Stir Crazy

One day I was tired of being stuck in the house, of being sick.

So I put on my coat, grabbed my camera and went for a walk.

The sky hadn’t been this blue in a long while, and it was almost warm outside.

I had the entire place to myself, and most of the paths I took hadn’t been walked since the last snow.

These are things that make me happy and let my soul breath.

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How Time Flies

J3 is … three. How did that happen? It seems like this precocious bundle of laughs and lover of ice cream was just one. But I suppose things like this happen when a whole state separates us.

We had a day of joy, laughter, balloons, play dough, and ice cream to celebrate Jacob.

32Jacob LOVES ice cream. Near the end of eating the cake, he found the ice cream container left unattended…and finished it off! Good thing there wasn’t much left…cake5

The Three J’s Strike Again

Fun always happens in LARGE amounts when The Three J’s come to town. Jordan, Judah, and Jacob keep us busy laughing, playing and eating ice cream. Their last visit included Valentine’s Day, Jacob and Tyler’s birthdays, and President’s Day.

1Kristina was there vie Skype. We played with legos, making cities, train tracks, buildings, and ‘governments’ of the regular and special kind. The day before they left, we headed to a close hill and took the boys sledding! 76

2014 Year in Photos, Part Four

The final three months of 2014 were super busy with work, Janet visiting from Germany, and so many events my head is spinning a bit!


October was pretty much the busiest month of the year. Janet flew in from Germany on the last day of September, and we pretty much were always going somewhere, doing something for the next 18 days! We made the trip to Willmar and Sisseton one weekend, saw Hello Dolly at Chanhassen Dinner Theater with our friends Miriam and Kathy, and the tip-top highlight of the year: seeing Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly at the Fine Line!oct

After Janet went home to Germany, things didn’t slow down! We made applesauce, the OCC Regional office moved to the Processing Center, and my church had a women’s retreat!


November was busy with setting up the PC, National Collection Week, Thanksgiving, and the start of volunteers streaming though our doors to start processing 706,000+ shoe boxes to be delivered to kids in Belize, Ecuador, India, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda! I also was privileged to see Celtic Thunder in concert with my friend Kathy.

nov10854403_10152345921631887_2139299824860671424_oMy OCC office cohorts, taken by Sinouane


December was full-steam ahead with PC time, Warehouse Crud floating around the office, not much snow, moving back to the office, job ending, Christmas and my birthday, making donuts, and then…the end of 2014 came and went silently while I slept.OCC

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2014 Year in Photos, Part Three

The third quarter of 2014 was full of family fun, sun, hellos, and goodbyes.


So much summer fun happened in July. Family from MO came for a visit, lots of ice cream was consumed, massive train tracks were built, and a boat-load of family went to the cabins for a week.jul1 jul2


August and September were busy with working and planning a visit with Janet. And I purchased my first smart phone. And joined Instagram.sep

2014 Year in Photos, Part Two

In the second quarter of 2014, many chapters closed to welcome the start of new ones.


In April, I met Tyler Jay for the first time. And we got (tons of) snow. And I took part in a 100 Happy Days challenge (you can see those photos here, if you wish). In addition to meeting Tyler, the highlight of April was getting together with some girl friends for a girl’s movie night. Movies were never watched, but good food was eaten and darts were shot.

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One week in May we had snow. Two weeks later the tree in our new back yard had blossomed! My youngest cousin Ryan graduated from high school. A road trip to Michigan to see my best friend Lydia and her kids over Mother’s Day weekend rounded out May with so much happy!

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Oliver was dedicated in June and I spent a lot of time at Springbrook. I got a new hair cut just in time to start working at the Operation Christmas Child Regional Office again! Woot for the UMW!

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2014 Year in Photos, Part One

One year is a long time to stay away from posting! It has been fun going through all my pictures from the year and remembering all the good times. So much fun, I wanted to share! Since so much happened I’ve split this into four posts, which will post for the following four Sundays.


We moved in January. And again in February. March was busy setting up the new house, unpacking, staying warm, day-caring dates with Cole and Ada, hanging out with Oliver at church, and trying to not catch whatever nasty bugs were floating around that time of year. This also seemed to be the. coldest. time of year ever! And we still ran around barefooted…but well dressed for jaunts around Minnehaha Falls!

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