Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Today I was asked how my Dad was doing by a parent I haven't had a chance to visit with in a while. I shared with him that Dad did pass away but I knew he was in a good place.

Later tonight, I heard the news that evangelist Billy Graham died today at the age of 99. I also saw a clip on YouTube of Kathy Lee Gifford talking about her joy when her husband died--her comfort in the fact that her husband was joining Jesus. That is exactly how I felt when Dad went from his earthly home to his forever home with Jesus. Thanks Kathy Lee Gifford for putting into words something that I was unable to express.

Rest in Peace Billy Graham. You brought Jesus to the lives of many and everlasting life to all that you saved.

phoro from the Atlantic 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ice ice baby

Yesterday we had teacher workshop while the children were out of school. I arrived at school shortly before 8am and there was a steady wintery mix coming down. Went I went out to head home for lunch the wintery mix had solidified on the truck windshield. I wasn't able to find an ice scraper, so I opted to run the defroster and watch the ice melt. It didn't take too long and I was on my way.

I got an ice scraper on the way back to workshop and found that our workshop was cut short due to the weather. So I went to school to get ready for the week. Once again, I got out to the truck and had to do a fair amount of scraping. This morning, Brad took me to school and guess what? More scraping.

Our sweet little Osten John is not feeling well...he's been down since Saturday with a fever. I hope he is feeling better tomorrow because I love spending time with any Osten, but a well Osten is much preferred.

Monday, February 19, 2018

the diddy

Today my Daddy would have turned 84. A great person was born 84 years ago today. We miss him every day but I feel so confident that he lives on in his wife, children,  grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister and in the many friends who have wonderful memories of a kind soul. I believe his soul is living in heaven and enjoying time with all the loved ones who went before him.

Here was Daddy and his pride and joy--eldest sons Kurt and Kent

Sunday, February 18, 2018

results from Katie's tournament

The first game was a big win for River Falls gold--they won by over 40 points. I left after their first game so I could go out with our friends for Valentine's Day.

Their second game went into Double overtime with the Farmington team with the Wildcats losing.

Their third game was a victory over the New Richmond Tigers.

They ended up finishing 2nd in their tournament.

After the games, the teams went out to Ray Jay's in Woodbury and Katie ended up arriving home just before us at 11:30pm.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

relatively busy Saturday

In a few hours we will take Katie to her last basketball tournament of the season. Then we will go out to dinner at Mama Maria's with a group of friends for Valentine's Day while Katie gets a ride home with her coach and Anders and Osten hang out for the night.

There is a light dusting of snow right now and the temperatures are really mild (according to Brad because I haven't been outside yet). Looking forward to a nice Saturday.

running running running

Our talented niece and cousin Liana is running for St. Scholastica. I found this photo of a meet at St. Olaf. I hope we can make a meet sometime this season as we love to see her in action.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

front page news...

In our most recent edition of the River Falls Journal:

parents basketball night

Katie's team had her last basketball practice of the season and the parents were invited to practice to see what the girls do every night. Brad thanked me liberally for going to the practice. It turned out to be really fun, but I ended up having to do lots of pushups because the team I was on didn't win.

We ran different drills and shooting contests. I was all in fun though and Katie had a fun year of basketball. Coach took the girls for icecream at DQ after practice and then we got home and watched a little Super G of the Olympics.

happy valentine's day!

Wow...Valentine's Day is over already. Osten gave his friends Avenger's Valentines with Captain America, Thor and the Hulk. Katie gave her friends magnet Valentines. Anders gave his Valentine a necklace, a koala bear and some magic cards. Brad gave his Valentine a bunch of colorful daisies. Karen gave her Valentines hearts of candy, an ACDC teeshirt, gum and magic cards.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

can you handle the sweetness?

Here is a photo of my sweet grandniece Kesleigh Rae Blomgren...celebrating her first Valentine's Day in Japan:

happy team days

Katie has been on a great team the past two years...she has built great friendships that have helped her on her bridge to middle school. Hjordi-another Momma of Katie's teammate Emily made this little collage. I'm so happy she's had the opportunities and has developed a love of team sports.


Today I was asked how my Dad was doing by a parent I haven't had a chance to visit with in a while. I shared with him that Dad did pass ...