Tuesday, October 31, 2017

19 Years!

Off we go to celebrate 19 years of marriage! For our anniversary, we got snow tires on the van, did some shopping for the household, then spent some time at our favorite places in Downtown Northfield!

Science Museum of Minnesota

We explored the Science Museum of Minnesota on Thursday, and pretty much had the whole museum to ourselves! It was a lot more fun to play around with the kids without having to wait in line or worry about being in someone's way. Fun times!!

Apple Picking

Christy & Becca went apple picking with their Sunday school class! They picked a "bushel full" of great-tasting apples, and Becca is proving to be quite the photographer! :-D

Solar Heater

Eric installed a solar heater today on one of our outbuildings! Now our kitties will be warm & toasty throughout the winter, without increasing our energy bill...

Autumn Artistry

We recently took our annual journey "up north" to view God's autumn artistry! It was a refreshing time of visiting some of our favorite places. I'm thankful for time to slow down a bit, and reflect on the goodness of God!

Roof for the Coop

It was a beautiful day for re-roofing the chicken coop!

The Bees & The Butterflies

We've left some of our land to grow in a "natural" state with wildflowers, milkweed, goldenrod, etc. to attract and sustain bees & butterflies, but it seems they prefer my daisies over just about anything else!


God showed us some lovely color this evening as we walked the trails in our backyard! It seemed to be a promise to me that our school year will go well, even if our days are busy and sometimes long. I am reminded to not be weary in well-doing (Galatians 6:9).

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Country Life

Wow, it sure feels like autumn outside today! We enjoyed some time in our backyard, savoring the mild weather while it lasts. The chickens are happy and producing excellent eggs! We're so thankful for our country home, lots of space for the kids to explore, and all of the blessings in our life!!

Homegrown & Homemade!

Our pear trees are producing more pears than we can keep up with! So, I'm starting to experiment with different recipes that will use them up. This one was was a hit!!

Car Wash for Christ

Last Saturday, we offered a free car wash for all Northfield residents! We wanted to show them love in a practical, tangible way. We even wore "We Love Northfield" t-shirts! Our hope was, that by offering a needed service for free, we could open up conversations about Christ. We wanted people to know that we care not only about their physical needs, but their spiritual ones as well!

Zoo Fun!

Yesterday was a beautiful day to explore the Minnesota Zoo! We got to see the kangaroos before their exhibit is closed for the season, but they weren't very active. The weather has been cooler than normal for August. We're loving it, though!

Projects & Pirate Days

We had a great time with Jerry Dale Crafton while he was here! He was amazing at heading up some much-needed home maintenance projects such as installing a ventilation fan in the upstairs bathroom, sanding & re-finishing our deck, insulating a furnace duct leading to our bedroom, adding gutters & downspouts, and many other little jobs that make a big difference to our quality of life out here! We're so thankful for him!! It wasn't all work, though...we had fun playing games, enjoying Basil's pizza, goofing around at Cabela's, visiting the Pirate Festival in Owatonna, and getting the "best ice cream ever" at Russell Stover's!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

School Books

Here are most of the books for our upcoming school year! I've only included books for my boys (grades 1-4), since my girls are set up for school on their computers. We're almost ready!