Transformation
Post

Transformation

Several days ago we had a tragedy at our home…it was actually New Year’s day and we were each laying around watching football when all of a sudden, Gratzi came walking over toward us and Poppi attacked her viciously, unprovoked. This was not a friendly wrestling match at all…. Within a split second, Poppi lost...

Rosettes
Post

Rosettes

Earlier this week my parents came out to visit for a few days. We exchanged gifts, did a puzzle that seemed nearly impossible, played games and made Rosettes. In case you aren’t familiar with some of our Scandinavian Christmas traditions, Rosettes are a Norwegian Christmas experience. Here is how it works…. We start by mixing...

Love it but don’t like it
Post

Love it but don’t like it

Let’s talk about Christmas and the Holiday Season… I love it, but I don’t always like it. Let’s start with what I love….I love that Leigh-Ann has an incredible God-given gift of being able to make our house feel incredibly peaceful and serene. I love sitting down at night with just the Christmas lights on...

She said YES!
Post

She said YES!

On October 11, 1998, I woke up early in the morning and drove to the Midway airport in Chicago to fly out to Manchester, NH. Leigh-Ann and I had been dating for more than two years and for the past several months had talked about getting married. We had even looked at some rings together...

Smash
Post

Smash

A few days ago, I received a phone call from my daughter…. “I was in an accident and I think I ruined your car…” “Are you ok?” “I think I’m ok, but I think your car is totaled…” I took off with a friend as fast as we could to the accident location to make...

Waiting
Post

Waiting

Over the past few days, we’ve been staying in a place where we can fish out the back door. Of course, the view of the water is beautiful and life-giving, but fishing is where it’s at. The boys have had their fishing rods ready to go, we stopped at a bait shop to get some...

Filters and photoshop
Post

Filters and photoshop

Today, I celebrated my 13th anniversary on Twitter. I would have guessed I’ve only been on this platform for half this time. Before Twitter, I remember people started texting…and I thought it would never catch on…of course this was with a flip phone and scrolling through numbers to spell out every letter… Now, I can...

Leaf it to the boys
Post

Leaf it to the boys

A few days ago, when I drove home, the boys were busy raking leaves. At first, I thought they were in trouble for something and leaf duty was part of a punishment. Then I noticed a large pile and immediately figured it all out. They were building a pile so they could jump into it....

Tug-of-War
Post

Tug-of-War

Our two dogs, Gratzi and Poppi are growing as best friends. This has not been automatic, in fact in the beginning Gratzi was not at all amused by a new puppy in our household….a very jumpy puppy at that…. The logic presented at the family dinner table one evening was that Gratzi needed a friend....

Allegations, arguments and attitudes
Post

Allegations, arguments and attitudes

One of the toughest times of the day for me as a parent is bedtime. Here’s why…. I grew up with an ongoing case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out for those of us over 40 😊) and my parents still tell stories about me sneaking out of bed and falling to sleep on the...