Monday, January 23, 2017


~ Family of Four ~

I stopped blogging when discovering that my newest pregnancy was in major jeopardy.  I just didn't want to journal about another devastating ending.  Thankfully, it didn't end like the doctors were predicting and we were blessed instead with another little boy, Benjamin!


Joy is the only word to describe these two.
Maybe loud, too. ;)

~ Church Family in Minnesota ~

Yet another reason to not journal...we moved soon after Ben was born and it has been kind of crazy.
Fun, but crazy.
We have been here almost a year and it feels like home.
We were blessed in South Dakota and now continue to be in Minnesota.

~ Parsonage in the Country ~

We now live 11 miles out of town.
While it makes grocery lists even more important so I don't forget anything, we love our new home.
There was a broken water pipe that caused major damage right before we moved in.
So, we had a delayed move, but we were involved in the process of picking out a new kitchen, lights, paint, and flooring.
It was a lot of fun and we are so happy with how it turned out!

~ Neighbors Across the Way ~

I really enjoy going to get the mail at the end of the drive.
At least I did when I took this picture.
We now have snow underfoot and it requires bundling up.

~ Garden 2.0 ~

Had a pretty good summer considering we had so much going on.  We have HUGE plans for this space this summer so look out!  We also have plans on adding an orchard to the upper right of this picture (that bush back there is raspberries) and a few feathery breakfast-laying friends will be moving in this spring.  

~ Yard with Space ~ 

Timothy runs for days.  
Jared mows grass with a riding mower.  
We roast marshmallows in the fire pit.  
All is good.

~ New Experiences ~

Summer brought trips to our local lakes and beaches, as well as family in South Dakota and Michigan, with lots of adventures on the way.  

Fall brought kindergarten and bus riding for Timothy.  
Jared has taken on another church while they call another pastor.  
I am teaching again, just part time at the Lutheran school Timothy attends.  
Benjamin is everywhere, all the time.  
More updates coming!

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Timmy is so happy that the weather is warmer.  I think we need to raise the net...

Daddy has been assisting with the offensive skill development...

But defense still needs some help.  :)

Butterfly Friends

After receiving a butterfly kit from his cousin for Christmas, Timmy finally got caterpillars in the mail.  Every time he saw the box in the closet he wanted to get his "new friends" and I had to explain that we needed to wait until the snow melted and the air warmed.  The only hiccup in the process was the holdup in the mail; he had to watch an extra couple of days before they eventually got to our house.  We had great fun watching them grow and eventually hang from the lid.

We transferred them to the netted cage and waited...

And welcomed 4 of the 5 butterflies into our yard yesterday (one is still hanging in their chrysalis).  These are Painted Lady butterflies that come with the kit.  I couldn't get a picture through the netting, but Timmy really enjoyed watching their "tongues" unroll and drink from the orange slice we fed them.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter and Signs of Spring

Saturday morning we headed over to the Egg Scramble that our town puts on.  So impressed that he was smiling despite crying his eyes out 10 minutes previously because the Easter bunny got a little too close.  :)  I have no aspirations for a happy santa or bunny picture with this kid ever.  

Our lilac bushes are loaded with blooms!  I am praying for no deep freezes in the coming weeks, a very real danger for our area so we can enjoy our bushes after waiting for 3 years!  All of the lilies are several inches high, bushes are all leafing out, and the rhubarb is a good 8 inches tall.

Post egg dying...playing with some baking soda and mixing colors.

Egg hunt in the backyard following church.  Everyone indulged in our annual Easter afternoon nap.  It got really warm here and Timmy spent the rest of the afternoon digging holes in the garden.  Only a couple more weeks and we will be planting.  :)