A scientific approach to the passing of 2009:
The Leukert five wish you the best as we begin this amazing year numbered 2010. We’d like to help you start your year with some of the best life has to offer: God’s love for each one of us, family, and the joy of fulfillment and of course the essential gift of humor. We would like to share this 7th annual Leukert New Year's Letter, reviewing the year 2009 in the scientific context of Cause and Effect.
Cause: Karl, as pastor, is started in the focused Leader’s program. He sees more clearly the importance of putting things on the calendar and planning for them.
Effect: Three incredible weekends away for just Karl and Sharon. The effects are still lingering.
Cause: A dark and slightly fuzzy substance has appeared.
Effect: Teasing Michael (14 years old) about his facial hair which reduces him to a lump of shyness.
Cause: Lost front tooth
Effect: More charm added to Matthew’s (8 years old) scar dimpled grin. When combined with his natural gift of comedy, he’s irresistible.
Cause: Sharon and some other church members join the Focused Leaders Program
Cause: A second church was added to Karl’s responsibilities
Effect: We have begun to know and love a small group of people in
Cause: Staying up all night walking, running and staying energized
Effect: Thoroughly exhausted but the Jefferson Central Women’s Ministries “Pray for a Cure” team showed spirit all through the long night of Relay for Life in May. To our delight, our team was presented with a trophy for most spirited team.
Cause: Saying “I do” 18 years ago
Effect: Karl and Sharon celebrated their wedding anniversary at a Bed and Breakfast in
Effect: We purchased a 2002 Toyota Camry. We are now officially a multi-vehicle family.
Cause: Greta (6 ½ years old) in full costume at the school Christmas program
Effect: She grooved through every song. Our friends have considered taping her and submitting the video to AFV to win the $100,000 grand prize.
Cause: Decreased attention to toy sales
Cause: Forgoing individual presents and purchasing one family gift.
Effect: Investing in family togetherness and enjoying the benefits of Wii and Wii Fit (thanks to the relatives and friends who added to our original investment).
Cause: Jesus loves us intensely
Effect: We see miracles and blessings and God’s leading all around us. We know the joy of the family of believers and the privilege of worshipping and praising God. We have the comfort of those who keep the faith when difficult times come. The reality of God’s involvement in our lives is unmistakable.
Thank you for joining us in this scientific review of 2009. Please feel free to write or call us. It has been scientifically proven, however, that we do respond quicker to emails and comments on Facebook.
Karl, Sharon, Michael, Matthew and Greta Leukert