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Wednesday, February 29, 2012


It is so wonderful to see the snow today! What a refreshing reminder of God's creation!

We decided after shoveling for the 2nd time to bring some snow inside. Addy sure enjoys eating it!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Zoo with Nana

Addy had a fun time this weekend going to the MN Zoo. We went with her Nana and daddy! She even came away with a little elephant and penguin. We went to the Dolphin show, watched the Penguin feeding, had some great lunch and looked at many animals including Addy's new favorite: TURTLES!!!

Enjoy the photos!

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Girl With Many Dresses

Our little girl loves wearing dresses. The first thing after saying "mommy" and "daddy" in the morning is the word dress. She sometimes will even wear dresses over her jammies. I love that she is a girly girl that loves dresses and dolls but can have fun with trains and cars too!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


So this past weekend I decided to make some changes...Many of you know the site, Facebook..(hahaha) Its is a place to connect with friends/family and see what is going on with others or so they say... I had been a member of Facebook for awhile and enjoyed seeing old high school friends, college friends and family friends...

But Facebook started becoming a priority in my life. I wanted to see what was going on all the time with people and it just took the focus out of my day. I would be on it during Addy's naps and even when she was up. Facebook overall was a negative experience for me. Not to say that it isn't great for others. Some of my family and friends are still on there of course.

However, for me I needed to make a change. I needed to focus on positive things and things that lift me up, things that make me smile. My husband, daughter, the Bible, enjoying a cup of tea....

Do we remember the days where we didn't have Internet?! Everything is done online now...people have conversations, arguments, debates,etc via Facebook or email. What happened to the phone? or seeing someone face to face? I miss those days. When we write versus talk things don't always come out right and people get hurt. And that well, just isn't fun.

When we think about how the Lord spent time with people and getting to know people and leading them to Christ...I just don't think he figured we would be doing things so impersonal as emails/facebook,etc. I haven't done a good job of actually spending time with people or just picking up a phone. So I am hoping with re-focusing my priorities that this will change.

So going forward, my priority is to talk to people, be with people, and really pursue friendships out of the world of cyberspace. I had been praying for awhile about stepping away from the world of Facebook and so far, I don't miss it.

On a lighter note...our sweet little girl is almost 2!!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day to my Sweetie

Between friendship, dating and marriage; Ben and I have been together for almost 14 years. WOW! Each day I am amazed by how much more my love grows for him. He is an inspiration to me and I learn so much from him each day. I am so blessed to have a husband that came from a wonderful family. I always prayed that I would marry into a wonderful family and gain a sister; and I did both!!!

So in honor of Valentines Day I am going to list 14 of the MANY reasons I love my hubby!

1. I love my hubby because he loves Jesus first and foremost. His walk with the Lord is quiet but you see it in each step he takes. His influence with people is tremendous to watch and I cherish his heart. He is a man after God's own heart. I love how much faith and trust he puts in Christ. I see it in his daily walk.

2. I love my hubby because he is a great husband and father. If he isn't at work he is playing with his little girl or spending time with me! He always puts his family first.

3. I love my hubby's sense of humor. He can always make me laugh. I am a very serious person but Ben always knows when I am down or just need a laugh. He always has the right thing to say at the right time.

4. I love my hubby's sense of protection over our family. I have always loved that I feel safe with him. Could be because he is 6'5" but either way I love that feeling. You are my superhero.

5. I love that my hubby is loyal. Not only in our marriage but with the friendships he has and the way he lives his life.

6.I love that my hubby loves his parents and cherishes their relationships. I am thankful I have a hubby that is so close to his parents.

7.I love my hubby for his willingness to always try something new. Ben is always up for anything.

8. I love my hubby's positive attitude. With my type A personality I can tend to be a negative Nelly... but Ben always has a smile on that handsome face and always has something positive to say. He ALWAYS encourages.

9. I love my hubby for who he is. Sports fanatic, gamer playing, magazine reading, homebody, smiley face, wonderful man.

10. I love my hubby for how hard he works for our family. He goes each day to work with no grumbles. He is one of the best bankers in the country (hence why we are going to NY for a trip because he is so great).

11. I love my hubby because he is SO HANDSOME! I love his wonderful smile...his big brown eyes....his bear hugs....I love that he is tall....I love his dimple when he smiles...I love his strong arms....(I better stop there since others are reading)

12. I love that he loves my family. I love that he always wants to make sure I get to spend time with them and have all those opportunities to be with them. He always makes the extra effort to be with them.

13. I love my hubby because he is so loving. Ben is not a negative person and everything he does is in love. He has a way with words and is always so caring.

14. I love my hubby because I do. I love him inside and out. I love bad days...I love good days...I love his laugh...his humor...his ability to make everyone in the room laugh...I love his tender heart...I love his trust in Christ...I love his loyalty...I love his respect... I love his heart...I love how great a daddy he is...I love that he loves me unconditionally...I love that he puts family first.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Grandpa Ron!

This weekend we had a chance to celebrate grandpa's birthday in style... A little Huckleberry Pie (Pie filling straight from Montana) and some of my mom's homemade chow mein!

We sure had a great time but Addy had the most fun time with her grandpa!!! We love you dad and appreciate you so much! We thank you for all you do for us and we pray many blessings for this new year!

Friday, February 3, 2012

The BIG 3--0!!!!!!

Man, does life fly by or what?! I can't believe I am already 30! I know turning 30 is hard for many...but I look back at the past 30 years and I have been so blessed and I am looking forward to what this new year of life brings. So I am going to write 30 things I am thankful for. (I am thankful for way more than 30 but 30 will have to do).

1. I am thankful for my relationship with my heavenly father. I am thankful that 25 years ago I accepted Him into my life and what a great ride it has been so far.

2. I am thankful for my amazing husband. We have been together for almost 13 years including dating! He is such a blessing in my life and I am thankful each day for him. He is my rock!

3. I am thankful for my daughter. Addison Rose I love you so much and I am so thankful for each day I get to spend with you.

4. I am thankful for my parents (Ron, Dana, Charlie and Cathie). I am who I am today because of you! I love you 4 so dearly and I am blessed to be apart of your lives!

5. I am thankful for my siblings (Scott, Amanda, Katie and David). Each one of you holds a special place in my heart. I am thankful for our friendships.

6. I am thankful for my nieces and nephew (Ainsley, Thaddeus, Ellie and Baby Paull) I am so honored to be your Aunt! I love each one of you!

7. I am thankful for my grandparents (Ken, Betty and Anita and Betty Carlson) You are our legacy...Because of you, I know Jesus!

8. I am thankful for my wonderful Aunts and Uncles both my side and Ben's. Through the years each of you have been such a blessing to me.

9. I am thankful for my cousins both my side and Ben's. Each one of you holds a special place in my heart. Not only are you my cousins but some of you are my dearest friends!

10. I am thankful for my church. We are blessed beyond measure with a wonderful group of people and a Pastor who speaks the truth.

11. I am thankful for my home. There are so many memories being made. I love each room in the home and what it means to us.

12. I am thankful for the Lord's protection over our family.

13. I am thankful for how the Lord provides for us.

14. I am thankful for my cute little dogs!

15. I am thankful for friends.

16. I am thankful for the MN Glory Basketball program and all the wonderful people we get to meet!

17. I am thankful quiet moments and snuggles.

18. I am thankful for a daughter who already knows how to pray and can sense Jesus.

19. I am thankful for my health.

20. I am thankful for unexpected blessings.

21. I am thankful for the Bible and being able to seek God.

22. I am thankful for prayer and the growing relationship with Christ

23. I am thankful for my hardworking husband, dedicated to providing and protecting our family.

24. I am thankful for new adventures each day with Addy.

25. I am thankful for new mercies each morning.

26. I am thankful for forgiveness.

27. I am thankful for those who have stood by me and are always there to listen.

28. I am thankful for an exciting adventure to New York with my hubby in April.

29. I am thankful the Lord has blessed me with 30 years of life. A life I don't deserve but because of him I live.

30. I am thankful for another day to serve HIM and glorify HIM.