. c ya

Thursday, January 16, 2003

heya folks, laura here! snow day today, although, i don't see why. it is barely snowing and the roads are not bad, seeing as how the street crews were out all night pre-treating them. but, i will not complain. no physics class today, no anatomy class, it's an even trade for missing study and design II. i'm between papers right now. just finished my lit paper, a literary memoir, and am taking a break before i start on my religion paper. all this and still working on scholarship applications. but it's not that bad. i know that i have a school (truman) where i will be going if i cannot get enough money other places, so it's a sense of relief -- i know i will be going somewhere next year. well, that's all for now, off to do more papers!

~laura

Thursday, January 09, 2003

Hi, Amanda here. Happy New Year. Needless to say, things have been busy around here. I have finals next week. Laura is finishing off applications for scholarships. Emily and Caroline are studying Latin. I am going to start rehearsing with a chamber choir through the Variety Children's Chorus on Sunday. The Washington D.C. trip last month was a HUGE success!!!!! Again, happy New Year!!!