1,000 Gifts

1,000 Gifts

“Gratitude for the seemingly small and insignificant, this is the seed that plants the giant miracle in the midst of it all. So count the ways he loves. A thousand. More. Never stop. So that when you wake in the morning, you can’t but help unfold your hands to the heavens…because this is how you spend your one life well, receiving each moment for what it really is; holy, ordinary, amazing grace.” -Ann Voskamp

In 2012, I started counting gifts. Some were big, momentous things, but most were small, ordinary things, that would normally go unnoticed. I counted over 1,000 that first year, and haven’t stopped since.

4930. Setting new year’s goals
4929. {A website redesigned}
4928. Playing games with mom
4927. An evening sipping hot drinks and chatting
4926. Outlet mall shopping
4925. A fresh salmon dinner
4924. Memories of Ecuador popping up in my Facebook feed
4923. A brother whose visits always end too soon
4922. Packages in the mail
4921. Afternoon games
4920. Swedish pancakes
4918. Playing Telestrations
4917. Christmas with the cousins
4916. The ornament that hangs front and center, and reminds us why we celebrate – HOPE
4915. The glow of the Christmas tree in the corner
4914. Cribbage until the wee hours of the morning with Dad, Mom, and Andy
4913. Watching Brian Reagan
4912. Laughing until we cry
4911. Snapchat fun
4910. Raucous games of Pit
4909. Everyone under one roof
4908. Celebrations prolonged by sleepovers
4907. Looking at wedding photos
4906. Gifts exchanged
4905. The Christmas story being read
4904. Everything and everyone in their familiar places
4903. Candles lit
4902. Family around the table
4901. Little girls bursting through the door
4900. Christmas morning joy
4899. Staying up late, savoring the moments
4898. And then cribbage
4897. The games of Christmas Eve Clue
4896. Presents under the tree
4895. {God, here with us}
4894. Wondering anew at the God who became man
4893. Sleeping in
4892. Annual viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life”
4891. Rock climbing
4890. Chicago mis popcorn
4889. A night with cousins
4888. A chat with the bestie
4887. Stringing popcorn and cranberries and fruitloops
4886. {My soul magnifies the Lord}
4885. {A Messiah – for the highest of Kings to the lowest of men}
4884. Homemade pizza
4883. A sleepover with the girlies
4882. Game show contests
4881. Quiet afternoons
4880. Playing games
4879. Lord of the Rings marathon
4878. Apps and together time
4877. Escape room with the fam
4876. Wild rice soup
4875. Gifts too big for thank yous
4874. A brother home
4873. Sunday afternoon naps
4872. Cards ready to be mailed out
4871. Snow swirling
4870. A year remembered
4869. Trimming the tree
4868. Hot cider to warm cold hands
4867. Cutting down the Christmas tree
4866. Good company
4865. Advent candles lit
4864. Tea at Laura’s
4863. Touring the Swedish Institute
4862. Coffee for early work mornings
4861. Perfectly formed snowflakes landing on the window
4860. Dinner at Bri and Dana’s
4859. Watching “The Grinch” with the girls
4858. A Christmas lights tour
4857. Dinner at Chilis
4856. Gingerbread house decorating
4855. {Baba Yetu}
4854. The girls’ Christmas program
4853. The last photoshoots of the year edited, and ready to be mailed out
4852. {Taken on flesh and conquered death’s sting}
4851. New Christmas music
4850. Christmas shopping
4849. Judging debate
4848. Cocoa on cold days
4847. Friends who listen and offer advice
4846. Playing Fishbowl
4845. Friends gathered on a winter night
4843. Surprise packages in the mail
4842. Snow falling
4841. Days to edit
4840. Advent readings
4839. All the familiar decorations
4838. Christmas music
4837. St. Paul at Christmastime
4836. Safe travels
4835. Swedish pancakes before Dan left
4834. A walk around Minneapolis
4833. Chili on a cold night
4832. Michelle home for the weekend
4831. Enjoying together time
4830. Finding deals
4829. Black Friday shopping
4828. A cup of coffee from a brother
4827. Planning adventures
4826. Ping pong with Marie
4825. Playing games
4824. When the whole family is together
4823. Thanksgiving
4822. Dan coming home
4821. Nikkia, Christina, Jessie, and I being together for the first time in over two years
4820. Root beer floats
4819. Game night with the Halls
4818. The first snow of the season
4817. The Jones’ hospitality
4816. Ping pong
4815. Planning
4814. Paddle boarding on a fine afternoon
4813. Airport sunsets
4812. GE staff meeting
4811. Surprises waiting at work
4810. Packages in the mail
4809. Kind words from friends
4808. Birthday wishes from all over the world
4807. A Saturday to get things done
4806. A brother who takes off work to join game night
4805. Balderdash- just like old times
4804. Angel food cake
4803. Game night
4802.Gifts from Europe
4801. Friday night fast food
4800. Coffee with Allie
4799. Window shopping
4798. Lunch with Mom
4797. Men, women, and their families who sacrifice so much for freedom
4796. Veterans’ Day
4795. The privilege of voting
4794. Hot cocoa
4793. Late fall photo shoots
4792. Plotting adventures
4791. Cribbage with Dad, Mom, and Andy
4790. Finishing photo albums
4789. Burgers off the grill
4788. Warm apple crisp with ice cream on top
4787. Running in shorts on November 6
4786. An extra hour of sleep
4785. The final wedding of the season
4784. Dinner and games with Alyssa and Priscilla
4783. A friend having her baby
4782. World Series baseball
4781. Hanging out with Andy and Rachel
4780. Starbucks
4779. One last night around the fire talking
4778. Staff volleyball game on Sunday night
4777. The reminder that it is Christ who holds me, nothing that I do
4776. Being encouraged
4775. Water fights
4774. {He will hold me fast}
4773. Reliving old memories and making new ones
4772. Nutella parties
4771. Volleyball into the early morning
4770. Rolling out dough
4769. Meeting new friends
4768. Keeping people happy by keeping their stomachs full
4767. Singing praises
4766. Reuniting with the best friends
4765. “Are you almost here?!” texts
4764. A drive through the Ohio countryside
4763. Airport reunions
4762. Finishing projects
4761. The sky
4760. Earbuds and good music
4759. Parents who do early morning airport runs
4758. Playing games late
4757. Dinner at Andy and Rachel’s house
4756. Bonfires and s’mores
4755. Photoshoots
4754. Having the girls sleep over
4753. Watching Inside Out
4752. Matching Converse shoes
4751. Surprising the girls with a stop at Starbucks
4750. A little after lunch Dutch Blitz
4749. Going to the range with Bri
4748. Countdowns
4747. Autumn weather that is absolutely perfect
4746. Max’s laugh
4745. Autumn skies
4744. Baking
4743. {And this}
4742. In the midst of election ugliness, {this}
4741. Shopping for Dan’s new apartment
4740. Late night cocoa
4739. Dark chocolate
4738. A God who is for us
4737. Breath-taking fall beauty
4736. A trip to visit Dan
4735. Maple syrup soda
4734. Hearing about Andy and Rachel’s honeymoon
4733. Breakfast with Danielle
4732. Andy letting me borrow his car
4731. Resuming Spanish classes
4730. A weekend full of photoshoots
4729. Squad Skype
4728. Movie nights
4727. An afternoon in Stillwater
4726. Exploring the Twin Cities with Rachel
4725. Beautiful autumn days
4724. Celebrating Whitney
4723. Wedding after party
4722. Balloons, streamers, and window paint
4721. Almost all the cousins being together
4720. Getting a new sister
4719. {for all your goodness, we will keep on singing}
4718. A beautiful day for a wedding
4717. Swedish pancakes for breakfast
4716. Kara coming to our house so early in the morning to do wedding hair
4715. Celebrating Andy and Rachel
4714. Sharing memories and honoring a brother
4713. Root beer floats
4711. Taco bars
4710. Photo booths
4709. Making bouquets
4708. Market-fresh flowers
4707. Rachel arriving
4706. Gluten-free macaroni and cheese
4705. Decorating at the church
4704. A bridal brunch at Katie’s
4703. Dan coming home
4702. Whitney Erin on her 6th birthday
4701. Pinterest projects turning out Pinterest-worthy
4700. Strength for the busy season
4699. Finally trying Spyhouse coffee
4698. Antique cars and vintage weddings
4697. A dad who comes to the rescue when my car won’t start
4696. Sending balloons up into the sky
4695. Monday night volleyball
4694. Friday night family game night
4693. Four handed cribbage
4692. Wedding preparations
4691. Lydia on her birthday – so thankful for her friendship
4690. Roots
4689. Seeing where my great-great-great grandparents homesteaded after the immigrated from Sweden
4688. Family reunions
4687. An afternoon to do errands
4686. Learning Canasta
4685. Wild rice soup
4684. Letters from my compassion girls
4683. An evening at the Guthrie
4682. Rachel on her birthday
4681. Dana on her birthday
4680. Thunderstorms
4679. Peach pies
4678. Minneapolis photo shoots
4677. Playing pick up sticks with the little people
4676. A day in the kitchen
4675. An after dinner walk with mom
4674.When wedding clients make you feel like friends
4673. Golden hour
4672. Gluten-free French toast
4671. Labor Day brunch at Keys
4670. Sleeping in
4669. Sunday night movies
4668. Family around the table
4667. Afternoon runs
4666. Shishkabobs on the grill
4665. State Fair Round 2
4664. Long weekends
4663.  Fair food
4662. Catching up with Danielle
4661. Savoring summer at the Great Minnesota Get-together
4660. Smashburger – complete with sweet potato fries
4659. A long overdue visit with Kara
4658. An eveninig on the lake paddleboarding
4657. End of summer vacation bonfires
4656. Playing games
4655. End of summer family get togethers
4654. Pizza after the games
4653. Unlikely comebacks
4652. Starbucks for chilly morning softball tournament games
4651. Dress shopping with mom
4650. The boys finally winning the championship
4649. Skyping with Ecuador friends
4648. Dairy Queen after victories
4647. Playoff softball
4646. The Chronicles of Narnia
4645. Drive through movies
4644. Swimming in Lake Michigan
4643. Camping
4642. Bonfires
4641. Ice cream stops
4640. And Ruby
4639. Seeing Dan
4638. A trip to Michigan
4637. Watching the Olympics
4636. Sunsets
4635. A walk to lake Calhoun
4634. Food truck tacos
4633. The Minneapolis art fair with Marie
4632. A beautiful day for an outdoor wedding
4631. Seeing my family
4630.  A quick breakfast, nap, and shower at the Formans before heading home
4629. Amanda stopping at Starbucks after picking us up at the airport
4628. Getting to sit by Lydia and Hayden on the plane ride home
4627.Translators and team members that have become like family
4626. Jewelry shopping with Liz
4625. Cool views
4624. A day to explore
4623. A long, warm shower
4622. Looking through each others photos at Casa del Padre
4621. Mini nutella waffles
4620. Coffee on the equator
4619. Bus rides
4618. Knowing that God loves these kids infinitely more than we do
4617. Tears, hugs, and hard goodbyes
4616. Volleyball until 1:00 on our last night at camp
4615. The look on my kids’ faces when they won the gold medals
4614. Photo scavenger hunt
4613. The “Squad”
4612. Lemonade at the beach
4611. A morning to rest
4610. Sitting at the tables outside our cabin, just soaking in the sights and sounds of camp
4609. Gluten free food
4608. The kitchen staff
4607. Hearing our kids doing the Verde chant
4606. Learning verses in Spanish
4605. Josue calling me “Suzy” all week
4604. Time to just hang out with the kids
4603. Ice cream runs
4602. The dart game
4601. Paula and Martina coming up and giving me hugs
4600. Talking with Abigail about her seashells
4599. Trips to the ocean
4598. Showers
4597. Late night talks with Lydia
4596. Nutella parties
4595. Team leaders who listen and give you tea
4594. Playing games together
4593. Meal times with the kids
4592. How our kids worked together
4591. “Opening night” ceremonies…wave your flag!
4590. Having kids from five different churches and three different cities at camp
4589. Remembering names
4588. And Dylan, Johanna, and Lys as helpers
4587. Getting Martín and Lily as translators
4586. Mikela
4585. Joyce
4584. Abigail
4583. Romina
4582. Kimberly
45781. Genesis
4580. Lenin
4579. Daniel
4578. Sebastian
4577. Lenin
4576. Yani
4575. Kanani
4574. Dylan
4573. Timothy
4572. Juan Pablo
4571. Esteban
4570. Meeting “my” kids
4569. Seeing Daniel and Genesis, and getting them on my team again
4568. Excitement that you can feel
4567. Buses of kids arriving
4566. Leading Verde
4565. Team meeting on the beach
4564. Raising over $10,000 to sponsor camp kids…thank you, Lord!
4563. Pulling into camp
4562. The chance to encourage the church in Esmeraldas on Sunday morning
4561. Staying up until 1:30 on the balcony with Lydia and Hayden
4560. Batidos for lunch
4559. More volleyball
4558. Whale watching
4557. A much needed day of rest
4556. {Know that your labor is not in vain}
4555. A rainbow after the rain…God keeps His promises
4554. Conversations in broken Spanish
4553. How a camera can cross language barriers
45521. Recess with the kids at Luz y Liberdad
4551. {He who began the work will complete it}
4550. Quiet time encouragement
4549. Reading the note from Guadalupe’s mom on the bus ride back to Esmeraldas
4548. Last minute photos
4547. Lydia, Martín, Jason, and me getting to walk Guadalupe and Jari home on the last day of the program
4546. Fruit from Guadalupe’s family
4545. Our awesome translators who don’t stop
4544. Hope in the middle of great need
4543. Guadalupe running up and hugging me everyday when she came to the program
4542. Sandiel and our handshake
4541. More kids saved
4540. Having Guadalupe and her brother Jari join us for the kids programs
4539. The $38 I send to Ecuador every month becoming much more personal
4538. Lydia and Martín coming with me
4537. …and then stopping for ice cream
4536. Going out to lunch…
4535. Playing together at the beach
4534. Meeting her family
4533. Visiting her home
4532. Touring the Compassion Project
4531. Little arms wrapped around my neck
4530. Meeting Guadalupe
4529. A “treat” on the way there… 😉
4528. A ride to the Compassion project
4527. Sleeping in
4526. Fioravanti and Chifles…Ecuador staples
4525. Conversations with friends
4534. Looking past numbers to see faces
4523. The vivacious kids in Rocafuerte
4522. Verses from mom for everyday of the trip
4521. Running on the beach
4520. Ocean sunsets
4519. Improvising
4518. The clapping song during mealtime
4517. The church in Esmeraldas making all our meals
4516. Pan de yuka
4515. Late night ice cream with Hayden
4514. Sea air
4513. A drive to the coast
4512. The traditional coffee in Octaval with Lydia and Micah
4511. Teaching about creation with the Andes Mountains as the backdrop
4510. Popcorn in our soup
4509. An afternoon to rest
4508. Playing volleyball
4507. Hot tea
4506. Swimming in a waterfall
4505. The rooftop balcony
4504. Playing human hungry hippos
4503. Devotions and chats by the fire
4502. Sharing a room with Lydia
4501. Otavalo
4500. Family and friends who pray
4499. Goodbye hugs
4498. Mom on her birthday
4497. Going up the teleferico at dusk and seeing Quito lit up
4496. Lunch at the church in Carapungo
4495. Editing photos
4494. Coconut lemonade from crepes and waffles
4493. Market shopping
4492. Watching kids laugh during stories
4491. Acting in skits
4490. Kids getting saved
4489. Praying with kids – the best part of story team
4488. Answering questions
4487. Teaching about salvation
4486. Team devotions
4485. My usual seat in the bus
4484. Seeing the curriculum I helped write in action
4483. Restaurants that hold memories of trips past
4482. The Quito skyline lit up beneath us
4481. Applesauce and oatmeal
4480. Praying with the roomies every night
4479. My “Ecuadorean family”
4478. Missions photography
4477. Going back to Carapungo
4476. Notification after notification saying that kids had been sponsored
4475. Putting together a fundraiser for camp
4474. Seeing obstacles as opportunities
4473. Seeing Daniel and Sergio on the first morning at Iglesia Inaquito
4472. Having Andrea as my translator!
4471. Being on story team – scary at first, loved it by the end
4470. God reminding me that I’ll only get through the trip on His grace and strength
4469. Being stretched
4468. Team meetings
4467. Seeing familiar faces
4466. Being back at the churches we worked with at Christmastime
4465. A first morning of kids programs
4464. Rooming with Haden and Lydia
4463. Being back at Casa del Padre
4462. …and Edgar!
4461. Being met by Pastor Benjamin…
4460. Arriving in Ecuador!
4459. Non-stop flights
4458. Sitting by Hayden on the flight to Quito
4457. Airport phone calls
4456. The traditional Jamba Juice on the way to the airport
4455. A time of prayer before heading out
4454. A morning at the beach
4453. Prepping for camp…sewing flags and medal ribbons
4452. Reuniting with friends
4451. John’s mango salsa
4450. A night at the Formans
4449. Coffee and catching up with Grace
4448. Starbucks in the airport
4447. Anticipation
4446. A brilliant sunrise to start the adventure
4445. Dad getting up early to bring me to the airport
4444. Alarms set early
4443. A final pack of the suitcases
4442. The men and women who wear the blue
4441. Dinner on the deck
4440. Games with the girlies
4439. Tubing and boat rides
4438. A day trip up to the cabin with Marie
4437. Rain that held off
4436. Last minute shopping
4435. Late night baking
4434. Suit shopping after dinner
4433. Dinner at Damico and Sons with Andy and Rach
4432. Early morning airport runs
4431. Ecuador donations…blown away
4430. Finishing our girls night series just in time
4429. Fireworks
4428. Family get togethers
4427. Independence
4426. Running a 10K
4425. Friday night at Lake Calhoun with Marie
4424. And lunch afterwards
4423. Pedicures with Mom
4422. Ella May on her 9th birthday
4421. Dairy Queen after the game
4420. Dan staying to play softball
4419. Family dinner at Aqua
4418. And through it all, their constant love
4417. Their commitment through the good and the bad
4116. Dad and Mom’s 40th anniversary
4415. Dan surprising Dad and Mom
4414. Kayaking
4413. Thunderstorms
4412. Family time
4411. Sunshine
4410. An afternoon nap
4409. Whitney’s laugh
4408. Tubing
4407. A star-studded sky
4406. Playing games around the table
4405. Blacksmith tacos
4404. Spray in the face
4403. Wind-blown hair
4402. Boat rides
4401. An ice-cream stop on the way to the lake
4400. A new do
4399. Making strawberry pies
4398. Lunch with Danielle
4397. Strawberry picking
4396. Friendships that are stronger than distance
4395. Books on tape
4394. Mini-Thailand reunion
4393. Andrew’s wedding
4392. Strangers’ hospitality
4391. Sunsets over the lake
4390. Exploring Canada
4389. Roadtrips
4388. Visiting with Leah and Aaron
4387. Exploring Minnesota
4386. Celebrating Dad
4385. Softball games
4384. Sweet potato fries
4383. A brother on his birthday
4382. A long walk for ice cream
4381. Kayaking with Marie
4380. Bonfires and s’mores
4379. Little girls done with school
4378. The sun setting over wide open fields
4377. Sun breaking through clouds
4376. Wedding shooting
4375. Sleeping with the windows open
4374. The traditional after the book sale stop at Dairy Queen
4373. Music around the fire
4372. S’mores
4371. Whit spending a few days with us
4370. Having Dan home for the weekend
4369. Men and women who loved liberty more than life
4368. Eating dinner outside
4367. Afternoon naps
4366. The beauty of the national parks
4365. Almost the whole family, hanging out for the entire day
4364. Swedish pancakes
4363. Laughing
4362. Bonfires
4361. Volleyball and cornhole
4360. Family time
4359. Rain holding off for almost the whole day
4358. Money raised for missions
4357. A 16-team softball tournament
4356. Spring Swing shopping
4355. Playing outside with my nanny kiddos
4354. First softball game of the season
4353. Bringing a treat to a little broken-armed Whit
4352. Playing four square
4351. A perfect spring day with the girls
4350. Nightly games of cribbage
4349. Cherry Berry after school
4348. Shooting tips from the pro
4347. {A challenging listen}
4346. Shooting a wedding
4345. Cribbage with the fan
4344. A night at the gun range with Bri
4343. Baking with Whitney
4342. A package from Lydia
4341. Mini cheesecakes
4340. Fresh flowers on the table
4339. My amazing Mama-Bear
4338. Mother’s Day 
4337. The first 5K of the season…running for LIFE!
4336. Hanging out with the Strommes for moving weekend
4335. Coffee and lunch and good conversation with Christina
4334. Spring everywhere
4333. Sunshine
4332. A new girl’s night series
4331. Monday night volleyball
4330. The smell of fresh-cut grass
4329. Coming home
4328. Airport “see you laters”
4327. Playing Dutch Blitz
4326. Ultimate frisbee
4325. Movie night with kettle corn and chocolate covered almonds
4324. Pennsylvania in the spring
4323. Ice cream and walking at Gettysburg
4322. Outlet mall shopping
4321. Gluten free snacks
4320. {Hebrews 11}
4319. God’s relentless grace
4318. Sight and Sound Theater
4317. Small towns
4316. Frappuccinos
4315. Visting Lydia!
4314. Burgers with a fired egg and avocado
4313. Lunch money from mom
4312. Listening to Bri talk about the Iraq War
4311. Chatting with Danni
4310. Girls night
4309. Good deals on fabric
4308. Sleeping with the windows open again
4307. Tulips in bloom
4306. Spring rain
4305. Friends safe in the Ecuador earthquake
4304. {Psalm 16}
4303. Volleyball
4302. Dinner with Lois
4301. Sunday night game nights
4300. Getting off work early on a beautiful spring evening
4299. Ella and Whitney’s drama night
4298. A weekend in Duluth with Mom and Dad
4297. The smell of spring
4296. Flowers budding
4295. {Psalm 37}
4294. A letter from my newest little Compassion girl in Ecuador
4293. A new series for ‘girls’ night’
4292. Finishing up writing/editing the GE curriculum
4291. Dad doing my taxes
4290. A “slow season” photo shoot
4289. Spending a night with the little girls
4288. Talking with Dan
4287. Long runs
4286. Being back in Spanish class
4285. Chatting with Rachel
4284. Playing games
4283. Sunday night dinner
4282. Sparkly shoes
4281. Picking out clothes for my little Compassion girl
4280. Bridesmaid dress shopping
4279. Lunch with the girls
4278. Pizza and movie night with Priscilla and Alyssa
4277. Coffee with Dena
4276. Wedding planning
4275. Easter dinner with the family
4274. {Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful}
4273. The promise that no matter what you’re facing, Sunday’s coming
4372. Good Friday service
4371. {Jesus is always faithful}
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4369. {When every hope seems lost}
4368. {God rested on the seventh day}
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4266. Jesus choosing the cross, so we could walk free
4265. The Easter story
4264. Doodling
4263. Building a snowman with Whitney
4262. Spring break adventures with my nanny kids
4261. Playing pandemic
4260. Friendship that has lasted generations
4359. Time with Danielle
4358. Gluten free cupcakes
4357. Holding newborn babies
4256. Visiting the Mackenzie clan
4255. Road trip with Mom!
4254. The little ladies sleeping over during their spring break
4253. A brother receiving his second medal of valor
4252. Friends who encourage
4251. Lunch with Amy
4250. Cello music
4249. Piano Guys concert with the girls
4248. Applebees with Mom, Dyna, and Marie
4247. Key lime pie in a jar
4246. Steaks on the grill
4245. A celebration dinner
4244. A brother engaged
4243. Scouting out photo locations
4242. {What no one tells you about how to live an extraordinary life}
4241. Chatting with one of my little Ecuador campers on Facebook
4140. A letter from one of my Compassion girls
4239. 70 degree weather in March
4238. A package from Rachel
4237. Birds chirping
4236. No coat
4235. Little boys playing neighborhood baseball
4234. Celebrating Marie
4233. Dinner at Dyna’s
4232. Parents who prioritize family vacations
4231. Airport coffee
4230. Savoring the last moments together
4229. Walking to Starbucks
4228. A last day at the beach
4227. Family devotions
4226. Fields full of flowers
4225. A huge rainbow appearing in the sky
4224. Lighthouses along the coast
4223. Bug Sur
4222. Lunch at Fisherman’s Warf
4221. Adjoining rooms
4220. Looking at the city from the other side of the Bay
4219. Peanut butter milkshakes
4218. Dinner in China Town
4217. Andy and Rachel joining the crew
4216. The Golden Gate Bridge peeking through the fog
4215. San Fransisco
4214. Picnic lunches
4213. Little towns by the sea
4212. Ocean meeting mountains
4211. Road-tripping up the Pacific Coast Highway
4210. Sitting in the hot tub at the end of the day
4209. Antique shopping
4208. Frozen yogurt
4207. Sand between your toes
4206. A nap on the beach
4205. Meeting extended family
4204. Listening to the sound of waves crashing against the sand
4203. The ocean
4202. After diner games
4201. Gardens in bloom
4200. Visitin Jordan and Nikkia
4199. Picking up Dan from the airport
4198. Root beer floats
4197. Friendships that span time and space
4196. Walk along the beach
4195. Sand that glitters
4194. An afternoon with Ari
4193. Sunset at La Jolla
4192. A harbor full of ships
4191. Mexican coffee in Old Town, San Diego
4190. In-N-Out burgers for lunch
4189. Palm trees outside the airport
4188. Traveling with Dad and Mom
4187. Early morning take-offs
4186. Packing up
4185. Chatting with Leah
4184. {This song. On repeat}
4183. {Love the life you never wanted}
4182. Waffles and nutella and strawberries
4181. Lunch with the Stromme girls
4180. Crafting together
4179. A weekend with the girlies
4178. Coffee with AnaLise
4177. Going for a run in a t-shirt
4176. Chats with Rachel
4175. Melting snow
4174. Sunshine
4173. Praying with mom
4172. Frozen yogurt
4171. A hamburger with egg on it
4170. The bravery of the US military
4169. Going to a movie with the fan
4168. Rube Dube!
4167. Antiquing
4166. A weekend with Dan
4165. Brian on his birthday
4164. Valentine cookies
4163. Ella hugs
4162. Coffee with Allie
4161. A good deal on some needed camera equipment
4160. A new little girl to sponsor
4159. New recipes
4158. GE prayer meeting
4157. {Compassion in Ecuador}
4156. Window seats
4155. Mission trip friends…I’m convinced they’re some of the best people you’ll ever meet
4154. Ecuador memories
4153. Lunch with Laura after church
4152. The big-sky Texas sunset on our drive back to Dallas
4151. Sunshine and t-shirts and flip-flops
4150. Catching up with Emily
4149. Touring the capitol
4148. Breakfast with Rachel and Micah
4147. Walking the river walk
4146. Homemade ice cream
4145. Exploring new places
4144. Good coffee + good friends
4143. Devotions together
4142. Waffles with nutella and strawberries
4141. Hot tubs
4140. Staying in a “tree house”
4139. Chats with Leah
4138. Dinner with the Pallocks
4137. Reuniting with friends
4136. Parents who get up for early morning airport runs
4135. Tickets booked to visit the roomie
4134. The new season of Downton Abbey
4133. The way the snow sparkles in the sun
4132. Braving the blizzard to go to a movie
4131. Snow days
4130. Playing games together
4129. Sunday night dinner with the fan
4128. Sunday naps
4127. Movie night with the bro
4126. Saturday night dinner with Andy
4125. Going for a run at the end of January
4124. Breakfast with Priscilla and Alyssa
4123. Catching up with Dan
4122. Reading with Whit
4121. Set your hope fully upon the grace that is to be revealed
4120. {Make time and space}
4119. January thaw
4118. Shooting videos
4117. Hanging out with Ashley
4116. The sound of waves
4115. Ocean air
4114. Taco lunch on the beach with Grace
4113. Church with the Colemans
4112. Some afternoon volleyball
4111. Palm trees
4110. Warmer weather
4109. Shooting movies
4108. Reminiscing about missions trips
4107. Brainstorming for story ideas
4106. The Forman’s hospitality
4105. Curriculum writing weekend!
4104. Grace for missed flights
4103. Girls nights
4102. A burger and fries
4101. Dinner out with Marie at Jakes
4100. Sunday night games
4099. Taking my family on the “virtual tour” of Ecuador
4098. Game night with Ted, Sarah, Kara, Christina, and Daniel
4097. Friday errands with mom
4096. Movie nights
4095. Catching up with Rachel
4094. Thursday with Whittie and Bri
4093. Warm cocoa on freezing cold days
4092. Going back to work
4091. Sorting out souvenirs and gifts
4090. Papa John’s pizza for dinner…so bad, but so, so good
4089. Good talks with mom
4088. Sleeping in
4087. Family hugs
4086. Finally making it home
4085. Starbucks!
4084. Having Lydia with me on the flight home…she’s the best roomie/travel buddy I could ask for
4083. Airport food vouchers
4082. One last night together with just the four of us
4081. Playing games together
4080. A final dinner at Tommy and Martina’s house
4079. A little time to explore Cuenca with our sweet translators
4078. {The testimony of Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, and the other three missionaries who gave their life in Ecuador…he is no fool to give what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose}
4077. Sleeping in a real bed after camping
4076. A time of prayer with Pastor Gonzalo
4075. Having Andrea and Darren come work with us for an afternoon
4074. The book of Romans
4073. Playing soccer with the kids after the program
4072. The reminder that God does the saving, we just need to be faithful in doing the telling
4071. The promise that God’s Word will not return void
4070. The opportunity to plant seeds of truth in the lives of children
4069. When I can use my camera to connect with kids
4068. Sophie and her huge smile
4067. Seeing how many older kids wanted to come to the kid’s program
4066. Warm showers
4065. Cooking out
4064. Holding babies
4063. Their eagerness to hear what we were saying and spend time with us
4062. Being able to share the gospel with a group of single moms
4061. A roof to keep us dry
4060. The beauty of our surroundings
4059. Pastor Gonzalo and his family
4058. A short afternoon hike
4057. People from the church fixing us dinner our first night in Cochapata
4056. Andres and Taty – our new translators
4055. A safe drive through the mountains
4054. Bible verses from Mom to read everyday
4053. Heading off on our Cuenca adventure
4052. The church’s generosity in feeding us all
4051. Sunday morning service in Carapungo…reconnecting with more kids that we had worked with in the summer
4050. Seeing some of our camp kids and helpers
4049. Saturday night service with the kids at Iglesia Inaquito
4048. Devotions and hot cocoa by the fireplace
4047. Playing with Jordy!
4046. Going back to the church we worked with this summer
4045. Playing volleyball with the team
4044. A day of rest
4043. Market finds
4042. Mochaccinos from the cutest little coffee shop in town
4041. The view from the balcony of Hostel Curinan
4040. Spending New Year’s Day in Octaval
4039. Going outside and watching fireworks and paper lanterns being set off all over Quito
4038. “Spoons” with the team until midnight
4037. New Year’s Eve dinner at Pastor Benjamin’s house
4036. The amazing view from the top of the Teleferico…what an awesome God we serve!
4035. Market shopping with Lydia
4034. Photos and hugs and goodbyes with our kids in Quito
4033. Joining in on Ecuadorean new years traditions
4032. Dinner with the translators at Andrea and Martín’s house
4031. A God who promises wisdom for those who ask it
4030. Time to just play with the kids
4029. Going to the back of the room during a skit and seeing Edgar sitting there!
4028. Afternoon coffee runs
4027. Helping the kids practice their English
4026. Practicing Spanish
4025. Little Ava running up and giving me a hug every time she saw me
4024. Being greeted with “good morning teacher”
4023. Team devotions
4022. Eating at all the familiar places
4021. Meeting the kids at our afternoon program
4020. A much needed after lunch nap
4019. Having Andrea and Taty on my team to translate
4018. Reciting verses in Spanish
4017. Sunshine and clear skies
4016. Seeing all of our translators again
4015. Our first morning of kids’ programs
4014. The view from Casa del Padre
4013. A safe, albeit late arrival, in Ecuador!
4012. Last minute messages from friends and family telling me that they will be praying for our team
4011. One last American meal before leaving the country…a Jack Daniels burger and fries
4010. Hanging out at the airport with Lydia for eight hours
4009. Airport reunions
4008. Making it through the massive check-in line in time to make my flight
4007. The goodness of God in working out every detail for me to be able to return to Ecuador
4006. Parents who get up in the middle of the night for airport runs
4005. The hope of Christmas
4004. Playing the dice game
4003. All the cousins being together
4002. Quimby Family Christmas
4001. A fresh blanket of snow
4000. {This I call to mind, therefore I have HOPE…}
3999. Watching Sherlock Holmes movies, just like old times
3998. Charlie Brown Christmas
3997. Listening to the little girls sing Christmas songs
3996. “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared, and the should felt its worth”
3995. Playing spoons
3994. {Hear the angels as they’re singing, on the morning of His birth, but how much greater will their song be, when He comes again to earth}
3993. Opening up gifts
3992. The whole family around the table
3991. Christmas morning
3990. {Glory to God, His salvation is near}
3989. Playing Clue on Christmas Eve
3988. Candles in the windows
3987. Another trip to the movie theater
3986. Christmas Eve service
3985. {Behold the Lamb of God}
3984. Playing games with Grace and Luke
3983. Christmas celebration with the Mensinks
3982. Swedish pancakes for Christmas Eve breakfast
3981. Together time
3980. A dusting of snow
3979. {He comes to make His blessings known, far as the curse is found}
3978. The traditional viewing of “It’s a Wonderful Life”
3977. Dutch Blitz with Mom while the boys were gone
3976. Last minute kitchen prep with Mom
3975. Jeopardy competitions
3974. An afternoon of games with Dan and Mom
3973. Packing suitcases
3972. Sleeping in
3971. Presents under the tree
3970. Mockingjay movie with the Strommes
3969. Half-price apps at Applebees
3968. Rock climbing with the cousins
3967. {Just drop the blanket}
3966. TV mix
3965. Candy Land popcorn
3964. An afternoon off work
3963. {I will raise up for David a righteous branch}
3962. {He who is mighty has done great things for me}
3961. {Behold, your King is coming to you}
3960. “A Messiah for the lowest of men to the highest of kings”
3959. The annual viewing of The Nativity Story
3958. A tree trimmed
3957. Back scratches
3956. {The sound of our breathing}
3955. Reminiscing
3954. Family around a table
3953. Christmas dinner at Fogo de Chao
3952. Holding a cousin’s little baby
3951. Time with Dad’s family
3950. Church on the radio
3949. Hot cocoa with peppermint and marshmallows
3948. {a thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn}
3947. Dan safely home
3946. Coming home from work to the bro’s car in the driveway
3945. A night with my Johannsen kiddos
3944. Little fingers and toes
3943. Meeting a friend’s new little baby
3942. Girls night
3941. The Christmas tree glowing in the corner
3940. St. Paul at golden hour
3939. The little town of Bethlehem all lit up
3938. Checking things off the to-do list
3937. Hot apple cider
3936. A trip to the tree farm
3935. {The poetry of baseball: finishing well}
3934. Sleeping in
3933. Getting ready for a brother to come home
3932. A Thursday afternoon in the kitchen
3931. Sweet gifts and notes from my little piano students
3930. Judging debate
3929. A “the rest of your trip is payed for” donation
3928. Gymnastics with Max
3927. TV mix
3926. Reading with Luke
3925. {Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed}
3924. Little boys snuggling on the couch
3923. {Isaiah 9:2}
3922. Logic problems with Grace
3921. The sound of the rain on the windows
3920. Prayer cards sent out
3919. The sun breaking through the clouds
3918. Wrapping up surprises
3917. Christmas carols playing
3916. Snow falling
3915. A quiet afternoon at work
3914. A pot of warm soup
3913. Christmas letters printing
3912. {Mild He lays His glory by, born that men no more may die…}
3911. Editing photos and watching Downton Abbey re-runs
3910. “The most brilliant, beautiful Person in the universe lost His physical attraction so that we, being spiritually unsightly, could be beautiful in the eyes of God”
3909. Homemade spaghetti
3908. More Ecuador donations
3907. Chats with Rachel
3906. The last family photoshoot of 2015
3905. Whitney’s delight in looking at the manger scene
3904. Singing Christmas carols
3903. Watching the Grinch with the girls
3902. Looking at Christmas lights
3901. Dinner at “Peppers”
3900. Stringing for Erin’s tree, listening to Christmas stories
3899. Church bells ringing
3898. Ginger bread house making
3897. The little girls’ Christmas program
3896. A fun new coffee shop
3895. {O come, o come Emmanuel}
3894. Advent devotionals
3893. Candy making
3892. Last minute photo shoots
3891. Bare trees
3890. The setting sun
3889. Wrapping presents with Christmas music playing in the background
3888. God with us
3887. December rain
3886. An Easter egg sunrise
3885. {Heaven’s love reaching down to save the world}
3884. “The pillow game” with the little crazies
3883. Uno with Grace
3882.Mom getting up to make me cocoa before work
3881. Ecuador donations
3880. “Shopping” with mom and Dyna via text message
3879. Merry Christmases everywhere
3878. Running errands in a sweatshirt
3877. An open sunroof
3876. New dresses
3875. Sunday night Boggle
3874. Tacos and root beer floats
3873. {C.S. Lewis on the incarnation}
3872. A shelf, filled with cookie tins
3871. Stirring up, rolling out, sprinkling on
3870. Recipes passed down through generations
3869. The traditional baking weekend with mom
3868. Wrapping up presents
3867. Girls night
3866. Green tongues
3865. Making wreath cookies with the girlies
3864. Ecuador plane tickets booked
3863. Planning winter adventure
3862. The promise that what is broken won’t forever be
3861. “Pull the car over and get out to take a picture”kind of sunsets
3860. Thursday mornings with Whitney and Bri
3859. Candles in windows
3858. Christmas lights
3857. The familiar sound of “silver bells” ringing outside of stores
3856. This advent season
3855. “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight”
3854. Christmas music floating through the air
3853. Trading autumn decorations for Christmas ones
3852. Brothers who scrape snow off cars
3851. The first snowflakes of winter
3850. Zantigos for lunch before Dan left
3849. Looking through the Ecuador photo book
3848. All of us being together for the first time since August
3847. Family dinners, celebrating birthdays
3846. Setting up the Christmas village with Dan
3845. Overlooking downtown Saint Paul at the golden hour
3844. A quick photoshoot
3843. Late night movies with the fan
3842. Wild rice soup
3841. Black Friday shopping
3840. Playing games
3839. Mercies that are new every morning
3838. Loaded tables and being surrounded by family
3837. Thanksgiving
3836. Watching the little girls run in and hug Uncle Danny
3825. A brother safely home
3824. An evening with the Johannsens
3823. An Ecuador necklace in the mail
3822. A fun bracelet from Bri
3821. A trip to the conservatory on a cold afternoon
3820. Lunch with Grace
3819. Coffee with Mom
3818. Brilliant sunrises through bare trees
3817. A box full of birthday surprises from Danielle
3816. Late November thunderstorms
3815. Storm clouds
3814. A pone call with Leah
3813. {The greatest thing you could do today}
3812. Late night premiere of The Mockingly
3811. Fresh baked gluten free chocolate chip cookies
3810. Apps at Applebees with Marie
3809. Owl presents
3908. Gluten-free angel food cake
3807. Homemade pizza
3806. Running in shorts and a t-shirt on November 15
3805. Birthday cards, calls, texts, messages, and snap chats from friends and family all over the world
3804. Gluten free pancakes
3803. Breakfast and catching up with Phil and Jess
3802.Ice packs and neck rubs to relieve headaches
3801. Staying up late to watch Columbo
3800. An afternoon with Mom
3799. Turn Style finds
3798. Starbucks
3797. Punch Pizza
3896. Grand Avenue shopping
3895. A little owl to add to my collection
3894. Thursday lunch with Bri and Whittie
3893. The men and women serve our country
3892. Little boys who are so quiet and cuddly after nap time
3891. November thunderstorms
3790. Afternoon runs
3789. Sunday naps
3788. {Then Your spirit gave me life, opened up Your word to me…}
3787. Lunch with Mom at the Afro Deli
3786. Visiting with Christina and little Elizabeth
3785. Signing up to go back to Ecuador!!!
3784. {Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above…}
3783. Little girls sleeping over
3782. Having Leah home
3781. A bonfire on a chilly fall evening
3780. Family Friday night
3779. Seeing a brother so happy
3778. Operation Christmas Child shoebox shopping
3777. Starting an internship with Global Encounters
3776. An open sunroof
3775. Flip flops in November
3774. {The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places}
3773. Sunny days
3772. The crunch of leaves underfoot
3771. Geese flying south
3770. This “Summer” that keeps hanging on
3769. The last of the autumn leaves hanging on the trees
3768. Pumpkins piles on doorsteps
3767. Morning runs
3766. Final photoshoot of the fall
3765. Hamburgers off the grill
3764. Chatting with Rachel
3763. An extra hour of sleep
3762. End of year planning
3761. Catching up with Nikkia
3760. Dinner with the Kannowitzs
3759. Spur of the moment lunch with Mom, Dyna, Michelle, and Marie
3758. Ella’s speech meet
3757. Family Bible study
3756. This sermon. How great is our God. 
3755. Dan driving me to the airport
3754. The awesome and holy God we serve
3753. Fellowship with like-minded friends
3752. Essential oils
3751. Kayaking with Alyssa
3750. Talks with Carissa
3749. The best volleyball team
3748. Seeing Dan!
3747. Lunch with Jesus
3746. Hair parties with Danielle
3745. Midnight snacks and chats with Liz, Micah, Danny, and Lydia
3744. Golden leaves everywhere
3743. Voices raised in worship
3742. Being reminded that eternity is for real. Live accordingly.
3741. Zip lining
3740. Dressing up
3739. Good teaching
3738. Rooming with Lydia
3737. Passion4Christ Summit
3736. Reuniting with Ecuador teammates
3735. Familiar faces at the airport
3734. Airport Starbucks runs
3733. Award travel
3732. Game night with Danielle
3731. Dinner at Applebees
3730. Watching “My Fair Lady” in theater
3729. An afternoon with the Mackenzies
3728. A surprise gift in the mail
3727. Dinner with Kara and the Sands
3726. Coffee with Dena
3725. Thursdays in the kitchen
3724. MEA weekend with the girlies
3723. Putting orders in the mail
3722. The Hope of the Gospel
3721. Walking kids to and from school
3720. {If we can keep our minds and hearts on His will, everything else will flow from that}
3719. Dinner with Priscilla and Alyssa
3718. Cousins coming to my hair rescue
3717. An afternoon with Marie
3716. Michelle home for the weekend
3715. Friday night family dinner
3714. Fabulous photoshoot weather
3713. Autumn skies
3712. {He is worthy of our hopes and dreams}
3711. Little girls playing in the backyard
3710. The smell of a bonfire
3709. Leaves turning colors
3708. Crisp autumn air
3707. Sunday afternoon naps
3706. A weekend spent with the girlies and Brian
3705. A little running buddy
3704. Afternoons in the kitchen
3703. A trip to the zoo with Max
3702. The promise of eternity
3701. A sister in Heaven
3700. Balloons in the sky
3699. Quiet afternoons
3698. Cool breezes
3697. The blood moon
3696. Skyping with Dan
3695. A beautiful autumn night spent around a bonfire with family
3694. Whitney Erin on her 5th birthday
3693. God’s faithfulness to Israel
3692. Catching up with Ari
3691. Chatting with Rachel
3690. A Saturday morning drive through the heartland…watching fog roll back and the sun come up
3689. Lunch with Allie
3688. Chatting with Christina
3687. Meeting Baby Elizabeth
3686. Final softball games of the season
3685. Friendships that have spanned generations
3684. Plane rides
3683. Traveling with Mom
3682. Early morning coffee
3681. Late night cribbage with Danielle
3680. Driving to Vermont for the afternoon
3679. The setting sun turning the world golden
3678. A picture-perfect wedding to photograph
3677. Pennants hanging from clotheslines
3676. Friends getting married
3675. Making pies
3674. Adventuring
3673. Beautiful last summer days
3672. Early morning runs
3671. Watching the sun come up
3670. Peaches in the freezer, ready for winter
3669. Spanish class
3668. My sister-in-law Dana on her birthday
3667. Quiet morning quiet times
3666. Morning light streaming through the windows
3665. Leaves rustling in the wind
3664. Another beautiful sunset
3663. Afternoon cornhole
3662. Chats with a brother
3661. {Wherever God is looking, God is acting…}
3660. Days at home to get things done
3659. Mornings to sleep in
3658. Early morning runs
3657. {No ear has heard, nor eye seen…}
3656. {A good listen}
3655. {A good read}
3654. Long walks
3653. Last days of summer vacation
3652. Church with Marie
3651. The Thin Blue Line
3650. Food on a stick
3649. The State Fair
3648. Catching up with Nikkia
3647. Zucchini hotdish filled with market-fresh vegetables
3646. Game night with Danielle and Mrs. Wiesner
3645. Dinner outside
3644. A trip to the Farmer’s Market
3643. A Saturday at home
3642. Cleaning out
3641. Cool running weather
3640. Panda Express and Starbucks
3639. A day with mom
3638. Little Whit being a trooper with her broken arm
3637. Como Town
3636. A picnic lunch with the girls
3635. Cribbage games
3634. Andy on his birthday
3633. Dinner and trip stories with Phil and Jess
3632. A safe drive back to Michigan for Dan
3631. The two weeks of fun we had with Dan home
3630. An afternoon at Bri and Dana’s
3629. Family photos
3628. A breeze coming through open windows
3627. Family dinners
3626. One last softball tournament
3625. Cousin time
3624. Running
3623. Peach pie
3622. Late night movies (even if they are sleepers)
3621. Catching up with Carissa
3620. A lunch break at home
3619. Homemade pizza
3618. Celebrating Andy’s birthday
3617. Dinner at Culvers
3616. Going fast
3615. Roller-coasters in the rain
3614. Valley Fair with the family
3613. Zantigos after church
3612. The traditional Old World Pizza after the tournament
3611. Softball tournaments
3610. Catching up with Leah
3609. All of us siblings sleeping at home on the same night
3608. Celebrating friends soon-to-be-born little ones
3607. Errands with Ella
3606. Apps at Applebees
3605. Family Twins game
3604. Playoff softball
3603. Dan being home
3602. Brilliant sunsets
3601. Roasting marshmallows over the fire
3600. Talks with mom
3599. Little girls laughing
3598. Swimming
3597. Camping up North
3596. Pizza
3595. Niece hugs
3594. A day off of work to recover
3593. Sleeping in my own bed
3592. Seeing my family
3591. Being home
3590. Talking to mom on the phone
3589. Bible verses from Mom for everyday I was gone
3588. The 19 amazing people I got to call my team – Liz, Micah, Danny, Lydia, Ari, Rachel, Hayden, Philip, Ashley, Kelley, Michaela, Grace, Joseph, Morgan, Lizzie, Eddy, Hannah, Katrina, and Laura – I’d do it again with all of you in a heartbeat!
3587. Stepping back on US ground
3586. The ability to sleep on airplanes
3585. One last night at Casa Del Padre – the view would never get old
3584. Andrea, Martin, Tommy, Martina, Braulio, Lily, and Kevin – the awesome translators that allowed us to communicate God’s truths to the kids
3583. A last dinner at Crepes and Waffles
3582. Cool, mountain air
3581. A safe drive back to Quito
3580. One last breakfast as a team
3579. Goodbyes that will make hellos so much sweeter
3578. Tears
3577. Last minute hugs from the kids that had become so dear to us
3576. S’mores around the campfire
3575. Water balloon fights
3574. Answered prayer
3573. Four of our campers asking Jesus into their lives
3572. Capture the flag
3571. Katy
3570. Daniella
3569. Practical jokes
3568. The best lemonade ever
3567. Mellany
3566. Random hugs from little people
3565. Playing at the beach
3564. Ice cream runs
3563. The kitchen staff (Tomate!) cooking gluten free food for a few of us
3562. Cold showers
3561. Braiding little girls’ hair
3560. Martina
3559. Andrea
3558. Genesis
3557. Camila
3556. Genesis
3555. Jeremias
3554. Matias
3553. Anthony
3552.Daniel
3551. Sergio
3550. Martina and Andrea being fabulous translators for our week at camp, and Dylan and Pamela being amazing helpers
3350. “Wave your flag”
3549. Meeting “my” team (Verde!) for the week
3548. Some time to relax before the kids came
3547. Arriving at camp!
3546. Sharing how God is working with the church in Esmereldes
3545. Sand volleyball
3544. An afternoon at the beach
3543. Air conditioned hotel rooms
3542. A safe drive through the mountains to the coast
3541. A boat ride
3540. Pastor Robertito
3539. Bracelets with our names on them
3538. A goodbye hug from Mateo
3537. Making shields with the kids – one of their favorite crafts, and one of mine too
3536. Watching the sunrise from the balcony in Otovalo
3535. Reading through Romans
3534. Shopping with the roomies
3533. Chifles
3532. Josue
3531. Esteban
3530. Rachel and Lydia taking over the craft team for Ari and me for a day
3529. A morning with Jordy
3528. Rooftop chats and prayer time
3527. Knowing that God is working things for His glory even when we can’t understand
3526. Shared tears
3525. Our hearts breaking for what breaks Gods
3524. The opportunity to visit the AIDs orphanage
3523. God giving me the words I needed to teach the lessons when I had no idea what I was going to say
3522. Lily translating for craft team 1
3521. Anderson
3520. Tea and Doritos
3519. Ari and Lydia – the best roommates I could have ever asked for
3518. Devotions by the fire
3517. Warm blankets
3516. The open-ness of the church in Otovalo
3515. Sleeping in
3514. Being serenaded by a mariachi band
3513. Walking around downtown Quito
3512. Market shopping
3511. Colombian coffee on the Equator
3510. Visiting the Equator!
3509. {The Romans Doxology}
3508. The amazing beauty of the earth God created
3507. Being above the clouds
3506. Shooting at Golden Hour
3505. The view from the top of the Quito Teleferico
3504. Bittersweet goodbyes after our final day working with the kids in Quito
3503. The church in Carapungo serving us food after our final program there
3502. The chance to combine missions + photography
3501. Praying together
3500. Bible verses and sidewalk chalk
3499. Deanna
3498. The sweet kids in Carapungo
3497. Light shining through dark places
3496. The look on the street kids’ faces when Kelley bought them ice cream
3495. Team devotions
3494. Kids getting saved
3493. Watching the kids laugh at the skits
3492. Luis and Andrea doing such an amazing job translating for us
3491. Conversations in broken Spanish
3490. Rachel – my backscratching, bus seat buddy
3489. Danny’s laugh…that made all of us crack up
3488. A bracelet from Melany
3487. Singing on the bus
3486. Edgar’s mad bus driving skills
3485. Dinner at Crepes and Waffles
3484. The view from the top of the viewing tower
3483. Singing in the church’s balcony
3482. Touring one of the oldest churches in Quito
3481. Valentina
3480. Our first day of Kids’ programs
3479. The view of Quito from our bedroom at Casa Del Padre
3478. Helping each other prep for the week
3477. Lunch at Pastor Benjamin’s
3476. Sunday morning worship with the team
3475. My amazing Mom on her birthday
3474. A safe arrival in Quito
3473. Airport explorations
3472. Jamba Juice pit stop on the way to the airport
3471. Worship and prayer at the Formans before leaving Florida
3470. Packing suitcases
3469. Meeting my Ecuador teammates
3468. Coffee with Grace at the cutest little coffee shop
3467. Finally getting to meet an online friend in person
3466. Lunch money
3465. Airport prayers and goodbyes
3464. Girls night
3463. Cribbage games
3462. Dinner with the family at B-52
3461. A day of last-minute errands with mom
3460. Facials with Dana
3459. Bracelets from Ella
3458. A day with the little girlies
3457. Coffee and a walk around Lake Nokomis with Priscilla and Alyssa
3456. Playing games with little people
3455. Having Dan home for Monday night softball
3454. {this poem}
3453. Celebrating Mom’s sixtieth
3452. The whole family having dinner together for the first time in six months
3451. A brother’s surprise visit
3450. Dinner on the deck
3449. Strawberry pie on the Fourth of July
3448. Men brave enough to pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor
3447. A stop at Bridgeman’s for some ice cream
3446. Riding through the city
3445. An Independence Day bike ride with family
3444. The smell of BBQ
3443. Strawberry sauce over ice cream
3442. Cornhole tournaments
3441. Catching up with Nikkia
3440. Good friends
3439. Making pies with Danielle
3438. Thrift store finds
3437. The annual pedicure and lunch with Mom
3436. Paddle boarding and a walk around Lake Calhoun with Marie
3435. Strawberry picking
3434. Celebrating at Culvers
3433. Ella May on her 8th birthday
3432. A beautiful, sunny weekend
3431. Video chatting with Dan
3430. Getting the perfect photo
3429. Together time
3428. Crackers and cheese for lunch
3427. S’mores
3426. Late night games with just the big people
3425. Firework fun
3424. “King of the raft”
3423. Tubing with the girls
3422. Wind-blown hair during boat rides
3421. Heads thrown back in laughter
3420. Bonfires
3419. Friday night taco buffet at the Blacksmith
3418. Sleeping in
3417. Newborn portraits
3416.  Watching Luke play baseball
3415. Working on a surprise with the little girls
3414. A perfect summer night watching softball
3413. {History is like a tapestry}
3412. {He has not left you without a kinsman redeemer}
3411. Eating shish-kabobs outside
3410. Corn hole after dinner
3409. Dad on Father’s Day
3408. {You are worthy to be praised, with my every thought and deed…}
3407. A handwritten note from Leah…”go change the world”
3406. Coming home
3405. Movie night at Trevor and Olivia’s
3404. CiCi’s pizza with the summer workers
3403. Devotions outside
3402. {The hope of the Gospel}
3401. Testimony time
3400. Sharing the Gospel
3399. 20 questions in the truck while driving around New Mexico
3398. Sonic stops
3397. An incredible staff to serve with
3396. Gluten-free peach cobbler
3395. Midnight Walmart runs
3394. Assembling Bibles
3393. Phone calls home
3392. A star-studded sky, stretching on forever
3391. A safe drive to New Mexico
3390. A day watching kiddos
3389. Homemade pizza
3388. Dan on his birthday
3387. Visiting an orphanage
3386. {The ends of the earth have seen Your salvation}
3385. The looks on the kids’ faces during the puppet shows
3384. A handwritten Bible verse from mom for every day I was gone
3383. Miss Betty’s laugh…and 20 years of faithful service
3382. Passing out Scriptures
3381. Answered prayers
3380. Being back in the desert
3379. Airport lunch money from mom
3378. A cousin graduating
3376. Holding a newborn baby
3375. {This convicting read}
3374. A morning with the girlies
3373. {Send it on ahead}
3372. Thunderstorms
3371. {The importance of stories…this is what I want to do!}
3370. Friends who share the same passions
3369. A phone call from Carissa
3368. {He calls them all by name}
3367. Cribbage on Sunday nights
3366. {This story}
3365. An afternoon spent baking
3364. The first Dairy Queen of the season
3363. A free dental exam
3362. Mille Bornes with Phil, Jess, and Mom
3361. Computer help
3360. Tacos and root beer floats
3359. {This story}
3358. Flowers on headstones
3357. {Remembering}
3356. The men who’ve sacrificed for my freedom
3355. A flag waving in the breeze
3354. Swedish pancakes
3353. Listening to old family stories
3352. Watermelon
3351. Family BBQ
3350. $2,500 raised for House of Grace
3349. A beautiful day for softball
3348. Electricity that turned on in time
3347. Picnic dinner at the ball field
3346. A brother home
3346. Pizza before Spring Swing shopping
3345. Hot cocoa on a cold May night
3344. A home run derby donation
3343. This sermon during a Sunday afternoon run
3342. {He knows the mysteries of the seas, the secrets of the stars are His…}
3341. {He will come to us like the rain}
3340. {His going forth is established as the morning}
3339. A letter from my Compassion girl in India
3338. An afternoon run
3337. {I have called you friends}
3336. A friend graduating
3335. Holding a newborn baby
3334. A phone call from Dan
3333. Lunch and errands with mom
3332. The thin blue line
3331. Softball
3330. The smell of freshly cut grass
3329. Lilacs blooming
3328. The rain turning everything green
3327. Thunder
3326. Flowering trees
3325. Spring storms
3324. {Thanks, Mom}
3333. My beautiful mom on Mother’s day
3332. The men and women who wear the badge
3331. {Just keep running}
3330. Trampoline jumping
3329. Coffee with Allie
3328. Dinner with the Stewarts
3327. An evening with friends
3326. Hearing Jordan’s song
3325. {Airport Joy}
3324. Breakfast at Bud’s
3323. Ruby’s romping
3322. Buffet dinner
3321. Walks through the sand dunes
3320. Sleeping with the windows open
3319. Late night coffee from Brew + a walk down the river
3318. Lighthouses
3317. The sound of the rain on the windows
3316. Books on tape
3315. Window shopping
3314. Exploring new towns
3313. Gelato for lunch
3312. Hanging out with Dan
3311. Chasing the sun
3310. Movie nights with my mum
3309. Ruby travels
3308. Road trippin’ to Michigan
3307. Helping with homework
3306. Blowing bubbles
3305. Girls night with Jess
3304. Watching the sunset through my rear view mirror
3303. A quick pit stop to see the girlies
3302. A wedding to shoot
3301. A drive through the country
3300. {A virtual adventure}
3299. Cossettas after MACHE
3298. A walk around Minnehaha Falls
3297. Coffee with Christina
3296. Tulips shooting up through the ground
3295. Computer help from Phil
3294. Budding trees
3293. Birds chirping in the morning
3292. Grass turning green
3291. Playing outside
3290. Owl paintings
3289. Bare feet
3288. An afternoon at the zoo
3287. A dad who does my taxes
3286. Little boys laughing
3285. Frogs croaking
3284. Clear night skies
3283. Coming home
3282. Baseball
3281. Deep dish pizza
3280. Golden hour light reflecting off buildings
3279. Ferris Wheel rides
3278. Sunny skies
3277. Together time
3276. Seeing Dan!
3275. Chicago!
3274. Safety across the miles
3273. Road trips
3272. Open sunroofs
3271. Perfect running weather
3270. Breakfast with Danielle
3269. Game nights
3268. Deviled eggs
3267. A year of Ruby
3266. The sound of the rain on the window
3265. Capture the Flag
3264. Family time
3263. Singing Easter hymns
3262. {He is risen indeed}
3261. A stone that was rolled away
3260. Easter morning
3259. {You give the healing and grace our hearts always hunger for}
3258. The promise of Sunday
3257. {this the power of the cross, Christ became sin for us}
3256. Good Friday…I don’t deserve this
3255. A few days with the girlies
3254. Reading the Easter story
3253. Dying Easter eggs
3252. After school Cherry Berry with the girls
3251. An evening with the Von Trapp singers
3250. Movie nights with Mom
3249. Getting off work early and going for a run
3248. Building Lego sets
3247. Tacos!
3246. Short-sleeve weather
3245. An afternoon walk
3244. Playing at the park
3243. Getting to eat breakfast with Bri and Whitty
3242. An afternoon chat with Dan
3241. {Because photos of waves never get old}
3240. A morning at Good Times Park
3239. An Easter doodle on my chalkboard
3238. Downton Abbey nights with Mom
3237. A Friday evening listening to Jerry Benjamin
3236. Cinderella with Hannah
3235. The setting sun shining through the glass on the window
3234. {This convicting read}
3233. Baking chocolate chip cookies with nanny kiddos
3232. {This beautiful song}
3231. Snow softly falling…that melts by the end of the week
3230. Donations in the mail for my Ecuador trip
3229. Little people on Spring Break
3228. A note from Ella
3227. Family around the dinner table
3226. Words of appreciation shared over lunch
3225. Cribbage with the fam
3224. Errands with mom
3223. Spring!
3222. Trees ablaze
3221. Video chatting with Dan
3220. {The punishment that brought our peace was upon Him}
3219. Lunch with Dyna, Marie, and Mom
3218. A scholarship won
3217. Friends and family who surround me with support
3216. Cinderella movie with mom and the girlies
3215. Dinner with (almost) the whole family around the table
3214. Little girls climbing in trees
3213. An afternoon run
3212. Brunch at Perkins
3211. Dinner and games with Priscilla and Alyssa
3210. An afternoon chat with Leah
3209. Cookies delivered to the Police
3208. Flowers in my Grandma’s vase
3207. A new work schedule figured out
3206. Family and friends that support me
3205. Packages ready to mail
3204. The first run of the season
3203. Wide open windows
3202. Spring cleaning
3201. Birds singing
3200. Sunshine
3199. Car windows rolled down
3198. Little girls who are still at Grammy’s house when I come home from work
3197. Snowbanks turning into puddles
3196. Little girls giggling at bedtime
3195. Looking at old slides
3194. A day with family
3193. Party supplies to send to Honduras
3192. Warmer weather
3191. A big flag waving in the wind
3190. My cute little puppy
3189. A sister-like cousin celebrating a birthday
3188. A beautiful sunset through the trees
3187. Steaks off the grill
3186. Errands with mom
3185. Good days at work
3184. North and South girls movie night with mom
3183. An afternoon at home
3182. Mary Poppins at the Chanhassen
3181. Watching Ella’s science presentation
3189. Tuesday night soccer with Luke
1379. Fresh fruit salad
3178. Coconut chips
3177. Card games with nanny kids
3176. Little tiny snowflakes falling
3175. Salads with hard boiled eggs
3174. Laundry and grocery shopping…getting back in the routine
3173. Clean eating
3172. Family dinner
3171. Picking up a little puppy who was very happy to see us
3170. An aunt and uncle who took good care of a little puppy
3169. Parents who have always valued family vacations
3168. One last stop for ice cream
3167. Watching the boys of summer
3166. Time with just mom and dad
3165. Rainy-day shopping
3164. Releasing paper lanterns on the beach
3163. A fancy dinner out
3162. Flip flops
3161. The way the light dances on the waves at Golden Hour
3160. Izzes
3159. Sandcastles on the beach
3158. Watching the dolphins
3157. Fishing with the boys
3156. Sunshine
3155. Fresh-fruit milkshakes
3154. Sea shell hunting
3153. An afternoon nap at the beach
3152. Picnic lunches
3151.  Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean hitting the sand
3150. A sliver of the moon rising above the sea
3149. A boat ride through the Everglades
3148. Dan’s “surprise” visit
3147. Cribbage games
3146. Family time
3145. Cuban style dinner
3144. Watching a Key West Sunset
3143. Key lime pie in Key West
3142. Coconut ice cream after lunch
3141. A drive down the Florida Keys
3140. Ocean in view
3139. {to the people of the cross}
3138. {the 21 of whom the world was not worthy. what faith.}
3137. Warm air
3136. Watching the sun rise from an airplane window
3135. Early morning flights
3134. Pulling out summer clothes and packing up suitcases
3133. {Here your proud waves must stop…incredible photos here}
3132. Dinner and the Omni Theater with family
3131. Afternoon naps
3130. A purse found
3129. Coworkers who cover shifts for me
3128. A brother on his birthday
3127. Cleaning out
3126. The sun setting through bare trees
3125. A dog to snuggle with
3124. Valentine heart cookies
3123. Soup on a cold day
3122. Breakfast with Danielle and Mom
3121. Little people in the backseat
3120. Ice patterns on the sidewalk
3119. A night with my nanny kiddos
3118. {For such a time as this}
3117. Celebrating a brother
3116. Family dinner
3115. Playing Old Maid with the girls
3114. Starbucks with Ella after school
3113. {We serve a God who designs our deliverance before man can begin to devise our destruction}
3112. Bowling with Phil and Jess
3111. Homemade apple pie
3110. Playing rummy after dinner
3109. Dinner with Danielle, Mrs. Wiessner, and Mom
3108. Rock climbing with the cousins and brothers
3107. Sunday night games of Boggle
3106. Whit coming in and saying “I brought my twinsie pajamas just for you!”
3105. Pre-Super Bowl bowling
3104. Going to the grocery store
3103. Zantigos after church
3102. {This read}
3101. A walk around Mears Park
3100. The mind-blowing beauty of the heavens
3099. Remembering the sacrifices on D-Day
3098. Re-living our time in France
3097. A night out at the Omnitheater with brothers
3096. Friday night spent sorting through old photos
3095. Pandemic night with Danielle
3094. Summer mission trips planned
3093. Sunshine
3092. Lunch and baking and visiting with Jessie
3091. “But God
3090. Puzzling with mom
3089. {This beautiful testimony}
3088. A day at home with no work
3087. Sleeping in
3086. Re-listening to this message
3085. Quiet mornings at work
3084. Boys vs. Girls Mille Bornes
3083. Making dinner with Nikkia
3082. Exciting news from a friend
3081. The wonders of God’s creation
3080. Leisurely Sunday afternoon walks
3079. Homemade ice cream
3078. Wearing flip-flops
3077. Mountains meeting oceans
3076. Thai dinner after a day at the beach
3075. The sun setting over the pier
3074. Palm trees
3073. A salt water breeze blowing my hair
3072. Waves crashing against the sand
3071. “Picnic” lunches
3070. A walk along the beach
3069. A drive up Highway 1
3068. A frozen yogurt excursion
3067. Seeing a friend’s apartment all settled
3066. Face to face hellos instead of over the phone or text message hellos
3065. Planes that arrive early
3064. A trip to see Jordan and Nikkia!
3063. A brother and a mom who drop me off at the airport
3062. Nanny kid hugs
3061. Left over Swedish pancakes for breakfast
3060. Fixing little heads of hair
3059. A morning off school, spent playing games
3058. Hugs upon arriving home
3057. A brother and a puppy who pick me up from the airport
3056. Window seats
3055. Watching the sun rise from above the clouds
3054. Friends who take early morning airport runs in stride
3053. Singing around the piano
3052. IPS friendships
3051. Thoughtful conversations
3050. Walks around Dallas
3049. A challenging and convicting sermon at church
3048. Movie night
3047. Laughing with friends
3046. A weekend with Carissa, Hannah, Haylee, and Wallis
3045. Four Girls at Five Guys
3044. Texas sunsets
3043. T-shirt weather
3042. Meeting friends at the airport
3041. Friendships that endure time and distance
3040. Coconut Ice cream
3039. Pad Thai
3038. Green grass
3037. Cooking with Leah
3036. Walks around Houston
3035. Visiting Leah!
3034. Sunrise from the sky
3033. The first plane ride of 2015
3032. Strangers who help hoist my bags up into the overhead bins
3031. A mom who leaves lunch money on my suitcase
3030. A dad who gets up early to bring me to the airport
3029. Game night with Danielle
3028. Board games in the mail
3027. {The earth that is full of His glory}
3026. A beautiful sunset
3025. Brown paper packages tied up in string
3024. Friday night cribbage
3023. A slow day at home
3022. Flowers on the table…reminders of spring on cold winter days
3021. Games with Carol and Danielle
3020. Mrs. Wiesner’s homemade meatloaf
3019. Thin lines of orange and yellow emerging from the sky at dawn
3018. And another brother who installs new windshield wipers for me
3017. A brother who starts my car for me so it’s warm when I leave for work
3016. Catching up with friends
3015. {This New Year’s manifesto}
3014. Key Lime Pie
3013. Family Christmas dinner at Fogo de Chao
3012. “Your blood has washed away my sin, Jesus thank you, the Father’s wrath completely satisfied”
3011. The rhythm of ping pong being played in the basement
3010. A quiet afternoon reading
3009. Strommes coming over for games
3008. Swedish Pancakes on New Year’s morning
3007. {Let it be said of us}
3006. {the Lord is my portion, says my soul. Therefore I will hope in Him}
3005. Late-night Mind Trap with Mom
3004. Looking through wedding photos with a friend
3003. Ringing in the new year with dear friends and family
3002. That reminded me of Thailand
3001. Tales of India
3000. All His goodness that keeps us singing
2999. Ending a year surrounded by family and favorite friends
2998. Mad Gabbing until midnight
2997. The New Year’s Eve spread of snacks on the counter
2996. Long overdue visits with friends
2995. The house – all quiet and ready for company
2994. A picture from Ella to send to Suwanni in Thailand
2993. Spur of the moment invites, and friends that say yes
2992. {This post about Mary’s Song}
2991. {A reminder as we start the new year}
2990. And chubby little baby cheeks
2989. Tiny little baby hands
2988. {This testimony}
2987. The Hobbit take two
2986. The moon shining down
2985. Frost making patterns on the windows
2984. {The Romans Doxology}
2983. Planning upcoming adventures
2982. New books to read
2981. Recounting a year
2980. {Emmanuel, God with us – I love the piano only version of this song, but couldn’t find a video of it}
2979. Mercies that are new with every sunrise
2978. {I know whom I have believed}
2977. Warm mittens
2976. Mille Bornes with Mom and the Boys
2975. {Our Compassionate High Priest}
2974. Tacos
2973. Christmas vacation
2972. Ella coming to work with me
2971. Lightsaber duels with Luke
2970. A morning spent playing games
2969. A heated bathroom floor
2968. Sunshine and blue skies
2967. Little girls dancing
2966. The mystery hidden throughout the ages — Christ in you, the hope of glory
2965. A God who guides the future as He has the past
2964. “Christmas comes but once a year, now it’s here…”
2963. “And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown
2962. Watching Charlie Brown Christmas with the girls
2961. Sitting around the table playing Uno
2960. Reading with Whitney
2959. Ice candles glowing on the steps
2958. {He wields an empire to bless His children}
2957. New photos of my sponsored girls
2956. A Gospel that offers us daily salvation
2955. Listening to Eric Ludy
2954. Staying up way too late…again…enjoying good company
2953. Playing the Dice Game
2952. Socks from Michelle
2951. Quimby Family Christmas
2950. …And the rest of the story that the movie doesn’t tell
2949. “Unbroken”
2948. A movie theater double header
2947. A tray of cookies to the police station
2946. Quick visits with old friends
2945. Day after Christmas Chipotle with mom
2944. Snow the sparkles like glitter
2943. Merry Christmas messages from friends
2942. Staying up late, making the most of Christmas vacation
2941. A necklace from Mom and Dad – Hope anchors the soul
2940. Playing games together
2939. The whole family sitting around the table
2938. My ornament from Iceland hanging on the tree
2937. A game of Spoons
2936. “Cinnamon Challenges”
2935. Watching Whitney dance around in her new Elsa dress
2934. Squeals of delight
2933. Watching little girls rip off wrapping paper and open up boxes
2932. The whole family in the living room listening to Dad read the Christmas story
2931. Christmas brunch
2930. Christmas morning coffee in my little fox mug
2929. God’s Son come to earth – a gift too wonderful for words
2928. Christmas morning
2927. {God is in the midst of her, she shall not fail}
2926. {He folds Himself into our skin and we are saved from ourself}
2925. New slippers
2924. Chicago-Mix popcorn
2923. Traditional game of Christmas Eve Clue
2922. Catching up with cousins
2921. Christmas Eve spent with Dad’s family
2920. A second viewing of “It’s A Wonderful Life”, because really, it is a wonderful life
2919. Time spent laughing, playing games with my family
2918. “The Maker of all things is made of the earth…”
2917. Quiet time by the Christmas tree
2916. Cookie trays assembled
2915. Soup simmering on the stove
2914. Working with mom in the kitchen
2913. {Time torn in two}
2912. Sleeping in
2911. Not setting an alarm
2910. The traditional, Christmas Eve’s Eve viewing of “It’s A Wonderful Life”
2909. {The Baby King will make all things new}
2908. Cheap gas
2907. “Merry Christmas” exchanged everywhere
2906. Christmas cards in the mail
2905. An owl ornament on the tree from Grace and Luke
2904. Such a wonderful, generous family to work for
2903. Celebrating Christmas with my nanny family
2902. “All your hopes and fears are met in Him tonight”
2901. Holding little people’s hands
2900. Christmas music ringing throughout the house
2899. {When Darkness Veils His Lovely Face…This reminder}
2898. “A Messiah for the lowest of men to the highest of kings”
2897. Watching the Nativity Story
2896. {Mary’s Song}
2895. {He has visited and redeemed His people}
2894. Presents under the tree
2893. Candles in the windows
2892. The Christmas town all lit up
2891. Brothers helping with the dishes
2890. Breakfast for dinner
2889. An afternoon spent playing games
2888. Apples for snacking
2887. Little people on Christmas vacation
2886. A morning at Good Times Park
2885. Fixing little girls’ hair
2884. Hearing little voices in the next room in the morning
2883. Nightly Bible readings
2882. Late night games
2881. The little girls reaction to seeing Dan for the first time since he’s been home
2880. The whole family together
2879. Trimming the tree
2878. Finishing editing my last photo session of the year
2877. Handmade treasures from the little people in my life
2876. HOPE
2875. A quiet afternoon
2874. “He comes to make His blessings known, far as the curse is found”
2873. Christmas lights
2872. {She’s with Me}
2871. {Psalm 49:15}
2870. Warm sweaters
2869. The Word becoming flesh and dwelling with us
2868. {You’re Here With Us}
2867. Warm cereal
2866. Big snowflakes falling
2865. {Before the mountains were brought forth…You are God}
2864. The Christmas tree glowing cheerily in the corner
2863. Dinner with the whole family around the table
2862. The annual trip to the tree farm
2861. A letter from one of my little compassion girls
2860. One last pot of homemade applesauce
2859. Having Dan home!!
2858. Pulling in from work and seeing Dan’s car in the driveway
2857. A note from Ella, saying she missed me on the trolley ride
2856. A mom who always picks me up after my travels
2855. A helpful hotel staff
2854. A ‘one last time’ opening night showing of the Hobbit
2853. Walking through a Narnia-like wonderland
2852. An injury-free ski trip
2851. Snow-crusted trees
2850. Long mountain ski runs
2849. The view from “Imperial Express”  – 12,840 feet high
2848. The best “DOG” so far!
2847. An evening walk around Lionshead Village, followed by a warm drink
2846. Gluten free pizza
2845. Seeing the great treasuries of snow
2844. Feeling small
2843. {Audacity to believe the His promises apply to me}
2842. The best ski buddies ever
2841. Mountain top views
2840. Skiing at Vail
2839. A safe drive through snow and over mountains
2838. The reminder that real gold fears no fire
2837.{He who promised will perform}
2836. Watching Dan’s graduation
2835. Church at Ellerslie
2834. Stars shining in a clear-Colorado sky
2833. A Danny hug after 9 weeks without one! 🙂
2832. Catching up with Nathanael
2831. Chasing the sun to Denver
2830. Window seats
2829. A ticket to see a brother
2828. A lazy Saturday afternoon, watching Frozen with the girls
2827. Christmas traditions
2826. Gingerbread house decorating
2825. Whit coming up and hugging my leg saying, “I love you auntie Meggie”
2824. A little Ella-elf making my bed
2823. “Mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die…”
2822. {The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light}
2821. Sitting around the table, sipping cocoa on a cold winter night
2820. Ella’s Christmas program
2819. {Arise, shine for your light has come…}
2818. Outlet mall shopping with mom
2817. Wrapping up surprises
2816. Christmas letters written- faithfulness recalled and the year remembered
2815. Dad coming from work to look at my car
2814. “Iron-sharpening” friends
2813. Lunch and catching up with Christina
2812. Drinking hot cocoa with whipped cream on top
2811. Two beautiful nieces
2810. Go fish and War with Luke
2809. Rocking a little guy to sleep
2808. “Twinsies” with Whit
2807. Green tongues
2806. Scraping the pan and licking the spoon
2805. Christmas baking
2804. Setting up the Christmas town
2803. Advent candles lit
2802. “He bore the sins of many and made intercession for sinners”
2801. The promise, the hope – God with us
2800. A favorite soup on a cold night
2799. Candles in the window
2798. Baking with mom
2797.Cookies in the oven
2796. Playing games with two squirrley little girlies
2795. A little girl sitting at the table, sewing
2794. The promise that you can make your anthem – God is working everything for good
2793. Warm mittens for cold fingers
2792. Girls night with Jess
2791. The familiar strains of Christmas music
2790. The way the setting winter sun sparkles through bare trees and turns everything golden
2789. Little people in the backseat telling me about their day at school
2788. Saturday night cribbage with Dad, Mom, and Andy
2787. Christmas music
2786. Putting Christmas decorations up
2785. Family game night
2784. The familiar ring of “silver bells”
2783. Black Friday shopping with family
2782. Mercies that are new every morning
2781. Michelle home for Thanksgiving
2780. Family sitting around a full thanksgiving table
2779. Gluten-free thanksgiving rolls
2778. Turkey skin 🙂
2777. An afternoon nap
2776. In the kitchen, making Thanksgiving dinner with mom
2775. The smell of fresh baked bread
2774. Two little nieces sleeping on my bedroom floor
2773. Safe driving on slippery roads
2772. Mockingjay take 2 (and 3!)
2771. Birthday cards
2770. An automatic car starter from the bros
2769. Dad on his birthday
2768. Family birthday dinner
2767. A Sunday afternoon run
2766. A happy update on “Mission: Head to Toe”
2765. A Saturday night “indoor picnic” and movie with the girlies
2764. Discovering a new Gluten-free bakery…and it’s run by a Christian family to boot!
2763. Waking up with a little Whitney snuggle-bug next to me
2762. A beautiful sunset over the lake
2761. “Eeks and Bob” spending the weekend
2760. {These absolutely adorable pictures}
2759. {This incredible story}
2758. Sleepover at Strommes
2757. Mockingjay premiere with Marie and Leah!
2756. Rock climbing with Marie
2755. TV Mix
2754. {Cities on a hill}
2753. Coffee with Hannah
2752. My nanny family having a little birthday celebration for me…I really could not ask for a better family to work for
2751. {That soul though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake}
2750. A gluten-free birthday cake
2749. Birthday dinner with my family
2748. Birthday wishes from family and friends
2747. The sun setting through bare trees
2746. “But as I ran my hell-bound race, indifferent to the cost, You looked upon my helpless state and led me to the cross
2745. {Risk is right}
2744. A “Carpe Diem” mug…thanks, Glerums 🙂
2743. A night with my Johannsen kiddos
2742. Little arms hugging me
2741. Dad getting my heat to work in my car again
2740. Remembering veterans
2739. Snow sparkling on the ground
2738. A last dinner on the grill before the snow came
2737. {This adorable little sea otter}
2736. A phone call from Dan
2735. Fresh flowers on the table
2734. A night to babysit my little Mensink Kiddos
2733. Chipotle with Mom
2732. Consignment store deals
2731. A cozy new sweater
2730. Packing shoeboxes
2729. The girlies staying for dinner
2728. Lunch with Allie
2727. Rock climbing with Marie
2726. {A website re-made}
2725. Staying up late, watching election results come in…I remember doing this since I was a little girl
2724. The privilege of voting
2723. An early morning run
2722. Homemade spaghetti
2721. T-shirt doodling
2720. An extra hour of sleep
2719. Errands and lunch with mom
2718. {But let him who glories glory in this…}
2717. {A sermon re-listened to}
2716. Halloween movie night
2715. Cribbage with the family
2714. {Lift your eyes up on high…}
2713. Perfect running weather
2712. An afternoon with the girlies
2711. October baseball
2710. A chat with Dan
2709. {waiting}
2708. Vitamin-C
2707. A visit with Danielle
2706. Helping Grace with her science project
2705. Pad Thai for dinner
2704. Family and a little puppy picking me up at the airport
2703. “He plants His footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm
2702. Having Victoria on my flight to MSP…making the airport wait much more enjoyable
2701. A quick Starbucks detour on the way to the airport
2700. The volunteers and staff that made P4C possible
2699. Late night talks and laughs
2698. A masquerade party
2697. Singing around the fire
2696. Story time around the campfire
2695. S’mores
2694. Looking up into the night sky
2693. Christ coming and offering His life as a sacrifice for His bride
2692. “Lunch with Jesus”
2691. Tacky Christmas dinner
2690. Catching up with Alyssa
2689. Zipline-ing!
2688. A hike through the woods
2677. Kayaking with Haylee
2676. Volleyball
2675. Knowing that God will do whatever it takes to bring us safely home
2674. And meeting some new ones
2673. Spending time with dear friends
2672. Good conversations
2671. Singing together
2670. The providence of God
2669. Arriving at P4C and seeing three lovely friends walking up the steps
2668. Passion 4 Christ Summit!
2667. A drive through some lovely Ohio countryside
2666. Time at the airport to edit photos
2665. The traditional “airport lunch money” from Mom
2664. Watching World Series Baseball
2663. Warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream
2662. Geese flying south in the late autumn sky
2660. Leaves falling down
2659. Pumpkins on the steps
2658. The testimony of our persecute brothers and sisters in Iraq…remember to pray for them!
2657. A Saturday at home to get things done
2656. Windshield wipers that work…thanks, Dad!
2655. Dinner and games with Priscilla and Alyssa
2654. Peanut butter pies!
2653. A puppy peaking her head over the gate in the kitchen
2652. Baking with Mom
2651. Gorgeous photo shoot weather
2650. Spur-of-the-moment lunch out with Mom
2649. Playing for Sparky’s memorial service
2648. Shoebox shopping with the girls
2647. Phone calls from Dan
2646. Catching up with my Wallis friend!
2645. Sleeping with the windows open
2644. Brilliant crimson, orange, and golden trees
2643. {Autumn in all its beauty}
2642. An impromptu detour that took us to Betty’s Pies
2641. A drive along the North Shore
2640. Practicing Trio again
2639. Catching up with Allie
2638. Staying up late playing Wizard and Take Two
2637. Trees changing colors
2636. Not having to hide when the storms come, but being able to turn and face the wind, knowing we are more than conquerors.
2635. A good God who does good things
2634. Listening to Mr. Jarvis preach
2633. A kayak ride on a perfect autumn afternoon
2632. Mike and Jessie
2631. Daniel and Christina
2630. Phil and Jess
2629. Storybook Lodge
2628. A full moon
2627. Stars and wide open skies
2626. A chat with Nikkia
2625. The promise of Heaven
2624. An afternoon spent with my mom and aunt
2623. A brother’s safe trip to Colorado
2622. Playing violin for Sparky
2621. Swedish pancakes
2620. A night with cousins
2619. Grilled dinner
2618. A visit with Mrs. Wiessner
2617. {There isn’t always a happy ending, but sometimes there is}
2616. {The sound of our breathing}
2615. Sunset on the lake
2614. Dan helping me with another wedding
2613. Market fresh flowers
2612. Sarah hemming my dress
2611. An afternoon visit with my Johannsen kids
2610. Friendships that can pick up right where we left off
2709. A Thailand team chat!
2708. Plane tickets booked
2707. School portraits
2706. A phone chat with Leah
2705.Visits with Sparky
2704. Homemade applesauce
2703. Leaves turning colors
2702. Autumn air blowing through the open window
2701. Hot cocoa after softball
2700. A sister in heaven
2699. Balloons floating through the sky
2698. Little Whitters on her 4th birthday
2697. Errands and dinner with mom
2696. {Faith can never have a non-response}
2695. A puppy running to greet me when I come home
2694. Gorgeous photo shoot weather
2693. Ella hugs
2692. {The un-rushed yes}
2691. Adventure planning
2690. Dinner and talking with the Outing Group
2689. A walk around Centennial Lakes
2688. Lawn bowling on a beautiful first day of Autumn
2687. “Twinning” with a cousin
2686. {there are no meaningless moments}
2685. {the anti-depressant of wonder}
2684. {our footprints don’t really matter}
2683. Goodbyes that will make hellos so much sweeter
2682. Jordan and Nikkia’s wedding
2681. All us girls, together…laughing, curling hair, putting on makeup
2680. A last sleepover with Nikkia as a Hall
2679. A newborn shoot of little Joshua
2678. Getting nails done
2677. Helping Nikkia pack for her new life in California
2676. Dinner, coffee, and chatting with friends
2675. Whitney hugs
2674. Chipotle and errands with Nikkia at the Mall
2673. Playing with my nanny kiddos
2672. Fresh corn “off” the cob
2671. The final cornhole of the season
2670. An afternoon with family
2669. Sleeping in my own bed
2668. Dinner and trip stories at Great Moon Buffet
2667. Dad, Mom, Andy, and Ruby meeting us at the airport
2666. Safety through all the plane, bus, taxi, train, and car rides
2665. Hopping back across the pond
2664. A morning shopping in Reykjavik
2663. Fast food restaurants that are open late
2662. A sunny day driving around Iceland
2661. Seeing Northern Lights!!
2660. Rows of houses with colorful roofs
2659. Huge ocean waves crashing against rocks
2658. Hot cocoa
2657. Heated seats
2656. Rainbows
2655. Waterfalls
2654. The harsh beauty that is Iceland
2653. Catching up on some sleep on the plane ride from Paris to Iceland
2652. Farm fresh omelets for dinner, followed up by one last French pastry for dessert
2651. Toes dipped in the Atlantic Ocean
2650. Seeing American flags flying
2649. Stone cottages set on rolling hills
2648. An evening in Bayeux
2647. Touring the American Cemetery…rows upon rows of crosses…freedom isn’t free
2646. The thousands of brave men who stormed those beaches and whose blood turned the water red
2645. Walking the hallowed ground of Omaha Beach
2644. The man who stopped to give us a ride to our hotel
2643. Fog still on the fields of the beautiful French countryside
2642. An early morning train ride to Normandy
2641. A bird’s eye view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower
2640. A day walking around Paris
2639. French Pastries!
2638. Seeing the Eiffel Tower all lit up
2637. A ride over to France
2636. Reading maps
2635. Fish ‘n Chips on our last night in London
2634. A quick last visit to the Tower Bridge and Big Ben
2633. A boat ride on the River Thames
2632. Commemorating the thousands upon thousands of lives lost in WWI
2631. The Queen’s Theater production of Les Miserables
2630. Getting to see the William Wilberforce statue at Westminster Abbey
2629. Fresh flowers everywhere!
2628. Eating ice cream for lunch
2627. Seeing castles and palaces
2626. Late night photos at Big Ben
2625. A visit to 221 B. Baker Street
2624. A walk along the River Thames
2623. Eating dinner at The Eagle and the Child of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien fame
2622. A day trip to Windsor and Oxford
2621. Helpful people at the Underground who got us where we needed to go
2620. A bird’s eye view of London
2619. Afternoon tea
2618. Telephone booths!
2617. Re-creating Grammy and Bup’s photo
2616. A tour of Buckingham Palace
2615. Late afternoon sun turning London gold
2614. A ride on the top of a double decker bus
2613. LONDON!!
2612. An early morning walk, and coffee in Bath
2611. Visiting Bath, of Jane Austen fame
2610. Hopping the Pond!
2609. Lenses that arrive just.in.time
2608. A cribbage game with the birthday boy
2607. Celebrating the Bride-to-be
2606. Sipping out of paper straws stuck in mason jars
2605. My Andrew brother on his 30th birthday
2604. Thrill Rides
2603. Food on a stick
2602. Enjoying Summer’s fleeting hours at the State Fair
2601. Watching the sun set on a lovely end of summer evening
2600. Another softball tournament
2599. An evening spent with my favorite friends, laughing, playing games, and enjoying each other’s company
2598. Skipping the “final” cello lesson with Nikkia, and just playing music together instead
2597. Shoes on sale!
2596. Finishing photo shoots and mailing packages to clients
2595. Water balloon fights
2594. Watching little people on rides
2593. The last Wednesday afternoon of Ella’s summer vacation spent at Como Town
2592. A picnic lunch
2591. Peaches ‘n cream pie
2590. Lovely, market fresh flowers from Kara
2589. Celebrating birthdays
2588. Mom’s homemade pizza
2587. Mr. Jarvis’ sermon at church on Sunday morning
2587. A day full of sunshine, family, and softball
2586. Flipping the page on my calendar and seeing the smiling faces of my little Thai girls
2585. {These faces, and this project. Heart = Melted.}
2584. Lunch outside
2583. An afternoon shopping with mom
2582. {Another good read}
2581. Soaking up the sun with the little girlies at the splash pool
2580. We can’t stop the persecution, but we can pray…fabulous read
2579. Psalm 103
2578. Dairy Queen after the last game of the TCBCSL season
2577. Monday night rainbows
2576. Burgers off the grill
2575. {How to really live}
2574. A game night with the Sands
2573. Sleeping in my own bed
2572. My family and puppy waiting for me at the airport
2571. A safe flight home from El Paso
2570. Watching the Mexican church boldly sharing Jesus with their neighbors
2569. A reminder that today is the only day we are promised to impact eternity
2568. Listening to testimonies of how God is working in people’s lives
2567. The amazing BPS staff
2566. New friends
2565. Juarez sunsets
2564. Big brown eyes
2563. Hearing people pray to receive Christ
2562. The look on little kids’ faces when they watch the puppet shows
2561. Homemade pizza and ice cream sandwiches
2560. Safe border crossings
2559. Rain clouds that turned to sunshine
2558. Walking the trash-ridden streets of Juarez, spreading the Hope of Jesus
2557. Desert sunrises
2556. The promise that His Word will not return void
2555. Assembling Bibles
2554. A “Welcome Meagan” sign on my bed when I arrived late at night
2553. Being back at Bearing Precious Seed, El Paso
2552. Making it to the airport in time to board my flight
2551. A van that kept running
2550. Little girls twirling in an open field
2549. Fiddle Fest 2014
2548. A swim on a hot afternoon
2547. Camping with family
2546. {Psalm 96}
2545. Campfire stories
2544. Stars shining like thousands of diamonds flung across the night sky
2543. Tall pines
2542. A drive up North with two little girlies
2541. A photoshoot and ice cream with the Bergman Family
2540. Cribbage with Dad, Mom, and Andy
2539. Fireworks
2538. Bonfires and s’mores
2537. Burgers off the grill, outside, at the lake
2536. Endless summer days
2535. Waterskiing
2534. Sunshine
2533. Boat rides
2532. Spray in the face
2532.Tube rides with nieces
2531. Errands with mom
2530. A Twins game with the family
2529. Staying up late playing games
2528. Listening to loons calling early in the morning
2427. Sunsets over the lake
2426. Michelle home on leave
2425. Watermelon
2524. A nap in the sun
2523. Spending the morning floating on an air mattress
2522. Cousins!
2521. Lake time with family
2520. A sky scattered with thousands of stars
2519. Watching the sun set as we drove “Up North”
2518. {Their God changes the course of the rockets mid-air}
2517. Fresh corn
2516. {This read…living dangerously}
2515. Fireflies lighting up the fields
2514. Unexpectedly running across an old friend
2512. Spending a weekend with a fellow photographer + adventurer
2511. A drive across Minnesota
2510. Wide open spaces
2509. Rolled down windows
2508. Wind-blown hair
2507. BLTs with market fresh tomatoes
2506. Editing photos and watching the All Star Game
2505. Hanging out at the pool with my nanny kiddos, nieces, and mom
2504. My little rain-or-shine softball buddy
2503. Another rainy Monday night, another rainbow
2502. Dinner with speech friends
2501. Post-run Dairy Queen with family
2500. Color run complete!
2499. The best of running buddies
2498. Up early, running my first 5K
2497. My wonderful Mom on her birthday
2496. A trip to the Farmer’s Market
2495. Watermelon
2494. {Saying no to the good so we can say yes to the best}
2493. Coffee with Christina
2492. A cello lesson/birthday party at Halls
2491. A haircut
2490. Pedicures + lunch with mom…our annual tradition
2489. A good God who does good things
2488. A picnic lunch
2487. Coloring with chalk on the driveway with Grace
2486. A walk to the park
2485. Playing kickball with Luke
2484. A rainbow after the storm
2483. {And if I rise on the wings of the dawn…}
2482. Strawberry pie
2481. Old Glory
2480. Fireworks
2479. A day together as a family
2478. Founding Fathers who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor
2477. An Independence Day Eve viewing of The Patriot
2476. Jamba Juice + Centennial Lakes with Jessimine
2475. Coworkers who trade shifts
2474. Hanging out at Chipotle with the outing group
2473. Ella May on her 7th Birthday
2472. Wave slapping against the shore
2471. Bare feet in the sand
2470. A Sunday morning on the ocean
2469. A brother who shoots weddings with me
2468. Watching friends get married
2467. A beautiful wedding to photograph
2466. Windows down, and open road, and an ocean breeze
2465. Palm trees
2464. “We have this Hope as an anchor…”
2463. Taking off and landing
2462. Strawberry doughnuts
2461. My little monkeys
2460. Watching Ella open her American Girl Doll
2459. Strawberry shortcake
2458. My little “junior picker”buddy
2457. Strawberry picking
2456. The traditional trip to the Dairy Queen after softball
2455. Fireflies glowing on a late night walk
2454. A spur of the moment trip to Cherry Berry
2453. {This sermon}
2452. A shopping day with mom
2451. Tacos, and rootbeer floats, and eating outside on a perfect summer evening
2450. Laundry hung out to dry
2449. Happy squeals in the swimming pool
2448. Braiding little heads of hair
2447. A cool breeze during my run
2446. Frogs croaking on a still evening
2445. A sky painted bright orange and pink
2444. Wind whispering through the trees
2443. A little boy looking at books
2442. {How to make the most of summer}
2441. The sinking sun bathing everyone in golden light
2440. Celebrating life
2439. A BBQ on the deck
2438. {this shout out to dads}
2437. My dad on Father’s Day
2436. Dan’s safe return from Michigan
2435. Dinner with Priscilla and Alyssa
2434. Coffee with Allie
2433. A cheerful little daisy on the deck
2432. {and here your proud wave must stop}
2431. Thunderstorms
2430. A chat with Leah…listening to her wedding plans 🙂
2429. Puzzles outside
2428. Lunch outside with the girlies
2427. Playing outside with my little charges
2426. A puppy sleeping on my shoulder
2425. My Danny brother on his birthday
2424. Cherry Berry
2423. Chipotle at the ballfield
2422. Remembering the brave boys who stormed the beaches of Normandy
2421. {This story}
2420. {The excellence of the power is of God and not of us}
2419. {He Is}
2418. Cello lessons and wedding chatter
2417. Windows open
2416. A moon shinning brightly through trees
2415. Introducing the little girls to little Ruby
2414. Trampoline time with little people
2413. Summer sheets
2412. Cool mornings
2411. A warm puppy sitting on my lap again
2410. Bringing home our little pup
2409. {The whole earth is full of His glory}
2408.”What makes life valuable is that it doesn’t last forever. What makes it precious is that is ends.”
2407. {The Basin and the towel}
2406. A front row seat to a dear friend’s marriage
2405. The gift of sister-friends
2404. My beautiful friend Christina on her wedding day
2403. Curling hair, and updos, and makeup, and all the excitement of getting ready for the wedding
2402. An impromptu sleepover on Christina’s last night as a Hall
2401. An afternoon hanging out with my Johannsen kiddos
2400. Sarah altering my dress
2399. A “hair and makeup test” evening
2398. Lilacs that bloomed late this year
2397. Dresses arriving in time
2396. A pillow fight with little girls
2395. Storm clouds clearing just long enough for a photoshoot
2394. An All-American BBQ
2393. First corn hole of the season
2392. The Star Spangled banner waving in the breeze
2391. To fallen soldiers let us sing…
2390. {Remember}
2389. A day to remember immense sacrifice
2388. A skype date with Carissa and Haylee
2372. {My faith rests not in what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me. – C.H. Spurgeon}
2371. The sun setting through my rear view window
2370. A beautiful day for a drive up north
2369. Second shooting a wedding!
2368. Picnic lunch with mom and the girlies
2367. Having the girls for a few days
2366. Wind chimes ringing in the breeze
2365. Dandelions picked by little fingers sitting on the window sill
2364. Trees clothed in all their Springtime glory
2363. A gentle breeze flowing through an open window
2362. {This girl’s amazing story of faith under trial}
2361. Monday night softball
2360. Steak on the grill
2359. {So God made a mother}
2358. My loving, caring, wonderful mom on Mother’s Day and every day
2357. Sleeping with the window open
2356. Finding a vintage camera to add to my collection
2355. Antiquing with Mom
2354. {A reminder to disconnect from the phone…}
2353. Seeing a dear friend so, so happy
2352. The World Premiere of “Beauty and the Beast”
2351. An afternoon chat with Leah
2350. Ella’s art and drama program
2349. Perfect running weather
2348. The smell of freshly cut grass
2347. Jumping on the trampoline with Andy, Ella, and Whit
2346. Remembering the life of a dear lady and family friend for many years
2345. Safety for the girls and staff at House of Grace during the 6.0 earthquake that shook Chiang Rai
2344. {Christ is All}
2343. “My life is hid with Christ on high, with Christ my Savior and my God”
2342. Budding trees
2341. A beautiful Saturday to work on projects
2340. Dinner and playoff hockey with the family
2339. Thrift store finds
2338. Errands with mom
2337. Chipotle with Mom and Andy
2336. A “bridesmaids night” making decorations for Christina’s wedding
2335. “God, in His great providence, has called us not to watch history, but to shape history for the glory of His name.”
2334. Doodling
2333. {He will come to us like the rain}
2332. A cup of hot cocoa
2331. A Twins game with Dan
2330. …and the beautiful, smiling little girls who stole a piece of my heart
2329. …the friendships that were formed as a result…
2328. Remembering God’s faithfulness in allowing me to go to Thailand one year ago…
2327. {Good read}
2326. Tulips blooming in the garden
2325. Green grass
2324. Thunderstorms
2323. We are Resurrection People
2322. Happening upon a vintage sale
2321. A breathtaking sunset
2320. Holding puppies
2319. A drive in the country
2317. Running
2316. Answered prayers
2315. A brother home
2314. Flip-flops
2313. A morning at the park
2312. Dirty feet
2311. Loud games in the backyard
2310. Deviled eggs
2309. Cousin time
2308. The folded napkin
2307. He is risen. He is risen indeed.
2306. But as for me, I know my Redeemer lives…after my skin is destroyed, I will see God
2305. {Why do you seek the living among the dead?}
2304. Playing cello
2303. A final Trio con Brio with two of my dearest friends
2302. Love crucified, arose
2301. {The cornerstone of Christianity is rotting cell sparkling…}
2300. Easter morning Hope
2299. Easter music
2298. O death, where is your victory?
2297. “Low in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming day…”
2296. Playing games into the morning
2295. Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies
2294. Michelle home for the weekend!
2293. A fast food Friday
2292. You took fire, so we could walk free
2291. Good Friday – His life for mine – amazing love
2290. Listening to Ella pray
2289. A little girls sleep over
2288. Reading the Easter story
2287. Dying Eggs
2286. A full moon shinning through my bedroom window
2285. He keeps every promise
2284. Singing in the car
2283. Falling asleep to the sound of rain on the window
2282. “And Hope maketh not ashamed”
2281. World’s Toughest Job…thanks, Mom.
2280. Middle-of-the-summer-sweet strawberries in April
2279. The sky on fire
2278. The first robin of Spring
2277. Dad doing my taxes for me
2276. 2 Corinthians 4
2275. A photoshoot with Dan
2274. Sunshine radiating from behind clouds
2273. Dilly bars from Dairy Queen
2272. Morning fog over Lake Superior
2271. A weekend in Duluth
2270. National Siblings Day…pretty sure I have the best! 🙂
2269. 70 degrees and sunny
2268. Twins game with Andy
2267. Tulips poking through the ground
2266. Baseball on the radio
2265. Sunshine
2264. An open sunroof
2263. An afternoon walk
2262. Kids playing in the backyard
2261. Cribbage games
2260. Jerry Benjamin conference
2259. {This…go listen now!}
2258. {And who knows…}
2257. New photos up in the bedroom
2256. Cleaning out
2255. A good deal on a cute new dress
2254. Chipotle for lunch
2253. Shopping with mom
2252. London planning
2251. Listening to the Bible on my morning commute
2250. Wednesday with the girlies
2249. {Have you not known…?}
2248. A rainbow coming through storm clouds
2247. {God’s Not Dead}
2246. Hanging out with Hannah!
2245. Movie night
2244. Deep-fried ice cream
2243. {Fill your life with joy}
2242. Sunshine on a Sunday afternoon
2241. {Rejoice in Hope}
2240. {A good read}
2239. A Saturday to sort through closets
2238. Family game night
2237. Fast Food Friday at Dyna’s
2236. Coffee with Jess, Phil, and Dan, discussing wedding photos
2235. Exploring the grandiose James J. Hill House
2235. Lunch at Cosettas with Jess
2234. A Friday morning to sleep in
2233. A day out with mom
2232. Lunch with Dan and Mom
2231. Dog sitting for my nanny family
2230. A late night flower delivery
2229. …and faithfully waited for us to get home from work or across the world
2228. ….sat on our laps through endless hours of studying…
2227. A sweet little puppy who romped through our childhood…
2226. Chicken on the grill
2225. A whole Saturday with nothing planned
2224. {When the lesson is wait}
2223. A dear friend starting her “happily ever after”
2222. Second shooting Mike and Jessmine’s wedding
2221. A fun little boy photo shoot
2220. The smell of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies
2219. Playing Uno
2218. Homemade waffles
2217. A sleepover with the little girls
2216. Happy days with my little people
2215. Ruebens on St. Patrick’s Day
2214. The splash the car makes driving through puddles that were once piles of snow
2213. Jimmy John’s “unwich”
2212. A fun outdoor outing with the Outing Group
2211. Dinner with Pricilla and Alyssa
2210. A tournament to judge at
2209. A gorgeous sunset
2208. Jessie’s shower…one very last girl’s night 🙂
2207. A Decibel Points photo shoot
2206. A long-overdue chat with Leah
2205. Lunch at Allie’s house
2204. A drive through the country
2203. “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me”
2202. {A good read}
2201. “And hope maketh not ashamed…”
2200. A night to plan out finances
2199. Shrinking snowbanks
2198. {And what does the Lord require of you…}
2197. Fresh flowers on the counter on a Monday morning
2196. Rolled down windows
2195. {You are my great Reward}
2194. Consignment store finds
2193. “More” daylight
2192. Holding a sleeping little girl in my lap
2191. A night with my Johannsen Kiddos
2190. Working in the kitchen with mom
2189. {This sober reminder that Christians still die for their faith}
2188. Sunshine
2187. Running errands with mom
2186. Talking with dear friends about wedding plans
2185. Sleepover with the Hall girls
2184. Eating dark chocolate and sipping Izzys
2183. Talking late
2182. Practicing Trio
2181. Doodling
2180. A little pirate in our kitchen
2179. A pot of warm soup
2178. A cousin who has been such a good friend for nearly all of my life
2177. Lunch with mom, Whitney, and the Stromme ladies on Marie’s birthday
2176. Going back to work
2175. The old, familiar sound of nerf gun wars in the basement
2174. Looking through vacation memories
2173. {And like a flood His mercy rains, unending love, amazing grace}
2172. {This read}
2171. {What God’s graciously given you is always enough to be abundant grace for someone else}
2170. Dave picking us up from the airport
2169. Safe flights
2168. 10 days of family time…what a gift
2167. A reprieve from the cold
2166. Seeing God’s amazing creativity displayed in birds, fish, trees, reptiles, and more
2165. Listening to Twins baseball
2164. Snorkeling off of one of 3 live coral reefs in the world
2163. Key Lime pie in Key West
2162. A drive down highway 1
2161. Key-Lime dark chocolate
2160. {Grace in the everyday}
2159. Andrew’s Amazing omelets
2158. Ice cream for lunch
2157. A photo with Joe Mauer 🙂
2156. Late nights and early mornings…packing in as much fun as we can
2155. Swimming in the ocean
2154. Parasailing
2153. {“Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be the big things that you do, but the little people that you love”}
2152. Serving a God who tells the ocean, “here your proud waves must stop”
2151. Having Andy join us for a few days
2150. Surprises
2149. Lit-up palm trees
2148. The rhythmic sound of waves crashing on the sand
2147. Driving with the windows rolled down
2146. Palm trees on an island
2145. Golden light
2144. Sitting in the pool all afternoon
2143. A walk on the beach with mom
2142. Playing cribbage
2141. Sun breaking through clouds
2140. “Your sins and iniquities, He remembers no more.”
2139. Ice cream after a day at the beach
2138. Salt water
2137. Ocean breezes
2136. A nap in the sun
2135. The blue-green water of the ocean
2134. White sand
2133. Umbrellas on the beach
2132. Picnic lunches
2131. Wind blown hair
2130. {This read}
2129. Watching the sun set over the ocean
2128. An evening walk on the beach
2127. Sleeping with the window open
2126. Flip-flops
2125. Palm trees
2124. Dinner overlooking the inter-coastal waterway
2123. Florida!
2122. Watching the sun rise through the plane window
2121. Andy giving us an early morning ride to the airport
2120. Mom’s frosted valentine cookies…best.cookies.ever.
2119. Chasing the sun
2118. Fresh snow coming down
2117. Little girls sleeping on my floor
2116. A day with no school for the kiddos
2115. The guy in the truck who “unstuck” me from the snowbank
2101. A long-over due visit with the Lundquists
2100 Bridal showers
2099. The sun sinking over St. Paul
2098. Engagement photos for friends
2097. Listening in on a Decibel Points recording session
2096. London Passes arriving in the mail…we’re going to London!!!
2095. Giving little people airplane rides
2094. Starbucks coffee to warm cold fingers and toes
2093. Watching the sun rise over the mountains
2092. An early morning visit to Garden of the Gods
2091. Practical advice
2090. New friends
2089. Encouragement to dream big dreams for God’s glory
2088. A mini-Thailand team reunion
2087. Late night chats
2086. Rooming with Amy and Carissa
2085. A quick afternoon hike
2084. Fresh, glittery snow falling
2083. Voices raised in song
2082. The beauty of the Colorado rockies
2081. World Changers Summit!
2080. Flying the friendly skies
2079. A pot of chili on the stove
2078. A bird chirping…Spring always comes
2077. Little people doubled over laughing
2076. Stars shining brightly overhead
2075. Longer days
2074. Matching pajamas with Whittie
2073. Mercies new for every morning
2072. Candles shining through lace covered jars
2071. A Sunday night game of cribbage
2070. A chat with Leah
2069. Hot soup on a cold night
2068. Adventure planning
2067. The sun shining…even if it is freezing
2066. TwinsFest with Dan
2065. Chipotle dinner
2064. {My life is hid with Christ on high, with Christ my Savior and my God}
2063. Skyping with Wallis!
2062. A little girl, clapping her hands in delight when she got the last pink angel sugar cookie of the season
2061. Run through the darkness
2060. A pup home from the vet
2059. Stepping out into a snow globe
2058. …But God…
2057. Laughing…the best medicine
2056. The dark winter sky silhouetting the bare trees
2055. A winter afternoon walk to get ice cream
2054. Help getting out of the snowbank(s) I was firmly lodged in 🙂
2053. A sky ablaze in orange, purple, and blue
2052. {The winds and waves still know, His voice who ruled them when He dwelt below}
2051. Ice cream sandwiches
2050. A weekend with one of my old nanny families
2049. An afternoon spent outside watching hockey
2048. Staying up late playing games with family…it never gets old
2047. Family dinner, an early celebration of Bri’s birthday
2046. Working in the kitchen with mom
2045. “Christ in you, the hope of glory”
2044. First photo shoot of the year
2043. “Your worst days are never so bad that you’re beyond the reach of God’s grace, nor are your best days so good that you’re beyond the need of it.” Jerry Bridges
2042. A mustard yellow cardigan
2041. Getting back into cello
2040. Talking with friends about wedding plans 🙂
2039. Safe driving on slippery roads
2038. Sifting through old photos
2037. Little people playing the piano
2036. “What a love, what a cost, we stand forgiven at the cross”
2035. Our little pup feeling better
2034. A lovely adventure, spent with lovely people
2033. A safe drive home
2032. Nights spent playing games
2031. Bumming around Vail Village
2030. The star-studded sky
2029. A no-injury ski trip!
2028. Skiing the back bowls
2027. A late night trip to the theater
2026. Clear skies, and miles and miles of view
2025. The breath-taking view at the top of the mountains
2024. Good friends talking on the chair lift
2023. A hot shower after a day of skiing
2022.Skiing the mountains!
2021. Chipotle for lunch!
2020. A lovely mountain house
2019. Spoons
2018. The traditional game of ski-trip bowling
2017. Fresh powder
2016. Mountains!
2015. Safety over miles and miles of highway
2014. Road tripping it to Vail
2013. A small sliver of the moon peeking through the window
2012. Packing up
2011. Friend’s getting engaged
2010. Hearing a doctor humming Amazing Grace while holding a newborn in the hospital nursery
2009. An unsolicited scholarship to World Changers Summit…thank you Jesus!
2008. The soft glow of the Christmas tree in the corner
2007. Playing games all day…Battleship, Pit, Signal
2006. Swedish Pancakes to start a new year
2005. The annual, 4 am game of Mille Bornes with Ari and Mom
2004. A fresh start
2003. Ringing in the New Year, surrounded by family and friends
2002. {This read}
2001. {Him. Jesus. Hope. Here with us.}
2000. The traditional game of cousins hockey at Christmas
1999. Pad Thai!
1998. Family Christmas with mom’s family
1997. Above freezing temperatures
1996. New cozy slippers
1995. Day after Christmas games with mom and Dan
1994. Sleeping in late
1993. Playing Words with Friends – a new addiction around here 🙂
1992. Candles in the windows
1991. The traditional game of Christmas Clue
1990. Games all day with family
1989. Playing dominoes with the little girls
1988. Gifts given and received
1987. Reading the Christmas story
1986. Little kids on Christmas morning
1985. The whole family around the table
1984. Christmas brunch
1983. “He comes to make His blessings known, far as the curse is found.”
1982. Stockings hung on the railing
1981. Advent by Christmas tree light
1980. Snow that glitters as it’s falling
1979. A sliver of yellow poking through the gray skies
1978. Church bells ringing
1977. The annual viewing of “It’s A Wonderful Life”
1976. Christmas bonuses
1975. Playing Wii with the kiddos
1974. My wonderful nanny family
1973. “A Messiah for the lowest of men to the highest of Kings”
1972. Watching The Nativity Story
1971. A Sunday afternoon nap
1970. Emmanuel – God with us
1969. A chat with Leah
1968. Our little Bethlehem village all lit up
1967. Listening to the new podcast
1966. A visit to Candy Land…we were literally like kids in a candy shop 🙂
1965. Dinner at Mickey’s Diner
1964. Ice skating outside at Rice Park
1963. Annual Outings
1962. Lunch with mom at Chick-fil-A
1961. A cup of hot cocoa to warm cold hands
1960. A walk through the lit up streets of downtown St. Paul
1959. It’s a Wonderful Life radio theater program
1958. Watching the sun set through my rear view mirror
1957. A quiet house to write in
1956. Recounting the year that was
1955. Presents under the tree
1954. Wrapping up surprises
1953. A table full of ribbons, bows, and paper
1952. Christmas music – I’m convinced it makes any task ten times better
1951. The Christmas tree glowing cheerfully in the corner
1950. Stepping outside into a great big snow globe
1949. “When we could not reach Heaven, Heaven came to us”
1948. Advent
1947. Trimming the tree
1946. Playing the Hallelujah chorus
1945. A Christmas light tour
1944. Gingerbread house decorating
1943. The annual viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with the girlies
1942. Stringing for Erin’s tree
1941. Tacos and root beer floats
1940. The Hobbit marathon with Dan
1939. A cup of warm cocoa with just right melted marshmallows
1938. Christmas tree hunting
1937. Going outside to work to an already brushed off car
1936. The sun setting through bare branches
1935. Warm blankets
1934. Snuggling with Whitney
1933. An afternoon to cross things off my to-do list
1932. “From His fullness we have received, grace upon grace”
1931. Crazy hair
1930. Podcast collecting
1929. A night at the mall
1928. “The law came by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”
1927. Media night with Phil
1926. TV mix
1925. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory.”
1924. Reading books to little people, Christmas music playing softly in the background
1923. The sun shining down, making the snow sparkle
1922. A late-night showing of the “Book Thief”
1921. “Silver Bells”
1920. The familiar strains of favorite Christmas music
1919. Tins full of the traditional Christmas cookies
1918. A day full of baking with mom
1917. A Friday night reading books and playing games with my little people
1916. Chipotle with my birthday gift card
1915. Stars shining in the frigid night sky
1914. Judging debate
1913. Ella’s Christmas program
1912. {…You’re here with us}
1911. Fuzzy socks
1910. A cup of hot cocoa
1909. Playing music
1908. Building towers
1907. Lights on trees
1906. Fresh flakes falling
1905. Chicago-mix popcorn
1904. A Sunday drive through the country
1903. Christmas music
1902. Setting up Christmas decorations
1901. The traditional Black Friday shopping
1900. Board games
1899. A thanksgiving table overflowing…we are blessed
1898. A family who lets me borrow their cars while mine is getting fixed
1897. Pies in the oven
1896. Little hands rolling out dough
1895. Getting lost in a good book
1894. Heated floors
1893. Bread rising on the counter
1892. A Sunday evening babysitting
1891. Sunsets that take your breath away
1890. “New” old clothes
1889. A weekend with the girlies
1888. Homemade pizza
1887. Quartet practice
1886. Chipotle gift card 😀
1885. Swedish Pancakes
1884. Family game night
1883. Operation Christmas Child shoebox shopping
1882. Hunger Games Premiere with Dan, Michelle, Marie, and Leah…made some good memories there
1881. Pad Thai
1880. A mini globe for my desk
1879. Owl gifts from friends…they know me well
1878. The moon shining through leaf-less trees
1877. A late autumn thunderstorm
1876. A lazy Saturday – the last one before the Holiday business begins
1875. Birthday messages from all around the world – so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends
1874. Birthday dinner and games with my family
1873. Gluten free, chocolate birthday cake
1872. A free java chip frappuccino from Starbucks
1871. Birthday lunch at Chipotle with mom
1870. Sleeping in
1869. Flannel sheets
1868. Checking things off my to-do list
1867. A little surprise birthday party put on by my nanny kiddos
1866. The men and women, who throughout the years, have sacrificed for my freedom
1865. A thin layer of frost covering still vibrant autumn leaves
1864. Warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream on top
1863.  …and of course, catching up with Sarah and Brad when they got home
1862. A night with my Johannsen kiddos!…
1861. A brilliant pink, purple, and yellow sunset
1860. 16-year friendships!
1859. Dinner with Alyssa and Priscilla
1858. Larry looking at my car
1857. Family game night – two in one week!
1856. Dinner with the Stromme girls
1855. Errands with mom
1854. Flannel shirts, corduroys, and warm boots
1853. Practicing violin
1852. Coffee with Allie
1851. Morning light streaming through the blinds
1850. Playing games together
1849. A little pick-up street hockey
1848. Family get-together at Den’s
1847. Michelle being home!
1846. Two little angels sleeping on my floor
1845. Their squeals when we paly tickle monster
1844. A night of playing with my nanny kiddos
1843. Going out for dinner after the show
1842. Oklahoma! at Northwestern
1841. A beautiful day for my last scheduled shoots of the autumn
1840. Sleeping in
1839. Having a brother who’s a Cop
1838. {The longing and the need, to have more of You in me, because nothing satisfies the way You do}
1837. Autumn trees ablaze in all their scarlet, auburn, and golden glory…seriously, it’s breathtaking
1836. Catching up with Stephanie over lunch
1835. Lunch at Chipotle
1834. Geese flying south
1833. Foggy Autumn Days
1832. Photo fun with Laura and Hannah
1831. Music with friends on a Sunday morning
1830. The beauty of the Southern Minnesota countryside
1829. Enjoying family time together
1828. A late  night movie
1827. A trip to Lanseboro
1826. Eating lunch with her at school
1825. Ella’s speech meet – she’s a natural!
1824. Watching the World Series with Marie and Leah…and chatting with Michelle
1823. Getting the ski trip housing figured out!
1822. The one year anniversary of Brian’s shooting…remembering God’s protection
1821. Laying in a hospital bed for a few hours, realizing how blessed I have been to be so healthy all my life
1820. Ice packs, hospitals, doctors, medicine…I’ve been a big fan of them all this week
1819. Listening to a homeschool mom’s testimony – clinging to the promise that God is faithful
1818. In Christ alone, my hope is found…
1817. Good times park with Luke
1816. The small flicker of a candle sitting on the table
1815. Watching the sun rise on my way to work
1814. A warm little puppy on my lap
1813. A Sunday afternoon nap
1812. Submitting the Thailand promo video to the Film Festival!
1811. Ironing and chatting with Leah
1810. Watching the Cardinals earn a spot in the World Series at B-Dubs with the family
1809. The sun sinking over the hills
1808. Running through the woods, playing capture the flag with friends
1807. Dan meeting me half way to bring me my cello bow
1806. Trying new recipes
1805. The beautiful little babies I get to photograph at work
1804. {This reminder – make your life count}
1803. Leaf piles
1802. Fresh flowers on the table
1801. A fixed car
1800. Little girls asleep on my bedroom floor
1799. Practicing my cello
1798. Borrowed studio lighting
1797. Apple slices
1796. Listening to the work that God is doing in Estonia
1795. The smell of the heat, just coming on in the morning
1794. Windows down, and wind blowing through my hair
1793. Spur-of-the-moment parties
1792. Friends getting engaged
1791. Little chalk drawings on the driveway
1790. Absolutely perfect, fleeting days of Autumn
1789. Trees ablaze in all their colored glory
1788. Playing four on a couch with the family
1787. Celebrating birthdays
1786. Listening to the Bible on tape during my drives to work
1785. The crisp autumn air
1784. Going to sleep with the sound of rain hitting the windows
1783. Late night games
1782. Cornhole tournaments!
1781. Working in the kitchen, making snacks with Mom
1780. Lunch with Dan and Mom on a rainy Thursday
1779. Dinner and a cello lesson with Nikkia
1778. Two last peaches and cream pies
1777. Things being on sale right when I need them
1776. Finishing orders for clients
1775. The opportunity to do some preschool photos
1774. Applebees after the game
1773. A final evening of softball for the summer
1772. …only to be topped by homemade fried rice
1771. Homemade egg rolls…
1770. A sky full of tye-dye balloons
1769. The promise of eternity
1768. A beautiful Sunday to launch balloons
1767. A picnic dinner on the living room floor with the girlies
1766. Mancala with Ella
1765. Root beer floats
1764. A walk by the river
1763. Browsing antique stores
1762. Stillwater with my mumsie!
1761. Going to the park with Luke
1760. SOG 2013
1759. {The emptiness that cries out to be filled, the promise that Your word is deeper still…}
1758. The night sky, filled with stars
1757. The wonderful staff at Storybook Lodge who make our retreat possible
1756. Four on a couch until three in the morning
1755. Ultimate Frisbee
1754. Fabulous weather
1753. Volleyball
1752. Baptisms
1751. Listening to the kid’s choirs
1750. Playing music
1749. A train coming by right when we needed it to!
1748. My photoshoot helpers
1747. A dream photoshoot come true! 🙂
1746. An afternoon kayak ride with Ari
1745. Chapel times
1744. Wizard with friends
1743. Storybook Weekend!
1742. Listening to audio dramas on road trips
1741. Leaves swaying in the autumn breeze
1740. Peach pie
1739. Listening to Ella read out loud
1738. Catching up with Mr. Grustans after his concert
1737. Cherry Berry with Luke
1736. A birdcage that Erin made hanging in the corner of my room
1735. A late summer BBQ
1734. Family photos
1733. A new photo rack in my room…so many happy memories!
1732. An afternoon at home to clean my room!
1731. Vintage suitcases
1730. Thrift store shopping with mom
1729. An evening walk with one of my kiddos
1728. Thailand team chat…prepping for the Film Festival!
1727. Visiting with Carol and Mrs. Wiessner
1726. The book of Isaiah
1725. My first cello lesson
1724. Practicing trio
1723. {Hosea 6:1-3}
1722. Peaches and cream pie
1721. Cherry Berry with the girlies and mom
1720. The setting sun turning everything golden
1719. Twins game with the whole family
1718. Half-priced apps at Applebees
1717. “Cousins Day” at Valley Fair
1716. Kid’s choirs singing at church
1715. Dan – my “photo-caddy”
1714. Photoshoots!
1713. Famers Market fresh vegetables
1712. A cello!
1711. A “not to be forgotten summer”
1710. Family get-togethers
1709. Maffia around the campfire
1708. Savoring the final moments of summer
1707. Skyscraper with Nikkia
1706. Mini Doughnuts
1705. Unlimited chocolate milk for a dollar
1704. Pronto Pups
1703. The MN state fair
1702. Water fights with Luke
1701. Assistance on photshoots
1700. Errands with mom
1699. Headrubs
1698. Swimming
1697. Playing music
1696. Overnight with the Halls
1695. Andy on his birthday
1694. Air conditioning!
1693. A night with the Bergman kiddos
1692. Dan helping me on my shoot
1691. Voice acting
1690. The windows rolled down and the wind blowing through my hair
1689. Talking with Michelle
1688. Fast food Friday night
1687. Seeing a brilliant sunset, from way up high
1686. Flying through the sky with AnaLise
1685. A spur of the moment trip to the fair
1684. Lemonade stands
1683. {Isaiah 30:18}
1682. {In quietness and trust is your strength}
1681. Two little angels sleeping on my bedroom floor
1680. A full moon
1679. {Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow}
1678. {The Horse Principle…He works ALL things for our good}
1677. Fall Ball!
1676. {This…Slow down, let go, be grateful}
1675. A photo shoot on a perfect summer evening
1674. Celebrating birthdays
1673. Mom’s homemade pizza
1672. A summer evening cookout
1671. Another year of scorkeeping, spending Monday evenings with my dad and brothers
1670. A perfect day to be outside with a slight breeze blowing
1669. A full day of softball
1668. Evening walks
1667. Chipotle and Cherryberry with Mom
1666. BLTs with market tomatoes
1665. Coffee with Allie
1664. A walk to the park
1663. Fresh flowers from the farmers market
1662. Listening to the kiddos playing
1661. Sunshine and blue skies
1660. A Thailand team chat
1659. S’mores
1658. Ending the day at the cabin around the campfire
1667. Fireworks
1656. Dinner on the deck
1655. Bri driving us in the boat all afternoon
1654. Wind in the face
1653. Skiing and tubing
1652. Boat rides
1651. Blue skies and the sun beating down
1650. Catching up with Carissa!
1649. Sweet corn off the cob
1648. My “free parking” pass
1647. Garage-saling with Mom
1646. Tacos and Coconut ice cream bars…Mexico and Thailand in my mouth all in one meal
1645. Visiting Marie
1644. A trip to the Children’s Museum with the Girlies
1643. The traditional stop at Culvers for dinner on the way home
1642. A safe drive home from Itasca
1641. The star-studded night sky
1640. Brilliant Sunsets
1639. Visiting with Amy!
1638. Ella accompanying us for her 4th Fiddle Fest
1637. Vanilla shakes
1636. Snuggling down deep into a warm sleeping bag
1635. Catching up with Christina
1634. A bonfire before bed
1633. The traditional pancake breakfast
1632. A rain-less Fiddle Fest 2013!
1631. Good music
1630. The smell of a bonfire
1629. The sun shining through the trees
1628. Tall pines
1627. A safe drive up to Itasca
1626. The van packed and ready to go!
1625. Pictures of my little Thai girls celebrating their birthdays
1624. A visit with Joanna
1623. Good first solo days at work
1622. Grilled Dinner
1620. The Andersons watching Mopsy
1619. Older brothers
1618. Late nights playing Spot-it, Guess Who, and Wizard
1617. Rainy afternoon corn hole tournaments
1616. Cabin weekend!
1615. Peter Pan play with Ella
1614. A brush with Joe Mauer after the birth of his twin daughters
1613. Garden fresh cucumbers
1612. Little girls in flower fields
1611. Fresh daisies on the table
1610. Music floating through open windows
1609. A long afternoon walk on a perfect Summer day
1608. Bees buzzing among vibrants bunches of flowers
1607. Softball victories
1606. Waking up to thunderstorms
1605. Good games of Maffia
1604. Bocce ball at Arcos
1603. Seeing the Vander Hamms at church!
1602. Mexican food for dinner my first night home
1601. Green grass
1600. Seeing my family…and my puppy. 🙂
1599. Window seats and winging it home
1598. One last look across the border, and seeing this message in big letters: “City of Juarez, the Bible is truth. Read it.”
1597. Soaking up the last El Paso rays and enjoying Starbucks
1596. Another chance to spend some of my summer working alongside amazing, humble servants of God
1595. Ping-ping Pong-pong until 2 AM my last night at BPS
1594. Vanilla from Hector and Ofelia
1593. A goodbye visit with the Jimenez Family
1592. El Taco Tote with Mr. Winn and the sumer workers
1591. A drive with Vanessa
1590. Photography encouragement from Mrs. Taylor
1589. Countertop chats
1588. Raiding the freezer for ice cream sandwiches
1587. Friends and family who pray
1586. The raw beauty of Juarez
1585. Two huge meetings
1584. Lunch with our Mexican church
1583. {Proverbs 15:11}
1582. God holding off rain clouds
1581. {Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer, but this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my ransom}
1580. Miss Ofelia’s homemade pizza
1579. Walking the streets of Juarez, Mexico, knowing that the Gospel makes a difference
1578. {We are more than conquerors}
1577. {God is the strength of my heart}
1576. Mr. Taylor’s reminder that God uses the unlikeliest of people to accomplish His will
1575. Meeting our Mexican church
1574. {“Leaving Your Spirit till the work on earth is done.”}
1573. Backrubs from Dena
1572. Homemade cinnamon rolls
1571. Vanessa rescuing us from our flat
1570. Safety when the bus broke down
1569. Singing and testimonies on the bus
1568. Overlooking Juarez
1567. The Normandale group coming in!
1566. Free food at Chick-fil-A!
1565. My Mom on her birthday!
1564. Miss Betty
1563. Listening to Mr. Jarvis’ stories
1562. The rhythmic hum of the fan keeping the room cool
1561. The map of the world in the BPS game room
1560. A God who changes plans
1559. An afternoon to read, rest, and catch up on some work
1558. A trip to the Dairy Queen
1557. Ironing out wrinkles
1556. Andy being okay after getting hit by a deer
1555. Joy letting me borrow “One Thousand Gifts”
1554. Sweeping up dust
1553. Play by play of the Normans game from Mom
1552. Ping-pong with Mia
1551. Apples and peanut butter
1550. {Sufficient grace}
1549. Taking the “fun” road home from church
1548. Ice breaking
1547. {Psalm 121}
1546. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world!
1545. Texting with Allie
1544. Music with Mia
1543. An afternoon with the DeRaps
1542. Memories of BPS past
1541. Calls from home
1540. {He who promised is faithful}
1539. The Jimenez Family
1538. The view of the mountains from BPS – it never gets old
1537. A flying buddy
1536. Boarding passes
1535. Airport lunch money from Mom
1534. Fireworks bursting through the night sky
1533. Bare feet in the grass, and a volleyball shooting back and forth overhead
1532. Hanging out with family and friends on the Fourth
1531. Those who pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honors
1530. Old Glory
1529. Cool night air blowing through the open windows
1528. Music Found
1527. Dinner at Chipotle with Mom and Dan
1526. Dippin Dots on a hot summer day
1525. Pie in a jar
1524. A picnic lunch
1523. Girls flying through the air, giggling on the swings at Como Zoo
1522. Strawberry pie
1521. Mementos from Thailand found while packing for Mexico
1520. The two little ladies sleeping on my bedroom floor
1519. {This}
1518. The giggles of happy little girls jumping on the trampline with “Grampy”
1517. Chilling at the DQ after a couple of Normans victories
1516. Dinner on the deck
1515. A cool breeze on a hot summer day
1514. Box seats at the Twins game
1513. New phones
1512. Fresh strawberry sauce over vanilla ice cream
1511. Ella May on her 6th birthday!
1510. Ripe watermelon
1509. Strawberry picking on a Saturday morning
1508. Playing cornhole with friends, late into the evening
1507. Rain that stops in time
1506. An unexpected lunch with Mom – our favorite Applebee’s salad
1505. {This}
1504. Reading through the Psalms
1503. Open Face Sandwiches – a sure sign that Summer’s here
1502. The traditional trip the the Dairy Queen
1501. The sunset Monday after the softball game
1500. The book of Job
1499. Key lime pie in a jar
1498. A picnic and games with Priscilla and Alyssa
1497. Thunderstorms
1496. Paddle boarding on Lake Calhoun with Dave, Marie, and Dan
1495. Pedicure, lunch, and errands with mom
1494. Impromptu parties
1493. Corn hole in the garage
1492. Cherry Berry
1491. Playing with the girlies in their playroom, and reading them some Bible verses before bedtime
1490. Golden light shining on Whit’s curly hair
1489. Ella’s excitement over her Hello Kitty cake
1488. Giving a little girl her first camera
1487. Celebrating birthdays
1486. Thailand team chat!
1485. Working with precious, adorable, newborn babies
1484. Starting a new job
1483. Grilled shish kabobs
1482. My Dad on Father’s Day- all the hard work he does for our family and the support he gives
1481. Listening to the Alzen’s new CD
1480. A new Vera bag from Mom
1479. The Book of Esther
1478. Thai food for dinner with Dad, Mom, and Andy…delicousness!
1477. Chipotle for lunch
1476. Girls outing with Jess, Nikkia, Christina, and Jessimine!
1475. Listening to Peter Reid messages in the car
1474. Sleeping in…three mornings in a row! {Summer is a lovely thing!}
1473. A morning run
1472. {This – don’t give up!}
1471. A walk with mom
1470. Feet in the water
1469. The Bergman Family – all the support they’ve given me the past year and a half I’ve worked for them!
1468. A Twins game with Dan on a lovely summer evening
1467. Swedish pancakes
1466. Brian getting honored as police officer of the year for the entire state!
1465. Piling into the van to head up to Alexandria
1464. Dan on his birthday – such a wonderful big brother!
1463. Staying up late, playing games with friends
1462. Rain clearing in time for corn hole
1461. An encouraging email from a NLTR fan
1460. A box ready to go off to Thailand…I just wish there was some room for me in it!
1459. Bri and the girls staying for dinner…that consisted of tacos and root beer floats (best meal ever…well, except for maybe Pad Thai)
1458. “Follow Me
1457. A phone call from Leah
1456. Being goofy with the girlies
1455. A new job
1454. “For God the just is satisfied, to look on Him and pardon me”
1453. Sand between my toes, playing volleyball with friends
1452. Finally, 2 days in a row with blue skies
1451. Lunch with Mom
1450. My dugout buddy
1449. Grace that chases
1448. A message from Karla
1447. Dairy Queen with the guys after the game
1446. A reminder that no matter what my circumstances are, I need to live my life in a way that brings glory to the Gospel.
1445. The sunset on the way home from Detroit Lakes
1444. Roadtripping it with Dan to Matt’s wedding (two weddings in one day!)
1443. Rain holding off until after the wedding
1442. Dan shooting with me
1441. Shooting my second wedding
1440. Dairy Queen
1439. The sun finally.shining.
1438. Showing people the Thailand video
1437. Dinner with Mom and Mrs. McNamara
1436. Catch up time with the Hall girls
1435. The friends I’ve made through IPS
1434. Group Chat with Wallis, Carissa, and Hannah
1433. Computer help from Phil
1432. Almond bars
1431. Corn hole
1430. The sacrifice of soldiers
1429. Java Chip Frappuccino
1428. A dry Spring Swing (even if it was cold)
1427. A day full of softball for a good cause
1426. Cleaning out
1425. {1 Corinthians 2:9}
1424. Sunshine after the rain
1423. A big-blue-eyed owl from mom “just because you’re down today”
1422. Shopping for the Spring Swing with Mom and Dan
1421. Knowing that He does not stretch us beyond what He knows we can bear
1420. Stretching times
1419. {Psalm 56:8}
1418. A day off work
1417. Golden light on lilacs
1416. A walk on a lovely evening
1415. Letters from Michelle
1415. Playing outside
1414. Apples and Peanut Butter
1413. Thailand Team Chat
1412. Robins nesting under the deck
1411. Falling asleep to rain hitting the windows
1410. Pictures from Thailand up on the wall…reminders of my little girls. 🙂
1409. Getting my car back
1408. Playing games together
1407. Sitting around watching “The Path Through Paradoll Park” with the cousins…oh my, the memories
1406. Flip Flops
1405. Chipotle with mom
1404. Starbucks outside on a lovely spring evening with Dan and Phil
1403. {that my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent O LORD my God,I will give thanks to You forever}
1402. You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
1401. You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
1400. Tree climbing with Ella
1399. Reading books with Whitney
1398. A smile with a missing tooth
1397. Tulips in full bloom
1396. Lemonade stands
1395. Softball starting up again!
1394. My amazing mom
1393. Mothers
1392. Thinking back on all God did to allow me to travel to Thailand, work with an amazing group of people, and tell the story of the work He’s doing at House of Grace in Chiang Rai
1391. Sleep
1390. Going to the ballet with Mom and Ella
1389. Brothers and uncle stopping by to say welcome home
1388. Spring sheets
1387. Coming home to mom’s chicken stir-fry
1386. Minnesota in full-blown Spring…it really is beautiful
1385. Mom, Dad, and Ella meeting me at the airport
1384. Hearing the customs agent say “welcome home”
1383. This verse, in an email, in the Seoul airport “Jesus… said, ‘Go home to your own people and tell the how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you.’” … -Mark 5:19 
1382. Heading home
1381. Hannah navigating us through the Seoul airport and finding us benches to sleep on 🙂
1380. Changing the world
1379. Deep discussions
1378. Exit row seating!
1377. A final “cheesy” airport picture
1376. Sticky rice in the Bangkok airport
1375. Watching “our video” together one last time before saying goodbye
1374. Starbucks together in the Bangkok airport
1373. Watching the sunset from the river
1372. Chilling on the patio our last night in Bangkok
1371. Bangkok adventures
1370. Plane rides
1369. Knowing that there’s a place, half a world away, where little girls can just be little girls
1368. Hugs, tears, and many pictures before leaving House of Grace
1367. Watching the House of Grace staff watch the video for the first time
1366. Family and friends back home who were praying
1365. Tam Tams and M&Ms from Mandy…editing encouragement. 🙂
1364. A sky full of stars
1363. God holding off storms, keeping us healthy, and allowing us to finish well
1362. Computers, tripods, redlights…the team coming together to create epic-ness
1361. Each member of our team…Peter, Mandy, Hannah, Meagan, Leah, Andrew, Nathanael, and our little mascot Caleb. You were all so wonderful to work alongside and hang out with!
1360. Slowing down and praying and worshiping
1359. Coconut Ice Cream party!
1358. Worship on Sunday morning…different languages, same God!
1357. Listening to the girls sing outside while we were working inside
1356. Brainstorming on the patio
1355. Fresh flowers
1354. Late night editing laughs
1353. My hero of a brother
1352. Singing in the van
1351. Praying before shoots
1350. Playing our hearts out on the playground
1349. Cool rain
1348. Asian sunsets
1347. Jutiporn – a humble hero of the faith
1346. The best fried rice ever
1345. The slap of little feet hitting the pavement
1344. Little geckos scooting across the wall
1343. Shoes being brought to all the right people
1342. Going out the door to be smothered in hugs
1341. Testimonies of grace
1340. Early morning quiet times
1339. This article read on an early morning in Thailand
1338. Dinner time chats
1337. Authentic Thai food
1336. Fresh pineapple, mango, and watermelon
1335. Aria
1334. An overwhelming welcome from the girls and staff at House of Grace
1333. A cold shower after a long day of travelling
1332. Meeting up with the team…in Thailand!
1332. Anticipation
1331. My travel buddy…thanks for being a good one, Leah!
1330. Last minute calls, texts, emails, and Facebook messages from family and friends
1329. My big brothers…they’re the bestest. 🙂
1328. Dinner on Lake Peppin
1327. The first Dairy Queen of the season
1326. Birds chirping
1325. Open windows
1324. Side-splitting laughter
1323. Family game night
1322. Hamburgers on the grill
1321. Lunch outside
1320. Dinner with the Stromme ladies…the last one with all of us for awhile
1319. Making chocolate chip cookies
1318. Lunch with Mom, Dan, and the girlies
1317. Reciting The Sermon on the Mount under the stars
1316. Impromptu visits from brothers
1315. Finally being able to go outside with the kiddos!
1315. Sunshine!
1314. The happy sound of “my kiddos” chattering in the backseat on the way to gymnastics
1313. My brother coming home!!!
1312. A Sunday afternoon nap
1311. “You were broken that I might be healed…”
1310. Robins hopping along on the snow covered ground – a reminder – Spring always comes
1309. Goodbye hugs and promises of prayer from friends
1308. Sunshine melting this ridiculous April snow! 🙂
1307. My parents
1306. A Friend who wrote about simple blessings
1305. Being goofy with the girls
1304. Ella coming in my room with a drawing she had just colored
1303. Yogurt parfaits in new depression-era dishes
1302. Reading books to a little Whitney girl curled up next to me on the couch
1301. Dad coming home from a long day’s work, pulling my car into the garage and working on it…again.
1300. Watching the sun set out the window
1299. A library outing with my nanny kiddos
1298. Listening to The Lost Elevator on the radio!!!
1297. The guys making it safely to El Paso
1296. Visiting with the Perkins
1295. Sparkly Aero sweatshirts
1294. A giggly, productive, giggly  Trio practice
1293. Breakfast at Nikkia’s
1292…and doing my taxes
1291. Dad fixing my car…
1290. A traditional late night game of Wizard (with Nikkia, Jessimine, Mom, and Julia)
1289. Hanging out at Nikkia’s beautiful Milwaukee house
1288. Listening to Nikkia’s recital
1287. Beautiful Lake Michigan
1286. Frozen yogurt for lunch
1285. Finding the “Mother-load” of vintage clothes…way out of my price range, but so fun to look at
1284. Antiquing with Mom
1283. Road-tripping it to Milwaukee
1282. Dad coming to work and driving my overheating, exhaust-billowing-out-of-both-ends car home, so I didn’t have to
1281. Fresh tulips on the table-I guess if it’s not springy outside, we can at least have a few reminders inside
1280. Giggling little girls around the lunch table
1279. Bri brushing this April snow off my car
1278. The sound of thunder
1277. Tulips poking through the ground
1276. “Just one more game” of Spot-It with Andy
1275. Andy coming up the stairs with “Memory”…yes, we all played. 🙂
1274. Trying new foods with the family 🙂
1273. The whole family going out to Sawatdee
1272. Dinner at Olive Garden with Priscilla and Alyssa
1271. The sound of raindrops against the window
1270. Logic problems with Mom on a Saturday morning
1269. Randomly meeting up with Dyna and Leah for errands
1268. Lunch at Chipotle with Mom
1267. A morning to stay home and get things done
1266. More surprises in my Thailand box- a little gray purse (with yellow lining!) from Mom
1265. Late night runs with Dan
1264. Brown grass and bare trees awaiting the miracle of Spring
1263. Snow melting
1262. The Sermon on the Mount
1261. Joshua 1:8-9
1260. Taking in a Twins game with Dan
1259. The sun-roof open
1258. The joy of Easter – He’s alive!
1257. Raising voices to praise a Risen Savior
1256. “Lives again our glorious King, where O death is now thy sting?”
1255. Gray skies turning blue and the sun streaming through windows on Easter morning
1254. “And as His blood fell to the ground, our hope again was found…”
1253. This Easter time of year
1252. The smell of homemade bread baking in the oven
1251. Fresh air blowing in
1250. Birds Chirping
1249. Windows open
1248. Phone calls from El Paso…chatting with Mia and Jessimine
1247. A full yellow moon
1246. The hands that serve the wine and the bread and the sons of the earth
1245. Maundy Thursday service
1244. {“And He took bread, gave thanks, and broke it.”}
1243. Errands and lunch with Mom and Dan
1242. Undeserved grace
1241. A new lens in the mail!
1240. Sunny days
1239. Words of encouragement from a friend
1238. The Lost Elevator feedback
1237. Having Dyna over for lunch
1236. An adventure at Vertical Endeavors
1235. Jessie’s voice getting better in time to sing with us
1234. Sleeping until noon
1233. A group of about 30 people invading Perkins in 1930s garb
1232. Watching people have a good time
1231. So many family and friends showing up to support our work
1230. Marie letting me shove my camera off on her and doing an excellent job of photographing the premiere
1229. The amazing cast and crew of The Lost Elevator
1228. Premiere night
1227. The unwavering support of my parents un the crazy endeavors Dan and I undertake
1226. My mom staying up until 4 am finishing petit fours for the premiere
1225. Dena coming over to help dip petit fours
1224. Jordan printing our promo material for us
1223. The countless hours Phil put into engineering the drama…it sounds amazing!
1222. Hearing the finished Lost Elevator project! (You can listen here!)
1221. Reubens on St. Patrick’s Day
1220. Jerry Benjamin Conference at church
1219. {This Dare}
1218. Catching up with Nikkia
1217. Game night at Hannah’s
1216. {And as I ran my hell-bound race, indifferent to the cost, you looked upon my helpless state and led me to the cross}
1215. …And then sitting around talking about life until it says 2:00 a.m.
1214. Playing games until the clock says 1:00 a.m.
1213. The whole family around the dinner table
1212. Boxes in the mail
1211. Andy stopping in, unexpected, for dinner
1210. Fresh air, sunshine, and time meditate on the Sermon on the Mount
1209. A walk around Lake Nokomis
1208. The little angel sleeping on my bedroom floor
1207. The sun, shining through the colored glass on the window sills
1206. Checking things off my to-do list
1205. Surprises in my Thailand box
1204. A trip to the frozen yogurt shop with Mom, Ella and Whitney
1203. A visit with the Mackenzies/Wiesners
1202. Melting snow
1201. Going through old family slides
1200. {Colossians 3:1-3}
1199. {Ephesians 1:3-6}
1198. Singing
1197. Getting things done on a rainy day
1196. Prayer meeting at Halls
1195. Sarah letting me stay for dinner
1194. A day with the Johannsen kiddos!
1193. The spring chicken replacing the snowman on the kitchen sill.
1192. Stir-fry for dinner
1191. A winter walk
1190. The sun shining  bright
1189. Fresh homemade brownies
1188. Ella’s painting “and it even has an owl on it”, she says.
1187. Smooches from a 2-year old
1186. Dan driving me to work in the snow…I so could have done it, but I let him use his gas 😉
1185. Notebook shopping
1184. Photo night with mom
1183. Mercies that are new every.morning.
1182. Trials, pressure, reminders that God is pressing me into His likeness
1181. {This}
1180. Hamburgers off the grill
1179. A Skype with Careena and Pricella
1178. “Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again.”
1177. Seeing old friends at speech tournaments
1176. A week full of photo shoots
1175. A little girl doing science experiments at the kitchen table
1174. Vintage dresses
1173. Shopping with mom
1172. The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
1171. Seeing the sunrise over the Heartland
1170. Watching the country fly by through the window
1169. Listening to Nick’s testimony
1168. A BPS reunion 🙂
1167. Dan second shooting for me
1166. Beautiful weather
1165. Josh and Allie’s wedding
1164. Sleeping over at Allie’s on her last night as a Spaulding 🙂
1163. The smell of Spring
1162. “What is man that You are mindful of him?
1161. The wonder of space
1160. The Creation Museum
1159. The little travel lights that we put on during road trips
1158. A short visit to the V
1157. Friends who let me borrow photo equipment
1156. A visit with Kara!
1155. A cookbook from Sparky
1154. Singing Getty songs around the piano with Christina and Jessie
1153. A visit, albiet short, with Nikkia!
1152. An afternoon at the Halls
1151. Laughing until your back and sides hurt
1150. Apples and peanut butter
1149. Celebrating “February’s New Year”
1148. Friends playing Mille Bornes
1147. Brian on his birthday – an awesome brother and amazing example of sacrifice, hard work, and dedication
1146. A little girl twirling around in a princess dress
1145. A morning adorn with the new snow
1144. Valentines from my little kiddos
1143. Valentine Cookies
1142. A gluten-free, heart-shaped scone waiting for me at work
1141. A friend writing to tell me she’s started counting her gifts..!
1140. A special cookie delivery to the Police Station
1139. Tortellini Soup
1138. An evening with Andrew, Erin, and Baby Eliana
1137. “When I was sinking down, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul”
1136. More sunlight
1135. A chat with Nikkia!
1134. A movie on a wintery evening
1133. An evening of foosball, pool, ping-pong, and friends
1132. A plane ticket to Thailand!
1131. Mr. Jarvis’ prayer letter – always an encouragement!
1130. Frost covered trees
1129. Another wedding booked!
1128. Adventures in corn fields 😉
1127. Wide open land
1126. Time with Mom, Dyna, Michelle, and Marie
1125. Road trips
1124. Mom chauffeuring me while my car was down
1123. Dad and Dan fixing my car…won’t need any more jumps. Thanks guys!
1122. Snow that sparkles like glitter
1121. Bowling with the family
1120. Celebrating Brian’s birthday
1119. An afternoon nap
1118. Homemade applesauce
1117. The great love that we’ve been shown – we’re His children now, He’s made us His own
1116. Coffee with a very happy Jessimine 🙂
1115. Dinner with the Stromme’s at Olive Garden
1114. A scarf from Paris
1113. A cousin returning safely from Europe
1112. Dreaming of “someday” adventures
1111. Memorizing the Sermon on the Mount
1110. A Dallas photo shoot
1109. Fresh flowers and green grass!
1108. Fellowship with friends
1107. A weekend out of the cold
1106. Seeing Wallis in person not just over Skype
1105. The Koehn Family letting us invade their home for the weekend
1104. Two lovely ladies meeting me at the airport
1103. The Rocky Mountains
1102. Flying!
1101. Bare toes
1100. {This article}
1099. Warm soup on a cold night
1098. Another freezing morning, and another jump from Dan
1097. More support for Thailand
1096. An evening playing games with the Glerums
1095. Words of encouragement and funds coming in for the Thailand fund. I am blessed.
1094. Speech tournaments!
1093. The Halls letting me crash at their house for the night
1092. One last night playing Wizard and chatting with Nikkia
1092. {January 15: Jesus Calling}
1091. Prayer meeting
1090. Reading examples of faith in the Old Testament
1089. “The Lost Elevator” production meeting with Dan, Phil, Jordan, and Nikkia…well, okay, for me and Nikkia it turned into a Mille Bornes party 😉
1088. A few leisurely afternoons to get stuff done
1087. A day with the girls (it’d been 2 weeks since we’d had them..way too long!)
1086. Dan giving me a jump
1085. {“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you…”}
1084. This – still can’t get over it over here
1083. Four days with some of the best friends
1082. Mom chaperoning all of us crazy people
1081. Wizarding until the wee hours of the morning
1080. Watching the sun rise and set over Lake Superior
1079. Falling asleep to waves crashing against rocks
1078. The star-studded sky
1077. A bonfire on the beach
1076. Safe skiing
1075. Gorgeous skiing weather
1074. Hall’s rear axel not going out while going 65 MPH
1073. Ski Trip 2013!
1072. Dad’s temp job turning permanent
1071. Lunch and catch-up with Allie
1070. “Game night” with that Hall ladies
1069. Time off work
1068. Swedish pancakes for the first breakfast of the year
1067. Starting off the new year by playing Mille Bornes with Ari
1066. Ringing in the New Year with good friends
1064. The possibilities of a new year
1065. Laughing on New Year’s Eve at church’s extravaganza
1063. Praying with friends
1062. Staying up late…and being able to sleep in in the morning
1061. Freshly fallen snow sparkling on the ground
1060. Skating on a frigid winter evening
1059. Friends home from school
1058. Wrapping up Christmas Day by watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”
1057. Reading the Christmas story after brunch
1056. Little people on Christmas morning
1055. “You’re here with us”
1054. Finally beating the boys in a board game…it only took till 2:30 am 🙂
1053. TV Mix and M&Ms and the family around the table playing games on Christmas Eve
1052. Christmas Eve Candlelight service
1051. My diploma!
1050. Mom’s whole family sitting down playing games together
1049. Family Christmas
1048. Hockey with cousins
1047. Presents wrapped, underneath the tree, waiting for Christmas morning
1046. The Nativity Story
1045. A handmade stocking hung, on the railing with care! (Thanks, Mom! <3)
1044. Cold hands wrapped around a warm mug of cocoa
1043. A play on a winter evening
1042. Christmas Traditions
1041. This Most Wonderful Time of the Year
1040. A Christmas bonus
1039. Cheap Gas
1038. TV Mix
1037. {And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown}
1036. Watching “The Grinch” with Ella and Whitney on my lap
1035. Building towers on the living room floor
1034. The Outing Group
1033. Dinner a “Red Peppers” and a trolley ride
1032. The glow of the Christmas tree in the corner of the room
1031. Two little girls sleeping on my bedroom floor
1030. Watching Ella and Whitney’s excitement over their gingerbread house
1030. {Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the incarnate Deity. Pleased as men with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel}
1029. Watching Marie’s graduation
1028. A friend’s images from India…the big brown eyes of the people made me think of Mexico
1026. A midnight showing of The Hobbit with Dan
1025. Spending an evening with the Johannsen Kiddos
1024. Listening to Ella recite Psalm 139
1023. An email from Ann Voskamp
1022. Advent
1021. Braving the snowstorm to go cut down our Christmas tree
1020. Snow softly falling
1019. Moffia till all hours of the night
1018. Stringing for Erin’s tree
1017. The cutest ever owl card from one of my big brothers
1015. Listening to my brother’s banter about who’s the best softball player
1016. An evening with the whole family together
1014. Mom’s warm chili
1013. Watching Ellas sing her heart out at her Christmas program
1012. Gluten-free macaroni and cheese
1011. Baking with the girls
1010. The smile on the bell ringer’s face when I handed her that cup of hot cocoa
1009. Listening to Peter Reid sermons
1008. Conversations with mom
1007. Being real
1006. Friends who listen, hug, and give truth
1005. {Psalm 56:8}
1004.  “They shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated ‘God with us‘”
1003. Dinner and “settling” in Bri and Dana’s new house
1002. A fun afternoon with friends at the craft show
1001. Counting 1,000 gifts…learning to “hear life sing”{“this giving thanks for one thousand things, it’s…an invitation to slow down with weight of full attention. You can hear your life sing – when you still.”}
1000. “And this is the marvel of marvels, that He called me beloved.” {C.S. Lewis}
999. “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Phipps Theater
998. A slow afternoon to read a book 
997. {Giving water in Jesus’ name}
996. Taco salad…the best.lunch.ever
995. Ponds frozen over, waiting to be skated on
994. The seasonal jingle of “Silver bells” while out running errands
993. Surprise “just because” gifts from Mom
992. My new camera bag!
991. Baking with Mom
990. Lazy nights watching movies
989. Canned cranberries
988. Christmas lights
987. “Everything Jesus went through on that cross, was a horrible debt that I owe.”
986. Christmas Music!
985. Honey butter on mom’s warm, homemade rolls (breaking the rules, yes, but oh so good!)
984. Dad on his birthday…thankful for all the hard work he puts in for our family
983. Lunch with Dad and Mom
982. Black Friday shopping with the family
981. Touring the crime scene…or perhaps it should be called the “grace scene”
980. {“For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness”}
979. The bustle and laughter of a kitchen full of family on Thanksgiving
978. Singing Wonderful Merciful Savior with Trio + Nikkia…it’s become our “signature” song, and I love it when we’re all able to do it!
977. {“You the perfect Holy One crushed Your Son, took the bitter cup reserved for me….pouring out the riches of Your glorious grace, Your mercy and Your kindess know no end….Jesus thank You.”}
976. Hearing testimonies of God’s faithfulness and provision
975. Fun times at Chipotle with Nikkia, Christina, and Jessimine
974. Our awesome cast and crew
973. A night in the recording studio recording The Lost Elevator
972. A roundtrip ticket to Dallas for $127!!!
971. An open sunroof in late November
970. The honking of geese overhead as the commence their winter journey
968. My friends and family who know my love of owls
967. A little birthday party with my kiddos from work on Saturday night
966. {This treasure that we have in earthen vessels}
965. {Ephesians 1:3-7}
964. “Could it be You know my name, could it be You hear my prayer…I am Your daughter, Your precious treasure…”
963. Reminders of truth…we humans are so forgetful
962. Amy Vest’s conference
961. …and the way the moon shines through leafless trees
960. These beautiful late-autumn days…
959. Ending my birthday with a game of Wizard
958. Blowing out candles…thankful for life
957. A birthday frappuccino courtesy of Starbucks
956. Birthday Lunch with mom…Panda Express and an Izze
955. Phone calls, text messages, Facebook notes, and emails from my awesome family and friends on my birthday
954. Completing orders
953. Playing the piano with Whiters
952. Packing Ella’s “Operation Christmas Child” shoebox with her
951. The men and women who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for my freedom…thank you veterans!
950. A 70 degree November afternoon and a big brother who not only assists me on photo shoots, but is a stunning model to boot. 😉
949. Falling asleep listening to a thunder storm
948. Gluten-free brownies…thanks, Jessimine! 😀
947. A good ol’ fashioned game night!
946. Skyping Nikkia!
945. Shoebox shopping with Mom and Ella
944. Mom’s homemade apple pie
943. {This is my Father’s world. O let me neer forget, that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.}
942. {Daniel 2:21-22}
941. “Unwavering peace today, when an uncertain tomorrow is trusted to an unchanging God”
940. Voting
939. My car radio getting fixed! (Thanks Dad and Dan! 🙂 )
938. {And giving thanks, He took the bread and broke it}
937. Dinner with Alyssa and Priscilla
936. A photo shoot with one of my very favorite families
935. An afternoon ironing and listen to Eric Ludy
934. A day in Rochester with Mom
933. “Strength in the middle of struggle”
932. Your grace…it still amazes me
931. Metro Women’s center banquet
930. A pair of lovely afternoons
929. Last week’s protection and grace…still so grateful
928. Birds flying south above leafless trees
927. A package in the mail with Verity shirts form Lisa
926. A sky ablaze with pink, orange, purple, and the setting sun
925. A night of foosball
924. One last game of volleyball on a fine fall afternoon
923. Watching Ella’s first speech meet – she’s going to be a little pro 🙂
922. Life – it’s so very beautiful
921. Sitting around the dinner table – together
920. Prayers and concern from family and friends
919. Hugs from my brother
918. Bullet-proof vests
917. Brian’s safety on Tuesday night
916. {Psalm 91}
915. In the middle of chaos, the hand of God
914. The Thin Blue line that put their lives on the line day in and day out
913. {My times are in your hands}
912. Talks with Mom
911. Watching little kids laugh
910. A summer-esque  autumn day
909. {You took the wrath reserved for me, now all I know is grace}
908. A sleepover with the girlies
907. Mom’s homemade pizza
906. Celebrating birthdays
905. The beauty of the Gospel
904. Hearing the Pettit Team live!
903. Warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream on top
902. Words of wisdom from Spurgeon before my head hits the pillow
901. Catching up with Careena!
900. Flannel sheets
899. A morning to sleep in after a weekend of running ’em ragged
898. The Andersons taking such good care of Mopsy while we go away
897. A God who “overwhelms our days with good
896. The Glerums transporting my photo bench to and from Storybook
895. Children singing
894. The wonderful Storybook staff
893. Staying healthy
892. Late night games with good friends
891…and an equally fabulous photo assistant…thanks, Laura!
890. Fabulous photo shoots
889. Truth spoken in love
888. My church family
887. Autumn in the Northwoods
886. An afternoon canoe ride with Ari
885. Chapel messages from Hector
884. Volleyball
883. Getting to visit with Allie!
882. Jamming
881. Cookie dough brownies
880. Crisp autumn mornings
879. Walking into the dining hall to the smell of fresh baked bread
878. The Jimenezs
877. Storybook Lodge!!!
876. {2 Corinthians 5:21}
875. Chris Rice’s “The Hymn Project” on a dreary Monday afternoon
874. A Skype call with my Wallis friend! 🙂
873. Boots, scarves, and hot cider
872. The opening of Metro Womens Center’s Amazing Grace Home!
871. Taking in a little October baseball at B-Dubs
870. Errands with Mom
869. The way the sky looks in Autumn
868. Gearing up for another media project
867. {A Sweet and Bitter Providence}
866. An unchangeable God
865. Pettit Music
864. Starbucks courtesy of Dan
863. Jumping in leaves
862. The last fresh-tomato BLTs of the season
861. Watching the sun rise on the way to work
860. A night with the Johannsens!
859. Softball on a Sunday afternoon
858. A full moon
857. Balloons floating through the sky
856. A sister in Heaven
855. Autumn colors in all their glory on a Saturday morning drive
854. Parties that turn into sleepovers
853. …and parents that stay up late with us, and help clean up after everyone’s gone
852. Friends that stay late and play games…
851. Japanese lanterns and Christmas lights
850.  Corn hole tournaments
849. …and Dad taking mine to get fixed
848. Dan letting me use his car for the rest of the day…
847. AAA
846. Dad calming me down over the phone when my tire blew
845. Whitney Erin on her second birthday
844. Heated floors
843. A nature walk with my little guys
842. A job where “work” means I get to lay on the floor and play sleeping giant
841. Dancing with Dad
840. Friends getting married
839. Crimson, pumpkin, and golden leaves
838. A hike through the woods
837. Late night games by the fire
836. An overnight up North
835. Time to play music
834. Fixing a little girls hair
833. Christian Radio
832. The crunch of Autumn leaves under new shoes
831. Sweatshirts to pull on on crisp autumn mornings
830. The middle brother coming over for dinner and requesting a game of Wizard
829. Morning Glories in bloom
828. Enjoying the last weekend of summer, outside with good friends
827. Running to squeeze out one more ride
826. Ice cream for lunch
825. An afternoon with the cousins at Valleyfair
824. Praying around a fire with friends
823. Family members who assist me on shoots
822. Mrs. Glerum’s warm apple panakuken
821. Baby Katherine
820. Walking around downtown Minneapolis in the evening
819. Gracious clients
818. Sunlight and a gentle breeze streaming through an open window
817. Chicken stir fry
816. Dyna stopping over for diner
815. Snuggling with Whitty
814. {This}
813. The summer-like days that aren’t yet yielding to autumn
812. A nap on a Sunday afternoon
811. Fresh flowers on the table
810. Slippers to combat the fall chill that is creeping into the air
809. A brilliant sunset
808. A portrait session with Leah
807. Rain on the windows early in the morning
806. A favorite necklace re-made
805. Lunch with mom 🙂
804. Teaching debate
803. A little girl beading on the end of my bed
802. Playing on the playground
801. Eating lunch on a picnic blanket under the clouds
800. Whitty’s little hand reaching for mine
799. The spontaneity of summer melting into the rhythm of autumn
798. Laying in the grass watching the clouds float by overhead
797. Corn hole tournaments
796. Eating peach pie for breakfast
795. Flying through the night sky in the Ejection Seat
794. Eating food on a stick
793. A trip to the Great Minnesota Get Together
792. Reconnecting with family
791. Playing games until late in the evening
790. Enjoying fellowship with friends
789. Lunch with mom
788. A walk in the shade
787. Finalizing a schedule
786. Planning
785. Peaches and Cream pies!
784. Time in the kitchen with mom
783. Interviews
782. Celebrating birthdays
781. Dinner outside on the deck
780. A weekend with the girlies
779. Shoe shopping with Ella
778. My brother Andy on his 28th birthday!
777. {Psalm 16}
776. A few days spent with the Haugens in the woods of Wisconsin
775. Watching Brian Regan with Anna and Melissa
774. Kettle corn and apple juice
773. Little newborn babies
772. Bowling
771. Licking drippy ice cream
770. Dipping both feet in the water
769. Goodness and mercy that follows me
768. Dirty toes…they represent loads of fun 🙂
767. Capture the flag
766. Volleyball
765. Going to a park and playing until something feels lighter
764. A picnic dinner on a perfect summer evening
763. …and talking in British accents
762. Wearing fancy hats…
761. Drinking out of tea cups…
760. Playing lawn games…
759. An afternoon spent with friends…
758. Eating pizza and debriefing the season with the fam
757. A day with family, and the best fans in the league
756. The year end softball tournament
755. Extra days of work with a great family
754. These fleeting summer days
753. Colorado Peaches
752. Sunshine breaking through the clouds
751. Voting
750. A Twins game with the whole crew
749. Butterflies and bees flitting on flowers in full bloom
748. Talking softball for a few hours at the DQ after the game
747. Cousins
746. Fresh corn (off) the cob
745. Cook out dinner with the extended family
744. {You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation…}
743. {O wondrous love that will not let me go}
742. Editing photos outside in a lawn chair
741. Apple Pie and vanilla ice cream
740. Ping Pong
739. Bean Bag toss
738. Volleyball
737. Foosball Tournament
736. Eating outside
735. Having company!
734. Dinner with Dena
733. A day off work
732. Playing with my pup
731. New Batteries!
730. The huge, golden moon suspended in the night sky
729. Dan letting me borrow his car for the day
728. Culvers to celebrate back to back division championships
727. Waking up to hearing loons calling
726. {My chains are gone, I’ve been set free. My God, my Savior, has ransomed me. And like a flood His mercy reigns, unending love, amazing grace.}
725. My camera problems being just two blown batteries, and not a wrecked camera
724. Ella-isms
723. Bluegrass!
722. A hot shower
721. Our tent staying dry
720. A place to get out of the rain
719. Sweatshirts
718. Trees swaying in the breeze
717. Stars shining like diamonds in the black sky
716. Tall pine trees
715. Camping
714. The Summer games!
713. {This article}
712. Sunlight streaming through the windows
711. Bri, Dad, and Dan working on my brakes
710. More Wizard
709. Andy bringing Famous Daves after the softball double header
708. Riding home from the lake…just the four of us kids
707. Talking about marketing with Andy
706. Sand between toes
705. Family together time
704. Wizard until 3 AM with mom and the brothers
703. Watching the sun set over the lake
702. The moon shining through pine trees
701. S’mores
700. Sparklers
699. Bonfires
698. Water skiing….dropping a ski!
697. Whitty taking her nap on my lap at the beach
696. Tubing with Ella
695. Lake time!
694. Fresh brownies
693. Photoshoots
692. Sleepovers!
691. A “Carpe Diem” bracelet from Amanda H 🙂
690. Wizard with the Halls
689. Sailboats sailing across the lake
688. Perfect summer days
687. Custard after swimming
686. An afternoon at Lake Minnetonka with friends
685. The rain that stopped just in time
684. Thunderstorms
683. Gas Coupons
682. Cheesecake
681. Celebrating Mom’s birthday
680.{We shall see Jesus, just as they saw Him. There is no greater promise than this…}
679.{The truth that: “Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more…”}
678. {Lamentations 3:22-24}
677. The cutest contact lens case ever! 😀
676. A souvenir owl rear view mirror charm from Dan
675. Dan back home
674. Pedicure with Mom
673. Lunch outside at Panera
672. Hydrangeas
671. Dark chocolate
670. Spider webs sparkling with drops of rain
669. Playing violin with Ella singing
668. Rainy days
667. Dad coming to jump me, in the rain, when my car battery died
666. Two little girls sharing my room for a night
665. Dinner with Mom, Dyna, Michelle, and Marie at Great Moon Buffet…just like old times
664. Dumping cold water on hot, dirty feet
663. Volleyball with friends
662. Picnic Lunch on a summer day
661. Watching our baby birds grow
660. Shade!
659. Drumsitx…thanks, Dena! 😀
658. Softball Tournaments
657. A dad and brothers who still play ball together
656. Outdoor plays
655. Mom on her birthday
654. Fresh flowers picked by little hands sitting on the table
653. {This article}
652. Turkey sandwiches
651. Warm peanut butter cookies
650. Watching the little girls swimming
649. My oldest two brothers unexpectedly showing up for lunch…and staying for dinner 🙂
648. Gardens in full bloom
647. Long summer days
646. Daisy fields
645. Having a car to drive to work
644. Watching kiddos playing in the sand
643. Grilled salmon and fresh vegetables
642. Sitting in the grass talking, enjoying summer
641. Farm fresh eggs
640. Market cucumbers
639. A little bird’s nest tucked away in a hanging flower basket under the deck
638. The smell of freshly-cut grass
637. Open windows
636. A trip to the Farmer’s Market
635. Cool breezes after the stifling heat
634. Summer Storms
633. A Photographer Hummel
632. A walk after dinner
631.Dinner to celebrate graduation
630. “…all over the world, this gospel is bearing fruit and growing…”
629. The Sermon on the Mount
628. A mom who’s willing to throw herself into whatever her kids are doing
627. Lunch with Mom and Dan
626.Our Forefathers who pledged their “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor
625. Freedom
624. Fireworks
623. Air Conditioning
622. Volleyball
621. Water fights
620. Independence Day
619.Watermelon
618. DQ after the softball game
617. Playing the Rojos…reminders of Mexico
616. Fireflies
615. Remembering the great times at BPS at the Bruggenthies’
614. Dan and the guys making it safely home
613. Tubing 😀
612. Boat rides!
611. The feel of spray hitting your face
610. Tubing
609. Niece hugs after a month without them
608. Sleeping in my own bed
607. Box seat tickets to the Twins game with Dad, Mom, and Andy
606. Coming home to having a car at the end of the driveway…thanks SO much, uncle Dave
605. Green grass
604. Seeing mom and dad
603. The opportunity to spend 3 weeks serving at BPS El Paso
602. Flying cross country at night
601. One final look at Juarez
600. Vanilla
599. Dinner with the Jimenez’s before leaving El Paso
598. The guys fitting my suitcase in the van so I didn’t have to check it
597. Hector getting up to pray with us before the guys left
596. Kenn’s reminder from Philippians 3:13-14 to “keep on keeping on”
595. The BPS staff
594. Ella on her 5th birthday!
593. Chocolate from Vanessa
592. An invitation to go back next year
591. Watching the sun rise over the mountains
590. Chocolate chip banana bread and chocolate milk on our last night together at BPS
589. Chilling at the Soriana
588. Friendly border guards
587. Short border lines
586. Practical jokes
585. Our little “family”
584. Golden light on dark brown hair
583. Ping Ping Pong Pong
582. Assembling 1,500 + whole Bibles in the print shop
581. Impromptu music specials
580. Breakfast at Jimenez’s
579. Dinner and Diablos game with Mr. Jarvis and the workers
578. Playing music with Allie
577. Looking out the window and seeing the mountains
576. Shopping excursions with the fam
575. Arnie Palmers
574. Yogurt without chunks 😉
573. Countertop Chats
572. Mountain climbing
571. Getting up early enough to see the sun rise
570. Scattegories with Kenn, Joy, and the Summer workers
569. Time to rest
568. {Why should I gain from His reward? I can not give an answer. But this I know with all my heart, His wounds have paid my randsom.}
567. Dad and all the hard work he does for our family
566. A sliver of the moon shining in the night sky on the way home from a middle of the night airport run
565. Bowling and Laser Tag with the workers and the Jimenez boys
564. Finding out Dan passed his last test…woohoo! 😀
563. Answered prayer
562. Brother hugs
561. A desert storm…wind, sand, rain…the whole 9 yards
560. Viewing God’s handiwork at Carlsbad Caverns
559. Laughing until you’re crying
558. Goofy glasses
557. Growing together
556. Tears
555. Testimonies
554. Crazy stories that are only funny when you’re sleep deprived
553. Devotions on the deck overlooking the mountains
552. A bracelet from Carla
551. Painting faces
550. Helen (a little Mexican girl)
549. Breezes through the bus windows…the “10/40 air conditioning”
548. {Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord}
547. {Psalm 46}
546. Big brown eyes
545. Holding babies and watching their moms go forward to receive Christ
544. The thought of angels rejoicing over souls saved
543. Handling the Gospel
542. Praying for the bus to start and it starting before we had even said amen
541. Gummy Life Savers
540. “Yokes” on the bus
539. Late night dishes
538. Talking with the ninas
537. Their generosity in serving us dinner
536. Singing together with the Mexican church
535. Meeting our Mexican church for the week
534. Singing on the bus
533. Mom arriving safely…the opportunity for the three of us to be together at BPS
532. Dan on his 23rd birthday
531. BPS Bus Time
530. Jamming
529. Praying for the week
528. Overlooking Juarez
527. {He will preserve your going out and your coming in}
526. {Not being afraid of danger because we have a dangerous God}
525. Texas sunsets
524. Dan and the rest of the guys driving up safely shortly after I arrived
523. Being back at BPS
522. Flying over the Rockies
521. Starting off a plane trip right…with a Starbucks Frappuccino
520. The day I’ve been looking forward to for months finally arriving
519. Words of encouragement and promises of prayer before heading down to BPS
518. My nanny families from the past few months who have been so accommodating of my crazy schedule
517. Both girls cuddled up on the couch reading
516. Rainbows
515. Peeking through the cracks on the deck to see the baby robins with Ella
514. Root beer floats
513. Mom’s homemade pizza
512. A summer evening kayaking on Lake Calhoun
511. Bean bag toss
510. Strawberry shortcake
509. Communion
508. Voices raised in song on a Sunday morning
507. Outdoor volleyball
506. Time to work on Spanish
505. Finished projects
504. Finding the exact same pair of sunglasses to replace my broken ones
503. {This reminder}
502. Newborn babies
501. Extra hours at work
500. Photo shoots!
499. Balloon volleyball with Ella
498. Jumping on the trampoline with cousins
497. Backyard wiffle ball
496. BBQs
495. Remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom
494. Finding “new” antique cameras
493. Ice cream stop
492. A safe drive home from Indiana
491. More late night games and laughter with friends
490. Mr. Feeman’s generosity in buying dinner
489. Dinner at Pizza King with part of the ’12 class…now Verity Alumnus 🙂
488. The girls in 1215 who welcomed me into their already over-crowded room…thanks, Kristina, Pricella, and Careena! 🙂
487. Graduating!!!
486. The charge to “go make disciples”
485. {Lamentations 3:22-27}
484. {All the way my Savior Leads Me}
483. A letter from Dad
482. {Be still my soul, the Lord will undertake, to guide the future as He has the past…}
481. Hope that does not disappoint 
480. Apples to Apples
479. Formal Banquet
478. Verity Institute
477. My awesome PA, Julianna!
476. Curfew extension until 1:30 🙂
475. All the encouragement, support, and prayers from Mom and Dad, and other family members while I was in Verity
474. All the work the junior class did so us seniors could have an enjoyable grad week
473. An ice cream social in a gazebo wrapped in white Christmas Lights
472. Senior Showcase
471. Just sitting outside
470. …But giving us a chance to look at the stars and breathe the night air
469. The 2 AM fire alarm being a false alarm…
468. Warm cookies
467. Outdoor movies
466. Bees buzzing on clover
465. Ultimate Frisbee
464. {Micah 6:8}
463. Spontaneous singing
462. Chapel outside
461. Seeing friends again
460. Spending some more time at the V
459. Lisa picking me up from the airport
458. Flying…again
457. Mom fixing my dress
456. Air conditioning!
455. A reminder on the importance of prayer
454.  Eating dinner outside
453. Unexpected thank you notes
452. Fun finds at garage sales
451. A whole day out…without worrying about getting back to do school
450. Butterflies flitting about blooming flowers
449. Fresh green beans
448. Dad’s grilled dinners
447. {Psalm 40:5}
446. Catching up on some non-school related things!
445. Bowling with friends
444. Celebrating with a frappuccino
443. Finishing college!
442. Passing my test
441. Chocolate and prayer before a final final
440. Fresh air
439. A new week beginning
438. Prayers…just to name a few
437. Time
436. Love
435. Help with whatever project her kid’s are working on
434. Clean laundry
433. Nutritious meals
432. My awesome mom, and all the gifts she gives…
431. People who donated of their time and talent to make the tournament possible
430. Money raised for BPS
429. A sunny Saturday with no rain
428. The Spring Swing!
427. Ballet with Mom and Ella
426. Lunch with just Ella and me
425. A drawing from Ella (it had an owl in it) 🙂
424. {The Lord will perfect that which concerneth you}
423. My very own 1,000 gifts book – excited to start reading it!
422. The way everything turns a golden hue right before the sun sets
421. Ella “reading” to Whitney
420. Mother Robin sitting on her nest
419. Encouraging words
418. Clean laundry on the line
417. Creativity
416. Hot wild rice soup on a chilly evening
415. Twins game with Dad and the brothers
414. Happy hour at Starbucks = $2 frappucinnos!
414. A whole day at home to study
413. Pink and orange clouds swirling through the almost nighttime sky
412. Graduation Sunday
411. Writing out my final tuition check
410. Clothes pins, twine, photos, and vintage cameras
409. The sky after the storm
408. Fresh banana bread
407. Catching up with old friends at the Regional tournament
406. Friday afternoon running errands with Mom and Ella
405. Booking my flight to El Paso…(after it had dropped almost $100)!
404. Butterflies
403. Celebrating life
402. Life lessons from ducks
401. New dresses
400. {Isaiah 64:4}
399. The sun rising on the way to work
398. Stopping to look at the caterpillars creeping through the grass awaiting transformation
397. Lightning flashing through the sky
396. The sound of the storm on the window
395. Dinner with the Johannsens
394. Softball!
393. Sharing the Gospel
392. Frozen Yogurt
391. Talking about life with my middle brother
390. {No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me. From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny}
389. My new desk up in my room!
388. Red flowers blooming in the backyard garden
387. …and Owl stationary from Carol
386. Owl cup from Mom…
385. Space to spare
384. Spring cleaning
383. Lunch with Mom, Ella, and Whitney at the Woodbury Cafe
382. Family talks
381. Swinging
380. A “Hi Meggie” from Whit when I walk through the door
379. The sun shining bright through budded trees
378. Ella’s made-up songs
377. Trampoline time with the girls
376. Little boys giggling
375. Lunch with Dan
374. Sleep
373. Overcast skies
372. The chance to practice things I learned
371. Dan helping me out on a photoshoot
370. Owl note pad from Mom
369. Chocolate from Ella
368. Old World Pizza with my family
367. Coming home
366. Colossians
365. Playing games in the airport
364. New friends
363. Jocelyn’s and Derk’s teaching, encouragement, humor, and authenticity
362. Borrowed batteries
361. IPS!
360. Reminders to have a willing heart and open hands
359. Hearing stories about God working
358. Strawberry shake from the Colorado Custard Company
357. Dutch Blitz
356. Singing the Doxology for a dinner prayer
355. Izze drinks
354. Peach cobbler
353. Encouraging words
352. Photo booth!
351. Quiet time outside with the mountains in view
350. The smell of lilacs
349. Flashes
348. The Manitou Springs city lights at night
347. The stars
346. A poppy seed muffin from home
345. A classroom with a fireplace
344. Vintage cameras and typewriter
343. Meeting new people
342. A warm dinner after a long day of travel
341. The Rocky Mountains
340. Flying!
339. Lunch at Zantigo before heading out to Manitou
338. Dinner at Cossettas
337. Foosball with Dan, Lisa, Jonathan, and Zyrek
336. Chilling in the car listening to Twins baseball with Dan
335. Mini-doughnuts, hot chocolate, and outdoor baseball
334. A walk around Lake Nokomis
333. The smell of freshly cut grass
332. Red wagons
331. Cribbage with Mom, Carol, and Danielle
330. Passed test!
329. Pink buds blossoming from branches
328. Peanut butter pie
327. Catch with Ella alongside Dan and Andy’s own tossing
326. Ping-pong series with Marie
325. Peanut butter pie
324. The truth of the empty tomb {“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”}
323. {How beautiful the tender eyes that choose to forgive and never despise}
322. “Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again…”
321. A beautiful Easter Sunday morning
320. A full moon framed by still leaf-less trees
319. Eating Jell-o eggs with Amanda at 1:30 am
318…that turned into a sleep over 🙂
317. An impromptu Friday night game night at Halls…
316. Church’s Easter program
315. Michael Card’s {The Greatest Miracle}
314. A trip to the Dairy Queen
313…and little girls in dresses
312. Baby chicks and ducks…
311. “For God so loved the world that He gave…”
310. {He takes that unfathomable cup because He can’t fathom not taking His Bride.}
309…and finding with my deductions I didn’t have to pay anything. Woohoo!
308. Dad doing my taxes for me…
307. Easter eggs
306. Slides
305. Little kids with their heads thrown back in laughter
304. Listening to Ella and Dan singing “Zippity-Doo-Dah” together
303. Crafting on the kitchen counter
302. The flag fluttering in the breeze
301. Mopsy 🙂
300. Thunder, lightning, and the sound of rain falling on the roof
299. {April 2 Morning and Evening}
298. Blue water, green grass, and golden sunshine
297. Volleyball!
296. “The hands that serve the wine and the bread, and the sons of the earth.”
295. My Fair Lady Review!
294. Hiking at Afton State Park
293. Lunch with Bri, Dana, and the girls after Ella’s ballet recital
292. October Baby
291. A java chip frappuccino at work
290. The whir of the windmill
289. An afternoon at the park running after four kiddos
288. Gardens waiting to be planted
287. Robins
286. Sturdy walls to protect from the howling wind outside
285. A “just because” card from Jessimine. 🙂
284. A postcard from Nikkia
283. Sunshine and blue sky after rain
282. Hamburgers off the grill…yum! 🙂
281. Completing all my college coursework…only 2 CLEPs left to go!
280. An “A” on my capstone
279. Rootbeer floats
278. {But as I ran my hell-bound race indifferent to the cost, You looked upon my helpless state and led me to the cross. And I beheld God’s love displayed, You suffered in my place. You bore the wrath reserved for me, now all I know is grace.}
277. Crocuses in bloom!
276. “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor for our soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.” [-Hebrews 6:19]
275. Lunch with Priscilla and Alyssa at Noodles & Co. 🙂
274. A coupon from a stranger
273. Sunglasses
272. Ella asking, as we are all laughing, “are we the laughing family?” 🙂
271. A new desk
270. Photography props
269. Boutique shopping
268. Buds on trees
267. Grass turning from brown to green
266. Wrestling with tough questions, and having people who are wiser willing to wrestle them with me
265. Whitney’s “Hallelujah” song
264. Having two little girls climb up on my bed…school can wait, tickle time can’t
263. An uncertain schedule that is teaching my flexibility
262. Unexpected work
261. A spur of the moment “out for lunch”
260. Strawberries
259. Rain pouring down on the dry and thirsty ground
258. Lightning illuminating the night sky
257. A shared popsicle
256. An afternoon nap
255. Tulip leaves poking through the ground
254. The sun rising like a golden ball of fire
253. Discussing personality traits while cleaning up Sunday night dinner dishes
252. Ruebens for St. Patrick’s Day dinner (a day late)
251. Answered prayer
250. Listening to testimonies of how God is working
249. Sunshine streaming through colored glass
248. The smell of corned beef cooking in the oven
247. A little Spring cleaning while listening to Spring training on the radio
246. Going to bed with the window open and waking up to birds singing outside
245. …and an interview for another one!!
244. Getting one job…
243. Seeing “CR” (Credit Received) next to the public relations test on my academic evaluation. I passed! Thank you, Jesus! 🙂
242. Reduced air fare
241. Launching My Fair Lady!
240. A perfect little climbing tree
239. Leafless trees and brown grass waiting for the miracle of Spring
238. Bare toes
237. An afternoon walk with the girlies
236. A chat on the phone with my middle brother
235. The sun setting over the city
234. “When I am tried and purified, I shall come forth as gold”
233. Drops of rain sparkling on branches
232. Falling asleep to the sound of rain falling on the roof
231. Waiting…learning patience
230. Realizing that the light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger and bigger
229. Papers submitted
228. Driving with the sun shining high and the windows rolled down
227. Hats! 🙂
226. An evening with friends laughing and playing ping-pong
225. An owl card and owl bag
224. Having Mom home!
223. Dinner on the couch watching “Wheel of Fortune” with Dan
222. Practicing violin
221. Peanut butter and celery
220. Ditching the research paper for capris, a t-shirt, sunglasses, and an afternoon run with my dog
219. Temperatures in the 60s and the smell of Spring in the air
218. Fresh banana bread
217. The smell of spices
216. An open window and the sound of birds chirping
215. Thoughts that come quickly and words that flow
214. Clean laundry ready to be put away
213.  Sweeping away dust and ironing out wrinkles
212. Ice cream with friends
211. Volleyball!
210. {This song} – Definitely needed that reminder this week
209. The amazingness of the fact that “God the just is satisfied to look on Him and pardon me
208. Communion – remembering Christ’s great sacrifice
207. “Complete in Thee, each want supplied, and no good thing to me denied, since Thou my portion, Lord will be, I ask no more; complete in Thee
206. {Romans 8:37}
205. {March 4 Morning by Morning}
204. Spurgeon quotes… “As for His failing you, never dream of it, hate the thought of it. The God who has been sufficient until now should be trusted to the end.”
203. Reading about heroes of the faith {Corrie ten Boom, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddle}
202. My family – they are the best
201. The promise that {All things work together for my good}
200. Twins tickets in the mail 🙂
199. and, a trip to the thrift-store together
198. Lunch with my aunt and cousins…
197. A Skype call with Wallis!
196. Listening to the final cut of the My Fair Lady drama! (more to come on this later!)
195. Being {hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed}
194. {“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” -Psalm 27:13-14}
193. Knowing that we never walk alone
192. Learning to let go
191. Little Neeners cuddled in a blanket on my lap
190. Celebrating life
189. Conversations around the dinner table
188. Spending an afternoon with the whole family playing games
187. Having a dew spare hours to clean my room
186. Friday dinner at Great Moon, dreaming about future vacations
185. Java Chip Frappuccino
184. Flowers on the table and the piano
183. Spending some time in the kitchen (with school those times have been few and far between lately)
182. Going into a test knowing that people are praying for me
181. {And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hand.}
180. The golden hour
179. Coloring with one little girl on my lap and the other one sitting next to me
178. A note of encouragement from the girls at the V
177. Feeling healthy again!
176. Grace that matches the day
175. An owl towel for someday
174. Freshly fallen snow that covered the bare, brown ground
173. Watching the clouds move through the sky
172. An icepack to soothe a headache
171 An afternoon bowling with family and friends
170. {Be still, my soul; the waves and wind still know, His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below}
169. Singing praises on a Sunday morning
168. A Saturday at home
167. Foosball tournament!
166. The gorgeous weather we’ve been having
165. A chat with my Jessamine friend 🙂
164. Ice skating
163. Sunshine
162. Heart cookies!
161. Watching Whit drink out of a big girl cup
160. Legos with Belle
159. Chocolate covered strawberries on Valentine’s Day
158. Goodwill finds
157. A card in the mail
156. Raw veggies
155. A quiet afternoon
154. My Brian brother…it was his birthday this week…I’m glad he was born
153. Grilled salmon
152. {James 3:17}
151. Dan coming over to my weekend nanny job to spend the night so I wouldn’t be too lonely 🙂
150. Fresh air
149. {Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise}
148. Water
147. Fleece PJ pants
146. “Sleeping Monster” with the little Johannsen kiddos
145. Paper hearts strung up with twine
144. White lights on the mantle giving the room a cheerful glow
143. Pink tulips on the table
142. Errands and Panda Express with mom
141. The fact that I have a Bible accessible to me at all times – hard copy, online – so many people don’t
140. Freedom to worship
139. {2 Corinthians 3:18}
138. Sleep
137. Ibuprofen
136. Cocoa, Bundt cake, and a chat with a cousin
135. Emergen-C
134. Kleenex
133. Mom getting up early to make me a hot breakfast before I headed out to work
132. Sickness…it makes one more thankful for health
131. Bowling
130. The day of rest actually being a day of rest
129. Frost covered trees
128. A hot shower
127. Singing on chair lifts
126. Another safe ski trip
125. Fog lifting revealing those trees silhouetted against the golden rays of the setting sun
124. Trees engulfed in fog
123. A reasonably priced airline ticket to CO Spring
122. Little girls laying side-by-side looking up at the Christmas tree
121. Watching that same brother sit down at the piano with a little girl on either side of him and play with them
120. Chatting about life with my oldest brother as we clean up the breakfast dishes
119. A family who chauffeurs me around because I don’t have a car
118. Assignments returned…{with grades that make me happy}
117. Sunshine
116. Strength for the struggle
115. A warm glow radiating from the fireplace
114. Laura Story’s “Blessings
113. Trials that remind us this world is not our home
112. A week off work
111. A piece of dark chocolate
110. Back-scratches
109. Submitting assignments
108. Tacos, root beer floats, and a movie…quite possibly the best Sunday evening combo. ever.
107. {“And as He stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me…”}
106. The truth that we have access to Christ {Romans 5:1-2}
104. Arnie Palmers…they remind me of Texas/Mexico
103. Snowflakes swirling all around making the world look like a snow globe
102. 1 Corinthians 2:9
101. Pomegranates
100. An eager piano student
99. Lunch at Panera with Mom and Dan
98. The steadfastness of the persecuted church
97. Corporate prayer
96. Registering for IPS!
95. A scholarship
94. Violin lessons
93. Hugs from the munchkins
92. Freshly made banana bread
91. A family who listens
90. Working in the kitchen with mom
89. White lights wrapped around trees
88. Reminiscing about times in Florida
87. Cousins
86. Extended Family dinner at J.D. Hoyts
85. My camera necklace (okay, so I’ve had it for 2 months now, but I absolutely love it! Thanks, Amanda!)
84. Experiencing an amusement park through the eyes of a 4-year old
83. Wonders of the sea
82. A drawing from Ella
81. Little girls dancing
80.Laughing… 😀
79. A night filled with games and talking with the Hall girls before Nikkia heads back to school
78. “Minnesota Zoo Show”
77. Another successful recording session
76. Reading “Mommies Say Shhh!” to Whitney for the umteenth time…she adores that book
75. My brother’s service 
74. Psalm 91:1-4
73. Answered prayer
72. Phone calls bringing news that all is well
71. Completing my Desktop Publishing PLA!
70. Projects that can be used for multiple classes
69. When “working on school” means being able to take and edit photos
68. Sleeping Babies
67. …And, reading through my graduation cards – lots of encouraging words from lots of great friends
66. Sorting through high school papers and remembering all the great classes I took and the awesome teachers I had (Mom, Mrs. Glassel, Mrs. Billman, Mrs. Hofer, Señora Welsh)…
65. Steaks grilled by Dad
64. A sunset painted with pink
63. New earrings
62. Starbucks giftcards
61. Singing “Our God Reigns” at church…”When we like sheep had gone astray, our Shepherd came and on His shoulders bore our shame.”
60. Sunshine on a Sunday afternoon
59. Connecting with old friends
58. Speech tournaments!
57. Family dinner at Perkins
56. “Study parties” in my room with Dan
55. A sore throat that subsided for a few hours…long enough to complete a recording session
54. Warm coffee on a cold morning
53. Honey
52. January 12 Streams in the Desert 
51. The promise of sufficient grace
50. The promise that His mercies are new every morning, and…
49. Whitney’s belly-laugh
48. Matching monkey hats
47. Coloring with Ella
46. Memorial Day weekends “at the lake”
45. Garage sales
44. New Year’s sleepovers
43. Christmas plays
42. Sunday night dinners
41. Fourth of July cap gun wars and fireworks
40. Backyard kickball and wiffle ball
39. Friday game nights
38. Saying goodbye to a house filled with countless memories:
37. A full moon shining through leaf-less trees
36. A cool, gentle breeze rustling through the leaves…and an ever so faint smell of Spring
35. Homework outside, lessening the blow of having to hit the books
34. April-like weather in January
33. My pup who sits on my lap all day long while I do school
32. My new, warm slippers
31. Sleeping in
30. “As your days, your strength shall be in measure. This the pledge to you He hath made.”
29. Hugs from brothers
28. A final Friday fast food dinner at Grammy and Bups
27. Good friends
26. A ski trip free from serious injuries
25. The view from the top of Moose Mountain
24. Evenings filled with games, movies, talking, and laughter
23. The sun setting over Lake Superior
22. Frappuccinos!
21. A warm bowl of mom’s wild rice soup after a morning of skiing
20. Tall pines
19. Stars shining like diamonds in the night sky
18. Bowling
17. Road trip!
16. Laughing
15. An afternoon of games with family and friends
14. Sweedish pancakes
13. Sleepovers
12. Milles Bornes until 6 AM
11. Around the World Ping Pong
10. Big, beautiful snowflakes
9. New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
8. A late-night showing of “War Horse”
7. A pizza and bowling outing with cousins and uncle
6. A game of Monopoly (even though mom beat us kids 😉 )
5. An afternoon nap
4. Staying up late playing games
3. The whole family around the kitchen table
2. Emmanuel – God with us 
1. The Word becoming flesh