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Can it really be almost a year since I’ve written here?  Time has flown and drug by all at the same time.  This has been a really difficult year for us so I hope you will forgive me for not visiting your blogs and keeping up with your lives.  You see, we have been praying for sometime now that the Lord would see fit to expand our little family, and we thought that our dream had finally become a reality.  But last October at nine weeks, our tiny baby’s heart decided that it wasn’t strong enough to keep beating.  And we have spent the last few months grieving that little life we will hold in our hearts forever.

Life is different now.  We don’t know exactly where the Lord is leading us.  What we do know, is that this coming year will be the biggest leap of faith we’ve ever taken.  We are starting a new construction business this spring.  I have finally made the decision that I will not be returning to teaching next fall.  I will be taking care of my home, loving on my family, playing secretary extraordinaire for our new business, and making sure that my house plants don’t die.

I hope you guys don’t mind if I jump back into your lives.  I’m sure I’ve missed so much in the last year, but I can’t wait to see what you’re up to now.  And I’ve really missed you guys!


Literal translation: my half of an orange

Spanish meaning: my soulmate, other half


He is so easy to love.

Rob quote: (right after walking in the door from work)  “Sweetheart, love is like socks.  It takes two and they have to match.  Will you be my valentine?”

We have been crazy working people at my house lately.  Mom and I spent two nights getting these all canned.


Rob’s 30th birthday is coming up next Saturday. So I have been sending out invitations, planing menus, etc. (OOooo this is going to be fun! I’m so excited for it:)


I am getting ready to have a little weekend get away with my mom.  We are driving to Minnesota to visit my moms 94 year old aunt.  We are going to scan all the family pictures and get all the information about  them from her.  Along with any stories etc. that she feels like sharing.


And in amongst all the crazyness, God likes to send me little messages like stop and smell the flowers…literally.  This was a special delivery at work the other day.

My absolute favorite flower.  Stop and smell the flowers today, okay. It’ll all get done, I promise.


1. The sky was so amazingly deep deep blue this morning. 


2. My backyard looks like this.



3. Parent teacher conferences went great yesterday:) and they are going to be great today too.   I can just feel it.


4. I found this on my fridge.



5. I feel so completely loved.


6. I have been so completely inspired lately to use every moment of life God will give me.  In the words of our wonderful new pastor, “How we embrace life is important to God.” ~ Pastor Brady  What an amazing thought and I have decided to take that thought and run with it!

is this face.


This week he:

*Laid in bed with me all evening after supper one night because I had a headache.

*Hauled out the trash all the way “up” the driveway and to the dumpster (its a long ways, trust me).

*I told him thank you for doing something for me and he looked me right in the eyes and said, “you’re worth it.” And I just knew he meant it.

*Helped me finish dinner when I was running behind even though he worked like 13 hours that day.

*Suggested that we spend Saturday night snuggling up on the couch with popcorn and a movie.


I love my family!

How is it possible that school has already started?  My the summer just flew by, but wasn’t it wonderful?  Here is a little taste of our happiness lately:


*A new cookbook that I am so excited to use.  It is all healthy and wholesome freezer meals. For those days when I know it will be busy and I don’t want to throw mac and cheese on the stove because I have just run out of time.  I have heard nothing but good things about it, so I have really high hopes.


*More zucchini than any human being should ever be allowed to consume…as well as other wonderfully delicious fresh veggies from the garden.

p.s. I have been informed that one zucchini plant is sufficient to satisfy even the most zucchini loving of families.  When I asked said gardening expert about the possibility of needing to plant more than one in case we have a zucchini plant death, I was informed that zucchini plants NEVER die. So, there you have it.


*A heavenly father that cares enough about us to take the time to paint exquisite sunsets. Doesn’t it just take your breath away? 


*Two amazing almost autumn-like days.  As much as I love summer, I think autumn takes the prize.  It however never decides to stick around long enough. So were fall to come a little bit early this year, I would not complain one bit.


*Andrea time.  Summer was so busy for me that getting back into the school schedule has been such a joy.  I worked everyday during the summer until 4:00 so getting done at the school at 11:00 on MWF will really be a treat for me.  The first thought I had this week was, “yessss, I get to clean my house.” Is there something wrong with me?


*New books.  A lovely friend (you know who you are) told me about a nice sale on Jane Austin at the B&N.  So I ran down there and got myself a copy of Pride and Prejudice and a copy of Sense and Sensibility.  These are two of my all time favorite movies and I thought it high time I read the actual book.  This is going wonderfully with the aforementioned Andrea time.


*And last but certainly not least the amazing present my wonderful hubby got for me for my birthday. I have been playing with it all day and I think this one is my favorite so far!

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. This summer has been down right amazing and I just haven’t had the time to write about it.  So here a are few snippets of our summer.


*The Lord has just really been teaching me this summer about my dependence on Him and where my true source of strength really lies.  I have been really getting into the word for the first time in years and I am just plain old excited to get up and read my bible in the morning and spend some time with God.  The song In Christ Alone, by Phillips Craig and Dean has been on in my car constantly and it is just such a reminder of what is important.


In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

Go here for a listen!


Isn’t that last verse just amazingly powerful?  He has our destiny all planned out. Sometimes I think I get the idea that God is sitting up in heaven wringing his hands hoping that everything is going to turn out okay.  He already knows!! Not only does he know, but he promises it is all going to work out in the end.

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.


*Rob and I accomplished a huge feet last Friday.  We paid off the last of our credit card bills.  We wound up with way too much money on them after we built our house two years ago and lets just say there was A LOT of money on those puppies.  Whew, that is a big weight off of our shoulders:)


* We planted six trees this week.  They were at a half off parking lot sale so we got a really good deal too, yay:)  Three of them are really big trees (I would guess 15-20 ft tall) and three are fruit trees (one plum and two apple) and we paid $350 for all of them.  Which might sound like a lot, but these are really big trees…


*We have been struggling with health insurance for a long time.  Rob does not get health insurance offered through his work, but he does get an hourly wage to go towards health insurance.  And unfortunately the only health insurance available not through a business costs $500/month with a $4000 deductible and a $4000 copay/year. Yikes!  We have been asking at my work, but I am only part time at the school and they either don’t want to give me insurance, or they are avoiding my calls…  But this is really the situation that has forced me to place my dependence on God and Him alone.  So if you think about it, say a little prayer for our health care situation please.  We could certainly use all the prayer we can get!


*I have been working like a crazy person.  I work in the morning pouring coffee and then in the afternoon at the christian book store in the mall.  But the extra money from this summer will certainly come in handy however we evenually use it.  We are still becoming accustomed to our living on one income, so all of my paycheck still goes in the bank.  It has been really nice watching the amount slowly (I don’t get paid much:) grow.


I suppose that is about all for now.  I hope all you ladies are having a wonderful summer. I love reading your posts, even if I don’t get any of my own written up:)

P.S. I will be back soon with the most delectable recipe for strawberry shortcake you’ve ever had.  Absolutely unbelievable!

P.P.S. I love how they have the vines over the patio in this picture. Have you ever seen anyone with something like this in their yard? I would love to do it over our (someday will be there) patio in the back yard.

Goodness gracious, could it really have been that long since I wrote last?  We’ve certainly kept busy at our house lately.  I’ve spent the last month:



lounging at the lake

making curtains

eating bagels on Saturday morning with the hubby

cooking yummy summer food (I loooovvvee salads)


celebrating milestones




spending time with friends and family

walking through the park on sunny days

knitting tiny sweaters

attending kindergarden graduations and five year old birthday parties

reading, reading, reading, and reading

doing laundry

soaking up the sun

and last but not least working

And I will leave you with a few pictures:)

(aren’t I such a fun aunt?)

Only two more weeks left of school.  I always knew it was hard to take a final, but I had no idea it was such and ordeal to write a final… Hope your week is going good:)

Chaucer moment #1:  Although this might seem weird to some of you, our dog sleeps with us…in the bed…under the covers.  Now before you think we are insane, consider the fact that we live in ND and we need a good foot warmer in the winter.  Anyways, it wasn’t long after he started sleeping in the bed that he became quite adept at figuring out where the edges of the bed are.  All but on rare occasions, he doesn’t usually fall off.  That being said, we do sometimes have the opportunity to hear the laugh inducing THUNK that is the dog hitting the floor.  The other night we were getting ready to go to sleep and Chaucer fell off the foot of the bed…and we didn’t hear anything.  We waited for a few seconds, just listening and then I went down to investigate.  Here was the dog, caught in the part of the sheets that you tuck into the foot of the bed when you make it.  He was just lounging around like he was in a hammock in the sun… Have I ever mentioned that our dog is lazy? 

Chaucer moment #2: Now let me begin my saying that this is 100% completely and entirely my fault.  And don’t ask what possessed me to do such a thing because I have no idea.  Last week I came home from work and fed Chaucer his dinner and then went upstairs.  I heard him finish eating and when he was on his way upstairs I thought, “wouldn’t it be funny if I jumped out and scared him when he came into the bedroom?”  Riiight… Not one of my finest moments.  So I jumped out and scared him alright.  He yelped just a loud as could be and then peed all over the floor.  My poor dog. Do you think that can be considered animal abuse?  Don’t send animal patrol my way…I promise never to do it ever again…