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“Extended Family”

To me, family is just a word – it’s a choice for those you love as unconditionally as humans can.


This past weekend, we got to spend an amazing weekend with our newest family.


We are so grateful that Cole found such an amazing family to welcome into our crew – the kindness, love, and hospitable spirit – in addition to the pure fun and laughing we will forever-more experience – is just wonderful.

We enjoyed some tubing, skiing, smores, and pontoon riding; and loved every minute of it.

Cheers to the family that we choose.


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Amazing Adventures

It seems that lately, adventures are around every bend. From small afternoon ‘errand adventures’ with the kids, all the way to life changing decisions and opportunities. I am fueled by adventures. I am fueled by ‘what’s next’. I have to work hard to be in the here and now – being present and loving the ‘current’. This year, specifically, I have worked hard at that – and it’s been so rewarding. Just enjoying a beautiful day, a relaxing nap, or time with friends and family.

And you truly get the best of both worlds when you do that – because I think the adventure actually ends up following you, ten-fold.


Cheers to a fall full of colors and adventures for everyone.


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Family and Adventures

The past few days we enjoyed some bonus time with Aaron’s brother’s family who currently lives out of the country. It was great to catch up, hug, play, laugh – and sadly, cry. They were brought here under less than ideal circumstances, Aaron’s grandma’s death – however we enjoyed teaching the kids about Heaven, together, and spending quality time with family.


Today, we said good bye to our Nanny for the last year and her son. We will continue to see them in a more babysitting capacity, and love them like family! But it still just won’t be the same.

In addition, Max had his speech class open house! We ran into neighbors who will be attending the same school; and it made me remember how much family extends far beyond blood.


Cheers to kids growing up, and the people who are along side us for the adventure.


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A little Glamping

We headed to camp a little this weekend (or glamp, depending on your definition!) with friends and family, and had an absolute blast. It truly is amazing how when you are in the moment, you are having fun – but the moment those pictures are snapped, it becomes a truly precious memory.

We enjoyed time with my cousin Andrea and her family – which is amazing, as Andrea and I have been camping here for around 30 years together 🙂


We also had two great family friends/neighbors join us and had a blast. We missed Justin, Lisa, Caleb, and Jacob – but they’ll catch up with the routine when they return from CR!


Cheers to Moments and Memories, Family and Friends.


PS: Jellystone Warrens is a GREAT place for a night or two, or a week! Check it out.

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Remembering when I had Babies!

Last night I started dreaming about having babies. I spent the weekend with friends who have a 4 month old, which I am sure is what triggered this. 🙂 I am so happy and content with my family of four – I feel blessed, complete, whole.

I remember the devestating days where one was screaming, one was hungry, and I was sitting on the floor crying. I remember spending all day just to get ready to go to target, and then all evening picking up and organizing from that trip. I remember Addy who had major colic and wouldn’t go to sleep. I remember Max who had GERD and wouldnt eat, so would only sleep for 20-30 minutes at a time. However, I remember it a lot less vididly than I thought I would. I remember the feeling of devestation and a bit of hopelessness. But I truly don’t remember the exact details that caused that. I think God erases that from our memory by making us so sleep deprived 🙂 Maybe it’s his comic relief to a crazy situation.

We love our kids so much we can barely handle it – yet they are a lot of work! It doesnt always add up – except I truly think the entire act of having children and parenting in and of itself is a miracle.

Today’s I dedicate my day to my beautiful babies.


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My day with Glennon Doyle Melton

The truth is, some of you may be surprised that I love Glennon so much. I am traditionally much more of a Conservative Christian than many in her community. But, you want to know why that doesn’t matter? Because I am a Lover of JESUS before I am a lover of made up human words like “conservative” and “progressive” and “liberal”.

Glennon is a preacher of Love. She reminds us that we are all “jacked up”, as she likes to say. We are all such a mess, that how can we even begin to judge? It’ll take us our whole life just to pull our planks out of our own eye (at least for me)! Luckily, Jesus told us he would do that for us. Whoofta! Big load off of my plate! My job is to LOVE in Jesus’ name. To share the amazing gospel! And let that mustard seed of faith do it’s job – i.e. the Holy Spirit bring us salvation which is THE way to Heaven.


You guys, I got to spend some solid time with Glennon. It was THE biggest blessing. She is actually real, raw, and authentic. She cares. Her canary heart is absolutely huge. Her convictions are brave and strong. Through venues like Canvas Health, she is sharing her story. She is actually saving people! People who are in dark dark places, come to the light because of her. They commit to making the next right decision. How can any of us undermine that effort? And she has devoted her life to this!


Right now – we are losing people to the world. They are disappearing from our Christian “Conservative” places. Believe me – I have no interest in changing our message (which is 100% Law AND Gospel), but I DO have interest in changing our METHOD. Life is Hard. Let’s do what Jesus did. Let’s seek out the tax collectors, the prostitutes, the different cultures and races – and let’s Invite Them To Dinner. Let’s talk to them, let’s give them water, and let’s Invite Them In – no questions asked.

Read Matthew 25: 31-46. Here is part of it:

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

I can barely handle this anymore. It’s like my heart is constricted when I consider all of the times I have passed up the opportunity to help those in need – i.e. JESUS. Look at Glennon’s Together Rising. Just take a look at the help she is providing – and inviting us to be a part of it!


Let’s stop being US and THEM. Let’s start being WE. 



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It’s been a fun summer so far! A few big hightlights for the kiddos, below!

CHICAGO! My mom took Addy to Chicago earlier this month. They were joined by my aunt and Addy’s 2nd cousin! The main goal was to hit up the American Girl Doll store – but they also enjoyed shopping, walks, trains, and being upgraded to a Penthouse Suite!Memories to last forever.

Upon Addy’s return, J, L, C, and J arrived from Costa Rica! We enjoyed an early b-day celebration for J, as well as family fun, dinners, and the Minnesota Zoo! And of course – LOTS of outside fun with this beautiful midwest summer weather!

Cheers until next time!