Month: January 2014

The Tuesday neck curse and strange hair phenomenon

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It appears that I am the recipient of a Tuesday neck curse. For at least 6 months now, it seems like every time I hurt my neck or back and get to the point where I really need to see my chiropractor, it’s a Tuesday. Unfortunately my chiropractor doesn’t work on Tuesdays. And I love my chiropractor so much that I’m not willing to go anywhere else, even though I’m in extreme pain.

For example today. Extreme pain. My neck has been sore for a few days but nothing too crazy. This morning I woke up and it’s now one of those things where I can barely turn my neck. And of course. It’s Tuesday.

What is it about Tuesdays that my neck doesn’t like?

In other strange news, it appears that the town of Aberdeen has a hair curse. For me anyway.

Every time I go to Aberdeen I do something to my hair. The past few times it’s been giving it some color.

But this past weekend I got real crazy.



Before I got my hair cut, I downloaded this app where you can give yourself all different types of hair styles. If you need something to do to pass the time, I highly recommend this app. The kids love it and thought it was pretty funny when I gave them cool hair styles too…

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That’s my Angel Cakes when she was a baby.

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And Bubba at Holly and Timothy’s wedding. This is also a picture of what my grandchild will look like. Or as Holly said, “white chubby faced babies with afros?”

HAHAHA! Yep, pretty much!

Here’s another one of my favorites.

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When my hair was long, that was actually pretty realistic!

So anyway, in real life this is how the Aberdeen hair adventures turned out:

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Pat gave me strict instructions to not come home looking like Justin Bieber.

Unfortunately if I poofed up the long part, I actually did look quite a bit like the Biebs.

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Kinda creepy, huh. Needless to say, Patrick was not too impressed.

So Friday night I asked me sister to trim my bangs a little. And this is what we came up with…

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It was still a little too long and would get in my eyes unless I pinned it back.

This morning Pat walked in to the bathroom to find me with scissors in hand. He asked me what I was doing and I said I was doing nothing.

And then he said, “Don’t be messin’ with things you don’t know nothin’ about!”


Whatever. It can’t be that hard.

Snip, snip. And I think we have finally reached the final hair cut.

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Probably because I don’t have any hairs left to cut!

Well after all of that, I’m still not sure about the new hairdo.  But I will save a ton of money on shampoo and conditioner.

That’s gotta count for something, right?

Although I guess if that was my goal, I should have went with this look…

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It’s getting stranger around here all the time. And I don’t think Aberdeen has anything to do with it. : )


She knew we’d need each other

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I was looking at videos tonight on Mom’s youtube channel.  I came across a video she made less than 3 months before her and Dad when home to heaven. She loved to make videos and usually they were with videos she had recorded of Angel and Caleb.

But for some reason, on March 24, 2012, she posted this video:

The timing of it is all so weird to me.  I didn’t know what prompted her to make it, but then I found this on her blog:

Of course we could have no idea that weekend she talked about in Sioux Falls would be our last together as a family. But she knew we’d need each other. That we’d have each other and would be there to support each other. That we we would be together through thick and thin.

Life is still crazy and busy and we don’t see each other as much as we’d like. But I’m so thankful that we have each other for the days ahead!


{End of March, 2012)




{December, 2012)


{June, 2013}


{December, 2013}


When God speaks

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We’ve had many conversations with the kids about how God speaks to us. They love Jesus but are still a little too young to completely grasp the concept of God “speaking”.

Caleb will say, “But I don’t hear anything Mom.”

I’ll tell him that God speaks to our heart and he’ll give me the Mom you are crazy look.

But I know I’m not crazy. Well at least about God speaking. Because He does and it’s such an amazing, overwhelming experience when He clearly speaks.

I had that experience Wednesday night.

One of my co-workers is struggling through some things and Wednesday night I sent her a text that said, “Praying Philippians 4:6-7 for you…”

A little bit later Wednesday night I was talking to my sister on the phone and we were talking about some of the struggles we were going through. She had some things going on yesterday that were causing some fear and anxiety. At the last minute of our phone call I told her about the verse I shared with my co-worker. I asked her to read it and that hopefully it could give her peace through her situation too.

She said, “Oh my gosh, hang on. That verse is in my journal.”

Side note:

A few weeks ago we were talking about the struggle of life and faith and she told me that she had committed to reading her bible and journaling about certain verses that spoke to her. She encouraged me to do the same thing and so we’ve been trying to hold each other accountable through that.

End side note:

So she grabs her journal and she says, “Yep, it’s on the very first page. Philippians 4:6-7 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Wow. Thank you Jesus. I’m pretty God was wanting me to clearly see and hear the promise from that scripture too!

For the Word of God is alive and active. Hebrews 4:12

I’m finding myself at a loss for words And the funny thing is it’s okay The last thing I need is to be heard But to hear what You would say

Word of God speak Would You pour down like rain Washing my eyes to see Your majesty

To be still and know That You’re in this place Please let me stay and rest In Your holiness Word of God speak

I’m finding myself in the midst of You Beyond the music, beyond the noise All that I need is to be with You And in the quiet hear Your voice

Word of God speak Would You pour down like rain Washing my eyes to see Your majesty

To be still and know That You’re in this place Please let me stay and rest In Your holiness Word of God speak

Word of God speak Would You pour down like rain Washing my eyes to see Your majesty

To be still and know That You’re in this place Please let me stay and rest In Your holiness Word of God speak

I’m finding myself at a loss for words And the funny thing is it’s okay


That time we gave the horses beer

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Last night we had a belated Christmas dinner with my boss, co-workers and spouses. We had a great time visiting, eating amazing food and sharing funny stories. We laughed and laughed and I shared a few stories about Mom and Dad and sheep and chickens and horses.

One of the stories I shared was when Pat attempted to ride one of the horses and we gave the horses beer. I thought I’d share it again in case you missed it the first time. Or if you just need a good laugh!

And seriously, how it is possible my kids were so little and had such cute little voices. Oh my word, seeing the horses and listening to the kids… my heart can only take so much.

Originally posted July 4th 2012 on my “Dear Mom and Dad blog.”

Dear Mom and Dad,

Today will be a tough day. Every year, with the exception of one or two, we came out to Chamberlain to celebrate with you. There was always a big celebration at Cedar Shores and everyone decorated their boats. You would always lead the boat parade. We’d sit in the water and watch the fireworks. That one year we sat on the boat in the middle of the river and it looked like the fireworks would come right down on top of us. You would make brats and burgers and fried potatoes on the grill, always making some really crispy for Mom. We’d fish, or attempt to fish and let the dogs swim in the river. (Maybe that’s why we never caught any fish!)

Danelle and I were remembering last night all those years you owned the fireworks stand in Redfield. I know it was alot of work, and there were many boring days, but I think we all have fond memories of the fireworks stand. You were the most generous owners ever. You always gave so much stuff away. That was back in the day when we had our yellow lab Ed. Remember he would eat the fireworks – after they were lit!? Every year he’d end up with all his whiskers burned off. I remember one year we decided to get smart and put him in the car while we lit some off. He went completely crazy and practically ruined the car. The inside was covered in slobber from him getting so excited while we lit the fireworks.

Not only will be missing you today, but we are definitely missing Jim and Leana. We’re excited for their new adventure but especially today, we wish they were still here. And we’re still not sure what our plans are. Do we stay at the house? Do we go down to Cedar Shores? This is the first year Angel and Caleb aren’t completely freaked out by the fireworks and Danelle and Tracy are being so great, spending an insane amount of money to buy them fireworks.

Well anyway, by the title of this post, you are probably wondering what I was talking about.  I just want to make sure that you know we aren’t moping around every day or laying in bed with the covers over our heads. Although that kinda sounds like a good idea! Yes, every day is hard and there are moments that seem unbearable, but we are also laughing and remembering the good times we had with you. We are doing our best to make new memories.

Pat has turned into quite the horseman Dad. You would be proud. Well, until you see this video. I wish we would have taken the time to have you show us how to saddle the horses. Because obviously we have no clue.  And as you know Tracy is kind of a beer snob. Turns out the horses are too!

{The first video is a little long, but it’s totally worth it to get to the end!}

{Please ignore my annoying voice. The one who thinks she knows what she’s talking about!}

{Except that I was right, it was upside down. : ) }