some of you may not have known, but matt unfortunately lost his job about a month and a half ago due to a back injury. since then, we have been praying very much that God would help him find a new job and that his back would heal (it was so bad, he couldn't even sit, so it made it hard for him to find work.) so, we are very happy to say that God has answered our prayers -- we are back on a steady paycheck, and matt likes his job, and his back is feeling pretty good lately. i am so very proud of him, because he is juggling full-time classes at concordia, plus a british lit class at fox valley, plus working full-time. he has to get up at 4 am to get everything in and i am just so proud of him, for the way he works so hard for us. when we dated, i thought he was putting his best foot forward. when we got married i found that he does indeed have another side, but that it's even better than the first. so i guess i just want to say in front of everyone, thank you matthew for everything you do. and thank you God for answering our prayers, for being with us during this hard time, and for giving me such an amazing husband.