Overdue Update!

I think that this is a way overdue update!

Corey and I have moved to Arenzville, IL. We moved Monday June 8, 2015 so we have been here about a month and a half. Small town of just over 400 people. The town has a Tavern, Gas Station, Bank, and Post Office… really that’s about it! We live outside of town, there is corn fields and soy beans fields surrounding our FIVE bedroom home! Yes, five bedrooms. With five bedrooms we have plenty of space for visitors… hint hint. The church is right across the street from our house.

Corey is a pastor of two churches technically. He pastors a church in Bluffs, IL which is about 20 minutes away from where we live. It’s an extremely extremely small church… 15 people in the congregation. Since we have moved here it has rained pretty consistently which has resulted in this church basement flooding with over half a foot of water at one point! Last week the rain finally slowed down but I still think it is raining a lot… but at least not a substantial amount to where the basement is flooding. The Illinois River is finally starting to go down (it was 28 feet deep and flood stage is 14 feet so that means it was 14 feet too much water, as of today it’s down to 23 feet which is good news).

The main church Corey works at, St. Peter’s, has beyond blessed us! The members have invited us into their homes for meals and fellowship, they have provided this amazing home, if we ever need anything they are they with the drop-of-a-pin, and we get fresh produce constantly! I have been able to freeze some corn and green beans (the green beans were from a neighbor, not a congregation member though). The community as a whole has really welcomed us. We feel so blessed to be here and consider it a great first call for Corey.

As for me, I plan to sub in the schools around here. There may be small towns but no shortage of schools. The schools around also have a shortage of subs, so I’ve been told. School for most districts starts in two weeks! Much earlier than Minnesota schools, but I am ready to start working. I just need to hurry up and get my name out now so I can start ASAP. I didn’t realize that school started so early! Since we moved here I have not been doing too much… cleaning, playing with Ella, being a bum, unpacking and organizing. Ella will definitely miss me once I start back to “work.” She’s been pretty attached and gotten very used to me being home.

Ella has seemed to adjusted pretty well to her new home. She LOVES all the space! She has a big yard and big house. She gets to be in the yard off a leash and pretty much have the freedom to roam around- but she doesn’t loose sight of her mommy or daddy ever. We even go on off leash walks… there is that little amount of traffic! She, again, loves that. She seems to like to show us the way home when we’re walking.

So far, life has really slowed down. We are adjusting o.k. to country life and learning how to live a slower paced life… it is a very big adjustment that we are taking in strides. We spend a lot of time going to Springfield to explore all the “Tourist” things… so far we have gone to Lincoln’s tomb, a Veteran Memorial, the Lincoln Museum, the State Capital Building (the original one), Springfield Zoo, explored the lake in Springfield, and went to Cozy Dogs (was on Man Vs. Food… they have really good “Cozy Dogs” or corn dogs as we know it).

Look for more updates and pictures soon! I just wanted to quick share what we have been up to and where we are.

Our Next Big Journey

I suppose I should update… it’s been quite some time. Not only have we been busy- there just frankly has not been much to update on.

I have been working at Shakopee West Junior High as a paraprofessional yet again, doing similar things to what i had been doing last year in Detroit Lakes. Although, Shakopee is a much larger program and is run very differently. The needs are basically the same. I have enjoyed my work there, mostly working with the ASD program. Those students have a very special place in my heart. I also work in an after school program for kids with low testing scores. (Honestly, it’s a glorified babysitting job. The students don’t really want to be there and are behavior problems.) In the fall I coached 7th/8th grade soccer which was a very fun, new experience. If I get the opportunity to coach again I definitely will. I would probably prefer an older crew though. We will see what God hands me as far as coaching goes.

For New Years I got to surprise my twin sister with a visit to Canada with my parents! She was totally shocked- she thought for sure I could not go! I loved seeing my niece and nephew and my sister and brother-in-law of course. I can’t believe how fast the kids are growing and learning. I wish I could see more of them.

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IMG_2265 IMG_1897Corey has been able to preach once since being back in the cities at his home church in Andover. He preached all three services the Sunday after Thanksgiving and did very well.

Corey is currently working at Caribou and finishing up his LAST semester at Luther Seminary. I am incredibly proud of him and his accomplishments! He has worked very hard to get to this point as has so far done very well. He started working at Caribou once the soccer season was over this fall. In fact, he had three interviews at three different places, and was offered all three positions! How awesome is that?! Well anyways, the Caribou option really seemed the best- they offer insurance for part time employees (20 hours a week). He turned 26 in February so he needed to find some insurance starting this month. We are extremely thankful for the opportunity he has to work at Caribou and have insurance through them. He also really enjoys his job. He was quickly promoted to shift supervisor at Caribou so that keeps him even busier on the job. At school he is working on his thesis for graduation. He is writing about youth/college ministries in the church (to put it simply). May 16th and 17th is graduation week. That is coming up in 2 months! Time has certainly flown and 4 years has passed very quickly.

The next to come.

On March 5th we found out Corey was assigned to Region 5 which is Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa for his job calling. I have to honestly say we were/are very disappointed. I wanted to experience a warmer region… especially if we have to leave our families. About two weeks later we found out we will be relocated to the Central/Southern Synod in Illinois. In my words… “farmville.” Definitely heartbreaking for me. Pelican Rapids was a huge stretch for me and that was actually larger than some of the places we have availability at. I have to remember and remind myself daily that THIS IS GOD’S PLAN. It may not be mine, but I know God’s plan is much greater than mine. We are being sent to this region of America for a reason that is so much bigger than I will ever know or really ever understand.

For now, I don’t want to say too much about job opportunities for Corey… but there are job opportunities. The bishop of the synod has had conversations with Corey and given him ideas of where he sees Corey as well as where there are needs for ministry. There are many pros and cons to everything. We are hopeful God will plant us just where He wants us. We also continue to pray God will help us (mostly me) to be content with all of this overwhelming, unsettling news. Not that it is totally unsettling… but I just really didn’t see us ever going to this region. God did though. Pray that our hearts will be content and feel at ease about this decision.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord.

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Adjusting to Life

I suppose I should update my blog… first of all it’s been well over one month since I last posted and second of all we have had a LOT of changes in our lives.
Since I have last posted we have moved. Once again, we have been uprooted, back to “home.” This moving thing is getting really exhausting… preparing our new home, searching for jobs, and adjusting to (yet again) to life in a new home.
I am very happy to be back in the cities for the time being while Corey finishes up school. I am so incredibly grateful for my amazing parents who are letting us live in the in-law apartment on their property… what a BLESSING. We do pay rent but we get a much nicer place to live as opposed to the alternative of living back by the Seminary in the apartment we stayed in for the first three months of our marriage (since our internship the Seminary has sold those apartments so they are no longer considered campus housing).
On July 25th (the Friday of moving weekend) Corey’s mom and aunt showed up to help us move. Ann took us out to Zorbaz for one last Hoorah before we headed home. Zorbaz is a lake restaurant. They serve pizza and Mexican food. We went to the Pelican Rapids Zorbaz which has a balcony that over looks Pelican Lake.

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Later Friday night my mom, dad, and Buddy arrived to help us move. So, Saturday we packed everything up into a U-Haul trailer, three SUVs, and one car. Sunday morning we went to Zion for church and had one last Farewell celebration. The congregation was so generous in everything they helped us with as well as all of their gifts to us. Pastor Dale made us a replica of the same nativity scene that Zion places in their church at Christmas time. It is absolutely incredible… such a work of love and craftsmanship. Pastor Dale is very talented at woodworking.
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So, after all the excitement we were off right after church to head “home.”

Once home we moved everything in, it all was placed right in the living room (we still had to paint every room but the main bedroom (which we had already done prior to moving in). Every room now has a new, fresh coat of paint and looks clean. Here are some pictures of before and after now that everything is mostly set… until I decide I want it another way.
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Since being back we have been very busy. Along with painting every room we have been looking for jobs (I’ve had a few interviews and am also on the sub list for Shakopee schools), went to a wedding the first weekend we were back, got gym membership (which has been awesome… I have already lost 7 lbs in a week and a half with no diet change.. I know it’s not much but it’s definitely a start and it feels great). We have also been trying to help my mom out with the house some and visit my grandma in the hospital. She has been in the hospital for over a week now and will be going home today. Praying she stays well and continues to recover at home. Maybe she will get better sleep in her own bed then that uncomfortable bed. Corey has signed up to ref soccer and has already been assigned a handful of varsity and jv games. Now Corey is working on a candidacy paper (I’m not really 100% all the specs or anything… I try to understand and ask questions but I seem to always end up a little more confused than I was before I asked and inquired).

Next week we leave to go on vacation! I am super excited. We will be making our way to Denver with a stop at Mount Rushmore on the way there for a few nights. We will be seeing my cousin LeAnn and her beautiful little boy Finley. I love him! I can’t wait to see LeAnn either. On the way home we will be making a stop to sleep in Omaha. We are excited and ready for a restful, fun vacation before Corey starts school September 2nd.

Now, I can work my way backwards and try to remember things that happened after my last post.

I do know we spend a lot of time packing.

Corey got the opportunity to preach at Breckenridge Lutheran Church to fill in for their pastor while he was on vacation. It also gave the congregation a chance to meet someone they help support financially.
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June 27 and 28 Corey, Charlee (who was visiting us), Ella, Anna (Charlee’s dog) and I all went camping with Corey’s mom and grandparents. It rained the WHOLE weekend. Big bummer. We did get a little bit of rain free time where we then spend at the beach/pool at the campground. It was a really nice setup.

Right after that, on Sunday we went to church, then we headed to the cabin for three days. The weather was pretty nice while we were at the cabin. We met my mom, dad, Elizabeth, Raven and Sparrow there! I haven’t seen Elizabeth since our wedding and I have never met Sparrow. It was a tough time for them at the cabin just because of all the activity and what-not but I sure loved being able to see my sister, nephew, and niece. The lake was pretty rough so we didn’t spend a ton of time out on the water. We celebrated mine and Elizabeth’s birthday on the 29th and then Sparrow’s first birthday on the 30th.
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From now on my posts might look and sound a little different as we are back to the rind and grind of school. I will, of course continue to post on anything important or special that is going on in our lives but I am going to stray a little bit more from that and go more onto posting about thoughts, prayers, etc. This will become more of a reflection blog with a little bit of our day to day life.

Until next time!

Summer Vacation

It’s been a while since an update- mostly because I’ve been busy/not interested in posting. (Not too much to write about other then the same old same old.) So now, being a month and a few days since I have last posted I think I have PLENTY to share about. Be prepared for a bombardment of events, pictures, and more!

This past weekend, June 20th-22nd, Corey and I went back to my mom and dad’s home. We had given them gifts to a Tailgate dinner and a Saint Paul Saints game for Mother’s Day and my dad’s birthday… it was time to pay up on Friday night. (We had found an awesome Groupon for the event that worked out perfectly!) We had a good time, for the most part. Saints got totally bombed. It was my parents first time at a Saints game, a little different then the Twins.

On Saturday Corey and I began the adventure of painting the in-law apartment attached to my parent’s home (that’s where we will be living for the nine months of school Corey has left). Hopefully, after he graduates in May he will have a placement for a first call and we will be off to that. Crazy to think that that is less than a year away. Corey is mostly done with his Master’s of Divinity and will very soon be a pastor. We are all so proud of him. Back to painting, we only got one room done over the weekend because on top of painting we went to Charlee’s annual family potluck with a new group she is involved in called Homeward Bound. Here’s the link to the website. It’s a really incredible opportunity for her- being she loves to act, sing, and dance! I’m so excited for her and what God is going to do through her.

During our trips home miss Adalynn is getting to know Corey better… she no longer screams and cries when he holds her, instead she goes to sit right next to him and cuddles him. Ella also gets a lot of social interaction with other dogs (she’s still trying to get used to having three dogs around instead of just her and Buddy). Charlee now has a dog, Anna. She is a very sweet dog who is keeping Charlee great company for the most part.


Last week, June 16th-19th, and this week, June 23rd-26th, I am subbing for summer school. I am taking over the middle school science class. We are having a lot of fun, trying to keep it light-hearted, entertaining, and somewhat science related. I am really enjoying the experience and am learning a lot. It really makes me miss the teaching side of things… but after working in the public school system I know I do not want to teach for a career. The administration side of teaching really seems to cause a lot of problems and make a lot of teachers upset. I want to teach- but not deal with the other stuff. Maybe I will just continue subbing… who knows. I’ve just enjoyed this experience for now.

June 6th-14th I was back in the cities visiting my family. Corey came with June 6th and 7th and then headed back for church Sunday, then he came back again on the 12th after he was done with work. On the 6th we visited with Corey’s mom and his sister. We had dinner and then stayed to chat for a while. It was nice. Ann really treated us to an amazing dinner. Kayla and Ann were hosting Molly’s (one of Corey’s cousins) bridal shower Saturday so they showed off all they have planned and talked about all their ideas. I think it turned out to be a fun event. I wasn’t able to attend though, I was busy hosting my own shower for my cousin LeAnn. My mom and I hosted a baby shower for her and baby Finley. LeAnn was in town visiting from Colorado so that Finley could meet everyone. I was so blessed to get some extra special time with the little man… he is definitely an adorable guy and I certainly did not want to hand him back. But, at least I knew he was in good hands with his amazing momma (who got married yesterday- June 21st-to a wonderful man). The shower was very nice- I got the impression that everyone enjoyed it. Usually the aunts throw the shower but I really wanted to help out with it this time. LeAnn is a very special cousin of mine. So, my mom and I decided we would just take care of everything and let it still be a shower from the aunts. I wish I would have taken pictures but I was so busy with all the shower details. We served a waffle bar and yogurt bar, had a Monster’s Inc. theme. (My mom was amazing and found a whole bunch of Monster’s Inc. decorations.) We played a Nursery Rhyme Quiz, The Price is Right Baby Shower Version, and filled out wishes for baby Fin.

I stayed in Shakopee over the week for one VERY special reason- Charlee graduated high school on June 11th. I can’t believe that she is already at that stage in her life. I remember when she was this spunky little girl who drove me up the wall. She sure has blossomed into a beautiful, smart, intelligent lady I am honored to call my new sister. I have always considered her my sister but for the past two+ months I have enjoyed officially welcoming her into our family. I enjoy our time together. She makes me laugh and (I think) I make her laugh. We have a lot of good discussions about life and all things. It’s really fun to have someone around to have those conversations with.

**Charlee- if you are reading this- I love you so much and honestly can’t imagine not having you in our family. You are special to each and everyone of us… even if we don’t show that all the time.

I’ll just post a few pictures of her graduation on here… I have a lot of pictures.




While I was home I got to have some Adalynn time, visit with Brandy twice, and go get a new tattoo which I love.



On June 12th my grandma moved into assisted living. This is a great opportunity, not only for her but for my mom. As much as my mom loves my grandma it has been exhausting for her to be my grandma’s 24/7 caregiver. She has worried about my grandma very consistently while my grandma was living in the apartment… Would she fall? Would she faint? Would she turn off the stove? Would she burn out the candles before they burned down the house? Etc. Now my grandma is in a much safer environment where she can interact with people on a daily basis instead of seclude herself to her home and become lonely. She has a very nice, new apartment. My grandma is the first person to live in the space and she has quickly made it her own. It’s a nice little one bedroom apartment with a kitchen and a large bathroom. If my grandma ever needs help reaching a cupboard, making the bed, getting her shoes on, etc. someone will be there to help her out. How nice is that?!

Let see… now onto the time I was home before that… May 27th-30th. I was home then to visit. Charlee and I kept ourselves busy while everyone was at work and doing there thing. On the 28th Charlee and I went to Chutes and Ladders with Adalynn. I think Charlee had more fun than Adalynn. It was fun to watch Adalynn try to climb up and down all the things there was. She also had a little sprinkler park that she could run through- it was very difficult to get her out of that. She sure does love water. Too bad there were so many big kids in the way. On the 29th Charlee and I went to Como Park to visit the Conservatory and the Zoo. It was toasty warm but not unbearable. After the Zoo we went to Key’s Cafe and she took a nap on the way home. Also, for dinner I went to Ann’s house and she treated me to Mexican food. We chatted for a while and talked about a lot of things. It was nice to have some quiet visiting time. On Friday the 30th Charlee and I went shopping (there’s not much I love more than shopping). I think my love of shopping has spread onto Charlee. Oops. Oh well. I’m teaching her the value of window shopping (or at least I hope I am). The pictures I am posting from this week are only a tiny tiny bit of the pictures I took from the week. Just trying to show a small recap of what we did and the smiles we had.




On May 24th Ella and I went and visited at the cabin. My dad was there, Corey was in the cities, and I had nothing more to do other than clean. So, Ella and I took the 2 hour trip to the cabin to visit with everyone there. It was a work day. Two trees were cut down and they were in the process of building a new shed when I was leaving. It was a pretty nice visit. Ella got to meet a new dog (one of the neighbors had a dog who Ella loved). I got to see Nikki’s kids- boy do I miss them. Lilly was very excited to see me…. but she was off very quickly to play with Savanna and my other cousin Emily. (What can I say, Emily is a great name.) I helped out some with cutting up the pieces of a tree and putting them in a pile- it was a gigantic tree.

After helping I went fishing with two cousins, two aunts, and one of my cousins friends while my dad babysat Ella at the cabin. I bet you can guess how many fish the six of us caught. That’s right. None! I’m going to guess I bring bad luck because the next day they went out and they caught a lot of fish without me there. On our way to the lake to fish we had an exciting moment. I saw, back in the trees, some black things moving. I thought maybe dogs… but why would there be dogs in the trees. Soon, I realized it was a bear. Even more exciting it was a bear and her two cubs. Really adorable, really dangerous. We pulled over to take some pictures (because really, how often do you see that).

After fishing Ella and I headed back home. Ella was exhausted, of course. She got a lot of fresh air and slept in the passenger seat of the explorer, right next to me. It was very sweet. I certainly do love my dog, that’s for sure. It was a nice day-trip. I always enjoy seeing my dad and most of my family. Ha. It had been a while since I saw some of the people that were at the cabin. It was a tough year to get to family events with Corey’s work schedule and my work schedule.





May 23rd was our LAST day of school for the year. I have to be honest, it was bitter sweet, but not as sad as I expected. I knew that I would only be here for one year so I really tried hard to not get attached to anyone. I did get attached to the staff I worked with. The crew that was in my room was amazing! I will definitely, and do, miss them a lot. They are great friends.

The last day consisted of going to the beach and just hanging out. The beach was very eventful… if you’d like to know more message me and I will let you know about it.

As far as Corey’s internship… it’s coming to a close. Honestly, I am very excited because that means we get to go back to civilization! Corey has had, and is having, a very good experience at Zion. The people at Zion have made many comments about how Corey is ready to go be a pastor of a church- so that’s good news. We were really blessed that Corey got this placement with Pastor Dale, he’s been a great teacher for Corey. Along with Pastor Dale, the congregation has been really great for Corey in teaching him and supporting him. Next Sunday, June 29th, he preaches. Corey has July 6th off. July 12th Corey will be preaching at a church in Breckenridge, MN (spelling). After that I’m not sure what the schedule is for his preaching schedule. July 27th is his last day and we will be moving the same day (or at least our stuff will be moving… it depends how much cleaning we have left to do).

We took off June 30th-July 6th so we can do some things. Right after church on the 29th we will be headed off to the cabin with Charlee and the two dogs. We will be meeting my parents, Elizabeth, Raven and Sparrow at the cabin. This will be my first time meeting Sparrow and I’m very excited to meet her. We will be at the cabin until the 3rd probably. After the cabin we will be off too South Dakota to celebrate the 4th with Corey’s mom, aunt, uncle and maybe some other people (I don’t really know who will all be there). On the 5th one of Corey’s family member will be getting married. We will be headed back to Pelican after that sometime.

This next weekend, June 27-29 we will be camping at Buffalo River State Park with Corey’s mom and grandparents. This will be an adventure. We have never been to this state park but I looked at pictures and it looks like a nice place. Charlee and Anna will be coming with us too. Sunday morning Corey will leave the campsite early so he can get to church on time to preach. Charlee and I will be on our own to pack up the tent and all our stuff and leave the campsite at about 8:30 or so to get to church on time. Corey’s mom and grandparents will probably join us. After church… that’s when we will head to the cabin. So… we are very busy this coming weekend.

Well, I think that’s it for this post. Until next time!


Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Pet 5:7)


Let the Countdown Begin

Wow! It’s been a month since I last updated- yes, life has been that uneventful! Hah. With not too much going on, I didn’t feel like updating the blog.

I’ll just work back, as usual (it just seems the easiest).

There are 7 school days left! I can’t believe it’s already end of school time. I have really enjoyed working at the Detroit Lakes Middle School. I have had some great experiences and met some great people. I will be sad on the last day, that’s for sure. During the summer I plan to sub for teachers in summer school. It won’t be a ton, but it will be enough and it will give me the freedom to make my own schedule and not have to worry about “taking time off” for trips, holidays, etc. In June I will be going home for almost a week. June 7th is my cousin’s baby shower (which I’m so excited about) and June 11 is a graduation I will be attending. So that leaves June 8th, 9th, and 10th free for anyone who wants to get some “Emily Time” or for me to get some quality time with people I love and miss.

This past weekend, for Mother’s Day Weekend, my parents came to visit. My dad and Corey working on putting a new radiator in the Explorer (which we’ve just been holding off on, it was finally time to just do it) while my mom and I went shopping. We definitely shopped til we dropped! I can’t wait to get Twin Cities malls… the Fargo Mall is pretty lame. Oh well. It was nice for girl time. For dinner I made a Chicken Garden Alfredo. It’s really yummy. (I’ll post it on the bottom of this post.) Sunday was pretty cold and cloudy so we just played a game after church. For lunch we went to a diner/cafe in Detroit Lakes- I would not recommend it. The food was ok (nothing you couldn’t get anywhere else), the corn was canned, the service was terrible. Ella and Buddy played as usual while my family was here.


We are taking lots of walks and runs during the week. The lake is looking very tempting- too bad I don’t have a boat. It’s nice the weather is FINALLY going to be getting nice (sometime). It can’t be cold forever… RIGHT?


Let’s see… what else has been going on…

Corey has been working (the normal amount for the most part). He goes to meetings, participates in synod stuff (which they have something this weekend Friday and Saturday), and is taking part in choir (more for the experience then anything).

I’ve been taking a lot of pictures of Ella. She’s very lazy. She likes to sleep and lay around.


On April 27th we celebrated our First Anniversary! A year flew by incredibly fast. We have done a lot in that time. The saying, “time flies when you’re having fun” is extremely true. I must be honest though, there has definitely been more good than bad but, not everything has been wonderful (not that we argue a lot- just it hasn’t all been easy). We have had some hard times… adjusting to sharing everything, adjusting to new places, learning to depend on each other more than others…

For our first anniversary we went to Chase on the Lake in Walker, MN. We got a great deal… half off! We went Thursday night after work and stayed just the night. It SNOWED on the way there. Yuck. I took Friday off. Ella had a baby sitter (some great people from Zion). Walker is a pretty uneventful town in the fall, winter, and spring but it was still nice to get away from Pelican Rapids for a night. On Friday we went shopping around the town to basically all the shops that were open. It was kind of fun… I love all those little boutique shops. They are so cute.


We have been doing a lot of hiking at Maplewood State Park.


I also went fishing!


Well… I think that’s it for this update. School’s done in 7 days, our internship is done in 2 1/2 months. And, I’m ready to be back in the cities.

Until next post.

Three Months Left!

We have almost hit the home-run stretch. Phew. I’m ready to go home and be with my friends and family for the time being.

Yesterday while I was talking on the phone my mom got into a car accident. Someone pulled out in front of her and she hit them. No one is hurt, everyone is ok. The car is, on the other hand, not ok. The airbag deployed and the horns blew. I was extremely scared and nervous. While on the phone my mom quickly said that she had to go and all I heard was horns blaring. She called back about 30 seconds later, crying, telling me to call dad and that she had been in an accident and told me kind where she was at. I was scared. I’m glad she is ok and no one got hurt in the ordeal- but it was just very scary for me, and I’m sure for her.

On Friday (4/11) Corey and I went home to visit. My mom had been asking if we could come home and Friday/Saturday seemed to work for us. My mom, Charlee, Corey, Adalynn, and I went to Perkins for breakfast Saturday. After Perkins we stopped at How Quaint. They have adorable things! It’s full of antiques and some handmade items. My mom found some things for her house for a wall she is putting together with silver platters and plates. It will look great when she’s done! After that Corey headed to visit with his mom and Charlee, my mom, and I went shopping to get new swim suits at Kohl’s. (Thanks mom for the new, cute swim suit.) After getting those we headed to The Y to workout. I had so much fun that when Corey and I move back we will be getting a membership! Maybe I can get a VERY part-time job there (or work in their early learning center) so I can get free membership. We will see what happens. After working out we headed back home to pick up Becca and went for a “spa day.” We got medis and pedis. It was so nice to be pampered. I got two shades of purple on my nails- a dark purple on my toes and light purple on my fingers. After our spa day we went shopping to get some last minute Easter basket stuff. On the way home we picked up pizza and had that for dinner, then Corey and I were headed back to Pelican.


ImageImageOver the last week we did not do a whole lot- we spent a lot of time outside while the weather was nice. Since Sunday it has been very cold! Back to winter. Spring just gave us a tease. I am hoping by Sunday the weather will be warm again. We will see what God decides to through at us I guess.







Last weekend (04/05/14) Corey and I decided to go to Bemidji to explore. Originally we were going to go to Itasca State Park but we figured it was going to be extremely muddy with all the melting so we kept on going straight to Bemidji. We took a walk around town and explored statues of Babe and Paul Bunyan.







Well, not much to write about so until next time!

Talks of the Past

I had a blast visiting home! I was disappointed to head back to Pelican Rapids on Saturday night.

We did a lot while we were home though… It was exhausting but fun.

We arrived Thursday night around 8:30 on the dot. During the drive we made a few pit-stops. We stopped in Fergus Falls for dinner, which is only about an hour from Pelican Rapids. We stopped for a potty break and stretch break. My back gets so sore sitting for too long. Of course my back was really bugging me Thursday. One of our last stops was to Albertville Outlets. Corey and I both got new running shoes. We have started changing our lifestyle and added running into our routines. I probably complain too much about running, but soon enough my body will no longer hurt, I hope. I’m ready to start running on grass instead of blacktop, I think that will help with shin splints, etc. Once we arrived at home Ella and Buddy began playing immediately. They really love each other (a little too much from what my mom told me). Shortly after we got home Corey and I went down to my grandma’s apartment to visit with my aunt and uncle visiting from Alabama. (They left early Friday morning so I’m glad we went home when we did.) It is always such a blessing to spend time with my Uncle Barry and Aunt Tammy. While we were chatting Barry pulled out some scrapbooks of my grandpa’s from when he was around. During his visit here Barry had pulled those out (none of them anyone has seen besides my grandma). It was so fun to go through those with Barry, my mom, grandma, and Corey. Those moments are some I will NEVER forget! We giggled, laughed and smiled all night. It was incredible to see my grandma’s smile as she talked about some of the things and looked at pictures from the past. I took some pictures of some of the things in the scrapbooks. I wish that I would have taken more pictures but I would have just have had too many. I limited it to four.


This is a ticket to a Wisconsin Badgers vs. Minnesota Gophers Football Game on November 19, 1949.
The ticket was only $3.50! It’s a little bit different now…


This is my grandpa’s High School Graduation program. Unfortunately the picture I took is blurry.
He graduated from Mentor, MN high school.


This is my grandpa’s passing driver’s test. He did fail the first time he took it.


Here is my beautiful grandma. I wish I could remember when this was taken and how old she was. I think it is probably in high school.

I also got to see miss Adalynn too. I love that girl!


Alright, that’s it for my Thursday adventure.

We started our Friday morning with a nice run on FLAT surfaces. It was really nice to run on a flat surface versus our hilly surface. After our run we stopped in and talked to Barry and Tammy before they headed out. Later we headed to MOA after we had breakfast at Panera and coffee at Caribou. Good way to start the day! At MOA we made our first stop at the Apple Store. Corey had to get his battery replaced on his MacBook Pro and I got a BRAND new MacBook Air. So far it is working perfectly for what I need (and it saved us a few hundred dollars versus the MacBook Pro). All I do on my computer is  store pictures, update my blog, check emails, Facebook and Pinterest, and work on job applying stuff (resumes, cover letters, etc.). The new laptop is also very light, it’s nice! We shopped for a little while longer, of course. I miss shopping at MOA. After shopping we made a pit stop for lunch and then headed off to Luther Seminary. I loved driving around the area and seeing St. Paul area again. That area around Luther Seminary is by far my favorite place to be ever- I love the area, it has so much character. Corey needed to drop off some paper work at the seminary (and since we were going to be in town it was just easier). Last time we mailed something they lost it in the system somewhere! After all our running around and getting all our errands done we were off to Ann’s. She was working from home Friday (sorry for distracting you while you were working). While she was working Corey and I were setting up my new computer. We stayed at Ann’s Friday night to celebrate some birthdays. Ann’s on January 5th, Kayla’s on February 14th, and Corey’s on February 20th. It was nice to get together with everyone, it’s not often Corey and Kayla can BOTH be around with both of our crazy schedules. Dawn and Elaine (Corey’s aunt and grandma) joined us for dinner too! Donald (Corey’s grandpa) got struck with the flu unfortunately. We missed not being able to see him. Without him Corey is very out numbered! Five girls to one boy.

Phew, that’s it for Friday.

Saturday morning we woke up and got ready to head back to Shakopee. Ann made us some eggs and sausage for breakfast (thanks, it was yummy). We also spent some time just hanging out and talking over coffee. I had to get home so my mom and I could go get our hair done. I got home a little early so my mom and I had time to go to lunch! We went to Buca di Beppo for lunch. While we were having girl time Corey went to Canterbury (something he really enjoys to do). After lunch my mom and I headed to Ambiance Spa & Salon in Burnsville. Ask for Amber Saulsbury and let her know Colleen Loerzel referred you. You will get a first time guest discount as well as my mom will get a discount on her next visit. Amber did a great job! Not only does she cut but she styles after the trim is done. So, I got a wash, cut, and style! It was amazing. The treatment there was superb. I usually just go to Great Clips because it’s quick and cheap- but you do get what you pay for! My experience at Ambiance was well worth it and I will be going back again when I’m in town.



After getting the spa treatment Corey and I had a decision to make. Do we stay for dinner and go to Chick-Fil-A with my parents and Patty and Terry Larson (longgggggg time family friends, more like my aunt and uncle) or do we head back to Pelican Rapids. Corey said it was ok to stay for dinner, I was glad because it had been a very long time since I had seen them (and the longer I got at home the better). So, we had dinner with everyone and left for Pelican Rapids around 6:00. We got home a little after 9:30.

On another note. My cousin LeAnn gave birth to a beautiful baby boy Saturday, March 15th at 7:25pm. I’m am so proud of my cousin and cannot wait to meet her little man. He is adorable! I love him so much already. My cousin has such a special place in my heart and now so does her son. Love you both!

Overall the trip home was really memorable although there were a lot of people I didn’t get to see and a lot of things I didn’t get to do. Hang out with miss Adalynn more, see Lisa, Steve and Samuel, see Haley and Brandy, go to the Zoo and do more shopping plus lots of other things that I could continue to list off. Next time we visit home we will have to carve out more time to visit with more people and do more things (hopefully).

This past week has been pretty relaxing. Corey and I have been playing a lot of Hand-and-Foot together (of course I’m winning all of the games). On Thursday night I started getting sick with a nasty cold. On Friday morning I woke up to heavy snow. My boss texted me and told me to just come in late because the roads were pretty slick. I went into work around 10:15 Friday but was really not feeling well. I’m glad it was Friday and that I had a shorter day. All day Saturday and Sunday I felt pretty sick. Today was a teacher in-service day so I had no school. It was nice to just relax. My head is feeling a little better but I’m still really stuffed up and have a nasty nasty cough. No more headache, no more sore throat… So I think I’m on the mend!

This coming week is going to be a little busier. Tomorrow night is dining out at The Pelican in Pelican Rapids. (How original of a name, right?) Wednesday is Lent services. We have a soup dinner before the service. Corey preaches on Sunday. Right now Corey is at church meeting with a couple that is getting married (I’m not sure when). Corey will be helping out with their ceremony, it will be his first wedding.

Well, I guess that is it for now. Nothing too exciting to come- we will just be a little busier which is a good thing.

Until next time!

Future “Planning”

Let’s see… What have we been up to lately… Not a whole lot. With the combination of cold and being in the middle of nowhere we have been doing a lot of “trying” to entertain ourselves. Playing games, watching movies, etc. I’ve taken a lot of hot baths (just to warm myself up).

Last weekend my mom, dad, Savanna, and Buddy came to visit. It was nice to have them here. I sure do miss them. I realized how much I miss my cousin’s four kids as well: Damon, Savanna, Lilly, and Amber. I haven’t seen them in a while. It was fun to have a kid around again! We played a lot of hand-and-foot, celebrated Corey’s (belated) birthday, went shopping, and went to church. They got to hear Corey preach (I believe my dad and Savanna for the first time) and listen to his forum from his Israel trip last January. I only have a couple pictures of the weekend, but I will show them off anyways.


Ella and Buddy sure love playing with each other.


Savanna being adorable in front of the fountain at the mall.


Ella loves spending time with her grandma (sorry it’s not that flattering of a picture mom).


The babies and I.

Now, to talk about the forum Corey did at church. Last Sunday (March 2, 2014) Corey talked about the places he visited in Israel. He did a great job during his presentation (although I was a little bored). People seemed to be pretty intrigued at what he was telling them and asked a lot of questions. The weekend before (the last Sunday of February) Corey talked about the political tension and history of Israel and the area. Again, people seemed very interested to learn about the area where Jesus lived, taught, and gave His life for us. Corey is very fortunate to have visited such an amazing place. I know he has memories to last a lifetime from what he experienced there.

Since my last post Corey had a birthday! He is now a quarter of a century years old (that’s 25). We tried to celebrate on his birthday by going to Fargo and eat at Red Lobster but the weather was not wonderful, we went the day after instead. He celebrated his day by watching the Olympics (I think hockey was on). I gave him some Nike USA Olympics sweatpants for his birthday, of course he wore those as he was cheering on USA. After our unsuccessful trip to Red Lobster we had some cheesecake, I lit a candle even.


To get back to the title: “Future ‘Planning'”

Corey and I have been doing some thinking about what we would like to do when Corey graduates. He is going to seek a First Call position as a pastor.

That process goes a little like this (I still don’t 100% understand the process, so this is my understanding of it):
1. We pick our top three or four regions. North America’s ELCA is split into nine different regions.2. The ELCA then assigns us to a region (hopefully one from our top three/four).
3. In the middle of February of next year we will hear where our assigned region is.
4. About two weeks later the Bishop of the Synod we are assigned to gives us a call.
5. After this I’m not sure what happens. What I think is that Corey will find out open positions and start the “interview” process. (Pretty much, Corey will get a job if we are open to where God wants us. Corey said for all of ELCA churches there were about 294 openings for first call pastors and 170 pastors going for their first call. That means the ELCA is short 124 first call pastors!)

I titled this “planning” because God likes to laugh at our plans. It’s more of like our far-off wishes. Corey and I really want to keep our doors open but our hearts’ wishes are much different. We wish for a larger congregation with people our age in a larger city/town. We are also wishing for a warmer place (like the southern half of the United States). We have picked out our tentative regions we would like to be at and have done a little research on some of the congregations that are looking for pastors in that area. Although, this all may change as far as openings we are still trying to do some research on the areas and what-not. I hate this uncertainty of what we will be doing in a year and a half and where we will be. Only God knows. But, I can rest assured that God will be watching over us and our lives.

Well. That’s all the “new” info I have for today.

Next Thursday-Saturday we will be in the cities! Yay. My first time back since Christmas and I can’t wait. I miss home so much. I miss my parents, my friends, my family, my niece, the city and the traffic, the busyness of the city, and my familiar surroundings.

Until next time!

Spring is on it’s Way!

I am just going to work backwards from now until the last time I posted on what has been going on. That just seems to be the easiest at this point. It has been a pretty uneventful 2+ weeks for the most part (not that that is bad, just can get a little boring). 

I had today and yesterday off of work. President’s Day and then a Teacher Inservice day today. Today I got outside and shoveled and cleaned up after some of Ella’s mess. (Not going to go into too much detail about that.) It was BEAUTIFUL out today. Not only did we finally reach above zero but we reached above freezing. It was really refreshing to have the nice weather and sun shining! I also ran to Detroit Lakes and picked up some new brakes and rotors (spelling?) for the Civic. After work, Corey worked and that. Now we have new brakes on the car… no more grinding. It was LONG overdue! After all of that, Corey, Ella, and I went for a walk and enjoyed the nice weather. Ella LOVED running in the snow. She was crazy.  She ate plenty of snow along the way… one of her favorite things.

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Taking Care of Ella Baby

My last post was a week and a half ago. Since then we have had a lot happen around here. Last Monday was MLK day, no school. On Wednesday we had another canceled day of school due to “snowy” weather. We could have had a late start and been just fine. Today, we are having ANOTHER canceled day due to cold. I don’t see why we close school due to cold. When I think about it from a parent’s point of view I guess I can understand why. When Corey and I went grocery shopping though, all those parents that complain that we shouldn’t have school because of cold are out shopping with their kids! I’m looking forward to a full day’s week of work, that’s for sure.

Now to talk about the title. Ella has had three seizures since we have had her. She had one December 2012; December 23, 2013; and January 21, 2014. They have not been serious seizures but it sure makes me sad when she has them. After the December 23rd one we called an emergency care vet and they said that there’s really not too much to be done about it until it gets “worse,” meaning more frequent, grand mal, or she has them one after another after another. So, for now we will keep an eye on it. Since her seizure last week she has been acting a little different. We are keeping an eye on that too. The vet didn’t seem to concerned about it though. Today Ella also got her rabies and distemper shot as well as got her blood drawn to check for heart worm and other tick and mosquito born diseases. (The vet said it’s a good idea to keep an eye on that because they have a lot of blood diseases up here in the mosquitos and ticks.) Things showed up negative so we’re good there. Ella was such a trooper- she didn’t cry once during her pokes and she stayed perfectly still. I think it’s harder on her momma than it is on her. After her exam and everything was done she got off the table and wagged her tail. She was perky and happy (we were surprised, the vet said she could be sore and sleepy). Right now as I’m typing this, she is fast asleep so I guess her effects just came on a little later. We love our pooch!


This weekend I had a little girl-time. So happy to have it! My mom, Brandy, and I all met in Albertville Saturday morning. We had a hotel room booked and got to check in early. We spent Saturday getting manicures and pedicures then went shopping. We stopped for lunch around 2ish or 3ish and then ran to Target to grab some veggies to snack on as well as chocolate. We also spent some time in the hotel “hot” tub. On Sunday we went to breakfast in the hotel and then out to coffee at Caribou. I headed home around 11:00. The drive home was anything but wonderful. I guess I didn’t really expect to have it be so bad. What should be a 3 hour drive took me 4 1/2 hours. The road conditions were o.k., it was  the blowing snow that was a problem. Throughout much of the drive there were white out conditions. The pictures I took don’t really do the drive justice. Oh well, I made it home safe and sound and that’s all that matters.

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Right now at church for Corey: he’s in charge! Pastor Dale is away in Arizona. Corey preached this past week and will preach again this coming Sunday. I guess only 32 people were at the service this past Sunday (the roads were not too good). I figure, why cancel church? People who come will come, people who don’t want to venture out won’t venture out. Besides, we don’t have to drive to church, it’s just across the street! Corey is also keeping busy with his online class and preparing our taxes. How nice is he to do that?! I love him.

On our way home from the vet we saw a need for a photo opportunity. Here’s a picture of ALL the snow we have gotten so far this winter:

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Just kidding! It’s just a very very tall snow drift from the blizzard-like conditions we had yesterday. That drift is right outside Pelican Rapids on Highway 59. Fun, huh? I think not! I’m ready for nice weather!

Well, that’s it for now! Have a great day.


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