Aug 13

Trip to Wyoming ~ Part 2

And the adventure continues! Here’s the second part of our incredible trip to Wyoming and all the amazing sights we saw!

We toured Fort Laramie with Mama & Dona, reading all the history of how this fort played its role in the Oregon Trail days. What an experience to walk up the steps where hundreds of others had walked up before and left worn marks in their place!


Our host, Tom, gave us a tour of his workplace…the beautiful state capitol of Wyoming!


Mama treated us to an art lesson, and for those of us who either hadn’t painted in a very long time, or never at all, it was quite the experience!


We traveled to the Oregon Trail ruts where they cut out trails in the rock to get the wagons through, then visited Registered Cliff on our way out. Registered Cliff had names and dates carved in the rock everywhere, creating little memos for family and friends traveling after them that they had made it this far. Talk about history!


One of our favorite days was touring the Colorado mountains in Estes Park! Although very different from the Canadian Rocky Mountains, they were beautiful and we saw some incredible scenery and wildlife! Thank you, Father, for making such beautiful landscape for us to enjoy!


It was an amazing trip and we are so blessed to have been able to go. Thank you, Mama, for everything you did to make it special, and thank you, Tom & Dona, for hosting us for the week and your incredible hospitality!


Aug 13

My little nautical girl…

Nana & Dido gave Sauntina an adorable nautical outfit and she dressed in it for church this morning! What a cutie! Thank you, Mom & Dad!


Jul 13

Trip to Wyoming ~ Part 1

This is long overdue, but at last pictures and a brief synopsis are about to go on the blog! Sharon, Brittany, Sauntina and I embarked on a road trip to Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 7th and stayed the week with my Mama and friends. What a trip!

Before we left, we enjoyed my Grandma’s visit from Three Hills, Alberta for three whole weeks! My dear Grandma helped me tame my wild flowerbeds all over our property, watched Sauntina a couple times so I could run errands, and we gave her a completed Chicago tour and experience!


My brother, Jevenn, who was visiting us for a few days, rode his motorcycle along with us the entire way out to Cheyenne and we only had one slight mishap…he ran out of gas. :)



It was wonderful to see Mama and Dad again (who came down to visit Mama for the weekend before heading back to work…and that’s a 17 hour drive for my Dad! What love and devotion!). I haven’t seen them since Christmas!


We went on many different outings to “experience Wyoming” and see the sights, tried new restaurant, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! I missed Robert so much, but was also grateful for the chance to get to spend some special time with my Mama and girlfriends!


Jul 13

Sauntina’s One-Year Photoshoot!

Nathan Corduan took us out to Graue Mills for a photoshoot to capture Sauntina’s first year and he did a wonderful job! Poor Sauntina was so tired from missing her morning nap, but you’d never know it from the beautiful pictures he took! Thank you so much, Nathan!

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Jun 13

“Lil’ Tweeter” is growing!

This pregnancy has been so different than Sauntina’s! I feel so much better, more energy (most of the time), and just now starting to feel more of the discomforts that comes as the little one grows bigger. What a blessing! Especially since it takes a bit of work to keep up with Sauntina and her ability to get places quickly. :) “Lil’ Tweeter” has now had almost 27 weeks to develop…with just 13 more to go! Yay!


Jun 13

Reunion in WV!

With a family reunion scheduled last weekend, we took a quick weekend trip down to Salem, West Virginia to join in the fun! My Grandma flew in from Alberta, Canada just in time to join us, too! I didn’t know many people, but I did meet some new faces and friends. Ernestine turned 90-years-old and was a delight to meet!


Jun 13

Beautiful Northwoods

Robert, Sauntina and I had the opportunity of going to the Northwoods Conference center, located just 2 miles from Watersmeet in the upper peninsula of Michigan last week with the ladies Journey to the Heart group. Both Robert and I have spent quite a bit of time up here for different events and staffing so it was almost like coming back to a well-known home. Northwoods has always been a place of rest and peace for me, enjoying the outdoors, and finding some extra time to spend with the Lord. This week was so exception!

Robert and I walked around part of the lake on our anniversary, Sauntina and I took a walk down the mile-long runway, and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon kayaking on lake. We were also able to meet and fellowship with the Toll family who run the Northwoods and keep everyone fed well and things maintained. What a blessing to meet them and spend the week laughing, telling stories and sharing meals! IMG_7013IMG_7028IMG_7040IMG_7042

We were also able to  visit Rantamaki family and the Hackers! Yay!


Another unexpected blessing was getting to meet Roy Daniels, Keith Daniels’ son! Roy and his wife and son were up taking a much needed break and getting some R&R’s. We ran into Roy and Glenn during a couple meals and Robert and Roy hit it off well! Sauntina loved having yet another little person her age to play with! Ah, what shall we do at home when it’s only mommy to play with???


Sauntina traveled so well on the 9 hour drive both up and back and Abby did a marvelous job keeping her occupied while I drove. A few naps along the way helped to pass the time and keep her the happy, little girl she is!


Jun 13

David Gibbs

I had the joy of spending some time with Dr. and Mrs. David Gibbs, Jr. today! I have really appreciated their ministry with the Christian Law Association and his powerful preaching.

Dr. and Mrs. David Gibbs

Jun 13

Friends & Fun!

Before we left for the Northwoods, we enjoyed the company of overnight guests and friends!

Chad & Alyssa Christiansen brought their lovely family in their motorhome to join us for a fun weekend! We visited the Museum of Science and Industry where I enjoyed seeing a display about baby development and found the one who was 23 weeks! This was the size of my baby at the time! (Once again, Robert spent most of his time at the U-505 submarine exhibit <g>.) We also saw Andrew & Heather, visited the Brookfield Zoo, and had a second 1st birthday party for Sauntina since Katherine Behrens brought some gifts for her! Sauntina loved the big dog Katherine brought her!


We also enjoyed having Ben Gribaudo and Clayton Reedstrom visit for an evening, Loriann & Joel stop by from Ukraine, and dinner with the Boyes family!


Sauntina loves company and was our little, bright cherry in the midst of our friends. She has such a contagious laugh and brought so much joy to our home and hospitality! Plus, she loves eating cherries. :)


Jun 13

Our 2nd Anniversary!

It’s hard to believe that two years have gone by…two years since that wonderful day of hurried last-minute preparations, the excitement of the unknown, anticipation of a new life ahead, emotions of moving away from the home I’ve known for so long, and awe at the man the Lord gave me.


Last year, we had a precious one-month old to enjoy for our one year anniversary…


This year, we celebrated #2 in the beautiful setting of Northwoods, MI, where we’ve spent the last week relaxing, Robert has been running network wires, taking walks, praying for the girls on the Journey up here, spending time together, and enjoying a slower-paced week for a change. Robert, Sauntina and I took a walk around part of the lake and explored some buildings on our anniversary, drinking in the sunlight and doing our best to avoid the mosquitoes! I am so blessed to have a faithful, constant companion who walks so close to the Lord that others sense it from his daily life and is blessed by simply being around him. Thank you, Lord, for a man who fears you, whom I can follow next to his side in this race in life and encourage each one of our children to imitate his example! I love you, Robert!