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March 2, 2016

Sony a7sii Hands On Review

This past weekend Jill and I had our first hands-on experience with the Sony a7sii. We rented Metabones lens adapters and used our two primary Canon lenses, the 24-70mm and 135mm. Our points of reference are Canon DSLRs in run and gun situations, so this was learning to swim by jumping into water. I've taken a liking to these little…
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October 28, 2015

Confidence and Confirmation

For years I've said, "Trust God with what you know and He will take care of the unknown." I've always believed that if you take action on the things you know you're supposed to do, then your obedience aligns your direction no matter how unknown the future may appear to be. Proverbs tells us, "Trust in the Lord with all your…
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May 16, 2015

2015.05 // Vietnam

I had a good time traveling to Vietnam last week with a couple of friends. It's an amazing country with incredible people and great food (except for durian). We had a lot of fun experiencing the culture and cuisine of Ho Chi Minh City.
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October 30, 2014

2014.08 // Vacation Pt 1

Our 2014 vacation officially kicked off with Haley on Valleyfair Day on August 7th. We spent some time riding the rides before hitting the road for Pennsylvania. After driving through the night with a small early morning nap in Indiana, we finished off the last leg and made it into Pittsburgh. We spent a few days with family on the…
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December 26, 2013

2013.12 // Christmas

We spent a couple hours in Chicago today, driving from Ben and Sara's place in Janesville. (more…)
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July 30, 2012

South Dakota

For the first time in a few years we actually traveled for our vacation and went to South Dakota with my Mom and Haley.  Brooke was nannying in Rapid City and spent much of the weekend with us.  
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January 15, 2012

Missing Europe

Yesterday we had some friends over to our house and popped in our Christmas DVD from 2006.  That was the year we spent eighteen days in Europe.  A majority of that time was spent in Italy beginning with the Island of Capri.  Every time we revisit that video, I get a kick out of how young our nieces and nephews…
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January 2, 2012

Oklahoma City Memorial

A couple months ago I had the opportunity to visit the memorial in honor of the victims of the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing.   From the reflecting pool to the survivor tree, every element was fascinating and full of meaning. The museum was particularly moving.  Seemingly every detail was thoughtfully included.. timelines, evidence, video, audio recordings, and even the axle…
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November 1, 2011

Day Trip to Duluth

With my mom in town last week we decided to take a quick trip to Duluth on Thursday.  We went to see the Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls, and downtown.  We couldn't resist dinner with Grandma at Grandma's either.  Elliot seems to enjoy the day and didn't mind the cold at all.  Thankfully Grandma had a nice red hat to…
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May 24, 2011

Sun Country Wing It

Every Tuesday night I swing over to suncountry.com to check out their wing-it fares in the hope that the dates and price will line up perfectly for a spontaneous trip somewhere in the US.  They offer cheap fares every Tuesday night for upcoming weekend flights.  It brings me back to 2007 and the inadvertent overnight day trip to New York…
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November 4, 2010

USS Midway

Last week my mom and I toured the aircraft carrier USS Midway docked in downtown San Diego.  It was cool to see how a crew of up to 4,000 people lived and worked together - it was a small city in use for 45 years... from the Cold War to the Persian Gulf.
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November 5, 2009

Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida is making landfall this morning in Nicaragua.  Immediately my mind thinks of the thousands of people in small villages and towns that we visited and ministered with just a few months ago.  While it's just a Category 1 storm, I'm praying it passes through with little or no consequence.  Last year at this time I had no connection…
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June 26, 2009

Purse Acclamation

Along with its owner, it seems my purse is not quite acclamated to being home yet.  So far, in it, I have my check card, I.D., and a roll of toilet paper!  You don't know how useless it is here, but how necessary it was in Nicaragua!  I guess I haven't quite adjust to being home.  Still, you never really…
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June 25, 2009

Mmm… Peanuts… (Nicaragua Style)

Okay, on our Nicaragua trip we were introduced to these "caramelized Peanuts" by some of the Master's Commission people we were working with (little shout out here to John, George, and Suzy).  I bought a few bags of them at a gas station stop (and though I'm usually pretty generous and this will surprise a lot of you who know…
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June 23, 2009

Back from Nicaragua

We're home and it doesn't feel quite like home.  I think I left part of me, part of home, in Nicaragua with those we befriended.  It hardly seems real I'm home (maybe I just fell asleep on the bus again -between programs- and will wake up to "you know we are ferocious"), and it hardly seems real that the faces…
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June 14, 2009

Nicaragua

Yikes!  Can't believe the time is already upon us!  We leave early tomorrow for our missions trip to Nicaragua!  We have been feeling like it will be more restful for us than the last month of 'house work' has been! Seriously we're really looking forward to seeing the things that God has planned for us and for the people we'll…
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May 25, 2009

A Year Ago Today

What's sometimes fun about the "a year ago today" is that even though you might not be doing that fabulous thing again, it's nice remembering that you've done it.  It feels a little more real the very day you did it, only a year later. A year ago, on Memorial Day, Matt and I (with Matt's sister Beth) went sky…
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January 19, 2009

Unlucky Girl?

Hm.  Lately I've been wondering if perhaps I'm a little unlucky where electronic devices are concerned. On our trip to Oklahoma we stopped just outside of Des Moines, Iowa.  I left my iPod "safely" nestled atop a pile of coats and pillows between the driver seat and the passenger seat of our 15 passenger van (let me just say that…
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August 28, 2008

A Little Wave

Matt, my mom, and I all visited the Crystal Cathedral when we were in California back in May.  There were many statues of people from the Bible (and of course I'm always curious as to how they come to look a certain way when we know so little about their looks. Isn't that funny? Most books describe the physical appearance…
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June 19, 2008

NY NY

Jill added our pictures from New York back in December to our "2007" gallery.  We were only there for one day, but we got a ton of great pictures.  Definitely a place we will visit again in the future.  Check them out!
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June 12, 2008

Sliding Doors

I am in no way recommending the movie (Starring Gweneth Paltrow), because it has to many "cringe" factors to recommend to anyone -however I have seen it and had a day, or night, similar to it. In the movie they show her living two parallel lives. One is the life she has -having just missed the subway home (the door…
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June 2, 2008

Surf’s Up

Slightly overshadowed by our skydiving experience was last Sunday's surf lesson in San Diego. Beth, Jill, Ian, Christian, Brooke, Haley and I all surfed on La Jolla beach while Mom took pictures and videotaped. It was a first-time experience for all of us and everyone managed to "pop up" on their board at one point during the lesson. We were…
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May 31, 2008

Skydiving

Jill, Beth, and I went skydiving this past Monday (Memorial Day) in San Diego. Beth had called the day before and scheduled us to jump in the morning. We hurried to get out there by 10am, but ended up waiting about 3 hours anyway. During the wait, we watched a Dharma-Style legal video and signed our name about 25 times…
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