Monday, June 28, 2010


Look! Its the largest wire sculpture! Earlier we saw the world's largest holstein. Salem sue was 38 ft tall and 50 ft long. North Dakota is just full of excitement. Were almost to Dickinson, where we stop for the night. 13.5 hours in the car is definitely over my max. Montana, we'll see you tomorrow!
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Pics of Chicago

Ahh, skyline and LOTS of traffic!
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The Land of Lincoln

Were in Illinois! Driving around Chicago at the moment, en route to Franklin, WI. Franklin is where aunt Janice lives. We'll stay there a few days then head farther west. Randomness of the day: my brother is in Chicago right now visiting a friend. He lives in LA.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010


Well kids, its back to Montana we go. Yesterday we packed the truck in 90+ degree weather plus humidity, this morning we cleaned the apartment, then said goodbye to our dear friend April, and left Lynchburg in the rearview mirror. Today we've been through West Virginia, Kentucky, and we just crossed the border into Indiana. We have 109 miles to go before we stop for the night. We just watched the sun set in Kentucky, a beautiful pink and orange sky. I wanted to take the exit to Nashville to see Alli, but that's not in the trip planner. Pray for safe travels! Tomorrow we head to Wisconsin.... I've attached a picture from yesterday, Luke pulling the new Dolly with a case of water for our faithful friends who helped us move.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gettin ready to move

We purchased a Dolly for the big move! And I made poor Luke carry the case of water on it out of wally world. He he. We have several amazing friends who agreed to help us move and since its supposed to be in the 90s today we thought we should purchase water for them in addition to dinner. The truck arrives this afternoon. Currently its 80 degrees and trying to rain. Keep us in your prayers today as we load the truck and in the next week as we travel.
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Monday, June 21, 2010

Atlantic Beach

Hey Y'all! We're at the beach. Its right off Emerald Isle. Unfortunately that's not in Ireland, its in North Carolina. But its gorgeous. We have a beach front room and have been swimming a few times. The water is incredibly warm. Its like bathwater. And there's no oil, either. Its a quick vacation before we move back to Montana at the end of the week.

Story: we met a little boy named Daniel who is probably 4. He wanted someone to play with him. ("you might could play with me"). Anyways, he was cute and showed us his sand crabs and stuff. But then we overheard him telling his mom he had to go potty, and he had to pee. She must have told him to pee in the ocean because then he told her he was going to take his pants off, which she advised against. Then he did a funny squat in the waves and we decided it was time to head inside. At this point the water was so high it was pooling under our chairs and umbrella. All that water washing up at our feet was a little too much considering Daniels activity.

Oh, and yesterday I lost my favorite oversized rhinestone sunglasses in the ocean. Sad. But it was probably time to retire them anyways.

More stories/pics later.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What's Up Wednesday: 6/9/10


1) Only 58 hours of work left (7 days + 2 hours), but who's counting???
2) Only 17 days til we leave the state of Virginia.
3) Can you tell we're excited for the Big Sky State???
4) Sunday is our last day of church. :( Kind of bittersweet. We've met some wonderful people/made some great friends and have enjoyed our time at TTBC, but we're also excited for the adventure that lies ahead.
5) All of the sudden my Massage business is picking up. Go figure! It did that right before we left Bozeman, too.
6) Watching the news on the disaster in the gulf is really depressing. Like Kirsten pointed out, didn't they have a contingency plan??? Fortunately, God is still in control.
7) We're trying to fit in "last" visits with people. Luckily the people here are more on top of it than people at home. We've already had 3 last hurrahs, and have another one tomorrow. Saturday we went to this Chinese place with some friends and completely shut the place down. They pretty much had to kick us out. It was good food, too. We will be very sad to leave Rodney & Lori.
8) We still don't know exactly where in Montana we will be living. We'll stay in Kalispell for awhile, but if we end up in Missoula we might have to couch surf for a few weeks.
9) Our meals have been getting creative, as were trying to use up the food in the fridge/freezer/pantry. Luke made this yummy breakfast bread out of jiffy cornbread mix, bananas, and chocolate chips last weekend, and the other night he made a really yummy marinara chicken thing.
10) Anyone want to buy a desk or massage table?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Pure Chaos!

Remember last year in July when we were trying to pack so that we could move to VA? Yeah, its deja vu around here. Only worse. It seems like the more we pack the more we have left to pack. How does that work? And we finally had to go purchase (gasp!) boxes from uhaul. Paying for boxes feels so wrong. Unfortunately, there haven't been any good boxes to scam from work lately. Sigh. We have too much stuff. And we've sold our dressers, our truck, and were selling my extra massage table and the desk we bought here, not to mention giving away our buffet, bookshelves, and 2 boxes of books. Its almost over! 9 more days of work, 19 days of VA before we leave. That last week were going to the beach for a few days and then packing the truck. Were doing ABF u-pack again. Its great. They drop off the truck, we pack our 8 ft, install a bulkhead, and they fill the rest of the truck with commercial freight and drive it home. Then we can still ride together. Brilliant! And we still don't know where were going to live. But honestly, Im okay with hanging out for a few weeks and enjoying family and friends. Trying to sell my book, starting a novel, and sewing. Oh, and finding a place to live and a job. Can't forget that. We're looking forward to this next phase in our life, and hopefully some stability.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What's Up Wednesday: 6/2/10

I know I haven't blogged in a while. I was going to post pics from when the inlaws were here, but they haven't quite made it from the camera to the computer yet.

So heres What's Up on Wednesday
1) Happy Anniversary to my parents! Today marks 31 years of wedded bliss.
2) It is getting hot and humid in Virginia. yuck. Thankfully the pool at our apartment complex opened this weekend, so we're planning on hitting that up. We stopped by yesterday and the people said it was cold, but were used to rivers and Georgetown Lake, so I'm sure it will be fine. I stuck my feet in and it felt great.
3) We are down to one car: We sold the truck, and then had to trade in the little honda for a new 06 Honda Accord in Bobcat Blue! The old one was dripping fluids and the mechanic didn't suggest we drive it back to montana.
4) I can't believe this summer is my 10 year class reunion. It doesn't feel like its been 10 years. I'm getting old.
5) For Memorial Day we went to Luke's mentor's house. He and his wife are in their mid 70s, then there was a couple that is 80, and another lady who is probably in her 60s. We had so much fun! They were all making fun of eachother and we laughed a lot and ate wonderful food. It was a great holiday. We also drove part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is beautiful. Very lush. Unfortunately we didn't think to bring the camera.
6) And the most exciting Whats Up: We're moving back to Montana! yay! The last day of work will be June 18th, then a romantic weekend at the beach, finish packing, and leaving the burg on June 26th. Thats in exactly 24 days. Only 12 days of work left. Luke is looking at a job in Missoula at a Church. Once we get back to the Big Sky state we'll stay in Kalispell with Vicki and figure out about the job and then either move to Missoula, or try to find jobs in Kalispell. I was hoping for living with Vicki in Kalispell for awhile but it is kind of sounding like we'll be in Griz country. I'm looking forward to seeing the family, going to Georgetown Lake, and a new ministry opportunity.