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March 25: A Special Day

March 25th, 2011 1 comment

March 25th will always hold a very special place in my heart. On March 25th 2008,  I started officially dating my friend Heather. I was a senior at Seattle Pacific University and she was a junior. We had been friends for the past few years prior to this and on a beautiful evening in Seattle, on March 25th, we started dating.

A year later, after a very amazing and at times tumultuous year of dating, Heather and I were to spend part of her spring break in Walnut Creek, CA, where she was from. On March 25th, we took a drive to Tilden Park, atop the hills of Berkley. The weather was warm and beautiful. Heather and I planned a picnic and were excited to spend our one year anniversary together. After we ate, I told Heather I had a letter to read her. She was very touched and this letter outlined some of the highlights of our past year together. Towards the end of the letter, I told her there were two things I really wanted to do with her: get married and go to Disneyland (two things we have talked about for the past few months). After putting down the letter, I said something to the extent of, “well, let’s start now…Heather Lynn Marks, will you marry me?”. She was shocked. We had talked for a few months about marriage and have had so many clear signs that we were to marry. She knew I was going to propose eventually but had no clue of when! Heather, who can always spot my surprises from a mile away, was breathless. She saw the ring and said, “What?? Now?? Here?? YES!!!!”. She was so excited and filled with joy. My friend turned girlfriend, will soon my my fiance turned wife. She was just as surprised when I told her we would be spending the next day, our first day as an engaged couple, at Disneyland!

It is hard to believe that three years ago I started dating Heather and that two years ago were became engaged. I am so blessed to be sharing my life with her. She is incredible and the true love of my life. I can never thank God enough for blessing me with my wife.

March 25th will always be a special day in my life.

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Learning to be content

November 4th, 2010 No comments

I’m in an interesting place in life. On paper, things are going really well. I’m married to the most amazing woman in the entire world. She is my best friend and most trusted companion. The people that I have the honor of calling my friends are some of the most uplifting and caring individuals one could ever hope to meet. On top of all of that, I am blessed with a full time job at a medical center in Seattle. As I mentioned previously, on paper, life is going quite swimmingly.

The issue that I’m facing now is that of finding contentment.   Married life is a pure joy and while being married is undoubtedly a full time job in itself, it also yields incredible joy that can only come from Christ. There is without a doubt no trouble finding contentment there. My brothers, the men I can call my true friends, also are a source of contentment for me. They challenge me in my walk with Jesus, they laugh at me during the happy times, and cuss the world with me on tough days. The problem doesn’t lie with Heather and my brothers, the problem lies with work.

My coworkers are some of the best people you could hope to work with. They are funny, intelligent, somewhat crazy, and overall caring people. They make work enjoyable but the real issue regarding contentment is with the overall lack of stimulating challenges. Call me a weirdo, but the idea of having to wrack my brain around an idea and not understand a technical problem excites me! I would love to come home and have Heather ask me what is on my mind and for me to say, “I can’t figure out this problem”. Finding obscure and creative solutions to problems is something I long for. So much of my current job in IT is manual labor/redundant actions. This includes moving computers from one office to another, cleaning out printers, etc. The weirdest thing about my job is that my manager throws occasional challenges at me and those are awesome! In fact, he is pretty cool because he lets me use available free time to research/create my own projects. This has led to some pretty awesome pet projects I’ve worked on throughout the past few years. The problem for me is that this is not consistent at all. I can write an awesome software application that becomes an instant hit with my staff and then the next day I’m told to install 30 monitors in the hospital or help move a department from one building to another. This juxtaposition of two totally different types of work is killing me. My friends will be the first to say that I do not like change and this moving around from manual labor to mental stimulation is very exhausting.

Is it wrong of me to desire more challenge? Am I asking too much in this economy to be looking for a more mentally demanding job? These are the things I’m trying to figure out. I’ve been praying a lot about it and Jesus, as He often does, keeps telling me to be patient. This, as many of you know, is something I struggle with daily.

So, I guess learning to be content in all times, as Paul writes, is something that I’m going to have to do now.

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