Monday, February 22, 2010
I remember fondly the people, food, and lessons learned from my time in Italy. Some of the greatest moments were when I learned from my companions and leaders.
Sophia and I have been married for 10 years. We have 2 fantastic girls (ages 2 and 1) with a third on the way.
After graduating from BYU, I moved to Austin, TX where Sophia was finishing school. We moved to the Philadelphia area about 3 years ago. Currently, we are both in school at the University of Pennsylvania. I am getting my MBA at the Wharton School and my wife is getting her Masters at the School of Nursing. We are enjoying the East Coast but look forward to some day in the future to return back West.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I still look back on my mission as a very important and defining building block to my personal life. I was fortunate to visit Europe on two occasions before the mission with my family but the Mission is what really drove my interest to move back here and be among the people and serve them. As you may well know, I currently live in Zurich and have been here for almost 4 years with my wife and 3 beautiful daughters, one of which just arrive in November. This is the second time I've lived in Europe after the mission. The first was a trial period (mostly for my wife) during my graduate program where we lived just across the boarder from Geneva, Switzerland for 1 year. I love this place and it remains very close to my heart. However the time has come for us to return back to the states where we can settle down for a while and take care of our children. I am happy to say that both my wife and I have served the Lord to our best abilities while we've been here and hopefully have helped plant seeds or strenghten others who have faced difficulty.
Thank you so much for your great examples and may the Lord continue to bless you beyond your needs and desires. I look forward to the opportunity to visit you guys now that we will be living in SLC again.
Un grande abbraccio
Monday, February 8, 2010
The beginning of the year (2009) started with a new move to Boise, new job, and Dave’s business taking off (he was so busy, he even closed a deal on our wedding day - fortunately there was no cell service in Mexico during the honeymoon). Adjusting to “rural Boise” was a bit of a challenge for me and Dave was trying to adjust to having his girlfriend live close by. I don’t know which on of us had it harder.
We got engaged on March 27 after Dave fed me some story of running out of gas and needing to be rescued in Meridian, Idaho. What I didn’t know was that he had spent all day orchestrating the “perfect proposal” so that I wouldn’t have a clue at all, and I must say he achieved his goal. To put the story into a nutshell, after bringing him gas to put into his car, we went to check out a couple of houses in the area that he was selling. At the second house as I was wandering about, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him. At first I didn’t know if he was serious, but then I saw the ring and got excited! He had set up a table with candles and all, and we enjoyed a romantic Italian dinner. It was a fun night and very memorable.
After months of planning our wedding, June 11th arrived and it was a perfect day despite rain showers, forgetting my dress at the Tuscany and the photographer’s house burning down. My favorite moment of the day was entering the sealing room surrounded by all of our family and friends. At that moment, all my jitters vanished and I couldn’t stop smiling. We had an adventurous honeymoon in Zihuatenejo, Mexico where we parasailed, swam with dolphins, snorkeled, relaxed on the beach and learned new cooking skills. The food was delicious and we couldn’t get enough of the guacamole and mangos. It was extremely hard to come back to real life.
Summer went by way too quick but we did manage to squeeze in a trip to Antioch, CA to see Dave’s grandma and his cousins, go to a family reunion, and do a little camping. We also started building a house at the end of the summer. We heard a lot of “Are you crazy? You just got married!” and “If you can make it through building a house, you can make it through anything.” As you know, Dave is always up for a challenge, so we embarked on what would prove to be a challenge and adventure indeed.
Intertwined with the stress of building a house, my mom underwent a kidney transplant in October. My brother, Shae, was the donor. Despite it being a time of uncertainty, it turned out to be a strengthening experience for the entire family. We saw a lot of little blessings and miracles along the way and it was amazing to feel the support and outpouring of love from family and friends. You’ll be happy to know that both recipient and donor are doing phenomenal.
At the close of 2009, we managed to get moved into our new home just before Christmas and enjoyed the peace that comes with the holiday season. Now that the boxes are unpacked and we are settled, we are ready for another year of adventure! We are grateful for each of you and the support you have given us this past year. You are among our blessings!
Love David and Tara Nielsen
*We also started a blog…we’ll see if we can keep up with it. You can find it at www.tarandavid.blogspot.com.