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I found this today as I was looking through my photo albums. I wrote this down while on Youth Encounter. The theme that year was Calm the Storm- based off of Luke 8:22-25. The Luke's account reads as follows:

    One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
    The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!"
    He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; and the storm subsided, and all was calm. "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples.
    In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds an the water, and they obey him."

I was having plenty of "storms" that year on team. I quailed in the presence of them. I ran to God asking him to rescue me, fearing that I would be overcome. How silly I am, just like the disciples. Where is my faith? I ran to God and told him how big this storm was that I was dealing with. Ha! As if he didn't know. He knows, he always knows. And yet, he wants me to come and to tell him my storms. He cares and understands. But then he wants to tell and remind me of a few things too. I am His child. I am his and he is mine. He created the universe. He created you and me. He has conquered my sins- as well as the WHOLE worlds. He defeated the devil and all his demons thru the death and resurrection of his son. My eternal destination is sealed. Nothing can separate me from him. He is in control. No problem is too big for him... and while I remain in him and trust in his word- those problems have no real threat. So I can stand in the face of torrents, I can turn to them instead of cowering and say- "Let me tell you about my God and why you have no power over me..."


Here is a link to our children's christmas program which we had last night. Dallas worked the sound board and recorded it. Listen


I just returned from a choir concert that has reduced me to tears and overcome by yearning to be with my heavenly Father. I had forgotten how beautiful, how full, how alive choral pieces are. I heard songs from my favorite composer, Morten Lauridsen. Dissonance and then into consonance...tension resolving into harmony, energy, life. The last piece however was the clincher by Aaron Zinter- Eternal Light. The words go as follows:

    Then the angel showed me the river, as clear as crystal, of the Water of life,
    flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the
    street and on each side of the river stood the Tree of Life.
    The leaves will heal the nations, they will not need the light of a lamp,
    they will not need the light of the sun, there will be no more night.
    The Lord will give them light. Eternal Light.

Can you imagine that day? Where we will no longer need the Sun, but have THE son and his pure light will be our light. I can't tell you how much I yearn for that day. I have been reading The Silmarillion as of late, and it describes the beginning of time for that world. In it I have found many parallels and helpful illustrations to wrap my imagination around what the beginning of our world might have been like.
Do you know how this world began? I can tell you that you can find out more in Genesis- which means - birth or origin. It tells how God created the world and on the 6th day man (us) in His image. There is so much in there... I do hope you'll take a look... and I do pray that your soul might beckon the call.

    With joy we depart for our fatherland.
    And there we shall walk in endless light.


For those crazy inventors out there, this website is for you: Matthais Wandel's Website. A crazy way to clear a drain he says... I say ingenious!!


Ok, so I have finally decided on a title for this blog. I first of all wasn't sure what to do with the updates section. I made a blog for 10 days on Google Blogger, but then was so frustrated by how much porn is on that server that I decided to delete my blog and move it here. And then my next struggle was how to describe "On my way home". For those who don't know what I mean by "home", I mean heaven with my creator, Father, and Savior- Jesus Christ. For me this is what this life is... a road trip to the final destination- heaven or sadly hell. So right now I'm on the journey of everyday life and with the perspective that this isn't it, that there is something far better awaiting me at the end of the road. But in the meantime, there are things to do, places to visit, people to see, and good news to share- and I'm going to do my best to enjoy it as long as my Lord gives me breath and energy to do so.


The shirt is complete! Thanks to a friend at church, who pinned the hood to the shirt. The 3-D sewing thing is a challenge for my brain.

And in between finishing this, I made Dallas his Christmas present- Pajama pants... don't worry he already knows, because I already gave them to him.



I am God's child (John 1:12 )
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17 )
I am bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:19 -20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt. 5:13 -14)
I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27 )
I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil.3:20)
I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31-34)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor.5:17-21)
I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph 2:18)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom.8:35-39)
I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor.1:21-22)
I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8: 28)
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10 )
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven (Col. 1:14). I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God

Keep this bell ringing...
We all are children of the Most High God.
He loves you to the point where you'll never understand!
So continue building your covenant relationship with Him!
And always remember and repeat this over and over again
"I am too blessed to be stressed, and too anointed to be disappointed."

My new favorite form of exercise...

Can't go wrong with sledding, well maybe if you go zooming down the hill, hit a bump and go head over heels down the hill. :) It's still worth it. It was such good clean fun. I have not laughed that much in quite a while. The sky was clear blue, sun shining, sounds of laughter and screaming filling the cool crisp air. I'm smiling just thinking about it. I also spent most of the day working on a shirt. My very first attempt at a shirt. It was going great until I had to put the hood on. I am at a standstill now. I'll post a pic when I get it done.


  • A Stich in Dye
  • Another inspiration
  • Whip up
  • Fun quilt
  • Sew Mama Sew

    So after being inspired to make a furoshiki, I went and bought some more fabric, which led to me getting out all my fabric, which led me to going online to look up how to make a shirt, which led me to the inspiring sites listed on the left, which ultimately led me to creating this:

    Not sure where I'm going with it, but that's the fun of it.


  • My Time in Japan

    I found this while looking for how to make a furoshiki. The Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan has a guide on using cloth as opposed to paper for wrapping gifts to cut down on the wasted paper usually used in gift wrap. This nifty wrap is just 2 pieces of fabric sewn back to back. I got to witness these in action during my year in Japan teaching English through the JET program. They are pretty handy. I mostly saw them used to wrap lunch boxes. If you're curious, here's a link (on the left) to the letters I wrote home during my stay. Right click on image to view larger.


    Woo-hoo! It's snowing. Spent a lot of the day inside, staying warm and contemplating life, this world and all the pain and sorrow and lies that it is filled with. My heart is heavy. But I know that God is ALMIGHTY, that He knows and sees all that I see too-yet even more, that He knows my sorrow, and that he is CONTROL despite what my eyes might tell me. God's words revive my spirit and tell me otherwise:
    Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
    So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid, what can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:6
    The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Psalm 24:1

    Days like this, I am eager for the Lord to return, to make things right. But I know that he is being patient, cause he wants all people to be saved from their sins. He loves us so much, even those who don't know him.
    A video I found that livens my spirit every time I listen to it: {no longer available}


    I added a few pictures of processing the meat to the deer hunting pics. I again spared you the bloody stuff. We spent all day yesterday cutting up meat. We didn't get home till about 3am this morning. Whenever I close my eyes, I see meat. Is that bad? I'll take some more and document the sausage making process. Don't want you to miss out on anything. :o)


    Today is Dallas's Birthday!! Woo-hoo! And I am finally writing some kind of update. I will get the other months filled in. But what I want to share with you right is what the first half of the month has brought. I am officially a hunter now. I've actually went deer hunting and shot my first deer! I know you don't believe me, so that is why I took a picture of my deer's ear with my tag in it. I spared you the bloody pictures. We are in the middle of processing our deer. Oh yeah, Dallas got his too, as well as his dad. So we have 3 we are processing. 3 x as much as we had last year. And I thought that took a while, we'll see how this year goes. :) I put up the pictures here for you to see the beautiful country we were in while hunting. I got my deer the evening of the first day out (so Friday). On Saturday then, I didn't carry my gun, but the camera and took pictures while walking the brush helping to kick up deer. Dallas and I both got ours Friday evening. Our party had split up after slow start in the afternoon. (i've been told that it really wasn't a slow start, i'm just used to bird hunting where you see so many and have a lot of shots) Dallas and I stuck around the area we had been in all morning. You'll see in the pictures a little shack on top of a hill. Well we were sitting just below it, looking across the valley, when Dallas saw 4 does running up the opposite hillside. From there it is a blur of events. I raise my gun, sight in the deer, pull the trigger and "click"! My safety is still on. Well Dallas was being kind and giving me the first shot, however after that click, he went ahead without me. So I tried again and missed. The third shot, I got my doe broadside, jumping over a fence. I wasn't 100% sure I got her though, cause she kept running and went into the brush ahead of her. Well we begin our quick descent down the hill through the brush, and up the other hill hoping we can remember where we saw her go. Well we get to the place we saw her and Dallas hears something running through the brush below and takes off, booking it back down the hill and runs after it. When Dallas hunts, he is an active hunter. Likes to run down things. Me, not so much. :) So I stayed there, got a kind of lost feeling to me. Where do I go now? I was pretty sure at this point I had lost her and resigned myself to climbing up the hill again. So as soon as I get up the hill, I see Dallas at the bottom of the hill... so back down I go. There was a lot of hiking up and down this trip if you can't tell. Well then we talk it over and then go back up, only to see his Uncle down the hill. Well this time, I had my fill of descending, so I stayed up top and posted while Dallas went down to the bottom and walked with his Uncle. Well about 15 minutes later I hear their voices, and they called out for me to come down. They had found my deer! They tell me I made a beautiful shot, right through the lungs, so no meat was spoiled. Dallas cleaned her for me which was extremely nice of him. I don't know if I would have been able to do it. Just watching I was already making funny noises and breathing weird so I didn't have to smell it. :)
    So all the pictures you will see are of Saturday. I was pretty pooped out my that afternoon and was glad we weren't staying for the rest of the day, cause I don't know if I would have made it. :) We left early because the Newsboys and Kutless were playing in Jamestown that night. So we loaded up the deer in Tim's truck, and the three of us went to the concert. So the other pics are of that concert.
    What a weekend! This was by far the most fun I've had hunting. So many stories, hopefully you'll get a chance to hear them sometime. :)
    Well that's it for me now.



    New Additions! 3 new babies to the family. Dallas's sister and 2 cousins had their baby all within a week of eachother. 2 girls and 1 boy. All are healthy and doing well.
    For us on the other hand, our new addition to the family is a second car. This is just not any car- its's Herman- a 1988 Lincoln Continental with all the bells and whistles. I feel like I'm floating over, not driving on, the road. This is technically Dallas's car as I didn't want to go in on this. From the looks of him, not sure how much longer he'll be going places. Time will tell.
    Comings and goings this month:
    Spent one weekend with my family in Eyota. My mom and I make our first apple pie together. I brought down 2 bags of apples we were given. I will admit that this had some selfish motives behind it- namely I didn't want to cut and peel all of those myself. :o) However, I knew that mom had an Apple Peeler Corer. If you don't have one and have lots of apples- I HIGHLY recommend investing in one. I put up a collage of photos to view.
    Another weekend we spent shingling a roof south of town. It was to raise money for our ND District LLL. We call it a Party on the Prairie. It sounds like more fun then. Actually it is quite fun. The people we get to hang out with are a blast and the job is no longer a chore. I ventured on the roof, mostly to take photos. But when all the creative angles were used up I was put to work.
    Hunting trip #1 of the season: cranes and ducks and geese and partridge. This was an incredibly hot day. My camoflauge is limited to warm clothes for cool weather. Well the cool weather wasn't to be this day. It reached a stifling 90F. So by noon I could care less if the birds saw me When you bird hunt, the general rule is, if you can see them, they can see you. So wearing camo and being still are important. Neither of which I did after 12 noon. I did hit my first bird though- a small morning dove. And yes you can eat them, and I did. The other birds were too quick for me. And the wind was in the their favor that day. It was blowing fast. So when they got up, they would zip right by. All in all it was a fun day- plenty of stories to share. Some include taking a duck out with a rock, horses, and falling asleep.
    Orphan Grain Train Convention- an organization worth checking out. I have never been so impressed with mission and relief group before. www.ogt.org The day after driving down to Nebraska for that we celebrated Jack and Dorothy's (Dallas's grandparents) 60th wedding anniversary. They are truly an inspiration and blessing- their love and witness to Christ have influenced our faith. Most of the pictures are of the rest of us playing on the playground before lunch.


    August... we managed to slow down, yet still took a few trips here and there. The first week of August we enjoyed 5 days at home. I got reacquainted with the apartment, rearranged and organized a bit, actually did some cooking. It was rather nice. I went to church that Wednesday just to reconnect to people there. We seriously had not been around most of the summer. It was so good to worship with them. Dallas was able to play softball more this month with a team from West Fargo. So every Thursday we found our way to Moorhead where the games were played. The second week in August we went to "The Lakes" as his family calls it. We went to West MacDonald Lake near Detroit Lakes. We spent 3 fun filled days being lazy on the lake. I made some friends with the sunfish, well until they thought I was food! Dallas and I paddle boated out to the sunken island with Ashley and Jenna and snorkeled. There were a couple of long walks with his aunts and second cousins. Plenty of card games and puzzles and FOOD (hence the LONG walks). And most evenings were capped off with a warm, and rather large fire thanks to Dallas. :)
    Another highlight of this month was the Concordia Youth Biking and Camping trip to Pipestem Dam. What a blessing it was! My soul rejoices in God for the rich opportunities that he has given Dallas and I to spend time with youth here and build relationship in his name. This trip was unique in that we weren't rushing to get places so we could actually just spend time in fellowship. We bike out there and back, carrying most of our stuff. Dallas loaded up the car with all the cooking supplies and food and took it out there before hand. Otherwise we hauled out the sleeping stuff and our things for the two nights there. We rode the bike trails one day and had the parents out for a meal. And we spent the last night around the campfire late into the night making art which you can see in the pictures
    We also spent sometime with Dallas's sister and family in Grand Forks. We got to help them get the house ready for the new baby coming next month!! :) Exciting times. There are actually 3 babies coming in Dallas's extended family, all due at the end of Sept/early Oct
    So the last week of this month, we actually didn't go anywhere. I was kind of at a loss, feeling a bit sluggish, and my mind rather blue. I didn't know what to do with all this time I'd been given. I never had a full week at home! During the summer I don't have a schedule to abide by which is fine when we are all over the place. But now that we weren't going places, I found myself out of sorts. So I made up my own schedule and started riding my bike every morning. It was my therapy so to speak :) I went all over town and even got a map to mark off where I'd been
    So, summer has ended. The school year church events kicked off the last Wednesday in August with Youth Group. Good times... until next month. God bless.


    July! Where have you gone? :) It's one of those summers. And it's not over yet. July started out fast with Mexico. But before Mexico was the 4th of July! We celebrated it twice on the 3rd and then the 4th. Ok now onto Mexico. I'm inserting what Dallas had to say in his church newsletter:

    "Oh, let me tell you about Mexico. Our trip was far from boring, we had two bus breakdowns, one van breakdown, plus we lost a day and a half trying to get across the border! But!! God is good and we still had a blast. As for the three youth that went along with us, I was very proud of them. Each of them showed good leadership among their peers, and I was extremely proud of the spiritual growth I saw from them. We are truly blessed to have such young leaders in our congregation."

    I'm waiting for more pictures before I put up a webpage of it's own. My cousin and sister came along which was awesome for me to get a whole week with them. They did an awesome job as well especially for their first time! They were on my painting crew that tackled the kitchen and then the sanctuary ceiling. You will see in the pictures that we had the entire crew working on this at one point as we were trying to figure out the best way to paint the porous ceiling. Saltillo itself was beautiful. A huge city surrounded by mountains. We went with a group from Moorhead and Janesville, MN. The Moorhead group did the VBS while Janesville and our group did the work projects. It worked out well.
    The excitement didn't end for us Jamestown people. I've included a video clip of a storm we encountered on our way home from Fargo just after we got back from Mexico.
    Ok, so July isn't over yet. Mexico was just the beginning. The day after getting home (late Sunday night the 15th) Dallas and I packed up our car once again, did our laundry on the way and spent a week with our families at the lakes. I have pictures from both places. On the way home we visited Luther Dell (the place we trained for YE- where we first met and also a camp I worked at). We came home Saturday and actually spent 3 days at home!! It was amazing! Then off we went again. This time to Duluth, MN for the International Lutheran Laymen's League Convention. Lutheran Hour Ministries does so much and has so much to offer the church as far as outreach. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
    So there I think that brings me up to speed for a while. We'll see what August brings. Be sure to check out the rest of the website. I've done some revamping. Enjoy!


    June! Where have you gone? We've been all over the state of North Dakota- literally. We went to a wedding in Hazen, ND (western). We spent a week in Jamestown for VBS. The next week we went to Encounter Camp up at Shepherd's Hill. We took 5 youth total. We tried something new and rode the bus to camp. It was an awesome way to reconnect with friends from last year and make some new ones. The week was great! Recreation, Word, Worship, and World Encounters, canteen, faith sharing, Christian Underground-all sorts of fun. I got to spend time again in the kitchen- I think it's becoming a tradition. Learned again some cool things about cooking- like how to make homemade carmel sauce. :) Our youth had a blast and can't wait to go back next year. Dallas drove the bus back. To give you a picture of the route- we started north central ND, 15 minutes from the Canadian border. Then we drove to Bismarck via Minot, to Jamestown, to Fargo, and then back to Jamestown. It was a LONG trip. :) And then the last week in June I spent a week with my Godchild and his family in Bismarck- helping them get moved into their new apartment! His birthday was coming up and so they had a pool-birthday party for him. So that is a recap of June... July is coming fast with Mexico right around the corner. I've got laundry to do, so check you later.


    Check out the game Dallas made! It's at www.gamesbydallas.com
    Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, this was deleted and the wonderful game "The Wanderers" no longer exists. *Sigh* I shall miss it greatly.


    Wow, it's been a while. There has been so much going on as of late. Where to start. First a follow up. I mentioned a fund raiser for the Mayhair family below. That went really well. It raised roughly $5000 for them. Thank you to all who came and supported them! Now on to new stuff. The month of April was jam packed with all sorts of stuff: for Easter my family came to visit; I made a loom to attempt weaving a rug; Dallas went into the prison for 2 days of ministry with a group called Kogudus Renewal Ministry- the experience spoke deeply to him and we are now going in any Sunday we can to help out with afternoon worship; Dallas, Pastor and I took a group of 12 kids to Concordia St. Paul for a youth gathering and we also made a side trip to the Mall of America. It was a great weekend hanging out with the youth- getting to know them better; the day after getting back I went to Fergus Falls to visit my dear friend Elizabeth and help her get ready to move once again; the last Friday in April, I injured my knee playing a game called head tag- still not 100% sure what I did to it- more than likely a strain/sprain- so this has slowed me up a little :)- and I have a feeling it will be a while before I can jump again. I did it while we were helping out with a super fun birthday party; on Sunday mornings now- Dallas and I are doing pre-service worship. So there I think that brings me up to speed. I'll get some pictures up sometime here. Until then... God be with you.


    My family came up for the weekend. It was the first time everyone came up here to our place!! It was awesome. Again the game of Risk came out. There are some pictures of preparing for Easter Breakfast. The funds are going toward the Mexico Mission trip this summer. Overall it was a weekend surrounding around family, faith and the fact that Jesus is alive!!


    Dallas's niece, Ashley celebrated her 8th birthday with her great grandma Barbara. It was a fun evening of family, a few games and extra large pieces of cake.

    Change in Plans...

    I know I emailed several of you and told you that I was going to New Orleans March 22-31st on a mission trip. I even put up a little blurb here on it. But plans have changed for 2 reasons. First, Dallas was really sick the week before and still hadn't fully recovered. So to have him drive me to and from Janesville, MN didn't make much sense for his health. And second, some dear friends of ours lost their home to a fire early Sunday morning on the 18th. So it was pretty clear to me my place was here.
    The family is doing well. God has blessed them greatly through the community and people from all over who have heard their story. Prayers are still welcomed as they adjust to life and all that this has brought. Just so you know they are in their new house and are getting settled in. Here is a link to the local article on it.{no longer available}
    There is a benefit planned for them April 16th from 5-7pm at the Knight's of Columbus Hall. We are still looking for volunteers to help set up and tear down. If you can help call Concordia Lutheran Church @ 252-2819. Thank you!

    A fun find...

    Dallas and I travel to and from Bismarck about twice a month to lead a youth bible study. This past Monday as we were traveling home, we were listening to North Dakota Public Radio. They did a feature on a small restaurant in small town called Cleveland, ND. They called it the best kept secret in ND. It is right on I-94 so we stopped and what a treat it was. Northern Lights Café and Ice Cream Parlor. They weren't even open (Mondays they were closed, because of their winter hours), but sat and chatted with us, and then eventually did find something to serve us. Linda just finished making her famous Knoephla soup, so Jim dished us some. I highly recommend going there for a relaxing evening or afternoon. Make sure to call ahead, as it is just Linda and Jim most of the times serving. They do have help, but not consistent hired help. So calling ahead gives them time to prepare. Here is their info:
    Open 10am -10pm
    421 Front Street
    Cleveland, ND 58424
    Exit 238


    Dallas and I have been busy with all this snow. We've dug out a huge snow cave! Right next to our apartment is the largest snow pile. They pile all the snow from downtown here. It's pretty sweet. I've put some pictures up to show you. We'll keep you posted.
    Sad to report that the warm weather did it in. We had the youth group over one day to work on it. They did some awesome work and dug a lot out. We eventually connected it with another tunnel and had a second entrance. But two days later, the warm sun did it's damage. Alas, there will be next year.

    New Year's...
    Traveled through some treacherous weather to visit my family in MN. Spent 4 days there eating, sleeping, visiting and playing RISK.

    Rio Bravo Mission Trip...
    January 27- Feb 4~ We went to Rio Bravo, Mexico. Click above for the rest of the story.

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