Tuesday, December 8, 2009

it's a cozy day

We had a great weekend. Chopped down our tree, decorated our house(I did, while Trav had fun decorating Hank and me), and got some much-needed rest. Today I'm snowed in, eating chicken noodle soup, studying, and enjoying my view of the beautiful white outdoors.

a sigh of relief

We are sure enjoying our much improved house. And not being in the middle of any projects. And being able to host parties after parties. Life is good.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

heartbeat radio

Travel wishlist:

I. Bergen, Norway
II. Stockholm, Sweden

Norway, home of Sondre Lerche.
Norway, neighbor to Sweden.
Norway and Sweden, home of distant relatives I'd love to visit

You must taste Sondre Lerche's new album for yourself. My favorite.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


What do ya know? A sandy beach somewhere near Omaha? Yes! Just for a moment, I will quit complaining about Omaha lakes(man-made holes filled with water) not being like the Minnesota 10,000. Fremont lake #20 lent us a wonderful afternoon of jet ski's and fun in the water. Who knew. I think Kaycee had the most fun of anybody, that little fish!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

from glue to gold

We most definitely could not be doing this project without our generously helpful family and friends who have sacrificed so much of their time for us. I wish I had more pictures of all who helped us so far! Walk through the last 200+ hours of work on our rental side with me...


Here are a few pics of the inside. But please come for a real life tour, I'd like that better...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

trials of the couch-too-large

This is how the gents got the couch into the top floor of our duplex. This was the ONLY way it would get up there. I don't want to know what the pictures will look like when we have to move it out someday.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

round two

Most of you know the story by now, so I won't bore you with the details of the 3-plex from below, and how it stole lots of our time, money, and emotions, only to leave us at square one again.  However, I will tell of the faithfulness of God.  Travis and I are amazed at how relieved we were to walk away from "our dream first property."  God gave us peace that surpasses understanding.  When we found out the deal wasn't going through because of FHA, we worked so hard on trying to make it work via other financing, until we realized that God was shutting the door on it and trying to teach us to trust him.  We gave it up to Him and He gave us excitement as we started at the beginning again.  We want HIS will this time around, not our own.  If it's this marvelous duplex, all praise to Him.  If not, all praise to Him.

I am often reminded of this John Piper quote:

"Impatience is a form of unbelief.  It's what we begin to feel when we start to doubt the wisdom of God's timing or the goodness of God's guidance." 

And this one from George MacDonald:

"Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it."

As soon as the owner of the 3-plex released Trav and me from his property, we placed an offer on the duplex, and it was accepted without further negotiations.  Yesterday, the inspector raved about how well this 109 year old building has been taken care of, and how he never sees old homes in such good condition.  We're closing, Lord-willing, on July 21st.

I'm thankful we serve a loving, faithful, and sovereign God.  

Friday, June 12, 2009


So then...

"Buying a house" is "espresso chocolate cake" spelled backwards?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

ice cream!¡!

Thanks to AAT(click here), I no longer have food allergies.  Or allergies to chemicals.  No allergies.  Period.  

Last Wednesday was my final treatment for dairy, so I ate a piece of lasagna for dinner.  No reaction.  I was shocked.  

Tonight Travis finally convinced me to eat ice cream(there's a painful emotional side of my past allergies that still stands in the way of me chugging a glass of milk, for fear of making myself eternally sick).  There I was, standing in the freezer section of the store, like a little kid who'd never seen ice cream before.  It was great.  I ate, and it felt great.

Thank you, Lord, for integrative medicine.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


We spent a few hours after church last Sunday making these sweet fruit arrangements for our friend Mary's graduation party.  Travis and I had a contest against Carin and Noelle to make the coolest one.  We won, by far.  Haha!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

inspected and approved

We are grateful for a passing grade today on our tri-plex. Thank you for your prayers.  One more month and it's ours!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

for those wondering...

Here are a few photos of the tri-plex!  I shot these a few months ago while driving by.  I'll post some of the inside later.  Please pray the inspection goes well, if you think of it.  It will be in the next five business days.  If all goes well with that, it's ours on May 26th!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

He is risen!

"See, what a morning, gloriously bright, 
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light, 
As the angels announce, "Christ is Risen!'
See God's salvation plan,
Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fulfilled in Christ, the Man,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!"

For more: click here

Monday, April 6, 2009

over my dead body, son

"Come on, dads, have some courage.  Just say, "Over my dead body are you going to wrestle a girl." Of course, they will call you prudish.  But everything in you knows better.

Yes, I am talking to the boys' fathers.  If the girls' fathers don't care how boys manhandle their daughters, you will have to take the lead.  Give your sons a bigger, noble vision of what it is to be a man.  Men don't fight against women.  They fight for women.  

They called it history-making here Minneapolis.  On March 4 Elissa Reinsma became the first female to compete in the state high-school wrestling tournament.  It was not a step forward.  Some cultures spend a thousand years unlearning the brutality of men toward women.  This is an odd way to make history.  Relive prehistory maybe."

I couldn't agree more.  Click here to read full article.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

this and that

Travis is gone all week working at an options conference in Long Beach, Cali.  I'm jealous, to say the least, and miss him! Meanwhile, I'm trying to make the most of my week without him... trying to get lots of girl-time in!  My friend from church, Katie, came over tonight to work on her water color paintings, while I attempted lettering.  I just started taking lessons from Cheryl Dyer, and I'm loving it.  BUT - I've found it to be extremely hard, which I expected, I guess, but it's REALLY HARD to make beautiful letters.  Patience is a virtue, find it where you can...

Now for the not-so-fun projects, like paper work for my business... 

I can't wait 'till Saturday!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

i mourn the loss of a good friend

I'm SO sad World Market is going out of business in Omaha.  I will always remember its warm smell of fair trade coffee and foods from far places.  I loved their rugs, dishes, soap, and greeting cards.  Maybe someday I'll move to a city with one in the future.  Maybe, just maybe.

Monday, February 16, 2009

chilly chicago blue

Last month I took a chilly trip to Wheaton to visit Joy, 
Laurelin, and Caitlin, and to Chicago to see Caron.  
Overall, it was the most relaxing trip I have ever taken
to Illi.  Lots of coffee beans, jokes, deep conversations, 
dares to get our tongues stuck on the Chicago Bean, 
a visit to the original Blue Line.... and so much more.  So fun. 
I have great friends.  I love them.  And I love Chicago 
public transportation.  I am blessed.  
And lucky my husband let me leave for five days!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

When Trials Come

We sang a new song for offertory at church yesterday.  I've been learning a few songs out of the new Getty book every week and came upon this one.  As I sang through the powerful lyrics and beautiful music, I cried.  I'm not usually very emotional, but this song brought me back to the days near the end of high school when I was at my worst dealing with chronic fatigue.  I would sit at the piano and play music and sing.  God used the music to comfort me every day.  So when I came upon "When Trials Come," it was a wonderful reminder to me that my Heavenly Father is sovereign and is my comfort, hope and PEACE when life isn't going the way I want it to.  

When trials come no longer fear
For in the pain our God draws near
To fire a faith worth more than gold
And there His faithfulness is told
And there His faithfulness is told

Within the night I know Your peace
The  breath of God brings strength to me
And new each morning mercy flows
As treasures of the darkness grow
As treasures of the darkness grow

I turn to Wisdom not my own 
For every battle You have known
My confidence will rest in You
Your love endures Your ways are good
Your love endures Your ways are good

When I am weary with the cost
I see the triumph of the cross
So in it's shadow I shall run
Till He completes the work begun
Till He completes the work begun

One day all things will be made new
I'll see the hope You called me to
And in your kingdom paved with gold
I'll praise your faithfulness of old
I'll praise your faithfulness of old

Keith & Kristyn Getty Copyright 2005 Thankyou Music

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Late Christmas Post

Here are some of the pictures...

Christmas this year(or last year... weird!) was delightful!  Travis and I spent the Christmas week with his family.  As a newly married girl with a new family, I didn't know what to expect.  Turned out it was more than I could've hoped for.  New traditions started.  Christmas Eve with my in-law's at our apartment.  Fondu.  Lots of games.  Laughs at Kaycee opening her gifts.  Sweet fellowship with family and, of course, the reason for all of the celebration, the birth of our Lord Jesus!  Who knew getting a whole new family would be so fun?

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